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Global Venture Capital Distribution

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Richard Florida published some stats on the distribution of global venture capital investment last week. SF proper and the broader bay area make up 25% of the global venture capital investment activity (~$10bn out of $42bn).

Investing In Startups In Europe

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

The answer, as  Sten Tamkivi explains in TechCrunch , is that europe is a great place to invest in startups. At USV, we have made nine investments in europe since 2008 when we started investing there. It is way easier to invest in europe from New York City than the Bay Area and that is something we have taken advantage of. And I am not sure that Silicon Valley can or will pay a huge amount of attention to Europe. Venture Capital and Technology

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I'm off to Europe today for a week of board meetings and vacation. It has become a bit of a tradition in our family to spend some time in europe every summer. Last summer we spent close to six weeks in europe in four countries. We have five companies in our portfolio that were started in europe and another four or five with significant operations in europe. I've written about the Internet startup sector in Europe a fair bit.

Europe is underweight in Micro-VC

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However, Samir’s comments are largely based on US data and don’t separate out Europe and Asia. For completeness I’ve also included charts showing the number of funds and the amount of capital raised. Venture Capital

Venture Capital (VC) Blog Directory – 2011 Edition

Thinking About Thinking

This is the 4th edition of the Venture Capital Blog Directory ( 1st edition , 2nd edition , 3rd edition ). This directory includes 149 venture capital, microVC/seed, and growth equity blogs. Many thanks to my colleagues at Volition Capital for their assistance with this directory - we hope it’s a useful service for everyone. . Fred Wilson ( @fredwilson ), Union Square Ventures, A VC (81,483). Mike Speiser, SutterHill Ventures, Laserlike (490).

Startups Start Local But Go Global. Is Europe Included?

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Campus London European Startups Eze Vidra Innovation Endeavors europe Israel Israeli startups venture capitalLast week I had the pleasure of speaking at the Cities Summit Tel Aviv, in a session moderated by Mr Yossi Vardi. The topic was the "Innovative code" of cities. My talk focused on London and its. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

The Venture Capital Secret: 3 Out of 4 Start-Ups Fail

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Europe. Europe. SIGNIFICANCE PROMINENT. --> The Venture Capital Secret: 3 Out of 4 Start-Ups Fail. An entrepreneur with a hot technology and venture-capital funding becomes a billionaire in his 20s. But now there is evidence that venture-backed start-ups fail at far higher numbers than the rate the industry usually cites. About three-quarters of venture-backed firms in the U.S. backed by venture capitalists. Europe. Facebook.

Mattermark data shows US venture is slowing down – Europe may be insulated

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Stage-by-Stage Change in US Venture Capital Deployed (Deal Value) – Mattermark. Stage-by-Stage Change in US Venture Capital Deal Volume – Mattermark. Venture Capital

Why governments support venture capital

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The VCT and ECF schemes here in the UK, the FCPI scheme in France, and the EIF supporting the whole of Europe are other good examples. adequate risk capital [for startups] is vital of the economic future [i.e. Venture Capital

NEA Closes $2.6 Billion Venture Capital Fund

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In two months, the venture capital firm raised one of the largest venture funds ever. billion venture capital fund on Wednesday, and it’s one of the largest venture funds ever assembled.

A New European Regime For Venture Capital Funds

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Recently, as part of its drive to encourage and facilitate the growth of venture capital in Europe, the European Commission published a proposal for a legislative framework for venture capital funds. If approved, this new regulation will allow managers of "European Venture Capital Funds" (as they will be officially, and exclusively, designated) to raise capital freely throughout the European Economic Area from certain types of investors

SaaS Wars: Europe Awakens

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Accel Euroscape: The 100 most promising Software-as-a- Service companies in Europe and Israel -This article was co-authored with my colleague Pia d'Iribarne and published initially on Tech.eu. SaaS in Europe is exploding in terms of both quantity and quality.

Venture capital vs self-funded for high growth technology businesses. This was surprising.

Business of Software Blog

There seems to be a generally held feeling that venture capital is ususally suitable for rapid growth businesses and that founders should consider taking it if they want to add rocket fuel to their business.  It was inspired by an observation that only 14% of the fastest growing 500 companies in the US were venture backed according to Carl Schramm. Carl Schramm talking about US innovation and venture capital.

VC post 2015: the new normal

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The charts above are both from the new KPMP/CB Insights Venture Pulse Report. The last bar in top chart on global investment might suggest a different interpretation, but Q3 is often quiet for venture investment.). Venture Capital

Global Venture Capital (VC) Blog Directory – Ranked By Monthly Uniques

Thinking About Thinking

It’s exciting times these days after we launched Volition Capital on Monday (01/11/10). The first post on the blog is: Why did you choose the name Volition Capital? Global VC Blogs: Europe , Canada , Israel. Fred Wilson, Union Square Ventures, A VC (100,279). Guy Kawasaki, Garage Technology Ventures, How To Change The World (82,838). Bill Gurley, Benchmark Capital, Above The Crowd (23,084). Josh Kopelman, First Round Capital, Redeye VC (12,972).

Walkbase Raises €3 Million from Russia's SBT Venture Capital

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We got a tweet out on it on Tuesday, but to circle back after all the Slush madness, Walkbase announced it has raised a solid €3 million in a round led by Russia''s SBT Venture Capital , and Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, the former CEO of Nokia.

Welcoming the Newest Partner to Upfront Ventures

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Today is amongst the proudest days I’ve had at Upfront Ventures — getting the chance to announce that Kevin Zhang has been promoted to Partner. years at Upfront has been both a pleasure and also has taught me a lot about venture capital. venture-capital startup

The decline in venture is bottoming out

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Reading the tea leaves to predict where the venture capital market is heading seems to be everyone’s favourite hobby at the moment, and I’m no exception. which showed that venture investment in Europe is roughly flat quarter on quarter (excluding Spotify’s $1bn raise).

A new unicorn in the UK every six weeks

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Companies in Europe worth over $1bn. It paints a pretty picture, for the UK and for Europe. In the last twelve months there were 8 new unicorns in the UK and 13 in Europe. Forward Partners Venture Capital

Venture Capital Deal Buzz: Groupon

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

Groupon's latest round of funding in April drew an impressive $135 million from Digital Sky Technologies, Battery Ventures, Accel Partners, and New Enterprise Associates, among others. of the company's web traffic is from Asia (Europe is responsible for just over half, with North America making up one third and the remaining 12.2% VC Backer Lightspeed Venture Partners threw in an additional $8 million, which tops a previous $49 million from Revolution fund, Grotech Ventures and U.S.

399 scale-ups in UK, 208 in Germany, 205 in France

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The Startup Europe Partnership (SEP) just published their SEP Monitor: From Unicorns to Reality. That said, this new analysis largely confirms the geographic picture we’ve been seeing for a while, namely that approaching half of Europe’s startup/venture activity happens in the UK.

Venture Capital Deal Buzz - Don't Rule Out LivingSocial

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based Lightspeed Venture Partners. The Series D is in addition to a prior $49 million from Revolution Fund, Grotech Ventures and U.S. Venture Partners, spread across six rounds of investment since it was founded in 2008. When LivingSocial's Chicago-based competitor banked its $950 million, the company expressed plans to expand its offerings deeper into Europe, the Middle East and Asia. By Erin Griffith, Contributing Editor.

Corporate innovation will harness the power of entrepreneurs

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Jon Bradford, founder of Techstars UK, once said to me that corporate innovation budgets dwarf venture capital. That got me thinking, so I took a look at corporate R&D spend and it turns out that 2014 spend in the US was over $250bn and in Europe it was over $200bn. That compares with $86.7bn in global venture capital investment in the same year. Exits Venture Capital

Europe’s growing share of $1bn startups

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Aileen Lee of early stage fund Cowboy ventures wrote a post for Techcrunch yesterday looking at the characteristics of 39 startups founded since 2003 that are worth over $1bn. Historically, top venture funds have driven returns from their ownership in just a few companies in a given fund of many companies. Plus, traditional venture funds have grown in size, requiring larger “exits” to deliver acceptable returns.

European tech investment is holding up

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I think the big picture is that whilst it might be decreasing sharply in the US investment by value is holding flat in Europe. The supply and demand of capital vs startup opportunities in Europe here still favours capital. Venture Capital

Uber’s New BHAG: UberPool

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This allows the company to “forward invest” capital to help these markets achieve lower consumer prices even faster. As with UberX price cuts, the company can use its substantial capital resources to forward invest in UberPool, increasing the likelihood of success.

Google Ventures Lands in Europe

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One such that slipped through the net last week was the news that Google Ventures is coming to Europe. If you have any interest or involvement in the start up scene then Google Ventures, the venture capital investment arm of Google, must surely be known to you.

Venture capital vs self-funded for high growth technology businesses. This was surprising.

Business of Software Blog

There seems to be a generally held feeling that venture capital is ususally suitable for rapid growth businesses and that founders should consider taking it if they want to add rocket fuel to their business.  It was inspired by an observation that only 14% of the fastest growing 500 companies in the US were venture backed according to Carl Schramm. Carl Schramm talking about US innovation and venture capital.

Cracking the Code - Untitled Article

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Lessons from Acqui-Hire Success Stories The best example of launching and expanding in new countries via acqui-hire can be found in Paris-based BlaBlaCar, Europe's top ride-sharing company with 16 offices worldwide. Acquisitions Blablacar International Expansion Venture Capital

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Israeli Venture Capital Fund Raising 2010

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Additional details about venture capital fund raising will be available in the IVC 2011 Yearbook , due for release in April. Despite improvement in macro economical factors in 2010, Israeli VC funds were not able to attract new capital during the year.

Thoughts on Spanish Startups from La Red Innova 2011

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trillion GDP of Europe in total. IE, the leading business school in the country has launched Venture LAB , an incubator program, Startup Bootcamp has kicked off its first Spanish version last week with 10 startups participating, and new co-creation/co-working offices are popping up.

A Rake Too Far: Optimal Platform Pricing Strategy

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Booking.com is the unquestioned leader in online travel in Europe, and represents a substantial portion of TPG’s astounding $35B market capitalization. Booking.com was not always the online leader in Europe – in fact they were a disrupter stealing the flag from other large incumbents.

European venture growing nicely – UK remains strong

The Equity Kicker

Gil Dibner just published this great analysis of Q3 venture activity in Europe and Israel. Venture CapitalIt’s very comprehensive and well worth flicking through the full 55 pages if you are investing or raising money over here. Here are the seven points that stick in my mind. Investment activity is growing fast – up roughly 2x year on year (slide 4). UK and Israel dominate with France and Germany next at approx half the size (slides 10 and 11).

Brexit: Why the EIF must remain

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The European Investment Fund (EIF) is an EU institution that exists to stimulate the startup ecosystem by investing in venture capital funds. They have made a huge contribution to the UK scene, backing 37% of UK based venture funds between 2011 and 2015. Back in July Bloomberg wrote : It is an open secret among British venture capitalists that many of their funds would have never gotten off the ground without a hefty check from the European Investment Fund.

European seed fund explosion – what does it mean?

The Equity Kicker

BrightSun have just published research on the number of seed funds in Europe. If I was a ambitious startup with large capital requirements I would make sure I was in a geography where large funds invest regularly. Venture Capital

Why entrepreneurs and VCs perceive risk differently

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There’s definitely a feeling out there that businesses with a $1m revenue run rate are well-established and thus have a growth risk profile rather than a venture risk profile. Many people think that VCs in Europe are failing our entrepreneurs by not taking enough risk.

#KillerSaaSPitch in 10 Words (Part 1)

Cracking the Code

Last month, I attended the SaaS Founder Meetup organized by Point Nine Capital in Berlin. A venture investor typically owns 20% of a company (an amount that will ideally yield a meaningful return for the fund). Cloud Computing Fundraising SaaS Venture Capital

No City Has A Lock On Innovation

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

We will see Apples and Facebooks get built in China, India, Brazil, Eastern Europe, Western Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and plenty of other places. NYC Venture Capital and Technology Web/TechThe New York Times asked me to give them an opinion piece on the Mayor's effort to bring a new science and technology University to NYC. They also asked a few others, like Caterina Fake, Eric Reis, Dave Tisch, and several more students of NYC and technology.

When Third is First

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Others, including OnDeck Capital, Lending Club and Kabbage, offer small businesseses small, shorter term loans, with less fees than traditional merchant advances and a streamlined approval process. Telemedicine: The United States and much of Europe has over 2 doctors/1000 people.

The Internet Might Kill Us All

Steve Blank

The Combined Bomber Offensive of Germany and occupied Europe during WWII was designed to do just that.). Instead, today the McDonalds in plazas labeled “Revolutionary Square” has been the victory parade for democracy and capitalism. Filed under: Family/Career , Secret History of Silicon Valley , Venture Capital. Family/Career Secret History of Silicon Valley Venture CapitalMy friend Ben Horowitz and I debated the tech bubble in The Economist.