Entrepreneurial Density and Venture Capital

Feld Thoughts

Two of his latest articles talk about entrepreneurial density and venture capital. The Connection Between Venture Capital and Diverse, Dense Communities. In it, he looked at Venture Capital financing (total dollars and number of deals) on a per-capital basis. And Richard acknowledges this: “I’ll continue to track the evolving geography of start-ups and venture capital in future posts.

Venture Capital is About Human Capital

Both Sides of the Table

Most VCs did well academically and had enough career success that a venture firm was willing to give them an investment role or they were able to raise their own fund. Fundamentally venture capital is about human capital. Venture Capital is a people business.

3 Things Startups Need To Raise Venture Capital

YFS Magazine

The financing process can be long, hard and not the right path for most businesses. However, if you have the right strategy coupled with the right capital and partner, an amazing growth business could be the storybook outcome. Finance Grow raising capital raising money venture capital

How To Attract Venture Capital In 5 Smart Steps

YFS Magazine

Venture capital funding is an elusive beast. Finance Grow investors money raising capital venture capitalSo, here's a look at 5 sure-fire ways to prime the pump and attract VC funding.

Q316 State of Venture Capital Update With Cooley

Feld Thoughts

This quarter they interviewed me as part of it on Quarterly VC Update: Brad Feld on the State of Venture Capital Investing. At the same time, if you are a clearly successful growth company, there is a huge amount of capital available once you’ve reached a point of clear success (often after $20m – $40m has been raised). There is a huge capital supply gap for companies that are in between early startups and companies that are successful growth companies.

Bad Notes on Venture Capital

Both Sides of the Table

On the phone … Me: So, you raised venture capital? It’s like we need a finance 101 course for entrepreneurs. In finance they call it “terminal value” but the truth is the price is as arbitrary at your A round as it is at your seed round. Plus, if you price it then when you go to your next round of financing there is no haggling with future investors on what the note should be priced at. This week.

Why Was Winter in Venture Capital Funding so Short?

Both Sides of the Table

It was only a year ago that many in the Venture Capital industry were predicting that “winter was coming” and to be fair the author of this post was chief amongst them. While this it total FDI as opposed to just venture, it should give you an indication of the international trend.

5 Ways Venture Capital Is Shaking Up The Tech Startup Landscape In Asia

YoungUpstarts

There is a thin line between success and failure for startups, and that is usually determined by capital. The more capital a startup has, the easier it is to get off the ground and ramp up growth. KPMG’s Venture Pulse Q3 2017 reported that the Asian market has raised $12.3

Changes in the Venture Capital Funding Environment

Both Sides of the Table

There was an explosion in number of startups both because it was cheap and there was tons of available capital. These are extreme positions and often the deals settle in between but it can be U-G-L-Y and the financings are at times coupled with changing management teams.

Venture Capital Q&A Session

Both Sides of the Table

We received so much positive feedback from our This Week in Venture Capital show walking through valuation calculations & term sheets that we decided to do a Q&A show this week to address topics that entrepreneurs want to learn about.

Vietnam venture capital – potential unlocked

VC Cafe

Vietnam’s Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) has shared a circular (a regulatory document, in Vietnam speak) for improving the legal environment for venture capital investing in the Socialist state.

The Rise of Chinese Venture Capital – (Part 3 of 5)

Steve Blank

This post is about the rise of Chinese venture capital and how it helped build the countries entrepreneurial ecosystem. The Rise of Chinese Venture Capital. SBIR and STTR programs, the Torch Program’s funding for new ventures was limited to seed funding the front end.

Venture Capital Funding and the Sexism You Can’t Quite Prove

Up and Running

At the outset, it is worth noting that when it comes to the world of venture funding, I am a bit of an outsider. Until a handful of years ago, I didn’t even know what venture capital was, let alone anything about the complicated process of actually acquiring VC funding.

Venture Capital Demystified: A Fundraising Guide for Entrepreneurs, Investors, and Lawyers

YoungUpstarts

by Jason Mendelson and Brad Feld, co-authors of “ Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist “ So, you’ve got a brilliant idea and you’re ready to launch a company.

It’s Morning in Venture Capital

Both Sides of the Table

Many observers of the venture capital industry have questioned whether its best days are behind it. They are, in fact, great news for traditional venture capitalists. The most successful of these businesses will still need venture capital to scale their businesses.

Do venture capital firms or private equity funds offer debt financing for startups?

Gust

The direct answer to your question is NO, VC and PE funds do not provide debt financing for any companies. For venture capital, this is typically ten times the invested capital, and those returns can only be achieved through equity appreciation, not debt service. Invested Interests debt financing private equity funds startup VCs venture capital firms

How to Write a Business Plan for Raising Venture Capital

Growthink Blog

Are you looking to raise venture capital ? Business planning and raising venture capital go hand-in-hand. A business plan is required for attracting venture capital. You can download Growthink's Proven Venture Capital Business Plan Template here.

The Rise of Chinese Venture Capital – (Part 3 of 5)

Steve Blank

This post is about the rise of Chinese venture capital and how it helped build the countries entrepreneurial ecosystem. The Rise of Chinese Venture Capital. SBIR and STTR programs, the Torch Program’s funding for new ventures was limited to seed funding the front end.

Why We Must Have Zero Tolerance for Sexual Misconduct in Venture Capital

Both Sides of the Table

I titled this post “We Must Have Zero Tolerance in Venture Capital” but of course I could just say “zero tolerance anywhere” because that’s true. Letting him lecture finance students?

This Week in Venture Capital – Episode 4

Both Sides of the Table

VC Financings: 1. Blippy (and their competitor Swipely – which was founded by Angus Davis , who has a great track record from both Netscape and TellMe, both aim to capitalize on the era of consumers living more openly ala Twitter, Foursquare and Gowalla.

This Week in Venture Capital – Episode 3

Both Sides of the Table

In addition to the P2P deals covered below, on the show we also talked about some of my favorite financing startups ( Wonga in the UK run by Errol Damelin , who is a superstar) and Affordit.com run by serial (and I mean serial!) Investors: True Ventures, Social Leverage (Howard Lindzon).

Venture capital partnership transparency and incentives

The Equity Kicker

I’ve just re-read the a 2012 report by the Kauffman Foundation about the contractual relationship between venture capital funds (often called GPs, short for General Partner) and their investors (often called LPs, short for Limited Partners). Venture Capital

Startups With Real Revenue Can Get Venture Capital

Startup Professionals Musings

I just read the Q1 2011 report from CB Insights , which shows venture capital is back. billion to work across 738 financing deals with U.S. To me, this indicates that venture capitalists (VCs) are looking for business, but not from first-time startups.

6 Steps to Raising Venture Capital in 6 Months

Gust

Financeable businesses require investors to believe that: 1) you will win at what you’re doing; and 2) the market in which you’re operating is worth winning. Recently, I met with an entrepreneur to discuss her financing strategy.

The disruption of venture capital

The Equity Kicker

One of the reasons I moved to Forward was to be in the vanguard of change for early stage company finance. Union Square Ventures partner Albert Wenger wrote a post yesterday about the disruption of venture capital which lists the changes afoot: Information about VCs on the internet. In the mid-1990s VCs began to have websites, but there were no good resources for entrepreneurs to find out about the venture capital process and learn about individual firms or partners.

The Truth about Venture Capital Financing

The Entrepreneurial Mind

You may have heard that venture capitalists invest in “A” teams even if they only have “C” ideas. Read my take here at a guest post I wrote for one of my colleague’s who edits a finance blog.

Daily News Round-up: Self-finance vs. venture capital, Obamacare and “micro” businesses

Up and Running

on lean start-ups : The Times continues the venture capital conversation with Steve Blank , a serial entrepreneur and founder of the lean start-up movement. Finance News micro business obamacare venture capital To V.C. or not to V.C.?

Stephanie Spong – Venture Capital Executive Interview

Startup Professionals Musings

Last week at an angel investor forum I was privileged to meet Stephanie Spong, who is a Principal with EPIC Ventures, an increasingly rare early stage VC firm. Stephanie: I am a venture capitalist currently based out of Santa Fe, New Mexico, with EPIC Ventures.

Tabbedout Receives $7.75 Million in Venture Capital

SiliconHills

million in venture capital. The Austin-based company announced the Series B financing deal Thursday on its website. The investors included NEA, Heartland Payment Systems and Morgan Creek Capital. Million in Venture Capital appeared first on SiliconHills.

Financing Your Startup

YoungUpstarts

Determining how to finance your business is an important decision with big consequences. There are several ways to approach funding, but there are two main sources of financing: debt and equity. Debt Financing. There are a few cons to debt financing. Equity Financing.

WellAware Lands $16 Million in Venture Capital

SiliconHills

WellAware, an oil and gas industry analytics and data startup, this week announced it has received $16 million more in financing. The San Antonio-based startup reported the Series B1 financing was led by Mitsui & Co. It plans to use the money to expand its operations and for research and development on its […] The post WellAware Lands $16 Million in Venture Capital appeared first on SiliconHills.

Changes in Software & Venture Capital – Part 2 of 3

Both Sides of the Table

Yesterday I wrote Part 1 of the series on the changes to the software industry over the past decade that has led to changes in the venture capital industry itself. Or at least venture-style returns. Not to mention providing the capital for growth.

How to Scale a Venture Capital (or Private Equity) Fund

David Teten

But, we normally have a clear ceiling on how high we can grow AUM, before hitting practical limits to deploying capital within the traditional VC model. . My Partners at HOF Capital are younger than I am, which means that we have a half-century horizon for the franchise we are building.

Vyze Lands $13.1 Million in Venture Capital

SiliconHills

million in venture capital to accelerate its growth and expand into new markets. Austin Ventures with additional investment from Fathom Capital and Starvest Partners led the Series C financing round. Million in Venture Capital appeared first on SiliconHills. Vyze, a cloud-based financial technology company, has raised $13.1 The company, founded in 2008, has raised $48.1 million including the latest funding round. As part […].

The Difference between Debt Financing and Equity Financing: Which Is Right For You?

YoungUpstarts

Getting the capital you need to run your business can be a struggle for any business owner. When you’re looking for extra funds, there are typically two options: debt financing and equity financing. Debt Financing. Working Capital Loans. Equity Financing.

Is Venture Capital Broken?

Up and Running

Audrey Watters posted “Is Venture Capital Broken?&# The title is direct reference to an essay, titled “Venture Capital is Broken&# , which angel investor Chris Sacca released as the “creed&# of his new investment firm, Lowercase Capital. Lowercase Capital’s Creed. One interesting offshoot of that is, possibly, an apparent change in the focus of leading venture capital investment.

Venture Capital is Back But Moving Up-Stage

Startup Professionals Musings

billion to work across 731 financing deals with US startups, a 50% increase over Q1 2009. To me, this indicates that venture capitalists (VCs) are looking for business, but they are clearly moving away from early-stage (pre-revenue) deals.

Why Venture Capital No Longer Defines Innovation

ReadWriteStart

Today’s venture capital deal flow to innovative new companies looks a lot like a fat man trying to squeeze into a slim Italian suit. In 2000, venture capitalists poured a staggering $112.2 Today, venture capital deal flow has slowed to a relative trickle, just $28.4

RunTitle Lands $4 Million in Venture Capital

SiliconHills

RunTitle, an online title search marketplace geared to the oil and gas industry, has landed $4 million in Series A venture capital led by Austin Ventures. The Houston-based startup also relocated to Austin as a condition of the financing.

Want to Raise Venture Capital More Easily? Clean Up Your Own Shite First

Both Sides of the Table

I know that the tone of the title and post will seem a bit aggressive for a post from a venture capitalist on fund raising. If you want to raise venture capital more easily the advice could be quite practical and counter-intuitive. Clean up your own shite.

Myth Busters: Debunking Seven Conventional Wisdom Maxims of Venture Capital

Genuine VC

Compared to most other areas of finance, venture capital is practiced as more of an art, as opposed to a science. The art of venture capital also means that for entrepreneurs raising it, there isn’t one definitive playbook which can be used as a guide. MYTH: Venture capitalists are looking to replace founders with “their guys.” Even the most elementary venture capitalist has the privilege of serving on boards of a number of startups.

Growth Hacking Without Venture Capital

Software By Rob

The confusion arises because we fail to make a distinction between the growth strategies that are relevant to venture backed startups as opposed to the strategies that are relevant to bootstrapped startups. This article is a guest post from Bronson Taylor.

Will Crowdfunding Crowd Out Venture Capital?

ReadWriteStart

Venture capitalists have been getting a black eye to go with their blue shirts. The next day, Fred Wilson, general partner at Union Square Ventures and prominent VC blogger , suggested that a flood of crowdfunding money unleashed by the JOBS Act could sweep away venture capitalists altogether.