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B is for BUBBLE: Venture Capital in 2013

VC Cafe

222 firms held initial public offerings last year, raising $55 Billion, the most since 406 companies went public for $97 million in 2000. Last year, the VC industry partied like its 1999.

Will Your Startup Get Venture Capital or IPO in 2013?

Startup Professionals Musings

Based on the final report for 2012 from Thomson Reuters and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), it may appear that IPOs are back as a viable startup exit strategy. For the full year 2012, venture-backed initial public offerings raised $21.5

IPOs, M&As, Liquidity, & You. (the entrepreneur)

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In the “good old days,” angels invested in seed-stage startups and teed up promising companies for subsequent venture capital financing. If the company was successful, this quickly led to an IPO – a very happy ending for the entrepreneur, the angels, and the venture capitalists. SOX and radically higher NASDAQ fees have limited those new ventures going public to much more mature and highly visible companies. Raising venture capital may lead to a huge exit.

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Insuring Directors And Officers Through M&A And IPO Events

YoungUpstarts

Corporate transactions including mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and initial public offerings (IPO) bring necessary capital and resources to a growing company. by Jeff Van Gulick , Senior Vice President, Commercial Lines Practice Leader, HUB International.

Jim Armstrong’s Take on LA Tech–It’s Past and It’s Future

Wired Wired West

Uncategorized Who Angel investor Clearstone Venture Partners Coworking Entrepreneur Initial public offering Jim Armstrong Jim Jonassen Los Angeles Silicon Beach Silicon Valley SnapChat Tech Startups ThursdayNights Venture capital This is far from an old school locker room. No wooden benches; no metal lockers. No chalkboard.

10 Reasons For Joining The New Startup Wave Now

Startup Professionals Musings

Initial Public Offerings (IPO) are back as an exit strategy. Conglomerates, which were the engines of growth and vitality in the twentieth century, have proven themselves unable to innovate, and have a tarnished public image due to financial woes and poor management.

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Venture Capital Survey - Silicon Valley Fourth Quarter 2010

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

Background - Fenwick & West LLP analyzed the terms of venture financings for 95 companies headquartered in Silicon Valley that reported raising money in the fourth quarter of 2010. The Fenwick & West Venture Capital Barometer showed an average price increase of 61% in 4Q10, up sharply from 28% in 3Q10. Detailed results are as follows: Venture Capital Investment.? Venture capitalists invested $7.6 venture-backed companies in 4Q10 totaled $10.5

The Next Bubble – Don’t Get Fooled Again

Steve Blank

A tech bubble is the rapid inflation in the valuation of public and private technology companies that exceeds their fundamental value by a large margin. Silicon Valley startups are falling over each other to file their S-1 documents to go public. Filed under: Venture Capital.

New Rules for the New Internet Bubble

Steve Blank

The Golden Age (1970 – 1995): Build a growing business with a consistently profitable track record (after at least 5 quarters,) and go public when it’s time. The reward for doing so was a liquidity event via an Initial Public Offering. Technology Venture Capital

5 Ways to Make Your Startup a Choice Investment

Startup Professionals Musings

Initially, you may be able to rely on friends and family to put you on the top of their list, but eventually you will probably need real professional investors (Angels and VCs). The same hold true for venture capital investors. People with money to invest have choices.

Venture Capital Survey Silicon Valley Second Quarter 2011

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

Background Fenwick & West LLP analyzed the terms of venture financings for 117 companies headquartered in Silicon Valley that reported raising money in the second quarter of 2011. The Fenwick & West Venture Capital Barometer showed an average price increase of 71% in 2Q11, up from the 52% increase registered in 1Q11. The second quarter of 2011 was generally a strong quarter for the venture capital industry, with the most notable result being an improved IPO market.

Investing in Venture Capital - Limited Partner or Fund of Funds? - Part 1

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

By Igor Sill, Managing Director of Geneva Venture Management LLC. Investor confidence in Venture Capital is at an all time high. Billion represents a significant liquidity window for Venture Capitalists and their Limited Partner investors.

Entrepreneurs: Due Diligence on Investors is Smart

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I recognize that it has been tough to raise capital these last couple of years, but don’t be tempted to take money from any source. Invested Interests advisors angel investment angel investors board board of advisors due diligence entrepreneurs entrepreneurship equity exit strategy fundraising initial public offering shareholders startups terms venture capitalDue diligence should always be a two-way street.

Stock Market Bubble? Venture Capital Numbers Tell Another Story

Inc Startups

Venture capital investment helped drive the last stock market bubble. Broadly, the stock market is influenced by monetary policy," John Backus, founder and managing partner at venture capital firm New Atlantic Ventures, says. But venture capital investment tells another story entirely. venture community is nowhere near the outlandish number of deals, or outpouring of cash for investments, seen more than a decade ago.

The right investors for the right stage

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For instance, if your company is only a few weeks old and you have zero customers and your product offering is still in design, don’t expect someone to hand over $10 million to fund your efforts. Angel investors typically provide early-stage funding, while venture capital firms typically come in at later stages. This is the initial excitement period, the time when you dream of riches and fantasize the life of a business owner, but you have no real plan.

Update on America’s Slipping Global Competitiveness– Implications for Intellectual Property Development of Senate Bill 515

Pascal's View

My remarks explained the relationship between the long-term decline in America’s global competitiveness, the impact of the capital markets crisis on new investment in research and development, and specifically addressed Senate Bill 515 , the pending U.S.

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VC Governance FAQ: (2) Especially now, when transparency is so important, why is limited financial information available from a private company?

Pascal's View

This is the second in our series of ten frequently asked questions from investors in venture capital partnerships. And in venture capital, the second you become a forced seller of a company, you have given it the equivalent of the kiss of death.

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Barron’s Article on Tech IPO’s Misses the Importance of the Extinct Sub-$50 million IPO

Pascal's View

”, written by Mark Veverka, asserting that “venture capitalists want to widen the playing field for the underwriters.” The collateral effect of this market reality is that the vast majority of emerging VC-backed companies are effectively barred from going public.

What You Need to Know About Going Public

Inc Startups

Randy Komisar, partner at venture-capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, explains why most entrepreneurs are caught off guard when they go through an initial public offering

How To Match Your Startup Stage To Investor Interest

Startup Professionals Musings

Different types of investors tend to specialize in capitalizing on businesses at different stages. Venture capital firms look for the most mature companies they can find, Angel investors typically deal a tier lower, while friends and family are most likely to help you get started.

Three economic trends for 2011 (fueled by startup goodness)

crowdSPRING Blog

The past year saw startups on the rise, an increase in venture capital funding (both in real dollars and numbers of companies funded), a resurgence of IPOs, and the rise of David against Goliath, as best represented by Groupon’s spurning of a $6 billion offer from Google.

How To Get The Right Investor To Fund Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Different types of investors tend to specialize in capitalizing on businesses at different stages. Venture capital firms look for the most mature companies they can find, Angel investors typically deal a tier lower, while friends and family are most likely to help you get started.

Disappointed Billions are the Best Thing Ever

This is going to be BIG.

"Square, the payment technology company founded and led by Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, this evening raised $243 million by pricing its initial public offering at $9 per share, which would imply an market value of around $2.9 Unlike venture capital funds, they don't make money directly off the multiples of their return. Maybe for once public investors will get a chance to benefit from a little runup of the companies they use everyday.

A New Era For Entrepreneurs And Startups Has Begun

Startup Professionals Musings

Initial Public Offerings (IPO) are back as an exit strategy. According to a report just out, a record 156 operating companies went public in the U.S. Twitter was one of the most notable, with a market capitalization now up to $38 billion all by itself.

Connecting the Dots: How New Job Creation, IPO’s, and Venture Capital in America Are Intimately Linked

Pascal's View

6) The most efficient fuel for this IPO engine is venture capital. This is an extraordinary percentage considering that only 1/16 th of 1% of all companies are VC-backed.” “… it is highly unlikely that a company that does not take venture capital ends up going public.

Wall Street Journal Opinion Column: Don’t Strangle Venture Capital With Miles of Red Tape

Pascal's View

Scott Austin has written a lively column today on this topic in Venture Capital Dispatch. I think it’s very important that readers separate their personal feelings about venture capitalists from the capital markets issue. Small cap IPO’s are necessary to restore job growth in America, regardless of whether they are venture backed or not.

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The One Thing Every Venture Capitalist Wants

Growthink Blog

A venture capital firm is a financial institution that focuses on providing capital, in the form of equity, to companies who offer them the prospects of significant growth. The partners and associates at venture capital firms are known as venture capitalists.

Planning for the Future: Your Exit Strategy

Up and Running

For anyone seeking venture capital funding or angel investment , having a clear exit strategy is essential. Initial Public Offering (IPO).

Why Big IPOs Mean More Money for Your Startup

Inc Startups

Venture capital returns are finally starting to outpace seemingly humdrum indexes like the Dow Jones and the S&P 500. Good news for venture capitalists is good news for you. Why should you care how well venture funds do? Venture Capital Index was 7.7

Startup Fairy Tales and Other Tall Tales That Venture Capitalists Tell

Growthink Blog

With this seed capital – more often than not totaling between $100,000 and $1,000,000 - the company accomplishes a number of key technical milestones, gets a beta customer or two, and then goes on a "road show" to venture capitalists around the country for capital to “scale” the business. This venture capital financing - usually between $3 and $10 million - is the first of a number of rounds of outside investment over a period of three to five years.

Fenwick & West Venture Capital Survey - Silicon Valley Second Quarter 2010

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

Background - Fenwick & West LLP analyzed the terms of venture financings for 126 companies headquartered in Silicon Valley that reported raising money in the second quarter of 2010. The Fenwick & West Venture Capital Barometer showed an average price increase of 30% in 2Q10, compared to 21% in 1Q10.? Detailed results are as follows: DowJones VentureSource ("VentureSource") reported that the amount invested by venture capitalists in the U.S. By Barry J.

Venture Capital Survey - Silicon Valley Third Quarter 2010

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

Patrick Fenwick & West LLP Background - Fenwick & West LLP analyzed the terms of venture financings for 107 companies headquartered in Silicon Valley that reported raising money in the third quarter of 2010. The Fenwick & West Venture Capital Barometer showed an average price increase of 28% in 3Q10.? Fundraising by venture capital funds continued to be difficult. Report") also reported a decrease in 3Q10 venture capital investment, with $4.8

Investing in Venture Capital - Limited Partner or Fund of Funds? - Part 1

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

Investor confidence in Venture Capital is at an all time high. The unusually strong Initial Public Offering (IPO) market and its pent up pipeline is due in part over the tremendous success of Venture Capital funded Linkedin's recent public market debut. The markets have reinvigorated investor confidence in venture backed companies back to the levels of 2004 when the biggest Internet IPO, Google, followed by Salesforce.com, debuted.

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The IPO Market: Is Larry Bird Walking Through that Door?

Growthink Blog

One of the key objectives of the recently passed JOBS act is that it will “open” the now 11 years and counting "shut” window for initial public offerings. Because golly, when it comes to the IPO market and public market returns in general, help is needed in a big way. For perspective, before 2001 over 40% of all venture capital exits were via initial public offerings. companies went public.

Most Investors Bite Only at Specific Startup Stages

Startup Professionals Musings

For instance, if your company is only a few weeks old and you have zero customers and your product offering is still in design, don’t expect someone to hand over $10 million to fund your efforts. If you are looking for an outside investor, you need to know how they see you.

Box: Strong on Revenues (Weak on Profits) Files IPO

Inc Startups

Cloud services and storage company Box filed for an initial public offering late Monday. The best-known in the group is Twitter, which filed its public documents with the Securities and Exchange Commission in October.

10 Things Business Owners Can Count On in 2014

Inc Startups

Our columnist offers his predictions for the coming year. In 2013 we absorbed increases to capital gains and individual rates (now at 39.6% The venture-capital industry is flush and looking for more opportunities. Uncertainty is the bane of business owners everywhere.

6 Secrets to a Successful Start-up

Inc Startups

Venture capitalists give their perspectives on traits that define the best start-ups. Here, O’Driscoll and some of his colleagues in the venture capital world share their perspectives on the less tangible elements of start-up success.

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Can An Investment Bank Enhance Your Startup Future?

Startup Professionals Musings

None of these investment banks offer traditional banking services, as you would expect from one of the following: Retail banks Commercial banks Credit unions Savings and loans As startup founders, you first need to deal with one of these traditional banks, probably a commercial bank.

Think Long To Succeed In The Immediate

YoungUpstarts

Being part of a new and unestablished company brand results in even greater challenges and distractions as they attempt to move from angel or venture capital funding to self-sustainment. By Dana A.