How To Think About Crypto Investing, For Institutional Investors

Ben's Blog

Given all the attention out there around every little move in bitcoin prices — as well as the now-they-like-it , now-they-don’t noise around crypto in general — how might institutional investors think about investing in crypto assets?

Institutional Investor Just Published our Research Study on Disruption of Investing

David Teten

We’re happy to report that Institutional Investor just published our summary of our research study in their April issue: “ Asset Managers, Prepare to Have Your Business Disrupted ” (about 2,000 words).

VC Governance FAQ: (7) How should institutional investors contact VC funds?

Pascal's View

This is the seventh in our series of ten frequently asked questions from investors in venture capital partnerships. Susan Mangiero , CEO of Investment Governance’s Fiduciary X , asked me the following: Question; How should institutional investors contact VC funds?

Women Who Venture

Feld Thoughts

When Renata George told me she was going to write a book about Women Who Venture, featuring around a hundred female investors of different generations, I immediately said I’d be supportive. Many of the investors interviewed for this book, offer advice and solutions to address this issue.

March 3-6, Birmingham, AL: Alternative Investing Conference

David Teten

The Southern States Business Coalition (SSBC) is bringing some of the country’s leading Plan Sponsors, Institutional Investors, and Alternative Investment professionals to Birmingham, AL, March 3-6 for the Southern States Alternative Investment Symposium 2013.

Austin’s TurnKey Vacation Rentals Lands $31 Million in Funding

SiliconHills

The Austin-based startup received the funding from Adam Street Partners which led the Series D round along with participation from existing investors including Altos Ventures and two new institutional investors. TurnKey Vacation Rentals, one of the nation’s largest vacation rental management companies, recently announced it has received $31 million in funding.

Why This Startup Teaches Everyone to Code + a Framework to Find a CTO

View from Seed

In the 10th edition of Traction, we hear the story of Vin Vacanti , co-founder/CEO of Yipit.com (daily deals aggregator) and YipitData (analyzes web data for institutional investors).

Why Do Consumer IPOs and B2B IPOs Get Treated Differently?

View from Seed

All three companies had significant investor interest during their road shows and increased their IPO price ranges, but I believe Zoom’s increased the most by the offering. Fairly frequently public market investors believe that a new consumer company is “the next X”.

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The Gift of Feedback, Part V

OnlyOnce

I have a lot of institutional investors in our cap table at Return Path. One was from one of our institutional investors, sharing guidelines and timetables for doing CEO reviews across its portfolio.

Austin-based Next Coast Ventures Raises $85 Million Fund

SiliconHills

The fund was oversubscribed by $25 million and its limited partners include leading institutional investors, funds of funds and family offices. Next Coast Ventures announced Thursday that it has closed on its debut fund at $85 million. Next Coast Ventures is looking at investing in deals in Austin and in the middle part of the […] The post Austin-based Next Coast Ventures Raises $85 Million Fund appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

Crowdfunding Your Startup at 700 Percent Oversubscribed

ReadWriteStart

The jobs act promised small individual investors the ability to invest in the next Google. Less risk for the new startup investors. ” Investing in startups is a risky affair, yet investors are will to take these risks because of the potential of significant upsides.

Why GE’s Jeff Immelt Lost His Job – Disruption and Activist Investors

Steve Blank

In fact, what happened is activist investors. In 2015 Trian Partners, an activist investor, bought $2.5 The firm wrote a white paper, “Transformation Underway… But Nobody Cares” which essentially said that GE stock was undervalued because investors didn’t believe that Immelt and GE management would do the things needed to deliver a higher stock price and dividends. Activist Investors. There is an upside to an activist investor taking a run at a company.

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6 Actions To Find The Perfect Angel For Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

A while back, I outlined “ The 10 Best Sources of Cash to Start Your Business ” for startups, listing angel investors as alternative six. I still get a lot of questions on these mysterious and often invisible investors, so here is another attempt to bring them out of the ether.

Sharp Elbows Among Seed VCs

View from Seed

This post will try to describe why this is happening and what repercussions are for founders and investors. More and more, I hear seed investors claim that they are increasingly religious about hitting their ownership target in the majority of rounds they are a part of.

Why This Startup Teaches Everyone to Code + a Framework to Find a CTO

View from Seed

In the 10th edition of Traction, we hear the story of Vin Vacanti , co-founder/CEO of Yipit.com (daily deals aggregator) and YipitData (analyzes web data for institutional investors).

Seek Support Organizations Based On Startup Stage

Startup Professionals Musings

The alternative is to work with an innovation institute to evaluate your technology, or hire a consultant. Separately at this stage, you may look for small funding amounts from Angel investors , called seed investments.

Venture Debt 101

Up and Running

Venture debt provides a very cost-effective way to receive capital from a big financial institution if you have liquidity or existing financial backing from a well-known investor. A considerable number of banks and financial institutions, all which specialize in this type of financing.

What Buying Habits Tell Marketers About Each Generation

YoungUpstarts

Gui Costin , author of “ Millennials Are Not Aliens “, is an entrepreneur, and founder of Dakota, a company that sells and markets institutional investment strategies.

How to think about cash vs. equity compensation

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

This is the key, because Q — what an institutional investor would accept — is a well-understood system. So what kind of return does an angel investor need to make on their $84,000?

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To Understand VCs, Founders Should Meet Their LPs

Hunter Walker

I’m suprised how many founders – even multiple time entrepreneurs – are unfamiliar with the institutional investors that back most of the major venture funds. I don’t think we’re unique in encouraging this mixing (True Ventures & Khosla Ventures do something similar) but it doesn’t seem to have historically been standard practice for venture capitalists to talk about their investors or their economics.

NIMBOXX Lands $12M in Funding and Launches Company

Austin Startup

The company also announced it has raised $12 million in Series A funding from SMC Holdings, a Hong Kong-based institutional investor with a strong track record in backing U.S. NIMBOXX today unveiled its ‘atomic unit’ of the software-defined data center, an all-in-one solution that puts a hyper-scale computing model within reach for organizations of all sizes.

Seeking Investors to Participate in Study on Disruption of Asset Management

David Teten

We are seeking Partner-level investment professionals at hedge funds, mutual funds, VCs, sovereign wealth funds, pension funds, family offices, and other institutional investors to interview for this research project. .

8 Strategies For Regularly Reinventing Your Business

Startup Professionals Musings

If your business success so far is based on family and Angel investors, perhaps it’s time to start working with institutional investors and external business partners.

The Good The Bad And The Ugly Of Funding From Friends

Startup Professionals Musings

Then you don’t have to worry about the fact that most angel investors and venture capitalists won’t take a bet on you if none of your friends and family have given you a vote of confidence with money. Treat the transaction as you would expect to be treated by an angel investor or VC.

Introducing the New-Look NextView + Seed-Stage Startup Platform

View from Seed

We are quite simply high conviction, hands-on seed investors. – We are seed investors. Although the definition of seed is changing, we are focused on being the first institutional investor for an early-stage company, and most of our investments are pre-traction. One core idea behind our firm is that investors and founders by definition have different goals.

Where Does VC Money Actually Come From? [Flowchart]

View from Seed

Most of the dollars a VC firm invests come from outside limited partner investors (LPs). To better understand VC capital, let’s look more closely at the various types of institutions (LPs) and their raison d’etre : Pension Funds.

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Savvy Entrepreneurs Look for More Than Funding

Startup Professionals Musings

The alternative is to work with an innovation institute to evaluate your technology, or hire a consultant. Separately at this stage, you may look for small funding amounts from Angel investors , called seed investments.

Intuit to Acquire Demandforce for $424MM

abovethecrowd.com

As with Instagram, Benchmark Capital is the largest institutional investor in Demandforce. This morning, Intuit announced its agreement to acquire one of Benchmark’s portfolio companies, Demandforce, for $424mm. Unlike Instagram, which is a consumer application and is extremely well known, Demandforce focuses on local professional businesses and has chosen to keep an intentionally low profile [.]. advertising Internet Uncategorized Venture Capital Web/Tech Demandforce Local

6 Ways To Attract A Flock Of Angels To Your Venture

Startup Professionals Musings

A while back, I outlined “ 10 Tried-And-True Strategies For Funding New Ventures ” for startups, listing angel investors as alternative six. I still get a lot of questions on these mysterious and often invisible investors, so here is another attempt to bring them out of the ether.

Can Pre-Seed Capital Hurt an Entrepreneur’s Chances to Raise Seed from VCs?

View from Seed

Much digital ink has been spilled about what dollar amount constitutes a pre-seed and how that might affect a startup’s ability to go raise a “normal” seed round from institutional investors. ” Those trends increased the typical “institutional seed” round sizes from the previous levels I mentioned to $1.5M-$2M or even more. It all depends on the type of startup, the types of investors, the structure of rounds, and so on.

Landmark Angels and Marcum MicroCap conferences

David Teten

The Landmark Venture Forum is hosted by Landmark Angels , an angel investor group, and will feature 12 promising emerging companies in the digital media space. The Marcum MicroCap Conference is hosted by Marcum LLP and co-presented by CCG Investor Relations. The conference is geared towards investors in small-cap equities; expected attendees include institutional investors, mutual funds, hedge funds, wealth managers, and family offices.

How To Take Money From Friends And Still Be Friends

Startup Professionals Musings

Then you don’t have to worry about the fact that most angel investors and venture capitalists won’t take a bet on you if none of your friends and family have given you a vote of confidence with money. Treat the transaction as you would expect to be treated by an Angel investor or VC.

8 Action Items Required To Sustain Market Leadership

Startup Professionals Musings

If your business success so far is based on family and Angel investors, perhaps it’s time to start working with institutional investors and external business partners.

OtherInBox Acquired by ReturnPath

Austin Startup

The company had raised approximately $4M in investment over the years from non-institutional investors. OtherInBox, an Austin-based company that reduces unwanted email, announced today that they have been acquired and will now be a wholly owner subsidiary of ReturnPath. The company recently crossed the 2 million user mark, a highly coveted milestone for a consumer internet company.

Accelerators And Seed Deal Flow

Haystack

all together) combined with the culture of “demo days,” in-person gatherings where angels and professional investors collide with entrepreneurs. Before we dive into this, let me say (1) I know a lot of people personally who run these accelerators and consider them friends (and darn good people); and (2) I know there will be a bunch of founders who will say “Hey, well, I met some great investors this way, so it can work.”

How Entrepreneurs Must Reinvent Themselves To Thrive

Startup Professionals Musings

If your business success so far is based on family and Angel investors, perhaps it’s time to start working with institutional investors and external business partners.

The Importance of Bridge Funding for StartUps

The Startup Magazine

It’s no secret that one of the first things you need to do to get a start-up off the ground is secure financing from investors, a bank, alternative funder, or other business.

Don’t Let Investors Conclude Your Startup Is A Hobby

Startup Professionals Musings

Even when your startup is a one-man show and lots of fun, a “business” needs some discipline and controls to keep it from being defined as a hobby by investors, and assure some financial return. entrepreneur funding hobby investors startup

Founders Finding Funding From Friends May Be Fools

Startup Professionals Musings

Then you don’t have to worry about the fact that most Angel investors and venture capitalists won’t take a bet on you if none of your friends and family have given you a vote of confidence with money. Treat the transaction as you would expect to be treated by an Angel investor or VC.

Know the Right Resources for Your Startup Stage

Startup Professionals Musings

The alternative is to work with an innovation institute to evaluate your technology, or hire a consultant. Separately at this stage, you may look for small funding amounts from angel investors , called seed investments. entrepreneur idea investor early funding startup stages growth

2012 Recap and Final Close at $19M

Version One Ventures

Our original target was $10M, so I’m extremely grateful at the confidence our investors placed in the fund. In addition, I’m particularly excited that this final close includes an institutional investor, the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) – their announcement can be found here. While crunching the data and reflecting on the past year, it’s clear that 2012 was busy.

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Angel Investors Won’t Swoop Down on Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

A while back, I outlined “ Most Startups Get No Professional Investor Cash ” for startups, listing angel investors as alternative #6. I still get a lot of questions on these mysterious and often invisible investors, so here is another attempt to bring them out of the ether.

Why Businesses Must Grasp Millennial Thinking Or Face Economic Calamity

YoungUpstarts

Gui Costin , author of “ Millennials Are Not Aliens “, is an entrepreneur, and founder of Dakota, a company that sells and markets institutional investment strategies.