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?

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.

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

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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

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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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.

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.

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. .

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Bits, Bytes, and the Blockchain: An Overview of Bitcoin

Early Growth Financial Services

Once regarded as part of a libertarian fringe, Bitcoin is increasingly commanding the attention of the world’s major financial institutions, institutional investors, and governmental regulatory bodies. Current estimates put the amount of Bitcoin outstanding at $14.2 million.

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.

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.

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

The NextView Ventures Manifesto

View from Seed

Most of these rhyme with what we’ve said in the past, but some have also evolved to fit the changing landscape and our own convictions about what really matters for founders and their investors at the seed stage. As the venture capital industry has evolved, more and more seed investors are passing on traditionally “seed stage” startups because there isn’t enough traction. We are first and foremost pre-traction investors. Lead investors are few.

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.

Don’t Let Investors Conclude Your Startup Is A Hobby

Gust

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. Invested Interests entrepreneur funding investor processes

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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How To Find An Angel Funding Match 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 #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.

A VC Puts On His Equity Crowdfunding Hat

YoungUpstarts

As a VC and angel investor, I believe deeply in entrepreneurs. There are inherent challenges in raising smaller amounts from many shareholders rather than leveraging larger checks from fewer experienced, accredited investors. By Tom Walker, CEO Rev1 Ventures.

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Where Do Venture Capital Dollars Actually Come From? This Visual Explains

Agile VC

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.

The Next Bubble – Don’t Get Fooled Again

Steve Blank

In the stealth phase , prescient angel investors and Venture Capitalists (VCs) start investing in an industry or market segment that others have not yet found. And all of the investors trot out explanations of “why—this time—everything is different&#.

The Most Misunderstood Facts About Building a Business on YouTube

Both Sides of the Table

Along with Greycroft, I was the first institutional investor in Maker Studios (sold to Disney for nearly $1 billion) and am still the largest investor in Mitu Network , the largest online video producer of Latino content.

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How the Seed-Stage VC Trend Began, The Downsides of Unicorns & Much More

Both Sides of the Table

*. If you are a 20-something tech entrepreneur you could be forgiven for thinking that seed-stage investors, Angellist Syndicates and widely available angel money always existed. I began asking around who the likely investors were for such a market.

Standart termsheets

The Equity Kicker

Normal termsheets, by contrast, take a position that is favourable to the investor with the expectation that they will be negotiated down. We couldn’t use them as is because they don’t have enough detail on key items, like investor protections and founder vesting.