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How Do VCs Mitigate Risk In Their Investment Portfolios?

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Question: How do VCs mitigate risk in their investment portfolios? The primary ways VCs mitigate risk are (1) time diversification, (2) stage diversification, (3), sector diversification, (4) pro-rata or over pro-rata investing over time, and (5) number of investments in the portfolio. As a result, the funds were invested during the rapid rise and peak of the Internet bubble, resulting in horrible performance for 1999 vintage funds due to their lack of time diversity.

Portfolio POV: What’s Trending on Everipedia?

Mucker Lab

Editor’s Note: This guest post is the first of an ongoing series offering up an insider-point of view from a portfolio company. The content, updated by users in real-time, keeps Everipedia up to speed on trending topics across the internet. Guest Portfolio POV Everipedia

How to get attention from internet celebrities

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

I had emailed you in August before we first started the program and I wanted to invite you to take a look at some of these new tech-businesses in our portfolio. I get a constant stream of requests to look at new startups or to announce something that a startup just did.

Put the internet to work for you

John O'Farrell

Worldwide, we pass over 35 billion hours a month in the digital world, with US Internet users spending an average of 32 hours online monthly. Perhaps most exciting of all is the role IFTTT can play in the emerging Internet of Things. Living in silos.

Every Startup Needs Intellectual Property To Thrive

Startup Professionals Musings

A large portion of your competitive advantage and your potential value to investors is the size of your intellectual property portfolio. In reality, patents are only one of at least eight items that should be in your IP portfolio. Internet domain name.

Use The Internet To Supercharge Your Real Estate Business

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

It’s also one of the few industries that rely on brokers that haven’t been disrupted by the Internet. Some have even made six-figures from their property portfolio. Buying and selling real estate is the most straightforward business out there.


Webby Awards Honor the Best of the Internet

Inc Startups

Started in 1996--a time of dial-up modems and screen names-- the Webby Awards have highlighted the best of the Internet since the medium''s infancy. These companies'' work on the Web over the last year can serve as a guide for your online efforts.

So You Want to Compete Against Amazon?

Jeff Jordan

Here is a simple illustration of their scale, using data from Internet Retailer: Amazon is larger than the next dozen largest e-tailers—COMBINED! E-commerce Portfolio Companies Amazon Fab Julep Muhammad Ali Neiman Marcus Nordstrom retail ShoeDazzle Wal-Mart zulily

You Can’t Spell Hardware without H-A-R-D

K9 Ventures

That’s 7 out of about 29 investments that K9 has made to date and so that’s almost 1/4 of the K9 portfolio. Among the fun inventory stories, twice one of my portfolio companies has ended up forecasting less than what they could have sold.

Unpacking the Grocery Stack

Jeff Jordan

During the first wave of Internet startups, we saw this centralized approach most famously with Webvan, but also at Peapod, FreshDirect, and more recently Amazon Fresh. E-commerce Portfolio Companies consumer e-commerce Jeff Jordan Photo: Getjustin.

Software Eats Education: An Audacious Undertaking

Peter Levine

By leveraging the economics of the Internet, Udacity aims to democratize education by delivering world-class coursework to hundreds of thousands of students everywhere. Andreessen Horowitz Portfolio Companies Education Sebastian ThrunThroughout my career, I’ve been an executive at several tech companies that have revolutionized enterprise computing. I’ve also been an investor and venture capitalist (in the past and currently) focused on finding the next BIG things in tech.

The Entrepreneur’s Wish List from VCs [part 1]

VC Cafe

Suggest tools and evangelize new technology – each startup is different, but when it comes to Internet startups, there’s a lot of common tools and best practices. Host workshops and help establish a strong management team within your portfolio.

How To Grow Your Online Influence And Why You Are Failing


It may be a authority blog or an arresting portfolio of images or even a YouTube channel depending on what you do. The Internet is a two-way street. Do not be an addition to the massive amount of rants that already exist on the Internet. Influence is an interesting word.

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E-commerce 2.0

Jeff Jordan

One of the leaders in this is , one of our portfolio companies. Mark was the founder and former CEO of Blue Nile , the largest online retailer of certified diamonds, engagement rings and fine jewelry, and Darrell was his head of technology and marketing (an intriguing combination of functions that I had never before encountered as an Internet executive). Andreessen Horowitz E-commerce Portfolio Companies

On the Road to Recap:

The same thing happened to many Internet stocks. Gavin Baker, a high-profile portfolio manager at Fidelity has a message for Unicorn CEOs: “Generate $1 of free cash flow, and then you can invest everything else in growth and stay at $1 in free cash flow for years. And the SPV has the added risk that is has no portfolio diversification or “look-back” feature to provide downside protection. Why the Unicorn Financing Market Just Became Dangerous…For All Involved.

Measuring Incrementality: Controlled Experiments to the Rescue!

Occam's Razor

Smart Marketers work hard to ensure that their digital marketing and advertising efforts are focused on the most impactful portfolio of channels. The company truly has a portfolio strategy when it comes to marketing.

How Top Venture Capitalists Create (and Sometimes Destroy) Portfolio Company Value

David Teten

Mr. Fralic has 25 years of technology industry experience, with significant Internet business development roles since 1996.

Why Leave A Six Figure Corporate Job For Internet Entrepreneurship? by Yaro Starak

That said, I have some of my stock portfolio in hedge funds managed by folks I know (I know you are thinking Madoff at this point), and most in vehicles that are on auto-pilot. A small part of my portfolio is purely in speculative plays, but I believe in value investing over time. When I evaluate my real estate portfolio, I give some consideration to the hedge factor as well. All he needs is his laptop and internet connection.

Overcoming the Last Mile

Peter Levine

On top of it all, all these devices will connect to the Internet over congested mobile and WiFi networks, which will continue to be strained as applications get richer and more sophisticated. However, the explosion in size and complexity of these applications, and the sharp growth in the number of people accessing these applications over wireless networks give rise to very high levels of congestion on the “last mile” of the Internet.

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Web 3.0+: The Hyperconnected Global Internet


I overviewed the growth of the global internet and penetration, noting that the future of the Web was going to be driven by emerging countries, as mobile connectivity continues to be more ubiquitous and the West is largely penetrated. Globalization of the Internet. We now have the components for this in place: infrastructure through the Internet, mobile connectivity in the hands of billions of people throughout the world, and social networks such as facebook and twitter and skype.

Betting That Narrow Can Be Big

Jeff Jordan

Similarly, on the Internet, the early winners were “portals” that carried a broad range of programming. Today, the Internet (and social media) enables us to target these segments more precisely. Growth Strategy Portfolio Companies consumer Founders Jeff Jordan Tristan Walker

Swedish Kinnevik Invested €1.1 Billion Into Rocket Internet. Should we care?


However may I remind you what Rocket Internet really is? billion into Rocket Internet, we could not be as excited as we normally are with large investments. In other words they want to grow the companies in their portfolio and focus on returns as opposed to exits.

Stitch Fix: Reinventing Retail Through Personalization

I immediately reached out to the founder and CEO, Katrina Lake , who had previously worked for another Benchmark portfolio company in the fashion space, Polyvore. ecommerce Internet retailing Uncategorized Venture Capital Web/Tech Ecommerce Retailing Stitch Fix

2011 Consumer Internet Predictions « Lightspeed Venture Partners Blog


Home About Lightspeed Team jump to navigation 2011 Consumer Internet Predictions December 3, 2010 Posted by jeremyliew in 2011 , advertising , Consumer internet , Ecommerce , ltv , mobile , predictions , social games. Before I try gazing into my crystal ball to see what 2011 will bring for the consumer internet industry, let me first see how I did on last years predictions: 1. Year of the tablet Smartphones transformed the mobile internet.

Intuit to Acquire Demandforce for $424MM

This morning, Intuit announced its agreement to acquire one of Benchmark’s portfolio companies, Demandforce, for $424mm. advertising Internet Uncategorized Venture Capital Web/Tech Demandforce LocalAs with Instagram, Benchmark Capital is the largest institutional investor in Demandforce. 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 [.].

Hardware, IoT, and the Long Arc of the Internet

Agile VC

How does physical stuff fit in with NextView’s investment thesis focused on the internet and the broad innovation wave it represents? For starters we take a very, very long term view of internet innovation (more on this below). The internet as we know it is 20ish years old.

Hardware, IoT, and the Long Arc of the Internet

Agile VC

How does physical stuff fit in with NextView’s investment thesis focused on the internet and the broad innovation wave it represents? For starters we take a very, very long term view of internet innovation (more on this below). The internet as we know it is 20ish years old.

How to Start a Movement

Ben's Blog

A few months ago, my friend Joe Green sent me a video titled, “ The Internet is My Religion ”: In it, Jim Gilliam gives us a short tour of his life’s story. In order to promote these films, Jim developed a series of techniques using the Internet to basically create a movement—i.e. He realized that everything good comes from people working together to accomplish something important and, furthermore, that the Internet would be the great enabler of the most important endeavors.

How would you start a PayPal or rebuild Visa today?

Scott Weiss

Ben began designing a system based on the impending ubiquity of the Internet; something consumers, banks, businesses, and developers had immediate access to on their phones and computers. The world needs a better way to transfer value, the same way it needed a better way to transfer information before the Internet went mainstream. Andreessen Horowitz Mobile Portfolio Companies Dwolla funding announcement payments PayPal scott weiss Visa

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Revolution at the Edge

Ben's Blog

In 2012, most everyone takes the Internet for granted and believes its emergence to be a logical, evolutionary step. A review of the technology press in 1993 and 1994 reveals that almost nobody believed the Internet would be important. In the late year of 1995, IBM acquired Lotus Development, makers of the Lotus 123 spreadsheet and a proprietary Internet predecessor, Lotus Notes, for $3.5B—more HIstory Portfolio Companies

What Has Changed

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

it is the single biggest megatrend in the consumer internet space right now. most new consumer internet startups need to build for iOS, Android, and web at the same time. The combination of these three factors is making it harder for consumer internet companies (web and mobile) to get funding. But the first two factors are also making it harder for consumer internet companies (web and mobile) to breakout which is more and more a prerequisite for funding.

The Dangers Of Being Too Early

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I often think of the formative years of the Internet, in the early/mid 90s. Josh Harris was the first person to show me audio streaming over the Internet. Josh was the first person to show me video streaming over the Internet. Around the same time, 1993 ish, Josh predicted to me that auctions would be one of the first big businesses to take shape on the Internet. I have been reading Whiplash , a book I recommended here last week.

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Who’s on call?

John O'Farrell

In a world where we’ve come to view the Internet as a utility, a major website outage is almost as serious as a power outage — and usually affects far more customers. Andreessen Horowitz Investing Portfolio Companies IT infrastructure John O'Farrell PagerDuty

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My Notes From The Ed Dale Internet Marketing Seminar by Yaro Starak

Ed Dale, if you don’t know him, is one of Australia’s most well known and likable Internet marketers, who adds a uniquely Australian flavour to the industry. Ed also has a rep for website flipping, having earlier in his career sold his website portfolio for $5 million dollars. The Cutting Edge Of Internet Marketing. As a result of this I was excited to hear what the speakers would talk about, expecting to learn what’s new in the Internet marketing space.


The Future of Networking

Ben's Blog

Through the years, the platform that I grew up on has served the world extremely well, enabling the massive build out of the Internet itself. Portfolio CompaniesI’ve seen the future and it will be. I’ve seen the future and it works. Prince, The Future. Major technology platforms tend to last about 25 to 30 years. This gives them time to gather sufficient developer momentum, enable a set of transformational ideas, build those ideas, and form a large industry around it.

Neul powers new wireless network for the internet of things

The Equity Kicker

Wouldn’t it be cool if you could stick a $5 module into anything and have it talk wirelessly to the internet? Cisco and others are predicting that 20 billion devices will be connected to the internet by 2020, and Neul’s technology is a key enabler. Portfolio

This Julep is Mint!

Jeff Jordan

Spencer is CEO of Seattle-based Zillow, one of the largest Internet real estate businesses. I first met him when I served on the board of Hotwire, an Internet travel business that Spencer co-founded. He is an experienced, extremely talented Internet executive and a very good guy. Andreessen Horowitz E-commerce Portfolio CompaniesWe at a16z believe we are seeing the “creative destruction” of traditional physical retailers by their online competitors.

Cracking The Code: "10 Things Every CEO Needs to Know About.

Cracking the Code

Thoughts from a Venture Capitalist on Software, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Cloud Computing, Internet and more. Labels: design , internet , sales and marketing. 5 comments: Radu Prisacaru - UK Internet Marketer. internet. (6). Portfolio. (3). Cracking The Code.

Internet/Media: 5 things that will define 2011 « Lightspeed.


Home About Lightspeed Team jump to navigation Internet/Media: 5 things that will define 2011 December 8, 2010 Posted by Bipul Sinha in advertising , Consumer internet , social media , social networks , startups. Year of Social Utilities With over half a billion users and open graph integration, Facebook is the Internet with social graph at its core. The aggregation of such high-intent traffic is what makes Google a formidable force on the Internet.

Why the Browser Matters

Ben's Blog

Before my partner Marc Andreessen and his friends at the University of Illinois invented the browser in 1993, most people thought only scientists and researchers would use the Internet. The Internet was thought to be too arcane, insecure and slow to meet real business needs. In fact, you’d be hard pressed to find much written arguing that the Internet would be meaningful in those days. On the modern Internet, we all benefit from that passion and commitment.