Golden Angels Announces IRR Results

Tim Keane

It’s not very often that angel networks disclose results. Most of us are ready and willing to discuss our approaches, beliefs or methods, but usually stop well short of providing the proof of our assertions. Today, Golden Angels is publishing. Funding startups

IRR Multiplication Table

Will Price

The attached IRR Multiplication Table is a very useful reference tool. The data table calculates IRR by years (x-axis) and multiple (y-axis). Tags: IRR return calculations Dan O'Keefe , who I worked with at Pequot Ventures is the brains behind the spreadsheet.

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The IRR of Simplicity

Austin Startup

September 5, 2016: Some recent successful exits in Austin have caught my eye for the relative simplicity of their business models. Patient… Continue reading on Austin Startups

Investors: Don’t believe your ROI projections

Up and Running

And Internal Rate of Return (IRR)? Finance angel investment IRR ROI venture capital Flash: investors don’t believe your ROI projections. News at 11. Why is this news? It shouldn’t be. But recently I joined two other angel investor members of our local group in a conference call giving companies feedback on why they didn’t make the final rounds in our annual event.

How do VCs measure their success (and why you should care)?

Hippoland

A common intermediary milestone for most investors is IRR (internal rate of return) of the fund. So there are a lot of unrealized gains built into the IRR of an early fund. Furthermore, we’ve established that companies don’t get credit for revenue — this does not get factored into IRR calculations. IRR calculations are based on two things — changes in a company’s value and the time-scale on which this happens.

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Why Companies are Not Startups

Steve Blank

A consequence of using these corporate finance metrics like RONA and IRR is that it ‘s a lot easier to get these numbers to look great by 1) outsourcing everything, 2) getting assets off the balance sheet and 3) only investing in things that pay off fast.

What to Expect When You're Expecting Venture Capital Returns

This is going to be BIG.

So here's what the charts say for follow on strategies: If you run down the first column, what it says is that it basically doesn't matter if you follow on from an IRR perspective--a percent won't kill you here or there. Time is the enemy of IRR.

Venture Outcomes are Even More Skewed Than You Think

Seth Levine's VC Adventure

The resulting fund would have an IRR in the range of 10% (the exact IRR would depend on the timing of the cash flows, but I constructed a few models to approximate this and 10% was the average return).

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Angel Investors Are Still The Lifeblood Of Startups

Startup Professionals Musings

There is a rarified brand of successful investors who can show average IRRs of 25 percent or greater over the years.

5 Things Startups Can Learn from Angel Investors

Up and Running

My personal favorite in the “pure nonsense category” is the IRR, the Internal Rate of Return , something that was interesting for about one hour as part of the MBA curriculum, but which has no relevance in the real world.

What I'm Reading This Sunday Morning

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

To measure the efficiency of doing this, we redefined profit not as dollars, yen or renminbi, but as ratios like RONA (return on net assets), ROCE (return on capital employed) and I.R.R. A Capitalist's Dilemma by Clayton Christensen. The Money Quote: The answer is that efficiency innovations are liberating capital, and in the United States this capital is being reinvested into still more efficiency innovations.

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Fund Raising is a Means Not an End

Steve Blank

What is an IRR? Not all that glitters is gold. William Shakespeare. For many entrepreneurs “raising money” has replaced “building a sustainable business” as their goal. That’s a big mistake. When you take money from investors their business model becomes yours.

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Venture Outcomes are Even More Skewed Than You Think

Seth Levine's VC Adventure

The resulting fund would have an IRR in the range of 10% (the exact IRR would depend on the timing of the cash flows, but I constructed a few models to approximate this and 10% was the average return).

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7 Criteria To Help Startups Find The Right Investor

Startup Professionals Musings

VCs will be looking for a 10X return on their investment in 3 to 5 years, or 30% annual IRR (Internal Rate of Return). Too many entrepreneurs tell me they are looking for an investor, and can’t differentiate between venture capital (VC) investors versus accredited Angel investors.

As a VC or angel investor, how has your approach to investing changed over time?

Gust

Having now invested in over 85 startups, and finding that my personal metrics are very similar to aggregated industry ones, it is clear that (a) there is little to no correlation between my home runs and my personal favorites, and (b) angel investing done correctly really *can* produce a consistent IRR in the 25%-30% range.

How Smart Entrepreneurs Select VC / Angel Investors

Startup Professionals Musings

VCs will be looking for a 10X return on their investment in 3 to 5 years, or 30% annual IRR (Internal Rate of Return). Too many entrepreneurs tell me they are looking for an investor, and can’t differentiate between venture capital (VC) investors versus accredited Angel investors.

Crowd Funding Has Not Killed Angel Investing Yet

Startup Professionals Musings

There is a rarified brand of successful investors who can show average IRRs of 25 percent or greater over the years.

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Current Startup Market Emotional Biases

Feld Thoughts

As Bill points out, many funds are sitting on huge paper gains which translate into large TVPI, MOC, gross IRR, or whatever the current trendy way to measure things are. Bill Gurley wrote an incredible post yesterday titled On the Road to Recap: Why the unicorn financing market just became dangerous … for all involved. It’s long but worth reading every word slowly.

Valuations 101: The Venture Capital Method

Gust

Based on the Wiltbank Study, investors should expect a 27% IRR in six years. We recently started a series of posts on establishing the pre-money valuation of pre-revenue startup companies for purposes of investment by seed and startup investors. The Venture Capital Method (VC Method) was first described by Professor Bill Sahlman at Harvard Business School in 1987 in a case study and has been revised since.

Cost ratios as a measure of fund efficiency

The Equity Kicker

The definitive answer to these questions will come over time as our portfolio matures, our companies exit, and we can demonstrate a high cash to cash IRR. Fund managers are assessed, in part, on their ratio of expenses to assets under management.

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"One explanation for the correlations we’ve seen is that firms with the best deal flow and."

Mark Birch

VC venture capital IRR fund size asset class investing“One explanation for the correlations we’ve seen is that firms with the best deal flow and track records tend to be able to raise larger funds. In that case, the performance advantages they enjoy may be owed to their personal networks and not to fund size.” - “ Does Fund Size Matter? ” via NEA. An interesting counter-argument to the smaller is better debate when it comes to VC’s.

Israeli VC Funds Struggled to Raise in 2009

VC Cafe

The Carmel I Fund, raised in 2000, had the highest performance, giving an internal rate of return (IRR) of 8% and a positive multiple of 1.4. Other funds, including Apax Israel II, Israel Seed IV and JVP showed negative IRRs of 20-30%.

7 Key Drivers to the Best Investor For Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Another rule of thumb is a target of 50% IRR (a discounted cashflow calculation). If your startup desperately needs an investor, you may not care if the investor is a so-called “angel” investor, or a venture capitalist (VC). The money is the same color in either case.

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ESADE Business School Commencement Speech

Steve Blank

Unfortunately as we’ve learned from recent experience, using Return on Net Assets and IRR as proxies for efficiency and execution won’t save a company when their industry encounters creative disruption.

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Why It Could Make Sense for Instagram to Take Sequoia Funding During Facebook Acquisition Talks

Christine.net

Investors win either way - an instant 2X multiple on investment (and a crazy high IRR), or a highly desirable company that they believe has growth potential. Debate is already starting around Instagram's recently-announced acquisition by Facebook. e.g., Why the heck would Instagram sell a stake of its soon-to-be-acquired company to Sequoia (and Thrive, and Greylock, and Benchmark?) The reason is simple: playing chicken with a potential acquirer can drive a much higher valuation.

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The VC Shakeout

Venture Chronicles

Over the past 10 years their quarterly internal rate of return (IRR)—the primary measure of VC success—was dismal, hovering in the single percentage points and sometimes dipping into negative territory. Tags: Uncategorized VC IRR This piece in HBR is must read, it details why there will be a lot fewer VC funds in the future. The sky is falling on the venture capital rainmakers.

More Cash for Entrepreneurs, Crowdfunding, and Indiegogo

David Teten

As Steve Case has said, it’s ridiculous that anyone can gamble and be guaranteed to lose money, but there are strict regulations around who can invest in early-stage private companies and earn (in some cases) a 27% IRR on their capital. *.

5 Ways to Vet an Incubator

Inc Startups

3) The IRR of the firm. Beyond IRR, look at the quality of the engineering talent on-boarded by graduates of the program. Not all incubators are created equal--and with more of them out there, you need to choose where you apply wisely. The age of the accelerator is officially upon us.

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Qualities of an Awesome Investor

Dshen

Here they are below: Track record, increasing IRR, value of startups in portfolio to date. Some of our team and I were having a chat about what does it take to be an awesome investor. When I first started investing back in 2006, I was arrogant enough to think that, being a veteran from Yahoo and having worked on so many web products, that I was good enough to invest in internet startups.

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10 Things I hated About Your Business Pitch

Up and Running

But don’t quote me a damned IRR. I’m writing this in the airport on my way to Austin, TX., where I’m going to be a judge at the University of Texas Venture Labs global business plan competition (used to be mootcorp). Between contests like this one and angel investment, I’ve heard two dozen or so business pitches lately. I’m talking about the 10-20 minute slide presentations and accompanying questions and answers. . Boring.

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Why Companies Stop Innovating

Inc Startups

A consequence of using corporate finance metrics like RONA and IRR is that it''s a lot easier to get these numbers to look great by 1) outsourcing everything, 2) getting assets off the balance sheet, and 3) only investing in things that pay off fast.

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Return profile of VC investments shows why home runs are key

The Equity Kicker

This LP is one of the more successful ones, they have positions in many of the top funds and have achieved a very comendable IRR from their investments in venture funds (well north of 20%, which is great as an average). One of the world’s larger investors in venture capital recently shared data with us about the multiples they have made on over 5,000 companies they had stakes in via their LP investments in US VC funds.

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Pioneering Women in Venture Capital: Kathryn Gould

Steve Blank

I was on the way to my lifetime IRR of 90%. I met Kathryn Gould longer ago than either of us want to admit.

How to Impress Angel Investors and Make It into “Startup Heaven”

Up and Running

Forget the stupid IRR (that’s internal rate of return) that they taught you in business school. Got a question for one of the angel investors mentioned below? Skip ahead and leave it in the comments. Today is Ask an Angel day!

Brief Thoughts on Angel List, "Social Proof", "Spray & Pray", & The Network Effects of Large Scale Investing

500 Hats

 in fact, it is incredibly hypocritical and patently FALSE for the VC industry -- which has NEGATIVE IRR over the past 10 years, and historically poor performance -- to criticize high-volume strategies as being somehow crazy. again, it is tantamount to conspiracy that people who are failing miserably at venture capital investment with ridiculously poor IRRs are disparaging anyone else with a quantitative invesment strategy.

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Zayo Group – One of Boulder’s Amazing Startup Stories

Feld Thoughts

Our equity IRR has averaged around 50% since inception. I’m intensely proud of both the amazing startup community in Boulder as well as the many significant companies that have been – and are being – created in the little town of 100,000 people I call home. I regularly talk about the ones we’ve invested in through Foundry Group, but this only covers a part of the awesomeness that is going on here as Foundry Group has a very tight thematic focus.

What if it’s 1996, not 1999?

Seeing Both Sides

Matrix had a fund in 1998 that yielded an eye-popping 514+% IRR. In May 1996, Open Market completed a successful IPO and more than doubled on the first day of trading, ending with a $1.2 billion market capitalization. We had recorded $1.8 million in revenue the year before. .

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How and Why To Be an Angel Investor

David Teten

Dave Kerpen, founder and CEO of Likeable Local , just published an interview with me on Linkedin, which I’ve included below. He’s the #1 LinkedIn Influencer of all time in page views, ahead of Bill Gates, Jack Welch, Mark Cuban, and President Barack Obama.

VCs and Mega Late Stage Investments, or how to corner a market

Fred Destin

Are these deals best for the GP’s because they put fund in the black at the expense of great IRR’s ? The crossover fund has finally arrived.

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Timing Your Exit - Don’t Ride It Over the Top

Angel Blog

When you do an Internal Rate of Return (IRR) calculation for an investor, the difference can be dramatic. Using the hypothetical example from the graphic above, an exit in 3 years at a 5x return works out to an IRR of 124%.

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