YC follows a well trodden path for investment firms: drifts later stage

The Equity Kicker

In the words of an alum from the 2006 cohort: Companies are joining YC at a much later stage. If you read this Techrunch post profiling 50 of the current YC companies you will notice that many of them are up and running with customers and revenues.

Later-stage rounds and “setting the bar too high”

Chris Dixon

I recently had a number of conversations with CEOs of later-stage startups (generating significant revenue) that went something like this. They want to raise more money, and VCs are offering them money at a high valuation.

Why I Invested in Gogii (textPlus) – My First Ever Later Stage Deal

Both Sides of the Table

More on that later. This is a post I’ve been dying to write for 18 months. I invested in LA-based Gogii , one of the fastest growing, most exciting mobile social networking companies you’ve never heard of and maker of a product called textPlus. I know this because you’re not a young teenager. And if you are – what on earth are you reading such a boring blog as this?!? I only recently invested and I only got here through persistence. See, I originally lost this deal.

Later-Stage Pivoting: Preemptive Turnaround Management?

Launching Tech Ventures

by Jesse Garcia The challenges of a later-stage pivot are BIGGER than thoseof an early-stage pivot. Chegg, the online textbook renting platform, is currentlyundergoing a late-stage pivot that builds on its core business into anexpanded market opportunity with a new business model. Length of the Runway Like in any change situation, the amount of time availableto execute a late-stage pivot is very important.

First Half of 2011 Showed Boost in Later Stage VC Deals in Israel

VC Cafe

Mid stage companies accounted for the highest rate of investments in Q2 2011, attracting 44% of all capital invested and later stage followed, with 27%. Mid stage companies led capital raising with $249 million or 44 percent of the total capital raised.

Seed Investing

aweissman.com

It is about the fact that while venture funding statistics show larger funds and more later stage investing, there are still a wealth of early ventures being formed, and getting funded. skip to main | skip to sidebar. aweissman.com. Maximizing the serendipity around you. Jul 24, 2007. Seed Investing. I wrote a piece for the new Silicon Alley Insider site about seed investing in New York.

Growing Companies Can Still Excite Employees with Startup Energy Even When No Longer a Startup

Inc Startups

This entrepreneur figured out how to maintain the same excitement in later stages. Those early days are a blast but at some point, the fun becomes work. How to Hire the Best

Think Angel Investing = Seed Investing? You're Missing Out.

Inc Startups

How to improve your venture portfolio with later stage companies

It's Now Even Harder to Get Into Disney's Accelerator

Inc Startups

As the company shifts its focus to later-stage companies, don't expect to see a Cinderella story come out of this year's program

The Changing Venture Market In 3 Images

Seth Levine's VC Adventure

Venture is being increasingly driven by large rounds (especially at the later stages – this is significantly skewing the overall funding numbers that are being reported). Want to visualize how the venture funding market is changing?

Why we expanded our startup to South Korea

The Next Web

Additionally, if the expansion goes well, you’ll have also demonstrated the adaptability and versatility of your product on a world stage. So when your later stage startup is ready to expand, where should you go?

Venture Deals: Chapter 11: Issues at Different Financing Stages

Ask The VC

As we enter the home stretch of the book, we spend some time talking about financings at different stages of the life of a company. This is especially true when you factor in the different stages that your company will evolve through over its lifetime. Each financing stage—seed, early, mid, and later stage—has different key issues to focus on.

Savara Pharmaceuticals Buys Serendex Pharmaceuticals

SiliconHills

The addition of Serendex adds new drugs to its portofolio including Serendex’s flagship product, Molgradex, an inhaled drug in later stage clinical trials in Europe and Japan to treat autoimmune pulmonary alveolar proteinosis. Savara Pharmaceuticals, which creates drugs focused on rare respiratory diseases, announced it has acquired the assets of Serendex Pharmaceuticals.

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North Korea and U.S. Relations: The Same As The Past 65 Years

Chaganomics

There is a chance NK has nukes, or at least is in the later stages of nuke development. &&& Right now it is common knowledge that the U.S. has a nuclear reactive POTUS - but the chance we will go to war is slim. However, diplomatically the U.S. has not changed on the fundamental opinions of keeping the peace on the Korean peninsula. There is a clear permanent government and leadership in U.S., and the ever changing presidents will never affect that.

The Opportunity / Growth Fund Trend

Feld Thoughts

With yesterday’s announcement that early-stage VC Greycroft has raised a $200 million growth fund , this type of fund has officially become a trend. ” Prior to this, plenty of VC firms invested across the early stage to late stage spectrum from the same fund (e.g.

Get Ready For Q115 Fundraising Insanity

Feld Thoughts

The number of large, “later stage” financings are remarkable – both in size and velocity. But they are often extremely frustrating to strong, mid and later stage companies growing 25%+ year over year. We are syndication agnostic and are happy to continue to finance strong, later stage companies in our portfolio with or without new co-investors.

5 Ways Venture Capital Is Shaking Up The Tech Startup Landscape In Asia

YoungUpstarts

Venture capital fundraising can be divided into three stages: seed, early stage, and later stage. According to the same report by KPMG, the median deal size is the largest for later-stage funding, at $26 million.

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Are you an investment or an option?

Hippoland

Early stage fundraising is an interesting beast, because there are all kinds of reasons why VCs invest at this stage. Funds that make their money on later stage deals and who only invest at the earlier stages to buy an option don’t care so much about valuation.

How Can This Be A Billion Dollar Company?

Feld Thoughts

I wish he had called it “This Unicorn Thing Is B t For Early Stage Investing” but I think he’s a little more restrained than I am. My original title for this post was “How Can This Be A Billion Dollar Company and other b t VCs ask early stage companies.”

Foundry Group Next

Feld Thoughts

During these discussions, we reflected on the incredible collection of early stage VC firms we’ve invested in personally over the years. We were clear at that point that we wanted to continue to make early stage investments through a new Foundry Group fund, which we subsequently raised in the middle of 2015 and started investing at the end of the year. At the same time we discussed our later stage investment strategy.

How to Avoid a Cluttered Board Room

View from Seed

Here at NextView, we are strong proponents of creating a board at the seed stage. At the seed stage, we typically have three-person boards with two founders and one VC — though as companies grow at later stages, five-person boards and ultimately six- or seven-person boards become more common. I think having two or at most three VC board members is probably where this should cap out, even for later stage startups.

The Second Quartile

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

As I have written about here on AVC many times, early stage venture portfolios produce a wide range of outcomes. At USV, we tend to make 20-25 investments per early stage fund. We often do insider-led rounds for companies in the second quartile as the venture industry is hard wired to invest in the top quartile, particularly the later stage/growth investor community. And an early stage VC can make a lot of money too.

Why Confidence is So Important in Fund Raising

Both Sides of the Table

He was in a later-stage financing round and was talking with many investors. I was recently with an entrepreneur and talking with him about his fund raising process.

Our 2016 Foundry Group Fund and A Little History

Feld Thoughts

We subsequently raised a $225 million fund in 2010 , another one in 2013 , and a late stage fund in 2013. Except for our late stage fund, each of our funds has 30 investments (+/- 2) in it. Our late stage fund gave us flexibility to invest more money in our later stage companies.

Investors eye London, Europe for hidden gems

EIN News

venture capitalists, later-stage technology investors and software companies are. backer of Lovefilm and Flipboard, are among U.S. firms considering opening offices in London to. of a growth in technology startups. of US$5-million, compared with US$15-million in the United States, Ernst & Young LLP noted. In the

Does VC Fund Differentiation Matter?

Feld Thoughts

I know what they are investing in (stage, types of companies) and I know what they do (seed, one or two checks, no board seat but available to the founders for anything at any time, not concerned about ball control on the deal), but this is just the surface strategy.

What is the maximum amount of money a pre-revenue mobile Internet startup can expect to raise from the VCs?

Gust

Next, venture capital funds invest primarily in later stage companies that have already shown significant indications of success (known in the industry as “traction” ) Of the roughy $20 billion invested every year by US venture capital funds, only $300 million (1.5%) goes into startups.

Why we expanded our startup to South Korea

The Next Web

Additionally, if the expansion goes well, you’ll have also demonstrated the adaptability and versatility of your product on a world stage. So when your later stage startup is ready to expand, where should you go?

Pre-seed investments work best when there’s a clear plan for short term value creation

The Equity Kicker

Different investors place different weights on the three elements but as a rule earlier stage investors place more emphasis on the team and later stage investors place more emphasis on the market. That’s because early stage companies find it easier to change their market than their team whilst later stage companies find it easier to change their team than their market.

The Opportunity / Growth Fund Trend

Feld Thoughts

With yesterday’s announcement that early-stage VC Greycroft has raised a $200 million growth fund , this type of fund has officially become a trend. ” Prior to this, plenty of VC firms invested across the early stage to late stage spectrum from the same fund (e.g. Others had separate early stage funds and late stage funds, often with separate teams and economics (e.g. Foundry Group fund Greycroft growth late-stage opportunity select USV

Walker Twitter Highlights: November 9th – 29th

Scott Edward Walker

” A few solid responses: [link] “The only folks that win on this are the later stage investors who get the benefit of the ratchet…“ – @weschan [link]. I’m using Twitter as a form of micro-blogging to share interesting articles, blog posts and video clips relating to startups, entrepreneurship and legal issues. Below are my five most popular tweets (via bitly ) for the past three weeks.

Can’t attract VC money? Buy a business with private equity

The Next Web

Venture capital firms are typically growth-oriented, early-stage investors looking for these proof-of-concept points before cutting a check. Venture capital investors are looking for different things than private equity investors.

10 Negatives That Still Make Going Public A High Risk

Startup Professionals Musings

As best, you should reserve this option for later stage VC discussions, once you have a well-proven business model, large market following, and substantial revenue. In the old days, every entrepreneur dreamed of easily taking their startup public, and making it big.

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For Fundraising, Seed is No Longer a Round, It’s a Phase

Hunter Walker

“Early stage” has been coopted by billion-dollar VCs who try to shoehorn a $10m ARR SaaS company into their idea of risk capital. And yes, there is such a thing as “too early” for us, but that’s based on type of company, not stage of development.

Rule 409A – Again

ithacaVC

And I think that early stage companies should take the risk and not use 409A valuations. As companies move to later stages and have meaningful revenues and profits then 409A valuations begin to make more sense. I first wrote about Rule 409A back in September 2011. Here is the post, which focused mostly on how 409A valuations are used for stock option purposes. BTW, I continue to think that as applied to private companies 409A is a terrible rule.

European seed fund explosion – what does it mean?

The Equity Kicker

As you can see from the graphs below the number of seed funds is growing very fast whilst the number of later stage funds is flat. BrightSun have just published research on the number of seed funds in Europe.

Accelerate Your Startup With Help From An Incubator

Startup Professionals Musings

Accelerators generally accept startups at a slightly later stage, and attempt to compress the timeline to commercialization into a few months, instead of a year or more. Peer-to-peer networking with other startups and founders in the same stage.

Why 2017 Should be a Great Year to Raise Venture Capital

Both Sides of the Table

VCs don’t expect any serious corrections to valuations in 2017 and they seem to be taking financial discipline in later-stage companies more seriously valuing unit economics over “growth at any cost.”

Four years at Version One & some thoughts on “Moneyball for VC”

Version One Ventures

My answers must have impressed him enough that Boris suggested we meet in-person two weeks later when he would be visiting SF from Vancouver. Four years later, we certainly continue to complement one another and I’m thrilled to be part of the Version One partnership. At later stages, there’s more access to private data that they can benchmark against their own successful portfolio. So, what do we do at the seed stage?

Venture Capital Returns

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

The NASDAQ Composite beats later and expansion stage funds and all the public indexes beat early and multi-stage funds. The performance of early stage funds is particularly disappointing. You would expect early stage funds to underperform in the early years.