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.

Startup Blog: Decisions, Decisions, Decisions ? Second Guessing

Taffy Williams

Sunday, May 8, 2011 Decisions, Decisions, Decisions – Second Guessing It does not matter whether you are in the early stages, later stages, or already a BigCo. Startup Blog Steps to consider to start and grow a company. Basics are provided to help entrepreneurs.

Chegg is in the process of pivoting—seemingly long after achieving product-market fit in its core business. What are the challenges of managing a later-stage pivot??

Launching Tech Ventures

by Jesse Garcia LATER-STAGE PIVOTING = PRE-EMPTIVE TURNAROUND MANAGEMENT? The challenges of a later-stage pivot are BIGGER than those of an early-stage pivot. Chegg, the online textbook renting platform, is currently undergoing a major late-stage pivot away from its core business and into an expanded market opportunity. Length of the Runway Like in any change situation, the amount of time available to execute a late-stage pivot is very important.

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.

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

Inc Startups

How to improve your venture portfolio with later stage companies

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

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

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?

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.

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?

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.

Slowing Down To Speed Up

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Slow down the pace of early-stage investing and step on the gas in later-stage/growth? I saw this chart in Recode’s piece on Benchmark : It’s an interesting chart because it breaks out new investments and follow-on investments, both of which have been falling at Benchmark for going on five years now. The Recode article, written by Teddy Schliefer , also states that Benchmark has not raised a new core fund in over four years.

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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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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

[Checklist for Entrepreneurs] Critical Tasks to Complete After Raising Seed Capital

View from Seed

Raising venture capital at any stage of company growth requires tremendous effort from entrepreneurs. Note that this list was created specifically with seed-stage startups in mind.

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?

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.

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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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.

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.

The Rise of Chinese Venture Capital – (Part 3 of 5)

Steve Blank

The second wave of technology investors were Chinese banks, who provided the majority of the later stage investments in the Torch Program. It’s done it in a series of evolutionary stages, each new one learning from the last.

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.

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

What’s The Optimal Portfolio Strategy for a Venture Fund?

VC Adventure

That’s true no matter the size fund you’re investing (I’m referring to early stage funds here but a version of this is true even for larger, later stage funds; although a higher level of concentration in later stage funds is actually helpful).

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.

Highlights from NextView’s inaugural Hiring Bootcamp

View from Seed

The quest for building such hiring machine is universal across companies at various stages. Last week, we hosted our very first portfolio-only Hiring Bootcamp in NYC, led by NextView’s talent advisor Kristen Caldwell.

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Some Quick Things Every Founder Should Know

Both Sides of the Table

One thing that comes with being a venture capitalist is you see hundreds and hundreds of businesses. You get to have interesting conversations with founders and review business plans and then see how these businesses evolve over the years.

Convertible Debt – Conversion In A Sale Of The Company

Feld Thoughts

Usually we see 2-3x, but in later stage companies, this multiple can be even higher. In the case of an early-stage startup that hasn’t issued preferred stock yet, the debt converts into stock of the acquiring company (if it’s a stock deal) at a valuation subject to a cap. With later stage companies, the investors usually structure the convertible notes to have the most flexibility.

Ten million users is the new one million users

Chris Dixon

Some observations: - Thousands of early-stage consumer web/mobile companies were started and funded in last 24 months. A few breakout early-stage consumer hits (Instagram, Pinterest) have reached tens of millions of users in record time. Hence, many early-stage consumer startups are switching to transactional models. - VCs are increasingly focusing on B2B for early-stage investments.

A Great Discussion with @skupor @davemcclure @msuster on Changes in the VC Industry

Both Sides of the Table

We both agree that the later-stage valuations are being driven up to a point that feels irrationally priced [he uses b-round SaaS valuations as an example and I am willing to be even more broad based]. Video 1 is here : Late stage valuations are in a mini bubble.

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.

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.