A Venture Capital History Perspective From Jack Tankersley

Feld Thoughts

The key reason for the explosion in capital flowing into the industry, and therefore the large increase in practitioners, had nothing to do with 1970’s performance, early stage investing, or technology. So contrary to the piece, it wasn’t VC were good at early stage technology, it was that they had newfound capital and a big exit window. There are five key risks in any deal: Market, Product (a/k/a technology), Management, Business Model, and Capital.

3 Ways to Grow Your Startup

The Startup Magazine

If you own the IP on a particular technology or information product, then you can create licensing agreements for other businesses to sell your product for you. You can either arrange an LBO of their business, or a mutual partnership that can benefit both firms.

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When Does Zynga Become a Value Stock?

Agile VC

Given Marc Pincus’s voting control, being acquired is presumably not in the cards for Zynga and a take private or LBO would be nearly unthinkable in the near term so there’s little chance of an M&A situation to arbitrage. Draw something… other than this painful chart.

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Go early, go late, or go home


I see this as a trend that will only accelerate in the next few years as you have venture funds, LBO shops, and even hedge funds get into the tech buyout action. As a fund, we typically like to lead or co-lead the first institutional round (post-angel) where the company has a strong entrepreneur, innovative technology, and a handful of customers to prove the market need.

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