Limited Partner Due Diligence on Venture Capital and Private Equity Funds

David Teten

Similarly, our limited partner investors have their own due diligence standards, and we manage HOF Capital to keep in line with their standards and expectations. Ask on what KPIs each Partner is evaluated. As a VC, I have a standard due diligence list for companies I’m reviewing.

The Experience of Being a Limited Partner in Venture Capital

This is going to be BIG.

Either way, VC funds aren't really built around creating much of an experience for their Limited Partners. Partnership investing is boring. You give someone your money and, once a quarter, they give you a report that says what they did with your money. That's because, for the most part, fund investors fall into two categories: institutions and individuals. If you're an institution, you basically care about returns and that's it.

Questions a Potential Venture Fund Limited Partner Should Ask

This is going to be BIG.

Will the experience of partnering with this individual be a positive one? I have a draft deck put together for a next Brooklyn Bridge Ventures fund. I pretty much hate it. Don't get me wrong--the numbers look great. That's not it. It just doesn't really get at what's really important. I wasn't sure exactly how it missed, so I went back to first principles. What *is* really important for a venture fund?

Independent Firms With Single Limited Partner Histories

Thinking About Thinking

A breakfast conversation with Fred Wilson this morning prompted the thought of how many independent venture firms come directly or indirectly from firms that had a single or captive limited partner structure (one source of capital). Bessemer Venture Partners through most of its history was Phipps family money through Bessemer Trust. Norwest Venture Partners was and may still be Wells Fargo money (not sure).

Top Ten Limited Partner (LP) Lies

Florida Venture Blog

Paul Kedrosky has published another great Top Ten list, following on his previous Top Ten VC Lies. This time it's the Top Ten LP Lies. I'll give you the first five, but you'll have to visit Paul to see the rest.

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VC Governance FAQ: (8) How can a limited partner exit from a VC fund?

Pascal's View

Answer: The options here are limited, and they are (1) the LP can try to sell their interest, including the obligation to fund future capital calls, to a fund that acquires secondary interests. It is far less disruptive to the GP and to the GP-LP relationship for the exiting partner to sell to a secondary buyer, but these buyers are totally financially driven and are going to get the best deal possible for themselves.

VC Governance FAQ: (10) Are limited partner defaults on capital commitments triggering a wave of lawsuits in the venture industry?

Pascal's View

This is the last in our series of 10 frequently asked questions from investors in venture capital partnerships. Susan Mangiero , CEO of Investment Governance’s Fiduciary X , asked me the following: Question: I’ve read that some GPs are suing LPs for not making capital calls.

VC Governance FAQ: (6) Are contract terms in partnership agreements shifting in favor of institutional Limited Partners?

Pascal's View

This is the sixth in our series of ten frequently asked questions from investors in venture capital partnerships. Susan Mangiero , CEO of Investment Governance’s Fiduciary X , asked me the following: Question: You had some thoughts about contract terms.

Venture Math 101


The basic structure of a fund is as follows: - Limited Partners (LPs) commit to invest $100M over a number of years. - The VCs (General Partners or GPs) call that capital over time as they need it in order to pay expenses and make investments. -

VC Governance FAQ: (1) How much information are limited partners (pensions, endowments, foundations, etc.) entitled to receive from a VC fund?

Pascal's View

It’s that time of the year again– time to send out audited financial statements and K-1’s to your limited partners– which means it’s also a great time to address some of the common questions that investors raise about VC partnership governance and disclosure issues.

Tough Market for Entrepreneurs? VC Firms Are Having a Rough Go Of.

Seed Stage Capital

Venture capital investing is supposed to be a long-term investment play.venture funds generally have 7-10 year durations, over which time they invest the money raised from limited partners (e.g., skip to main | skip to sidebar 21 April 2009 Tough Market for Entrepreneurs?

Investing in Venture Capital - Limited Partner or Fund of Funds? - Part 2

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

Huge problems still remain to be solved and massive opportunities loom as major corporations, mid to small businesses all seek competitive advantages via new technologies. The emergence of Software-as-a-Service and Cloud computing are major tectonic shifts occurring in the global software ecosystem. Technology's self-renewing cycle of new wave innovation continues, driven mostly by cost improvements, easier use and vastly greater efficiencies.

A brief history of your investors (and their investors)

Venture Hacks

Thanks to George Zachary , a partner at Charles River Ventures , for sponsoring Venture Hacks this week. So you know what questions to ask your potential investors about their investors (their limited partners ). Venture capital firms have limited partners.

CasaSiegel: Timeless learnings


With the support of some key Limited Partners (LPs), our second fund is already larger than our first, and we will thus have the ability to execute on the strategy of investing in breakthrough technologies that come from major research institutions and to deliver venture-level returns. 5) Keep Your Eye on the Prize – The partners at X/Seed will not generate wealth for our selves via our management fees. CasaSiegel.

“He has no clue whether it will be another Google, yet he has to make promises that only hucksters can make.”

Venture Hacks

Tags: Limited Partners Pitching Plans VC Industry

More diligence and less capital coming for startups (and their investors)

Venture Hacks

Thanks to George Zachary , a partner at Charles River Ventures , for sponsoring Venture Hacks this week. Venture firms will be under significant pressure to outperform their peers and outperform their limited partners’ common benchmark indices like NASDAQ.

You Can’t Report to Yourself

Non-Linear Growth

I once interacted with an entrepreneur who chose another investor over us because, “we understood the business too well” Apparently this entrepreneur thought my understanding of his business would be a “burden” VCs have someone to report to; Limited Partners and Advisory Boards. Yesterday, my Partners and I reported on our progress here at Meritage Funds to our “bosses”, our Limited Partners and Advisory Board, at our Annual Meeting.

From The Investor’s Perspective

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

So I’m taking the day off and posting a video from Disrupt featuring my partner Andy, Josh Kopelman (one of my favorite VCs), and one of Josh’s limited partners Chris Douvos. I’m still not feeling great.

Austin-based Next Coast Ventures Raises $85 Million Fund


The fund was oversubscribed by $25 million and its limited partners include leading institutional investors, funds of funds and family offices. Next Coast Ventures announced Thursday that it has closed on its debut fund at $85 million. Next Coast Ventures is looking at investing in deals in Austin and in the middle part of the […] The post Austin-based Next Coast Ventures Raises $85 Million Fund appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

The VC/Company Relationship

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Back then VCs thought their customers were their Limited Partners. When we started Flatiron Partners in the mid 90s, I told my colleagues that our customers would be the entrepreneurs and that I wanted to treat our investors as our shareholders. When I got into the VC business in the early 80s, the VC/Company relationship was pretty different than it is now.

Generational Transition In VC Firms

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Today, sometime around 5:30/6pm PT at the Upfront Summit , my partner Andy and I are going to talk about generational change in VC firms, in a talk moderated by Lindel Eakman , who has been our lead limited partner investor at USV since we started the firm in 2003. When my partner Brad Burnham and I started USV in 2003, we told prospective investors, including Lindel, that we had no intention of building an institution.

How do venture capital firms make money by investing in startups?


The general partners of a venture capital fund make money… …by raising the bulk of the capital that the fund’s investable capital from “Limited Partners”, usually institutions such as university endowments, insurance companies and pension funds. Invested Interests capital company general partners investing IPO startup venture capital fund

Fund Level Vs Deal By Deal Carry

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

In a venture fund, the general partners will make something like twenty or twenty five investments. The limited partners will get back $84mm on their $50mm investment, a gain of $34mm which produces a 1.68x multiple on their investment. In the example above, those investors would make $12mm in carry on the same portfolio and the limited partners would get back ~$80mm or 1.6x.

Fundraising Hacks for Venture Capital and Private Equity Funds

David Teten

Historically, the process of winning capital from limited partners has been opaque. LIMITED PARTNERS’ PERSPECTIVE. Origins is a podcast about Limited Partners, created by VC Notation Capital. Denis Tse: Fund Management Craftsmanship: An LP’s Food for Thought for Emerging VC General Partners. GENERAL PARTNERS’ PERSPECTIVE. However, in the last few years a few have started to use social media and become more transparent.

How long does it take for investors to approve the idea and to grant the necessary investment?


Instead, they have a limited amount of money entrusted to them by limited partners, and they invest in a very, very few companies each year. The question is based on a misunderstanding of how venture capital investment works. First of all, VC funds do not invest in ideas. What VCs invest in are operating companies that are ready (or almost ready) to scale. There are many wonderful ideas, all of which are not fundable. Only companies get funded.

Entrepreneurs: The End Is Near. Refinance.

EIN News

shortfall between the amount of money that venture capitalists raise from limited partners and the amount. of Claremont Creek Ventures, an Oakland, Calif.-based based venture capital firm investing in early stage information technology. of Standard & Poors downgrading of the U.S. credit rating, extremely poor economic growth and

What Founders Need to Know: You Were Funded for a Liquidity Event – Start Looking

Steve Blank

VC’s raise money from their investors (limited partners like pension funds) and then spread their risk by investing in a number of startups (called a portfolio). BTW, Angel investors do not have limited partners, and often invest for reasons other than just for financial gain (e.g.,

Content From LPs

Feld Thoughts

My partner Lindel Eakman wrote a post a few days ago about his transition from Austin to Boulder and a really helpful one about how to work with him titled A Human User Interface….with This prompted me to poke around for other content from the limited partner (LP) side of the LP/VC/entrepreneurship universe. A few blogs I found include Top Tier Capital Partners , Weathergate , and Sapphire Ventures (on Medium).

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The LP Opportunity to Change Tech Culture


Limited partners (LPs), who manage the capital that gets deployed into venture capital funds, can play an important role in diversifying the funding landscape. Limited partners are pension funds, university endowments, funds of funds (who get their money from pension funds), family offices and foundations. Over the past month, Silicon Valley has been at the forefront of many conversations outside of the technology world.

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How to Build a Startup & Understanding Venture Capital

Both Sides of the Table

Venture capitalists raise money with a goal of returning 4x the amount they raise to their Limited Partners (LPs).

What’s a typical day like for a full-time angel investor?


If you mean someone investing mostly other people’s money through a seed fund, they are venture capitalists, and their days are spent like other VCs, meeting with prospective investments, mentoring portfolio companies, raising money from limited partners, negotiating deals, and so forth. There is no such thing as a full-time angel investor (or if there is, I’ve never met one.).

3 Traits of Successful Founders

Jason Ball's TechBytes

Last week I was asked what I look for in Founders/CEOs by some LPs (limited partners, the people that actually give VCs the money they invest). I gave them three characteristics that I think are critical to success: 1) Tenacity. Starting a company is hard. If anyone could do it successfully, everyone would be a successful multi millionaire/billionaire entrepreneur. As we all know, that’s not the case. What separates the wheat from the chaff?

Katie Rae and the Engine at MIT

David Cohen

We became a Limited Partner in Project 11 when it launched and Katie continues to mentor at Techstars regularly. Everyone who knows Katie Rae at Techstars is thrilled that she’s taken a lead role with The Engine at MIT, a new venture fund and incubator space there. Katie was the Managing Director at Techstars for our Boston program from 2010 to 2014.

Blue Collar VC

Mucker Lab

Just as entrepreneurs should aspire to raise capital from value-added, “smart money” investors, we, too, have focused on partnering with committed, long-term, institutional limited partners (LPs). We are consumed with generating great returns for our limited partners. Four years after founding and bootstrapping Mucker Capital , we are pleased to announce the close of a new $45 million fund, Mucker III.

How Do VCs Evaluate Pitch Meetings? A VC’s Perspective on Successful Pitching

Early Growth Financial Services

Ultimately VCs seek to provide our investors (limited partners or corporate sponsor) with a significant return on … read more > By Marlon Nichols. Originally published on As an early-stage venture capital investor with a keen emphasis on the seed stage, I spend a lot of time at startup accelerators working with first-time entrepreneurs.

This Friday at NYU-Annual Stern Private Equity Conference

David Teten

In addition, there will be 8 thematic panels: Leveraged Buyout, Real Estate, Energy, Distressed, Venture Capital & Growth, Media & Entertainment, Emerging Markets, and Limited Partners & Secondaries.

Venture Capital Returns

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

When I got into the business in the mid 80s, I was schooled that you needed to produce at least 20% annual returns net to the limited partners to stay in business. This post is for everyone who thinks venture capital is an easy business. I'd like to dispel that notion.

Words of Wisdom From Chris Sacca

Scott Edward Walker

Remember: VC’s have fiduciary obligations to their limited partners (i.e., To Our Clients & Friends: Welcome to our weekly series “ Helping Entrepreneurs Succeed.”

Why the Blockchain is so disruptive for venture capital

Version One Ventures

Blockchain and ICOs are giving VCs new ways to run their own businesses – from changing agreements with limited partners to allow the fund to buy tokens and currencies directly to figuring out how to safely store token and currencies. These days not a single meeting with a fellow VC goes by without talking about Blockchain and how to invest in this space. We are all a bit puzzled by how quickly this market has evolved.

VC’s Are Not Your Friends

Steve Blank

Their fiduciary responsibility was to manage a portfolio of investments for their limited partners. At the end of the day VC’s have to provide their limited partners with great returns or they aren’t going to be able to raise another fund.