GP/LP Fit

Feld Thoughts

9 Questions That Help Get You To GP/LP Fit. In it, Beezer goes through, in depth, the top questions she recommends you ask an LP to determine GP/LP fit. There’s an interesting graph in the post, which shows that a typical LP is going to add less than five new managers a year to their portfolio (and, on average, only two or three.) While an LP takes a lot of meetings, they don’t do a lot of investments.

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Why the LP Outlook is Good for Venture and Startups in 2017–2020

Both Sides of the Table

I know most startups (or even VCs) tend not to think about this but when you ask LPs the data are clear: Another trend we’ve noticed in LP opinions is regarding seed funds.

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The Economics of VCs Recycling Management Fees

Feld Thoughts

We feel that if an LP gives us a $1 to invest, we should invest at least that $1, not $0.85 (the average fee load over a decade for a typical VC fund is 15%.) Our long-time friends and LPs at Greenspring recently wrote a great post titled Creating GP-LP Alignment: Why Terms Matter.

The LP Opportunity to Change Tech Culture

thebarefootvc

The post The LP Opportunity to Change Tech Culture appeared first on The Barefoot VC. Over the past month, Silicon Valley has been at the forefront of many conversations outside of the technology world. Unfortunately not for groundbreaking technology, but for rampant sexual harassment and predatory behavior. The stories outlined by a number of brave women in the NY Times last week recount investors using their power and position to proposition female founders.

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Announcing K9 Ventures III, L.P. – A $42M technology-focused Pre-Seed fund

K9 Ventures

So with that… I’m pleased to announce the formation and closing of K9 Ventures III, L.P., K9’s last fund, K9 Ventures II, L.P., The post Announcing K9 Ventures III, L.P. 42: The Answer to the ultimate fund size?

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Homebrew’s Second Annual LP Meeting: Why We Do Them

Hunter Walker

Last week Homebrew held its second annual LP meeting, coinciding with our second anniversary as a fund. We invite several of the founder teams to present at the LP meeting discussion and all of our founders and advisors to a dinner. The agenda was very similar to 2014’s, which I discussed last year in this post.

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Kernel column: The LP update meeting

The Equity Kicker

The LP Update Meeting. We have around a dozen LP update meetings a year across our four funds and they are the most important moments of contact we have with our investors. My latest column for The Kernel. It was published last Thursday. Everybody answers to somebody, Nic Brisbourne reminds us. What happens when VCs are hauled into the boardroom to justify their investment decisions?

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Content From LPs

Feld Thoughts

This prompted me to poke around for other content from the limited partner (LP) side of the LP/VC/entrepreneurship universe. I think the first LP blogger was Chris Douvos who periodically puts up an instant classic post at Super LP. OpenLP is a new site moderated by the gang at Sapphire Ventures that seems to be a collection of all the LP stuff floating around the web. As I continued poking around, I found a few LP firms hosting blogs on their websites.

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LP Conference

BeyondVC

Every year the Dow Jones Private Equity Analyst puts together a show where fund managers can listen to what the LP community is interested in and where they plan on allocating their dollars. In the early morning, a show of hands revealed about a 20% LP audience and 80% fund manager group. The post LP Conference appeared first on BeyondVC.

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Who Invests In Investors: Homebrew LP Shares VC Performance Goals, Importance of Diversity & What They Look For In New Funds

Hunter Walker

Satya and I approached fundraising for Homebrew as if we were building a company, asking ourselves who were the investors that would give us a solid platform, who were aligned with our values and where we learn from them.

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Kindred Spirits – Our Investment In Founder Collective

Feld Thoughts

As an LP, I’ve had the good fortune to be an investor in many funds, including some exceptional ones. As a GP I applauded the approach and accepted that as an LP we had to beg and plead our way into to the fund. Investments fg next founder collective LP

Ending the Toll Roads to LP Fundraising

This is going to be BIG.

I know how hard it is myself because I used to vet VCs for a living when I was on the insitituional LP side. Picture this: Your family builds a tremendous business in Nebraska over four generations making black socks. You make more black socks for more people in the western world than anyone. The next generation isn't interested in socks. One daughter is touring nationally with her punk band. The son is off in Africa combating disease with Doctors without Borders, and the other son.

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Dear GP: Why Are You Blowing Me Off?

Feld Thoughts

On my run today I was thinking about GP – LP interactions. I didn’t know the person, but knew a few people who did, and quickly sent emails getting addition info for my LP. I was also able to get some specific one degree of separation feedback for my LP. I’m an investor in about 30 VC funds (so, in addition to being a GP in my funds, I’m an LP in a bunch of other funds.) I tried to come up with a rationale for blowing off an LP.

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Announcing K9 Ventures, L.P. – a seed stage fund

K9 Ventures

I’m pleased to announce the formation of K9 Ventures, L.P. K9 Ventures, L.P. – a seed-stage fund. is a $6.25M fund that is designed to do concept and seed-stage investments in technology companies. The fund will be deployed over a period of 3-4 years, with initial investment in the range of $100K – $250K, while reserving capital to participate in the follow-on round.

What I did on my summer vacation: The First LP Close ($3.5mm) of Brooklyn Bridge Ventures

This is going to be BIG.

In the early spring of 2009, the fundraising nuclear winter of the previous year hadn't yet thawed. It would be months before Foursquare's first round touched off a NYC venture frenzy. I was out trying to save my startup by talking to as many investors as I could. One particular investor pass--from someone we thought we had a good shot with--felt like a punch in the the stomach. Many of you entrepreneurs know that feeling.

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Seed Is The New A – #PreMoney 2015 Talk

K9 Ventures

Founders Fundraising Opinion Venture Capital GP LP seed stage Series A VentureHere is the video recording of the talk I gave at 500 Startups ‘ PreMoney Conference in San Francisco on 12 June. . Seed Is The New A: What The Seed-Stage Explosion Means For Founders, GPs & LPs.

Final Close: The Story Behind NextView's Own Fundraise ? AGILEVC

Agile VC

We recently completed the final close of NextView Ventures, LP and we’re excited about both our progress to date and our plans for the future. These include many of our colleagues in the VC industry, folks from our prior firms, and a handful of people in the LP community who offered constructive guidance. How to Evaluate Firms for a Seed VC. How To Think About The Future. About Me. AGILEVC My idle thoughts on tech startups.

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Podcast Saturday – Meet Lindel Eakman

Feld Thoughts

Does Lindel agree with Chris Douvos in stating this could lead to the ‘hybridisation of GP and LP’? What are the biggest problems with the LP community today? My partner Lindel Eakman just did a really fun interview with Harry Stebbings on Harry’s 20 Minute VC Podcast. You can listen to it here or subscribe to the 20 Minute VC on iTunes. As a Saturday bonus, two of the other podcasts in my regular rotation are the Reboot Podcast and How I Built This.

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How Do VCs Choose Their Investors (and should entrepreneurs care?)

Both Sides of the Table

And we felt terrible not being able to let every LP in but we were forced to make some hard compromises yet we opened up our fund to Sapphire even though they were a first time LP. We have many LPs who come from industry and this is truly a value-add in a LP/VC relationship 3.

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Where Does VC Money Actually Come From? [Flowchart]

View from Seed

The nature of LP investors can vary widely, but the bulk of the capital in the VC ecosystem comes from large institutions like pension funds, endowments of universities and hospitals, charitable foundations, insurance companies, very wealthy families (aka family offices), and corporations.

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An Interview with Notation Capital about Starting VC Funds

Feld Thoughts

Their podcast series is called Origins and is unique among podcasts as they go deep into the formation history of venture funds, especially from an LP perspective. Last month I had dinner at Pizzeria Locale in Boulder and did a long interview with Nick Chirls and Alex Lines of Notation Capital for their podcast. Dinner was about them and as they learned, if you trek out to Boulder, dinner is on me.

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ProfessorVC: Can Entrepreneurship Be Taught?

Professor VC

I attended the annual LP meeting for a venture capital firm this week and got into a discussion about the above question. ProfessorVC. The last blogger in Silicon Valley. Thursday, November 19, 2009. Can Entrepreneurship Be Taught?

Academic Research on Accelerators

Feld Thoughts

I was asked if any existed the other day by an LP, so following is a list of papers I am familiar with. The first accelerator, YC, was founded in 2005. The second, Techstars, was founded in 2006. Wikipedia has a good summary of the history of accelerators. Now that we are 13 years into the accelerator journey, an accelerator is a well-established construct that is part of the global startup ecosystem. They have evolved over the years, and many new approaches have been taken.

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I’m a VC and the Worst of Times

Feld Thoughts

Maybe the next one will be called “I’m an LP.” It’s Sunday and it’s -8 degrees in Boulder. Egads. As I sat in my warm office catching up on email from the week, I sent links to our Foundry Group videos to a friend that had never seen them.

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The VC Twilight Zone

Haystack

Perhaps because of this success and the unique elbow grease they supply to their portfolio, it was shocking to many to see that one of the storied seed franchises would contract, become its own sole LP, and scale back its operations.

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What Is Your Next Career?

Feld Thoughts

” as part of a discussion with an LP. Upon reflection, the LP was clearly asking me indirectly about my long term commitment to venture capital and, without asking “how much longer are you going to do this VC thing?” I was recently asked the question “What is your next career?” I thought it was the best diligence question that I have ever been asked.

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When VCs Don’t B t You

Feld Thoughts

In addition to being an incredibly supportive investor in us from the beginning, this LP has become an extremely close friend. As I was walking home after dinner, I thought about the person who had introduced us to this LP. This LP is also a long time investor in Union Square Ventures and was one of the first people Fred introduced us to when we started raising the first Foundry Group fund in 2007.

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For VCs, Your Thesis Is Your Portfolio Page, Everything Else is Just Hopes and Dreams

Hunter Walker

And why a LP should give them theirs. “We invest in rebellious outliers.” ” “We invest in the Future of Work.” ” “We invest in frontier technologies.” ” “We invest in diverse founders.”

Our 2016 Foundry Group Fund and A Little History

Feld Thoughts

Yesterday we closed our fifth fund, Foundry Venture Capital 2016, L.P. As with all four of our other funds, it’s a $225 million fund. In 2007 we raised our first fund – Foundry Venture Capital 2007.

Where Do Venture Capital Dollars Actually Come From? This Visual Explains

Agile VC

The nature of LP investors can vary widely, but the bulk of the capital in the VC ecosystem comes from large institutions like pension funds, endowments of universities and hospitals, charitable foundations, insurance companies, very wealthy families (aka family offices), and corporations.

When Brad Met Manu

Feld Thoughts

We are proud to be an LP in Manu Kumar’s third fund. My partner Lindel just put a post up on the Foundry Group website about our investment in K9 Ventures. I’ve been friends with Manu since 2009 and an investor (personally) in his first two funds. I vividly remember the first time we met – we were both sitting on the floor in the back corner at the fbFund Demo Day at the Facebook office in downtown Palo Alto. A number of interesting companies were presented. I adore Manu.

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Welcome Jamey Sperans To Foundry Group

Feld Thoughts

My partners and I just announced that our long-time friend and LP – Jamey Sperans – has joined Foundry Group. We’ve been working with Jamey since the beginning of Foundry Group in 2007 (he was one of our first LPs via Morgan Stanley AIP) and have become extremely close friends. Jamey and his family have moved to Boulder, so in addition to working with us, he’ll become a part of the extended Boulder/Denver startup community.

Where Does Foundry Group Invest?

Feld Thoughts

While I don’t have portfolio level stats for them, their new endeavor Foundry Next (to invest in smaller funds and then follow-on into key investments) has built up an LP basket of 23 positions in a variety of new VC funds.

Here is The Best Data You’ll Find on the LA Tech Market

Both Sides of the Table

Most importantly – this should encourage LP funds to back more local firms and I would hope to see more indigenous funds to develop. There are so many great, young funds in the market and many of them are attracting LP capital. If you’re an LP and want to know who these emerging funds are please call me and/or attend our Annual VC Summit.

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Announcing Version One Fund III

Version One Ventures

We are proud of the broad LP support we have received in this (and previous) funds, from large institutional LPs like Invesco, Harbourvest, Northleaf, and Kensington to entrepreneurs from Shopify, Slack, Hootsuite, Wattpad, and Salesforce. We are very happy to announce the launch of Version One Ventures III with $45M USD ($57M CAD) in commitments. With Fund III, we’re doubling down on all that has worked in our previous funds – our strategy, geography, investment thesis and philosophy.

A Sneak Peak at Some LA Startup Energy

Both Sides of the Table

But for now … Every year we run a big VC, LP & Tech Summit in Los Angeles (this year downtown) to showcase the best of our community and invite others from around the country. You disappeared? What the fork happened to you? And what’s up with this crazy new blog design?

What Do LPs Think of the Venture Capital Markets for 2016?

Both Sides of the Table

While I’m not an LP, the following post represents my discussions with more than 100 LP firms – specifically ones that do fund VCs – and full survey data from 73 firms , so I’ve tried to capture the essence of what I’ve learned.

Fred Wilson and Andy Weissman Talk with Lindel Eakman about Transitioning Leadership at a VC Fund

Both Sides of the Table

Yves didn’t want to step down — he is still as active as any partner on our team — but he wanted me to take responsibility for: Strategy, recruiting, team development, LP relations, financial planning, etc.

Why Hearing “No” in a Fund-Raising Process is Actually Healthy

Both Sides of the Table

I once had a potential LP back in 2010 (when fund-raising as a VC was harder for me) tell me that he thought he was a better fit to look at our next fund rather than this one. I had learned that this is a standard line every LP uses to have an “easy no” for VCs.

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Why VC’s Don’t “Crossover” Invest

Agile VC

If Acme Ventures III, LP invests in Startup X then typically Acme Ventures IV, LP would not. 1) LP Bases Change Over Time – Most healthy VC firms tend to have stable relationships with the limited partners investing with them.

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Interesting Tech / VC Stuff To Read on 4/10/14

Feld Thoughts

Venture funding goes ballistic: VCJ : Some people are starting to call the top of the current cycle, at least in the context of flows of LP funds into VC firms. We had our LP Annual Meeting yesterday and I had a vibrant conversation with a few of our LPs about this topic at lunch. I’m bouncing around between a bunch of stuff and have a two board meeting day so I thought I’d just toss up a few interesting things I read this morning along with my thoughts.

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Why VCs Should Recycle Their Management Fees

Feld Thoughts

That means that if an LP invests $1 in the fund, they get back $3 over time. I’m an investor in a bunch of VC funds. Some of them recycle their management fees; others don’t. I’ve never really understood why funds don’t recycle their management fees.

Foundry Group on The Twenty Minute VC

Feld Thoughts

20VC: WHY MANY VCS FAIL TO RAISE, WHY LP COMPENSATION IS A MASSIVE PROBLEM & WHY FUND OF FUNDS WILL BECOME MORE PROMINENT WITH LINDEL EAKMAN, MANAGING DIRECTOR @ FOUNDRY GROUP. I’ve become a huge fan of Harry Stebbings, the intrepid entrepreneur turned VC whose age (20) matches the title of his podcast ( The Twenty Minute VC.) Today, at SaaStr at 1:40pm in the Hypercritical section , Harry is interviewing me about – well – whatever he wants.

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