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Why 2017 Should be a Great Year to Raise Venture Capital

Both Sides of the Table

Recently Upfront Ventures published its outlook for the technology startup world and venture capital overall titled it “ WTF Happened to Winter ?”

Changes in the Venture Capital Funding Environment

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There was an explosion in number of startups both because it was cheap and there was tons of available capital. Rise of Seed. Rise of Angels.

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

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Will they have enough capital?” startup venture-capitalNote that all of these names were not started in Silicon Valley.

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

Agile VC

Most folks reading this will know that many startups were built in part with the help of venture capital. Google, Intel Capital).

Why Was Winter in Venture Capital Funding so Short?

Both Sides of the Table

While this it total FDI as opposed to just venture, it should give you an indication of the international trend. startup venture-capital

Why Venture Capital is So Much More Compelling Now

Both Sides of the Table

It’s not hard to find people willing to write the narrative that “venture capital is not an asset class” or “venture capital has performed terribly.” I saved it mostly for LP discussions that I had over the past year. This is the opportunity set for venture capitalists.

What to Expect When You're Expecting Venture Capital Returns

This is going to be BIG.

And no, the numbers don't exactly add up--but they're more than close enough for venture capital. Let's be clear about this exercise.

The Trouble with Venture Capital Data

This is going to be BIG.

There aren't many people who get the chance to analyze venture capital fund return data. Mattermark just posted a short report full of such statements and the former 21 year old institutional LP analyst in me (the job I got my VC start in over 15 years ago) flipped his s**t upon close review. What is this? Really really big.

On historical returns and venture capital flavours

Fred Destin

So the LP's have done two things: Concentrate more money with fewer managers. We've found capital constraints to be a great friend.

The Experience of Being a Limited Partner in Venture Capital

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You run X amount of capital and Y percentage of that is allocated to venture capital. Rather than see LP interactions as a chore or a burden, new fund managers should see this as an opportunity to extend the community around their fund. Partnership investing is boring. For smaller funds, I think this is a real mistake.

The Singularity hits Venture Capital (Wilson/Kauffman Redux)

Fred Destin

I mean, really, who still wants to be a venture capitalist ? Last week, we first got a new "bombshell" Kauffman report calling LP's out as being co-dependents for the terrible performance of VC, fundamentally complicit of the mess we are in (read Felix Salmon or watch Deirdre Bolton with Harold Bradley , Kauffman's CIO). Shocker !

Venture Capital: Practicing Blind Faith

Babbling VC

Venture capital in general, especially in Europe, is a practice in blind faith right now. The industry hasn't evolved, LP's are no longer interested and we're doomed. . I planned on making it more of a pep-talk since we constantly hear so much negativity in regards to European venture capital. FUCK THAT! I don't!

The State of Cleantech Venture Capital: What Lies Ahead

Secret Formula

What’s happening to cleantech venture capital? Cleantech VC performance is substantially lagging venture capital as a whole.

Changes in Software & Venture Capital – Part 2 of 3

Both Sides of the Table

Or at least venture-style returns. The LP Community Hasn’t Yet Caught Up. Not to mention providing the capital for growth.

The Great European Venture Capital Crisis

Fred Destin

The exercise of drawing up target list of investors has been a depressing one, for the European venture landscape is starting to look extremely depleted. We have three clearly dominant firms based out of London, in the form of Accel Partners, Balderton Capital and Index Ventures. Venture Capital *Notable Europe

Beer Kegs and the Future of Venture Capital: What It Means for Entrepreneurs

Genuine VC

Last September I wrote a post outlining my view of the venture capital industry: increasingly evolving like the beer industry as it continues to mature. Those venture firms firms caught in the middle without the scale of a large firm and without the focused strategy of a Micro will continue to wane. So what’s going on?

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. The team at Notation Capital is doing a really good podcast with interviews with LPs.

Venture Capital, Pitching, and Business Love

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

At an annual meeting of venture capitalists, a Morgan Stanley managing director gave five tips on how to pitch him. Get over yourself. Be nice.

Why VCs Should Recycle Their Management Fees

Feld Thoughts

Understanding what “recycling management fees” means is a fundamental part of understanding the economics of a venture firm.

Seed Is The New A – #PreMoney 2015 Talk

K9 Ventures

You may also follow me on @Twitter at @ ManuKumar , and for all things @ K9Ventures K9 Ventures is also on Facebook and Google+.

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. Follow-On Decisions Become Part of Agenda: Since a fund in Year Two is still in value creation, not harvest, mode, the trajectories of Year One investments is often more illuminating than recently funded ventures.

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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. Fred Wilson at Union Square Ventures was by far the most helpful. Venture Capital fundraising VC

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The State of Cleantech Venture Capital, Part 4: Parting Thoughts

Secret Formula

This week we’ve analyzed the state of cleantech venture capital and used data to discern myth from reality. In summary, we’ve found that: There will be sufficient late-stage capital in the next few years to feed the ’06-’08 “baby boom” of cleantech start-ups, but there may be a corresponding dearth of Seed/Series A money.

The Paradox of VC Value-Add

Feld Thoughts

The next person on the list of supporters is Scott Maxwell at OpenView Venture Partners. We had a blast together and as we went out to raise our Foundry 2007 fund, Scott made several introductions which resulted in two wonderful, long term LP relationships. Go read it – I’ll still be here when you get back. Simple.

The Fantastical, Stupendous, Wonkariffic Tale of How Ample Hills Creamery Raised a $4 Million Venture Capital Round

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It's a story that just hit a milestone--a $4mm round of venture funding that I'm ecstatic to say Brooklyn Bridge Ventures just led.

#PeakVC

K9 Ventures

I define #PeakVC as the point in time when the maximum amount of $$s are entering the Venture Capital industry. That is because the venture capital industry operates in cycles. That increases the overall money supply coming in to venture. Raise as much capital as you can, but watch your burn rate like a hawk.

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

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

By Igor Sill, Managing Director of Geneva Venture Management LLC. In no other locale will you find the combination of all these factors. Igor M.

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 tried to come up with a rationale for blowing off an LP.

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Business Love

Feld Thoughts

I’m guessing that Jamey was the LP in the post that Jo is referring to, since the principles of business love, that Jo refers to, are exactly what we talked about. Entrepreneurship business love culture Venture Capital Last night I had dinner with my partners and our significant others. They’re very tight.

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

This is going to be BIG.

It would be months before Foursquare's first round touched off a NYC venture frenzy. While my company may not have lasted, and even though I swore to myself that I wouldn't do another startup--this recently launched new venture is moving forward with the help of some fantastic partners. Many of you entrepreneurs know that feeling.

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What We Are Seeing

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

The capital markets are finite at some level. The conventional wisdom is that 10-20% of venture funds produce 100% of the returns in the asset class. The one bright sign in LP land is that emerging managers (what USV was a few years ago) are getting more attention from LPs. Venture Capital and Technologyinstead.

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Too Many Seed Investment Choices

Feld Thoughts

We don’t expect anything for this other than a role as a typical LP, but we view it as increasing the seed ecosystem. Venture Capital Foundry Group seed investings strategyYesterday I sent emails out passing on participating in two seed rounds for companies I really like. First, some background. SEOMoz).

On the Road to Recap:

abovethecrowd.com

In February of last year, Fortune magazine writers Erin Griffith and Dan Primack declared 2015 “ The Age of the Unicorns ” noting — “Fortune counts more than 80 startups that have been valued at $1 billion or more by venture capitalists.” Competition also has access to capital. They are the real capital that make the system work.

Some Thoughts On InvestorRank

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

This is an insightful way to look at the early stage venture capital business. But if I was investing in venture capital firms as an LP, this would be a big part of what I would look at. Venture Capital and TechnologyReturns are important, but they are a trailing indicator.

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How to Develop Your Fund Raising Strategy

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There is all sorts of advice on the Internet about how to raise capital. So why would raising venture capital be any different.

Ending the Toll Roads to LP Fundraising

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Unlike a venture capital firm that states its criteria on its website and has forms, e-mail addresses, etc to encourage outreach, your site does a lot better job of saying "Go away!". The interesting thing is that being connected to wealth isn't necessarily a driver of good venture capital performance--why would it be?

How Do VCs Mitigate Risk In Their Investment Portfolios?

Ask The VC

In many cases, they are prohibited from doing this by their LP agreements and/or investment documents in the companies when they make an investment. Venture Capital hedging risk vcQuestion: How do VCs mitigate risk in their investment portfolios? I’m not aware of VCs using classic financial hedging strategies.

Brexit: Why the EIF must remain

The Equity Kicker

The European Investment Fund (EIF) is an EU institution that exists to stimulate the startup ecosystem by investing in venture capital funds. They have made a huge contribution to the UK scene, backing 37% of UK based venture funds between 2011 and 2015. Venture CapitalIt’s a big deal.

Investing in Venture Capital - Limited Partner or Fund of Funds? - Part 1

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

By Igor Sill, Managing Director of Geneva Venture Management LLC. Investor confidence in Venture Capital is at an all time high.

Announcing K9 Ventures II – A $40M technology-focused micro-VC fund

K9 Ventures

I am pleased to announce the formation of K9 Ventures II, L.P. K9 Ventures is also on Facebook and Google+.