Global Venture Capital Distribution

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Richard Florida published some stats on the distribution of global venture capital investment last week. SF proper and the broader bay area make up 25% of the global venture capital investment activity (~$10bn out of $42bn).

Venture Capital Returns

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

This post is for everyone who thinks venture capital is an easy business. Here are short term and long term returns for the venture capital business over the past ten years compared to the public equity markets in the US. Venture Capital and Technology

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Pioneering Women in Venture Capital: Kathryn Gould

Steve Blank

Kathryn has been the founding VP of Marketing of Oracle , a successful recruiter, a world class Venture Capitalist, a co-founder of a Venture Capital firm, a great board member, one of my mentors and most importantly a wonderful friend.

Venture Capital is About Human Capital

Both Sides of the Table

Most VCs did well academically and had enough career success that a venture firm was willing to give them an investment role or they were able to raise their own fund. It’s easy to think the role of a VC is to have strong opinions about markets, trends, tech dynamics and so forth.

A Venture Capital History Perspective From Jack Tankersley

Feld Thoughts

In January, Jerry Neumann wrote a long and detailed analysis of his view of the VC industry in the 1980’s titled Heat Death: Venture Capital in the 1980’s. 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. Instead, the driver was the 1983 bull market. Continental Capital*. $ 250,000. KPC&B II. $ 775,000.

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

Steve Blank

This post is about the rise of Chinese venture capital and how it helped build the countries entrepreneurial ecosystem. The Rise of Chinese Venture Capital. SBIR and STTR programs, the Torch Program’s funding for new ventures was limited to seed funding the front end.

It’s Morning in Venture Capital

Both Sides of the Table

Many observers of the venture capital industry have questioned whether its best days are behind it. They are, in fact, great news for traditional venture capitalists. The most successful of these businesses will still need venture capital to scale their businesses.

Changes in the Venture Capital Funding Environment

Both Sides of the Table

The funding environment for tech startups is an ever shifting ground as we go through predictable shifts that go hand-in-hand with the slowing of the overall market. There was an explosion in number of startups both because it was cheap and there was tons of available capital.

17 Venture Capital Blogs You Should Be Reading

Up and Running

Whether or not you’re raising money for your business, getting advice from venture capitalists can be invaluable. Inside the Minds of Top Venture Capitalists: Blogs You Need to Read to Understand How VCs Think. Andrew Parker is a VC with Spark Capital in Boston.

Venture Capital Market Analysis

Design Staff

In March of last year, our GV engineering team analyzed market data to assess whether or not the tech industry was experiencing a bubble… Continue reading on GV Library

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

Both Sides of the Table

At the Upfront Summit in early February, we had a chance to have many off-the-record conversations with Limited Partners (LPs) who fund Venture Capital (VC) funds about their views of the market. LPs Still Believe Strongly in Venture Capital as a Diverse Source of Returns.

How to Write a Business Plan for Raising Venture Capital

Growthink Blog

Are you looking to raise venture capital ? Business planning and raising venture capital go hand-in-hand. A business plan is required for attracting venture capital. You can download Growthink's Proven Venture Capital Business Plan Template here.

5 Ways Venture Capital Is Shaking Up The Tech Startup Landscape In Asia

YoungUpstarts

There is a thin line between success and failure for startups, and that is usually determined by capital. The more capital a startup has, the easier it is to get off the ground and ramp up growth. KPMG’s Venture Pulse Q3 2017 reported that the Asian market has raised $12.3

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It’s Not Easy applied to Venture Capital

K9 Ventures

I know very little about public markets and in fact, actively try to avoid most things in public markets. If you’re even remotely connected to the “industry” of Venture Capital, you need to read Howard Marks’ It’s Not Easy memo.

6 Steps to Raising Venture Capital in 6 Months

Gust

Financeable businesses require investors to believe that: 1) you will win at what you’re doing; and 2) the market in which you’re operating is worth winning. The latter requires that you articulate an amazing opportunity, largely defined by the projected size of the market you are pursuing.

Why The SBIC Doesn’t Work For Venture Capital Anymore

Feld Thoughts

And, in the other two, I don’t expect to ever see any of my capital back because of the SBIC leverage. The SBIC was instrumental in the creation of the venture capital business. If you want to see a fun quote on it, read A History of Silicon Valley which quotes: “ …many venture capital pioneers think the SBIC program did little to advance the art and practice of venture investing. Peter Adams, head of Rockies Venture Club, is quoted a few times.

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Why Was Winter in Venture Capital Funding so Short?

Both Sides of the Table

It was only a year ago that many in the Venture Capital industry were predicting that “winter was coming” and to be fair the author of this post was chief amongst them. While this it total FDI as opposed to just venture, it should give you an indication of the international trend.

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 presented the deck below – which was prepared with the great help of Upfront Venture’s Principal Jordan Hudson – at Dave McClure’s must attend event called PreMoney with much more data and narrative than I had in my blog post.

Ten Realities of Taking Venture Capital Money

This is going to be BIG.

If you take venture capital money. 2) You are signing up to sell the company one day--to another company or to the public market, but definitely to someone. 3) You will almost certainly take more venture capital money after that. 8) There are smaller exit opportunities you will not be able to take because your capital structure makes them financially unattractive. Venture Capital & Technology

Top 20 cities for venture capital – London in at #7

The Equity Kicker

The data is for deals of $5m-200m from 2010-13 and hence excludes lots of deals that are included in other studies which show a much larger market. of the total market and just under 10% of Silicon Valley/San Fran combination. Venture Capital

Why I Look for High Conviction, not Consensus, in Venture Capital Decisions

Both Sides of the Table

One of the least understood parts of the venture capital industry and venture capital firms is how investment decisions actually get made. The beauty of venture capital is that on any given deal I can only lose one times my money.

Venture Capital Investors Look Beyond Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Obviously, a key factor is always the state of the economy and the mood of the venture capital community. On the other hand, venture capital doesn’t get smoothly spread across the geographic and demographic landscape, and the number of active venture capital firms has dropped sharply.

How To Grow A Company Without Venture Capital

YoungUpstarts

As an entrepreneur, though, you should look no further than Fab.com as a cautionary tale of venture capital. It made risky bets in untested markets and tried to grow bigger than its customers were ready for. The Drawbacks of Venture Capital.

What to Expect When You're Expecting Venture Capital Returns

This is going to be BIG.

One of the first things I did when I joined the venture asset class as a lowly institutional LP analyst in 2001 was to build the VC fund cashflow model. And no, the numbers don't exactly add up--but they're more than close enough for venture capital.

Got "Founder Fit?" If You Want Venture Capital, You Need It

Up and Running

A few weeks ago I spoke with Boris Wertz, founder of JustBooks, COO of AbeBooks and founding-partner of Version One Ventures. In ” At present, Version One Ventures portfolio includes startups from all over the United States and Canada. Boris Wertz. Image credit Flickr.

My Least Favorite Part of Venture Capital

This is going to be BIG.

This is where I think the market is for this company right now. I'm a lead investor. That means I'm usually the first person to put down a price on what your company is worth--a dollar value on months, if not years, worth of your work, blood, sweat, tears, stress, etc. Here's a piece of paper that says how much I think your dreams are worth."

10 Misperceptions About Venture Capital

This is going to be BIG.

Not every company raises venture capital—most don’t. Not raising gives you flexibility about the market size you want to go after, speed of growth, and de-risks your plan—because once you start spending someone else’s money, the clock starts ticking on your “out of cash” date. I’d click to signup” or “That’s huge… everyone in your market would go for that.” Venture Capital & Technology

Why the Blockchain is so disruptive for venture capital

Version One Ventures

We are all a bit puzzled by how quickly this market has evolved. With a combined market cap of all crypto currencies now topping $170b , crypto has become more than a third of an Amazon or a Facebook. It has 10 times the market cap of SNAP, the most prominent IPO of 2017. And so, we keep hearing how venture capital is about to be disrupted. The post Why the Blockchain is so disruptive for venture capital appeared first on Version One.

Vyze Lands $13.1 Million in Venture Capital

SiliconHills

million in venture capital to accelerate its growth and expand into new markets. Austin Ventures with additional investment from Fathom Capital and Starvest Partners led the Series C financing round. Million in Venture Capital appeared first on SiliconHills. Vyze, a cloud-based financial technology company, has raised $13.1 The company, founded in 2008, has raised $48.1 million including the latest funding round. As part […].

How ff Venture Capital Works With Universities And Students

David Teten

I meet with a lot of people from the academic world, so I thought it would be helpful to summarize how ff Venture Capital works with universities. Look for opportunities to collaborate on new ventures. Education ff Venture Capital Startup

Hive9 Receives $5.4 Million in Venture Capital

SiliconHills

Hive9, which makes marketing software, announced Tuesday it has received $5.4 million in funding from LiveOak Venture Partners and Silverton Partners. The Austin-based startup plans to use the money to hire five or more additional employees and for product development and marketing, said Darin Hicks, its CEO. Hive9 helps companies concentrate their marketing spending on […] The post Hive9 Receives $5.4 Million in Venture Capital appeared first on SiliconHills.

Dos and Don’ts When Raising Venture Capital For the First Time

VC Cafe

The post “ What I learned from raising venture capital ” by Gabriel Weinberg , the founder of DuckDuckGo is one of them. WHAT TO DO WHEN RAISING VENTURE CAPITAL. WHAT NOT TO DO WHEN RAISING VENTURE CAPITAL.

The Trouble with Venture Capital Data

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There aren't many people who get the chance to analyze venture capital fund return data. So what percent of the market is that? Analyzing venture returns without even looking at the 90's? Looking at interim IRRs of young funds, especially during boom periods in venture isn't predictive of outcomes. Venture doesn't scale--and if the data doesn't point that out, then I think you have to start questioning your data, or deciding that the data you have isn't venture.

Edgecase Gets $7.5 Million in Venture Capital

SiliconHills

million in venture capital. The Austin-based startup received the funds from lead investor Austin Ventures and other investors. The company plans to use the money for research and development and sales and marketing. Million in Venture Capital appeared first on SiliconHills. Edgecase, which provides data and analytics for e-commerce sites, announced this week it has received $7.5

Myth Busters: Debunking Seven Conventional Wisdom Maxims of Venture Capital

Genuine VC

Compared to most other areas of finance, venture capital is practiced as more of an art, as opposed to a science. The art of venture capital also means that for entrepreneurs raising it, there isn’t one definitive playbook which can be used as a guide. MYTH: Venture capitalists are looking to replace founders with “their guys.” Even the most elementary venture capitalist has the privilege of serving on boards of a number of startups.

On historical returns and venture capital flavours

Fred Destin

Story of of the last few years in Venture Fund Land : large institutional investors concentrate money with fewer managers and flagship brands AND / OR find emerging managers. Why does the market need you ? We've found capital constraints to be a great friend.

The Thin Skin of the Venture Capital Market

This is going to be BIG.

The fact is, it''s just not cool to criticize the investing side of the venture capital market. This is done in the public markets all the time. But in the private markets, we''ve got "Yay, founders! For the most part, journalists give startups a free pass when venture capital money is raised or when companies that clearly seem to have failed get "acquired". Venture Capital & Technology

B is for BUBBLE: Venture Capital in 2013

VC Cafe

The bull market will celebrate its 5 th anniversary in March (NASDAQ grew 38.3% last year, more than any other major index), and the IPO market is booming. Content Marketing : Brands understand the value of objective, toned-down, and highly relevant content.

How to get a job in Venture Capital

Jason Ball's TechBytes

Product, Marketing, Sales. If you can fix one (or more) venture backed co’s, you will be loved and will probably find yourself a more permanent role. Analyst, Associate, Principal, Venture Partner, General Partner, Managing Partner – all require different amounts of the above. Venture Capital I get asked this question a *lot*.

What I learned from raising venture capital

www.gabrielweinberg.com

I recently raised venture capital for the first time. DuckDuckGo raised a series A round from Union Square Ventures and a handful of awesome angel investors. I basically waited until we had significant (not huge, but significant) traction in a large market. Granted they're both still very small numbers when considering the search market as whole, but moving orders of magnitude is really de-risking the business a great deal.