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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

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.

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.

How to Build a Startup & Understanding Venture Capital

Both Sides of the Table

They started as an elite black-car service and only once they saw Lyft doing well in the peer driving market did they launch UberX. But you need to understand venture economics.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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

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.

Deal Selection in Venture Capital

Rob Go

Great teams, transformative opportunities in attractive markets, and excellent products. So pattern recognition tends to fail when there is a large market shift, which, arguably, is the time when you want to be most aggressive. Source, Select, Win.

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.

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.

Austin’s Venture Capital Investment Deals Drop 7 Percent in 2016

SiliconHills

By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Venture capital investments in Austin dropped 7 percent in deal flow to 112 deals and $834 million invested in 2016, down 3 percent, compared to the previous year, according to the MoneyTree Report from PricewaterhouseCoopers. market which saw a drop of 16 […] The post Austin’s Venture Capital Investment Deals Drop 7 Percent in 2016 appeared first on SiliconHills.

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.

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

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

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

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 Big Secret to Raising Venture Capital

Growthink Blog

At the time, Tom was a partner at Enterprise Partners Venture Capital in San Diego. At the time (around 2003), many venture capital firms were licking their wounds. Years ago I served on a funding panel with Tom Clancy.

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.

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 Overcome Bootstrapping Challenges In A Venture Capital World

YFS Magazine

Grow Marketing & Sales marketing media coverage media pitchOutside of the operational reasons for pursuing investment (e.g., infrastructure, R&D, hiring, etc.), one of the things that rarely gets discussed are the signals associated with taking investment.

Growth Hacking Without Venture Capital

Software By Rob

The confusion arises because we fail to make a distinction between the growth strategies that are relevant to venture backed startups as opposed to the strategies that are relevant to bootstrapped startups. Inbound marketing costs time, while interrupting people costs money.

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.

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.

Pristine Lands $5.4 Million in Venture Capital

SiliconHills

Austin-based S3 Ventures led the round, which also included Capital Factory, HealthFundr and several clients. The company plans to use the money to expand its research and development, sales, marketing and operations teams. Million in Venture Capital appeared first on SiliconHills. Pristine, the startup that develops healthcare apps for Google Glass, has raised $5.4 million.

Shelfbucks Lands $6.5 Million in Venture Capital

SiliconHills

Selfbucks, which makes dynamic marketing platforms for retail stores and brands, announced this week it has closed its Series A funding and raised $6.5 Million in Venture Capital appeared first on SiliconHills. million. To date, the Austin-based company, founded in 2013, has raised $11.5 million, according to its CrunchBase profile. With the latest funds, Shelfbucks plans to rollout its platform nationwide to even […] The post Shelfbucks Lands $6.5

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.

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10 Misperceptions About Venture Capital

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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