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. So I started Foundation Capital in 1995.

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. Continental Capital*. $ 250,000. KPC&B II. $ 775,000.

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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.

Q316 State of Venture Capital Update With Cooley

Feld Thoughts

This quarter they interviewed me as part of it on Quarterly VC Update: Brad Feld on the State of Venture Capital Investing. At the same time, if you are a clearly successful growth company, there is a huge amount of capital available once you’ve reached a point of clear success (often after $20m – $40m has been raised). There is a huge capital supply gap for companies that are in between early startups and companies that are successful growth companies.

Venture Capital Demystified: A Fundraising Guide for Entrepreneurs, Investors, and Lawyers

YoungUpstarts

by Jason Mendelson and Brad Feld, co-authors of “ Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist “ So, you’ve got a brilliant idea and you’re ready to launch a company.

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.

B is for BUBBLE: Venture Capital in 2013

VC Cafe

The fastest growing exit category in Israel last year was digital media, so the performance of the sector will help determine whether or not the party continues. We see opportunities for cross-media content engagement, such as integrating mobile gaming and online magazines.

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. I think it sucks that we are in a media culture where we''re supposed to give everyone pats on the head for entrepreneurship when there are legitimate criticisms to be had about the high profile investments we read about all the time. Venture Capital & Technology The other day, I saw that one of my favorite products, Slack, just raised $120mm at a $1.12

Understanding Changes in the Software & Venture Capital Industries

Both Sides of the Table

In this three-part series I will explore the ways that the Venture Capital industry has changed over the past 5 years that I would argue are a direct result of changes in the software industry, not the other way around.

Venture Capital (VC) Blog Directory – 2011 Edition

Thinking About Thinking

This is the 4th edition of the Venture Capital Blog Directory ( 1st edition , 2nd edition , 3rd edition ). This directory includes 149 venture capital, microVC/seed, and growth equity blogs. Many thanks to my colleagues at Volition Capital for their assistance with this directory - we hope it’s a useful service for everyone. . Fred Wilson ( @fredwilson ), Union Square Ventures, A VC (81,483). Mike Speiser, SutterHill Ventures, Laserlike (490).

Why Venture Capital No Longer Defines Innovation

ReadWriteStart

Today’s venture capital deal flow to innovative new companies looks a lot like a fat man trying to squeeze into a slim Italian suit. In 2000, venture capitalists poured a staggering $112.2 Today, venture capital deal flow has slowed to a relative trickle, just $28.4

The State of Cleantech Venture Capital: What Lies Ahead

Secret Formula

In late 2011 I decided to write up an internal analysis I’d done at Venrock about the state of cleantech venture capital and make it available broadly. What’s happening to cleantech venture capital? Philanthropic capital.

U.S. Venture Capital Has Its Biggest Quarter Since Dot-Com Days

allthingsd.com

Media. Venture Capital Has Its Biggest Quarter Since Dot-Com Days. venture capitalists put $8.1 Venture capitalists were particularly aggressive on early-stage investments in the second quarter. Tagged with: CB Insights, funding , VC , venture capital.

What's Wrong With Sensationalist Media

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Check out this email I got from a major media company this past week: I was just talking to my boss about New York's tech scene and the types of stories I should go after. He NYC Venture Capital and Technology He wants me to get a little personal like digging into how founders and investors are actually using all this money flowing into the city. But beyond the typical, there must be some stories that have gone unreported or overlooked.

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How to Get into Venture Capital - An Update

This is going to be BIG.

About seven years ago, I wrote a post on breaking into venture capital and I continue to point the five or six people a week who ask me how to break into venture. She had been running social media part time for a smaller fund and had built up a following with her own tech newsletter. There''s really no easier way to get into venture than to find some money, reach out to smart folks to learn, and start writing checks. Venture Capital & Technology

Why Venture Capital No Longer Defines Innovation

ReadWriteStart

Today’s venture capital deal flow to innovative new companies looks a lot like a fat man trying to squeeze into a slim Italian suit. In 2000, venture capitalists poured a staggering $112.2 Today, venture capital deal flow has slowed to a relative trickle, just $28.4

The Venture Capital Secret: 3 Out of 4 Start-Ups Fail

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Media & Marketing. Media Agencies. SIGNIFICANCE PROMINENT. --> The Venture Capital Secret: 3 Out of 4 Start-Ups Fail. An entrepreneur with a hot technology and venture-capital funding becomes a billionaire in his 20s. But now there is evidence that venture-backed start-ups fail at far higher numbers than the rate the industry usually cites. About three-quarters of venture-backed firms in the U.S. backed by venture capitalists.

Top 10 Industries Raising the Most Venture Capital (Infographic)

Inc Startups

In 2013, the biotechnology and media and entertainment industries also had good years. Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, First Round Capital, and New Enterprise Associates closed the most deals last year, according to the report.

What's in a (venture capital) website ?

Fred Destin

Late on Friday we launched the new website of Atlas Venture. One of the challenges that all venture capitalists are dealing with is that we are all peddling essentially the same product. The bottom line is we all sound pretty much the same , so what is a venture capitalist to do ?

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. And much like the emergence of microbreweries specializing in craft beer, new Micro VCs (disclosure: like my own firm NextView Ventures ) are thriving by specializing along at least one or more of these three dimensions (geo, sector, stage) with a unique offering for a specific subset of entrepreneurs.

Why Kobe Bryant Is Launching a $100 Million Venture Capital Fund

Inc Startups

The retired NBA player plans to invest in technology, media and data startups

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Media Metrix Multi Platform

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

If you are a Media Metrix user, you will see the option to get Multi Platform data on your key measures reports. Disclosure: I was a venture investor in comScore from the late 90s to the mid 00s and was on their board for almost a decade. Venture Capital and Technology Web/Tech

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It’s About Women Running Startups

Steve Blank

She had an interesting insight: existing content/media companies were having the same problem as hardware companies that rarely made the leap to new platforms. And she had a model for a new media company for mobile and wearables. What role does venture capital play?

Mocked And Misunderstood

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

They are the "tell" So when your company and services gets mocked and is misunderstood by most everyone, particularly the mainstream press and media, just smile and keep doing what you are doing. Venture Capital and Technology Web/Tech

On personal brand, transparency and social contract in venture capital. Oh yeah, and blogging.

Fred Destin

The very candid interview does a good job of capturing my views on personal brand and the use of media in venture capital, and which I republish below. BostInno: But what does it mean for a venture capitalist to have 135,000 Facebook fans?

10 Reasons For Joining The New Startup Wave Now

Startup Professionals Musings

Social media is a boon for entrepreneurs and startups. With the key social media platforms today, an entrepreneur can tune a product, build a brand, and grow the business with very low cost and a high interactivity never before possible.

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Venture capital vs self-funded for high growth technology businesses. This was surprising.

Business of Software Blog

There seems to be a generally held feeling that venture capital is ususally suitable for rapid growth businesses and that founders should consider taking it if they want to add rocket fuel to their business.  It was inspired by an observation that only 14% of the fastest growing 500 companies in the US were venture backed according to Carl Schramm. Carl Schramm talking about US innovation and venture capital.

Lockups and Insider Selling

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

There is a lot of sturm und drang out there in the worlds of social media, finacial media, and just plain media about all the lockups coming off and all the insider selling going on in some big internet stocks. When a venture backed company goes public and is worth billions (or even hundreds of millions), the investors who provided the early capital to that company are going to be sitting on a lot of stock. It is an investors job to return capital.

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Alert Media Raises $4.16 Million in Venture Capital

SiliconHills

Alert Media, a platform for interactive mass notification, announced Tuesday that it has raised $4.16 Silverton Partners led the founding round which included participation from ATX Ventures and […] The post Alert Media Raises $4.16 Million in Venture Capital appeared first on SiliconHills. million in a Series A funding round. The Austin-based startup plans to use the money for product development and to hire more sales and business development employees.

How Has Product Hunt Become Such a Critical Startup Website?

Both Sides of the Table

It was the place that every startup knew they HAD TO be in order to attract initial users and also gain the attention of venture capitalists. He’s been great at fostering online relationships through blogs and social media for years. This Week in Venture Capital

Entrepreneurs Have Control When Things Work, VCs Have Control When They Don't

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

2) Whether the Company needs more investment capital and where it is coming from. My friend Dave Winer put up an interesting discussion thread a few days ago talking about the sustainability of social media platforms. Venture Capital and Technology

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A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

It had various media types (photos, videos, long form text, short form text) and underneath each was a large social platform that had been built on and for that media type.   Venture Capital and Technology Web/Tech

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Venture Capital Survey - Silicon Valley Fourth Quarter 2010

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

Background - Fenwick & West LLP analyzed the terms of venture financings for 95 companies headquartered in Silicon Valley that reported raising money in the fourth quarter of 2010. The Fenwick & West Venture Capital Barometer showed an average price increase of 61% in 4Q10, up sharply from 28% in 3Q10. Detailed results are as follows: Venture Capital Investment.? Venture capitalists invested $7.6 venture-backed companies in 4Q10 totaled $10.5

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

This is going to be BIG.

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. But just because you could see them everywhere doesn't make them an obvious venture bet--nor does it tell the story of how the round even came to be.

What’s Happening Today That No One Sees?

Feld Thoughts

Subsequently, Amy and I went on a binge the past few days of other media around this, including the movie Too Big To Fail (which is really about what happened in the fall of 2008) and Inside Job (which covers a broader time range, but focused on 2005 – 2008).

Global Venture Capital (VC) Blog Directory – Ranked By Monthly Uniques

Thinking About Thinking

It’s exciting times these days after we launched Volition Capital on Monday (01/11/10). The first post on the blog is: Why did you choose the name Volition Capital? Fred Wilson, Union Square Ventures, A VC (100,279). Guy Kawasaki, Garage Technology Ventures, How To Change The World (82,838). Bill Gurley, Benchmark Capital, Above The Crowd (23,084). Josh Kopelman, First Round Capital, Redeye VC (12,972). Rob Go, Spark Capital, robgo.org (1,908).

OutboundEngine Lands $11 Million in Venture Capital

SiliconHills

OutboundEngine, an email, social media and content marketing platform, has closed an $11 million Series B funding round led by Silverton Partners. Other participating in the round were Noro-Moseley Partners, Harmony Partners, Altos Ventures and Capital Factory. The […] The post OutboundEngine Lands $11 Million in Venture Capital appeared first on SiliconHills.

8 Cool Companies Who Just Raised Venture Capital

Growthink Blog

I've been traveling a bit lately and haven't kept up as much as usual on all the companies who recently raised venture capital. With what I do (helping companies raise venture capital among other things), it's really important that I stay abreast of trends in venture capital - who's raising money, from whom, and in what amount. But I have to be honest that this wasn't the most interesting company who just raised venture capital.

The Twitter "Patent Hack"

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Many years ago now, my prior venture capital firm, Flatiron Partners, invested in a company called Thinking Media. Fast forward ten years or so and Nielsen sued two of my portfolio companies, comScore and TACODA, and a bunch of other companies too, on the basis of the Thinking Media patents. If Thinking Media had the patent hack in their documents, the story I just told would not have happened. Venture Capital and Technology Web/Tech

The State of Cleantech Venture Capital, Part 2: The Investors

Secret Formula

tl;dr: There’s a widespread perception that cleantech venture capital must be tanking compared with VC overall. In yesterday’s post , we looked at the amount of capital that’s been invested in cleantech start-ups to date. For venture-backed companies overall, it’s 9.4

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