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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. Fundamentally venture capital is about human capital. Venture Capital is a people business.

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.

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.

Forecasting in venture capital

The Equity Kicker

One thing that stands out as a little different for me is that the best investors get behind big themes – e.g. the internet, open source software, SaaS, ecommerce, mobile, marketplaces – which feel a bit like the deterministic theories that super forecasters are sceptical of. Mobile is a great example. I made my first mobile internet investment in 2000 in a business that was years ahead of it’s time helping banks to get their services on WAP phones.

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.

The Industrialization of Mobile

Feld Thoughts

I am on the board of Sitrion , who just released their latest version of Sitrion ONE , which allows enterprises to deliver mobile solutions in one single day. At the time, it was impossible to anticipate how the web would evolve, as 2004 was a particularly low point in the evolution of venture capital and tech companies. A little over a decade later, mobile is dominating much of the growth of the web. Every company we are involved in is working on a mobile app.

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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

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Mobile. 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.

Venture Capital in India – The Summit Push

VentureWoods

As the season for year roundups begins, here are my thoughts, originally published in Economic Times … It is now my eight year in succession of claiming a great year for venture capital. At the surface, 2013 was a slower year for venture capital investments than recent past. The first reason is the emergence of key investment themes which could redefine the complexion of technology ventures in India.

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Venture Capital and "Innovation"

Information Arbitrage

Many have recently been critical of the role of the venture industry in financing “true innovation.” ” The narrative goes something like this: “VCs are like lemmings, flocking to the latest consumer wave (mobile chat, ride-sharing, etc.) This is not how the venture industry is supposed to operate.” But for the venture industry to be labeled as ineffective or unfairly risk-averse by not backing such initiatives simply isn’t fair.

Transitioning To a Mobile Centric World

abovethecrowd.com

For a large variety of applications and services, users favor mobile applications over browser based applications. Over 45% of Yelp’s* searches begin on mobile. For Zillow*, 50% of home views are now on mobile. Consumers clearly dislike deeply nested features on mobile phones.

What If Web And Mobile Apps Are Like TV Shows?

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

One of the things we discussed that stuck in my mind was the thought that web and mobile apps might behave more like TV shows than traditional software applications. There are web and mobile applications that seem more immune to the "here today gone tomorrow" concern. Venture Capital and Technology Web/TechI was having lunch with a veteran of the entertainment and the video game business this past week. It was an interesting and wide ranging chat.

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Quigley Report - Predicting a Venture Capital Revival

VentureWoods

An interesting report predicting that venture capital asset class will make a strong revival over next 10 years. Quigley Report: A Venture Capital Revival is Upon Us.

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

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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. High Capital Franchises. Capital Available.

TabbedOut Raises Additional $2 Million in Venture Capital

SiliconHills

TabbedOut, a mobile payments app for bars and restaurants, announced Friday it has raised $2 million more in its Series C venture round. Miami-based Aeterna Capital provided the funds. The other investors include lead investor Wellington Management Company and participating investors NEA and Morgan Creek Capital […] The post TabbedOut Raises Additional $2 Million in Venture Capital appeared first on SiliconHills.

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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.

Two New Techstars Programs – Mobility/Detroit and Techstars++/Mayo Clinic

Feld Thoughts

Last week Techstars announced the new Techstars Mobility program, Driven by Detroit. From the post about it: “Throughout the development of the Techstars Mobility program, Techstars worked with Detroit based venture capital firms Fontinalis Partners, Detroit Venture Partners and Renaissance Venture Capital to recruit mentors and ensure capital was ready to deploy in the region. Techstars detroit mayo clinic mobility ted serbinski

Social-Mobile-LOCAL: “Local” Will Be The Biggest of the Three

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“Well I was born in a small town And I live in a small town Prob’ly die in a small town Oh, those small – communities” — Small Town, John Mellencamp While “Social-Mobile-Local” is certainly an overused buzz phrase, most of the attention has been placed on the “social” and “mobile” parts of the phrase. android Internet iphone Uncategorized Venture Capital Web/Tech Local Mobile Social

Mary Meeker's 2012 Internet Trends

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

mobile Venture Capital and Technology Web/TechMary published this presentation this past week. I love these "state of the internet" presentations Mary does. There is so much useful information and insights in them.

Monetizing Mobile Audio

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I stream music on my mobile phone all the time. We'll be streaming audio from the cloud onto our connected devices in our homes and offices, and onto our mobile devices at the gym, on the bike, in the car, etc. And I think mobile streaming audio is going to be huge. How will the mobile audio streaming services make money? And yesterday, our portfolio company Targetspot , launched the first mobile audio ad network. I'm going to the gym in a few minutes.

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What Has Changed

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

As the WSJ notes, VC funding of consumer web and mobile companies is down 42% in this first nine months of 2012 (vs the first nine months of 2011). 2) the consumer is moving from desktop/web to mobile/app. distribution is much harder on mobile than web and we see a lot of mobile first startups getting stuck in the transition from successful product to large user base. this pool of capital was "all in" on consumer web/social web in the 2009-2011 time frame.

Venture Capital Deals Drop in Second Quarter

Inc Startups

venture capital investment had its worst quarter--in both number of dollars and deals--since 2010, according to the Dow Jones VentureSource quarterly report released yesterday. billion in venture capital money.

3 Things to Know About Corporate Venture Capital

Inc Startups

Corporate venture capital (CVC) funds are on the rise. To dig deeper into the more-than-monetary benefits of CVC funds, I recently spoke with Harshul Sanghi, managing partner of AmEx Ventures. Looking for funding? Think outside the VC box.

In Defense Of Free

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I would encourage folks to compete with them to keep the web, the mobile web, and the Internet free and open. mobile Venture Capital and Technology Web/TechI have written so much about free here at AVC that it should be called AVFree.

My Talk At LeWeb Yesterday

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

mobile Venture Capital and Technology Web/Tech I'm back in the states this morning and up early (jet lag). The main purpose of my trip was to give a talk at LeWeb, which I did yesterday morning. Loic asked me to talk about the next ten years and what is going to happen.

Simplicity, The Emerging UI, and Machine Learning

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

And in that area Google is so far ahead of every big company (and most small companies) that it is hard to imagine how they are not going to out innovate on the emerging user interfaces of our mobile future (glasses, watches, etc, etc). mobile Venture Capital and TechnologyLong title. Short post. Daring Fireball says : The utter simplicity of the iOS home screen is Apple’s innovation. It’s the simplest, most obvious “system” ever designed.

No Battle Plan Survives The First Enemy Fire

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

mobile Venture Capital and Technology Web/TechI have been using this line a lot lately. It is a bastardized version of Field Marshall Helmuth von Moltke 's "No plan of operations extends with certainty beyond the first encounter with the enemy's main strength." " I always encourage entrepreneurs to get on with the business of putting their product in the market.

Perfecto Mobile Gets Perfect Backer in Vodafone Ventures for App Testing in the Cloud

VC Cafe

V odafone’s venture capital arm made a strategic minority investment in Israeli startup Perfecto Mobile , joining previous backers Carmel Ventures and Vertex Venture Capital who invested $7 million ten months ago.

It’s About Women Running Startups

Steve Blank

And she had a model for a new media company for mobile and wearables. I thought we were going to talk about her product progress, so I was a bit taken aback by her most pressing question, “Why is it so hard for a woman to still get taken seriously by a venture capitalist?”.

The Paradox of VC Value-Add

Feld Thoughts

The next person on the list of supporters is Scott Maxwell at OpenView Venture Partners. I remember a meeting with the Microsoft Mobile 6.0 team as they were pitching us their vision for Microsoft Mobile 6.5. A year or two later they had less than 3% market share on mobile. ” Second, I went through the scale up of the organizational VC firm in the late 1990s at Mobius Venture Capital.

Running The Table

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Like Apple tried with mobile computing. Venture Capital and Technology I hate it when companies try to run the table on a market. Like Microsoft tried with desktop computing. Like Facebook tried with social networking. And like Google is trying with the entire f **g Internet. The good news that the market stops them. Apple and the Internet stopped Microsoft. Google stopped Apple. Twitter stopped Facebook. Who will stop Google?

The Maths Behind Venture Capital

ArcticStartup

I want to be fully honest about this, but I'm really thrilled to be sharing information like this so openly about the venture capital business with the help of Nexit Ventures about the mathematics behind the venture capital business. Nexit Ventures.

Venture Capital Deal Buzz: Grubhub

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

Last year GrubHub launched Android and iPhone apps, leading to a 300% increase in its mobile food orders. Venture capitalists are hungry for a piece, too. million cash infusion came from Origin Ventures in 2007. GrubHub rounded up $2 million more in 2009 from Leo Capital Holdings, Amicus Capital and Origin Ventures and topped that off with an $11 million Series C round in November 2010. It's raised $34 million in total venture funding to date.

10 Reasons For Joining The New Startup Wave Now

Startup Professionals Musings

The elements include communications, mobile platforms, and location-based services. angel investors business entrepreneurs startup wave venture capital

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Why The Unlocking Phones Debate Is Important

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

mobile Venture Capital and TechnologyThe White House and the FCC have recently come out in favor of allowing consumers to unlock their phones. That is a really good thing. Let's hope that the rest of the regulators in this country join them in this stance. I would go even further. I would assert that rooting, jailbreaking, and other actions that users take to gain total control of their device should be entirely legal in this country. Here is why.

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When VCs Don’t B t You

Feld Thoughts

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. The prior fund that I had co-founded – Mobius Venture Capital – had blown up after having a very successful first fund in 1997. Fred Wilson at Union Square Ventures was by far the most helpful. Over 33% of our capital ended up being from the same LPs who invested in USV.

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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.

Software vs Hardware

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

mobile Venture Capital and Technology One of the things I am noticing is the trend to try to solve problems with software instead of dedicated hardware. That makes sense for a whole bunch of reasons, but the biggest ones are that the marginal cost of additional user is almost zero with software and that you can iterate your product much more quickly with software. Smartphones make this trend possible because we have a hardware devices on us most of the time.

The 50 Most Promising Israeli Startups in 2016

VC Cafe

The ranking was put together by soliciting feedback from some of Israel’s top venture funds, including Carmel Ventures, Aleph, 83 North, Magma, Battery Ventures, Innovation Endeavors, Marker and others. Perfecto – Clound based mobile app testing (Raised $90M).

Utilities vs Networks

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

But in the mobile era, it seems that a different dynamic is at play. Clean, simple, networked, social, cross platform mobile apps will be the winning model in the mobile ecosystem and the OS vendors will not be able to maintain dominance with the default apps they ship with the OS. Venture Capital and Technology Web/Tech