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Venture Capital is About Human Capital

Both Sides of the Table

Fundamentally venture capital is about human capital. Venture Capital is a people business. Nothing fancier.

Pioneering Women in Venture Capital: Kathryn Gould

Steve Blank

During her career she made a big point of not telling you: she was one of the first women Venture Capitalist’s in Silicon Valley (along with M.J.

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. So contrary to the piece, it wasn’t VC were good at early stage technology, it was that they had newfound capital and a big exit window. Total. 1,250,000. Total.

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).

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. This article originally ran on PEHub.

TrendKite Lands $10.7 Million in Venture Capital


Noro-Mosley, based in Atlanta, led the round with continued participation from Battery Ventures, Silverton Partners and Mercury Fund. The company plans to use the money to scale its operations, customer support, on patents and to hire more […] The post TrendKite Lands $10.7 million in Series C funding. Austin

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.

What I learned from raising venture capital

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 generally try to operate in such a way as to maximize my luck surface area. You can tl;dr it by reading the section titles. I'm new at this. Background. Bad idea.

Pristine Lands $5.4 Million in Venture Capital


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. million. Austin

How To Overcome Bootstrapping Challenges In A Venture Capital World

YFS Magazine

Outside of the operational reasons for pursuing investment (e.g., infrastructure, R&D, hiring, etc.),

Sustainable startup growth and venture capital

The Equity Kicker

On Friday it seemed like everyone in the venture capital industry was again reading about market turmoil, this time the news is that angel investors are pulling back and valuations taking a hit. In the ecommerce and marketplace markets Forward Partners operates in growth is limited because business has to scale country by country.

Will Your Startup Get Venture Capital or IPO in 2013?

Startup Professionals Musings

For the full year 2012, venture-backed initial public offerings raised $21.5 Both operating executives and top advisors count.

Startups With Real Revenue Can Get Venture Capital

Startup Professionals Musings

I just read the Q1 2011 report from CB Insights , which shows venture capital is back. Both operating executives and top advisors count.

Understanding Changes in the Software & Venture Capital Industries

Both Sides of the Table

So it’s unsurprising that typical “A rounds&# of venture capital were $5-10 million. Rewind. These are very different.

How to get a job in Venture Capital

Jason Ball's TechBytes

You’ll have insight into big company M&A (they will be your customer as a VC) and you’ll have some operational skills. 4) Fix a portfolio company- This works if you have operational skills. If you can fix one (or more) venture backed co’s, you will be loved and will probably find yourself a more permanent role.

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.

The Experience of Being a Limited Partner in Venture Capital

This is going to be BIG.

You run X amount of capital and Y percentage of that is allocated to venture capital. They don't have a directive to be invested in venture and they're not aiming to make some target return to pay out benefits or university operating expenses, etc. Partnership investing is boring. Did you communicate with them?

Vietnam venture capital – potential unlocked

VC Cafe

The VCs operating in Vietnam since the early 2000s are: Mekong Capital , IDG Ventures Vietnam, Dragon Capital and DFJ Vina Capital.

Venture Capital and "Innovation"

Information Arbitrage

Many have recently been critical of the role of the venture industry in financing “true innovation.” 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.

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

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. Twitter.

Venture Capital Access Program launches to aid women and diverse entrepreneurs

David Teten

VCAP© Addresses the Gap between Venture Capital and Funding for Women and Diverse Entrepreneurs. New York Policy Venture Capital

What's in a (venture capital) website ?

Fred Destin

Late on Friday we launched the new website of Atlas Venture. Let’s look at how folks are trying to stand out in the world of venture 2.0

When it Comes to Venture Capital, Do Like Warren Does

Growthink Blog

All of a sudden, it is boom time again for venture capital funds, with over $10.3 billion in fresh capital raised by 578 funds in the 1st quarter, up 36% from 2012. But for the individual investor, is investing in a venture capital fund really a good idea? Here’s why: Market Efficiency. Friction. So what to do?

Changes in Software & Venture Capital – Part 2 of 3

Both Sides of the Table

Open cloud led by Amazon with their AWS services drove total operating costs down by 90%. Or at least venture-style returns. Funny, that.

Are You Ready for Venture Capital? How To Tell

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Much has been written about the similarity between marriage and the tie between a venture capitalist and an entrepreneur. Simple.

Urban Mining Gets $25 Million in Venture Capital


The Austin-based company plans to use the Series A funds to build and operate a magnet recycling and manufacturing plant at its headquarters. Urban Mining Co., which recycles magnets, announced Tuesday it has completed a $25 million round of financing. Austin

Do venture capital firms or private equity funds offer debt financing for startups?


For venture capital, this is typically ten times the invested capital, and those returns can only be achieved through equity appreciation, not debt service. And if you are still at the startup stage, how do already have global operations in a dozen countries? That would typically be done before you start the company.

Top Venture Capital Deals of 2012

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The past twelve months didn’t offer the rush of new venture capital funding many had hoped for. Here are seven of the biggest.

How To Attract Venture Capital For Your Startup


Looking for some venture capital funding to fuel the growth of your startup? Others Funding startup advice venture capital

3 Venture Capital Deals You Should Never Make

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

As more and more start-ups launch, more entrepreneurs are fighting for their share of the venture capital pile. Yes, you need cash.

What Do I Do Now? The Startup Lifecycle

Steve Blank

Venture-backed startups will often have a Series C or D or later rounds during this phase. Family/Career/Culture Lean LaunchPad Venture Capita

50 Questions: If I raise venture capital what differences will it make to how I have to run my business?

The Equity Kicker

Forty-ninth in a series of weekly posts by myself and Nicholas Lovell of Gamesbrief which answer the fifty questions you should ask before raising venture capital. The heart of a venture capital deal is an exchange of cash today for an obligation to grow the value of your company and eventually find an exit.

WellAware Lands $16 Million in Venture Capital


It plans to use the money to expand its operations and for research and development on its […] The post WellAware Lands $16 Million in Venture Capital appeared first on SiliconHills. WellAware, an oil and gas industry analytics and data startup, this week announced it has received $16 million more in financing.

You Can Do Too Much Due Diligence

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

It's Monday, time for another lesson I've learned in the venture capital business. We know most everyone who ran those operations so we called them. MBA Mondays Venture Capital and Technology Today I will tell a story that I love telling. It has some of my favorite people in it. " I was pissed.

Who You Want On Your Board

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

One of the guys who taught me the venture capital business used to say "success is in inverse proportion to the number of VCs you have on your board." And this board has two investors and three very experienced operating executives on it. And one of the investors (not me) has deep operating experience.

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.

Some Perspective

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

In its last quarter Facebook had $1bn of revenue and 40% pre-tax operating margins. If we annualize those numbers, that would be $4bn of annual revenue and $1.6bn of annual pre-tax operating margins. stocks Venture Capital and TechnologyBut let's put Facebook's current valuation in perspective. I certainly am.

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. Venture Capital and TechnologyIt was a fun talk.

Venture Capital Deal Buzz - Mc10

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

It's a growing part of the venture world that proved its prominence once again in 2010. Despite murmurings of a pullback in Cleantech commitments, venture capitalists invested $3.98 That's an 8% increase over 2009, when venture firms plunked down $3.7 The investment was a follow-on to MC10's first venture investment.


How Well Do You Take A Punch?

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Normal operating conditions can lead to an organization getting fat and happy. Venture Capital and TechnologyI was talking to a friend who has been displaced because of Sandy. They are struggling to get back to their daily routine and it is hard living out of a suitcase without access to the things they rely on from day to day.