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. The role of VC is sparring partner.

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.

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Why Is There So Much Turnover In Venture Capital?

View from Seed

I’m thrilled to announce that I’m joining [New Firm] as a Partner where I will continue to invest in great Founders across the industries I care about.”. “I These are literal quotes from social media and email announcements over the past six months from VC Partners moving on to other competitive firms, and, well, just moving on. So why is there so much turnover in Venture Capital? Venture is a field with a power-law distribution of outcomes.

Love and Venture Capital

Feld Thoughts

Softbank (and Fred – via his new firm Flatiron Partners, which was partially funded by Softbank) invested. Jerry, again through Flatiron (he and Fred had become partners), was an investor in eShare. The post Love and Venture Capital appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Venture Capital fred wilson Jerry Colonna podcast rebootIf you’ve missed me, it’s because I spent a week in Australia.

How To Get a Job In Venture Capital

VC Adventure

One of the most frequent questions I get asked is “how do I get a job in venture?” Below is an updated overview of the venture job landscape as well as some current thoughts on how to break into the industry. So has the typical profile of a venture professional.

3 Things Startups Need To Raise Venture Capital

YFS Magazine

However, if you have the right strategy coupled with the right capital and partner, an amazing growth business could be the storybook outcome. Finance Grow raising capital raising money venture capital

How To Get A Job In Venture Capital

Feld Thoughts

My partner Seth Levine has written several posts over the years on the topic of how to get a job in venture capital. His 2019 post, titled creatively How To Get A Job In Venture Capital is excellent. Things have changed in the last decade since his 2008 post titled How to get a job in venture capital (revisited) , which was an update from his 2005 post titled How to become a venture capitalist. And How to become a venture capitalist (2005).

A Deep Dive into What Has Really Changed in Venture Capital

Both Sides of the Table

I’ve heard a lot of people question whether there is too much money in venture capital chasing too few great deals. “We’re Others believe that new business models are emerging that could replace venture capital all together.

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.

Hotshot Advice on Raising Venture Capital

Feld Thoughts

Entrepreneurs need to understand what’s involved – from what to consider when picking the right venture partner and how to think about the economic and control rights at stake, to what life will be like after the deal closes. Term Sheet hotshot jason mendelson venture deals video

How to Build a Startup & Understanding Venture Capital

Both Sides of the Table

And if you do happen to be lucky and find the right mountain to climb, if you find that you’ve started ascending the peak before others have found the right trail — then venture capital is for you. But you need to understand venture economics.

Will Your Startup Get Venture Capital or IPO in 2013?

Startup Professionals Musings

Based on the final report for 2012 from Thomson Reuters and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), it may appear that IPOs are back as a viable startup exit strategy. For the full year 2012, venture-backed initial public offerings raised $21.5

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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.

The Venture Capital Revival

ReadWriteStart

There have been a number of narratives in circulation over the last year or so: the " we're in a tech bubble " (or "we're not in a tech bubble") narrative, the "venture capital is in decline" narrative (or " venture capital is broken ").

The Long Haul Of Building A Venture Capital Firm

Haystack

On a slightly smaller impact scale, there isn’t a lot of content out there about “How to build a venture fund.” Most of them won’t see a Fund II, and very few, if any, will become a permanent part of the venture fabric. While I don’t have the ambition to build “out” a huge fund with a huge team and scaling capital, raising successive funds is not easy and building out real firm infrastructure is a grind.

Lessons from a Diverse Venture Capital Portfolio

This is going to be BIG.

Brooklyn Bridge Ventures , the pre-seed and seed stage VC fund I run in NYC, has invested in 64 companies in the last six and a half years. All were backed based on the sole criteria that they had the potential to make my limited partners a lot of money. The diversity is the direct result of our mission—to build the most accessible venture capital fund in NY.

This Week in Venture Capital – Episode 3

Both Sides of the Table

Investors: Foundation Capital (lead), with existing investors: Morgenthaler Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners, Canaan Partners. Investors: True Ventures, Social Leverage (Howard Lindzon). Investors: Union Square (lead), Spark Capital (lead).

This Week in Venture Capital – Episode 4

Both Sides of the Table

This week’s guest was David Travers from Rustic Canyon Partners. Investors: August Capital (David Hornik) (lead) with existing investors Charles River Ventures. What I found strange about this funded was the fact that it was led by Summit Partners.

This Week in Venture Capital – Episode 2

Both Sides of the Table

I was on This Week in Venture Capital (TWiVC) again this week with Jason Calacanis. In fact, their affiliate partners dissuaded them from doing so. 10 million in Series B Menlo Ventures , Steamboat. Tags: This Week in Venture Capital VC Industry

Why We Must Have Zero Tolerance for Sexual Misconduct in Venture Capital

Both Sides of the Table

I titled this post “We Must Have Zero Tolerance in Venture Capital” but of course I could just say “zero tolerance anywhere” because that’s true. In an industry with only 7% of partners at VC funds being women — it literally must fall on us to speak up.

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.

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 compensation data and recruiters list

David Teten

If you’re looking for a job in venture capital (or private equity), here is a list of compensation benchmarks, plus all the recruiters I’m aware of who do searches for roles inside venture capital firms, Analyst through Partner. Amity Search Partners. Arris Partners. Bellcast Partners. Caldwell Partners. Daversa Partners. Fortis Partners. Madison Search Partners. Odyssey Search Partners. Pinpoint Partners.

Mark Attanasio, Toronto Executive and Hillcrest Merchant Partners Co-Founder Discusses Entrepreneurial Leadership, Venture Capital Investment

Hearpreneur

Toronto’s Mark Attanasio , co-founder of Hillcrest Merchant Partners, has years of significant experience with advising clients on mergers and acquisitions raising capital and navigating the landscape of general capital markets. In 2017, he embarked on a new venture, founding.

Why the Blockchain is so disruptive for venture capital

Version One Ventures

And so, we keep hearing how venture capital is about to be disrupted. Blockchain and ICOs are giving VCs new ways to run their own businesses – from changing agreements with limited partners to allow the fund to buy tokens and currencies directly to figuring out how to safely store token and currencies. The post Why the Blockchain is so disruptive for venture capital appeared first on Version One.

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. As a partner in one of the most visible VC firms in Colorado and an LP in many of the Colorado VC firms, I’ve never heard from Matthew or anyone from the SBIC. The SBIC was instrumental in the creation of the venture capital business. Many believe SBICs filled a void from 1958 to the early 1970s, by which point the partnership-based venture firms took off.

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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.

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. To me, this indicates that venture capitalists (VCs) are looking for business, but not from first-time startups. Back to VCs, Silicon Valley venture capital firms are still the most active.

Book: The Business of Venture Capital

Feld Thoughts

In the fall of 2010 Mahendra Ramsinghani reached out to me by email about a new book he was working on called The Business of Venture Capital: Insights from Leading Practitioners on the Art of Raising a Fund, Deal Structuring, Value Creation, and Exit Strategies. A few months later Mahendra send me and my partner Seth Levine an early draft of the book. If you are an entrepreneur who wants to know a lot more about venture capital, this book is for you.

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 Summit: Connecting with Silicon Valley Venture Capital

The Startup Magazine

Venture Summit | West , presented by youngStartup Ventures, is one of many upcoming events helping both startups seeking capital and exposure, and investors seeking new deals. Partial List of Confirmed Venture Capital Attendees: Sign up today to solidify your space.

Venture Capital Is Dead. Long Live Venture Capital.

Mucker Lab

(Guest post by my partner, Erik Rannala). The truth is that there is plenty of opportunity for a wide range of investors and entrepreneurs, and a healthy economy depends on diversity — in both the types of businesses and the capital they can access.

Money. show me! If you want to change Venture Capital, focus on LPs. #openlp

This is going to be BIG.

In venture, it’s all about getting an opportunity to make partner and being included in the carry—the economic upside of a fund. Mentorship and the building of track records within other people’s firms is an important pathway to partner, even in your own fund.

Will Crowdfunding Crowd Out Venture Capital?

ReadWriteStart

Venture capitalists have been getting a black eye to go with their blue shirts. The next day, Fred Wilson, general partner at Union Square Ventures and prominent VC blogger , suggested that a flood of crowdfunding money unleashed by the JOBS Act could sweep away venture capitalists altogether.

Corporate Venture Capital: Obligatory or Oxymoron?

David Teten

She had so much insight to share that we broke the interview into two parts, 1) Corporate Venture Capital and more broadly, 2) How the Fortune 500 Can Buy, Invest and Partner with the Innovation Economy (coming soon). . Corporate venture funds are also investing earlier today.

Limited Partner Due Diligence on Venture Capital and Private Equity Funds

David Teten

Similarly, our limited partner investors have their own due diligence standards, and we manage HOF Capital to keep in line with their standards and expectations. Ask on what KPIs each Partner is evaluated. DUE DILIGENCE ON VENTURE CAPITAL FUNDS.

Limited Partner Due Diligence on Venture Capital and Private Equity Funds

David Teten

Similarly, our limited partner investors have their own due diligence standards, and we manage HOF Capital to keep in line with their standards and expectations. Ask on what KPIs each Partner is evaluated. DUE DILIGENCE ON VENTURE CAPITAL FUNDS.

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. Remember that people invest in, buy from, and partner with other people.

2019 30 under 30 Venture Capital

Lightspeed Venture Partners

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Venture Capital Funding and the Sexism You Can’t Quite Prove

Up and Running

At the outset, it is worth noting that when it comes to the world of venture funding, I am a bit of an outsider. Until a handful of years ago, I didn’t even know what venture capital was, let alone anything about the complicated process of actually acquiring VC funding.

Changes in Software & Venture Capital – Part 2 of 3

Both Sides of the Table

Yesterday I wrote Part 1 of the series on the changes to the software industry over the past decade that has led to changes in the venture capital industry itself. Or at least venture-style returns. Not to mention providing the capital for growth.

Venture capital partnership transparency and incentives

The Equity Kicker

I’ve just re-read the a 2012 report by the Kauffman Foundation about the contractual relationship between venture capital funds (often called GPs, short for General Partner) and their investors (often called LPs, short for Limited Partners). Venture Capital

Silverton Partners Plans to Raise $100 Million Venture Capital Fund

SiliconHills

Silverton Partners, a venture capital firm founded in 2005, is raising a $100 million Silverton Partners V fund, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Austin-based venture capital firm lists Adam Chibib, Michael Dodd, Morgan Flagler and Kip McClanahan as its general partners.