Venture Capital Returns

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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. Fundamentally venture capital is about human capital. The role of VC is sparring partner.

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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.

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.

Venture Capital Funding: A Curated List of Our Best Resources

Up and Running

Getting venture capital funding to launch your business is incredibly difficult. In fact, fewer than 1 percent of businesses that start every year get venture funding. Is venture capital right for you? 12 of the Hottest Venture Capital Firms in 2016.

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.

Why Was Winter in Venture Capital Funding so Short?

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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.

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.

What Do LPs Think of the Venture Capital Markets for 2016?

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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.

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. So I wanted to dive a little deeper into what I call the startup capital supply chain. Google, Intel Capital).

Hive9 Receives $5.4 Million in Venture Capital

SiliconHills

million in funding from LiveOak Venture Partners and Silverton Partners. Million in Venture Capital appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin Hive9 LiveOak Venture Partners Silverton PartnersHive9, which makes marketing software, announced Tuesday it has received $5.4 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.

The Experience of Being a Limited Partner in Venture Capital

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You run X amount of capital and Y percentage of that is allocated to venture capital. Either way, VC funds aren't really built around creating much of an experience for their Limited Partners. 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.

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.

Learn Everything You Need To Know About Venture Capital in 90 Minutes

Feld Thoughts

My partner Jason and our dear friend Professor Brad Bernthal are attempting to teach everything there is to know about the venture ecosystem in 90 minutes on January 28th. The post Learn Everything You Need To Know About Venture Capital in 90 Minutes appeared first on Feld Thoughts.

Vyze Lands $13.1 Million in Venture Capital

SiliconHills

million in venture capital to accelerate its growth and expand into new markets. Austin Ventures with additional investment from Fathom Capital and Starvest Partners led the Series C financing round. Million in Venture Capital appeared first on SiliconHills. Vyze, a cloud-based financial technology company, has raised $13.1 The company, founded in 2008, has raised $48.1 million including the latest funding round. As part […].

TrendKite Lands $10.7 Million in Venture Capital

SiliconHills

Noro-Mosley, based in Atlanta, led the round with continued participation from Battery Ventures, Silverton Partners and Mercury Fund. Million in Venture Capital appeared first on SiliconHills. TrendKite, a public relations analytics company, announced Thursday that it has raised $10.7 million in Series C funding. 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

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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Extremely rapid early growth opens the path to venture capital

The Equity Kicker

Venture capital is only appropriate for the small percentage of businesses that want to go loss making to grow very fast.” As Jeff Bussgang notes in his recent post Growth vs. Profitability and Venture Returns and Fred Wilson has noted before him successful venture funds have a small handful of big winners, and the only way for a company to become a big winner in the 7-10 year lifetime of most funds is to grow really fast – which isn’t for everyone.

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.

What to Expect When You're Expecting Venture Capital Returns

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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.

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.

OJO Labs Lands $5.8 Million in Venture Capital

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Austin-based LiveOak Venture Partners and Silverton Partners led the financing. Million in Venture Capital appeared first on SiliconHills. By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News A new startup, OJO Labs just closed on $5.8 million in Series A funding from local investors. John Berkowitz, co-founder of Yodle and David Rubin, founder and former CEO of ProfitFuel founded OJO Labs in February of […] The post OJO Labs Lands $5.8

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. Partner with students to execute research on topics of mutual interest. Look for opportunities to collaborate on new ventures.

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. Get the right partner at the firm. To find the right partner, do your research.

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. First, the author says the dataset is " a dataset compiled by Bloomberg, covering 3,300 individual funds and 1,600 general partners ". 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.

AlertMedia Raises $4 Million More in Venture Capital

SiliconHills

Silverton Partners led the round which included ATX Seed Ventures and other current investors. The latest round is […] The post AlertMedia Raises $4 Million More in Venture Capital appeared first on SiliconHills.

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.

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. We've found capital constraints to be a great friend. AtlasVenture Investors Uncategorized Venture Capital

Load Balancing Between VC Partners

Feld Thoughts

Fortunately, I’ve got amazing partners. As a result, we’ve always been active at moving primary responsibility for a company (which we define as a board seat) between partners. In addition, we do this exercise as each partner returns from their one month annual sabbatical, as the other three partners have already been handling that partner’s primary responsibilities. The post Load Balancing Between VC Partners appeared first on Feld Thoughts.

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. Suggested intro from someone: 3MP, 1TS AngelList inbound: 1MP, 1TS AngelList outbound: 0 Cold inbound: 1MP Getting to the right partner initially really really matters. Pretty soon after that first meeting, you need a partner to convince their other partners this is a deal the partnership should move forward with.

StepOne Closes on $ 4 Million in Venture Capital

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StepOne, an Austin-based startup that makes customer support software, announced that it secured $4 million in venture capital. LiveOak Venture Partners led the round with participation from Silverton Partners. StepOne has already landed Telstra, Australia’s largest telecomm company, […] The post StepOne Closes on $ 4 Million in Venture Capital appeared first on SiliconHills.

The Zebra Raises $17 Million in Venture Capital

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The Austin-based company’s investors included Silverton Partners, Daher Capital, Ballast Point Ventures, Mark Cuban and Mike Maples Jr. drivers on […] The post The Zebra Raises $17 Million in Venture Capital appeared first on SiliconHills. The Zebra, which created an auto insurance aggregation and comparison site to save consumers money, has raised $17 million in Series A funding.

Deal Selection in Venture Capital

Rob Go

Instead, many decisions are driven off the occasional anecdotal datapoint that happens to stick in a partners’ memory. Source, Select, Win. Those are the three activities that all VC’s do.

Austin-based Convey Raises $4.5 Million in Venture Capital

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Silverton Partners led the latest round with participation from Techstars Ventures, Capital Factory and Corsa Ventures. Million in Venture Capital appeared first on SiliconHills. Convey, a Techstars Austin graduate, announced Wednesday it has raised $4.5 million in Series A funding. To date, the company has raised $6.9 million. Rob Taylor is the CEO of Convey and Dan Bebout is the founder and vice […] The post Austin-based Convey Raises $4.5

B is for BUBBLE: Venture Capital in 2013

VC Cafe

Danny Cohen, Partner at Carmel Ventures and keynote speaker at the upcoming Marketing & Ad;Tech Israel conference, discusses three trends impacting 2014 Israeli digital media: Content Marketing, Next-Gen Publishing and Mobile Advertising.

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

True Wealth Ventures’ Sara Brand and Kerry Rupp Seek to Change the Landscape of Venture Capital Investing

SiliconHills

The general partners of True Wealth Ventures want to see more female led companies get venture capital investment. And they want to see more female venture capitalists making investments in the industry. The $20 million True Wealth Ventures fund invests in women led companies in the sustainable consumer and consumer health industries.

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.

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 his post The end of the big venture formula Danny Crichton put it like this: What’s needed is a sustainable approach to startup growth and venture capital.