Managing Innovation Portfolios – Principles Before Tools

Grasshopper Herder

Don’t get buried in the tools and platforms -- know how your resources, time frames, risks, and options work together to create a viable innovation portfolio map. The post Managing Innovation Portfolios – Principles Before Tools appeared first on Corporate Startup Innovation Ecosystem Innovation Innovation Accounting Metrics Metrics & Innovation Accounting Startup Tool

Protecting Your Portfolio


Yet, as long as you do it the right way, you can end up being a wise investor, and one of the most important factors to take into account is your portfolio. Starting with a solid and manageable portfolio can help to set the pace so that the rest of your financial investments stay in check.

Your New Venture IP Portfolio Sets Investment Value

Startup Professionals Musings

A large portion of your competitive advantage and your potential value to investors is the size of your intellectual property portfolio. In reality, patents are only one of at least eight items that should be in your IP portfolio.

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Investment Planning: How Gold Helps Balance Equity Risks In Your Portfolio


Not all investors have it in them to handle the roller coaster ride provided by equities, which is why they try their luck at creating a balanced portfolio of low and high risk equities. Interestingly, investment advisors and portfolio management firms barely allocate it in investments.

“Your Portfolio Is Your Path”


About a year ago, I tracked down a VC who gave a talk I heard about where he referenced the phrase “Your portfolio is your path,” it stuck out in my mind because amid all the noise, it was simple, brief, and yet still open to interpretation. “Your portfolio is your path.” The portfolio is, indeed, your path. You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. You are what you eat.

Lessons from a Diverse Venture Capital Portfolio

This is going to be BIG.

Creating this community doesn’t only mean backing diverse founders, but also surrounding yourself with a community of other diverse professionals to help your portfolio. 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. Twenty-five of them have at least one female co-founder. Fifteen had co-founders over 40. Five have LGBTQ+ founders. Three teams have African-American founders.

Some Homebrew Portfolio News

Hunter Walker

Cribbing from the Homebrew blog to just share some nice portfolio news: “Proud to have supported this company since their earliest days” is how VCs coyly signal that they were in early before the rocketship company was off the launch pad. Well, three startups that we’re proud to have supported since their earliest days announced substantial financings recently. Yeah, we had conviction years ago. And yeah, they’re all looking like great, savvy picks.

Q2 2019 Summary: Portfolio News and Activities

Version One Ventures

We welcomed Dolly (same -day retail delivery service) to our portfolio, after participating in a $7.5m The post Q2 2019 Summary: Portfolio News and Activities appeared first on Version One. Happy Canada Day to our friends and colleagues north of the border, and Happy Fourth of July to those of you south of the border. We hope everyone is having a great start to summer. Here’s a quick recap of the key activities and announcements from this past quarter. .

What’s The Optimal Portfolio Strategy for a Venture Fund?

VC Adventure

A key question my post didn’t consider was what the ideal venture portfolio might look like in the face of these data. . I think we intuitively understood this back in 2006 and the cruz of our debate centered around just how diversified should a portfolio like ours be.

Portfolio POV: What’s Trending on Everipedia?

Mucker Lab

Editor’s Note: This guest post is the first of an ongoing series offering up an insider-point of view from a portfolio company. Guest Portfolio POV EveripediaGuest post by Dave Liebowitz.

Q4 2018: Portfolio News and Activities

Version One Ventures

Q4 was an important quarter for our firm and portfolio companies. Follow @VersionOneVC for the latest news from us and our portfolio! The post Q4 2018: Portfolio News and Activities appeared first on Version One. We are well into 2019. And yes, this is the time of year when people are thinking about resolutions and looking ahead. And while we are very excited about the new year and new fund, we also want to spend a few minutes to reflect on last quarter.

Two Portfolio Tips for First Time Seed Funds

Hunter Walker

That said, there are two portfolio modeling/management tips that I do think are valuable exercises for every Fund I. Six years ago this week Satya and I took our Homebrew deck on the road (as far south as the Rosewood!) and began raising Fund I.

4 Practical Insights For Creating A Profitable Cryptocurrency Investment Portfolio


2017 appeared to be the height of the last bull run in cryptocurrencies – all you had to do was to buy a decent coin, sit back, relax, and watch the value of your portfolio increase.

Conviction, Diversification, and Portfolio Construction


The first wave of reactions centered around the importance of diversification in a portfolio. Ok, sure, so portfolio diversification is wise, yet behind closed doors, we hear many LPs grumble about a fund they’ve backed that’s found 1 or even 2 huge winners but where the check size is so small the returns don’t even return the fund at a multi-billion dollar exit.

Add Startups to Balance Your Portfolio, If You Dare

Startup Professionals Musings

With all these considerations, I recommend the following steps and considerations for investors newly interested in startups: Build a balanced investment portfolio. entrepreneur risk startups portfolio investors business

Mapping The Haystack Portfolio Across The United States


Today, I am excited to share some data on the Haystack portfolio as it relates to geography. Hello. It has been a while since I’ve posted here, nearly 3 months. My fingers are well-rested, but my writing prowess is likely rusty, so please forgive any rustiness in this post.

Q1 2019 Summary: Portfolio News and Activities

Version One Ventures

The Version One portfolio is filled with great startups doing incredible things, and here’s a selection of what has been happening (that we can talk about publicly): Company news and product releases: Outreach launched Galaxy, the app marketplace for the modern sales team. The post Q1 2019 Summary: Portfolio News and Activities appeared first on Version One. We’re already a full quarter into 2019, and as expected, it’s shaping up to be a busy year.

Marketing Your Portfolio Companies to Other Investors

David Teten

I regularly meet with other VCs, and based on their criteria, I share with them whichever portfolio companies fit their areas of interest. . Subject line: Relevant Portfolio Companies . As promised, I took a look through our portfolio to see which companies best fit your investment interests. The post Marketing Your Portfolio Companies to Other Investors appeared first on David Teten.

Q3 2018 Summary: Portfolio News and Activities

Version One Ventures

We’re particularly proud and excited for this development, as it’s two portfolio companies joining forces! The post Q3 2018 Summary: Portfolio News and Activities appeared first on Version One. It’s the beginning of October. Fall is underway, and it’s time to summarize all the key news and announcements from last quarter. And we have a lot of exciting things to share in the coming months, so stay tuned! Announcements and Accolades.

Q3 2017 Round-Up: Portfolio News and Activities

Version One Ventures

We continue to invest in blockchain companies and funds such as Coinbase and Metastable Capital , which join our existing crypto portfolio ( Blockstack , Citizen Hex and Polychain Capital ). Here’s a quick recap of our other funding announcements, portfolio news, and product updates (the things we can announce publicly): Funding announcements. We welcomed Gencove , a B2B sequencing company, to our portfolio. Select activities from around the portfolio.

The portfolio analysis of industry events

deal architect

I was taken aback by the modesty of Stan Swete’s question “Would you invest multiple days in a future Workday technology summit?” My answer was an easy yes. Workday, with a consistent track record of 3 releases a year and. Industry Commentary

Recapping Q2 2018: Portfolio News and Activities

Version One Ventures

Other news and highlights across the portfolio. The post Recapping Q2 2018: Portfolio News and Activities appeared first on Version One. Happy Canada Day and Fourth of July to our friends and colleagues on both sides of the border. We hope everyone is having a great start to summer. Here’s a quick recap of the key activities, news coverage and announcements that occurred in Q2.

Portfolio Company Spotlight: Identified

David Teten

Job creation is political topic #1, so we have a particular interest in portfolio companies like Identified and TheResumator , which help match employers and job seekers.

Welcome Stylect to the Forward Partners portfolio

The Equity Kicker

We’re really happy to welcome Stylect to our portfolio. The deal closed a couple of weeks back and was announced on Techcrunch last week: “Swiping is the new liking” now applies to shoe shopping.

Serial Entrepreneurs in VC Portfolios

VC Cafe

Tags: Serial entrepreneurs VC Portfolios Auto change control Draft hand experience harvard business review ioimage many different reasons Portfolios Statistically

Recapping Q2 2017: Portfolio News and Activities

Version One Ventures

Q2 has been busy for Version One and our portfolio companies – here’s a quick recap of select news coverage, funding announcements, and product updates (at least the things we can announce publicly): . Portfolio Companies in the News. The post Recapping Q2 2017: Portfolio News and Activities appeared first on Version One. We hope everyone had a great Canada Day and/or Fourth of July! It’s hard to believe that another quarter has flown by.

For VCs, Your Thesis Is Your Portfolio Page, Everything Else is Just Hopes and Dreams

Hunter Walker

Your portfolio page. Your portfolio page is your thesis. One challenge for seed investors especially is that your portfolio page is a lagging indicator of your interests. And hope to continue adding amazing companies to our portfolio page.

How to Scale Support of Portfolio Companies

David Teten

As I’ve worked to build out HOF Capital ’s portfolio acceleration platform , the #1 question I think about is: how do we scalably support our companies? Many VCs offer (or strive to offer) a bundle of levers and support structures to help their portfolio companies. the “TOPSCAN” framework from my research study on value creation by VCs ): T eam-Building – We aggregate openings across our portfolio on our jobs page.

How to be your VC’s favorite portfolio company

The Next Web

But good portfolio companies should get more, because VCs have a lot more to give – especially to companies that deserve it. But investors have dozens of portfolio companies and likely aren’t going out on a limb for founders.

3 Qualities to Look for in Candidate Portfolios


No employer, however, wants ''bad hires'' Too much time and money can be lost after replacing a disastrous new hire, so recruiters must weigh essential factors when assessing a candidate's portfolio. Review these three points when examining a jobseeker's portfolio.

Q1 2017 Round-up: Portfolio News and Activities

Version One Ventures

Q1 was a busy time for our firm and portfolio companies, and here’s a brief recap of some of the various news clippings, fundraising announcements, and other happenings across the V1 community. The V1 portfolio was well represented in Techvibes’ recent Canadian Startup Awards. Portfolio companies in the news. The post Q1 2017 Round-up: Portfolio News and Activities appeared first on Version One. Another quarter has flown by and we’re quickly moving into spring.

Mompreneur, Yasmeen Tadia’s ‘Sweet’ Inspiration Serves Up Portfolio Of Feel Good Brands

YFS Magazine

In the latest installment of Success Stories, YFS Magazine speaks with Yasmeen Tadia, a Dallas-based serial entrepreneur. People Success Profiles female entrepreneurs mompreneurs people women entrepreneurs

Negotiating a Job Offer from a Private Equity/VC Portfolio Company

David Teten

The post Negotiating a Job Offer from a Private Equity/VC Portfolio Company appeared first on David Teten. “The board has met and we’d like to extend you an offer to join the company. We’ll send you all the details via email. We are excited to have you join us!” ” If you get that phone call, what should you be thinking about? I compiled the best resources I found here: Due Diligence as a Team Member. Ready to join a new management team?

6/26 NYC dinner: How Private Equity Investors Accelerate Portfolio Value Creation

David Teten

I’m hosting a Voray dinner discussion on 6/26 evening in NYC on Portfolio Acceleration. LPs now expect private equity funds to have a systematic approach to portfolio value creation. What technology tools have you found helpful in working with your portfolio? The post 6/26 NYC dinner: How Private Equity Investors Accelerate Portfolio Value Creation appeared first on David Teten.

Investors need to actually use their portfolio products

Version One Ventures

Should an investor really be expected to use the 10, 15, or 20 products in his or her portfolio? As an investor, using a portfolio company is easier when dealing with consumer apps and companies. The post Investors need to actually use their portfolio products appeared first on Version One Ventures. PayPal President David Marcus recently stirred up the hornet’s nest with a memo scolding employees for not installing and using the PayPal app.

Q1 Round-up: Portfolio companies in the news

Version One Ventures

If you’re not already familiar with the startups and founders making up the V1 portfolio, here’s a summary of some of this quarter’s news clippings. This past quarter, three of our portfolio companies closed funding rounds (we participated in all three): First, Booster Fuels raised a $9 million Series A from Maveron, Madrona Venture group, RRE Ventures, and V1. Portfolio companies in the news.

How VCs Can Accelerate Portfolio Company Returns

David Teten

Best Practices in Venture Capital Portfolio Company Value Creation. In addition, in light of increasing competition in the startup funding space, a methodology for helping portfolio companies consistently is a strong competitive advantage. In an effort to address this, we launched last year a formal study of best practices of VCs in improving portfolio company value. We think that VCs can add tremendous value by systematically actively supporting their portfolio companies.

How to Build a Successful and Diverse Venture Capital Portfolio Without Really Trying

This is going to be BIG.

Who is actually building a portfolio whose founders reflect the diversity of the greater population? I went back and calculated the number of companies in the first Brooklyn Bridge Ventures portfolio who have at least one founder who is female, from an underrepresented minority group, or LGBT. Of the 32 companies in my portfolio, 18 (56%) were pre-product. After checking out The Information's "open dataset" on diversity in venture capital , I felt pretty disappointed.

VC Portfolio Strategy

Rob Go

VC’s, and particularly seed focused VC’s, pursue a variety of different strategies in their portfolio. The main parameters that VC’s tend to think about around portfolio strategy are: 1. Put it simply, the bigger the portfolio, the more the investor thinks that luck and uncertainty is a factor. Funds that have very broad portfolios are making a very particular bet – that although the entire index sucks, their slice of the index will outperform.

Austin Welcomes HelloFund, a Nonprofit Fundraising Startup to its Portfolio

Austin Startup

Visit us at [link] Austin Welcomes HelloFund, a Nonprofit Fundraising Startup to its Portfolio was originally published in Austin Startups on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. Austin, Texas June 1, 2018?—?HelloFund,

Google acquires portfolio company Gizmo5


Congratulations to Michael Robertson and team at Gizmo5 for all of their hard work and perseverance! There is not a lot I can tell you about the future plans for Google Voice , but I do believe it is important to look back to see how we got here. We made our investment in Gizmo5 (aka as sipphone and gizmo project) in early 2006. What Michael and I shared was a vision of openness for the VOIP and IM World.

(First Annual?) List of Go-To Early-Stage Service Providers in the NextView Ventures Boston Portfolio

Genuine VC

Recently, we surveyed our Boston-based NextView portfolio Founder/CEOs asking them about which service provider firms they’ve been using. The goal was to assemble data in order to share it back to our portfolio companies (especially the newer ones) so that they didn’t have to recreate the wheel in determining a short-list of firms to talk to when evaluating new options.

From School to Startup: Bain’s StartUp Academy Matches College Students With Portfolio Companies


They’ll spend nine months in full-time or intern-level jobs at companies in the Bain Capital Ventures portfolio, taking time out to attend events and meet startup founders. Mitt Romney is growing his own. Well, sort of.