Protecting Your Portfolio

YoungUpstarts

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.

The Product Manager’s Portfolio

Instigator Blog

It’s not always easy for a product manager to explain her precise role in building product. Every company defines product managers differently, and a product manager’s output is sometimes difficult to see or quantify. Product managers tend to use success metrics as a baseline for their experience (e.g. “We increased conversion by 300%!”) ”) but of […]. Product Management

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.

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.

Visualizing Your Portfolio

Ask The VC

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.

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

The 7 Deadly Sins of Project Portfolio Management

Inc Startups

A Project Portfolio Management culture must be built deliberately. Here are the main reasons why your attempts to forge a project-centered culture will fail. Innovate

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.

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.

Mattermark Tech Startup Investor Portfolio Benchmarking.

Mark Birch

Mattermark Tech Startup Investor Portfolio Benchmarking Analysis. VC venture capital investors startups portfolio analysis

Some Happenings In Our Portfolio

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Yesterday, I saw an informal survey of our portfolio companies. Regular readers know that I do blog a fair bit about our portfolio companies but I also try to keep it balanced. Too much pimping of the portfolio doesn't make for a good VC blog.

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

How to Create a Digital Portfolio That Stands Out From the Pack

Inc Startups

Turn your previous experience into a story worth sharing. How to Hire the Best

When Portfolio Companies Work Together

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

The post from 10gen about the Foursquare outage this week prompts me to write about the pros and cons of portfolio companies working together. We had a portfolio company called eShare that had a web chat system they sold to websites that wanted to offer live chat. Two of our portfolio companies, Geocities and StarMedia, became big customers of eShare. Whenever eShare let our portfolio companies down, we would get caught in the middle like a parent with two fighting children.

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.

How Do VCs Mitigate Risk In Their Investment Portfolios?

Ask The VC

Question: How do VCs mitigate risk in their investment portfolios? The primary ways VCs mitigate risk are (1) time diversification, (2) stage diversification, (3), sector diversification, (4) pro-rata or over pro-rata investing over time, and (5) number of investments in the portfolio. Number of investments in the portfolio: There is conventional wisdom that each fund should have 25 – 30 companies (or “names”) in each fund.

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.

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.

Portfolio Math

Will Price

There has been a great deal of discussion about the viability of the venture capital industry. What types of returns are required to justify the asset class' risk? Are such returns available in today's market?

Portfolio Management

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

One of the foundations of modern portfolio theory is the concept that the return on an asset cannot be viewed by itself; rather it must be judged by its contribution to the portfolio as a whole. In considering the issue of valuation generally, one should understand the environment in which a manager of a venture pool operates; he is investing not in one but in a number of opportunities.

Are You Respecting Liquidity in Your Investment Portfolio?

Inc Startups

Here's how you can become a wiser and more versatile investor

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.

Design Staff ? Hiring a designer: how to review portfolios

Design Staff

Hiring a designer: how to review portfolios. It’s easy to spot a beautiful portfolio. You likely have experience reading résumés and interviewing candidates, but how should you judge a design portfolio? A portfolio isn’t a collection of pictures.

(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.

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.

Comparison of the Top 10 WordPress Portfolio Themes for 2016

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

The Top Free WordPress Portfolio Themes Compared I mostly do custom design work and using standard WordPress themes is kind of a no-no in my world. However, recently a friend wanted some help selecting some portfolio themes for her work. Portfolio Style and Personal Tastes.

Unilever Adds Seventh Generation to Its Portfolio of Hot Startups Turned Takeover Targets

Inc Startups

The eco-friendly cleaning products brand joins Ben & Jerry's, Dove and Dollar Shave Club in Unilever's portfolio of brands that appeal to socially conscious consumers

"About Last Night." The note I just sent to my portfolio.

This is going to be BIG.

In 2008, I tried to fundraise for my startup the week that Lehman Brothers went under. You can imagine how well that worked out. Basically, VCs told us that they were going to wait and see how the election turned out--and things didn't really thaw out until the following September. Extreme uncertainty slows the VC market to a crawl--that's what I learned. We didn't get a bubble, but we got a really tough year fundingwise and that's what I'm expecting.

Meet Our Newest Portfolio Company, Airbnb

Ben's Blog

Portfolio CompaniesThis is a guest post by Jeff Jordan, General Partner of Andreessen Horowitz. Talk about a business with humble roots. Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia met at the Rhode Island School of Design and became roommates in San Francisco in 2007. A prominent design conference was coming to town and the nearby hotels were sold out.

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

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

“Google adds to robot portfolio with purchase of Waltham.

Mark Birch

“ Google adds to robot portfolio with purchase of Waltham firm " via The Boston Globe. Think self-driving, glass-wearing, Android powered terrifying robot monsters that read your email, push creepily relevant ads, and toss 50 lbs cinder blocks at your head…. robots robotics Google Terminator

What Are VC Firm’s Efforts To Connect Firms In Their Portfolio With Fresh MBA Grads?

Ask The VC

Question: How would you describe VC firm’s efforts to connect firms in their portfolio with fresh MBA grads? Im just curious because here in Philadelphia, First Round Capital is posting a lot of job offers for firms in its portfolio on their website, and I’m not seeing any other Philly VC firms doing this (at the moment). Some venture firms do a good job of having dynamically updated job boards on their websites that list all open jobs by portfolio company.

5 Money Management Tips Every Entrepreneur Needs to Grow Their Portfolio

Inc Startups

Review some of the money management tips discussed in this article and identify items that can be helpful on your entrepreneurial journey

How to Work with Private Equity and Venture Capital Portfolio Companies

David Teten

I’m delivering a webinar next Tuesday for Harvard Business School Career Services on “How to Work with Private Equity and Venture Capital Portfolio Companies” Among the topics I’m covering: - Raise capital from a venture capital fund to found a company.

One of our portfolio companies puts this chart in each of their.

Bryce Dot VC

One of our portfolio companies puts this chart in each of their board decks. I find it frames the high level conversation around finances in a nice, clear way

HWVP Portfolio Job Site

Will Price

Hummer Winblad just added a portfolio company jobs section to our web site. The site currently lists 161 jobs. If you are looking to join a great start-up, please peruse at your leisure

Information Arbitrage - Thoughts on VC portfolio construction

Information Arbitrage

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.