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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. Capacity.

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. ”) but of […].

Protecting 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.

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. Look at the portfolio design itself.

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. This ebbs and flows.

Hiring a designer: how to review portfolios

Google Ventures

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. Writers have entire portfolios without a single image.) A portfolio is just a collection of past work.

(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. Moreover, we at NextView Ventures certainly ourselves don’t make any decisions on who our portfolio companies use… each and every one them evaluates their options individually

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. Not directly, anyway. And does it work?

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.

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.

Portfolio Company Spotlight: Identified

David Teten

Identified launched its public beta last month. Effectively, Identified gives you a score for your desirability as an employee.

Add Startups to Balance Your Portfolio, If You Dare

Startup Professionals Musings

entrepreneur risk startups portfolio investors businessBut these requirements go away with the new Crowdfunding JOBS Act just passed into law.

Survival of the Fittest: The Power of the Portfolio

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Think of the portfolio as a funnel: you launch many ideas at the beginning but, as you measure and compare their current and future values, you hold on to just a few. In the end, only the fittest will survive

Are You Respecting Liquidity in Your Investment Portfolio?

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

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

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).

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. Portfolio companies in the news. Beyond funding announcements, several portfolio companies made the news this quarter. Funding and Follow-ons. Exits. review Shippo talentbuddy

Why a Good Brand Trumps a Portfolio of Patents Every Time

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

To get a patent, all you need is a dream and a few bucks

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.

Every Startup Needs Intellectual Property To Thrive

Startup Professionals Musings

A large portion of your competitive advantage and your potential value to investors is the size of your intellectual property portfolio.

A Stroll Through The NextView Portfolio

Rob Go

A year ago, I wrote a post detailing some tidbits about our portfolio. Second best is to understand their portfolio. So here is an unscientific cut of our portfolio and some commentary below. One year later, we’ve made more investments and learned a lot. We have made 16 investments. Repeat Entrepreneur: 6. VC Lead: 5.

Welcome Stylect to the Forward Partners portfolio

The Equity Kicker

We’re really happy to welcome Stylect to our portfolio. The app launhed last November and now features over 50,000 shoes. Announcement

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. Investors, really?

Please Succeed or Fail Fast: Why Large VCs & Seed Rounds Could Lead to Portfolio Conflict Down the Road

Hunter Walker

Less discussed is what I believe to be a primary challenge for these larger funds making meaningful commitments to seed companies: competitive conflict within their portfolio. Despite some speculation, I’m not @StartupLJackson. ” The article further details that many of these programs have shuttered or slowed.

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.

You Don't Need a Portfolio of Success Stories to License Your Next Idea

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Companies care about the concept you put forth in front of them, not your track record

Hiring between portfolio companies – playing nice in the sandbox?

Seth Levine's VC Adventure

It concerns whether companies in a shared venture portfolio should have any special rules of engagement about hiring from other companies in the portfolio. That said, I do know that a few of the CEOs in the portfolio have a “no poaching” policy when it comes to friendly companies. To me, this is the real key.

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. All of the firms above have online networks for their portfolio executives

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.

What Is NextView’s Focus? Another Stroll Through Our Portfolio

Rob Go

This is why I’ve made a habit of profiling our portfolio quantitatively and why we write summaries announcing pretty much all of our new investments. So, here is our annual quantitative summary of our portfolio. A Stroll Through Our Portfolio. This year will mark the third year of NextView’s existence. Consumer: 9.

Best Practices: Making the Case for Broad Portfolio Baskets in Early Stage Investing

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Detailing the reasoning behind, and strategy for, implementing a broad basket early stage investment strategy

Brett Berson - Turning a Portfolio into a Community.

Redeye VC

And while I’m super excited about the strength of our investment team, and the value we can add personally -- we’ve worked very hard to transform our portfolio of entrepreneurs from an unconnected group of companies working independently into a community of entrepreneurs who help each other. We want First Round to be a founders First Call.

When Do Venture Capitalists Owe Fiduciary Duties To Their Portfolio Companies?

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

In the typical venture-backed company, the Board often includes some members designated by the venture capital firms who are investors in the company. When things go awry, lawsuits often follow, and litigators are left to figure out the contours of the duties that the venture-appointed directors owed to the company and others

Washington, DC May 24: HBS Angels/VCs and Creating Portfolio Company Value

David Teten

As I’ve previously blogged , I will soon publish the first formal study of best practices of VCs in improving portfolio company value. I hope you can join me in Washington, DC, on Thursday, May 24, 2012, 5:30 PM To 8:30 PM for a talk and event sponsored by the HBS Club of Washington, DC. RSVP required; No money can be taken at door.

Startup Metamorphosis: The Story of Bugsee

K9 Ventures

You have to feel it viscerally in order for it to really sink in. That very experience however, makes startup success that much more gratifying.

And now for something a little different: First Round portfolio company chloe + isabel launches [#frc]

This is going to be BIG.

Tweet. Last August, Chantel Waterbury walked into First Round's New York City office and told me all about jewelry, empowering women entrepreneurs in the fashion space, and what it means to design inspiring accessories. Yet, I wondered whether or not she had accidently met with the wrong VC. She saw the sneakers, right?

99 VC Problems But a Batch Ain’t 1

500 Hats

Why Portfolio Size Matters For Returns Continue reading on Medium

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


We can go to these campuses across the country on behalf of our portfolio, find great kids and match them up with our companies.”. Agarwal asks.

Founders on a Mission

K9 Ventures

I am so proud and honored to recognize one such founder from the K9 portfolio today. Sooinn Lee is the founder and CEO of LocoMotive Labs.

How To Manage Business Transformation.And, Keep Your Sanity

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Transformation work should be managed as a portfolio of projects and programs

Strong (Math) Foundations

K9 Ventures

When I was an undergraduate at Carnegie Mellon, I took a class in Linear Algebra. That mental block has come back to bite me in the rear several times.