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.

4 Practical Insights For Creating A Profitable Cryptocurrency Investment Portfolio

YoungUpstarts

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

Haystack

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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,

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

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 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.

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.

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.

Google acquires portfolio company Gizmo5

BeyondVC

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.

"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.

(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

ReadWriteStart

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.

Hiring between portfolio companies – playing nice in the sandbox?

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. The question of whether Foundry has a “policy” around this has come up a few times and we wanted to clarify very clearly that we absolutely don’t (nor could we – not only would such a blanket rule be to the detriment of our portfolio, it would also likely be illegal).

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.

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.

EMC buys portfolio company Greenplum – more behind the story

BeyondVC

Congratulations to Greenplum and Scott Yara, Bill Cook, and Luke Lonergan in particular! It has been quite a roller coaster ride over the last 10 years and there were a number of times we stared at the abyss only to come back stronger. This is a story of great people and incredible perseverance.

EMC buys portfolio company Greenplum - more behind the story

BeyondVC

Congratulations to Greenplum and Scott Yara, Bill Cook, and Luke Lonergan in particular! It has been quite a roller coaster ride over the last 10 years and there were a number of times we stared at the abyss only to come back stronger. This is a story of great people and incredible perseverance.

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. However, after reading this article about his NVCA talk , I’m realizing I might be Naval Ravikant because there’s a lot in there that I’ve been thinking about as well.

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

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. She expounded on the completely missed opportunity to combine offline and online direct selling into a singular complementary vision. She had a powerpoint deck, 15 years of jewelry industry experience, and I couldn't have been more excited by the chloe + isabel story.

Introducing NextView III and Our Focus on the Everyday Economy

View from Seed

For example, Upserve , a NextView portfolio company, is an all-in-one tech platform (POS, payments, CRM/loyalty, BI) to help restaurants better serve their customers. Blog PortfolioWhat will the future hold?

How Top Venture Capitalists Create (and Sometimes Destroy) Portfolio Company Value

David Teten

Microsoft acquires portfolio company Colloquis

BeyondVC

The post Microsoft acquires portfolio company Colloquis appeared first on BeyondVC. It is always great to see hard work rewarded. Congratulations to Steve Klein, Pierre Berkaloff, and the rest of the Colloquis team (my partner Ned Carlson is on the board) for building the company over the last few years and making this happen. For any startup there are always a few missteps along the way but being flexible and adapting to the market to find the right opportunity is key.

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. The objective of the research is to define a blueprint for how investors can help portfolio companies succeed through operational (non-financial) support, including but not limited to facilitating shared services, recruiting, knowledge sharing, and enhancing management skills.

Hiring between portfolio companies – playing nice in the sandbox?

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. The question of whether Foundry has a “policy” around this has come up a few times and we wanted to clarify very clearly that we absolutely don’t (nor could we – not only would such a blanket rule be to the detriment of our portfolio, it would also likely be illegal).

Highlights from NextView’s inaugural Hiring Bootcamp

View from Seed

Last week, we hosted our very first portfolio-only Hiring Bootcamp in NYC, led by NextView’s talent advisor Kristen Caldwell. The Hiring Bootcamp is something we plan to continue offering as part of our Platform resources for portfolio companies. Hiring & Talent Portfolio Resource

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Announcing NextView Operator Guilds

View from Seed

When we create new platform initiatives, our team tries to think about how we can be the most impactful with our portfolio companies. Today, we’re thrilled to announce a new program that we hope will help our portfolio companies with two of these bullets. Blog Portfolio Resource