VC Portfolio Strategy
SEPTEMBER 29, 2014
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.
The Product Manager’s Portfolio
JUNE 9, 2016
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
Protecting Your Portfolio
MAY 4, 2016
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.
Design Staff ? Hiring a designer: how to review portfolios
FEBRUARY 29, 2012
Hiring a designer: how to review portfolios. It’s easy to spot a beautiful portfolio. You likely have experience reading rÃ©sumÃ©s and interviewing candidates, but how should you judge a design portfolio? A portfolio isn’t a collection of pictures.
How Do VCs Mitigate Risk In Their Investment Portfolios?
Ask The VC
OCTOBER 2, 2011
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.
Q1 2017 Round-up: Portfolio News and Activities
Version One Ventures
APRIL 5, 2017
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.
(First Annual?) List of Go-To Early-Stage Service Providers in the NextView Ventures Boston Portfolio
JULY 9, 2013
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.
How to Build a Successful and Diverse Venture Capital Portfolio Without Really Trying
This is going to be BIG.
OCTOBER 7, 2015
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.
Mompreneur, Yasmeen Tadia’s ‘Sweet’ Inspiration Serves Up Portfolio Of Feel Good Brands
JUNE 25, 2015
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
Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.
OCTOBER 17, 2011
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.
Why You Should Treat Your Career Like an Investment Portfolio
JUNE 22, 2015
Invest your time like you invest your money using the "barbell strategy", urges this business school professor
Portfolio Company Spotlight: Identified
OCTOBER 27, 2011
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
SEPTEMBER 24, 2012
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
5 Money Management Tips Every Entrepreneur Needs to Grow Their Portfolio
FEBRUARY 1, 2017
Review some of the money management tips discussed in this article and identify items that can be helpful on your entrepreneurial journey
What Are VC Firm’s Efforts To Connect Firms In Their Portfolio With Fresh MBA Grads?
Ask The VC
NOVEMBER 26, 2011
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.
Q1 Round-up: Portfolio companies in the news
Version One Ventures
APRIL 19, 2016
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 be your VC’s favorite portfolio company
The Next Web
FEBRUARY 25, 2016
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.
Survival of the Fittest: The Power of the Portfolio
NOVEMBER 24, 2014
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
Every Startup Needs Intellectual Property To Thrive
Startup Professionals Musings
JANUARY 4, 2017
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. intellectual property IP patent portfolio
Are You Respecting Liquidity in Your Investment Portfolio?
OCTOBER 27, 2016
Here's how you can become a wiser and more versatile investor
A Stroll Through The NextView Portfolio
JANUARY 9, 2012
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. I’m quite pleased at how the portfolio is taking shape so far – 7 of our companies have raised up-rounds from terrific VC’s with more on the way. One year later, we’ve made more investments and learned a lot.
Investors need to actually use their portfolio products
Version One Ventures
FEBRUARY 18, 2014
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.
Welcome Stylect to the Forward Partners portfolio
The Equity Kicker
MAY 6, 2014
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.
Please Succeed or Fail Fast: Why Large VCs & Seed Rounds Could Lead to Portfolio Conflict Down the Road
MAY 10, 2015
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.
Hiring between portfolio companies – playing nice in the sandbox?
Seth Levine's VC Adventure
MARCH 20, 2012
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).
How VCs Can Accelerate Portfolio Company Returns
MARCH 28, 2012
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.
Introducing Gotham Voices: An Email Newsletter for NY Tech
View from Seed
APRIL 4, 2017
Blog Portfolio ResourcesTL;DR: We’re launching a newsletter highlighting the best content from the NYC tech community. Fill out the form below to get Gotham Voices in your inbox each week, and read on to learn why we’re excited to launch this today. Subscribe to Gotham Voices. indicates required. First Name. Last Name. Email Address *.
Meet Our Newest Portfolio Company, Airbnb
JULY 24, 2011
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.
Why a Good Brand Trumps a Portfolio of Patents Every Time
JULY 22, 2016
To get a patent, all you need is a dream and a few bucks
Comparison of the Top 10 WordPress Portfolio Themes for 2016
Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog
SEPTEMBER 3, 2016
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.
What Is NextView’s Focus? Another Stroll Through Our Portfolio
JANUARY 7, 2013
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. We don’t do much more than ~10/year because we don’t have the time to work with portfolio companies and make a meaningful impact unless we are focused in our activities. A Stroll Through Our Portfolio.
Brett Berson - Turning a Portfolio into a Community.
FEBRUARY 29, 2012
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. Ever since I became a VC, one of the most frequent questions I get asked is: “Don’t you miss being an entrepreneur?
You Don't Need a Portfolio of Success Stories to License Your Next Idea
MAY 27, 2016
Companies care about the concept you put forth in front of them, not your track record
When Do Venture Capitalists Owe Fiduciary Duties To Their Portfolio Companies?
Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.
MAY 22, 2012
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
MAY 10, 2012
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.
Startup Metamorphosis: The Story of Bugsee
JANUARY 24, 2017
Insane Perseverance News Portfolio Company Alex Fishman Android Bug Reporting Bugsee Crash Reporting Dishero Dmitry Fink iOS ProductHunt Startup Metamorphosis
And now for something a little different: First Round portfolio company chloe + isabel launches [#frc]
This is going to be BIG.
AUGUST 29, 2011
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.
99 VC Problems But a Batch Ain’t 1
MAY 22, 2015
Why Portfolio Size Matters For Returns Continue reading on Medium
From School to Startup: Bain’s StartUp Academy Matches College Students With Portfolio Companies
JULY 26, 2012
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.
Founders on a Mission
FEBRUARY 25, 2015
I am so proud and honored to recognize one such founder from the K9 portfolio today. Insane Perseverance Portfolio Company Gunho Lee Locomotive Labs Sooinn Lee Todo Math