From Accelerators to Venture Capital: What is best for your startup?

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With startup growth up 61% since 2014 and more investment programs emerging, it can be overwhelming for founders to know just where to jump in. The post From Accelerators to Venture Capital: What is best for your startup?

Where Are The Best Executive Programs and Crash Courses for Venture Capital?

Ask The VC

Aside from crunching through some early deals, where are the best executive programs and crash courses for newbies to the VC world? A: While self serving, we recommend you start with our book – Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer And Venture Capitalist. Jason also did an excellent Crash Course on Venture Capital – the 90 minute video is below. Venture Capital Crash Course with Jason Mendelson from Andrew on Vimeo.

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The Rise of Chinese Venture Capital – (Part 3 of 5)

Steve Blank

The previous post described how the Torch program built China’s innovation clusters. This post is about the rise of Chinese venture capital and how it helped build the countries entrepreneurial ecosystem. The Rise of Chinese Venture Capital.

Why The SBIC Doesn’t Work For Venture Capital Anymore

Feld Thoughts

And, in the other two, I don’t expect to ever see any of my capital back because of the SBIC leverage. The article starts off saying that “Matthew Varilek has traveled across the state, proselytizing the potential benefits of the Small Business Investment Company Program.” Matthew, if you really want to have a deep discussion about why the SBIC program isn’t effective for VC funds anymore, feel free to give me a shout. Venture Capital sbic VC

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Why Was Winter in Venture Capital Funding so Short?

Both Sides of the Table

It was only a year ago that many in the Venture Capital industry were predicting that “winter was coming” and to be fair the author of this post was chief amongst them. While this it total FDI as opposed to just venture, it should give you an indication of the international trend.

Got "Founder Fit?" If You Want Venture Capital, You Need It

Up and Running

A few weeks ago I spoke with Boris Wertz, founder of JustBooks, COO of AbeBooks and founding-partner of Version One Ventures. In ” At present, Version One Ventures portfolio includes startups from all over the United States and Canada. Boris Wertz. Image credit Flickr.

How ff Venture Capital Works With Universities And Students

David Teten

I meet with a lot of people from the academic world, so I thought it would be helpful to summarize how ff Venture Capital works with universities. Look for opportunities to collaborate on new ventures. Education ff Venture Capital Startup

Why are some venture capital firms not funding women?

Gust

The facile answer to this assumptive question is “because some women are not seeking funding from venture capital firms” But there is actually quite a bit of truth in both statements. Women-led ventures definitely account for a smaller percentage of venture investments than do ventures led by men, but women-led ventures also account for a MUCH smaller percentage of ventures seeking funding in the first place!

A 12 Step Program for Breaking An Addiction to Venture Capital

Bryce Dot VC

Venture Capital is a hell of a drug. we’ve developed a simple 12 step program for those of you looking to break the habit in 2017: Step 1- We admitted that we are powerless over VC’s partnership dynamics, tastes in trends, and their ever moving milestones—and that trying to time, or anticipate, them will make our lives, and the lives of our customers and employees unmanageable. At Indie.vc

Understanding Changes in the Software & Venture Capital Industries

Both Sides of the Table

In this three-part series I will explore the ways that the Venture Capital industry has changed over the past 5 years that I would argue are a direct result of changes in the software industry, not the other way around.

Venture Capital Access Program launches to aid women and diverse entrepreneurs

David Teten

I am very happy to announce today a new program I’ve been working on designed to support women and diverse entrepreneurs, particularly those in the technology sector. VCAP© Addresses the Gap between Venture Capital and Funding for Women and Diverse Entrepreneurs.

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

This is going to be BIG.

After checking out The Information's "open dataset" on diversity in venture capital , I felt pretty disappointed. 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. Most people need a little bit of capital to bring a product to market--or they're an engineer.

Will Google Ventures Disrupt Venture Capital?

OnStartups

They’ve taken the classic venture capital playbook and out-executed just about everyone. Google Ventures , a co-investor alongside Sequoia in HubSpot’s series D, is one such firm. 6 Ways Google Ventures is Attempting to Disrupt the VC Industry.

The Venture Capital Secret: 3 Out of 4 Start-Ups Fail

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SIGNIFICANCE PROMINENT. --> The Venture Capital Secret: 3 Out of 4 Start-Ups Fail. An entrepreneur with a hot technology and venture-capital funding becomes a billionaire in his 20s. But now there is evidence that venture-backed start-ups fail at far higher numbers than the rate the industry usually cites. About three-quarters of venture-backed firms in the U.S. backed by venture capitalists. High Capital Franchises. Capital Available.

China’s Torch Program – the glow that can light the world (Part 2 of 5)

Steve Blank

– The Torch Program. In size, scale and commercial results China’s Torch Program from MOST (the Ministry of Science and Technology) is the most successful entrepreneurial program in the world. government’s SBIR and STTR programs. Venture Guiding Fund.

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Changes in Software & Venture Capital – Part 2 of 3

Both Sides of the Table

Yesterday I wrote Part 1 of the series on the changes to the software industry over the past decade that has led to changes in the venture capital industry itself. Or at least venture-style returns. Not to mention providing the capital for growth.

Canada’s Start-Up Visa Program

Feld Thoughts

I read the announcement today that Canada has just launched a Start-Up Visa Program. In the mean time, Canada is shouting from the rooftops about the benefits of the Start-Up Visa program. The Start-up Visa Program will enable immigrant entrepreneurs to launch innovative companies that will create jobs in Canada, and eventually, compete globally. And I encourage any immigrant entrepreneur considering moving to the US to also consider moving to Canada given this new program.

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Two New Techstars Programs – Mobility/Detroit and Techstars++/Mayo Clinic

Feld Thoughts

Last week Techstars announced the new Techstars Mobility program, Driven by Detroit. From the post about it: “Throughout the development of the Techstars Mobility program, Techstars worked with Detroit based venture capital firms Fontinalis Partners, Detroit Venture Partners and Renaissance Venture Capital to recruit mentors and ensure capital was ready to deploy in the region. I’m fascinated with Detroit.

Harvard's Go-To Venture Capital Firm

Inc Startups

The Experiment Fund, NEA's seed-stage venture capital firm, set up shop on Harvard's campus to catch young, entrepreneurial talent early. So out of NEA he spun out the Experiment Fund, a seed-stage venture capital firm, and set up shop on Harvard's campus.

The 99: How the SEC protects you from venture capital returns.

This is going to be BIG.

Take venture capital, for example. To benefit from the explosive growth of companies like Uber, Airbnb, Dropbox, etc, you had to fit in either one of two categories: be an angel investor already in an inner circle of experienced angels and entrepreneurs, largely located in Silicon Valley, or be an investor in a venture capital fund that backed those companies. Below that and they need to keep you from investing in really risky stuff, like venture capital.

It’s About Women Running Startups

Steve Blank

I thought we were going to talk about her product progress, so I was a bit taken aback by her most pressing question, “Why is it so hard for a woman to still get taken seriously by a venture capitalist?”. What role does venture capital play?

Applications for Our 2013 Summer Fellowship Program Now Open

Lightspeed Venture Partners

Lightspeed is excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for our Summer Fellowship Program. After joining Lightspeed in 2006 and realizing that we had the resources to support some idea-stage projects, I put together the Summer Program and opened it up to student led teams.

What Do I Do Now? The Startup Lifecycle

Steve Blank

Venture-backed startups will often have a Series C or D or later rounds during this phase. He was going to have build into his organization training, hiring standards, sales processes and compensation programs, all the while engineering a culture that still emphasized the value of its people.

China – The Sleeper Awakens (Part 1 of 5)

Steve Blank

China has embraced state capitalism in a way Wall Street can only dream about. Startups, Venture Capital and the Communist Party: how did this happen in China? As we’ll see later, the MOF (Ministry of Finance) also has had a hand in funding new ventures.

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Bigger in Bend – Building a Regional Startup Cluster–part 1 of 3

Steve Blank

When Customer Development and the Lean Startup were just a sketch on the napkin, Dino Vendetti, a VC at Bay Partners, was one of the first venture capitalists I shared my ideas with. Part 2: Early-stage Regional Venture Funds. Bend needed its own venture firm.

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Capital Is Cheap And Labor Is Expensive

Feld Thoughts

While my cynicism around government math and how inflation is calculated is substantial, there isn’t much question that since 2008 capital has been extremely cheap. But I think cheap capital is only half of the equation.

Venture Deals 3rd Edition Available via Kindle Matchbook

Feld Thoughts

If you have purchased the hardcopy edition of Venture Deals 3rd Edition, you can now buy the Kindle version also for $2.99 via the Amazon Kindle Matchbook program. The post Venture Deals 3rd Edition Available via Kindle Matchbook appeared first on Feld Thoughts.

Startup Communities – Building Regional Clusters

Steve Blank

In contrast, an accelerator has cohorts going through a program of a set length, with funding typically provided at the end. It’s a 90-day program with a clear beginning and end for each cohort.

How Women and Minorities Can Overcome Venture Capital Investing Bias

Inc Startups

We, the majority populations who are currently invisible to venture capitalists, have to claim our ability as founders just as forcefully and publicly as others who have done so for decades. For fun, I was pitted in a mock debate with a Bay Area venture capitalist.

The Helsinki Spring

Steve Blank

—— I was invited to Finland as part of Stanford’s Engineering Technology Venture Program partnership with Aalto University. Startup Accelerators: Startup Sauna and Vigo which includes Lifeline Ventures , KoppiCatch , and Veturi. 9-to-5 Venture Capital.

Girls Who Code

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

The title of this post refers to one of them, Girls Who Code , which is a summer program in NYC and SF and now adding after school programs for young women to learn to code. hacking education Venture Capital and Technology

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The Role Venture Capital is Playing in Online Schooling (Guest Post)

VC Cafe

Venture capital and other forms of seed funding have been crucial for the development of the best online colleges. One such service is Coursera, an online educational program developed by two computer science professors from Stanford University. By Estelle Shumann*.

Do You Regret Failed Investments?

Feld Thoughts

VC Program collection.). So, my brain was already trending toward the headspace around radical self-inquiry in the context of venture capital. ” And, I’ve seen some of Fred’s own behavior around this, as he won’t touch anything hardware-related at all because of some miserable hardware-related failures during the Internet Bubble (or is it “internet bubble” now that the AP Style Guide says not to capitalize internet.).

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Eureka! A New Era for Scientists and Engineers

Steve Blank

The combination of Venture Capital and technology entrepreneurship is one of the great business inventions of the last 50 years. Each team accepted into the program will receive $50,000. If this program works it will change how we connect basic research to the business world.

A Quality Benchmark for Accelerators: The Global Accelerator Network

Feld Thoughts

When David Cohen and I came up with the idea for the Global Accelerator Network (GAN) in 2010, we counted roughly 100 accelerator programs around the US that were founded following the Techstars model. From that initial outreach, 16 high quality accelerator programs joined us to launch the network. To become a member, each accelerator must meet the following strict criteria: Operate a 3-6 month long program. Provide some sort of seed capital to their founders.

Engineering a Regional Tech Cluster-part 3 of 3 of Bigger in Bend

Steve Blank

Part 2: Early-stage Regional Venture Funds. But today we are intentionally engineering six distinct activities to support this tech cluster: entrepreneurial density, university, transportation, capital, accelerator, and business community. Local Early-Stage Risk Capital.

Venture Capital Survey - Silicon Valley Fourth Quarter 2010

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

Background - Fenwick & West LLP analyzed the terms of venture financings for 95 companies headquartered in Silicon Valley that reported raising money in the fourth quarter of 2010. The Fenwick & West Venture Capital Barometer showed an average price increase of 61% in 4Q10, up sharply from 28% in 3Q10. Detailed results are as follows: Venture Capital Investment.? Venture capitalists invested $7.6 venture-backed companies in 4Q10 totaled $10.5

Investing in Venture Capital - Limited Partner or Fund of Funds? - Part 2

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

By Igor Sill, Managing Director of Geneva Venture Management LLC. Venture capital enables and to a great extent, propels this entrepreneurial innovation. A top tier Venture Capital firm will utilize extensive analytical techniques to evaluate and compare each investment prospect.

HBS Entrepreneurs Founded the Most Startup Unicorns of Any MBA Program

View from Seed

As a second-year Harvard Business School student and NextView Ventures MBA Associate, constantly keeping up-to-date with the start-up world, I have heard some skepticism about the ability of MBAs to found top companies. Red Ventures (HBS, Wharton). Red Ventures (2x Wharton).