Venture Capital is About Human Capital

Both Sides of the Table

Most VCs did well academically and had enough career success that a venture firm was willing to give them an investment role or they were able to raise their own fund. Fundamentally venture capital is about human capital. Venture Capital is a people business.

Bad Notes on Venture Capital

Both Sides of the Table

On the phone … Me: So, you raised venture capital? Revenue multiple? I have never come across a sophisticated A, B or C round venture capitalist who thinks convertible notes are a smart move for entrepreneur or investor. ’ But do you want to start a relationship with your most important supplier – that of capital to fuel your business – by avoiding talking about his or her expectations in terms of rights or privileges? This week.

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A Venture Capital History Perspective From Jack Tankersley

Feld Thoughts

In January, Jerry Neumann wrote a long and detailed analysis of his view of the VC industry in the 1980’s titled Heat Death: Venture Capital in the 1980’s. The key reason for the explosion in capital flowing into the industry, and therefore the large increase in practitioners, had nothing to do with 1970’s performance, early stage investing, or technology. Continental Capital*. $ 250,000. KPC&B II. $ 775,000.

It’s Morning in Venture Capital

Both Sides of the Table

Many observers of the venture capital industry have questioned whether its best days are behind it. They are, in fact, great news for traditional venture capitalists. The most successful of these businesses will still need venture capital to scale their businesses.

Q316 State of Venture Capital Update With Cooley

Feld Thoughts

This quarter they interviewed me as part of it on Quarterly VC Update: Brad Feld on the State of Venture Capital Investing. At the same time, if you are a clearly successful growth company, there is a huge amount of capital available once you’ve reached a point of clear success (often after $20m – $40m has been raised). There is a huge capital supply gap for companies that are in between early startups and companies that are successful growth companies.

Startups With Real Revenue Can Get Venture Capital

Startup Professionals Musings

I just read the Q1 2011 report from CB Insights , which shows venture capital is back. To me, this indicates that venture capitalists (VCs) are looking for business, but not from first-time startups. Back to VCs, Silicon Valley venture capital firms are still the most active.

How To Grow A Company Without Venture Capital

YoungUpstarts

As an entrepreneur, though, you should look no further than Fab.com as a cautionary tale of venture capital. The Drawbacks of Venture Capital. It was able to reinvest that cash into the business, creating immediate and dramatic revenue growth.

Extremely rapid early growth opens the path to venture capital

The Equity Kicker

Venture capital is only appropriate for the small percentage of businesses that want to go loss making to grow very fast.” As Jeff Bussgang notes in his recent post Growth vs. Profitability and Venture Returns and Fred Wilson has noted before him successful venture funds have a small handful of big winners, and the only way for a company to become a big winner in the 7-10 year lifetime of most funds is to grow really fast – which isn’t for everyone.

Deal Selection in Venture Capital

Rob Go

In other words, companies that can generate hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue and ultimately have billion dollar enterprise values. Source, Select, Win. Those are the three activities that all VC’s do.

Ten Good Reasons to Take Venture Capital Money

This is going to be BIG.

6) You''re on your way to building a network effect, you know how you''ll likely make money because you''ve spoken to lots of potential sources of revenue, but can''t monetize without critical mass. 9) You''re doing something physical in the real world that just requires a certain amount of capital overhead. Venture Capital & Technology

Mentors, Revenue Based Financing, and Misperceptions About Venture Capital

Ask The VC

Fred Wilson (USV) has his normal MBA Mondays series with a guest post from Andy Sack titled Revenue Based Financing. It’s an advertorial for Andy’s firm Lighter Capital but is a really good explanation of how revenue based financing works. Charlie O’Donnell (First Round Capital) wraps up our posts of the day with a dynamite one titled 10 Misperceptions About Venture Capital.

Will Your Startup Get Venture Capital or IPO in 2013?

Startup Professionals Musings

Based on the final report for 2012 from Thomson Reuters and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), it may appear that IPOs are back as a viable startup exit strategy. For the full year 2012, venture-backed initial public offerings raised $21.5

Israeli Venture Capital Raising Flat in Q3, Seed Investments Decline

VC Cafe

T he latest IVC Online Report is out and Q3 results are in: 96 Israeli high-tech companies raised $341 million from venture capital funds and other venture investors – both local and foreign – in the third quarter of 2010.

When, Where, and How to Raise Venture Capital

Startup Professionals Musings

And as they sit and dream, most entrepreneurs think about venture capitalists. Venture capitalists, or VCs, are the folks with millions upon millions of dollars to invest in companies such as theirs. And then go back to venture capitalists later.

6 Ways To Increase Your Odds of Landing Venture Capital

Early Growth Financial Services

This guest post was contributed by BJ Lackland, CEO of Lighter Capital. Running a growing tech startup with steadily increasing revenues might put you on the right track to being a successful business owner, but it doesn’t mean you’re on an easy path to securing venture capital. startups get venture capital. You might have a great idea, but an idea is not a product, nor is it … Continue reading → Investment Capital: Equity / Debt / VC Fundin

Why being a VC sucks. Advice to anyone who wants to get into venture capital.

This is going to be BIG.

I probably get around a dozen e-mails a week asking me how to get into venture capital. On top of that, anytime I talk to anyone who wants to get involved in startups but isn''t sure what they want to do, inevitably, I hear, "And then I was thinking maybe I should look into venture capital, too.". I''ve never really debated people on why they want to get into venture in the first place, even though a lot of people have misconceptions of it.

A 12 Step Program for Breaking An Addiction to Venture Capital

Bryce Dot VC

Venture Capital is a hell of a drug. Step 10- Continued to take inventory of our revenue, profitability and positive cash flow. At Indie.vc

How to Get Venture Capital: What NOT to Do

Growthink Blog

Many top venture capitalists (VCs) have blogs. Josh is the CEO and Managing Partner of Detroit Venture Partners. And because there's no way I can speak with all the VCs on a regular basis, I read many of their posts so I can understand their latest thinking and decision-making.

Recurring Revenue is Magic

Seeing Both Sides

As a result, the full revenue for each deal was recognized in that quarter as soon as the software was shipped. This allowed our revenue to skyrocket from $1.8 But the downside to our business model was that we did not have hardly any recurring revenue. .

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.

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.

Want to Raise Venture Capital More Easily? Clean Up Your Own Shite First

Both Sides of the Table

I know that the tone of the title and post will seem a bit aggressive for a post from a venture capitalist on fund raising. If you want to raise venture capital more easily the advice could be quite practical and counter-intuitive. Clean up your own shite.

The Sub $1bn Revenues IPO Act

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

There's a bill in Congress to reduce the regulatory burdens for public companies that have less than $1bn in revenues and/or have been public for less than five years.  Venture Capital and Technology  The name is too long so I call it the "sub $1bn IPO bill." " This is a good bill. This undoes some of the bad stuff done to smaller public companies in Sarbox. It should become law. I hope it will. Here are some blog posts on this topic.

Why Facebook Clearly Belongs in the 10X Revenue Club

abovethecrowd.com

Brief disclosure, Benchmark Capital has a minority position in Facebook as a result of the acquisition of FriendFeed, a company that was incubated in our offices. Facebook Internet IPO Uncategorized Venture Capital Web/TechAttached are my thoughts on the Facebook S-1 along with some quick stabs at valuation. I thought it would be useful to look at Facebook using the scorecard from our [.].

All Revenue is Not Created Equal: The Keys to the 10X Revenue Club

abovethecrowd.com

casual games Internet Uncategorized Venture Capital Web/Tech[Follow Me on Twitter] “ Don’t you know that you are a shooting star, And all the world will love you just as long, As long as you are.” – Paul Rodgers, Shooting Star With the IPO market now blown wide-open, and the media completely infatuated with frothy trades in the bubbly late stage private market, [.].

Angel Investors, Venture Capital, Which Should You Chose?

Growthink Blog

And such was the case when I read the latest statistics from the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA). The seemingly good news from the NVCA was that the amount of venture capital funding grew 22% from 2010 to 2011.

Worked Up about Unrealistic Venture Capital Valuation

Growthink Blog

So, Mike tells me he wants to raise a first round of venture capital based on a $100 million valuation. Now, anyone who knows anything about venture capital will literally laugh when they read a line like that. Now, if I had the opportunity to give Mike the 2-hour consult, I would have explained to him how venture capital really works. And how most likely, the chance of him raising venture capital with just an idea was zero.

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Ridiculousness of Venture Capital Advice

Babbling VC

Well I am sure he meant it differently but the irony of it struck me differently than the intent: "A startup should raise venture capital (or “venture-style” angel/seed funding) only if: 1) the goal is to build a billion-dollar (valuation) company, and 2) raising millions of dollars is absolutely necessary or will significantly accelerate growth.". This is an awesome WIN in my eyes (for him and his angel investors maybe) but is by far not a venture capital WIN.

Private Equity And Venture Capital Investors: How to Leverage Their Pessimistic Thinking

Growthink Blog

Interestingly, when he said that, I felt like a venture capitalist. You see, venture capitalists or VCs hear tons and tons of business ideas. Interestingly, I went to business school nearly 15 years ago with several bright guys who became venture capitalists.

What Founders Need to Know: You Were Funded for a Liquidity Event – Start Looking

Steve Blank

Luckily in the last quarter of the 20 th century a new source of money called risk capital emerged. Risk capital takes equity (stock ownership) in your company instead of debt (loans) in exchange for cash. If so, how is the revenue measured? Technology Venture Capital

How To Attract Venture Capital For Your Startup

YoungUpstarts

Looking for some venture capital funding to fuel the growth of your startup? When venture capitalists look for a startup to invest in, they are hunting for value. First and foremost, the goal of the venture capitalist is to make a return on their investment.

Revenue benchmark for Series A – $1m run-rate and 20% MoM growth

The Equity Kicker

the ecommerce companies or software companies that we invest in) and you have a $1m revenue run rate and 20%+ month-on month growth you will generally be in good shape. Companies with greater revenues and stronger growth are able to raise bigger rounds at higher valuations. Companies with higher quality revenues (quality encompasses predictability and margin) will get away with a little less, or will get a higher value Series As when they hit this milestone.

Unicorpse

Feld Thoughts

From section #6 in Aileen’s post: “Given how much capital our private companies have raised in the past few years, most likely have cash to fund 2-4+ more years of runway. Venture capitalist Marc Andreessen warned in a tweetstorm that startups with high burn rates would “vaporize.”

Revenue exceptionalism vs margin exceptionalism

Chris Dixon

Three years ago, Fred Wilson wrote a great blog post called When Talking About Business Models, Remember that Profits Equal Revenues Minus Costs. The profound part is that high growth, early-stage tech companies often have a choice about how to become exceptionally valuable businesses: they can focus on growing revenues at the expense of margins, or margins at the expense of revenues. For example, do you invest heavily in sales and marketing to grow your revenue faster?

Are You Ready for Venture Capital? How To Tell

Inc Startups

Much has been written about the similarity between marriage and the tie between a venture capitalist and an entrepreneur. But as difficult, complicated, and emotionally draining as divorcing your spouse may be, it can actually be simpler than divorcing your venture capitalist.

What Do I Do Now? The Startup Lifecycle

Steve Blank

We’re at 70 people, and we’ll do $40 million in revenue this year and should get to cash flow breakeven this quarter. ” Venture-backed startups will often have a Series C or D or later rounds during this phase. Filed under: Family/Career/Culture , Lean LaunchPad , Venture Capital.

Some Perspective

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

In its last quarter Facebook had $1bn of revenue and 40% pre-tax operating margins. If we annualize those numbers, that would be $4bn of annual revenue and $1.6bn of annual pre-tax operating margins. That means that Facebook's enterprise value is greater than 10x current revenue run rate and greater than 25x EBITDA. stocks Venture Capital and Technology

Fund Raising is a Means Not an End

Steve Blank

If you don’t have scale as a goal then you shouldn’t be raising money from angel or venture investors, you should be getting a commercial or government small business loan.). • Search. What are revenue strategy and pricing tactics? But to achieve scale, startups need risk capital.

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Venture capital vs self-funded for high growth technology businesses. This was surprising.

Business of Software Blog

There seems to be a generally held feeling that venture capital is ususally suitable for rapid growth businesses and that founders should consider taking it if they want to add rocket fuel to their business.  It was inspired by an observation that only 14% of the fastest growing 500 companies in the US were venture backed according to Carl Schramm. Carl Schramm talking about US innovation and venture capital.

Mobile Is Where The Growth Is

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

ARPUs (avg revenue per user) on mobile are lower for display based revenue models on mobile across the board. It's not surprising that more than half of Twitter's ad revenue is coming from mobile. mobile Venture Capital and Technology Web/TechIf you look at any of the top web properties on comScore, Quantcast, Alexa or any other third party reporting service you will see that they all have been fairly flat over the first half of the year.

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