Venture Capital Funding: A Curated List of Our Best Resources

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Getting venture capital funding to launch your business is incredibly difficult. In fact, fewer than 1 percent of businesses that start every year get venture funding. Is venture capital right for you? 12 of the Hottest Venture Capital Firms in 2016.

17 Venture Capital Blogs You Should Be Reading

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Whether or not you’re raising money for your business, getting advice from venture capitalists can be invaluable. Inside the Minds of Top Venture Capitalists: Blogs You Need to Read to Understand How VCs Think. Andrew Parker is a VC with Spark Capital in Boston.

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Why 2017 Should be a Great Year to Raise Venture Capital

Both Sides of the Table

Recently Upfront Ventures published its outlook for the technology startup world and venture capital overall titled it “ WTF Happened to Winter ?” Again, I suspect they would be more concerned today about net neutrality, cyber security, immigration and trade more broadly.

Venture Capital Demystified: A Fundraising Guide for Entrepreneurs, Investors, and Lawyers


by Jason Mendelson and Brad Feld, co-authors of “ Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist “ So, you’ve got a brilliant idea and you’re ready to launch a company.

Where Do Venture Capital Dollars Actually Come From? This Visual Explains

Agile VC

Most folks reading this will know that many startups were built in part with the help of venture capital. So I wanted to dive a little deeper into what I call the startup capital supply chain. Google, Intel Capital).

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

How to Secure Funding for Your Startup (with INFOGRAPHIC)

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Small Business Administration (SBA) may also be able to offer assistance through loan financing, bond guarantees or by helping you find venture capital. 4 ways to secure funding for your startup. Why do so many businesses fail?

Vietnam venture capital – potential unlocked

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Vietnam’s Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) has shared a circular (a regulatory document, in Vietnam speak) for improving the legal environment for venture capital investing in the Socialist state. Funds will not be regulated by the Securities Law in Vietnam.

StepOne Closes on $ 4 Million in Venture Capital


StepOne, an Austin-based startup that makes customer support software, announced that it secured $4 million in venture capital. LiveOak Venture Partners led the round with participation from Silverton Partners. StepOne has already landed Telstra, Australia’s largest telecomm company, […] The post StepOne Closes on $ 4 Million in Venture Capital appeared first on SiliconHills.

The Big Secret to Raising Venture Capital

Growthink Blog

At the time, Tom was a partner at Enterprise Partners Venture Capital in San Diego. At the time (around 2003), many venture capital firms were licking their wounds. Years ago I served on a funding panel with Tom Clancy.

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

Civitas Learning Lands $16 Million in Venture Capital


Civitas Learning, a three year old education technology startup, announced Tuesday it has secured $16 million in funding. Rethink Education led the investment with additional funding from existing investors Austin Ventures and Emergence Capital. Civitas, which […] The post Civitas Learning Lands $16 Million in Venture Capital appeared first on SiliconHills.

Venture Capital Funding and the Sexism You Can’t Quite Prove

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At the outset, it is worth noting that when it comes to the world of venture funding, I am a bit of an outsider. Until a handful of years ago, I didn’t even know what venture capital was, let alone anything about the complicated process of actually acquiring VC funding.

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.

7 Steps To Finding Investors Aligned With Your Values

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the most common complaints I hear from new business owners and startups is about the pain and difficulty raising capital. The “venture capital” model is the only option they know, where they feel they get no mercy, giving up equity and control.

Ziften Raises $24 Million in Venture Capital


Ziften, which develops security software, Wednesday announced it has raised $24 million. The Austin-based startup reported that Spring Mountain Capital led the funding with participation from Fayez Sarofim, an early investor in Ziften. The company has created security tools that allows companies to […] The post Ziften Raises $24 Million in Venture Capital appeared first on SiliconHills.

When it Comes to Venture Capital, Do Like Warren Does

Growthink Blog

All of a sudden, it is boom time again for venture capital funds, with over $10.3 billion in fresh capital raised by 578 funds in the 1st quarter, up 36% from 2012. But for the individual investor, is investing in a venture capital fund really a good idea? venture funds - and with so many of them pursuing similar deal sourcing strategies and approaches - it has become extremely difficult for VCs to find and secure high potential, well priced deals.

Five Steps to Securing your Next Venture Capital Funding Round

Inc Startups

Maximize your chances of raising money from the right investors and on the right terms

4 Reasons You Might Not Want to Be VC Funded

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While there’s a certain cachet that comes with being able to say you raised a round of funding for your startup, realize that it’s a lot of hard work to actually secure venture capital (VC) funding , and there are reasons you might not want to.

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.

8 Steps In Securing A Bank Loan To Fund Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

In all cases, the loan option should be investigated before looking for an Angel investor, since the “cost” of a loan is usually considered less than giving up a large share of your company equity and control to Angel or venture capital investors.

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.

The 50 Most Promising Israeli Startups in 2016

VC Cafe

The ranking was put together by soliciting feedback from some of Israel’s top venture funds, including Carmel Ventures, Aleph, 83 North, Magma, Battery Ventures, Innovation Endeavors, Marker and others. Image credit: Kosher OC Magazine.

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

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Venture capital and other forms of seed funding have been crucial for the development of the best online colleges. A Wall Street Journal piece from April 2012 reports on the impact of $16 million in venture capital awarded to Coursera to increase the scope of the program.

Investing In Startups In Europe

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

5) Security and privacy. Venture Capital and Technology One of the big european tech conferences starts today. It's called DLD and my partner Albert is giving a talk there tomorrow. The last big european tech conference was LeWeb and I gave a talk there. You might wonder why we fly across the pond to attend and talk at these events. The answer, as  Sten Tamkivi explains in TechCrunch , is that europe is a great place to invest in startups.

Nitty Gritty Advice on Raising Venture Capital

Inc Startups

As founder of online privacy protection company, Michael Fertik knows a few things about raising venture capital. Over four rounds, his company secured $65 million in funding from some of the biggest names in the business.

Why Uber is The Revenge of the Founders

Steve Blank

To turn your company’s stock into cash, you engaged a top-notch investment bank (Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs) and/or their Silicon Valley compatriots (Hambrecht & Quist, Montgomery Securities, Robertson Stephens). In this business environment, hiring a new CEO who had experience growing a company around a single technical innovation was a rational decision for venture investors. Filed under: Venture Capital. Venture Capital

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Video Of The Week: William's Interview of My Partner Albert

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Topics they discussed include how Albert got into Tech, working with entrepreneurs, the USV investment thesis, Tumblr, Foursquare, education, homeschooling, healthcare, Canada, crowdfunding's impact on venture capital, the new, machine learning, surveillance, privacy and security.

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.

Some Thoughts On The SEC's Rulemaking On General Solicitation

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

This legislation was designed to make it easier for small businesses in the US to raise capital and contained a number of important and valuable changes to securities laws.   General Solicitation is the marketing of a securities offering (a fundraise) publicly in the open market. This is above and beyond what is typically required in a securities offering where General Solicitation is not used. crowdfunding Current Affairs Politics Venture Capital and Technolog

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When A Company Is Too Close For Comfort

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Many entrepreneurs who have already secured venture capital view every company within a hundred miles of their business as competitive. Many entrepreneurs who haven't secured funding don't think anything is directly competitive. This is one of the trickiest aspects of the early stage venture capital business. Venture Capital and Technology

The Helsinki Spring

Steve Blank

—— I was invited to Finland as part of Stanford’s Engineering Technology Venture Program partnership with Aalto University. Finnish startup successes on a global stage include MySQL , F-Secure , Rovio , Habbo , Playfish , The Switch , Tectia , Trulia and Linux.

What If Web And Mobile Apps Are Like TV Shows?

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

YouTube also feels fairly secure. Venture Capital and Technology Web/TechI was having lunch with a veteran of the entertainment and the video game business this past week. It was an interesting and wide ranging chat. One of the things we discussed that stuck in my mind was the thought that web and mobile apps might behave more like TV shows than traditional software applications. I've watched my kids go from myspace to facebook to instagram over the past seven years.

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Profitless Prosperity

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

  In the case of Salesforce and Workday, they are making huge investments in sales and marketing to secure additional customers.   MBA Mondays Venture Capital and Technology If a Company is making huge profits this year but will not make any profits in the future, it is worthless in the eyes of an investor. But if it loses money this year and next year and may lose money for a few more years, it can still be very valuable in the eyes of an investor.

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Blockchains and Society


I think it is a testament to pent-up demand for better mechanisms for value transfer, authentication, and security. Bitcoin Blockchain Cryptocurrency Social impact Technology Venture Capital blockchain cryptocurrency emerging markets regulations social impact

Cloud Europe 2017: The Factory is Cranking

Cracking the Code

Comparing the list to the top 300 leading SaaS companies in the US, some interesting trends emerge: Europe is showing strength in data/ analytics and security, driven by the booming ecosystem in Israel but is less represented in developer/infrastructure and vertical applications.

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2010 Venture Capital Year in Review

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billion with an investment from Felix Investors, according to Venture Capital Dispatch.). Groupon secured $500 million in funding. Regional Role Reversal: Professionals expect venture investment activity in the Midwest to continue to increase. By Erin Griffith - Contributing Editor Well it's over. Compared with 2009, last year wasn't so bad, was it? Companies were founded, funded and sold, investors made money, and heck, it was almost fun at times.

China Startups – The Gold Rush and Fire Extinguishers (Part 5 of 5)

Steve Blank

The downside is that with so much venture and angel capital available, investors have been willing to fund the 10 th Groupon clone. Equally of interest is a good number of them end up in the PLA’s GSD 3 rd Department (the equivalent of our National Security Agency. )

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Venture Capital Deal Buzz: Facebook

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

per share, with an aggregate current market value of securities sought to be sold at $314 million. By Erin Griffith, Contributing Editor. Facebook's common stock is valued at $12.56 per share, according to a state regulatory filing from the company. The January 4 filing shows an issuance of options to purchase 25 million shares of Class B Common Stock at $12.56 The options for the Common B shares are being issued pursuant to the Issuer's 2005 Stock Plan.

How to Find the Top VCs for the Investment You Need

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As we head into 2016, we leave behind a year of robust trends for venture capital—or “VC”—funding. The Pacific Northwest had a great overall year for venture capital activity in 2015—even if you count the 59 percent dip in Q4.