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The Religion of Silicon Valley

Feld Thoughts

There has been a lull in the chanting that “Silicon Valley is the center of the tech universe.” Silicon Valley is a religion, just like Crossfit is a religion. This has stuck with me for a long time and I’ve read many posts about Silicon Valley through this lens. For a quick frame of reference test, try these three: Silicon Valley: A Place or A State of Mind. Let’s change this to “The Religion of Silicon Valley.”

Entrepreneurial Density and Venture Capital

Feld Thoughts

Two of his latest articles talk about entrepreneurial density and venture capital. High-Tech Challengers to Silicon Valley. The Connection Between Venture Capital and Diverse, Dense Communities. Richard took this notion a step further in his article High-Tech Challengers to Silicon Valley and actually did some math. In it, he looked at Venture Capital financing (total dollars and number of deals) on a per-capital basis.

Pioneering Women in Venture Capital: Kathryn Gould

Steve Blank

Kathryn has been the founding VP of Marketing of Oracle , a successful recruiter, a world class Venture Capitalist, a co-founder of a Venture Capital firm, a great board member, one of my mentors and most importantly a wonderful friend. So I started Foundation Capital in 1995.

Why Facebook is Killing Silicon Valley

Steve Blank

Our extended teaching team includes venture capitalists with decades of experience. Facebook has adroitly capitalized on market forces on a scale never seen in the history of commerce. And as Clean Tech VC’s have painfully learned, trying to scale Clean Tech past demonstration plants to industrial scale takes capital and time past the resources of venture capital. I’m an investor in many of these venture firms.) Filed under: Technology , Venture Capital.

A Visitors Guide to Silicon Valley

Steve Blank

If you’re a visiting dignitary whose country has a Gross National Product equal to or greater than the State of California, your visit to Silicon Valley consists of a lunch/dinner with some combination of the founders of Google, Facebook, Apple and Twitter and several brand name venture capitalists.

Changes in the Venture Capital Funding Environment

Both Sides of the Table

The second major trend was the rise of the angel that was a function of the boom in Silicon Valley wealth (Google, Facebook, Zynga, Twitter, Salesforce.com, etc) plus the rise of crowd-funding platforms (AngelList) plus the rise of Y Combinator / 500Startups / TechStars.

17 Venture Capital Blogs You Should Be Reading

Up and Running

Whether or not you’re raising money for your business, getting advice from venture capitalists can be invaluable. But, getting in the doors of a Sand Hill Road VC in Silicon Valley can be an incredibly difficult undertaking. Andrew Parker is a VC with Spark Capital in Boston.

Andreessen Horowitz and the disruption of Silicon Valley

The Equity Kicker

In the traditionally slow moving world of venture capital they have gone from standing start to raising $4bn across three funds in 5 years – Summit Partners , an older highly successful later stage VC took 15 years to achieve the same feat. Venture Capital

Bubbles, Unicorns, Outliers and Innovation in Silicon Valley and Austin

SiliconHills

By LAURA LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News When the Facebooks and Twitters of the world are soaring everyone thinks of Silicon Valley as a glorious place, said Bill Gurley, general partner of Benchmark Capital. They scatter like the lights coming on in […] The post Bubbles, Unicorns, Outliers and Innovation in Silicon Valley and Austin appeared first on SiliconHills. Silicon Valley T2 Venture Capital University of Texas UTinSV

This City's Startups are More Profitable Than Silicon Valley's

Inc Startups

And venture capital firms are loving it This city's startups generate huge returns on investment.

Minimum Wage Boost in Silicon Valley Ups the Cinderella Factor

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

Raising the minimum wage in Silicon Valley (beyond San Jose which has already done so) is a very important and rational thing to do for the economic health of the valley, California, and the USA economy as a whole. Sometimes Cinderella Boys Hit Innovation Holes-in-One.

What Do LPs Think of the Venture Capital Markets for 2016?

Both Sides of the Table

At the Upfront Summit in early February, we had a chance to have many off-the-record conversations with Limited Partners (LPs) who fund Venture Capital (VC) funds about their views of the market. LPs Still Believe Strongly in Venture Capital as a Diverse Source of Returns.

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

Steve Blank

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. SBIR and STTR programs, the Torch Program’s funding for new ventures was limited to seed funding the front end.

Top 20 cities for venture capital – London in at #7

The Equity Kicker

Given that San Francisco and San Jose/Silicon Valley are effectively one market the right way to think about this market is that 19% sits in the winning region, and the rest of venture capital activity is highly fragmented. Venture Capital

Silicon Valley's Hottest Matchmaker

Inc Startups

What began as a social gathering for like-minded entrepreneurs and VCs has evolved into one of the Valley''s most dynamic accelerators. When international entrepreneurs want a shot at Silicon Valley stardom, they call on Saeed Amidi. You have to be connected to Silicon Valley.

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 SBIC was instrumental in the creation of the venture capital business. If you want to see a fun quote on it, read A History of Silicon Valley which quotes: “ …many venture capital pioneers think the SBIC program did little to advance the art and practice of venture investing. Venture Capital sbic VC

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Zhongguancun in Beijing – China’s Silicon Valley (Part 4 of 5)

Steve Blank

The previous post described the evolution of the Chinese Venture Capital system. But what made the overwhelming impression for me was finding an entrepreneurial software cluster on par with the Internet software portion of Silicon Valley. China Venture Capital.

Why Even Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs Need a Business Plan

Up and Running

The cast of “Silicon Valley” Image credit: HBO. Silicon Valley is a crazy place. I’ve opted not to return to the Valley for various reasons, but still have plenty of friends who work there and return regularly for business meetings.

Silicon Valley's Female Trouble

Inc Startups

The success of Indians had me convinced that Silicon Valley was a model meritocracy. I used to think Silicon Valley was a model meritocracy. From 1995 to 2005, 52 percent of the Valley’s startups were founded by people born abroad.

Move Over, Silicon Valley: Utah Has Arrived

Inc Startups

When it comes to staggering sums of venture capital raised in 2014, there''s Utah, and then there''s everyone else

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Venture Capital Investors Look Beyond Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Obviously, a key factor is always the state of the economy and the mood of the venture capital community. On the other hand, venture capital doesn’t get smoothly spread across the geographic and demographic landscape, and the number of active venture capital firms has dropped sharply.

Austin-based Vast Lands $14 Million in Venture Capital

SiliconHills

Vast, a data platform to sell cars and houses, announced Monday it has received $14 million from Capital One Growth Ventures. The Austin-based company, founded in 2005 in Silicon Valley, had not raised any money previously. The company plans to use […] The post Austin-based Vast Lands $14 Million in Venture Capital appeared first on SiliconHills.

Startup Communities – Building Regional Clusters

Steve Blank

Brad Feld’s new book Startup Communities joins the two other “must reads,” ( Regional Advantage and Startup Nation ) and one “must view” ( The Secret History of Silicon Valley ) for anyone trying to understand the components of a regional cluster.

Why Silicon Valley is Suddenly Minting Fewer Unicorns

Inc Startups

Highlights from an upcoming venture capital report show investments decreased precipitously in the fourth quarter of 2015

An international CEO’s guide to Silicon Valley

The Next Web

To the international community, Silicon Valley is the heart of the startup world. While it’s not a requirement, relocating a startup to Silicon Valley makes sense in many ways as access to venture capital, mentors, talent and business infrastructure can help a company grow.

Expertise in scaling up is the visible secret of Silicon Valley

Reid Hoffman

Silicon Valley and the surrounding Bay Area has become a global leader in innovation, technology and new industry creation. Most observers instinctively conclude that Silicon Valley is great because it has a unique ability to create start-ups.

Why Silicon Valley Loves Failures

Inc Startups

These are Silicon Valley's clich darlings. In the mid-'90s, Kamran Elahian, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, famously engraved his Ferrari F355's license plate with Momenta, the name of a company he founded in 1989. Opening a physical storefront required lots of capital.

Silicon Valley Gender Discrimination Suit Goes to Jury

Inc Startups

It''s now up to a jury to decide if a prominent Silicon Valley venture capital firm discriminated against a female investor

Move Over Silicon Valley: Why Startup Investors Are Flocking to Los Angeles

Inc Startups

The latest data from PricewaterhouseCoopers on venture capital investing shows that Southern California continues to blossom

Fenwick & West - Venture Capital Survey Silicon Valley Third Quarter 2011

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

Fenwick & West LLP analyzed the terms of venture financings for 113 companies headquartered in Silicon Valley that reported raising money in the third quarter of 2011. Up rounds exceeded down rounds in 3Q11 70% to 15%, with 15% of rounds flat. This was an increase from 2Q11 when up rounds exceeded down rounds 61% to 25%, with 14% of rounds flat.

How the U.S. Military Set the Stage for Silicon Valley

Inc Startups

Editor Jim Ledbetter why the connection between venture capital and the U.S. Scott Malcomson, author of Splinternet , explains to Inc. government stretches as far back as World War I

Silicon Valley VC Bill Gurley Says Enjoy the Upside While it Lasts

SiliconHills

By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News A few unicorns will die this year, said Bill Gurley, a prominent venture capitalist with Benchmark in Silicon Valley. Unicorns are giant technology startups, backed by venture capital, that hope to turn into multi-billion dollar companies.

Vietnam venture capital – potential unlocked

VC Cafe

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.

There Is Only ONE Silicon Valley

Angel Investing News

Silicon Valley is a very special place – the nucleus of high-growth, high technology entrepreneurship in the US, indeed, in the world. The Valley is world-class entrepreneurs, angel investors, venture capitalists and successful high-tech companies – all growing companies and creating jobs on one relatively small peninsula. My view is that there are only two places for entrepreneurs to thrive in the world: (1) the Valley and (2) everyplace else.

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.

On Human Capital & Venture Capital

thebarefootvc

It is the human capital involved, both internally with company teams and externally with advisors, boards and investors, that is going to differentiate which startups survive and become the disruptive businesses of tomorrow.

Startup Outlook from Silicon Valley Bank

Growthink Blog

On Friday Silicon Valley Bank released a survey of 375 executives at startup technology companies in the 4 core venture capital investment sectors – Software/Internet, Hardware, Life Science, and Cleantech. The study notes that in 2010, venture capitalists invested $21.8

There Is Only ONE Silicon Valley

Gust

Silicon Valley is a very special place – the nucleus of high-growth, high technology entrepreneurship in the US, indeed, in the world. The Valley produces world-class entrepreneurs, angel investors, venture capitalists and successful high-tech companies – all growing and creating jobs on one relatively small peninsula. The Valley has been a unique place for over half a century. Still, the competition in the Valley is fierce.

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

Pitching to VCs and The Entrepreneurial Bible to Venture Capital

SiliconHills

By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News If you, as an entrepreneur, email a VC firm, it’s a crapshoot whether they’ll even open it, much less read it.