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.

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. We then help surround founders with other talent who want to join important causes but don’t have the startup idea themselves.

LinkedIn Learning: Raising Venture Capital and Validating Your Startup Idea

Feld Thoughts

The first one is on Raising Venture Capital and is based on content from the book Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist that I wrote with Jason Mendelson. Raising venture capital from Brad Feld on Raising Capital by Brad Feld. The second one is on Validating Your Startup Idea which based on the book Startup Opportunities: Know When to Quit Your Day Job which I wrote with Sean Wise.

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.

Venture Capital Is Just One Funding Option, Reminds OnPay’s Mark McKee

ReadWriteStart

Virtually every startup has to find funding somewhere. Although some founders take venture capital in exchange for equity, that’s not the only way to do it. In my mind, that’s for two reasons: The economy is good, so venture investors are flush with capital.

3 Things Startups Need To Raise Venture Capital

YFS Magazine

However, if you have the right strategy coupled with the right capital and partner, an amazing growth business could be the storybook outcome. Finance Grow raising capital raising money 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

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.

How To Get a Job In Venture Capital

VC Adventure

One of the most frequent questions I get asked is “how do I get a job in venture?” Below is an updated overview of the venture job landscape as well as some current thoughts on how to break into the industry. So has the typical profile of a venture professional.

How To Get A Job In Venture Capital

Feld Thoughts

My partner Seth Levine has written several posts over the years on the topic of how to get a job in venture capital. His 2019 post, titled creatively How To Get A Job In Venture Capital is excellent. Things have changed in the last decade since his 2008 post titled How to get a job in venture capital (revisited) , which was an update from his 2005 post titled How to become a venture capitalist. Work for a startup or start one of your own.

More Startups are Getting Less Venture Capital

Startup Professionals Musings

Startups and entrepreneurs need to be realists. You need to accept the fact that the down economy over the last couple of years has changed the way in which venture capitalists see the world, so you should adjust your strategy and expectations in dealing with them.

Changes in the Venture Capital Funding Environment

Both Sides of the Table

The funding environment for tech startups is an ever shifting ground as we go through predictable shifts that go hand-in-hand with the slowing of the overall market. Boom in Number of Startups. Be thoughtful about from whom you raise capital.

A Deep Dive into What Has Really Changed in Venture Capital

Both Sides of the Table

I’ve heard a lot of people question whether there is too much money in venture capital chasing too few great deals. “We’re Others believe that new business models are emerging that could replace venture capital all together. startup

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 ?” venture-capital startup

Entrepreneurial Density and Venture Capital

Feld Thoughts

Richard Florida continues to write amazing stuff about Startup Communities in The Atlantic Online. Two of his latest articles talk about entrepreneurial density and venture capital. The Connection Between Venture Capital and Diverse, Dense Communities. For a long time I’ve suggested that an interesting measure of entrepreneurial density would be ((entrepreneurs + employees of startups) / total population).

How to Build a Startup & Understanding Venture Capital

Both Sides of the Table

Many first-time founders seek advice when thinking about what ideas would be great for a startup company and receive the wrong advice that you need to focus on a billion-dollar idea. But you need to understand venture economics.

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. startups. billion jump in funding over the same quarter of 2010 with a similar number of deals, so it clearly shows a trend to larger deal sizes for fewer startups.

Venture Capital Q&A Session

Both Sides of the Table

We received so much positive feedback from our This Week in Venture Capital show walking through valuation calculations & term sheets that we decided to do a Q&A show this week to address topics that entrepreneurs want to learn about.

Hotshot Advice on Raising Venture Capital

Feld Thoughts

Entrepreneurs need to understand what’s involved – from what to consider when picking the right venture partner and how to think about the economic and control rights at stake, to what life will be like after the deal closes. Term Sheet hotshot jason mendelson venture deals video

The Rich Kids of Venture Capital

Babbling VC

It's about the fact that if you look at the European landscape of startup founders and VC's, you tend to see some similarities.specifically a background of wealth. I have written in the past about the "old boys network" in venture capital. Go capitalism.

Venture Capital Superheroes

David Teten

We do have very significant follow-on capital to invest in Series A and later rounds as companies mature, at or above our pro rata.”. Similarly, the press lavishes attentions on the CEOs of successful startups, but none of them would be anything without the team that they recruited and manage.

5 Ways Venture Capital Is Shaking Up The Tech Startup Landscape In Asia

YoungUpstarts

There is a thin line between success and failure for startups, and that is usually determined by capital. The more capital a startup has, the easier it is to get off the ground and ramp up growth. KPMG’s Venture Pulse Q3 2017 reported that the Asian market has raised $12.3

What Do Venture Capital Firms Want?

Up and Running

What are venture capitalists looking for? What do venture capitalists want in an investment? I introduce this topic with that reworked joke because so many people say “venture capital” when they really mean “angel investors” or “outside investors.”

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.

Venture Capital Funding: A Curated List of Our Best Resources

Up and Running

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.

Innovation and Venture Capital in New Jersey

Feld Thoughts

If you are a fan of Startup Communities , there’s a lot going on around new initiatives on this front. Ian Hathaway and I are hard at work on a book called The Startup Community Way, which is modeled after Eric Ries’ evolution of The Lean Startup to his recent book The Startup Way. Ian has bought into this idea so he and I have a steady stream of content for The Startup Community Way coming on the StartupRev website.

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. The number of startups being created has increased by an order of magnitude. From this we have seen a commensurate boom in the number of startup companies.

Lessons from a Diverse Venture Capital Portfolio

This is going to be BIG.

Brooklyn Bridge Ventures , the pre-seed and seed stage VC fund I run in NYC, has invested in 64 companies in the last six and a half years. The diversity is the direct result of our mission—to build the most accessible venture capital fund in NY. When you conflate hyperbole for ambition and realism for lack of aggressiveness, you will ultimately wind up shutting out a lot of groups from the game of risk seeking capital and opportunity.

Stephanie Spong – Venture Capital Executive Interview

Startup Professionals Musings

Last week at an angel investor forum I was privileged to meet Stephanie Spong, who is a Principal with EPIC Ventures, an increasingly rare early stage VC firm. Marty: Welcome to Startup Professionals interviews. Marty: What events led you to your commitment to venture capital investing?

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

Steve Blank

I just spent a few weeks in Japan and China on a book tour for the Japanese and Chinese versions of the Startup Owners Manual. This post is about the rise of Chinese venture capital and how it helped build the countries entrepreneurial ecosystem.

The Venture Capital Revival

ReadWriteStart

There have been a number of narratives in circulation over the last year or so: the " we're in a tech bubble " (or "we're not in a tech bubble") narrative, the "venture capital is in decline" narrative (or " venture capital is broken ").

How Venture Capital Firms Work, for Entrepreneurs and Startups

OnlyOnce

Business Entrepreneurship Startup Revolution Venture CapitalistsA couple of months ago, I was doing an internal lunch & learn for senior managers, and the topic came up as to “how do our VC firms work?”

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.

SlideShare: The Atomization of Seed Venture Capital

View from Seed

Recently, I shared a two-part essay on the atomization of seed venture capital rounds. You can find both posts condensed into one essay on our Medium publication, Startup Traction, here. The Atomization of Seed Venture Capital – NextView Ventures from NextView Ventures. The post SlideShare: The Atomization of Seed Venture Capital appeared first on NextView Ventures.

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

Gust

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. As the most startup-friendly accelerator on the planet, MassChallenge has helped 835 startup companies around the world, who have raised over $1.1

Reality, Comedy & Venture Capital

Start Up Blog

It’s also fair to say that the technology and Venture Capital realm could do with an injection of reality now and again. — entrepreneurship comedy Court Jester entrepreneurs startups Tesla Venture Capital

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

Steve Blank

I just spent a few weeks in Japan and China on a book tour for the Japanese and Chinese versions of the Startup Owners Manual. This post is about the rise of Chinese venture capital and how it helped build the countries entrepreneurial ecosystem.

OJO Labs Raises an Additional $45 Million in Venture Capital

SiliconHills

OJO Labs, an artificial intelligence startup, has raised $45 million in additional funding. The Series C funding round is being led by LiveOak Venture […]. The post OJO Labs Raises an Additional $45 Million in Venture Capital appeared first on SiliconHills.

Who is Getting Venture Capital Money This Year?

Startup Professionals Musings

But until now, I’ve never seen a study of exactly how that plays out for startup founders for current venture-backed companies, specifically: race, age, experience and the number of founders per company.

This Week in Venture Capital – Episode 3

Both Sides of the Table

In addition to the P2P deals covered below, on the show we also talked about some of my favorite financing startups ( Wonga in the UK run by Errol Damelin , who is a superstar) and Affordit.com run by serial (and I mean serial!) Investors: True Ventures, Social Leverage (Howard Lindzon).

It’s Not Easy applied to Venture Capital

K9 Ventures

If you’re even remotely connected to the “industry” of Venture Capital, you need to read Howard Marks’ It’s Not Easy memo. Pattern matching in venture capital may work for figuring out how to build companies, but it is less likely to work for ideas.

Something Ventured: The Founding of the Venture Capital Industry

Feld Thoughts

Last night Amy and I watched the movie Something Ventured: Risk, Reward, and the Original Venture Capitalists. I figured Amy would veto Something Ventured after 15 minutes. If you are a VC, or aspire to be a VC, do yourself a favor and watch Something Ventured right now.

Why Venture Capital is So Much More Compelling Now

Both Sides of the Table

It’s not hard to find people willing to write the narrative that “venture capital is not an asset class” or “venture capital has performed terribly.” I presented the deck below – which was prepared with the great help of Upfront Venture’s Principal Jordan Hudson – at Dave McClure’s must attend event called PreMoney with much more data and narrative than I had in my blog post. Startup Lessons