Global Venture Capital Distribution

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Richard Florida published some stats on the distribution of global venture capital investment last week. SF proper and the broader bay area make up 25% of the global venture capital investment activity (~$10bn out of $42bn).

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

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Venture Capital is About Human Capital

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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.

Pioneering Women in Venture Capital: Kathryn Gould

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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.

How to Build a Startup & Understanding Venture Capital

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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.

Why 2017 Should be a Great Year to Raise Venture Capital

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Recently Upfront Ventures published its outlook for the technology startup world and venture capital overall titled it “ WTF Happened to Winter ?” venture-capital startup

Changes in the Venture Capital Funding Environment

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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.

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. Fortunately, many of the top VCs share their thoughts on their blogs and are full of advice for startups, both big and small. Interested in venture capital investment?

It’s Morning in Venture Capital

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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.

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

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Most folks reading this will know that many startups were built in part with the help of venture capital. However, many folks probably don’t think about exactly where those VC dollars that help fund startups actually come from. Google, Intel Capital).

Forecasting in venture capital

The Equity Kicker

Startup general interest UncategorizedGood VCs need to be good forecasters. We need to predict which companies are going to succeed and second guess future trends so we can develop our firms to stay ahead of the curve. Deloitte have just published an interesting synopsis of Tetlock’s Superforecasting which gives us some insights into the types of people we need to recruit and the habits we need to cultivate to be good at the forecasting game.

Something Ventured: The Founding of the Venture Capital Industry

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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.

Q316 State of Venture Capital Update With Cooley

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This quarter they interviewed me as part of it on Quarterly VC Update: Brad Feld on the State of Venture Capital Investing. At the early stages, raising the first $2m tends to be straightforward in most geographies that have meaningful startup communities. 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).

Why Was Winter in Venture Capital Funding so Short?

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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.

6 Steps to Raising Venture Capital in 6 Months

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A founder with a startup focused on selling groceries online should begin their pitch by describing the total money projected to be spent on groceries online over the coming years. He has founded 7 startups to date, including sixdegrees, the first social network, and he advises many others.

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

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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.

It’s Not Easy applied to Venture Capital

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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.

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

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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.

Why Venture Capital is So Much More Compelling Now

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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

Valuations 101: The Venture Capital Method

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We recently started a series of posts on establishing the pre-money valuation of pre-revenue startup companies for purposes of investment by seed and startup investors. The Venture Capital Method (VC Method) was first described by Professor Bill Sahlman at Harvard Business School in 1987 in a case study and has been revised since. It is one of the useful methods for establishing the pre-money valuation of pre-revenue startup ventures.

ePatientFinder Lands $8.3 Million in Venture Capital

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million in venture capital. The Austin-based startup has raised a total of $11 million since its founding in 2013. Million in Venture Capital appeared first on SiliconHills. ePatientFinder, a matchmaking platform for physicians, patients and clinical trials, announced this week it has received $8.2 Tom Dorsett, Tushar Jain, Greg Sweatt and Dillon Krug co-founded the company. Silicon Hills News did this profile on […] The post ePatientFinder Lands $8.3

Owlchemy Labs Nabs $5 Million in Venture Capital

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Owlchemy Labs, an independent virtual reality game developer, announced this week the company has closed on $5 million in venture capital. The Austin-based startup moved here from Boston, where Alex Schwartz founded the company in 2010.

Myth Busters: Debunking Seven Conventional Wisdom Maxims of Venture Capital

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Compared to most other areas of finance, venture capital is practiced as more of an art, as opposed to a science. The art of venture capital also means that for entrepreneurs raising it, there isn’t one definitive playbook which can be used as a guide. MYTH: Venture capitalists are looking to replace founders with “their guys.” Even the most elementary venture capitalist has the privilege of serving on boards of a number of startups.

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.

How To Grow A Company Without Venture Capital

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If you read startup news, then you might believe “getting funded” is the ultimate goal of any business. As an entrepreneur, though, you should look no further than Fab.com as a cautionary tale of venture capital. The Drawbacks of Venture Capital.

What Do Venture Capital Firms Want?

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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.”

Xenex Lands $25 Million in Venture Capital

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Xenex Disinfection Services, a startup that created germ-zapping robots for hospitals, has landed $25 million in venture capital. The investment came from Brandon Point Industries Limited and existing investors Battery Ventures, Targeted Technology Fund II and […] The post Xenex Lands $25 Million in Venture Capital appeared first on SiliconHills.

Extremely rapid early growth opens the path to venture capital

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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.

What to Expect When You're Expecting Venture Capital Returns

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One of the first things I did when I joined the venture asset class as a lowly institutional LP analyst in 2001 was to build the VC fund cashflow model. And no, the numbers don't exactly add up--but they're more than close enough for venture capital.

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

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A few weeks ago I spoke with Boris Wertz, founder of JustBooks, COO of AbeBooks and founding-partner of Version One Ventures. In Or, were they a sign that things were indeed changing, and if so, what was changing to lead to a rise in women founding startups or in investors funding women?

How ff Venture Capital Works With Universities And Students

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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

NovoED MOOC on Raising Venture Capital

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I’m spending the new two days filming the content for a MOOC on raising venture capital. The content is based on my book with Jason titled Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist. Matt Blumberg finished filming the course around his book – Startup CEO: A Field Guide to Scaling Up Your Business - a few weeks ago. The post NovoED MOOC on Raising Venture Capital appeared first on Feld Thoughts.

10 Misperceptions About Venture Capital

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Not every company raises venture capital—most don’t. Before this remark generates too much controversy, let’s be clear: It is absolutely true that a huge percentage of startup teams are young, technical white dudes. I am absolutely looking to fund as many promising startups as possible. Venture Capital & TechnologyTweet. 1) You need it.

Hive9 Receives $5.4 Million in Venture Capital

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million in funding from LiveOak Venture Partners and Silverton Partners. The Austin-based startup plans to use the money to hire five or more additional employees and for product development and marketing, said Darin Hicks, its CEO. Million in Venture Capital appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin Hive9 LiveOak Venture Partners Silverton PartnersHive9, which makes marketing software, announced Tuesday it has received $5.4

OJO Labs Lands $5.8 Million in Venture Capital

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News A new startup, OJO Labs just closed on $5.8 Austin-based LiveOak Venture Partners and Silverton Partners led the financing. Million in Venture Capital appeared first on SiliconHills. million in Series A funding from local investors. John Berkowitz, co-founder of Yodle and David Rubin, founder and former CEO of ProfitFuel founded OJO Labs in February of […] The post OJO Labs Lands $5.8

AlertMedia Raises $4 Million More in Venture Capital

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Silverton Partners led the round which included ATX Seed Ventures and other current investors. The Austin-based startup announced last June that it had raised $4.16

Edgecase Gets $7.5 Million in Venture Capital

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million in venture capital. The Austin-based startup received the funds from lead investor Austin Ventures and other investors. Million in Venture Capital appeared first on SiliconHills. Edgecase, which provides data and analytics for e-commerce sites, announced this week it has received $7.5 The company plans to use the money for research and development and sales and marketing. To date, the company, founded in […] The post Edgecase Gets $7.5

Dos and Don’ts When Raising Venture Capital For the First Time

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The post “ What I learned from raising venture capital ” by Gabriel Weinberg , the founder of DuckDuckGo is one of them. WHAT TO DO WHEN RAISING VENTURE CAPITAL. WHAT NOT TO DO WHEN RAISING VENTURE CAPITAL.

Ten Good Reasons to Take Venture Capital Money

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4) You''ve identified the best team, and while they''re asking for reasonable startup salaries, you can''t afford to hire them quite yet. 9) You''re doing something physical in the real world that just requires a certain amount of capital overhead. Venture Capital & Technology

Will Your Startup Get Venture Capital or IPO in 2013?

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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