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).

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Bad Notes on Venture Capital

Both Sides of the Table

On the phone … Me: So, you raised venture capital? 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? Startup Lessons This week.

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 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).

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

NovoED MOOC on Raising Venture Capital

Feld Thoughts

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.

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

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

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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.

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

The Long Haul Of Building A Venture Capital Firm

Haystack

There are countless posts flying around the web now about “How to build a startup.” On a slightly smaller impact scale, there isn’t a lot of content out there about “How to build a venture fund.” ” Yet, this topic has become increasingly interesting in a world where tech startups are mainstream, Shark Tank is popular nationwide, where Y Combinator has opened Demo Day to more and more investors, where new funds sprout up every year, more and more.

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.

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.

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.

How To Grow A Company Without Venture Capital

YoungUpstarts

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.

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. 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?

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.

Venture Summit: Connecting with Silicon Valley Venture Capital

The Startup Magazine

Venture Summit | West , presented by youngStartup Ventures, is one of many upcoming events helping both startups seeking capital and exposure, and investors seeking new deals. Partial List of Confirmed Venture Capital Attendees: Sign up today to solidify your space.

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

Up and Running

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.

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.

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.

Why governments support venture capital

The Equity Kicker

Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, helpfully set out his government’s reasons for making this move: the local venture capital industry is not firing on all cylinders, especially since the credit crunch of 2008. local startups with high potential are being starved of funds.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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?”

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

Why are some venture capital firms not funding women?

Gust

The facile answer to this assumptive question is “because some women are not seeking funding from venture capital firms” But there is actually quite a bit of truth in both statements. Women-led ventures definitely account for a smaller percentage of venture investments than do ventures led by men, but women-led ventures also account for a MUCH smaller percentage of ventures seeking funding in the first place!

Valuations 101: The Venture Capital Method

Gust

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.