Venture Capital Superheroes

David Teten

In fact, I recently had dinner with a well-known VC who said that he was surprised to see the CB Insights database includes investments his firm has made in stealth companies which haven’t even been announced yet. Fred Wilson wrote about a similar dynamic at Union Square Ventures. .

Corporate Venture Capital: Obligatory or Oxymoron?

David Teten

She had so much insight to share that we broke the interview into two parts, 1) Corporate Venture Capital and more broadly, 2) How the Fortune 500 Can Buy, Invest and Partner with the Innovation Economy (coming soon). . Corporate venture funds are also investing earlier today.

boldstart 2018 recap and what’s hot in enterprise 2019

BeyondVC

This year was a banner year as boldstart portfolio cos raised over $150mm of follow on capital from some of the top Series A and B investors (highlights below). First check leads in 5 founding teams, all in stealth. Smallstep , Clay , Dark , and Windmill emerged out of stealth.

Deal Opacity

Haystack

The team valiantly tried to rebuild it, but too much time passed, and then eventually CrunchBase spun out into a private company which was then funded by Emergence Capital, which is attempting to build it into a much larger enterprise data product, holding competing information with Pitchbook, CBInsights, and others. 5/ Copycat Culture And Stealth Mode Back En Vogue: I’ve alluded to this above and below, but now when a category gets hot, founders and capital flood it.

The Next Bubble – Don’t Get Fooled Again

Steve Blank

Dr Jean-Paul Rodrigue , in the Department of Global Studies & Geography at Hofstra University, observed that bubbles have four phases; stealth, awareness, mania and blow-off. Filed under: Venture Capital. Venture Capital

Startup Due Diligence Is Not a Mysterious Black Art

Gust

After you have successfully attracted angels or venture capital with your business case, your million dollar product idea, and you have a signed term sheet, there is still one more hurdle to overcome before investors write the check.

Why it’s Critical That you Reference Check Your VC

Both Sides of the Table

I often tell people that raising venture capital is more difficult than getting married. Not so in venture capital. I list all of the companies (except one in stealth) on my blog and this includes both VC investments and angel ones.

Crisis Shmisis: 40 deals, more than $400 Million raised in Q2 2010 in Israel (Deal Summary)

VC Cafe

T he second quarter of 2010 has come and gone and despite the depleting VC and incubator capital in Israel, the quarter has brought approximately 40 deals with over $400 million invested. As a part of the round Rina Shainski, General Partner of Carmel Ventures joined company’s board.

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Thoughts from RSA and the Climate for Security Startups

BeyondVC

We kicked it off Sunday night with a boldstart founders and execs dinner where we talked about what’s next in cybersecurity with some of our portfolio companies like security scorecard , bigid , snyk , stealth co and many friends from the industry representing strategic partners and IT buyers. Security Venture Capital cybersecurity security venture capitalJust getting back from a few days at RSA.

Bitesize Monday: Indian Summer in Israeli VC funding (Takadu, Celeno, Superfish, Headway, Real Match)

VC Cafe

Is it because there are more worthy companies for investment all of a sudden, or are VCs driven by the need to deploy some of their capital before the end of the calendar year? Superfish’s first prototype, Window Shopper , launched in April, after several years of being in stealth.

Schrödinger’s Start-Up — Why VCs Don’t Sign NDAs or Non-Compete Agreements

Austin Startup

As a venture-backed start-up, you may benefit from stealth mode to prevent copying for a season, but ultimately comes a time when your technology must be promoted and made known to the world in order for you to find commercial success.

Bitesize Tuesday: Tracx, Innovid, Kenshoo, uTest and More Investment Rounds [recap]

VC Cafe

million in a second round led by previous backer Genesis Partners and joined by T-Venture , the venture capital company of Deutsche Telekom. uTest , the crow sourced QA service on the cloud, raised $13 million in a C Round led by Scale Venture Partners.

Is Your Start Up Idea Gold or Goop?

Austin Startup

Although the full content of our upcoming accelerator/incubator, Sputnik ATX, is still in stealth mode, I’d like to share a quick rule you should apply to any business idea that you want to pursue. austin startup venture-capital wisdom incubator

boldstart in 2017, enterprise tech in 2018

BeyondVC

We were first check leads in 8 founding teams including Wallaroo Labs , MState (fka hyperfab ), blockdaemon , and 5 in stealth. — BOLDstart Ventures (@Boldstartvc) June 16, 2017. 2017 Recap.

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Is Your Start Up Idea Gold or Goop?

Austin Startup

Although the full content of our upcoming accelerator/incubator, Sputnik ATX, is still in stealth mode, I’d like to share a quick rule you should apply to any business idea that you want to pursue. venture-capital wisdom startup incubator austin

Reinventing the Office: How to Lose Fat and Increase Productivity at Work

David Teten

Fitness/life guru Tim Ferriss just posted my guest article on ff Venture Capital ‘s approach to building a fitness office. UPDATE: ff Venture Capital was recently profiled in The Roger, an online magazine that profiles creative workspaces.

25 of the Biggest Tech Stories in Austin in 2016

SiliconHills

Million in Venture Capital Stealth Startup Magic […] The post 25 of the Biggest Tech Stories in Austin in 2016 appeared first on SiliconHills.

How to Scale Support of Portfolio Companies

David Teten

As I’ve worked to build out HOF Capital ’s portfolio acceleration platform , the #1 question I think about is: how do we scalably support our companies? At HOF Capital, we support our companies through 7 main levers (i.e., We also provide coaching resources to portfolio executives on how to build out a human capital function: source, interview, onboard, and retain.

The Secret History of Silicon Valley Part VII: We Fought a War You.

Steve Blank

Stanford’s research on the earth’s ionosphere would lead to meteor-burst communication systems and Over the Horizon Radar used by the NSA and CIA to detect Soviet and Chinese missile tests and ultimately to the research that made Stealth technologies possible.

boldstart in 2016, enterprise tech in 2017

BeyondVC

Before diving into the standard year-end predictions on the enterprise, I thought I would share some data on our firm and our founding teams from 2016: we welcomed 9 new enterprise founding teams to the portfolio including Workrails (started by venture partner Jeff Leventhal), BigID , Hypr , Init.ai , and 5 stealth companies. Enterprise Software Venture Capital cloud enterprise software featured IT vc

boldstart ventures in 2014 – our ethos

BeyondVC

One of our most recent investments which is in stealth mode (will be announced shortly) is a great example of this - 3 users began to use the enterprise product and within 2 weeks, 42 of 45 employees were using the service and were interacting with it at least twice a week over a period of a couple of months. Entrepreneurship Venture Capital boldstart ethos investment strategy investment themes value add

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Pro-rata rights: the good, the bad and the ugly

Fred Destin

The nature of the venture capital game, when played at a very early stage, is that one or two bets will generate most of your returns. What happens in most venture rounds for successful companies are the following three things: Everyone wants in. Whatever lullaby VC’s might tell you about long-term commitment to your startup, we do seed investing for a reason, and that is to limit the amount of capital we commit at the outset until we are ready to commit more (duh).

The Gender Issue Part II

thebarefootvc

It is great to see that a conversation is finally evolving on the importance of gender diversity in the technology and venture capital sectors. However, after 11 years as a venture capitalist, I can say this industry is one of the most male dominated that I have encountered (including investment banking — many larger firms have diversity programs, shareholders and boards that provide incentives and oversight on this issue).

Don’t Jump Too Soon: How To Properly Pace Business Growth

YoungUpstarts

by Brent Freeman , co-founder and president of Stealth Venture Labs. The venture garnered great press and put many brands and products in the spotlight, but the fast growth we experienced ultimately led to us putting our nose in front of our skis before we knew it.

Fellow VCs: Here’s Where to Invest $1B+

Genuine VC

in capital. On the number of founders and companies: Some people are likely in stealth mode, and haven’t self-identified themselves currently as founders, which is merely a known bias in the study.

8 Ways To Get Off The Ground With Angel Investors

Startup Professionals Musings

Angel investors are still the lifeblood of early-stage startups, despite the surge of activity in crowdfunding and an increasing early interest from venture capitalists. Startups in stealth mode can’t get feedback from real customers and can’t be perceived as experts in their industry.

Startup Due Diligence Is Not a Mysterious Black Art

Startup Professionals Musings

After you have successfully attracted angels or venture capital with your business case, your million dollar product idea, and you have a signed term sheet, there is still one more hurdle to overcome before investors write the check.

6 Places To Find The Right Investor For Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

That leaves only about five percent that actually get their funding from investors, through crowdfunding, banks, angels, and venture capitalists. There is a good chance that business advisors and mentors also have access to investment capital, or know someone who does.

The Future of Health: How We Think About Investing in Healthier Living for Everyday People

View from Seed

Outside of life-sciences, we’ve noticed something interesting emerging: There is a huge dearth of seed capital for health care services and software-driven health-tech companies. The venture capital market in this category is fairly concentrated among series A and expansion-stage funds that prefer to invest in companies with substantial revenue. They can be surprisingly capital efficient.

The Future of Startups 2013-2017

Scalable Startup

Marc Andreessen: We have a bunch of stealth investments. I mean, this is a big, big thing — big change for us, so we have a bunch of stealth investments — I mean, companies that haven’t talked about what they are doing yet. The big advantage that we have as a venture capital firm over a hedge fund or a mutual fund is we have a 13-year lockup on our money. So they were beating off venture capitalists with a stick.

Understanding the Dreaded Investor Due Diligence

Startup Professionals Musings

After you have successfully attracted angels or venture capital with your business case, your million dollar product idea, and you have a signed term sheet, there is still one more hurdle to overcome before investors write the check.

Cat's Out of the Bag: Liquid Labs

Babbling VC

We're not a venture capital fund nor are we business angels. We are doing this without any of the "stealth mode" crap to create hype. Well that didn't take all too long. Although it would of been nice to have been under-the-radar for a bit, it's not like we're planning on hiding anything. Liquid Labs is launched and soon we'll have more information although Mike does get the key points right to some extent. . Liquid Labs is just that: a lab.

This Week in VC Episode 6 with @Jason Calacanis: Best One Yet

Both Sides of the Table

Next Wednesday we’ll have Dana Settle of Greycroft Partners, a New York / LA early-stage venture capital fund. What are “Reg D” filings with the SEC and why does this make it harder to stay in stealth mode? and who had biz reasons for wanting to remain stealth.”. -

30 Machine Intelligence Startups to Watch in Israel

VC Cafe

Don’t take my word for it – in the roundup of venture capital predictions for 2017 , I found it to be the top recurring theme. Security will shift from defensive to predictive AI-powered security (Norwest Venture Partners). Chris Rust, Clear Ventures).

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Bitesize Monday: Indian Summer in Israeli VC funding (Takadu, Celeno, Superfish, Headway, Real Match)

VC Cafe

Is it because there are more worthy companies for investment all of a sudden, or are VCs driven by the need to deploy some of their capital before the end of the calendar year? Superfish’s first prototype, Window Shopper , launched in April, after several years of being in stealth.

Bitesize Monday: Indian Summer in Israeli VC funding (Takadu, Celeno, Superfish, Headway, Real Match)

VC Cafe

Is it because there are more worthy companies for investment all of a sudden, or are VCs driven by the need to deploy some of their capital before the end of the calendar year? Superfish’s first prototype, Window Shopper , launched in April, after several years of being in stealth.

Bitesize Monday: Indian Summer in Israeli VC funding (Takadu, Celeno, Superfish, Headway, Real Match)

VC Cafe

Is it because there are more worthy companies for investment all of a sudden, or are VCs driven by the need to deploy some of their capital before the end of the calendar year? Superfish’s first prototype, Window Shopper , launched in April, after several years of being in stealth.

Bitesize Friday: Compass EOS, Soho OS, Supersonicads, Legolas Media and More

VC Cafe

Legolas Media – Currently in stealth mode, The Legolas Media team is focused on innovating digital display media. The round will include participation from existing investors including Benchmark Capital, North Bridge Venture Partners, Pitango Venture Capital, and Cisco Systems.

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Hacking for Defense @ Stanford – Weeks 8 and 9

Steve Blank

Understanding the left-side of the mission model canvas ( activities, resources , partners , and costs) forces all teams to ask, “Are we building a product for a DOD/IC customer only or do we have a “dual-use” product that could be sold commercially and get funded by venture capital?”.

Bitesize Friday – Israeli Funding Recap

VC Cafe

V enture capital funding of Israel companies opened strongly in Q1 2010, with 55 deals completed since January 1oth 2o1o, according to Capital IQ. The combination of companies looking for capital and investors looking for liquidity put a strain on early stage start ups but seemed to have played favourably for growth equity investments and later stage companies. Benchmark Capital; Bessemer Venture Partners; Mangrove Capital Partners. Sequoia Capital. -.

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Where are the opportunities for machine learning startups? [guest post]

VC Cafe

The Curious AI Company , a General AI company whose first venture is waste sorting (the very definition of unsexy but lucrative), reportedly aims to sell its AI software as a toolkit. Graphcore (in stealth, see this video at 28:58) calls them Intelligent Processor Units.

Top 30 Startup Technology and Product Posts for September 2010

SoCal CTO

And And after 30 years of Venture investing we still have a hard time articulating why. Shortly after we sold Opsware to Hewlett-Packard, I had a conversation with the legendary venture capitalist Doug Leone of Sequoia Capital. Coworking Spaces - A VC : Venture Capital and Technology , September 2, 2010 I've never been much of a fan of incubators. How To Pick A Co-Founder , by Naval Ravikant (Venture Hacks).

RegulatoryKings: Thoughts on the Duel Between Government and Fans

This is going to be BIG.

Full disclosure: I'm an investor in a stealth daily fantasy sports company. By not allowing individuals to invest in startups and venture capital funds unless they're already wealthy, we're widening the gap between the rich and everyone else. Daily fantasy sports have exploded onto the scene in the last couple of years, and recent events have caused regulators to look at the area with increased scrutiny.