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.

A Venture Capital History Perspective From Jack Tankersley

Feld Thoughts

In January, Jerry Neumann wrote a long and detailed analysis of his view of the VC industry in the 1980’s titled Heat Death: Venture Capital in the 1980’s. The key reason for the explosion in capital flowing into the industry, and therefore the large increase in practitioners, had nothing to do with 1970’s performance, early stage investing, or technology. Continental Capital*. $ 250,000. KPC&B II. $ 775,000.

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.

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. Peter Adams, head of Rockies Venture Club, is quoted a few times.

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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 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). We are long-term extremely optimistic about the opportunity to invest in and help build important, new, innovative technology companies.

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.

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.”

The Rich Kids of Venture Capital

Babbling VC

I have written in the past about the "old boys network" in venture capital. Go capitalism. After having had a couple successful exits, they start venture funds, continuing the virtuous circle of funding "friends" and "acquaintances" from their network.

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. Among other things, he’s got a great NovoEd course starting in a month titled Technology Entrepreneurship as well as a superb reading list for anyone interested in entrepreneurship. Education education mooc novoed stanford venture deals

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

The Long Haul Of Building A Venture Capital Firm

Haystack

On a slightly smaller impact scale, there isn’t a lot of content out there about “How to build a venture fund.” Most of them won’t see a Fund II, and very few, if any, will become a permanent part of the venture fabric. While I don’t have the ambition to build “out” a huge fund with a huge team and scaling capital, raising successive funds is not easy and building out real firm infrastructure is a grind.

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.

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 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.”. It’s a great time to start a technology company right now; the cost of starting a company has trended down to the cost of being unemployed.

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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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. Here are the four presentation tracks available to attendees: Track I: Technology. Capital.

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. They are, in fact, great news for traditional venture capitalists. The most successful of these businesses will still need venture capital to scale their businesses.

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. Inside the Minds of Top Venture Capitalists: Blogs You Need to Read to Understand How VCs Think. Andrew Parker is a VC with Spark Capital in Boston.

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

Steve Blank

The first post described how China built a science and technology infrastructure to support advanced weapons systems development. This post is about the rise of Chinese venture capital and how it helped build the countries entrepreneurial ecosystem.

More Startups are Getting Less Venture Capital

Startup Professionals Musings

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. So the venture process isn’t dead yet, despite all the rumors.

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.

Ten Realities of Taking Venture Capital Money

This is going to be BIG.

If you take venture capital money. 3) You will almost certainly take more venture capital money after that. 8) There are smaller exit opportunities you will not be able to take because your capital structure makes them financially unattractive. 10) You will face more competition as venture investment signals that what you''re doing may be attractive. Venture Capital & Technology

Venture Capital Demystified: A Fundraising Guide for Entrepreneurs, Investors, and Lawyers

YoungUpstarts

by Jason Mendelson and Brad Feld, co-authors of “ Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist “ So, you’ve got a brilliant idea and you’re ready to launch a company. Foundry Group invests in technology companies all over the United States.

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

Steve Blank

The first post described how China built a science and technology infrastructure to support advanced weapons systems development. 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 to Write a Business Plan for Raising Venture Capital

Growthink Blog

Are you looking to raise venture capital ? Business planning and raising venture capital go hand-in-hand. A business plan is required for attracting venture capital. You can download Growthink's Proven Venture Capital Business Plan Template here.

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

This Week in Venture Capital – Episode 2

Both Sides of the Table

I was on This Week in Venture Capital (TWiVC) again this week with Jason Calacanis. mm in Series A; IdealLab ( Bill Gross ), Index Ventures ( Danny Rimer ), Revolution LLC ( Steve Case ), First Round Capital , BetaWorks , Jason Calcanis.

Why the Blockchain is so disruptive for venture capital

Version One Ventures

And so, we keep hearing how venture capital is about to be disrupted. Decentralized platforms are a mix of a new technology and a new business model. The post Why the Blockchain is so disruptive for venture capital appeared first on Version One. These days not a single meeting with a fellow VC goes by without talking about Blockchain and how to invest in this space. We are all a bit puzzled by how quickly this market has evolved.

Why I Look for High Conviction, not Consensus, in Venture Capital Decisions

Both Sides of the Table

One of the least understood parts of the venture capital industry and venture capital firms is how investment decisions actually get made. The beauty of venture capital is that on any given deal I can only lose one times my money.

10 Misperceptions About Venture Capital

This is going to be BIG.

Not every company raises venture capital—most don’t. Venture Capital & TechnologyTweet. 1) You need it. Not raising gives you flexibility about the market size you want to go after, speed of growth, and de-risks your plan—because once you start spending someone else’s money, the clock starts ticking on your “out of cash” date. Slow and steady isn’t a bad thing. 2) Only 22 year old hacker dudes get funding.

The Thin Skin of the Venture Capital Market

This is going to be BIG.

The fact is, it''s just not cool to criticize the investing side of the venture capital market. For the most part, journalists give startups a free pass when venture capital money is raised or when companies that clearly seem to have failed get "acquired". Venture Capital & Technology The other day, I saw that one of my favorite products, Slack, just raised $120mm at a $1.12 Billion valuation.

Mark Attanasio, Toronto Executive and Hillcrest Merchant Partners Co-Founder Discusses Entrepreneurial Leadership, Venture Capital Investment

Hearpreneur

Toronto’s Mark Attanasio , co-founder of Hillcrest Merchant Partners, has years of significant experience with advising clients on mergers and acquisitions raising capital and navigating the landscape of general capital markets. In 2017, he embarked on a new venture, founding.

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. Stephanie: I am a venture capitalist currently based out of Santa Fe, New Mexico, with EPIC Ventures.

Riding Venture Capital Downwards

Up and Running

Scott has excellent in-depth data, complete with some eloquent business charts, in his Trends in Venture Capital post yesterday on Small Business Trends. Credit Scott for drawing the chart, and the National Venture Capital Association for supplying the data.

Ten Good Reasons to Take Venture Capital Money

This is going to be BIG.

9) You''re doing something physical in the real world that just requires a certain amount of capital overhead. Venture Capital & Technology Following up on my post from Monday that rang like "reasons not to take VC money" here are some reasons you should: 1) You really like the investor and believe they can add more value than you give up in equity.

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. Tags: startup human capital founder venture capital business

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.

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.

Faulty Logic in the Venture Capital and Female Founder Discussion

This is going to be BIG.

We all have our inherent biases and what I am not arguing here is that the venture capital world is a fair playing field for anyone. I repeat: I AM NOT ARGUING THAT VENTURE CAPITAL IS FAIR TO ANYONE. billion went to women-led ventures.". We really don''t know, because we''re missing some critical information: HOW MANY WOMEN ARE SEEKING VENTURE CAPITAL? I AM NOT ARGUING THAT WOMEN AREN''T SEEKING VENTURE CAPITAL.

Changes in Software & Venture Capital – Part 2 of 3

Both Sides of the Table

Yesterday I wrote Part 1 of the series on the changes to the software industry over the past decade that has led to changes in the venture capital industry itself. Or at least venture-style returns. Not to mention providing the capital for growth.

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.

Xenex Lands $25 Million in Venture Capital

SiliconHills

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.