Book: The Business of Venture Capital

Feld Thoughts

Today’s book recommendation, for anyone interested in venture capital, is The Business of Venture Capital: The Art of Raising a Fund, Structuring Investments, Portfolio Management, and Exits by Mahendra Ramsinghani. Books mahendra ramsinghani 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? This week.

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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. Fundamentally venture capital is about human capital. In the end I know the only true differentiator in venture capital is the company you keep. Venture Capital is a people business.

Succeeding in Venture Capital as an Introvert

Hunter Walker

But for those who have only been exposed to me in public settings, or online, there’s usually more surprise that a venture capitalist like me could be an introvert. How a year of virtual living made me appreciate people more. When I tell people I’m an introvert, reactions split into two camps.

The takeover of Corporate Venture Capital

VC Cafe

The takeover of Corporate Venture Capital - how CVCs passed traditional VC volume in the US in 2018, how does it compare to Europe and Israel and what are the drivers for this unprecedented level of. allianz comcast ventures corporate venture capital CVC GV Hearst ventures intel capital Remagine Ventures samsung next US

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. During her career she made a big point of not telling you: she was one of the first women Venture Capitalist’s in Silicon Valley (along with M.J. The answer of course, was Venture Capital, but that was not in the cards—as yet.

How Venture Capital Decision Making Has Changed During the Pandemic

View from Seed

The sudden arrival of the global pandemic has shifted the playbook for founders and venture capitalists. With the onset of COVID-19, we, along with the broader ecosystem of venture capitalists and entrepreneurs, have been pushed to rapidly adapt, forge connections, and do our jobs remotely.

Israeli Venture Capital funding in Q2 2020 is higher than the previous year despite Covid-19

VC Cafe

Uncategorized Israeli startups israeli vc Israeli venture capitalA new report by IVC shows funding volume of Israeli startups in H1 2020 is higher than the previous year, despite the pandemic.

How to Build a Startup & Understanding Venture Capital

Both Sides of the Table

And if you do happen to be lucky and find the right mountain to climb, if you find that you’ve started ascending the peak before others have found the right trail — then venture capital is for you. But you need to understand venture economics. Venture capitalists raise money with a goal of returning 4x the amount they raise to their Limited Partners (LPs).

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. Mike Stern (wasn’t sure which one so leave a comment if it’s you): Q: “is it possible to sell your startup without venture investment if the company has big traction and a large user base?&#

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. Every year I try to answer the question of “what has changed in the Venture Capital industry” and this year my colleague Chang Xu and I took a deep dive through the data and called many of our peers for confirmation.

Dan Lok Explains Venture Capital Funding and How to Secure It

The Startup Magazine

Many companies need venture capital funding, including startups. The process of getting venture capital funding may be difficult, but it pays off in a cash infusion for your business which may be able to make the difference between failure and success.

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

Steve Blank

This post is about the rise of Chinese venture capital and how it helped build the countries entrepreneurial ecosystem. The Rise of Chinese Venture Capital. The first wave of startups began when R&D centers and universities began to provide the technology and seed capital for new startups that were spin-outs or spin-offs. SBIR and STTR programs, the Torch Program’s funding for new ventures was limited to seed funding the front end.

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.

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. There are obvious reasons the industry has had less-than-desirable returns, including: massive over-funding of the sector, huge increases in inexperienced venture capitalists that took a decade to peter out, and the massive correction in the value of the public stock markets that closed many exit opportunities for half a decade. This article originally ran on PEHub.

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. According to the Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist Confidence Index® for the First Quarter 2013, the Q1 increase marks three consecutive quarters of positive sentiment among Silicon Valley venture capitalists. California (Silicon Valley), New York (NYC), and Massachusetts (Boston) are the places to be in the US for venture capital attention.

How To Attract Venture Capital In 5 Smart Steps

YFS Magazine

Venture capital funding is an elusive beast. Finance Grow investors money raising capital venture capitalSo, here's a look at 5 sure-fire ways to prime the pump and attract VC funding.

Love and Venture Capital

Feld Thoughts

The post Love and Venture Capital appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Venture Capital fred wilson Jerry Colonna podcast rebootIf you’ve missed me, it’s because I spent a week in Australia. Ten days ago, after being there for a few days, I came down with salmonella poisoning. I’m finally starting to feel normal again although I’m still exhausted. This has easily been the sickest I’ve ever been.

New video: best practices in venture capital sourcing

David Teten

Ventures”, which was the name of Versatile VC before we changed it. Venture Capital OriginationI just received the video from my keynote talk at the Ascent Conference on best practices in VC sourcing. For the full slide deck and other resources, see: Where are the deals?

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 capitalThe financing process can be long, hard and not the right path for most businesses.

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. If you’re trying to break into venture the news, in general, is good (the two charts below were pulled from a great post by Eric Feng on the state of the VC market from late last year). So has the typical profile of a venture professional.

Why Is There So Much Turnover In Venture Capital?

View from Seed

But even at the Partner-level, the amount of transition in Venture Capital is much more than you perhaps would expect… especially in a business which should have a long term orientation with portfolio investment-hold periods and Partnerships lasting more than a decade. So why is there so much turnover in Venture Capital? The median average investment time period to liquidity for a venture investment is currently 6.5-7.5 appeared first on NextView Ventures.

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. 6mm in Series B - Benchmark Capital ( Bob Kagle ); with participation from insiders New Atlantic Ventures and angels Ron Conway and Ed Scott. 10 million in Series B Menlo Ventures , Steamboat.

This Week in Venture Capital – Episode 4

Both Sides of the Table

Zong is obviously doing something right since they are now the preferred mobile payment platform for Facebook’s mobile credit offering but will compete against some serious guns – Boku has raised nearly $40 million from Benchmark, Index, DAG and Khosla Ventures – the A list of who’s who VCs. Investors: August Capital (David Hornik) (lead) with existing investors Charles River Ventures. Investors: Google Ventures.

Forbes 30 Under 30 2021: Venture Capital

Lightspeed Venture Partners

The post Forbes 30 Under 30 2021: Venture Capital appeared first on Lightspeed Venture Partners

This Week in Venture Capital – Episode 3

Both Sides of the Table

Investors: Foundation Capital (lead), with existing investors: Morgenthaler Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners, Canaan Partners. Investors: TomorrowVentures (Eric Schmidt’s investment vehicle; Court Coursey joining board), CompuCredit Holdings, with existing investors Accel Partners, Benchmark Capital, DAG Ventures, Meritech Capital Partners, Omidyar Network, QED Investors, Volition Capital. Investors: Union Square (lead), Spark Capital (lead).

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. With venture capitalists around the world shifting their focus to Asia, here are 5 ways the surge in venture capital fundraising is shaking up the startup landscape in the region. KPMG’s Venture Pulse Q3 2017 reported that the Asian market has raised $12.3

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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.”. Fred Wilson wrote about a similar dynamic at Union Square Ventures. . Analytics and Data ff Venture Capital Management Venture Capital CB Insights just included ffVC in 13 Micro VCs We’re Watching , along with a (highly inaccurate) superhero graphic. CB Insights has become a very influential data source in the industry.

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.

Entrepreneurial Density and Venture Capital

Feld Thoughts

Two of his latest articles talk about entrepreneurial density and venture capital. The Connection Between Venture Capital and Diverse, Dense Communities. In it, he looked at Venture Capital financing (total dollars and number of deals) on a per-capital basis. And Richard acknowledges this: “I’ll continue to track the evolving geography of start-ups and venture capital in future posts.

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.

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

Steve Blank

This post is about the rise of Chinese venture capital and how it helped build the countries entrepreneurial ecosystem. The Rise of Chinese Venture Capital. The first wave of startups began when R&D centers and universities began to provide the technology and seed capital for new startups that were spin-outs or spin-offs. SBIR and STTR programs, the Torch Program’s funding for new ventures was limited to seed funding the front end.

Launching a Portfolio Acceleration Platform at a Venture Capital or Private Equity Fund

David Teten

Almost every private equity and venture capital investor now advertises that they have a platform to support their portfolio companies. Dan Kozikowski, Partner and Head of Platform, First Mark Capital , said to me, “Firms should match services to the stage-specific needs of companies.

Why We Must Have Zero Tolerance for Sexual Misconduct in Venture Capital

Both Sides of the Table

I titled this post “We Must Have Zero Tolerance in Venture Capital” but of course I could just say “zero tolerance anywhere” because that’s true.  —  @msuster Why We Must Have Zero Tolerance for Sexual Misconduct in Venture Capital was originally published in Both Sides of the Table on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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 The dot.com heydays of free flowing venture capital and supercharged IPOs are not back. The market and venture capitalists are looking for business, but with a continuing focus on proven business models.

IPO 201

The Midas List The World’s Best Venture Capital Investors In 2021

Lightspeed Venture Partners

The post The Midas List The World’s Best Venture Capital Investors In 2021 appeared first on Lightspeed Venture Partners

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. 500 Startups announced their $10 Vietnam fund in March , while FPT Ventures has a Seed Fund and Golden Gate Ventures maintains a rep focused on Vietnam.

How Venture Capital Funds Leverage AI and Big Data

VC Cafe

Venture Capitalists invest in tech, but how much tech do they actually USE in running their own business? AI Tech Stack angel list Big Data Correlation Ventures Crucnchbase FT GV Hone Capital Inreach Ventures mattemark McKinsey ML Pitchbook predictive analytics SignalFire tech stack VC venture capitalFrom sourcing investment opportunities to choosing which ones will take off, I took a look. This is a content summary only.

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 post LinkedIn Learning: Raising Venture Capital and Validating Your Startup Idea appeared first on Feld Thoughts. I recently recorded two free courses with LinkedIn Learning.

Reading list for analysts and associates in private equity/venture capital

David Teten

Microcredentials for the Effective Venture Capital or Private Equity Investor. Venture Deals. I recommend join the communities I list at Microcredentials for the Effective Venture Capital or Private Equity Investor , in particular Confluence and GenZMafia.

How To Attract Venture Capital For Your Startup

YoungUpstarts

Looking for some venture capital funding to fuel the growth of your startup? If you find yourself in this situation, there are several things you should keep in mind before picking up the phone or sending an email to a venture capitalist… Is your value proposition interesting enough? 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.

How To Grow A Company Without Venture Capital

YoungUpstarts

As an entrepreneur, though, you should look no further than Fab.com as a cautionary tale of venture capital. The Drawbacks of Venture Capital. A team that didn’t take VC capital might rejoice over a $10 million exit, but a VC-backed company will face investor pressure to shoot for a $50 million or $100 million exit. Some companies and business models need venture capital to succeed, but the numbers prove that most don’t.

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. After having had a similar conversation a couple weeks ago with some Scandinavian VC's and now again yesterday with an old VC friend from Germany, I thought it was time to write something about it here.