• AUSTIN STARTUP  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26, 2017
    [Venture Capital] New Leaders Diversifying Venture Capital
    Image Credit: Pitchbook The following individuals either lead their own financial organization (VC company/Fund|Angel Investment Company) or hold a lead financial position within a VC/Angel Investing company. Arlan Hamilton Arlan
  • FELD THOUGHTS  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26, 2017
    [Venture Capital] The Best Time To Invest In Something Is …
    Venture Capital avc fred wilson jerry colonnaAt 18 minutes into this awesome talk that Fred Wilson did at MIT a few weeks ago , he finishes the statement “ The best time to invest in something is.” ” “ … when nobody wants to invest in it but you.” ” He adds “ And – you have to believe in it and know why. ” Truer words have never been spoken about investing as, or in, VC.
  • GROWTHINK BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26, 2017
    [Venture Capital] NASDAQ 6,000 and Your Business
    Business Planning Entrepreneurship Financing Investing Jay Turo Management Venture CapitalYesterday, the NASDAQ crossed the 6,000 mark, its first breakthrough "round number" since 2000 when the widely followed technology index reached 5,000 for the first time. For sure, fueling the index's steep recent rise (up 17% since November 7th) has been the solid uptick in business confidence and enthusiasm since the election. But this is only a small part of the story.
  • INC STARTUPS  |  TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Want to 10X Your Business? Expand Into This Market, Says This Serial Entrepreneur
    A successful serial entrepreneur and venture capital investor believes this is the next big growth market for US startups. Startup
  • A VC : VENTURE CAPITAL AND TECHNOLOGY  |  MONDAY, APRIL 24, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Starting Is Easy, Finishing Is Hard
    The capital requirements to get started have come way down in both software and hardware businesses. The supply of seed and venture capital has increased dramatically as well. Starting a company has gotten much easier over the past decade. And there are all sorts of programs aimed at helping entrepreneurs get started. All of this has caused a rapid expansion of entrepreneurship, startups, and innovation. This is all great.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  SUNDAY, APRIL 23, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Getting Your Head in the Game for Fund Raising
    It’s why raising a round of capital often feels like a hollow victory because it almost feels like a temporary reprieve from the Grim Reaper and in a way every new round just sets the bar higher to clear for the next round of financing or the hope of reaching profitability. Ask friends where they raised capital. startup venture-capitalWhen you run a startup you’re always on borrowed time.
  • BEN CASNOCHA: THE BLOG  |  FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Book Short: The Complacent Class by Tyler Cowen
    Venture capital is pouring into startups. If there were fewer and fewer companies being started, why is there more and more venture capital being invested in startups? ” High level economic data tend to look at “new business formation” to draw conclusions about “entrepreneurship” and they define “startup” as any sort of new venture.
  • FELD THOUGHTS  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Introducing Our New Partner – Chris Moody
    When we started Foundry Group in 2006, we were very clear that we were not going to build a legacy venture capital firm; one meant to outlive its founders. The venture business is an inherently challenging one to scale. Recognizing this, we started to make a list of people we would consider adding as partners, as one of our deeply held beliefs was never to have associates, venture partners, or EIRs as part of our firm.
  • GROWTHINK BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19, 2017
    [Venture Capital] The Fall of American Retail: Don’t Let This Happen to Your Business
    Business Planning Entrepreneurship Financing Investing Jay Turo Management Venture CapitalThe retail industry's woes have crossed the tipping point. Already in 2017, we’ve seen these store closing announcements: JCPenney (138 stores to be shuttered), Radio Shack (552 stores), Payless Shoes (400 stores), Macy's (68 stores), Sears and Kmart (150 stores), The Limited (250 stores), American Apparel (110 stores), BCBG (120 stores), and Staples (70 stores).
  • SILICONHILLS  |  TUESDAY, APRIL 18, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Austin-based Factom Raises $8 million in Venture Capital
    The Austin-based startup closed its Series A round with additional investment from Peeli Ventures, Harvest Equity and a number of Austin investors. million in investment from […] The post Austin-based Factom Raises $8 million in Venture Capital appeared first on SiliconHills. Factom, a blockchain technology company, announced Tuesday that it has closed on $8 million in funding.
  • SPENCER FRY  |  MONDAY, APRIL 17, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Bootstrapping vs. Raising Money
    Having started and sold 3 successful bootstrapped businesses, and am now running 1 venture capital backed business ( Coach ), this is a topic I know a thing or two about. I had a fabulous time at MicroConf last week. It’s a great conference with about 150 attendees for the “Starter Edition” -- lots of online course creators, info product folks, SaaS people, and others. It was my first time, but I’d heard great things from past attendees.
  • AUSTIN STARTUP  |  SUNDAY, APRIL 16, 2017
    [Venture Capital] April 21 Deadline for Austin A-List
    Founded in 2010, the Austin A-List increases visibility and recognition of the city’s most promising, cutting-edge innovators and high-growth startups to help recruit additional venture capital investment and top talent to Austin. The Forrest Four-Cast: April 16, 2017 If you are a Central Texas-based startup, then know that end of day on Friday, April 21 is the deadline to apply for Austin A-List.
  • AUSTIN STARTUP  |  FRIDAY, APRIL 14, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Best Podcasts Focused on Diversity in Tech
    The Bootstrapped VC Host: Arlan Hamilton , Founder and Managing Partner of Backstage Capital Backstage Capital is venture investment fund that backs underrepresented tech startup founders. He also launched Cofound Ventures, Harlem’s first venture capital fund. According to Edison Research , as of 2016, 21% of Americans 12 or older have listed to a podcast, up from 12% in 2013.
  • SILICONHILLS  |  THURSDAY, APRIL 13, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Serial Entrepreneur and Next Coast Ventures Partner Zeynep Young Gives Tips on How to Succeed as an Entrepreneur
    Zeynep Young is a serial entrepreneur who just became a venture capital partner with Next Coast Ventures. Previously, Young founded and served as CEO of Double Line Partners, an educational […] The post Serial Entrepreneur and Next Coast Ventures Partner Zeynep Young Gives Tips on How to Succeed as an Entrepreneur appeared first on SiliconHills.
  • THE EQUITY KICKER  |  THURSDAY, APRIL 13, 2017
    [Venture Capital] The Enlightenment, the lean startup and Steve Jobs
    In 1999 when I started in venture capital there were no blogs and very few business books that were useful for entrepreneurs. As a keen observer of startups over the last 17 years, one of the most remarkable and welcome developments has been the application of scientific method to building startups. All founders could do was accumulate wise advisors and rely on their wits and instinct.
  • SILICONHILLS  |  THURSDAY, APRIL 13, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Austin-based ClearDATA Raises $12 Million in VC Funding
    Austin-based ClearDATA announced Thursday that it has raised $12 million in venture capital funding. Investors include Merck Global Health Innovation Fund, Norwest Venture Partners, Excel Venture Management, Heritage Group, HLM Venture Partners, and Flare Capital Partners. The company plans to use the funds to expand its healthcare-exclusive, HIPAA-compliant cloud.
  • A VC : VENTURE CAPITAL AND TECHNOLOGY  |  THURSDAY, APRIL 13, 2017
    [Venture Capital] From The Archives: General Georges Doriot
    It’s a great honor to kick off this annual lecture and remember General Doriot, who was the founder of modern venture capital. At the time of this post, I had not read Creative Capital, but I did read it and I strongly recommend it to anyone who is interested in the early days of the modern venture capital business. Who is the father of modern venture capital? I am flying up to Boston today to give the inaugural Georges Doriot lecture at MIT.
  • GROWTHINK BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Tesla Worth More than GM? Why Your Business Should Care
    Earlier this week Tesla became America's most valuable car maker, with a market capitalization at Monday’s close of $50.9 Business Planning Entrepreneurship Financing Investing Jay Turo Management Venture Capitalbillion , surpassing that of General Motors for the first time. Last year, Tesla sold 72,285 cars, with revenues totaling $7 billion, and in so doing accrued $674 million in losses.
  • CRACKING THE CODE  |  SUNDAY, APRIL 9, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Accel SaaS 100 Europe 2017: Calling the Leaders
    SaaS software Start-up Venture CapitalNominations are now open for the 2017 edition of Accel SaaS 100 Europe, the list of the top 100 leading SaaS companies emerging from Europe & Israel. Last year, after many months of research, we published alongside our Article “SaaS Wars: Europe awakens” the first list of 100 leading SaaS companies from Europe & Israel, in conjunction with SaaStock 2016, the first large scale SaaS event taking place in Europe.
  • DAVID TETEN  |  FRIDAY, APRIL 7, 2017
    [Venture Capital] I have joined HOF Capital as a Managing Partner
    I am excited to announce that I have joined HOF Capital as a Managing Partner. HOF Capital is a technology venture capital firm focused on globally ambitious entrepreneurs. For a firm that typically invests at the Seed and Series A rounds, HOF has an exceptionally broad portfolio acceleration platform comprising 8 full-time staff; offices in NY (headquarters), London, and Cairo; as well as Venture Partners in San Francisco, Berlin, Dubai, Mumbai, and Taipei.
  • AUSTIN STARTUP  |  FRIDAY, APRIL 7, 2017
    [Venture Capital] My roundabout journey to Austin
    Don’t worry — not there for dialysis) Special shout out to Gil Beyda who taught me 90% of what I know about venture capital. Despite being the 4th largest city in Texas by population, Austin accounted for nearly 25% of venture dollars in the state. startup technology venture-capital austin fundingSeven years ago, I accepted a job offer in Austin, TX.
  • FELD THOUGHTS  |  FRIDAY, APRIL 7, 2017
    [Venture Capital] They Can’t Kill You And They Can’t Eat You
    In addition to my role as co-chairman of Interliant (Len was my co-chairman), I was also a partner at Mobius Venture Capital, sitting on over 25 boards, including five non-US companies. His last company – the one he built with Jerry Poch that had acquired my first company – was bought in 1996 by GE Capital for $500 million. It’s the summer of 2001. The NASDAQ peak is in the rear view mirror. Many Internet companies are struggling.
  • DAVID TETEN  |  FRIDAY, APRIL 7, 2017
    [Venture Capital] First Annual MENA Tech Summit Launches in NY, for Investors and Entrepreneurs
    Because of that insight, we co-founded the Venture Capital Access Program , focused on helping women and minority entrepreneurs raise capital from HBS Alumni Angels. We’ve just announced our next initiative, joint-organized with ABANA , HOF Capital , and the Harvard Arab Alumni Association. The event is being organized by ABANA , the Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of New York (HBSAANY), HOF Capital , and the Harvard Arab Alumni Association.
  • YFS MAGAZINE  |  FRIDAY, APRIL 7, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Venture Debt Helps Founders Find Stability In Volatile Markets
    Don't overlook the value of venture debt. As the markets assume a more volatile backdrop we expect the role of venture debt will only grow. Finance Grow investing money raising capital venture capital venture debt
  • GROWTHINK BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Times Are Good, What is Your Business Doing About It?
    Business Planning Entrepreneurship Financing Investing Jay Turo Management Venture CapitalTry these latest measures of business and consumer confidence: Last week, the National Association of Manufacturers released its Manufacturer’s’ Outlook Survey , showing 93 percent of manufacturers feel positive about their economic outlook. This is the highest in the survey’s 20-year history, up from 56.6 percent one year ago and 77.8 percent in December.
  • UP AND RUNNING  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5, 2017
    [Venture Capital] How to Make Profits Serve a Purpose With Your Startup
    Recently, Bill Gates established a $1 billion dollar fund called Breakthrough Energy Ventures , expressly for the purpose of investing in green energy startups. Breakthrough Energy is willing to offer “flexible capital” to the startups with the best ideas. Sources for funding in the seed round can include angel investors, crowdfunding sites, micro-venture capital firms, a business accelerator, an incubator, or a corporate seed fund. There’s no better time than now.
  • SILICONHILLS  |  TUESDAY, APRIL 4, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Austin Chamber Seeks Nominations for A-List Awards
    The annual awards recognize both tech and non-tech startup companies, raising capital, in a variety of growth stages. The A-List awards recognizes Austin’s “hottest innovators and startups to help recruit additional venture capital investment and top talent to […] The post Austin Chamber Seeks Nominations for A-List Awards appeared first on SiliconHills. It’s time to nominate the best companies in Austin for the Austin Chamber of Commerce’s A-List awards.
  • INC STARTUPS  |  TUESDAY, APRIL 4, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Discipline Returns to Venture Capital
    After a few years of frothiness, VCs are once again applying some basic discipline to startup financings. Technology
  • AUSTIN STARTUP  |  TUESDAY, APRIL 4, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Vanity Metrics And Advice I Don’t Need
    funding venture-capital startup austin wisdomOne of the things I absolutely love about Localeur is that I’ve been at it for over four years now. Four years is long enough to prove that this isn’t something I’m doing as a hobby and it’s not a fly-by-night concept with no legs. There’s a there there, from our partnership with JetBlue and our recent funding to our expansion to 45 cities including London and Toronto.
  • AUSTIN STARTUP  |  MONDAY, APRIL 3, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Austin’s Entrepreneurial Landscape
    Austin Texas, hometown of True Wealth Venture’s takes the top spot, followed by Miami, then San Jose and NYC ranks at number seven. In November of 2015, the Austin Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Austin Technology Council released the Inaugural Capital Landscape Analysis to answer these questions. As Austin Mayor Steve Adler put it , “Austin’s ecosystem has never been more hospitable for new venture capital and additional capital sources.”
  • AUSTIN STARTUP  |  SATURDAY, APRIL 1, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Electing a Truly Independent Director
    wisdom startup management austin venture-capitalTL;DR Nutshell : There are few governance-related decisions with a more outsized impact on a company’s power structure than the selection of an independent director. Do not take that selection lightly. Background Reading: How to avoid “captive” company counsel Local v.
  • FELD THOUGHTS  |  THURSDAY, MARCH 30, 2017
    [Venture Capital] The Generic VC / PE Reference Questions For An Executive Hire
    Venture Capital hiring pe personnel VCI’m on the receiving end of a lot of reference calls. I try to be thoughtful and direct in my responses, but I’m increasingly annoyed by the generic nature of the questions. Over time, I’ve developed an approach to doing reference checks, and they actively avoid asking any of the following questions. How did you get to know Person X? What is your relationship to Person X? What were Person X’s different roles?
  • GROWTHINK BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Is Your Business One of the Chosen Few?
    Business Planning Entrepreneurship Financing Investing Jay Turo Management Venture CapitalIs your business healthy and interesting enough to attract an investor and / or buyer to take a “leap of faith" on it? As in funding / buying it at a price well beyond what its historic “proof” - customers, revenues, cash flows - might reasonably justify? The hard reality, for most businesses, is that this is just never going to happen.
  • SILICONHILLS  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Zeynep Young Joins Next Coast Ventures
    Zeynep Young, an Austin entrepreneur and former foundation director, has joined Next Coast Ventures, an Austin-based venture capital firm as Venture Partner. She also previously served as portfolio director at […] The post Zeynep Young Joins Next Coast Ventures appeared first on SiliconHills. Young previously founded and ran Double Line Partners, an education technology startup in Austin, which sold to a private equity firm a few years ago.
  • UP AND RUNNING  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29, 2017
    [Venture Capital] How I Pitched My Business and Raised $2.3 Million in VC Funding
    See Also: What Do Venture Capital Firms Want? I was looking for wisdom to help make the decision, and found a gem in a lecture from my venture capital professor at HBS. My biggest takeaway from that process was that you have to have some kind of “magic” in order to raise venture capital. See Also: 17 Venture Capital Blogs You Should Be Reading.
  • HEARPRENEUR  |  SUNDAY, MARCH 26, 2017
    [Venture Capital] 16 Entrepreneurs Share Their Favorite Inspirational Business Quote
    And, there are a lot of disadvantages to raising venture capital – spending a lot of time trying to raise the capital, the very low probability of ever getting any, the loss of ownership, the loss of control, and the yoking with investors that may not share your values – to name but a few. In short, venture capital is a lot like debt bondage. Share André Gide wrote that,”Everything that needs to be said has already been said.
  • UC BERKELEY  |  SATURDAY, MARCH 25, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Haasies Win Entrepreneur Choice @ VCIC Regionals
    Congrats to the VCIC Dream Team for winning Entrepreneurs’ Choice at this year’s Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC) Regionals. BHEP’s VCIC program trains grad students from across campus to be “venture capitalists for a day” through a series of workshops and preliminary competitions.
  • AUSTIN STARTUP  |  THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 2017
    [Venture Capital] If not convertible notes/SAFEs/term loans… then what?
    Digital ink has been spilled across the interwebs these past two weeks on the issues with different types of venture financings. 3/20 : Fred Wilson again (impressive turnaround time) further elaborated on Dan’s post with the example of Foursquare’s successful usage of debt, while still warning on its use as growth capital. Given that the rumors of this venture bubble popping are now several years old, it’s become clear that founders can succeed with different business models.
  • INC STARTUPS  |  THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 2017
    [Venture Capital] The 'Bloody' Burger Even Vegan Bill Gates Approves
    Impossible Foods, which has raised $182 million in venture capital, says it's on a mission to reinvent your definition of meat
  • FELD THOUGHTS  |  THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Venture Deals 3rd Edition Available via Kindle Matchbook
    If you have purchased the hardcopy edition of Venture Deals 3rd Edition, you can now buy the Kindle version also for $2.99 The post Venture Deals 3rd Edition Available via Kindle Matchbook appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Venture Capital book venture dealsvia the Amazon Kindle Matchbook program. Jason and I have been asking our publisher (Wiley) for this for a while and we are psyched they’ve agreed to it.
  • INC STARTUPS  |  THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 2017
    [Venture Capital] How to Raise Venture Capital If You're Outside the United States
    It's a struggle for many founders
  • AUSTIN STARTUP  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Persistence: The Struggles and Opportunities of a Latino Entrepreneur
    This element of collaboration is where the major complication for Latinos is found given that entrepreneurs must network, but Latinos usually encounter a limited level of social capital — the idea that it’s not about what you know but also who you know. According to Cunha, 94 percent of venture capitalists are men and, out of those, 78 percent are white. “If If you look at the stats, Blacks, Hispanics, and women receiving venture capital funding is very low,” he said.
  • THE EQUITY KICKER  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 21, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Enough with the unicorn bashing
    There is clearly dysfunction in chasing growth at all costs – inherently unprofitable companies grow to employ thousands of people before going bust, resulting in much personal anguish and not a little wasted capital. Five of the six largest companies in the world today were venture backed startups and just about all net new job creation comes from young companies. Startup general interest Venture Capital
  • AUSTIN STARTUP  |  MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2017
    [Venture Capital] The Past, Present and Future of Gender Lens Investing
    As investors ask for more impact investment solutions, retail investors like BlackRock, Prudential and Bain Capital have moved off the sidelines over the past year and added impact investment offerings like otherexisting firms such as JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, and Merrill Lynch. Despite all of this collective data and momentum, we have seen little, if any, progress in the private equity and venture capital space. Enter True Wealth Ventures.
  • AUSTIN STARTUP  |  SUNDAY, MARCH 19, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Five entrepreneurs get free plane tickets to pitch for $100,000 in seed funding from Austin’s top…
    We’ll fly five of them to Austin for an epic pitch-off resulting in one of them receiving $100,000 in seed funding and a year of free access to Capital Factory’s coworking facility and mentor network. Capital Factory has moved more than a dozen startups to Austin in one way or another over the past few years — starting with the first company we ever invested in —  SpareFoot. Here is a partial list of the Capital Factory Partners who are backing this investment.
  • YFS MAGAZINE  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Don’t Be Seduced By Series A — Bootstrap Your Destiny
    Editor Picks Finance Grow bootstrapping business finance money venture capitalOn a stress index of 1-10, being hunted, caught, and mauled
by a nine-headed hydra is a 9.9. Bootstrapping your startup is a 13.
  • GROWTHINK BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Learn How Aravinda Korala Built One of the World's Great Software Companies [Webinar Invitation]
    Business Planning Entrepreneurship Financing Investing Jay Turo Management Venture CapitalI am very excited to have Mr. Aravinda Korala , Founder and Chief Executive Officer of KAL Software , join us for the March edition of our Growthink Innovators video conference series.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  SUNDAY, MARCH 12, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Why 2017 Should be a Great Year to Raise Venture Capital
    Recently Upfront Ventures published its outlook for the technology startup world and venture capital overall titled it “ WTF Happened to Winter ?” We are now publishing some of the VC survey data the report used and the results are clear — it’s a great time to be a startup raising venture capital. venture-capital startup
  • A VC : VENTURE CAPITAL AND TECHNOLOGY  |  SUNDAY, MARCH 12, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Convertible and SAFE Notes
    Honestly, I wish the whole scourge of notes would go away and we could go back to the way things were done for the first twenty years I was in the venture capital business. Angel/seed rounds used to be done via priced equity securities, either common or preferred. Then, starting about ten years ago, we started to see convertible debt being used in the angel and seed rounds. By 2010 this was the norm and Paul Graham tweeted this in Aug 2010: Convertible notes have won.
  • SILICONHILLS  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Spotlighting Women Panels at SXSW Interactive 2017 on International Women’s Day
    Women get less venture capital then men. International Women’s Day is a great day to highlight some fantastic events at South by Southwest Interactive of interest to women. Here’s some panels to check out. But lots of people are focusing on that now with hopes of changing the status quo. Here’s two panels focused on […] The post Spotlighting Women Panels at SXSW Interactive 2017 on International Women’s Day appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin
  • GROWTHINK BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8, 2017
    [Venture Capital] What Do Top Athletes and Top Executives Have in Common?
    Business Planning Entrepreneurship Financing Investing Jay Turo Management Venture CapitalBusinesspeople, of course, love sports. This is evident in so many ways. From the vast sums spent by companies on sports advertising, sponsorships, luxury suites, etc., and more to the point from the common sayings and cliches of both worlds.
  • THE EQUITY KICKER  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 7, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Evaluating whether a sector is interesting as an investment target
    Still, if venture has taught me anything it’s that fortune favours the brave. Venture CapitalWe have been thinking about how to evolve our investment strategy recently.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  MONDAY, MARCH 6, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Why the LP Outlook is Good for Venture and Startups in 2017–2020
    Every year Upfront Ventures surveys Limited Partners (LPs) who are the main source of capital that invests in VC funds and thus the main source of capital that goes to startups to get an early-warning sense of the year ahead, leaving aside any Black Swans. Chang Xu for her tireless effort in helping me prepare and analyze the data) If you met with LPs to raise a fund in 2009–2012 the most common refrain was, “We have too many managers and too many dollars in venture.
  • AUSTIN STARTUP  |  MONDAY, MARCH 6, 2017
    [Venture Capital] The Dark Ages of Austin Startup Capital: Revisited
    A year ago an Austin-based venture capital firm offered my company $400,000 for 40 percent of its equity. austin investing startup funding venture-capitalContinue reading on Austin Startups ».
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  MONDAY, MARCH 6, 2017
    [Venture Capital] The Snap IPO Happened. What Next LA?
    It’s hard to remember that in 2012 it was still hard for LA VCs to persuade investors into funds that LA was a viable market for great venture capital funds or convince many VCs that LA was a market worth investing dollars into startups. They always ask whether I see this as threatening as Upfront Ventures. larger than the San Francisco Bay Area, whom we also love :)) and also the Northern capital of Latin America.
  • THIS IS GOING TO BE BIG.  |  MONDAY, MARCH 6, 2017
    [Venture Capital] What You Heard About VCs is Usually Wrong and Why You Can Blame VCs for It
    Getting the truth in venture capital is really, really hard, so just be careful when you're spreading fake VC news VCs lie. Everyone knows that or at least suspects it. What you don't know is whether they're lying to you or to themselves. I can't tell you how many times I've heard an entrepreneur make a generalization about VCs based on a few meetings that was completely wrong--and they were usually basing their statement off what the VC told them.
  • THEBAREFOOTVC  |  SUNDAY, MARCH 5, 2017
    [Venture Capital] The Humanity of Our AI Future
    Artifical intelligence Entrepreneurship Fintech healthcare Machine Learning robots Social impact Startups Technology Venture Capital artificial intelligence fintech machine learningIn 1991, as an undergrad, I wrote a paper on social cybernetics and its role in robotics. Out of curiosity, I just did a quick Google search on social cybernetics and found this article comparing and contrasting AI and the study of cybernetics.
  • SILICONHILLS  |  SUNDAY, MARCH 5, 2017
    [Venture Capital] True Wealth Ventures’ $20 Million Fund Invests in Women-run Startups
    By LAURA LOREK Publisher and Senior Reporter with Silicon Hills News Women run startups outperform all male teams yet they still struggle to get venture capital. That’s a problem Sara Brand and Kerry Rupp with True Wealth Ventures, are seeking to solve. They are raising a $20 million venture capital fund focused on investing in […] The post True Wealth Ventures’ $20 Million Fund Invests in Women-run Startups appeared first on SiliconHills.
  • SILICONHILLS  |  FRIDAY, MARCH 3, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Ten Takeaways from VentureCrushATX
    In Austin, new entrepreneurs often struggle to get cash, especially that early investment to fuel their startups from inception to billion dollar ventures. But lately, a number of venture capital firms have launched big funds here and others from Silicon Valley, Houston and Boston have offices here or regularly […] The post Ten Takeaways from VentureCrushATX appeared first on SiliconHills.
  • FELD THOUGHTS  |  FRIDAY, MARCH 3, 2017
    [Venture Capital] The Magic of Dealing With Your Demons
    Love and Venture Capital. Jessi Hempel from Backchannel just wrote an amazing profile piece on my close friend Jerry Colonna. It’s titled This Man Makes Founders Cry. Medium estimates that it’s an 18 minute read and I assert that it’s worth every minute. I’ve known and worked with Jerry since 1996. I now get to call him my neighbor as he moved from New York to Boulder a few years ago.
  • SETH LEVINE'S VC ADVENTURE  |  THURSDAY, MARCH 2, 2017
    [Venture Capital] 2 Productivity Hacks That Will Change Your (work) Life
    I’ve let everyone I work with know that email isn’t a good way to get my attention during the day (I’m only in my inbox 2 or 3 times each day) and encouraged them to reach out on text, Slack or Voxer if something comes up that needs my attention more immediately (side note: there are very few “venture capital emergencies”; please don’t let anyone convince you otherwise). I’ve been putting a lot of effort into enhancing my productivity.
  • VC CAFE  |  THURSDAY, MARCH 2, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Emerging Machine Intelligence Clusters
    raised $342 million in venture capital. David Kelnar, Partner at MMC ventures mapped the UK AI landscape ( source ). Part 2 of a series about machine learning in Israel, originally posted on VC Cafe. Machine Intelligence (AI, ML and Deep Learning) requires a certain calibre of computer science talent. Today, this kind of talent is at the “top of the stack” of computer science.
  • SILICONHILLS  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Silverton Partners Plans to Raise $100 Million Venture Capital Fund
    Silverton Partners, a venture capital firm founded in 2005, is raising a $100 million Silverton Partners V fund, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Austin-based venture capital firm lists Adam Chibib, Michael Dodd, Morgan Flagler and Kip McClanahan as its general partners.
  • GROWTHINK BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1, 2017
    [Venture Capital] It's March 1st, Five Ways to Profit from Today's Frothy Markets
    Whatever the long-term might hold, and let us always remember legendary economist John Manynard Keynes ’ dictum that " In the long run, we are all dead, " at this moment the “animal spirits” of capitalism are at a very juicy high water mark. Business Planning Entrepreneurship Financing Investing Jay Turo Management Venture Capital
  • ASK THE ANGELS  |  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Pasadena Angels Fund 1 Invests in Repurpose
    The Fund was formed in May of 2016 with a capital raise of $1.5 This additional capital will allow Lauren Gropper, CEO of Repurpose, and her team and to drive the growth of their brand in the sustainability marketplace.” Pasadena Angels funded companies have gone on to raise over $500 million from additional funding sources such as venture capital and private equity.
  • SCOTT EDWARD WALKER  |  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2017
    [Venture Capital] More Words of Wisdom from Marc Andreessen
    This week, we again present Marc Andreessen , a brilliant entrepreneur and co-founder and general partner of the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. To Our Clients & Friends: Welcome to our weekly series “ Helping Entrepreneurs Succeed.” Each week, we share a favorite video clip of a successful entrepreneur, investor or business leader on a variety of topics.
  • GROWTHINK BLOG  |  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2017
    [Venture Capital] What Do You and Elon Musk Have in Common?
    Business Planning Entrepreneurship Financing Investing Jay Turo Management Venture CapitalThis past week, I had a pair of experiences that painted in inspirational relief the power of innovation to change the world for the better.
  • YOUNGUPSTARTS  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Insuring Directors And Officers Through M&A And IPO Events
    Corporate transactions including mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and initial public offerings (IPO) bring necessary capital and resources to a growing company. Big companies with lots of capital that aren’t worried about insuring the corporation will buy Side A insurance. His specialties include Public Directors & Officers Liability, Employment Practices Liability, Fiduciary, Crime, K&R, Venture Capital and Private equity programs.
  • INC STARTUPS  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Jay Z to Launch Venture Capital Fund With Roc Nation's Jay Brown
    Jay Z and Roc Nation have invested in several small startups that have seen success
  • SILICONHILLS  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2017
    [Venture Capital] data.world Lands $18.7 Million More in Venture Capital Funding
    million in venture capital funding. Million More in Venture Capital Funding appeared first on SiliconHills. The fast growing data.world, a social network for data people, Tuesday announced it has closed on $18.7 The Austin-based startup reported the funding round closed at double the valuation of its previous round. To date, data.world has raised $32.7 million. The company plans to use the money to build its […] The post data.world Lands $18.7
  • THIS IS GOING TO BE BIG.  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Establishing Trust as a VC
    One relationship that isn't so commonplace is having a venture capital investor--especially for the first time. There are a lot of relationships that would be a little weird if they hadn't become commonplace--the kind of thing where someone raised by wolves might not adjust to so easily. A waiter requests money from you at the end of a meal, a doctor looks into your open mouth, and demanding strangers get into your car if it's yellow and has a number on the roof.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Fred Wilson and Andy Weissman Talk with Lindel Eakman about Transitioning Leadership at a VC Fund
    Union Square Ventures (USV) has been one of the most successful venture capital firms of the past 10–15 years and continues to be a leader in our industry. Many readers know that at Upfront Ventures that’s precisely what happened at our own firm in 2011 when our founding partner and my co-Managing Partner, Yves Sisteron, asked me to lead the daily management of our firm. startup venture-capital
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2017
    [Venture Capital] How Do I Feel About the Snap IPO Given I Didn’t Invest?
    If you believe that more great firms will be created out of the successes of Riot Games, Maker Studios, Snapchat, Tinder, Dollar Shave Club and all the other wealth creation activities over the past 5 years — then you have to believe that LA Tech is on the rise and LA Venture Capital is well positioned to be a part of that future success story. startup venture-capital
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Understanding What’s Going on in #LATech
    Upfront Ventures was created 20 years ago as one of the original VC funds in Los Angeles. We put together this really short, music video (less than 2 minutes)that gives you a great aerial view of the LA Tech ecosystem (plus a great aerial shot of Upfront Ventures HQ if you are interested) all shot with our portfolio company DroneBase. https://medium.com/media/3c33723f326245292958d4b055dfb424/href Today we learned that another great fund was announced — Fika Ventures.
  • VC CAFE  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2017
    [Venture Capital] 30 Machine Intelligence Startups to Watch in Israel
    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). Many large companies will be built (Michael Wolfe, Point Nine Capital). Venture Capital investments in AI, Europe 2016 (Source: Dealroom ).
  • GROWTHINK BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2017
    [Venture Capital] How "Frankensteining" Can Reinvent Your Business
    Business Planning Entrepreneurship Financing Investing Jay Turo Management Venture CapitalThis past Saturday night me and my nine and ten year old sons went to see the new Lego Batman movie. I would like to say that they begged me to take them, but it was really the other way around. Because I love Batman and I love Legos!
  • YOUNGUPSTARTS  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Best Locations In The US For A Tech Startup
    These metro areas tend to be anchored by research universities that attract the talent and venture capital needed to develop fresh ideas that involve business and technology. Venture capital investors tend to be interested in the high number of startups dedicated to the health sciences sector. The capital city of the U.S. Let’s say you have a great business idea that leverages the power of technology to meet a certain consumer or lifestyle need.
  • SILICONHILLS  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2017
    [Venture Capital] uShip Lands $25 Million in Venture Capital Funding
    To date, Austin-based uShip has raised $50 million with previous rounds led by Benchmark […] The post uShip Lands $25 Million in Venture Capital Funding appeared first on SiliconHills. uShip, the online shipping marketplace and freight automation software provider, Wednesday announced it has closed on a $25 million round of funding. DB Schenker, one of the world’s largest logistics companies owned by Deutsche Bahn AG, led the Series D round.
  • UP AND RUNNING  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Top Startup Mistake: Unrealistic Forecasts
    True story: I sat down for lunch with a friend, a Sand Hill Drive venture capitalist. Venture capital likes startups looking to grow. When I asked the standard “How are you,” he answered: “If I see another hockey stick forecast this week, I’m going to throw something at somebody.”. That was so long ago that I had to ask him to explain the hockey stick metaphor.
  • YOUNGUPSTARTS  |  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Funding Strategies For Your Small Business
    Using venture capital can be a good source of funding. It is important that business owners or entrepreneurs understand venture capitalists often expect a controlling interest in the company in exchange for a hefty initial investment. Your own property can be a way to get a loan – you can remortgage and use it to fund the cost of your venture, or if you wish you could even sell your house to 713 Property Buyer and use the money for your efforts.
  • DAVID COHEN  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Techstars Impact Report 2016: a year of milestones
    These are just a few highlights from 2016: Techstars companies have raised more than $3 billion in venture capital. Techstars Ventures made nearly 50 seed investments. The Techstars 2016 Global Impact Report was released on February 7. This report is a showcase of what Techstars has accomplished in 2016 and over the past 10 years, as well as a thank you to all the people who have contributed to the success of entrepreneurs around the world.
  • GROWTHINK BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Business Lessons From The Greatest Super Bowl Of All Time
    Business Planning Entrepreneurship Financing Investing Jay Turo Management Venture CapitalAs a lifelong New England Patriots fan, Sunday's Super Bowl was a sport-watching roller coaster like none other. In addition to being an awesome inspirational adrenalin rush from the desperate competitive effort displayed by both teams, this game like few in recent memory served up many tasty nuggets of business value and wisdom. Here are my top five: #5. Nothing is Over Until it is Over.
  • FELD THOUGHTS  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Soggy In San Francisco
    While reading Fred Wilson’s post Capitalism At A Crossroads , John Battelle’s efforts and conference spiked in relevance to me. If you want a quick taste, read Mark’s recent posts titled Why Was Winter in Venture Capital Funding so Short? I arrived this morning to a downpour and a city that feels exceedingly waterlogged.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Why Was Winter in Venture Capital Funding so Short?
    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. billion in venture capital funds with one A-round fund and one late-stage fund. One major group that has ramped up its venture investments have been corporates.
  • YOUNGUPSTARTS  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Venture Capital Demystified: A Fundraising Guide for Entrepreneurs, Investors, and Lawyers
    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. Venture capitalists play a vital role in turning entrepreneurial visions into reality. Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson are cofounders of Foundry Group, a Boulder, Colorado–based venture capital fund.
  • DAVID TETEN  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Introduction to the New York Fintech Community
    Most significant VCs in New York , including ff Venture Capital , are active investors in fintech. Aquiline Capital Partners. Conversion Capital. FTV Capital. Green Visor Capital. IA Capital Group. Other East Coast VCs: Fenway Summer Ventures (DC). Route Sixty-Six Ventures (DC). AXA Strategic Ventures. Citi Ventures. Capital One Growth Ventures. Transamerica Ventures. Worldquant Ventures.
  • GROWTHINK BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Opportunity & Danger on February 1st
    Business Planning Entrepreneurship Financing Investing Jay Turo Management Venture CapitalFebruary 1st is a great day to look at the various start-of-year economic and business predictions, and at our business resolutions and plans to profit from them. Famously, the Chinese word for ‘crisis’ is composed of two characters, respectively signifying “opportunity” and “danger.” What a great description for 2017 one month in! Opportunity.
  • A VC : VENTURE CAPITAL AND TECHNOLOGY  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Generational Transition In VC Firms
    That is an act of courage and respect for what is special about a venture capital firm and I think it is something to emulate. Today, sometime around 5:30/6pm PT at the Upfront Summit , my partner Andy and I are going to talk about generational change in VC firms, in a talk moderated by Lindel Eakman , who has been our lead limited partner investor at USV since we started the firm in 2003.
  • INC STARTUPS  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Seeking Venture Capital? Your Numbers Better Be Right.
    Numbers make and break venture capital decisions. Are you sure you're using the right ones
  • YOUNGUPSTARTS  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2017
    [Venture Capital] 5 Reasons Investors Should Keep Their Eyes On Omaha, Nebraska
    by Mark Hasebroock, Founder and Managing Partner, Dundee Venture Capital. From Fortune 500 construction company Kiewit to Omaha Steaks to First National of Omaha to Oriental Trading, big-name businesses have put plenty of capital in the hands of Omaha residents. That’s the approach we’re taking at The Startup Collaborative, where companies that are still bootstrapping can share space with companies that have already been validated by the market and are ready to raise capital.
  • BRYCE DOT VC  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Helluva Lifestyle Business You Got There
    Unicorns and venture capital go hand in horn. The biggest disruptive threat to venture capital is not crowdfunding or Angel List or hedge funds. The biggest disruptive threat to venture capital is when the very best founders realize they need very little of it to scale. Or so the story goes. Have a billion dollar idea, raise a little bit of money, show a little traction, raise a lot more money. Rinse and repeat. You can’t compete with out it! They say.
  • THIS IS GOING TO BE BIG.  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 30, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Trump is everyone's problem now.
    That probably won't have a positive effect on venture capital returns. I mean, think about it--how well do you think those late 1930's German venture capital vintages did? Just realizing that I forgot to list one risk factor in my Fund II PPM--the possibility that the US turns into a fascist dictatorship. How about Venezuela funds from 1998?
  • DAVID COHEN  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 26, 2017
    [Venture Capital] A week in Australia
    It will probably not be a big surprise to you to know that there is already vibrant startup activity there, as well as some strong venture capital funds. In another event that day we hosted a more private/intimate gathering for “scale-ups” (startups that were already funded and working) and made great new friends at Square Peg Capital who hosted this. I’m writing this on my way back from Australia.
  • GROWTHINK BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Change this Habit & Watch Sales Soar
    Business Planning Entrepreneurship Financing Investing Jay Turo Management Venture CapitalLast week, I wrote about the “Commercially Important People, the " CIPs ," in all of our business lives, and of the importance of being very clear as to who they are (and are not!), and to then connect and communicate with them in a manner and with messaging apropo of their so special and valuable status.
  • ERIC FRIEDMAN  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Expa Labs – Some Lessons Learned
    Eric Friedman Venture capital Expa LabsWith the first group of Expa Labs companies moving on to the next phase in their development and the application period for the next Expa Labs group now open, I wanted to take a step back to share some of the lessons I learned from working with each of the companies in our first group. The platform and learnings Expa has built by launching companies over the past three years was foundation on which Expa Labs was built.
  • UP AND RUNNING  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Turning a Failed VC Pitch Into a New Connection and Future Business
    See Also: Venture Capital Funding: A Curated List of Our Best Resources. Securing startup capital: A brutal experience that drags on and on. I mistakenly believed, after religiously watching a few seasons of NBC’s “Shark Tank,” that I could craft the perfect pitch and have investors chase me down with money and opportunities to launch joint ventures. See Also: 17 Venture Capital Blogs You Should Be Reading. See Also: What Do Venture Capital Firms Want?
  • SILICONHILLS  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Austin’s Venture Capital Investment Deals Drop 7 Percent in 2016
    By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Venture capital investments in Austin dropped 7 percent in deal flow to 112 deals and $834 million invested in 2016, down 3 percent, compared to the previous year, according to the MoneyTree Report from PricewaterhouseCoopers. market which saw a drop of 16 […] The post Austin’s Venture Capital Investment Deals Drop 7 Percent in 2016 appeared first on SiliconHills.
  • FELD THOUGHTS  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2017
    [Venture Capital] The Second Reboot VC Bootcamp
    Charlie O’Donnell (Brooklyn Bridge Ventures): The Feminine Will Save Us. David Goldberg (Corigin Ventures): My VC Reboot. Elaine Stead (Blue Sky Ventures): The weeping woman. Venture Capital boot camp jerry colonna reboot VCOn Saturday night I got on a plane and flew to the other side of the planet, where I am now. I’m in Melbourne, finishing my coffee, getting ready for one last meeting here before I fly with David Cohen to Adelaide for the day.
  • YOUNGUPSTARTS  |  SUNDAY, JANUARY 22, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Paranoia Check: The Playbook For Staying Focused
    She has raised more than $51M in venture capital and private equity, is passionate about building best-in-class teams, and is Franklin Covey-certified in the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. By Pamela Springer, CEO of ORIS Intelligence. How much time do you spend worrying about your competition? Are you constantly evaluating what they’re doing versus what you’re doing? Part of this answer depends on how mature your business is and part of it depends on you.
  • AUSTIN STARTUP  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 20, 2017
    [Venture Capital] “Austin Tech: I love you and so does the future” — Anand
    venture-capital tech austin startup fundingOk, well, Anand Sanwal, quotable founder of the tech market research firm CBInsights, didn’t actually say this…at least not in public. Continue reading on Austin Startups ».
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