• DAVID TETEN  |  TUESDAY, JULY 25, 2017
    [Venture Capital] How to Scale Support of Portfolio Companies
    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.
  • UP AND RUNNING  |  TUESDAY, JULY 25, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Should You Launch a Business in 2017? A Look at Economic Trends
    This index tracks Venture Capitalist (VC) backed tech startups and compares this week to the same week last year. Startups Going for Loans Rather Than Venture Capital. Are you thinking of launching your business this year? How do you know when it’s the right time? It’s a personal decision, one that should be based on your market research and trends within your industry, but there are some larger market forces at play too.
  • AUSTIN STARTUP  |  MONDAY, JULY 24, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Fun[?]draising
    I have never been in the position where I needed to ask anyone — friends, family, angels, institutional investors — for the capital to execute on an idea, and to develop a business around said idea. To remedy this shortcoming I’ve begun listing out angel investors based here in Austin, as well as the local venture firms and their investment professionals. austin entrepreneurship startup venture-capital fundingSo it’s not necessarily a fun process.
  • VC CAFE  |  MONDAY, JULY 24, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Blogging Nostalgia and my 30 day Challenge
    The early days of Venture Capital Cafe. I started blogging in December 2005. The urge came from a childlike curiosity to learn about the new phenomenon (back then). I still remember the excitement of creating my page on Blogger, acquired by Google in 2003. My first blog used to be goisrael.blogger.com. Blogger in 2005 (courtesy of Internet Time Machine) . In the beginning blogging was all about self expression.
  • AUSTIN STARTUP  |  SATURDAY, JULY 22, 2017
    [Venture Capital] The Austin Startup Diversity and Inclusion Pledge
    For the pledge support resources, I envision: Materials on why diversity and inclusion are important Assistance on how to implement the pledge Links to diversity and equality groups that offer support services Startup Diversity and Inclusion Awards As part of the rollout of the pledge, I envision reaching out to the local venture capital firms and angel investors to encourage them to include in their term sheets a suggestion that their management teams consider taking the Startup Pledge.
  • CROWDSPRING BLOG  |  FRIDAY, JULY 21, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Twitter Link Roundup #302 – Terrific Reads for Small Business, Entrepreneurs, Marketers, and Designers!
    Good insights and ideas here from @mkapor and @TheRealFreada … Can Venture Capital Be Saved? Einstein. Leonardo. Curie. The earth is occasionally graced with a mind so brilliant, all the rest of us can do is appreciate their unparalleled gifts to the world. Science offers us clues as to how a genius is born, but the truth is, we still don’t completely understand how those extraordinary brains were created.
  • THEBAREFOOTVC  |  FRIDAY, JULY 21, 2017
    [Venture Capital] An Uber Lesson for ICOs
    One of the most exciting parts of blockchains and ICOs are how they can put power back into the hands of people who are contributing and creating a product or service, in addition to those providing capital. Uncategorized blockchain economics Entrepreneurship Uber Venture CapitalI woke up this morning to the news that Uber’s board asked CEO Travis Kalanick to resign.
  • INC STARTUPS  |  THURSDAY, JULY 20, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Why Investment In EU Startups Continues to Decline (Hint, It's Not for the Reason You Think)
    New data suggests that political uncertainty in the region has had little impact on venture capital. Europe
  • THE STARTUP LAWYER  |  THURSDAY, JULY 20, 2017
    [Venture Capital] U.S. VC Process for India Startups
    venture capital is similar to doing so if your company was completely US-based, with a few notable differences. In the past several years, I’ve represented several India-based startups through venture capital financings. Venture CapitalAs an India-based startup, closing on U.S. To name just a few, clients have included Freshworks (formerly FreshDesk), WizRocket, and Shopalyst. They, along … Continue reading → The post U.S.
  • GROWTHINK BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 19, 2017
    [Venture Capital] What Worked Yesterday, May Not Work Today.
    Business Planning Entrepreneurship Financing Investing Jay Turo Management Venture CapitalEveryday, business owners realize that certain approaches and strategies that worked in the past.just don't cut it anymore. Because the competition has gotten better - offering comparable products and services at a lower cost and also often of a higher quality. Or because customers have just moved on - as generations change and their moods and preferences shift.
  • BRYCE DOT VC  |  TUESDAY, JULY 18, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Questions Worth Asking
    There are questions being asked in and around tech and venture capital these days. That number. I hadn’t seen that number pop up on my phone in years. 12 years to be exact. I’ve thought a lot about the conversation I had the last time that number popped up on my phone. I can still remember where I was standing, the time of day and the way the air felt on my skin as I sat on the stoop in front of my house as I answered that call.
  • AUSTIN STARTUP  |  FRIDAY, JULY 14, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Silicon Valley Will Suffer a Shameful Legacy for Introducing Inequality to the Great Equalizer
    wisdom venture-capital silicon-valley racism sexismSilicon Valley — another American racist/sexist shithole just like the Segregated South When the Internet first came around in the mid-1990s, it was herald as “The Great Equalizer” where anybody with a keyboard can start an e-commerce shop, publish their works and reach the world to millions who are also attached to the Internet.
  • THEBAREFOOTVC  |  THURSDAY, JULY 13, 2017
    [Venture Capital] My Talk at MIT: Beyond Finance, Considering Business and Social Impact of Blockchains
    Uncategorized AI Bitcoin blockchain cybersecurity decentralized technology emerging markets globalization Internet of Things MIT social impact Venture CapitalA couple of weeks ago I spoke at a conference entitled “Business of Blockchains” that the MIT Technology Review and MIT Media Lab organized in Cambridge.
  • SILICONHILLS  |  THURSDAY, JULY 13, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Austin-based Telestax Lands $4.7 Million in VC Funding
    Austin-based LiveOak Venture Partners led the funding round. Austin Communications funding LiveOak Venture Partners startup Telecommunications Telestax VC venture capitalTelestax announced this week it has raised $4.7 million in funding. The company plans to use the money on product development, customer support and marketing. “We We are thrilled to bring Telestax into our portfolio of promising companies.
  • INC STARTUPS  |  THURSDAY, JULY 13, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Flybridge Recruits Female Founders to Run Women-Only Venture Capital Fund
    The new pre-seed fund looks to invest $100,000 in each of 30 women-led companies. Open Future
  • DAVID TETEN  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 12, 2017
    [Venture Capital] How VCs Structure a Syndicate and Recruit Coinvestors
    First, a formal definition: According to Capital Dynamics , “Co-investments are direct investments in a company made alongside and on the same terms as a lead [General Partner]. GPs strategically invite trusted [Limited Partners and others] to co-invest, often based on the LP’s ability to add value or when the amount of capital required to complete an attractive transaction is larger than they are able to invest alone.”.
  • GROWTHINK BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 12, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Why Side Hustles Don’t Work
    Business Planning Entrepreneurship Financing Investing Jay Turo Management Venture CapitalDo you feel sometimes that your work is a “side hustle” - something we do to put a few bucks in our pockets to then feel and do the “good stuff” elsewhere - with our hobbies, volunteer work, personal relationships, and such? Well, if we want to really enjoy our work. And as we enjoy it, build a great business. Then a side hustle just aint gonna cut it.
  • VIEW FROM SEED  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 12, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Inside the Fast-Growing Startup Rethinking Weddings [Traction #44: Shan-Lyn Ma]
    We talk about tough early beginnings, clever market validation tests, and what Shan-Lyn believes about the future of startups and venture capital. The post Inside the Fast-Growing Startup Rethinking Weddings [Traction #44: Shan-Lyn Ma] appeared first on NextView Ventures. Today’s episode features a fast-rising company led by Shan-Lyn Ma. Her startup, Zola, is changing the way people purchase gifts for brides and grooms.
  • YOUNGUPSTARTS  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 12, 2017
    [Venture Capital] The Surprising Purchasing Power Of Low-Income Consumers: Why Amazon (And Other Smart Businesses) Won’t Ignore This Important Market 
    And although Amazon’s prices aren’t as low as those of Wish, the up-and-coming e-commerce shopping app that’s already raised $1 billion in venture capital, Amazon promises two-day delivery on most items to Prime members, while Wish sources most of its products from China, resulting in long shipping times. as well as smaller venture-backed start-ups.
  • FELD THOUGHTS  |  TUESDAY, JULY 11, 2017
    [Venture Capital] American Is Pushing Entrepreneurship To Other Countries
    ” Jeff Farrah of The National Venture Capital Association wrote a thoughtful post titled An Unforced Error for Job Creation. What was one of the key recommendations from venture leaders? Yesterday, the White House announced it was delaying and likely eliminating the International Entrepreneur Rule. This rule is the closest we’ve come to a Startup Visa , something I’ve been working on with numerous other people since 2009.
  • VERSION ONE VENTURES  |  TUESDAY, JULY 11, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Introducing our first investment in genomics, Gencove – making genomic data accessible and useful
    We were quick to invest alongside Third Kind Venture Capital , Refactor Capital , SV Angel , and Kresimir Penavic. Today, we’re excited to announce our first investment in the genomics space. We welcome Gencove to the Version One portfolio: they’re making genomics accessible and useful to all.
  • HEARPRENEUR  |  MONDAY, JULY 10, 2017
    [Venture Capital] 25 Entrepreneurs Explain Why They Started Their Business
    LDR Ventures was formed with a very clear goal, to help early stage companies and entrepreneurs of all genders, races and places to succeed. We had the firsthand experience and relationships to build a community of global executives, investors, entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs who could channel their expertise in fashion, technology and consumer lifestyle brands to effect systemic change, accelerate speed to market and democratize access to capital and experienced mentors for all.
  • AUSTIN STARTUP  |  SUNDAY, JULY 9, 2017
    [Venture Capital] A suggested list of questions for Ashton Kutcher’s session on gender and technology
    venture-capital ashton-kutcher entrepreneurship women-in-techLet’s hope he earns that pink sweater Ashton Kutcher received an earful when he suggested a series of questions about women in technology. To be fair, his questions did demonstrate a very surface level understanding of the problems women face. It seems like he just doesn’t talk to many. Kutcher’s response to the outrage was humble and seemed genuine.
  • PASCAL'S VIEW  |  SUNDAY, JULY 9, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Unintended Consequences: When SAFE and Convertible Notes Go Awry
    The following scenarios represent typical recipes for trouble: Company X is early in business development, has a near-term need for capital to get through the next 3-6 months, and the management team has no understanding of how the equity should be divided up among its various constituencies (this includes option pools and what ownership stakes investors typically require at various development stages).
  • BEN'S BLOG  |  SATURDAY, JULY 8, 2017
    [Venture Capital] On Career Moves and Business Leadership
    In this wide-ranging conversation, a16z co-founder Ben Horowitz shares his experiences about venture capital, company culture, rap music, The Hard Thing About Hard Things , and more with Krisztina “Z” Holly (founder of LA mayor’s MAKE … holiday specials videoswatch time: 1 hour.
  • FELD THOUGHTS  |  FRIDAY, JULY 7, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Fair and Reasonable
    Venture Capital fair reasonableI was on the phone with an old friend last week. We were talking about a few things around a negotiation, and he said something profound. “I just want things to be fair and reasonable.” ” I loved this phrase. I learned this value from Len Fassler and Jerry Poch in 1993 when they acquired my first company. I had never bought, sold, or invested in anything up to that point.
  • INC STARTUPS  |  FRIDAY, JULY 7, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Raising Capital Isn't The Holy Grail. Here's How To Go Without It
    Raising venture capital isn't the only way to build a million dollar business. Keep control, and your sanity, by building on your terms. Bringing Innovation to Market
  • BUSINESS OF SOFTWARE BLOG  |  FRIDAY, JULY 7, 2017
    [Venture Capital] What I Learned in a Decade at Hubspot | Dharmesh Shah, HubSpot | BoS USA 2016
    So, when we first started we raised $5 million and I never raised venture capital before and it was the two of us and a house plant in this room. Dharmesh Shah, Founder/CTO, Hubspot. Hubspot, the company Dharmesh co-founded in 2006, has grown over time to become a publicly listed company with over 1,000 employees, revenue approaching $200 million and a market cap that makes it a public unicorn.
  • THINKING ABOUT THINKING  |  THURSDAY, JULY 6, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Why Volition Capital Invested In Recycle Track Systems (RTS)
    Filed under: Founder-Owned Businesses , Growth Equity , Technology , Venture Capital , Volition Capital. Founder-Owned Businesses Growth Equity Technology Venture Capital Volition Capital Recycle Track Systems RTS Waste ManagementAt Volition, we have often talked about how the Internet is changing the workflow for every company in every industry on the planet.
  • THEBAREFOOTVC  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 5, 2017
    [Venture Capital] The Humanity of Our AI Future
    Uncategorized artificial intelligence fintech healthcare machine learning robots Venture CapitalIn 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.
  • HUNTER WALKER  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 5, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Harassment in Tech: Getting Beyond Words & Committing to Action
    ” As Josh notes in his accompanying OpEd : …traditional harassment law does not adequately shield founders since they are not technically employees of the venture capitalists. To fill this gap, venture capital firms should adopt formal investor/founder sexual harassment policies that can be consistently enforced. Brave women and tenacious reporters. Those are the people responsible for the escalating conversation about sexual harassment in the tech community.
  • FELD THOUGHTS  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 5, 2017
    [Venture Capital] We Lead or We Participate
    Venture Capital terms VCOver the years, I’ve been in many multi-party negotiations. I don’t know the maximum number of participants in a single negotiation, but I’m sure it’s greater than ten active negotiating parties in a transaction. I don’t mean the number of entities participating in the transaction, but the actual number of active negotiating entities.
  • INC STARTUPS  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 5, 2017
    [Venture Capital] The Solution to Sexism and Bias In Venture Capital: Throw Money At It
    Venture CapitalEvery time sexual harassment allegations rock Silicon Valley, there's a lot of talk about fixing 'the problem'--and not enough money invested in doing so.
  • VC CAFE  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 5, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Israeli High Tech Exits On First Half of 2017 Slowdown and Potential Explanations
    Partial reasons for the slowdown seem to be pinned on macro economic changes in the US taxation regime, or regulatory changes in China related to the right of businesses to spend capital outside the country. We believe that the possible change in taxation regime in United States forces American acquirers to rethink their capital management strategies, which greatly affects modelling the deals in process.
  • THEBAREFOOTVC  |  MONDAY, JULY 3, 2017
    [Venture Capital] The LP Opportunity to Change Tech Culture
    Just a week before, Justin Caldbeck, founder of Binary Capital , admitted to sexually harassing a number of women who were seeking investment from his fund. Binary Capital was dissolved within days by its investors once the extent of the allegations were revealed. Limited partners (LPs), who manage the capital that gets deployed into venture capital funds, can play an important role in diversifying the funding landscape.
  • UP AND RUNNING  |  MONDAY, JULY 3, 2017
    [Venture Capital] 6 Things to Consider Before Entering a Market
    Venture West Ranches is more of a boutique real estate brokerage that fills the gap in the market by providing estate planning seminars and building close relationships with organizations that are advocates for Montana ranchers. After answering the following questions, you may be feeling good about where your business venture idea is sitting. Family and friends: This may be a risky area but if you are short on investment capital, ask your family and friends for some assistance.
  • INC STARTUPS  |  SUNDAY, JULY 2, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Stitch Fix Founder Katrina Lake Was Coerced Into Silence Over VC Justin Caldbeck's Sexual Harassment
    Lightspeed Venture Capital made Katrina Lake sign a non-disparagement agreement or risk the welfare of her company.
  • STARTUP PROFESSIONALS MUSINGS  |  SATURDAY, JULY 1, 2017
    [Venture Capital] 10 Strategies To Cover New Product Development Costs
    According to my experience and a classic Gompers and Lerner study, the challenge is very real, with a majority of new ventures that don't attract investors failing within the first three years. The problem is that professional investors (angels and venture capitalists) want a proven business model before they invest, ready to scale, rather than the more risky research and development efforts. Joint venture with distributor or beneficiary.
  • INC STARTUPS  |  FRIDAY, JUNE 30, 2017
    [Venture Capital] How One App Built a Community of 24 Million Wine Drinkers (and Raised $37 Million in Venture Capital)
    Find out how Vivino created an engaged community platform that helped grow their startup and get investors' attention.
  • INC STARTUPS  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 29, 2017
    [Venture Capital] How One Founder Bootstrapped His Startup to $30 Million in Just 2 Years
    Without venture capital, you have to make sure that your products are exceptionally profitable. Startup
  • AUSTIN STARTUP  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 29, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Who Needs a VC? Not Me.
    I’m focused on solving a problem I’m passionate about and delivering venture sized returns for my investors without a VC firm, but it wasn’t always that way. I used to think I needed an institutional venture capital firm from Silicon Valley to make my vision for Localeur a reality. fundraising austin startup funding venture-capital
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 29, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Details of Upfront Ventures New $400 Million Fund
    I am so proud and humbled to be able to formally announce that Upfront Ventures has raised its 6th venture capital fund in the past 21 years. A huge thank you to all of the Limited Partners who have entrusted us with your capital, time and reputations. Increasingly local entrepreneurs are finding they don’t have to “take the trip up North” quite as often because on a weekly basis venture firms are down in LA — it’s only an hour’s flight. venture-capital
  • GROWTHINK BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28, 2017
    [Venture Capital] The Greatest Sales Job of All Time
    Business Planning Entrepreneurship Financing Investing Jay Turo Management Venture CapitalCan great salesmanship enable athletes to perform at a higher level? Can it get businesspeople to do the same? Readers of this column know well my great love of sports, and of the many powerful and usable business analogies I find from it.
  • DUCT TAPE MARKETING  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28, 2017
    [Venture Capital] The Key to Success? Taking Care of Your Community
    Copyblogger never took venture capital and made it to 8 figures in annual revenue without advertising. Copyblogger never took venture capital and made it to 8 figures in annual revenue without advertising. The Key to Success? Taking Care of Your Community written by John Jantsch read more at Duct Tape Marketing. Marketing Podcast with Brian Clark. Podcast Transcript.
  • THEBAREFOOTVC  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 27, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Token Launch
    I am pleased to announce that FuturePerfect Ventures portfolio company Tokenize has launched its latest product: Token, a ring that allows users to make payments, use public transport, log into websites, and enter our homes, cars and offices without carrying around keys or credit cards. FuturePerfect Ventures led the company’s seed round of financing in early 2015 and have had the honor of working with Melanie and her team as they developed their product.
  • FELD THOUGHTS  |  MONDAY, JUNE 26, 2017
    [Venture Capital] I Don’t Accept This Apology
    Venture Capital human rights sexual harassmentI don’t believe that one starts an apology with the sentence “ The past 24 hours have been the darkest of my life.” In my world, the apology is to another person. It’s not a tone setting exercise, or a plea for sympathy, for the one making the apology. I was fuming after seeing the public apology on Axios from Justin Caldbeck. I could be wrong, but it felt like it was written by a crisis management PR firm.
  • INC STARTUPS  |  MONDAY, JUNE 26, 2017
    [Venture Capital] I Worked at Uber. Here's What I Think of the 1,000 Employees Petitioning to Bring Travis Back
    Uber's is a tale of startup culture, success, failure, harassment, venture capital, Silicon Valley, and teamwork. In other words, it's complicated.
  • A VC : VENTURE CAPITAL AND TECHNOLOGY  |  SUNDAY, JUNE 25, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Doing The Heavy Lifting
    Most venture capital investments are made, over time, by syndicates. This means a group of venture capital firms develops around a company, usually built over multiples rounds. If you look at the roughly dozen boards I am on, most of them have multiple venture capitalists on them. Not all venture capital firms in your syndicate will be the same.
  • SCALABLE STARTUP  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 22, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Hacking The Core – my new book on startup innovation
    He has led and mentored over 2 dozen venture-backed technology companies, 5 of them as President and CEO. startup CEO art business startup venture capitalHere’s the intro on iBooks, Amazon and other online sites for my new book, released in April 2017. – – – – – Hacking The Core explains entrepreneurship in the tech startup world in a refreshing way.
  • SILICONHILLS  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Medici’s Founder Clinton Phillips Talks About Disrupting the Healthcare Industry on Ideas to Invoices
    A Native of South Africa, Clinton Phillips, a serial entrepreneur, recently founded Medici, a HIPAA-complaint telemedicine app, in Austin and raised more than $24 million in venture capital funding. Previously, Phillips founded and ran Aspen-based Aspen Back & Body, physical rehab clinic, that he sold to Laser Spine Institute.
  • GROWTHINK BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Making Better Business Decisions
    Business Planning Entrepreneurship Financing Investing Jay Turo Management Venture CapitalThere are only 3 things to know to make dramatically better decisions: 1) How we’ve done in the past. 2) What our competition is doing now. 3) What our customers will want in the future. How We’ve Done in the Past.
  • THEBAREFOOTVC  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21, 2017
    [Venture Capital] An Uber Lesson for ICOs
    One of the most exciting parts of blockchains and ICOs are how they can put power back into the hands of people who are contributing and creating a product or service, in addition to those providing capital. Blockchain Cryptocurrency Economics Entrepreneurship ICO Startups Technology Venture Capital blockchain economics UberI woke up this morning to the news that Uber’s board asked CEO Travis Kalanick to resign.
  • INC STARTUPS  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 20, 2017
    [Venture Capital] How to Determine What Your Company's Burn Rate Should Be
    Venture CapitalUse these pointers to know your risk tolerance.
  • INC STARTUPS  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 20, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Meet the Food Startup That's Giving Europeans Reason to. Sprechen Sie Deutsch
    The city, best known as an artistic and counter-culture enclave, has seen a recent surge in startup activity and venture capital funding. Europe
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  MONDAY, JUNE 19, 2017
    [Venture Capital] What is the Right Burn Rate for your Startup?
    One of the hardest decisions entrepreneurs make when they start a company and raise outside capital is figuring out what an acceptable “burn rate” is. Of course there is no right answer but it’s a function of how much capital you have raised, your prospects for raising more capital in the future, your growth rate and your company’s risk tolerance.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  SATURDAY, JUNE 17, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Should Startups Care About Profitability?
    Venture capital isn’t right for many business but if you do want to raise from a VC at some point you need to understand that often investors care more about growth than profits. They raised $5 million in venture capital to fund growth. If the market they are targeting is very large and fast growing then the venture-backed businesses often make it harder for the non-venture-backed businesses to compete in the long-term.
  • AUSTIN STARTUP  |  FRIDAY, JUNE 16, 2017
    [Venture Capital] A Network Visualization Of Austin Startup Investments
    The investments made by Austin Ventures In total, Austin has 358 investments from 73 investors into 222 businesses. Austin Innovation Economy —  click to explore all investments into all startups Top overall investors with the most activity in Austin includes Texas Venture Labs, Capital Factory , Austin Ventures, Silverton Partners, and ATX Seed Ventures. funding austin venture-capital investors startup
  • GROWTHINK BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14, 2017
    [Venture Capital] 4 Well-Known Companies to Emulate
    Business Planning Entrepreneurship Financing Investing Jay Turo Management Venture CapitalI recently wrote that, when it comes to customer relationships, most businesses should NOT emulate Amazon, since Amazon's margins are so thin. Many of you replied with "then who SHOULD we emulate?" So, I did a bit of thinking and came up with 4 well-known companies to model. They are: For margin, Warby Parker. For recurring revenue, Uber. For profitable reselling, Grainger.
  • FELD THOUGHTS  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Does VC Fund Differentiation Matter?
    Venture Capital differentiation returns seed strategyI’ve met and emailed with many pre-seed and seed GPs in the past year. Over sushi last night with two of them, who are also long-time friends, one of them asked me “Brad, how do you think we are differentiated?” ” This generated a rant from me that went something like this. There are over 500 seed funds in the market right now. Maybe there’s a thousand. Many of them are angels raising a VC fund.
  • INC STARTUPS  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Is Venture Capital Worth the Hassle? Experts Tell All
    Some small businesses seek venture capital, some opt to bootstrap their way to success. What's really best for your business? Money
  • CROWDSPRING BLOG  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 13, 2017
    [Venture Capital] 5 Key Traits That Make Women Successful Entrepreneurs
    Women comprise only a small percentage of executives at Fortune 500 companies, are less likely to start a venture capital funded company, and continue to trail men when it comes to compensation across most industries. By dominating fields that require high amounts of face-to-face interactions, women are able to capitalize on their strengths as collaborators. Despite talk of a level playing field for women and men, the facts suggest that we still have a long way to go.
  • SILICONHILLS  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 13, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Cognitive Scale Gets $15 Million in new Venture Funding and Partners with USAA
    CognitiveScale announced Tuesday that is has received an additional $15 million in venture capital for product development of its augmented intelligence products. Norwest Venture Partners, Intel Capital, Microsoft Ventures, the Westly Group and USAA provided the investment. To date, the Austin-based startup has raised $50 million.
  • YOUNGUPSTARTS  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 13, 2017
    [Venture Capital] [Interview] Konrad Malik, 3D Printing Entrepreneur
    What’s the climate like for venture capital support today in Canada? venture capital market is also very interested in what’s happening on the tech front in Canada, so some companies are getting support from there. Konrad Malik is not your typical CEO. He’s not a button-down suit and tie kind of guy. He wears crazy colored sneakers and designer duds. But, underneath that exterior, he’s serious about his business.
  • YOUNGUPSTARTS  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 13, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Entrepreneurs Need To Protect Their Business, But Where Should They Start?
    Here are some key coverage types to consider as you establish and grow your new venture: BOP. It’s important to consider this type of policy if you plan to raise venture capital funding or other types of investment. by Maxime Rieman, Director of Online Channel Product Marketing at CoverWallet. Entrepreneurs know they need business insurance – but figuring out which kinds can be pretty confusing.
  • INC STARTUPS  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 13, 2017
    [Venture Capital] How This Electric Bike Startup Launched One of the Most Successful Kickstarter Campaigns Ever
    This Boston-based electric bike startup is sidestepping traditional venture capital fi and instead is tapping the crowd for its equity funding. Icons of Entrepreneurship
  • UP AND RUNNING  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 13, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Why Small Community Lenders Have Your Back
    CDFIs may be credit unions, economic development entities, nonprofit lenders, small banks, microfinance lenders, venture capital firms, or community development corporations focused on low- to moderate-income housing. They are usually nonprofit organizations committed to the mission of making capital accessible to the communities they serve. Cash flow from the business is the primary source of capital to repay a loan. Capital.
  • STARTUP PROFESSIONALS MUSINGS  |  MONDAY, JUNE 12, 2017
    [Venture Capital] 4 Traits To Strive For To Make You An Extreme Leader
    That’s why venture capital investors often replace startup CEOs as a condition of their scale-up investment. By definition, most entrepreneurs are thought leaders. They have the ability to recognize a market need, the skills to design and implement a solution, and the drive to start a business from that solution. It all comes from within themselves. A business leader does the same thing and more through the people around them. Most entrepreneurs are not both.
  • YFS MAGAZINE  |  MONDAY, JUNE 12, 2017
    [Venture Capital] How I Raised $2 Million For My Startup, 60 Rejections Later
    Finance Grow investment pitch investors money raising money raising venture capitalConvincing someone to invest in your business is one of the biggest challenges a founder faces. Here's how I raised $2 million without a co-founder.
  • SCOTT EDWARD WALKER  |  FRIDAY, JUNE 9, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Walker Twitter Highlights: May 4th – June 9th
    “Founders often raise venture capital because they can… but they don’t need to, and it’s not cheap…” [link]. I’m using Twitter as a form of micro-blogging to share interesting articles, blog posts and video clips relating to startups, entrepreneurship and legal issues. Below are my five most popular tweets for the past five weeks. Cheers, Scott. Top 5 Tweets. I’m still getting calls & emails regarding our Startup Package.
  • BERKONOMICS  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 8, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Does your business need money? Read this!
    The subject of raising money is critical to many businesses and a passing option to others, depending upon the capital efficiency of the enterprise. Some businesses require very little capital and the founder can self-finance the enterprise and retain 100% of its ownership and control from ignition through liquidity event (startup through sale). Venture, private equity and more: Here we lump a large number investor classes into one.
  • GROWTHINK BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7, 2017
    [Venture Capital] 5 Keys to Launching New Initiatives
    Business Planning Entrepreneurship Financing Investing Jay Turo Management Venture CapitalThe world’s best run businesses efficiently and effectively decide upon, launch, manage and optimize new business projects and initiatives. In contrast, poorly run businesses struggle mightily to do so on all fronts. They struggle deciding where to invest scarce project time and resources. Once they do decide, they then struggle to get those new projects launched.
  • AUSTIN STARTUP  |  SUNDAY, JUNE 4, 2017
    [Venture Capital] How I Raised A $1.5M Seed Round in Austin
    I used the S3 Ventures operating model to come up with my number. If I had relied only on Austin as my source of capital, I would have been in trouble. Alternatively, if you can’t raise the capital necessary but you are positive the business should exist, then it may be an indicator that you are not the right person to run the business. Somebody should teach a class at Capital Factory called “How To Peacock For Startups 101”.
  • THIS IS GOING TO BE BIG.  |  SUNDAY, JUNE 4, 2017
    [Venture Capital] The Rainy Day Fund of Reputation
    One aspect of venture capital that rarely gets talked about is competition to get into a deal. What happens when a founder has that rare wealth of riches when they're choosing who they're going to allow onto their cap table? The tables turn and the one being pitched to becomes the one pitching. The moment when you find out that you're not guaranteed a slot is my least favorite as a VC. I've seen different investors react to it differently. Some are really competitive.
  • A VC : VENTURE CAPITAL AND TECHNOLOGY  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 31, 2017
    [Venture Capital] ICOs and VCs
    You are selling some of it to raise capital but the main purpose of the token is to monetize your product or service. So, while ICOs represent a new and exciting way to build (and finance) a tech company, and are a legitimate disruptive threat to the venture capital business, they are not something I am nervous about and they are not something USV is nervous about. The Brave browser team concluded an ICO for their Basic Attention Token yesterday in about thirty seconds.
  • GROWTHINK BLOG  |  TUESDAY, MAY 30, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Why Amazon is Wrong
    Business Planning Entrepreneurship Financing Investing Jay Turo Management Venture CapitalOne of Jeff Bezos’ hallmarks in meetings is leaving an empty chair to represent the needs, wants, opinions, whims, and moods of the customer.
  • DAVID TETEN  |  TUESDAY, MAY 30, 2017
    [Venture Capital] How to Identify Technology Trends for Macro Investors
    Asset Management Financial Services Fund Management Hedge Funds and Mutual Funds Investment Banking Investment Research Private Equity Venture CapitalI recently spent time with a hedge fund manager who asked for counsel on how he could identify macro trends (especially technology macro trends) which he could use to generate investment ideas. The deck below summarizes my recommendations.
  • THEBAREFOOTVC  |  MONDAY, MAY 29, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Token Thoughts on the Blockchain Boom
    Bitcoin Blockchain Cryptocurrency Economics Ethereum Startups Technology Venture Capital blockchain cryptocurrency Ethereal startups tokensThe past 10 days have been heady for anyone in the cryptocurrency space. The market cap of digital currencies increased to over $90 billion last week (a 50% increase in 7 days). Bloomberg put together the chart below to show relative value increases in major cryptocurrencies.
  • AUSTIN STARTUP  |  MONDAY, MAY 29, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Women-led Startups: Seek Women Investors
    Intrinsically valuable women-led startups are not making it to market because of the large growing gap in access to venture capital (VC) financing, research shows. This research underlines our thesis at True Wealth Ventures, that women-led businesses supported by women investors outperform. Entitled Women Entrepreneurs 2014: Bridging the Gender Gap in Venture Capital ” Babson College Center for Entrepreneurship.
  • STARTUP PROFESSIONALS MUSINGS  |  MONDAY, MAY 29, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Do You Have What it Takes To Be a Business Leader?
    Every business has to start with a leader – someone to drive through the thousand unknowns of every new venture, no matter how big the opportunity, or how amazing the technology. Venture capital investors have been known to make controversial assertions to test your reaction. Running a business is not rocket science. As a long-time business advisor, and occasional investor, I have seen many successful businesses lead by college dropouts and people with average intelligence.
  • THE STARTUP MAGAZINE  |  SATURDAY, MAY 27, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Digital Health is On the Rise – Startup Help from Big Pharma
    Capital Raising Event Incubators and Accelerators Seed and Angel Investors Venture Capital Bayer Berlin Dealmaker grants4appsEver heard of Grants4Apps? If you have a Digital Health start-up and still haven’t heard of them, you’re probably doing something wrong. —> What’s there to know? Grants4Apps is a start-up accelerator that offers two programs, the Accelerator and the Dealmaker.
  • CROWDSPRING BLOG  |  FRIDAY, MAY 26, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Design Tips from the World’s Most Successful Crowdfunding Campaigns
    times the size of the global venture capital industry today. With so many businesses seeking to capitalize on the crowdfunding trend, there’s more competition than ever. Your campaign page is your new venture’s face to the world. The experts at Enventys Partners point out , As with any business venture, you’ll need brand assets – logos, renderings, photos and more.
  • BUSINESS OF SOFTWARE BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 24, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Here I Go Again. Why My Second Startup is Different. | Nick Halstead, Cognitive Logic | BoS Europe 2016
    Raising Venture Capital = People with lots of money + Smart People + People You Know. Raising Capital – Things to Avoid. But it was – back then you literally could go to 2-3 events every single night and through – there’s a number of stories here I will talk later about, experiences with venture capital and other things with angels. So throughout my whole 6 years of venture capital, we never had a board vote, not once.
  • GROWTHINK BLOG  |  TUESDAY, MAY 23, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Profitable Change
    Business Planning Entrepreneurship Financing Investing Jay Turo Management Venture CapitalMaking profitable business change happen is hard. Sure, there are treasure troves of books, articles, and seminars, including a lot of recent science - based studies, that we can all access to guide us as to change management best practices.
  • INC STARTUPS  |  TUESDAY, MAY 23, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Seeing Through the Fog
    Venture CapitalIt's not easy finding the perfect business opportunity. Here's how to take an emerging idea out of the clouds.
  • INC STARTUPS  |  TUESDAY, MAY 23, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Investor VCs and Operator VCs
    Instead of jumping right in, there are alternative (and better) ways to get into the venture capital business. Venture Capital
  • INC STARTUPS  |  MONDAY, MAY 22, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Why Government-Supported Venture Capital Is Something You Should Think (Twice) About
    The government should be giving their resources to entrepreneurship. The question is: how? Startup
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  SUNDAY, MAY 21, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Why You Shouldn’t Be Fooled by Your Own Expertise
    I read it just after I entered the Venture Capital industry more than a decade ago. Venture capital is an industry where you have to accept losses because they will come more often than you would want and if you spend all of your effort in avoiding the downside (which is human nature) you end up playing defense and defense is a losing formula in venture capital.
  • DAVID TETEN  |  FRIDAY, MAY 19, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Microcredentials for the Effective Venture Capital or Private Equity Investor
    I’ve also published research here on private equity , venture capital , hedge funds and mutual funds , and angel investing , as well as on fund management : origination , due diligence , investment research , and portfolio acceleration. Directors College For Venture Backed Company Directors. Stephane Levy, Partner at Cooley , is currently teaching a series on ‘ Introduction to Term Sheets ’ in New York with the New York City Venture Connection.
  • A CROWDED SPACE  |  THURSDAY, MAY 18, 2017
    [Venture Capital] What if the squirrel could see?
    I recently appeared on TwentyMinute VC podcast and declared that highly concentrated portfolios are the best way to invest as a venture capitalist. This started a debate between concentrated and diverse portfolios in venture capital. The Blind Squirrel theory (hereafter referred to as the BS theory) states effectively that all that matters is getting in 1 or more of the mega-winners in venture capital AND the best way to do that is to make LOTS of bets.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 17, 2017
    [Venture Capital] The Surest Sign You’re Winning is When Goliath Takes a Swing at You
    I had the good fortune of sitting down privately with Sir Richard and listening to him talk about his venture capital activities and what interested him, but what got him most animated was when he spoke about Jamie and Ring. I’ve been involved with several startups where a giant incumbent attacks you and tries to sue you out of existence.
  • YOUNGUPSTARTS  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 17, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Three Innovative Ways To Fund Your Startup
    Should you fall into this category, it’s important to lay as much of your startup’s groundwork as possible before you resign from your current position and venture off on your own. Therefore, depending on the size of your startup, your funding options include everything from large-scale venture capital or angel funding down to microcredit. Venture capital. Venture Capitalists are aware of the high risk involved when investing in a new business.
  • GROWTHINK BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 17, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Put me in Coach!
    Business Planning Entrepreneurship Financing Investing Jay Turo Management Venture CapitalMy sons Teddy and Jay Jay are sports crazed 9 and 10 year old boys and so springtime means only one thing to them - Little League Baseball. And a blessing in my life over the years has been coaching their teams. Let me first note that I started coaching out of a sense of obligation.
  • INC STARTUPS  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 17, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Five "Tech Things" to Understand for Technical Diligence
    Five "Tech Things" to Understand for Technical Diligence: Post 2/2 of this two part series, Ellie Cachette, expert investor in venture capital firms, reveals ways to increase opportunities for funding. Technology
  • DAVID TETEN  |  TUESDAY, MAY 16, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Fundraising Hacks for Venture Capital and Private Equity Funds
    Historically, the process of winning capital from limited partners has been opaque. I’ve written a number of pieces relevant if you are fundraising for a private equity or venture capital fund – I suggest my presentation on raising capital for tech companies and How to Write a Resume that Wins Investors. Origins is a podcast about Limited Partners, created by VC Notation Capital. Sapphire Ventures’ Top 10 tips for pitching an LP .
  • INC STARTUPS  |  MONDAY, MAY 15, 2017
    [Venture Capital] These Founders Just Shared 1 Way to Buck the First-Time Venture Capital Funding Crunch
    First time funding is down 62%. Founders raising successfully say make this move now. Innovate
  • THEBAREFOOTVC  |  SATURDAY, MAY 13, 2017
    [Venture Capital] My Talk at MIT: Beyond Finance, Considering Business and Social Impact of Blockchains
    Artifical intelligence Bitcoin Blockchain Economics Emerging Markets Entrepreneurship Fintech healthcare Internet of Things Machine Learning Mobile Social impact Technology Venture Capital AI blockchain cybersecurity decentralized technology emerging markets globalization MIT social impactA couple of weeks ago I spoke at a conference entitled “Business of Blockchains” that the MIT Technology Review and MIT Media Lab organized in Cambridge.
  • BEN CASNOCHA: THE BLOG  |  SATURDAY, MAY 13, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Book Review: The Intel Trinity
    Intel also was one of the first companies to raise modern venture capital. How often do we stop and think about the original investors who decided to invest real money in a high risk, low liquidity tech company, and the entrepreneur who thought to sell equity in his company in exchange for enough risk capital to shoot for the stars?
  • INC STARTUPS  |  THURSDAY, MAY 11, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Harvard Study Shows Why Women Don't Get Funding
    Venture CapitalBoth men and women are more likely to invest in men, contributing to only 7 percent of women receiving VC funds.
  • AUSTIN STARTUP  |  THURSDAY, MAY 11, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Diverse Lead Firms
    645 Ventures 645 Ventures makes deeply-researched investments in institutional Seed to Series A rounds for exceptional companies who demonstrate stellar early results in the areas of market validation, product differentiation, team strength, and brand narrative. 645 Ventures: A New Era of Venture Capital Investing Arena Growth Partners We help great leaders build great businesses.
  • GROWTHINK BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 10, 2017
    [Venture Capital] What to Do When You’re At a Business Crossroads
    Those new things might not work, and almost always require investment of capital and time without any assurance of return. Business Planning Entrepreneurship Financing Investing Jay Turo Management Venture CapitalLast week I sat down with the owner of a multi-million dollar, profitable information services company and discussed his business growth and exit plan. For him, it was the “best of times” in many ways. He was living the American dream.
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