• INC STARTUPS  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 19, 2018
    [Venture Capital] The Inside Story of Israel's Most Successful Venture Capital Investment
    Venture capital is a risky business. Four strategies helped this Jerusalem-based investor make Israel's highest return startup bet. Can these strategies help your company? Strategy
  • GROWTHINK BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2018
    [Venture Capital] The One Thing Your Business Needs
    Business Planning Entrepreneurship Internet Marketing Investing Jay Turo Management Venture CapitalTo succeed, a business doesn’t need technical nor finance nor sales nor marketing nor customer support skills and competencies. It doesn’t even need a physical location. But it does need one thing. To illustrate, picture in your mind’s eye what you see when you think about a business. For most of us that vision starts with the entrepreneur.
  • INC STARTUPS  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2018
    [Venture Capital] New Ways To Raise Money In 2018
    Venture capital is disrupting itself--here's what you need to know. Innovate
  • INC STARTUPS  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 16, 2018
    [Venture Capital] Why Venture Capitalists Are Increasingly Looking to Invest Outside Silicon Valley
    Venture CapitalColorado, Pennsylvania and Florida-based startups could greatly benefit from this shift.
  • INC STARTUPS  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 16, 2018
    [Venture Capital] The Biggest Problem With Venture Capital In the U.S.? Turns Out There's 3
    Co-founder of America Online, Steve Case, explains where venture capital is concentrated in the U.S. -- and why does it matter where you live
  • YOUNGUPSTARTS  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 15, 2018
    [Venture Capital] Essential Skills For New Entrepreneurs
    Having a fantastic idea for a business venture is only the first step – if you want to succeed as an entrepreneur, you will need to develop a diverse skillset, especially in the early days of your company when you are likely to be personally involved in the decision making around all key tasks and procedures.
  • STARTUP PROFESSIONALS MUSINGS  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 12, 2018
    [Venture Capital] 10 Startup Strategies To Minimize Cash Flow Disasters
    The problem is that professional investors (angels and venture capital) want a proven business model before they invest, ready to scale, rather than early projections and product development. Joint venture with distributor or beneficiary. The “valley of death” is a common term in the startup world, referring to the difficulty of covering the negative cash flow in the early stages of a startup, before their new product or service is bringing in revenue from real customers.
  • GROWTHINK BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 10, 2018
    [Venture Capital] How to Add “Championship Caliber” to Your Business
    We catalyzed success for clients including: Whether you're looking to raise capital, sell your company, expand current market share or enter new markets, having a solid growth plan and roadmap is indispensable. Business Planning Entrepreneurship Financing Investing Jay Turo Management Venture CapitalDid you catch the end of the Alabama-Georgia College Football Championship game on Monday? It was incredible (unless, of course, you’re a Georgia fan).
  • A VC : VENTURE CAPITAL AND TECHNOLOGY  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 10, 2018
    [Venture Capital] Timing
    On long positions, like venture capital investments, you do have the ability to buy time but it requires a lot of conviction and patience and the carrying costs can negatively impact the returns. Which is why the best venture capital investments are always the right idea at the right time by the right team. There is a big difference between being right about something and being right about when something will happen.
  • YFS MAGAZINE  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 10, 2018
    [Venture Capital] 5 Tips To Create A Business Plan That Investors Love?
    Plan business plan business planning Finance investors money Start a Business venture capitalAt some point in your life as an entrepreneur, you’ll need a business plan. In fact, any time you need to raise outside funding, you’ll need to present a plan for investors or lenders.??.
  • DAVID TETEN  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 9, 2018
    [Venture Capital] How to Get Superior Returns in Venture Capital
    Traditional venture investing is challenging. a “Bitcoin Fund”, a “Social Media Fund”, a “Nanotech Fund”), you’re going to raise capital from Limited Partners who are very focused on Theme X. My HOF Capital colleague Victor Wang observes that Union Square Ventures is a particularly good example of the power of a correct thesis. Similarly, firms like my alma mater ff Venture Capital and Andreessen Horowitz have executed this strategy in VC.
  • A VC : VENTURE CAPITAL AND TECHNOLOGY  |  SUNDAY, JANUARY 7, 2018
    [Venture Capital] Taking Money “Off The Table”
    One of the hardest things in managing a venture capital portfolio is managing your big winners. A big winner can dwarf the rest of the entire portfolio and you end up sitting on enormous paper profits that you can’t get liquid on. I realize that this seems like a great problem to have, and it is, but it is still a challenging situation. We faced it in Twitter in 2010/2011/2012, in the years before Twitter went public (which happened in the fall of 2013).
  • SILICONHILLS  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 4, 2018
    [Venture Capital] WP Engine Lands $250 Million in Funding from Silver Lake
    One of the most successful startups to spin out of Capital Factory, WP Engine announced Thursday that it has received $250 million in funding from Silver Lake, a venture capital firm. WP Engine, founded by Jason Cohen in 2010, now has more than $100 million in annual recurring revenue and more than 75,000 customers worldwide, […]. The post WP Engine Lands $250 Million in Funding from Silver Lake appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin
  • THEBAREFOOTVC  |  SUNDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Personal Reflections on 2017
    Once I started my venture capital career in 1999 after being on Wall Street and an entrepreneur, no one was going to come in the way of my doing what I loved and knew I was good at. It also became apparent over the years that I had a view of the venture world that no other VC funds did – that VC had to become more global, more diverse and innovative to remain relevant and thrive in the 21 st century.
  • STARTUP PROFESSIONALS MUSINGS  |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2017
    [Venture Capital] 6 Guidelines On How And When To Use Non-Disclosures
    As an advisor to entrepreneurs, I often have to deal with people who are convinced that they must get me to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) before they begin talks about their new venture. If you are approaching a recognized venture capital group, or even an accredited angel investor, a non-disclosure agreement is counter-productive.
  • AUSTIN STARTUP  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Come manage the Mentor Network at Capital Factory
    Capital Factory is all about helping entrepreneurs and we do it in many different ways. The mentor network is the soul of Capital Factory. Capital Factory’s mission hinges on meaningful personal relationships. That makes this one of the most important positions at Capital Factory. You’ll interact directly with the CEO’s of all of the most exciting startup companies in Texas as well as all of the venture capitalists.
  • UP AND RUNNING  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read in 2018
    The author is well respected across the venture capital community and startup founders,” Dana says. This 2018, take some time out to refresh and recharge. For me, that often means stealing a few quiet moments with my book, hiding out…er…I mean, hanging out on my couch, or comfortably wedged into a window seat listening to an audiobook on a long flight. But it can be tough to fully disengage from the parts of your work that are exciting, or even stressful.
  • GROWTHINK BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Do This to Maximize the Value of Your Business in 2018
    Business Planning Entrepreneurship Financing Investing Jay Turo Management Venture Capital
  • GROWTHINK BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2017
    [Venture Capital] How to Write a Business Plan for Raising Venture Capital
    Are you looking to raise venture capital ? Business planning and raising venture capital go hand-in-hand. A business plan is required for attracting venture capital. And the desire to raise capital (whether from an individual “angel” investor or a venture capital firm) is often the key motivator in the business planning process. You can download Growthink's Proven Venture Capital Business Plan Template here.
  • A VC : VENTURE CAPITAL AND TECHNOLOGY  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2017
    [Venture Capital] The Second Quartile
    As I have written about here on AVC many times, early stage venture portfolios produce a wide range of outcomes. We often do insider-led rounds for companies in the second quartile as the venture industry is hard wired to invest in the top quartile, particularly the later stage/growth investor community. But I can assure you that is not how we operate at USV, and it is not how the best early venture capital firms operate.
  • BEN CASNOCHA: THE BLOG  |  SATURDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Do You Love Making Connections and Thinking About Networks?
    I recently co-founded Village Global, a new early stage venture firm. Experience working in a venture capital firm, incubator, accelerator or small startup tech company. We’re hiring ! Here’s one position we’re actively recruiting for. It’s a unique role. Please email jobs@villageglobal.vc if you’re interested. And if you refer a candidate we hire, we’ll pay you $3,000! Title : GM of Network.
  • THE EQUITY KICKER  |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2017
    [Venture Capital] UK VCs growing faster than European counterparts
    Venture CapitalOne fear I heard expressed a lot post Brexit is that the London will lose it’s place as the dominant startup centre in Europe. These fears were compounded by programmes from France, Germany and other governments to get UK companies to relocate. It appears these campaigns have had little impact. As you can see from the table above UK based funds had considerably more success fundraising this year than their European counterparts.
  • INC STARTUPS  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Interview with Richard Sussman, NordicEye
    For today's interview, we spoke with Richard Sussman , who is leading up investments for a new venture capital firm in town, NordicEye (www.nordiceye.com), which just saw a big exit in one of its very first investments, Los Angeles-based Weblife. We talked with Richard about NordicEye's $30M fund, its interests in Los Angeles, and why a Nordic venture capital firm has its eyes on Southern California's technology startups.
  • INC STARTUPS  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2017
    [Venture Capital] ?Blockchain, Bitcoin and the Tokenization of Learning
    It’s become attractive for startups looking for an alternative to traditional venture-capital investment, and functions similar to a crowdfund in that anyone with internet access can participate as an investor. In 2014, Kings College in New York became the first university in the U.S. to accept Bitcoin for tuition payments, a move that seemed more of a PR stunt than the start of some new movement.
  • GROWTHINK BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2017
    [Venture Capital] 2 Reasons Why This is the Best Holiday Season Ever
    We catalyzed success for clients including: Arganteal (software deployment automation) secured $611K in growth capital. NativeAds (digital advertising) closed on a $4M venture financing. The entrepreneurs and executives running these great companies understood that whether you're looking to raise capital, sell your company, expand current market share or enter new markets, having a solid growth plan and roadmap is indispensable.
  • YOUNGUPSTARTS  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Financing Your Startup
    With debt financing, you are, for the most part, in control of this extra capital. In return for capital, you trade ownership of a portion of your business to angel investors or venture capitalists. One of the benefits of equity financing is you don’t have to pay interest on the capital you receive. Angel Investors Versus Venture Capitalists. Venture capitalists are professionals investing someone else’s money.
  • ABOVETHECROWD.COM  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2017
    [Venture Capital] “Customer First” Healthcare
    healthcare system does not operate as a free marketplace with the type of open-competition that we often associate with capitalism. Our venture capital firm, Benchmark, has made four investments consistent with the “customer-first” theme. As venture capital investors, we value investment opportunities that are exposed to huge shifts in a given market — particularly really large markets such as the U.S.
  • AUSTIN STARTUP  |  SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Disturbing
    We just closed out in 2017 our 10-year early-stage venture fund started in 2000. Venture funds are often measured against the median returns for their vintage, and, while we may have performed better than most, one can only beat the market averages by so much absent a lucky unicorn in the mix. There are a number of new early stage venture funds that I’m personally aware of in Atlanta; what if their timing is right and there’s real upside ahead?
  • STARTUP LESSONS LEARNED  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2017
    [Venture Capital] 7 Highlights from Lean Startup Week
    And the chief entrepreneur has a staff of chief portfolio manager, chief venture capitalist, and chief risk officer, right? Two particularly important roles include the chief venture capitalist, because the investment philosophy for invention is different than traditional finance, and the chief internal ambassador “who connects the two [functions] and builds bridges.” Tendayi explained, “It's actually based on the venture capital notion of investment thesis.
  • GROWTHINK BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Breakout Growth Strategies for Today’s Boom Market
    This frothiness, when coupled with very low yields on cash instruments, makes it far easier for more speculative investment propositions, like angel, venture capital, and private equity investments, to be evaluated on their individual merits versus more of a blanket “risk anxiety” as is typical in more normal markets. We catalyzed success for clients including: Arganteal (software deployment automation) secured $611K in growth capital.
  • INC STARTUPS  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2017
    [Venture Capital] The Most Spectacular Startup Flameouts of 2017
    Mountains of venture capital and all the PR buzz in the galaxy couldn't save these doomed companies. Best of Inc
  • AUSTIN STARTUP  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Perot Jain steps up to support Dallas entrepreneurs
    Perot Jain , one of the most active early stage venture firms in Texas, is joining DivInc and The DEC to support our $100,000 Dallas Diversity & Inclusion Challenge and help us get the word out as far and wide as possible! We are glad that Capital Factory is in Dallas and thrilled to see that they are also community builders who grow through collaboration.” According to Pitchbook, Capital Factory has been the most active investor in Texas since 2013. Ross Perot, Jr.,
  • DAVID TETEN  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2017
    [Venture Capital] What’s Your VC Tech Stack? Results from a Survey of Early-Stage VC Funds
    In his white paper How Private Equity and Venture Capital Investors Are Eating Their Own Dogfood , PEVCTECH.com founder David Teten explored how private equity and venture capital investors are trying to automate more of their job. Based on this paper, Blue Future Partners and PEVCTech recently completed a large-scale survey to find out which tools are most commonly used by venture capital firms. Financial Services Management PEVCTech Venture Capita
  • CRACKING THE CODE  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2017
    [Venture Capital] 3 tips to check that your salesforce is ready to scale
    Earlier this fall, we co-organised with Salesforce Ventures the first edition of Cloud Europe , a ½ day event preceding SaaStock 2017 and gathering the founders of the top 100 European SaaS companies. Cloud Computing SaaS sales and marketing software Start-up Venture CapitalWe were lucky to have as a keynote Chris Ciauri, EVP Salesforce EMEA, and he shared a few tips to check that your sales organisation is ready to scale.
  • SILICONHILLS  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Slingshot Aerospace Lands $3.25 Million in Seed Funding
    million in seed stage funding, led by ATX Seed Ventures. Other investors in the seed round included Okapi Venture Capital and Sway Ventures along […]. Austin-based Slingshot Aerospace announced Tuesday that it has received $3.25 Slingshot Aerospace is using artificial intelligence to provide detailed reports about the earth to industries such as Defense, insurance, and energy.
  • SILICONHILLS  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Austin-based GenXComm Lands $7 Million in Venture Capital
    By LAURA LOREK Publisher of Silicon Hills News GenXComm, a telecommunications startup spun out of the University of Texas at Austin, announced Tuesday it has raised $7 million in funding, led by Intel Capital. Other investors included Azure Capital Partners, Bandgap Ventures, Capital Factory, FAM Capital Partners, Lip-Bu Tan, UT Horizon Fund and WS Investment […].
  • STARTUP PROFESSIONALS MUSINGS  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2017
    [Venture Capital] 5 Keys To New Venture Financial Projections That Work
    As an angel investor and business advisor on new ventures, I expect to see five-year financial projections from every entrepreneur. From my perspective, projecting financial returns is part of the homework every business person needs to do in sizing customer opportunity, product costs, pricing, competition and customer value, before expending their own resources in a highly risky venture. On the other hand, without financial projections, you don’t have a viable venture proposal.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Why We Must Have Zero Tolerance for Sexual Misconduct in Venture Capital
    I titled this post “We Must Have Zero Tolerance in Venture Capital” but of course I could just say “zero tolerance anywhere” because that’s true.  —  @msuster Why We Must Have Zero Tolerance for Sexual Misconduct in Venture Capital was originally published in Both Sides of the Table on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
  • GROWTHINK BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2017
    [Venture Capital] The Most Interesting Part of CVS & Aetna
    And from the Walmarts, the Amazons, the Apples and Googles of the world - large, deep pocketed players with the ambition and the intellectual and innovation capital to look at this $3 trillion+ industry and simply say we can do better. Business Planning Entrepreneurship Financing Investing Jay Turo Management Venture CapitalCVS' proposed acquisition this week of health insurance giant Aetna is a big deal.
  • FOR ENTREPRENEURS  |  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2017
    [Venture Capital] How to calculate your total addressable market and make a great TAM slide for investors
    Getting Funded Startup Help Business Model Funding SaaS TAM TAM slide Total Addressable Market Venture capitalI’ve seen hundreds of startup pitch decks in my time at Matrix, and have found total addressable market (TAM) slides to be among the most frequently mis-executed. I get the sense they are often included as a formality in an attempt to get VCs to check a mental box and continue on hearing about other.
  • THE EQUITY KICKER  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2017
    [Venture Capital] VCs and our quest to invest in “home runs”
    This chart (taken from a recent post by First Republic’s Samir Kaji, data from leading venture investor Horseley Bridge ) shows that to get the 3-5x return that most venture capitalists target 10% of their portfolio need to return 10x+. Of course, a 10x return on an individual investment doesn’t necessarily return the whole fund and many venture funds go a step further and stipulate that every deal must be a potential fund returner.
  • INC STARTUPS  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2017
    [Venture Capital] VC Fred Wilson: The Early Stage Slump
    Venture CapitalThe past few years have seen a decline in seed- and early-stage funding. Here's what it means for both entrepreneurs and investors.
  • INC STARTUPS  |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2017
    [Venture Capital] This $150M Startup Skipped Its IPO And Sold To a VC Firm
    This CEO decided that he could get better terms by selling his private equity-owned firm to a venture capital firm. It used to be that the dream of an entrepreneur was to grow so much that the company could go public. Money
  • GROWTHINK BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Will “Rapid Demonetization” Kill Your Business?
    Very simply, they are harvesting that most important form of capital of our modern age. Intellectual Capital. All of us were born with vast troves of this kind of capital lying fertile within us. Want to Build More Intellectual Capital in Your Company? Business Planning Entrepreneurship Financing Investing Jay Turo Management Venture CapitalHave you heard of renowned futurist Peter Diamandis? Or what he describes as “rapid demonetization?”
  • THEBAREFOOTVC  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Bitcoin at $10K – The Beginning
    It’s important to note that a fair amount of the recent capital in the market is driven by speculation from the astronomical returns that cryptocurrencies have achieved in 2017, and a “fear of missing out” (FOMO). I knew that decentralized technology would form the thesis of the new venture capital fund I was launching, and I was interested in learning more how bitcoin would contribute to the thesis. The price of bitcoin reached $10K earlier today.
  • YFS MAGAZINE  |  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2017
    [Venture Capital] What To Do When An Investor Says No
    Finance Grow fundraising investment pitch money pitch meeting venture capitalExpect to take multiple meetings before landing an investor. As a founder, you have to treat the fundraising process much like the sales process.
  • INC STARTUPS  |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2017
    [Venture Capital] This St. Louis Venture Capital Firm Wants to Invest in Talented Entrepreneurs Living in Middle America
    Roughly 70% of venture funding goes to startups in New York, Boston, or San Francisco. Lewis and Clark Ventures wants to change that. Startup
  • YOUNGUPSTARTS  |  SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2017
    [Venture Capital] 5 Ways Venture Capital Is Shaking Up The Tech Startup Landscape In Asia
    There is a thin line between success and failure for startups, and that is usually determined by capital. The more capital a startup has, the easier it is to get off the ground and ramp up growth. With venture capitalists around the world shifting their focus to Asia, here are 5 ways the surge in venture capital fundraising is shaking up the startup landscape in the region. KPMG’s Venture Pulse Q3 2017 reported that the Asian market has raised $12.3
  • HUNTER WALKER  |  SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Rafat Ali on Media Startups and the Nature of Venture
    ” Those are Rafat Ali’s words from a post he wrote Friday in reaction to the cascade of bad news for a bunch of venture-backed new media companies. While Rafat’s expertise is concentrated in media (he started and sold Paid Content and now runs vertical travel startups Skift), the statements above apply generally (we’re investors in theSkimm and Cheddar, so clearly believe there is a place for venture here). “1) VC money is not evil.
  • INC STARTUPS  |  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2017
    [Venture Capital] How Just 1 Tweet Landed This Former Phone Salesman His Dream Job in Venture Capital
    Sometimes all it takes to make your dreams come true is a little courage and 140 characters. The Inc.
  • GROWTHINK BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Persisting Through a Capital Raise
    In fact, the vast majority of new companies fail to raise capital, and as a result, never fully launch. There are numerous forms of funding from which you can potentially choose: bank loans, credit cards, angel investors, venture capitalist, crowdfunding, etc. And to raise venture capital, you typically need to have already proved your concept and have the ability to scale rapidly. In my client’s case, we reached out to 118 venture capitalists.
  • GROWTHINK BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Why These 50 Companies are Positioned for Breakout Growth
    Business Planning Entrepreneurship Financing Investing Jay Turo Management Venture CapitalFortune Magazine and Boston Consulting Group just teamed up to create their inaugural " Fortune 50 " list. The list ranks companies best positioned for breakout growth in the years to come. I love the list for a few reasons. First, because it highlights some incredible companies and their amazing successes, like Salesforce (#1 on the List), Tesla , Intuit , Tableau , Splunk , and GoDaddy.
  • UP AND RUNNING  |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2017
    [Venture Capital] SWOT Analysis Examples
    UPer Crust Pies needs to investigate its options for obtaining capital. The company wants to capitalize on one of the recycling industry’s highest-growth products—polyethylene terephthalate (“PET”), which is found in post-consumer beverage and water bottles—by establishing the western United States’ first PET recycling plant. Replay Plastics needs to investigate its options for obtaining capital. Access startup capital.
  • ABOVETHECROWD.COM  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2017
    [Venture Capital] The Ezra Klein Show: VC Bill Gurley on Transforming Health Care
    Bill is a general partner at Benchmark, one of Silicon Valley’s really legendary venture capital firms. He is one of Silicon Valley’s legendary venture capitalists. He was named the venture capitalist of the year in 2016 at the TechCrunch’s annual Crunchy awards. He talks about his view that maybe democracy [and capitalism are just going to eat each other alive.
  • BLOGTREPRENEUR | ENTREPRENEUR BLOG  |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2017
    [Venture Capital] 5 Creative Financing Options
    No longer is having a good idea enough merit for capital. Venture Capital. If you are running a high-risk niche business, you may qualify for venture capital , a form of lending that helps business owners get the cash they need to get their business off the ground. Instead, the venture capitalist will receive a share of ownership in your company, meaning that they have as much motivation for the company to succeed as you do.
  • HEARPRENEUR  |  SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2017
    [Venture Capital] 20 Entrepreneurs Share Their Favorite 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. André Gide wrote that,”Everything that needs to be said has already been said.
  • STARTUP PROFESSIONALS MUSINGS  |  SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2017
    [Venture Capital] 6 Strategies To Optimize Self-Leadership For Business
    Build positive psychological capital to sustain your business. Without a store of this psychological capital, your performance and leadership will wane, and your satisfaction will dwindle. We have all seen examples of new ventures that fail , despite large infusions of venture capital, and high-potential new technologies. Now is the time to capitalize on your strengths and maximize your leadership abilities.
  • GROWTHINK BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Want a $105 Billion Offer for Your business?
    Business Planning Entrepreneurship Financing Investing Jay Turo Management Venture CapitalHave you heard about Broadcom’s takeover bid f or long-time competitor Qualcomm? Well, it’s happening now and it has dominated business news this week. Because, at an offer price of $105 billion , if completed, it would represent the largest technology industry deal ever. Now, big numbers like these can arise some intense emotions in any ambitious businessperson.
  • INC STARTUPS  |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2017
    [Venture Capital] ICOs Are Raising Huge Amounts of Money for Startups. Here's How They Stack Up Against Venture Capital
    But can this method replace the traditional venture capital model? More and more startups are raising millions through ICOs. Startup
  • A VC : VENTURE CAPITAL AND TECHNOLOGY  |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Quantitative Investing in Shampoo
    I have been a skeptic about data-driven venture capital investing for a long time. CircleUp originally operated solely on a marketplace model but has recently launched a credit arm that provides working capital to consumer companies. It will be interesting to see how these approaches might affect capital formation more broadly, as data applications move to designing new financial products and services we have not yet even considered.
  • AUSTIN STARTUP  |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2017
    [Venture Capital] More Tech Startups are LLCs
    The main drivers, from our viewpoint, are: Many tech entrepreneurs no longer view venture capital as an inevitability in their growth path, and have grown skeptical of the traditional “growth at all costs” mindset found in many startup circles; and An increasing number of VCs are growing comfortable with LLCs.
  • ONLYONCE  |  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2017
    [Venture Capital] How Venture Capital Firms Work, for Entrepreneurs and Startups
    So with no small amount of help from my long-time investor and director Brad Feld and his colleague Jason Mendelson, whose book Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist I contributed to in a very small way by writing a series of sidebars called “The Entrepreneur’s Perspective” (that process led to my writing Startup CEO ), I pulled together this presentation available on Slideshare entitled How Venture Capital Firms Work and Why You Should Care.
  • GROWTHINK BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2017
    [Venture Capital] How to Sell a Lousy Business, Part II
    Business Planning Entrepreneurship Financing Investing Jay Turo Management Venture CapitalMy article last week, " How To Sell A Lousy Business " prompted more replies than any of the 250+ articles I have written in the past four years. While I would like to think that the reason for this was the profound business wisdoms I shared in it.the real reason for the post's popularity came down to one word. That word, of course, is lousy.
  • INC STARTUPS  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Jeff Bezos is Now the Richest Man in the World: Here is Why We Need to Bet That Big on Female Founders
    Venture capital is still skewed heavily towards white or Asian male founders. Here is why that needs to change. Startup
  • BLOGTREPRENEUR | ENTREPRENEUR BLOG  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Why Crowdfunding May Be The Best Choice For Your Business
    Even venture capital teams who think they are approaching pitches without bias are more likely to accept the exact same pitch when it is given by a man. With more women and people of color making their ways into venture capital circles, this inherent bias may slowly shift, but in the meantime, these entrepreneurs may struggle to get their crowdfunding projects funded.
  • INC STARTUPS  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2017
    [Venture Capital] An Open Letter to the Anonymous Venture Capitalists Who Are Afraid to Meet With Women Now
    Venture CapitalIf you can't talk to members of the opposite sex without harassing them--well, among your many problems is this one: you're bad at your job.
  • INC STARTUPS  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Yes, You Can Build a Successful Startup Without Venture Capital (This Founder Reveals How)
    Taft, ana direct-to-consumer shoe retailer, is already valued at$20 million. Innovate
  • YOUNGUPSTARTS  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2017
    [Venture Capital] The High School Handbook For Young Entrepreneurs
    Leverage your access to capital. A young entrepreneur often doesn’t realize the access to capital in which they have. Most startups go after venture because they need money to support themselves while growing a business. Not having the expenses that later become unavoidable is like getting access to capital you never knew you had. Having low capital needs and the ability to go after whatever you want in life provides an opportunity.
  • STARTUP PROFESSIONALS MUSINGS  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2017
    [Venture Capital] 7 Steps To Finding Investors Aligned With Your Values
    One of the most common complaints I hear from new business owners and startups is about the pain and difficulty raising capital. The “venture capital” model is the only option they know, where they feel they get no mercy, giving up equity and control. I just finished a new book, “ Raise Capital on Your Own Terms: How to Fund Your Business Without Selling Your Soul ,” by Jenny Kassan, who has been in the business for over 20 years as an attorney and fund raiser.
  • UP AND RUNNING  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2017
    [Venture Capital] 8 Steps to Starting Your Own Business
    How much capital do you have to risk? Will it be a full-time or a part-time venture ? But, even if you are going to finance the venture yourself, a business plan will help you figure out how much money you will need to get started, what it will take to make your business profitable, what needs to get done when, and where you are headed. Depending on the size and goals of your venture, you may need to seek financing from an “angel” investor or from a venture capital firm.
  • INC STARTUPS  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2017
    [Venture Capital] NY Startups Surpass San Francisco in Venture Capital Funding
    Venture CapitalFunding in San Francisco was flat compared to the previous quarter.
  • GROWTHINK BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2017
    [Venture Capital] How to Sell a Lousy Business
    Truly profitable companies are the the "belles" of the business dance, effortlessly attracting suitors of all types - growth capital, owner liquidity, unsolicited buyout offers and the like. Are you generating the kinds of real profits that effortlessly attract business suitors of all types - growth capital, owner liquidity, unsolicited buyout offers - to you? Business Planning Entrepreneurship Financing Investing Jay Turo Management Venture Capital
  • THE STARTUP MAGAZINE  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Capital Provider Perspectives: Rumi Ventures and Crowdvest
    We took the opportunity as part of this year’s FUND Conference to get some insights from a couple of influential startup capital providers. Two of the panel participants have different funding perspectives, one venture capital and the other crowdfunding. First we take some comments from Rumi Morales of Rumi Ventures , who spoke on the ‘Working the Midwest’ FUND Conference panel.
  • STEVE BLANK  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Why Uber is The Revenge of the Founders
    In this business environment, hiring a new CEO who had experience growing a company around a single technical innovation was a rational decision for venture investors. Since the initial venture investors had cashed out by selling their stock over the first few years, they had no long-term interest in this outcome. Private companies with market capitalization over a billion dollars – called Unicorns – were unheard of in the first decade of the 21st century.
  • UP AND RUNNING  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2017
    [Venture Capital] 5 Steps for Entrepreneurs with an Idea, but No Funding
    Step 3: Determine your capital needs and write a business plan. Even if you manage to get a crowdfunding campaign off the ground or find a way to fund your startup yourself, the costs of running every aspect of the business can go way beyond your initial capital needs for launch. After following the steps above, you might be ready to seek outside investors to generate more capital and grow your business. Every business starts with an idea.
  • SILICONHILLS  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2017
    [Venture Capital] SailPoint Files to Raise $100 Million in a Public Offering
    The Austin-based cybersecurity firm has raised $26 million to date in venture capital and private equity funding. SailPoint Technologies, founded in 2005, filed papers with federal regulators on Friday to raise $100 million in an initial public offering. The company plans to use the proceeds of its offering to expand operations and add additional customers. […]. The post SailPoint Files to Raise $100 Million in a Public Offering appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin
  • SCALABLE STARTUP  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Raise Way More Funding Than You Need
    startup CEO agency angel investor funding venture capital[This article is based on some assumptions: you have a business worth funding; you have the motivation that inspires investment; that you have access to a “reasonable” pool of funding.]. About 4 years ago, a good friend of mine asked me to help her figure out if and how she could raise some funding for her business. She didn’t have a “tech startup” per say, rather she was a UX/UI designer, and a very good one.
  • A VC : VENTURE CAPITAL AND TECHNOLOGY  |  SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Our Model
    This model has more or less been the model of all three venture funds I have worked in over my thirty year period. It is an interesting time to be in the venture capital business. The decade that came after the internet bubble burst turned out to be a fantastic time to make early stage venture capital investments and we have been fortunate to participate in those good times. This past week our portfolio company MongoDB went public.
  • DAVID TETEN  |  SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Nov. 8, NYC: Conference on Family Office Investments in Tech
    Stephanie Choo , Partner, Portag3 Ventures, Mr. Benjamin Elbaz , Managing Partner, BlackRock, Mr. Oliver Mitchell , Founding Partner, Autonomy Ventures, Mr. Andrew Tang , Partner, Draper Associates, Dr. Long Phan , CEO & CTO, Top Flight Technologies, Mr. Thomas A. I’m honored to chair DC Finance’s upcoming family office conference on investment in innovative technologies, November 8th, 2017, in midtown Manhattan. Details at www.tech-wealth.com.
  • A VC : VENTURE CAPITAL AND TECHNOLOGY  |  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Rebecca Kaden
    Albert joined USV in 2008, after doing a two-year stint as a Venture Partner at USV, and after spending almost a decade doing early-stage investing in a number of firms. A venture capital firm, at least our venture capital firm, is at its core, a group of like-minded investors who come together around a shared investment thesis to work collaboratively to help entrepreneurs build companies. Rebecca grew up in a venture capital firm as did I.
  • DAVID TETEN  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2017
    [Venture Capital] How Entrepreneurs and Executives Can Work with Private Equity and Venture Capital Funds
    I presented a few weeks ago to the American Marketing Association Executive Forum on how their members can work with and earn money from private equity and venture capital funds. The post How Entrepreneurs and Executives Can Work with Private Equity and Venture Capital Funds appeared first on David Teten.
  • GROWTHINK BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2017
    [Venture Capital] The Money Machine
    You take a certain amount of human and physical capital. Business Planning Entrepreneurship Financing Investing Jay Turo Management Venture CapitalBusiness is pretty straightforward. add quality ideas and consistent energy. and what naturally will come out is. money. And lots of it. Given this simple formula, why do so many businesses fail? Or come far from reaching their full potential?
  • AUSTIN STARTUP  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2017
    [Venture Capital] MassChallenge Joins the Texas Ecosystem
    The Forrest Four-Cast: October 17, 2017 If you didn’t get a chance to be part of their launch event on Monday afternoon at the Bob Bullock Museum on Monday afternoon, then be sure to attend the Meet MassChallenge Texas Meet Up at 3:30 pm on Tuesday, March 17 at Capital Factory (701 Brazos Street in the Omni Hotel). Deeply embedded in the region’s innovation community, Milliard has held senior positions at Ascension, Austin Ventures, and AT&T Knowledge Ventures.
  • THEBAREFOOTVC  |  SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Blockchains and Society
    Bitcoin Blockchain Cryptocurrency Social impact Technology Venture Capital blockchain cryptocurrency emerging markets regulations social impactIn July, I sat down The Falkes Group, organizers of the annual Women’s Private Equity Summit in Half Moon Bay, to talk about my fund, and how I got interested in investing in bitcoin and blockchain technology in 2013.
  • AUSTIN STARTUP  |  SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2017
    [Venture Capital] The Courage to Monetize
    As is often the case in startups, the desire to create may be outweighing the motivation to monetize, particularly if there are no hungry investors expecting venture returns. Heck, there was no venture capital in Dixie in that era. I’m aware of a sophisticated venture investor asking an entrepreneur about his CAC, and he had no answer.
  • YOUNGUPSTARTS  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Going Concern Rules And Your Company
    If there is insufficient cash, then the company should have a plan to obtain sufficient capital. Obtaining term sheets, note agreements, or even emails from lead investors stating their intentions to continue funding the entity may help support management’s assertion that they can raise more capital. Michael Gallaher is an experienced Audit Associate at Sensiba San Filippo specializing in venture capital funds and venture backed startups in the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • GROWTHINK BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2017
    [Venture Capital] The Indispensable Man or Woman
    Business Planning Entrepreneurship Financing Investing Jay Turo Management Venture CapitalAre there really those among us so talented, experienced, motivated, connected.that without their dynamic presence our businesses will suffer greatly? Well, this past week I had two unforgettable experiences that answered this question in an entirely new and powerful way.
  • AUSTIN STARTUP  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Austin, Meet Dallas
    Dallas at night I would venture to say it is shared by other non-Dallas-ites, as a city whose residents consider themselves more cosmopolitan, a bit more reserved, and a cut above the rest of the Texas social scene, more in the national league of NY, LA, or Chicago. The Investors Speaking of, let’s talk about venture deals, starting with VCs and other risk capital providers. divisions of Capital One, State Farm, Goldman Sachs , etc.),
  • K9 VENTURES  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2017
    [Venture Capital] The Pre-Seed FAQ
    You see, Dan knows more about venture than most people; and if Dan isn’t aware that “pre-seed is a thing,” then I haven’t done a good enough job of explaining to the world what I and K9 do! Luckily, Kia Kokalitcheva followed up with a post titled “ The rise of “pre-seed” venture capital ,” that made me feel just a tad better, but that uneasy feeling still didn’t leave me. Pre-Seed is the first institutional capital invested in a company. Engineering Capital.
  • FELD THOUGHTS  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Building An Autonomous and Virtual World: Softbank Teams With Mapbox
    When we led Eric’s first financing — a $10 million round and the first capital into the bootstrapped team — we believed mobile location and mapping would be big. Back in 1997, Softbank Technology Ventures (which became Mobius Venture Capital) was the first VC fund I helped raise. The physical world will be the reference coordinates for the fleets of robot cars of our imagination.
  • STEVE BLANK  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Office of Naval Research (ONR) Goes Lean
    He wanted to build an innovation pipeline that would allow the Navy to: Create “dual-use” products (build solutions that could be used for the military but also sold commercially, and attract venture capital investments.) The Office of Naval Research (ONR) has been one of the largest supporters of innovation in the U.S. Now they are starting to use the Lean Innovation process (see here and here ) to turn ideas into solutions.
  • INC STARTUPS  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Venture Capital Firms Doubling Down on Investing In Female Founders
    Here's how you find the modern investors proudly backing women entrepreneurs. Innovate
  • YOUNGUPSTARTS  |  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2017
    [Venture Capital] How The Membership Economy Is Disrupting Big Auto (And Pretty Much Every Other Industry) 
    Venture capital is readily available for entrepreneurs with new ideas. If you have a great idea, there are plenty of venture capital firms to help make it a reality. This ample supply of investment capital gives entrepreneurs the resources to try different approaches. (Of
  • AUSTIN STARTUP  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2017
    [Venture Capital] The Economics of Fundraising — TNSTAAFL
    Focus on finding good-neighbor funding sources that add value by helping your company to grow in verticals where the angel/VC has both capital and subject expertise. fundraising economics wisdom startup venture-capitalRaising money? Read this first. Dilution, overvaluation, free money, TNSTAAFL, and how to deal with VCs like a pro. First time founders are typically the most likely to object to dilution when fundraising.
  • SILICONHILLS  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Adam Salamon with Next Coast Ventures, Discusses his Entrepreneurial Journey with Perk on the Ideas to Invoices Podcast
    By LAURA LOREK Publisher of Silicon Hills News Adam Salamon is the first Entrepreneur in Residence at Next Coast Ventures, an Austin-based venture capital firm. The post Adam Salamon with Next Coast Ventures, Discusses his Entrepreneurial Journey with Perk on the Ideas to Invoices Podcast appeared first on SiliconHills.
  • GROWTHINK BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2017
    [Venture Capital] The Power of Delusion
    Business Planning Entrepreneurship Financing Investing Jay Turo Management Venture CapitalGreat entrepreneurs successfully walk that very fine line between level-headed rationality and.utter, charming, frustrating, and complete delusion. The most successful entrepreneurs, like Steve Jobs, Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos, are so because of their delusions, not in spite of them.
  • THIS IS GOING TO BE BIG.  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2017
    [Venture Capital] My Least Favorite Part of Venture Capital
    I'm a lead investor. That means I'm usually the first person to put down a price on what your company is worth--a dollar value on months, if not years, worth of your work, blood, sweat, tears, stress, etc. Here's a piece of paper that says how much I think your dreams are worth." The reality is, any price that I put down at the stage that I invest isn't going to feel like enough--and if it doesn't feel like enough, I'm probably grossly overpaying. But, you don't feel like that as the founder.
  • UP AND RUNNING  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2017
    [Venture Capital] A Standard Business Plan Outline [Updated for 2017]
    Your business plan should present what a banker or venture capitalist expects to see, in the order they expect to see it in. While every business owner should have an ongoing planning process to help them run their business, not every business owner needs a complete, formal business plan suitable for submitting to a potential investor, or bank, or venture capital contest.
  • CHAGANOMICS  |  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2017
    [Venture Capital] An Essay On Bitcoin Pricing
    Venture capitalists and money managers came in and bought a lot of bitcoins. bitcoin Bitcoins BRR BRTI btc Venture CapitalThe concept of bitcoin is really fantastic. Groups of people join together sharing power and computer power and by virtue of the blockchain and its characteristics, you create more coins. As far as sharing or using the coins you still are able to use the blockchain system to send the coins around to vendors and anyone who has a wallet or accepts the coins.
  • GROWTHINK BLOG  |  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2017
    [Venture Capital] The 6 Untold Reasons Why Businesses Fail
    Many entrepreneurial ventures depend heavily on new ideas and creative thinking, and when an entrepreneur’s head isn’t clear, business can suffer. Looking to raise venture capital? I originally wrote this article years ago (which is why there are many old comments at the bottom). But I just updated it (even though 99% of what I wrote years ago is still 100% valid today).
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