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SILICONHILLS [Venture Capital] The Zebra Raises $17 Million in Venture Capital
| TUESDAY, JANUARY 26, 2016
The Austin-based company’s investors included Silverton Partners, Daher Capital, Ballast Point Ventures, Mark Cuban and Mike Maples Jr. drivers on […] The post The Zebra Raises $17 Million in Venture Capital appeared first on SiliconHills. The Zebra, which created an auto insurance aggregation and comparison site to save consumers money, has raised $17 million in Series A funding.
SILICONHILLS [Venture Capital] Austin-based Vast Lands $14 Million in Venture Capital
| MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2016
Vast, a data platform to sell cars and houses, announced Monday it has received $14 million from Capital One Growth Ventures. The company plans to use […] The post Austin-based Vast Lands $14 Million in Venture Capital appeared first on SiliconHills. The Austin-based company, founded in 2005 in Silicon Valley, had not raised any money previously. It has created two main brands: CarStory for automotive and HomeStory for real estate.
BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE [Venture Capital] Want to Raise Venture Capital More Easily? Clean Up Your Own Shite First
| WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14, 2010
I know that the tone of the title and post will seem a bit aggressive for a post from a venture capitalist on fund raising. If you want to raise venture capital more easily the advice could be quite practical and counter-intuitive. Many companies that are raising B or C venture capital rounds right now raised their initial money in 2005-2008. They often have “dead or “tired investors who have stranded capital. Clean up your own shite.
FRED DESTIN [Venture Capital] What's in a (venture capital) website ?
| MONDAY, JANUARY 10, 2011
Late on Friday we launched the new website of Atlas Venture. One of the challenges that all venture capitalists are dealing with is that we are all peddling essentially the same product. The bottom line is we all sound pretty much the same , so what is a venture capitalist to do ? Let’s look at how folks are trying to stand out in the world of venture 2.0 B ig Balls of Steel Award: Spark Capital. I will start with Bain Capital Ventures.
JASON BALL'S TECHBYTES [Venture Capital] How to get a job in Venture Capital
| TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2014
If you can fix one (or more) venture backed co’s, you will be loved and will probably find yourself a more permanent role. Analyst, Associate, Principal, Venture Partner, General Partner, Managing Partner – all require different amounts of the above. Venture Capital I get asked this question a *lot*. I wrote a post about it back in 2006 on the topic that I could point people to, but it looks a little light, so I thought I’d post an update.
ANGEL BLOG [Venture Capital] Venture Capital Funds - How the Math Works
| THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2008
Why the Size of Venture Capital Funds Matters to Angels and Entrepreneurs. My previous post was titled Venture Capital Firms Are Too Big. That post provides one important piece of data necessary to answer the really important question of why the size of venture capital funds matters to angel investors and entrepreneurs. Venture Capital Fund Math. This post is a high level summary of how the math works for a typical venture capital fund.
YFS MAGAZINE [Venture Capital] How To Overcome Bootstrapping Challenges In A Venture Capital World
| THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2015
Outside of the operational reasons for pursuing investment (e.g., infrastructure, R&D, hiring, etc.), one of the things that rarely gets discussed are the signals associated with taking investment. Grow Marketing & Sales marketing media coverage media pitch
SILICONHILLS [Venture Capital] Shelfbucks Lands $6.5 Million in Venture Capital
| WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2015
Million in Venture Capital appeared first on SiliconHills. Selfbucks, which makes dynamic marketing platforms for retail stores and brands, announced this week it has closed its Series A funding and raised $6.5 million. To date, the Austin-based company, founded in 2013, has raised $11.5 million, according to its CrunchBase profile. With the latest funds, Shelfbucks plans to rollout its platform nationwide to even […] The post Shelfbucks Lands $6.5
SILICONHILLS [Venture Capital] Austin-based Convey Raises $4.5 Million in Venture Capital
| WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29, 2016
Silverton Partners led the latest round with participation from Techstars Ventures, Capital Factory and Corsa Ventures. Million in Venture Capital appeared first on SiliconHills. Convey, a Techstars Austin graduate, announced Wednesday it has raised $4.5 million in Series A funding. To date, the company has raised $6.9 million. Rob Taylor is the CEO of Convey and Dan Bebout is the founder and vice […] The post Austin-based Convey Raises $4.5
THIS IS GOING TO BE BIG. [Venture Capital] The Experience of Being a Limited Partner in Venture Capital
| TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2016
You run X amount of capital and Y percentage of that is allocated to venture capital. They don't have a directive to be invested in venture and they're not aiming to make some target return to pay out benefits or university operating expenses, etc. Partnership investing is boring. You give someone your money and, once a quarter, they give you a report that says what they did with your money.
ASK THE VC [Venture Capital] Mentors, Revenue Based Financing, and Misperceptions About Venture Capital
| MONDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2011
It’s an advertorial for Andy’s firm Lighter Capital but is a really good explanation of how revenue based financing works. Charlie O’Donnell (First Round Capital) wraps up our posts of the day with a dynamite one titled 10 Misperceptions About Venture Capital. It’s Monday and our friendly neighborhood VCs stored up their posts over the weekend and launched a few with a vengeance. Today, we have three great ones.
SILICONHILLS [Venture Capital] Get Smart Content Lands $3.5 Million in Venture Capital
| MONDAY, AUGUST 24, 2015
Origin Ventures led the round with participation from Chicago Ventures and Virgo Capital. Million in Venture Capital appeared first on SiliconHills. Get Smart Content announced Monday it has closed on a $3.5 million funding round. To date, the company has raised just over $6.4 million, according to a news release. The Austin-based company runs an online platform that allows marketers to create personalized […] The post Get Smart Content Lands $3.5
SILICONHILLS [Venture Capital] Austin’s Venture Capital Investment Deals Drop 7 Percent in 2016
| TUESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2017
By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Venture capital investments in Austin dropped 7 percent in deal flow to 112 deals and $834 million invested in 2016, down 3 percent, compared to the previous year, according to the MoneyTree Report from PricewaterhouseCoopers. market which saw a drop of 16 […] The post Austin’s Venture Capital Investment Deals Drop 7 Percent in 2016 appeared first on SiliconHills.
READWRITESTART [Venture Capital] Why Venture Capital No Longer Defines Innovation
| MONDAY, AUGUST 20, 2012
Today’s venture capital deal flow to innovative new companies looks a lot like a fat man trying to squeeze into a slim Italian suit. In 2000, venture capitalists poured a staggering $112.2 Today, venture capital deal flow has slowed to a relative trickle, just $28.4 billion was invested in startups by venture capitalists in 2011. Accelerators and crowdfunding are elbowing the fat boys of venture capital aside. Web start Venture Funding
SILICONHILLS [Venture Capital] BigCommerce Lands $30 Million in Venture Capital
| TUESDAY, MAY 10, 2016
GGV Capital led the funding round with participation from existing investors including General Catalyst, Revolution Growth, Softbank Capital, Tenaya, Split Rock, Telstra Ventures and American Express Ventures. The company has […] The post BigCommerce Lands $30 Million in Venture Capital appeared first on SiliconHills. BigCommerce, an ecommerce platform, announced Tuesday that it has closed a $30 million round.
INFORMATION ARBITRAGE [Venture Capital] Venture Capital and "Innovation"
| SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2013
Many have recently been critical of the role of the venture industry in financing “true innovation.” This is not how the venture industry is supposed to operate.” When it comes to breakthroughs in long time-scale, massively capital intensive areas in the hard-sciences, e.g., battery technology and solar technology writ large, I’d posit that the right source of financing for this kind of innovation is either the Government or large corporations.
VENTUREWOODS [Venture Capital] Venture Capital in India – The Summit Push
| WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2013
As the season for year roundups begins, here are my thoughts, originally published in Economic Times … It is now my eight year in succession of claiming a great year for venture capital. At the surface, 2013 was a slower year for venture capital investments than recent past. The first reason is the emergence of key investment themes which could redefine the complexion of technology ventures in India.
DAVID TETEN [Venture Capital] Venture Capital Access Program launches to aid women and diverse entrepreneurs
| WEDNESDAY, MAY 9, 2012
VCAP© Addresses the Gap between Venture Capital and Funding for Women and Diverse Entrepreneurs. VCAP©, the first program of its kind, bridges the gap between venture capitalists and angel investor networks and women and diverse entrepreneurs, many of whom have not traditionally had access to these sources of capital. The National Association of Investment Companies (NAIC) is the trade association representing women and diverse private equity and venture firms.
THE EQUITY KICKER [Venture Capital] Sustainable startup growth and venture capital
| MONDAY, JANUARY 25, 2016
On Friday it seemed like everyone in the venture capital industry was again reading about market turmoil, this time the news is that angel investors are pulling back and valuations taking a hit. In his post The end of the big venture formula Danny Crichton put it like this: What’s needed is a sustainable approach to startup growth and venture capital.
BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE [Venture Capital] Changes in Software & Venture Capital – Part 2 of 3
| WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29, 2011
Yesterday I wrote Part 1 of the series on the changes to the software industry over the past decade that has led to changes in the venture capital industry itself. Amazon in turn led to the formation of an earlier stage of venture capital now led by what I call “micro VCs who typically invest $250-500k in companies rather than the $5-7 million that VCs used to invest. Or at least venture-style returns. Not to mention providing the capital for growth.
THIS IS GOING TO BE BIG. [Venture Capital] Six Reasons Not to Invest in a Venture Capital Fund
| WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10, 2015
Hopefully, the fund gets some nice wins early and you start to get your money back, but when you're in a venture fund, you're in for a really long haul. I recently met up with an investor who I'm not totally sure is a fit for my second fund , so it was important to me that I was upfront about all the reasons why he shouldn't come in. The last thing you want as either a founder or even a VC is to have an investor get stuck with you when you're not on the same page about expectations.
- [Venture Capital] 6 Ways To Increase Your Odds of Landing Venture Capital
This guest post was contributed by BJ Lackland, CEO of Lighter Capital. Running a growing tech startup with steadily increasing revenues might put you on the right track to being a successful business owner, but it doesn’t mean you’re on an easy path to securing venture capital. startups get venture capital. You might have a great idea, but an idea is not a product, nor is it … Continue reading → Investment Capital: Equity / Debt / VC Funding
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ONLINE.WSJ.COM [Venture Capital] The Venture Capital Secret: 3 Out of 4 Start-Ups Fail
| SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2012
SIGNIFICANCE PROMINENT. --> The Venture Capital Secret: 3 Out of 4 Start-Ups Fail. An entrepreneur with a hot technology and venture-capital funding becomes a billionaire in his 20s. But now there is evidence that venture-backed start-ups fail at far higher numbers than the rate the industry usually cites. About three-quarters of venture-backed firms in the U.S. backed by venture capitalists. High Capital Franchises. Capital Available.
VC CAFE [Venture Capital] Vietnam venture capital – potential unlocked
| SATURDAY, APRIL 23, 2016
Vietnam’s Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) has shared a circular (a regulatory document, in Vietnam speak) for improving the legal environment for venture capital investing in the Socialist state. 500 Startups announced their $10 Vietnam fund in March , while FPT Ventures has a Seed Fund and Golden Gate Ventures maintains a rep focused on Vietnam.
SILICONHILLS [Venture Capital] Vyopta Lands $5 Million in Venture Capital
| THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2016
It makes an analytics platform […] The post Vyopta Lands $5 Million in Venture Capital appeared first on SiliconHills. Vyopta, a video analytics firm, Thursday announced a $5 million Series A funding led by Austin-based AVX Partners. Austin-based Vyopta works with big companies to help them collaborate internally and serve customers better with videos. It has more than 70 customers including Vista Print and the Department of Veteran Affairs.
FRED DESTIN [Venture Capital] The Great European Venture Capital Crisis
| WEDNESDAY, MAY 9, 2012
The exercise of drawing up target list of investors has been a depressing one, for the European venture landscape is starting to look extremely depleted. We have three clearly dominant firms based out of London, in the form of Accel Partners, Balderton Capital and Index Ventures. European venture capital is out of favor with LP's. The wonderful White Beat Yard / Passion Capital initiative is one such example. Venture Capital *Notable Europe
GENUINE VC [Venture Capital] Beer Kegs and the Future of Venture Capital: What It Means for Entrepreneurs
| TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2011
Last September I wrote a post outlining my view of the venture capital industry: increasingly evolving like the beer industry as it continues to mature. And much like the emergence of microbreweries specializing in craft beer, new Micro VCs (disclosure: like my own firm NextView Ventures ) are thriving by specializing along at least one or more of these three dimensions (geo, sector, stage) with a unique offering for a specific subset of entrepreneurs.
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] 5 Best-Kept Secrets About Venture Capital
| FRIDAY, MAY 2, 2014
The most important things you need to know about how venture capital works--demystified. After 10 years as a successful entrepreneur, I''ve recently become a venture capitalist. Or at least, you''ll find it easier and experience less confusion and friction if you try to raise funding , or work in a venture capital-backed company. Here are my top 5 secrets I''ve learned about venture capital: 1.
GUST [Venture Capital] How do venture capital firms make money by investing in startups?
| WEDNESDAY, MAY 7, 2014
The venture capital fund itself makes money… …by investing early in a startup company’s life, when success is not at all assured. In exchange for investing capital to help the company grow, the fund receives an ownership interest in the company. In either case, the venture capital fund sells the shares that it owns, for more money than it originally paid for them.
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] Seeking Venture Capital? Your Numbers Better Be Right.
| TUESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2017
Numbers make and break venture capital decisions. Are you sure you're using the right ones
WILL PRICE [Venture Capital] The Next Step in Disrupting Venture Capital: Emerging Manager Funds
| TUESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2011
The Venture Capital industry is ripe for disruption. Over the last few years, super angels offered new capital to the market and groups such as Y-Combinator provided young entrepreneurs new avenues to success. The venture industry, however, lacks a very common model that the hedge fund industry has mastered - the emerging manager strategy. Why don't we see a similar model at play in the venture industry? Will we see an emerging manager strategy work in venture?
THE EQUITY KICKER [Venture Capital] Venture capital activity in Europe edging up, still way behind US
| THURSDAY, JULY 19, 2012
There has been a bit of buzz recently about the Q2 increase in VC activity in the US, and following discussion a discussion at a dinner last night where we fumbled for stats on the state of the venture market I decided to do a little research this morning and find out the latest trends. As you can see from the charts below, it turns out that the level of venture activity in Europe is increasing slightly, particularly on the side of funds raised by VCs to invest into startups.
SILICONHILLS [Venture Capital] eyeQ Gets $3.5 Million in Venture Capital
| MONDAY, MAY 23, 2016
Align Capital, a new investor, led the round with participation from existing existing investors. As part of the deal, Lisa Harris, managing partner of Align Capital, joins eyeQ’s board of directors. Million in Venture Capital appeared first on SiliconHills. EyeQ, a shopper intelligence platform, announced it has received $3.5 million in Series A funding. The Austin-based startup plans to use the funds for […] The post eyeQ Gets $3.5
THIS IS GOING TO BE BIG. [Venture Capital] How to Get into Venture Capital - An Update
| WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5, 2014
About seven years ago, I wrote a post on breaking into venture capital and I continue to point the five or six people a week who ask me how to break into venture. The candidates for venture capital roles are already out there and usually in plain sight and there simply wasn''t anyone out there doing what Amrit was doing who wasn''t already fulltime at a firm. but in a city like New York, with it''s access to capital, "getting in" shouldn''t be the hard part.
SILICONHILLS [Venture Capital] Civitas Learning Lands $16 Million in Venture Capital
| TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2015
Rethink Education led the investment with additional funding from existing investors Austin Ventures and Emergence Capital. Civitas, which […] The post Civitas Learning Lands $16 Million in Venture Capital appeared first on SiliconHills. Civitas Learning, a three year old education technology startup, announced Tuesday it has secured $16 million in funding.
GROWTHINK BLOG [Venture Capital] Angel Investors, Venture Capital, Which Should You Chose?
| TUESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2012
And such was the case when I read the latest statistics from the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA). The seemingly good news from the NVCA was that the amount of venture capital funding grew 22% from 2010 to 2011. Specifically I found that the lion's share of this funding went to later stage companies (companies who have already raise previous rounds of venture capital, have revenues, and are looking to grow further before being acquired or going public).
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] Why You Don't Need Venture Capital
| THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2012
So often, young entrepreneurs think the viability of their fledgling company depends on their ability to intrigue investors and raise capital. But the truth is, raising capital is often a pipe dream. Don't get discouraged, though: Raising capital should be the least of your concerns. And pitching your company to venture capitalists is about as effective as chasing clouds. This is not to say that capital is not an integral part of expanding your company.
GROWTHINK BLOG [Venture Capital] Worked Up about Unrealistic Venture Capital Valuation
| FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2011
So, Mike tells me he wants to raise a first round of venture capital based on a $100 million valuation. Now, anyone who knows anything about venture capital will literally laugh when they read a line like that. Now, if I had the opportunity to give Mike the 2-hour consult, I would have explained to him how venture capital really works. And how most likely, the chance of him raising venture capital with just an idea was zero.
BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE [Venture Capital] The Coming Brick Wall in Venture Capital & Why This is Good for US Innovation
| THURSDAY, JUNE 30, 2011
This is the final part of a 3-part series on the major changes in the structure of the software & the venture capital industries. But … Downsizing Venture Capital. The venture capital business itself is going through an even more fundamental change than just the entry of a new category at the earliest stage. Creative destruction is what drives capitalism and innovation.
THE EQUITY KICKER [Venture Capital] Venture capital is only right for a small percentage of businesses
| TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2012
Just today I was with a company where the most likely exit value is £25m, that could be a great result for the founders and employees, but wouldn’t be a great result for a VC, and hence raising venture capital is not the right idea for them, and they probably shouldn’t have been wasting cycles talking with us. The irony is that for companies that shouldn’t be raising venture the process often turns out to be no easier than the alternatives. VC isn’t good for every company.
STEVE BLANK [Venture Capital] How to Get a VC Meeting – the flowchart
| WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2012
Filed under: Customer Development , Venture Capital. Customer Development Venture CapitalI often get asked, “how do I get a meeting with a VC?” ” Here is my slightly tongue-in-cheek view.
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] Top 10 Industries Raising the Most Venture Capital (Infographic)
| TUESDAY, MARCH 11, 2014
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, First Round Capital, and New Enterprise Associates closed the most deals last year, according to the report. Check out how top industries have fared over the past two years in terms of new deals and investments. Whether or not software is really " eating the world, " it appears to be eating the lion''s share of investment dollars. Last year VC firms invested $11 billion in the sector, according to a report from advisory firm PwC.
SILICONHILLS [Venture Capital] data.world Lands $18.7 Million More in Venture Capital Funding
| TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2017
million in venture capital funding. Million More in Venture Capital Funding appeared first on SiliconHills. The fast growing data.world, a social network for data people, Tuesday announced it has closed on $18.7 The Austin-based startup reported the funding round closed at double the valuation of its previous round. To date, data.world has raised $32.7 million. The company plans to use the money to build its […] The post data.world Lands $18.7
THIS IS GOING TO BE BIG. [Venture Capital] How to Build a Successful and Diverse Venture Capital Portfolio Without Really Trying
| WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2015
After checking out The Information's "open dataset" on diversity in venture capital , I felt pretty disappointed. I went back and calculated the number of companies in the first Brooklyn Bridge Ventures portfolio who have at least one founder who is female, from an underrepresented minority group, or LGBT. Most people need a little bit of capital to bring a product to market--or they're an engineer.
READWRITESTART [Venture Capital] Visualize Venture Capital Funding with Fundastic.Info
| THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2011
You can see the total number of companies funded, the number of companies that got acquired, the number of funded companies deadpooled, total acquisition amount, venture financings per year/quarter, funding rounds participated per year/quarter, and total venture capital raised. Below are the details for Sequoia Capital, for example. There's a lot of data available online - about companies, about entrepreneurs, about investors.
SILICONHILLS [Venture Capital] More Venture Capital Needed for Life Science Startups
| THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2014
By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Building a regional life science ecosystem requires venture capital. And San Antonio has a shortage of venture capital, said John Kerr with Texas Next Capital. The critical factor, I don’t care whether you’re in San Antonio or Timbuktu, for all of these companies is access to capital,” […] The post More Venture Capital Needed for Life Science Startups appeared first on SiliconHills.
READWRITESTART [Venture Capital] Top 10 Venture Capital Bloggers of 2010
| THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 2011
As Marshall Kirkpatrick noted in a story about what the best-of-the- blogging venture capitalists love , VC Larry Cheng has posted his 4th annual Venture Capitalist Blog Index. The index ranks the top blogs written by venture capitalists, using data from Compete and the blogs' average monthly uniques from the fourth quarter of 2010. Many of the top investors in the tech industry are also prolific bloggers, offering their insights on investment and technology trends.
SILICONHILLS [Venture Capital] Austin Startups Attract $152 Million in Venture Capital During Second Quarter
| TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2016
By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Austin is still doing well when it comes to attracting venture capital investment into its technology startups.
GROWTHINK BLOG [Venture Capital] When it Comes to Venture Capital, Do Like Warren Does
| WEDNESDAY, MAY 14, 2014
All of a sudden, it is boom time again for venture capital funds, with over $10.3 billion in fresh capital raised by 578 funds in the 1st quarter, up 36% from 2012. But for the individual investor, is investing in a venture capital fund really a good idea? venture funds - and with so many of them pursuing similar deal sourcing strategies and approaches - it has become extremely difficult for VCs to find and secure high potential, well priced deals.
VIEW FROM SEED [Venture Capital] SlideShare: The Atomization of Seed Venture Capital
| WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29, 2016
Recently, I shared a two-part essay on the atomization of seed venture capital rounds. The Atomization of Seed Venture Capital – NextView Ventures from NextView Ventures. The post SlideShare: The Atomization of Seed Venture Capital appeared first on NextView Ventures. You can find both posts condensed into one essay on our Medium publication, Startup Traction, here.
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] Discipline Returns to Venture Capital
| TUESDAY, APRIL 4, 2017
After a few years of frothiness, VCs are once again applying some basic discipline to startup financings. Technology
THE ENTREPRENEURIAL MIND [Venture Capital] The Truth about Venture Capital Financing
| TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2014
You may have heard that venture capitalists invest in “A” teams even if they only have “C” ideas. Tweet Facebook LinkedIn Tumblr Stumble Digg Delicious The post The Truth about Venture Capital Financing appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall Well, that is only half right. Read my take here at a guest post I wrote for one of my colleague’s who edits a finance blog.
VENTUREWOODS [Venture Capital] Venture Capital in India - the Next Decade
| TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2011
The underlying strength of growing markets and entrepreneurial talent make growth of venture capital a foregone conclusion - the questions lie more around how it will take shape… Would love your thoughts! Inc feb 2011 -alok mittal - venture capital. I authored this article for Inc Feb 2011 issue.
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] Harvard's Go-To Venture Capital Firm
| MONDAY, JANUARY 7, 2013
The Experiment Fund, NEA's seed-stage venture capital firm, set up shop on Harvard's campus to catch young, entrepreneurial talent early. Patrick Chung, a venture capitalist and partner at NEA, one of Silicon Valley's premier investment firms, believes top-tier universities have a major problem: They're not doing enough to support student entrepreneurs. So out of NEA he spun out the Experiment Fund, a seed-stage venture capital firm, and set up shop on Harvard's campus.
SILICONHILLS [Venture Capital] Compare Metrics Snags $3.8 Million in Follow-On Venture Capital
| SATURDAY, MAY 17, 2014
million in follow-on venture capital. Austin Ventures led the investment with additional funding by existing investors Julie Allegro of Allegro Venture Partners, Bob Greene of Contour Ventures, Capital Factory, Mike Maples Jr. Million in Follow-On Venture Capital appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin analytics Austin Ventures Compare Metrics retail venture capital
SCOTT EDWARD WALKER [Venture Capital] Venture Capital Term Sheets: Conversion Rights
| THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2011
Introduction This post originally appeared as part of the “ Ask the Attorney ” column I am writing for VentureBeat ; it is another installment of my ongoing series regarding venture capital term sheets. VC Issues conversion rights investors liquidation preferences mandatory conversion rights protective provisions term sheets valuation vc venture capital
GROWTHINK BLOG [Venture Capital] Private Equity And Venture Capital Investors: How to Leverage Their Pessimistic Thinking
| TUESDAY, APRIL 3, 2012
Interestingly, when he said that, I felt like a venture capitalist. You see, venture capitalists or VCs hear tons and tons of business ideas. Interestingly, I went to business school nearly 15 years ago with several bright guys who became venture capitalists. But to let you inside the head of a venture capitalist, or any investor that's been around a long time. But many do develop a natural pessimism against new entrepreneurs and ventures they meet.
DAVID TETEN [Venture Capital] Announcing ff Venture Capital fall interns
| WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2011
We’re fortunate to have two rising star interns this fall, Wei Deng and Raffi Sapire, who have already made real contributions to ff Venture Capital. She is currently working on a startup venture while getting immersed in the NY startup scene. We welcome applications for spring/summer internships. Wei Deng. Wei Deng graduated from Yale College and Yale Law School.
SILICONHILLS [Venture Capital] CognitiveScale Lands $21.8 Million in Venture Capital
| TUESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2016
million in venture capital. Norwest Venture Partners and Intel Capital co-led the round. As part of the deal, Norwest’s Promod Haque and Intel Capital’s Vibhor Rastogi will join […] The post CognitiveScale Lands $21.8 Million in Venture Capital appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin-based CognitiveScale announced Tuesday it has landed $21.8
JASON BALL'S TECHBYTES [Venture Capital] The Three P’s of Venture Capital
| MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2012
Hard to fit all that fine print into 140 characters… Venture CapitalI’ve written many times about what VCs are looking for and what I’m looking for in particular. I sent out a tweet recently about my 3 P’s of investing and thought I’d elaborate briefly. 1) People. I have to like you. I have to think we can work together. That you’re smart. Opinionated. Informed. That you listen, ask questions, ask for help.
BABBLING VC [Venture Capital] Ridiculousness of Venture Capital Advice
| WEDNESDAY, JULY 25, 2012
Well I am sure he meant it differently but the irony of it struck me differently than the intent: "A startup should raise venture capital (or “venture-style” angel/seed funding) only if: 1) the goal is to build a billion-dollar (valuation) company, and 2) raising millions of dollars is absolutely necessary or will significantly accelerate growth.". This is an awesome WIN in my eyes (for him and his angel investors maybe) but is by far not a venture capital WIN.
- [Venture Capital] New Game for Corporate R&D and Venture Capital
This outdated R&D model of the industrial organization that progresses through internal development has been eclipsed by the reality of new, venture capital backed start-ups that achieve far greater competitive advantage through rapid cycles of innovation, customer acceptance and global distribution It would appear that US innovation has never been brighter. US Corporations are spending in excess of $200 billion on R&D annually, most of it on technology advancements.
SILICONHILLS [Venture Capital] Pitching to VCs and The Entrepreneurial Bible to Venture Capital
| WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2013
So start making friends with the right […] The post Pitching to VCs and The Entrepreneurial Bible to Venture Capital appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin Andrew Romans Austin Ventures DLA Piper Eric Garcia Harvest Growth Capital Krishna Srinivasan LiveOak Venture Partners Lou Marchetti Pat Noonan Silicon Valley’s Georgetown Angels The Entrepreneurial Bible to Venture Capital: Inside Secrets from Leaders in the Startup Game Vista Equity Partners
- [Venture Capital] OCTANE Venture Capital Orange County
OCTANE | Venture Capital in Orange County. Keynote speakers will be founder and Chief Executive Officer of Vizio William Wang and Mark Stevens a partner at Sequoia Capital. The day will end with presentations by twelve start-up companies seeking investment capital followed by a round of VC Speed Dating. minute presentations to venture capitalists. Visit OCTANE VC in the OC to read more about the venture capitalists and speakers or to register.
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] You'll Never Guess the Top 20 Cities for Venture Capital Activity
| MONDAY, JULY 15, 2013
Here are 20 of the most capital-dense start-up communities in the country, according to new research. Feld wrote about the importance of "entrepreneurial density"--or the ratio of start-up founders and those they employ to the general population of a city--in his book, and emphasized the belief that access to easy capital is what makes or breaks a start-up community on his blog. Here are 20 of the most capital-dense start-up communities in the country, according to his research
THE EQUITY KICKER [Venture Capital] Why governments support venture capital
| TUESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2013
The Canadian government announcement yesterday of a $400m plan to strengthen the Canadian venture capital industry is the latest in a long series of similar announcements and initiatives from governments around the world that put government cash into VC funds alongside private money to make it more attractive for private investors. adequate risk capital [for startups] is vital of the economic future [i.e. Venture Capital
SILICONHILLS [Venture Capital] Aunt Bertha Raises $5 Million in Venture Capital
| SUNDAY, JUNE 12, 2016
Aunt Bertha, a social services search and referral platform, announced it has raised $5 million in venture capital. Techstars Ventures led the Series B round of financing and as part of the deal, Jason Seats, partner at Techstars Ventures, will join the company’s board. “There’s a lot of unnecessary suffering going on for many Americans […] The post Aunt Bertha Raises $5 Million in Venture Capital appeared first on SiliconHills.
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] The Face of Success, Part 3: Women and Venture Capital
| WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2012
Unless you're a female entrepreneur trying to raise venture funding. members told her of venture capitalists and angel investors interrupting pitches with comments such as: When are you planning to have kids? Soon after she started raising venture capital, Vinita learned that she was pregnant. I am close friends with and have interacted with dozens of venture capitalists and CEOs in Silicon Valley. Silicon Valley appears to be the world's greatest meritocracy.
BRYCE DOT VC [Venture Capital] A 12 Step Program for Breaking An Addiction to Venture Capital
| FRIDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2016
Venture Capital is a hell of a drug. At Indie.vc we’ve developed a simple 12 step program for those of you looking to break the habit in 2017: Step 1- We admitted that we are powerless over VC’s partnership dynamics, tastes in trends, and their ever moving milestones—and that trying to time, or anticipate, them will make our lives, and the lives of our customers and employees unmanageable. Step 2- Came to believe that a metric greater than our valuation could restore us to sanity.
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] Venture Capital Deals Drop in Second Quarter
| FRIDAY, JULY 19, 2013
venture capital investment had its worst quarter--in both number of dollars and deals--since 2010, according to the Dow Jones VentureSource quarterly report released yesterday. billion in venture capital money. VC investment in the second quarter of 2013 was also lower than the second quarter of 2012, when venture capital firms invested $8.91 Still, Fab.com raised $150 million in the largest transaction of the period. In April, May, and June, U.S.
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] 10 Big Venture Capital Trends to Watch in 2016
| SUNDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2015
Is it getting harder for startups to raise money
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] The Big, Bold 2017 Venture Capital Reboot
| TUESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2017
Confidence in the innovation economy is pushing growth--and growing pains
STEVE BLANK [Venture Capital] Free Reprints of “Why the Lean Startup Changes Everything”
| MONDAY, MAY 6, 2013
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GROWTHINK BLOG [Venture Capital] 8 Cool Companies Who Just Raised Venture Capital
| TUESDAY, MARCH 15, 2011
I've been traveling a bit lately and haven't kept up as much as usual on all the companies who recently raised venture capital. With what I do (helping companies raise venture capital among other things), it's really important that I stay abreast of trends in venture capital - who's raising money, from whom, and in what amount. But I have to be honest that this wasn't the most interesting company who just raised venture capital.
SILICONHILLS [Venture Capital] AirStrip Closes on $25 Million in Venture Capital
| TUESDAY, AUGUST 26, 2014
AirStrip announced Tuesday that it has raised $25 million in venture capital. The San Antonio-based company received the funding from the Gary and Mary West Health Investment Fund, Sequoia Capital and Wellcome Trust. AirStrip’s main focus is taking all […] The post AirStrip Closes on $25 Million in Venture Capital appeared first on SiliconHills.
SECRET FORMULA [Venture Capital] The State of Cleantech Venture Capital, Part 4: Parting Thoughts
| THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2011
This week we’ve analyzed the state of cleantech venture capital and used data to discern myth from reality. In summary, we’ve found that: There will be sufficient late-stage capital in the next few years to feed the ’06-’08 “baby boom” of cleantech start-ups, but there may be a corresponding dearth of Seed/Series A money. Cleantech venture capital investment only became substantial in 2006, and the average VC-backed start-up takes eight years from founding to exit.
SILICONHILLS [Venture Capital] TabbedOut Raises Additional $2 Million in Venture Capital
| FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2015
TabbedOut, a mobile payments app for bars and restaurants, announced Friday it has raised $2 million more in its Series C venture round. Miami-based Aeterna Capital provided the funds. The other investors include lead investor Wellington Management Company and participating investors NEA and Morgan Creek Capital […] The post TabbedOut Raises Additional $2 Million in Venture Capital appeared first on SiliconHills.
ARCTICSTARTUP [Venture Capital] The Maths Behind Venture Capital
| THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2011
I want to be fully honest about this, but I'm really thrilled to be sharing information like this so openly about the venture capital business with the help of Nexit Ventures about the mathematics behind the venture capital business. In this post, we'll look at the fundamental financials and why venture capitalists are looking for certain growth figures in the way they invest. We'll have a 75 million venture capital fund. Nexit Ventures.
GUST [Venture Capital] Do venture capital firms or private equity funds offer debt financing for startups?
| SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2013
For venture capital, this is typically ten times the invested capital, and those returns can only be achieved through equity appreciation, not debt service. Invested Interests debt financing private equity funds startup VCs venture capital firms The direct answer to your question is NO, VC and PE funds do not provide debt financing for any companies. Their entire business model is based on investing in companies that can potentially offer very high returns.
- [Venture Capital] Venture Capital Deal Buzz: Grubhub
Venture capitalists are hungry for a piece, too. million cash infusion came from Origin Ventures in 2007. GrubHub rounded up $2 million more in 2009 from Leo Capital Holdings, Amicus Capital and Origin Ventures and topped that off with an $11 million Series C round in November 2010. That round, led by Benchmark Capital, valued the company at $21 million, according to VC Experts Valuation & Deal Term Database. By Erin Griffith, Contributing Editor.
THE EQUITY KICKER [Venture Capital] The disruption of venture capital
| TUESDAY, JULY 30, 2013
Union Square Ventures partner Albert Wenger wrote a post yesterday about the disruption of venture capital which lists the changes afoot: Information about VCs on the internet. In the mid-1990s VCs began to have websites, but there were no good resources for entrepreneurs to find out about the venture capital process and learn about individual firms or partners.
THIS IS GOING TO BE BIG. [Venture Capital] The 99: How the SEC protects you from venture capital returns.
| FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 2015
Take venture capital, for example. To benefit from the explosive growth of companies like Uber, Airbnb, Dropbox, etc, you had to fit in either one of two categories: be an angel investor already in an inner circle of experienced angels and entrepreneurs, largely located in Silicon Valley, or be an investor in a venture capital fund that backed those companies. Below that and they need to keep you from investing in really risky stuff, like venture capital.
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] 7 Top Trends in Venture Capital
| WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2015
As managing partner of Blumberg Capital; David Blumberg is a respected investor, with two decades of experience investing in early-stage tech startups
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] NEA Closes $2.6 Billion Venture Capital Fund
| WEDNESDAY, JULY 25, 2012
In two months, the venture capital firm raised one of the largest venture funds ever. billion venture capital fund on Wednesday, and it’s one of the largest venture funds ever assembled. Approximately 80% of the capital will be deployed in North America, Grossi said, but the firm will be pursuing business opportunities abroad as well. NEA's new fund comes in the midst of a contracting, more concentrated venture capital market.
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] 2 Reasons to Avoid Venture Capital
| FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2012
Many growth company CEOs believe they need to raise venture capital to achieve success. Our company is not a venture capital firm, so we are surprised with how many inquires we receive from CEOs, entrepreneurs, and even larger companies about the need to raise capital from an outside investor. Obviously, capital is often necessary to fuel a company's growth, especially when one is trying to massively scale a successful business concept.
STEVE BLANK [Venture Capital] “Lessons Learned” – A New Type of Venture Capital Pitch
| THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2009
Tell the Story of the Journey The company got to a point where additional capital was needed to expand just to keep up with the business (a warehouse/shipping center collocated with UPS, etc.) Brendan McManus said: “Lessons Learned” – A New Type of Venture Capital Pitch [link] #startup #advice [.] Lessons Learned” – A New Type of Venture Capital Pitch « Steve Blank (tags: presentations presuation vc startup) [.]
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] Jay Z to Launch Venture Capital Fund With Roc Nation's Jay Brown
| WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2017
Jay Z and Roc Nation have invested in several small startups that have seen success
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] 3 Things to Know About Corporate Venture Capital
| FRIDAY, JANUARY 3, 2014
Corporate venture capital (CVC) funds are on the rise. Consider the growing number of big companies creating funds to find promising startups: Google Ventures, Intel Capital, Qualcomm Ventures, Novartis Venture Funds, Samsung Ventures, AOL Ventures, Dell Ventures, Dow Venture Capital, Microsoft Ventures, and Citi Ventures. Looking for funding? Think outside the VC box.
- [Venture Capital] Video Of The Week: Paul Graham in 2005
entrepreneurship Venture Capital and Technology There are a lot of awesome people in the startup community, but Paul is among the most awesome.
UP AND RUNNING [Venture Capital] How to Secure Funding for Your Startup (with INFOGRAPHIC)
| THURSDAY, AUGUST 21, 2014
Small Business Administration (SBA) may also be able to offer assistance through loan financing, bond guarantees or by helping you find venture capital. Assembling investors is another useful option if you need more in the bank, as venture capital groups or angel groups can provide extra leverage. Why do so many businesses fail? According to a recent Forbes article , at the surface level, they simply run out of cash.
AUSTIN STARTUP [Venture Capital] Why Venture Capital Firms Need To Add Market Development Expertise To Their Organizations
| FRIDAY, AUGUST 10, 2012
I was chatting with a couple of venture capital (VC) guys from 2 different firms recently and something dawned on us - Most VC firms are not well equipped to deal with the disruptive changes ongoing in the technology field today. Especially when it comes to marketing and sales execution. Continue reading → Enterprise B2B Sales
- [Venture Capital] Venture Capital Top Blogger Fred Wilson
Venture Capital Top Blogger Fred Wilson. New Yorker Fred Wilson has been a Venture Capitalist since 1986. He is the managing partner of New York Venture Capital firms Union Square Ventures and Flatiron Partners. Union Square Ventures invests in Internet services that create large networks. Union Square Ventures is one of the venture capital firms that helped make Twitter happen. About Fred Wilson.
FRED DESTIN [Venture Capital] On personal brand, transparency and social contract in venture capital. Oh yeah, and blogging.
| MONDAY, MAY 9, 2011
The very candid interview does a good job of capturing my views on personal brand and the use of media in venture capital, and which I republish below. FD: If you are a Boston-area venture capitalist, and you used to be known for how well you covered Cambridge, downtown, and a bit of Newton, your world just exploded because globalization has finally hit the venture market. BostInno: But what does it mean for a venture capitalist to have 135,000 Facebook fans?
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] 5 Tips To Boost Your Odds of Raising Venture Capital
| FRIDAY, JULY 29, 2016
This experienced venture capitalist and former management consultant offers five helpful pieces of advice to help entrepreneurs raise capital
- [Venture Capital] IVC: Most Active Venture Capital Funds in Israel - 2011
In 2011, venture capital funds made 140 first investments in Israeli and Israel-related companies. Seventy-three first investments by 23 foreign VC funds accounted for 52 percent of the total number of investments, while Israeli VC funds accounted for the remaining 48 percent. This compares to 31 percent and 69 percent by foreign and Israeli VC funds in 2010, respectively
- [Venture Capital] What Do You Look For?
Venture Capital and TechnologyI'm asked this question all the time. Is it team? Is it the idea? Is it product? Is it market? The answer is that it is all of them and most importantly it is the way they all come together in a single company. Why is this the right team to do this? Can they package their idea correctly for the market? Is the market ready for their product?
SETH LEVINE'S VC ADVENTURE [Venture Capital] How to get a job in venture capital (revisited) | Seth Levine
| TUESDAY, APRIL 29, 2008
THINKING ABOUT THINKING [Venture Capital] Global Venture Capital (VC) Blog Directory – Ranked By Monthly Uniques
| WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2010
It’s exciting times these days after we launched Volition Capital on Monday (01/11/10). The first post on the blog is: Why did you choose the name Volition Capital? Fred Wilson, Union Square Ventures, A VC (100,279). Guy Kawasaki, Garage Technology Ventures, How To Change The World (82,838). Bill Gurley, Benchmark Capital, Above The Crowd (23,084). Josh Kopelman, First Round Capital, Redeye VC (12,972). Rob Go, Spark Capital, robgo.org (1,908).
DAVID TETEN [Venture Capital] Developers of NYC Startup Tour to Visit ff Venture Capital
| TUESDAY, APRIL 17, 2012
After work on April 18, thirty-five curious developers will visit the ff Venture Capital offices to learn about our fund and listen to technical talks by the founders and technical experts of Parsely and Movable Ink. If you’d like to join them, contact Skillfer ASAP; there may still be some openings.