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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.
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.
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
- [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.
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
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.
- [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?
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?
STEVE BLANK [Venture Capital] The Helsinki Spring
| FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2011
—— I was invited to Finland as part of Stanford’s Engineering Technology Venture Program partnership with Aalto University. Startup Accelerators: Startup Sauna and Vigo which includes Lifeline Ventures , KoppiCatch , and Veturi. Venture Capital: FVCA , NextIt Ventures , Primus Ventures , Open Ocean Capital , Connor VC , and Inventure. 9-to-5 Venture 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
STEVE BLANK [Venture Capital] It’s About Women Running Startups
| WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2015
I thought we were going to talk about her product progress, so I was a bit taken aback by her most pressing question, “Why is it so hard for a woman to still get taken seriously by a venture capitalist?”. This raises an interesting question: is the credibility of female entrepreneurs in the eyes of New York VC’s something about the venture firms, or is it about the industries they are funding? What role does venture capital play?
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] Why You Should Chose Crowdfunding Instead of Venture Capital
| FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 2016
Deciding which money to take when launching a business is usually a simple calculation: take the cheapest money
SETH LEVINE'S VC ADVENTURE [Venture Capital] How to get a job in venture capital (revisited) | Seth Levine
| TUESDAY, APRIL 29, 2008
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.
THE EQUITY KICKER [Venture Capital] 50 Questions: If I raise venture capital what differences will it make to how I have to run my business?
| WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14, 2012
Forty-ninth in a series of weekly posts by myself and Nicholas Lovell of Gamesbrief which answer the fifty questions you should ask before raising venture capital. The heart of a venture capital deal is an exchange of cash today for an obligation to grow the value of your company and eventually find an exit. In other words, raising venture capital commits you to a path. 50 Questions Startup general interest Venture Capital
- [Venture Capital] Kickstarter in 2012
Venture Capital and TechnologyKickstarter published a retrospective on 2012. It's worth browsing. Here's the lead in.
- [Venture Capital] Fenwick & West - Venture Capital Survey Silicon Valley Third Quarter 2011
Fenwick & West LLP analyzed the terms of venture financings for 113 companies headquartered in Silicon Valley that reported raising money in the third quarter of 2011. Up rounds exceeded down rounds in 3Q11 70% to 15%, with 15% of rounds flat. This was an increase from 2Q11 when up rounds exceeded down rounds 61% to 25%, with 14% of rounds flat.
STEVE BLANK [Venture Capital] A New Way to Look at Competitors
| FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2013
Then they annotated the private companies with the amount of private capital they had raised. Filed under: Customer Development , Teaching , Venture Capital. Customer Development Teaching Venture Capital Every startup I see invariably puts up a competitive analysis slide that plots performance on a X/Y graph with their company in the top right. The slide is a holdover from when existing companies launched products into crowded markets.
- [Venture Capital] A Venture Capital Revival
I forget how it come to me but this presentation by William Quigley of Clearstone Venture Parters is a worthy flip through. Venture Capital
STEVE BLANK [Venture Capital] Fund Raising is a Means Not an End
| TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 2013
If you don’t have scale as a goal then you shouldn’t be raising money from angel or venture investors, you should be getting a commercial or government small business loan.). • Search. If you’re a lifestyle entrepreneur or a small business, odds are the return you can provide is not what traditional angel or venture investors are looking for. If you’re a scalable startup, you want to spend small amounts of money (seed capital) as you run experiments testing your hypotheses.
- [Venture Capital] A New European Regime For Venture Capital Funds
Recently, as part of its drive to encourage and facilitate the growth of venture capital in Europe, the European Commission published a proposal for a legislative framework for venture capital funds. If approved, this new regulation will allow managers of "European Venture Capital Funds" (as they will be officially, and exclusively, designated) to raise capital freely throughout the European Economic Area from certain types of investors
- [Venture Capital] #startupstories
Venture Capital and TechnologyThe NY Tech Meetup has produced a series of short videos talking about some of the key early challenges that startups face. They call this series #startupstories and currently there are three videos up on the web, one about pitching your company, one about building the team, and one about failing. They are all great but I particularly like this one on Failure.
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] Young Startups Are Getting the Short End of the Venture Capital Stick
| WEDNESDAY, MAY 14, 2014
Venture capitalists are spending their money on more established companies rather than young startups , according to data from the first quarter of this year. According to the latest MoneyTree report --which was put together by the National Venture Capital Association and consulting company PricewaterhouseCoopers--there were only nine seed-stage investments in the Bay Area during the first quarter of this year--a 67 percent drop from the same period a year ago.
- [Venture Capital] Venture Capital Deal Buzz - Mc10
It's a growing part of the venture world that proved its prominence once again in 2010. Despite murmurings of a pullback in Cleantech commitments, venture capitalists invested $3.98 That's an 8% increase over 2009, when venture firms plunked down $3.7 What's more, five of the six largest venture investment rounds in 2010 went to Cleantech companies, according to Thomson Reuters. The investment was a follow-on to MC10's first venture investment.
STEVE BLANK [Venture Capital] Don’t Give Away Your Board Seats
| TUESDAY, JULY 9, 2013
That said, professional venture capital firms that lead a Series investment round usually make their investment contingent on a board seat. Filed under: Venture Capital. Venture Capital I had a group of ex-students out to the ranch who were puzzling over a dilemma – they’ve been working hard on their startup, were close at finding product/market fit and had been approached by Oren, a potential angel investor.
SECRET FORMULA [Venture Capital] The State of Cleantech Venture Capital, Part 1: The Money
| MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2011
I’ve heard it said more than once in the past month that venture-backed entrepreneurship clearly isn’t working here, so maybe we should all pack our bags and go home. Today I’m going to focus on the money – how much capital has been available for cleantech start-ups so far, and what we can expect in the next few years. This spooked investors of all types, venture capitalists included, and cleantech start-up investment dropped by a third in 2009.
BUSINESS OF SOFTWARE BLOG [Venture Capital] Venture capital vs self-funded for high growth technology businesses. This was surprising.
| MONDAY, AUGUST 15, 2011
There seems to be a generally held feeling that venture capital is ususally suitable for rapid growth businesses and that founders should consider taking it if they want to add rocket fuel to their business. It was inspired by an observation that only 14% of the fastest growing 500 companies in the US were venture backed according to Carl Schramm. Carl Schramm talking about US innovation and venture capital.
- [Venture Capital] Venture Capital Survey - Silicon Valley Fourth Quarter 2010
Background - Fenwick & West LLP analyzed the terms of venture financings for 95 companies headquartered in Silicon Valley that reported raising money in the fourth quarter of 2010. The Fenwick & West Venture Capital Barometer showed an average price increase of 61% in 4Q10, up sharply from 28% in 3Q10. Detailed results are as follows: Venture Capital Investment.? Venture capitalists invested $7.6 venture-backed companies in 4Q10 totaled $10.5
- [Venture Capital] Mary Meeker's 2012 Internet Trends
mobile Venture Capital and Technology Web/TechMary published this presentation this past week. I love these "state of the internet" presentations Mary does. There is so much useful information and insights in them. I encourage all of you to work your way through it this weekend if you haven't already done that. 2012 KPCB Internet Trends Year-End Update from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.
STEVE BLANK [Venture Capital] Startup Communities – Building Regional Clusters
| MONDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2012
Using Boulder Colorado as an example, (Feld’s home town) this small entrepreneurial community runs office hours , Boulder Denver Tech Meetup , Boulder Open Coffee Club , Ignite Boulder , Boulder Beta , Boulder Startup Digest , Startup Weekend events, CU New Venture Challenge , Boulder Startup Week , Young Entrepreneurs Organization and the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Colorado. As venture capital exists to service startup when great startups are built investors will show up.”
- [Venture Capital] Mocked And Misunderstood
Venture Capital and Technology Web/TechWhen people ask me, "how do you know which companies and services are going to be the biggest successes?", ", I usually tell them to look for the companies and services that are mocked and misunderstood. For some reason, that correlates highly with the biggest breakout successes. Twitter is a great example of this.
- [Venture Capital] The Startup Curve
Venture Capital and TechnologyI'm working with a few startups right now that are in various phases of Paul Graham's startup curve : Many people think startups are up and to the right all the time. But more services exhibit this "startup curve" than any other growth pattern. Of course, some never get past the trough of sorrow. But many do. Mostly by staying focused on the problem they are trying to solve and working diligently to get to the promised land.
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
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] Flybridge Recruits Female Founders to Run Women-Only Venture Capital Fund
| THURSDAY, JULY 13, 2017
The new pre-seed fund looks to invest $100,000 in each of 30 women-led companies. Open Future
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] Are You Ready for Venture Capital? How To Tell
| WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2013
Much has been written about the similarity between marriage and the tie between a venture capitalist and an entrepreneur. But as difficult, complicated, and emotionally draining as divorcing your spouse may be, it can actually be simpler than divorcing your venture capitalist. If, on the other hand, you hastily choose a firm, or accept venture capital before you or your business are really ready for it, you might come to regret the ball-and-chain now securely attached to your ankle.
ALLEN'S BLOG [Venture Capital] For Venture Capital Pitches, Say What Your - allensblog - Typepad
| THURSDAY, MAY 10, 2012
Entrepreneurs: For Venture Capital Pitches, Say What Your Startup "Does" not What It "Is". Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Entrepreneurs: For Venture Capital Pitches, Say What Your Startup "Does" not What It "Is" : Comments. allensblog. Thoughts from a startup sherpa. Archives. Profile. Subscribe. « Entrepreneurs: Make Two Presentation Decks | Main. | Is Amazon.com Building a Private "Uber for Package Delivery" » May 10, 2012.
VC CAFE [Venture Capital] The Role Venture Capital is Playing in Online Schooling (Guest Post)
| MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2012
Venture capital and other forms of seed funding have been crucial for the development of the best online colleges. Many third-party educational organizations exist to maintain online schooling ventures, and these organizations typically receive most of their funding from venture capital firms. A Wall Street Journal piece from April 2012 reports on the impact of $16 million in venture capital awarded to Coursera to increase the scope of the program.
ASK THE VC [Venture Capital] Bootstrapping with Brad Feld
| THURSDAY, MARCH 14, 2013
Board of Directors Debt Equity VC Bloggers Venture Capital Boulder Colorado Brad Brad Feld Foundry Group Startup Weekend techstars United StatesTom and Tony of tastytrade talk with Brad about Foundry Group, Techstars and Bootstrapping… Related articles. Startup Life Interview With Sandy Grason. The Kentucky Thesis. How Is Your Q1 Going? ” Feld Thoughts Feld Thoughts.
SILICONHILLS [Venture Capital] Ziften Raises $24 Million in Venture Capital
| WEDNESDAY, JULY 15, 2015
The Austin-based startup reported that Spring Mountain Capital led the funding with participation from Fayez Sarofim, an early investor in Ziften. The company has created security tools that allows companies to […] The post Ziften Raises $24 Million in Venture Capital appeared first on SiliconHills. Ziften, which develops security software, Wednesday announced it has raised $24 million.
SILICONHILLS [Venture Capital] Phunware Lands $30 Million in Venture Capital
| WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19, 2014
The latest funding round includes current investors Fraser McCombs Ventures, Maxima Ventures, Wild Basin Investment and the Central Texas Angel Network. […] The post Phunware Lands $30 Million in Venture Capital appeared first on SiliconHills. Phunware announced that it has raised $26.25 million of a $30 million Series E funding led by Firsthand Technology Value Fund. The Austin-based company expects to close its over-subscribed funding round within 60 days.
STEVE BLANK [Venture Capital] When Hell Froze Over – in the Harvard Business Review
| TUESDAY, APRIL 16, 2013
There was nothing suggesting that startups and new ventures needed their own tools and techniques, different from those written about in HBR or taught in business schools. Alexander Osterwalder ‘s inspired approach to defining the business model in his book Business Model Generation provide a framework for the Customer Development and the search for facts behind the hypotheses that make up a new venture. “I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member.”
SILICONHILLS [Venture Capital] CBANC Raises $4 Million in Venture Capital
| THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2015
CBANC, a network for bank and credit union professionals, announced it has raised $4 million in venture capital funding. The Austin-based network with 22 employees plans to use the funds to hire new employees, expand membership and launch new products CBANC founder Hank Seale led the Series B funding with participation from Texas Independent Bancshares, […] The post CBANC Raises $4 Million in Venture Capital appeared first on SiliconHills.
SETH LEVINE'S VC ADVENTURE [Venture Capital] That new era of Venture Capital is here
| MONDAY, JANUARY 7, 2013
A couple of years ago I posted about what I thought would be the “new era of Venture Capital.” From that post: I believe what we’re going to see in the venture industry is a bifurcation of fundraising– basically a barbell on the graph of fund sizes. Venture Capital VC Fundraising VC Industry Venture Fundraising Venture Industry” Specifically I was predicting that we’d see a strong barbell effect in VC fundraising.
STEVE BLANK [Venture Capital] Watching Larry Ellison become Larry Ellison — The DNA of a Winner
| THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2014
Larry had the DNA I’ve seen common with all the successful entrepreneurs I’ve backed in my 25 years of Venture Capital work—only he had a more exaggerated case than most. Sequoia Capital eventually invested just a little in us). Filed under: Technology , Venture Capital. Technology Venture Capital In Oracle’s early days Kathryn Gould was the founding VP of Marketing, working there from 1982 to 1984.
STEVE BLANK [Venture Capital] What Do I Do Now? The Startup Lifecycle
| THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2015
Venture-backed startups will often have a Series C or D or later rounds during this phase. In the past, when venture-funded startups told their investors they’d found a profitable business model, the first thing VC’s would do is to start looking for an “operating exec” – usually an MBA who would act as the designated “adult” and take over the transition from Search to Build. Filed under: Family/Career/Culture , Lean LaunchPad , Venture Capital.
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] Nitty Gritty Advice on Raising Venture Capital
| TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2012
As founder of online privacy protection company Reputation.com, Michael Fertik knows a few things about raising venture capital. He recently penned a piece for the HBR blog network offering practical tips for entrepreneurs looking to follow in his footsteps --and founders of firms interested in venture capital should sit up and take note. It's hard to overstate the herd mentality of the venture community.
- [Venture Capital] Investing in Venture Capital - Limited Partner or Fund of Funds? - Part 2
By Igor Sill, Managing Director of Geneva Venture Management LLC. Venture capital enables and to a great extent, propels this entrepreneurial innovation. Understanding how investors gain access to the Venture Capital firms leading funding for these innovations, along with their higher returns, is keenly important. Essentially, FoFs can offer an investor access to the very best performing Venture Capital fund Managers not otherwise accessible directly.
- [Venture Capital] How Much Money To Raise
You may need to have more cash on your balance sheet for working capital reasons and you may not be increasing value at quite the same rate as you were when you were smaller. Venture Capital and TechnologyImage via Wikipedia. I spent some time yesterday talking to an entrepreneur about this topic and I thought I'd share what I told him with everyone.
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.
- [Venture Capital] The Quality You Never Hear Pitched When People Want in to Venture Capital
I think of venture capital as a service business. In my effort to rewrite the deck for my next fund, I've been spending a lot of time reflecting on what it is that I try to do. A lot of people can say they work hard, or work smart, but that doesn't leave me off where I think I'm setting my goals. I've been trying to figure out if there's any differentiation in how I do my job versus how other people might assume it gets done.
DAVID TETEN [Venture Capital] ff Venture Capital raises $27 million fund
| THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2012
We are excited to announce that as of November 30, ff Venture Capital closed on a $27 million fund, ff Silver. TechCrunch broke the news and Betabeat also covered it. Our investment philosophy – part of what makes us successful – is our search for sustainable long-term growth areas. Our fund’s strategy is to look past the popular momentum and search for new areas of untapped growth potential.
- [Venture Capital] Orange County Venture Capital Workshop
Tech Coast Tech Coast Venture Network (TCVN). How to structure your company for Venture Capital investments. This Orange County Venture Capital workshop will focus on the critical issues and steps in forming and organizing your start-up to be attractive to Venture Capital investment. Some of the topics Tech Coast Tech Coast Venture Network (TCVN)’s workshop will cover: • What type of entity should you use, and why? • Venture Capital Events
- [Venture Capital] IVC-KPMG Survey: Israeli Venture Capital Fund Raising - 2011 Summary
Israeli venture capital funds were back to capital raising in 2011, after two very difficult years. No capital had been raised by Israeli funds in 2010, and only $256 million was raised in 2009, a 76 percent drop from 2008 levels. The $796 million raised in 2011 was a much needed breath of air for the local industry, though well short of amounts raised in vintage 2007-2008
STEVE BLANK [Venture Capital] China – The Sleeper Awakens (Part 1 of 5)
| WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 2013
China has embraced state capitalism in a way Wall Street can only dream about. Startups, Venture Capital and the Communist Party: how did this happen in China? As we’ll see later, the MOF (Ministry of Finance) also has had a hand in funding new ventures. Filed under: China , Customer Development , Technology , Venture Capital. China Customer Development Technology Venture Capital
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] How Women and Minorities Can Overcome Venture Capital Investing Bias
| WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2014
We, the majority populations who are currently invisible to venture capitalists, have to claim our ability as founders just as forcefully and publicly as others who have done so for decades. For fun, I was pitted in a mock debate with a Bay Area venture capitalist. Their first impulse after committing an idea to Power Point is to run to a venture capitalist for feedback - and maybe even funding. A prescient student asked, "So when should I go to a venture capitalist?"
ASK THE VC [Venture Capital] How Can I Invest In A Venture Capital Firm? | Ask The VC
| WEDNESDAY, JULY 30, 2008
STEVE BLANK [Venture Capital] What Founders Need to Know: You Were Funded for a Liquidity Event – Start Looking
| WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16, 2016
Luckily in the last quarter of the 20 th century a new source of money called risk capital emerged. Risk capital takes equity (stock ownership) in your company instead of debt (loans) in exchange for cash. Founders can now access the largest pool of risk capital that ever existed –in the form of Private Equity (Angel Investors, family offices , Venture Capitalists (VC’s) and Hedge Funds.). Filed under: Technology , Venture Capital.
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] 17 Venture Capital and Angel Investors to Follow on Twitter
| THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2015
Follow these super knowledgeable startup investors for insight and advice
STEVE BLANK [Venture Capital] Bigger in Bend – Building a Regional Startup Cluster–part 1 of 3
| MONDAY, JANUARY 20, 2014
When Customer Development and the Lean Startup were just a sketch on the napkin, Dino Vendetti, a VC at Bay Partners, was one of the first venture capitalists I shared my ideas with. Part 2: Early-stage Regional Venture Funds. The sheer density of talent, companies, capital and universities that exist in the Valley are second to none. This “small business” mindset is a holdover of how capital starved early stage startups are/were in Oregon.
STEVE BLANK [Venture Capital] The Next Bubble – Don’t Get Fooled Again
| WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15, 2011
In the stealth phase , prescient angel investors and Venture Capitalists (VCs) start investing in an industry or market segment that others have not yet found. Filed under: Venture Capital. Venture CapitalMy friend, Ben Horowitz , and I debate the tech bubble in The Economist. This post originally appeared as part 1 of 3.
STEVE BLANK [Venture Capital] Risk and Culture in Silicon Valley
| TUESDAY, APRIL 12, 2011
Filed under: Family/Career , Teaching , Technology , Venture Capital. Family/Career Teaching Technology Venture CapitalOm Malik runs Gigaom , probably the most interesting and accurate site on the blogosphere. Om was kind enough to have me in for an interview. We covered a wide range of topics. This talk on Risk and Culture in Silicon Valley is a small 1 minute snippet of a longer interview on his blog.
- [Venture Capital] What Has Changed
there is a large pool of money in the venture capital asset class that is opportunistic, momentum driven, and thesis agnostic. this pool of capital was "all in" on consumer web/social web in the 2009-2011 time frame. it drove a lot of activity throughout the venture capital markets because each layer of the VC stack (angel, seed, Srs A, Srs B, Srs C, etc) needs to be aware of what the next layer up wants to fund.
ALTGATE [Venture Capital] The Coming Venture Capital Boom
| FRIDAY, JANUARY 2, 2009
@altgate Startups, Venture Capital & Everything In Between Skip to content Home Furqan Nazeeri (firstname.lastname@example.org) ← The World Without Altgate There Is Absolutely No Bubble In Technology → The Coming Venture Capital Boom Posted on January 2, 2009 by fnazeeri Peter Rip, Partner at Crosslink Capital has a pragmatic view of where we stand in the business cycle and the outlook for venture capital and entrepreneurship generally.
- [Venture Capital] Blogging and Venture Capital
They asked me how blogging has impacted the way we do the venture capital business. They asked me how blogging has impacted the way we do the venture capital business. Tags: Venture Capital and Technology I came across this interview I did at Wharton a few years ago. I don't think many people have seen this since the total views on YouTube are only 34 right now. I think it's a pretty good explanation of how this blog is a critical part of how I work.
STEVE BLANK [Venture Capital] Why Facebook is Killing Silicon Valley
| MONDAY, MAY 21, 2012
Our extended teaching team includes venture capitalists with decades of experience. Facebook has adroitly capitalized on market forces on a scale never seen in the history of commerce. And as Clean Tech VC’s have painfully learned, trying to scale Clean Tech past demonstration plants to industrial scale takes capital and time past the resources of venture capital. I’m an investor in many of these venture firms.) Filed under: Technology , Venture Capital.
THE EQUITY KICKER [Venture Capital] Company startups running ahead of venture capital in the UK
| FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2013
That tells me that the UK venture industry needs to grow 2.5x Venture Capital The chart above shows that the ratio of businesses started per head in the UK to the US is maybe 3.8:7.6 7.6 – i.e. about 0.5 – whilst the ratio of VC investment as a percentage of GDP is 0.04:0.17 0.17 – i.e. 0.2. to match the US in size relative the economy and population. I’ve been saying for a while now that the UK startup ecosystem is underfunded.
STEVE BLANK [Venture Capital] Eureka! A New Era for Scientists and Engineers
| THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2011
The combination of Venture Capital and technology entrepreneurship is one of the great business inventions of the last 50 years. The class will be a version of the Lean LaunchPad class we developed in the Stanford Technology Ventures Program , (the entrepreneurship center at Stanford’s School of Engineering). Filed under: Lean LaunchPad , Teaching , Venture Capital. Lean LaunchPad Teaching Venture Capital
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] Venture Capital, Pitching, and Business Love
| THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2013
At an annual meeting of venture capitalists, a Morgan Stanley managing director gave five tips on how to pitch him. That was just some of the advice venture capitalists got at the last session of the National Venture Capital Association conference in San Francisco on Wednesday. Just as entrepreneurs have boards of directors they need to satisfy, venture capitalists have limited partners, or L.P.s. He’s choosing between venture capitalists.
FELD THOUGHTS [Venture Capital] The Best Time To Invest In Something Is …
| WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26, 2017
Venture Capital avc fred wilson jerry colonnaAt 18 minutes into this awesome talk that Fred Wilson did at MIT a few weeks ago , he finishes the statement “ The best time to invest in something is.” ” “ … when nobody wants to invest in it but you.” ” He adds “ And – you have to believe in it and know why. ” Truer words have never been spoken about investing as, or in, VC.
STEVE BLANK [Venture Capital] How Investors Make Better Decisions: The Investment Readiness Level
| TUESDAY, JULY 1, 2014
When I first read about the Investment Readiness Level (IRL) on Steve’s blog, I was excited by Steve’s attempt to bridge the capital-efficient Lean Startup process for founders with the capital-raising process for funders. Achieving company milestones associated with the next level on the Investment Readiness Level framework is directly relevant to the capital-raising process. Filed under: Customer Development Manifesto , Investment Readiness Level , Venture Capital.
FELD THOUGHTS [Venture Capital] Unicorpse
| WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2015
From section #6 in Aileen’s post: “Given how much capital our private companies have raised in the past few years, most likely have cash to fund 2-4+ more years of runway. If private capital is no longer available in the future, these companies will seek a public offering or acquisition. Venture capitalist Marc Andreessen warned in a tweetstorm that startups with high burn rates would “vaporize.” Venture Capital unicorn unicorpse
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] Venture Capital Hits Highest Level Since Dot-Com Bubble
| MONDAY, JULY 16, 2012
Venture capital activity is reaching a high not seen in more than a decade, with Internet firms setting the pace, according to a new report set for publication early Tuesday. Seed-round venture capital hit an all-time high in the second quarter, accounting for 31% of all Internet and mobile sector deals, and approximately 20% of all deals. A new report finds a surge in mobile deals, a drop in health care, and a shift from Massachusetts to New York.
- [Venture Capital] Entrepreneurs Have Control When Things Work, VCs Have Control When They Don't
2) Whether the Company needs more investment capital and where it is coming from. An entrepreneur or hired CEO can own as little as 5-10% of a Company but they can control it like a dictator if they are doing a great job running the business and the company is making a lot of cash flow and has no need for additional capital. Venture Capital and TechnologyI did an interview yesterday in Buffalo, NY where I was the past couple days for the launch of the Z80 incubator.
THIS IS GOING TO BE BIG. [Venture Capital] Faulty Logic in the Venture Capital and Female Founder Discussion
| WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2014
We all have our inherent biases and what I am not arguing here is that the venture capital world is a fair playing field for anyone. I repeat: I AM NOT ARGUING THAT VENTURE CAPITAL IS FAIR TO ANYONE. billion went to women-led ventures.". We really don''t know, because we''re missing some critical information: HOW MANY WOMEN ARE SEEKING VENTURE CAPITAL? I AM NOT ARGUING THAT WOMEN AREN''T SEEKING VENTURE CAPITAL.
FELD THOUGHTS [Venture Capital] Why VCs Should Recycle Their Management Fees
| WEDNESDAY, MAY 28, 2014
Understanding what “recycling management fees” means is a fundamental part of understanding the economics of a venture firm. The advantage, for all the investors (the VCs and their LPs), is that $100m gets put to work as invested capital, rather than just $85m. If I’ve only put $85m to work, I have to generate $100m to get to a point where I’ve returned capital, which puts me in a position to get carry. Venture Capital management fee recycle VC
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] Why Government-Supported Venture Capital Is Something You Should Think (Twice) About
| MONDAY, MAY 22, 2017
The government should be giving their resources to entrepreneurship. The question is: how? Startup
- [Venture Capital] Lockups and Insider Selling
When a venture backed company goes public and is worth billions (or even hundreds of millions), the investors who provided the early capital to that company are going to be sitting on a lot of stock. It is an investors job to return capital. It is an investors job to return capital. A multiple of three is good for a venture capital fund. Venture capital is about capturing the value between the startup phase and the public company phase.
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] Top Venture Capital Deals of 2012
| MONDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2012
The past twelve months didn’t offer the rush of new venture capital funding many had hoped for. Indeed, a lack of major acquisitions and the high-profile slumps of Facebook’s and Groupon’s public offerings put a damper on investors’ appetite for venture-funded deals, says Tracy Lefteroff, global managing partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers venture capital practice.
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] Ask These Questions Before Taking Venture Capital
| WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24, 2015
Beth Marcus, co-founder and CEO of Playrific, explains why entrepreneurs should be mindful of a fund's expectations before taking money
VC CAFE [Venture Capital] Going Down? Q3 VC Investments in US Tech Drop 14%
| TUESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2010
billion in venture capital funding in Q3 2010, representing a 14% decline in total funding amount compared to the previous quarter. eCommerce is the smallest vertical in the US tech venture investments, with only $39 million invested in Q3, in eight companies. A notable deal in the software vertical includes Israel-Massachusetts-based uTest ( CEO interview on VC Cafe ), who landed $13 million from Scale Venture Partners and others.
SECRET FORMULA [Venture Capital] The State of Cleantech Venture Capital, Part 2: The Investors
| TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2011
tl;dr: There’s a widespread perception that cleantech venture capital must be tanking compared with VC overall. In yesterday’s post , we looked at the amount of capital that’s been invested in cleantech start-ups to date. The conventional wisdom about cleantech venture capital goes something like this: “Cleantech VC must be performing much worse than VC overall. For venture-backed companies overall, it’s 9.4
- [Venture Capital] Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist
It's a textbook on venture capital deals. Part of her job will be doing venture investments for her new employer. She reached out to me and said "I need a quick primer on venture capital investments, how they are structured, negotiated, and documented." Venture Capital transactions have been a bit of a black art for a long time. Books Venture Capital and Technology
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] How to Hack This Venture Capital Downturn
| FRIDAY, APRIL 8, 2016
4 ways to keep it real while hunting the big deal
- [Venture Capital] Sound
Venture Capital and Technology Web/TechI met Alex Ljung , founder/CEO of SoundCloud a number of times and each time he pitched me on his business. Each time I said no. Then in the summer of last year, we met at Soho House London and he showed me one slide. It had various media types (photos, videos, long form text, short form text) and underneath each was a large social platform that had been built on and for that media type.
ASK THE VC [Venture Capital] Do I Need a Team To Raise Venture Capital? | Ask The VC
| TUESDAY, APRIL 22, 2008
ASK THE VC [Venture Capital] How To Get A Job In Venture Capital | Ask The VC
| TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 2009
- [Venture Capital] Running The Table
Venture Capital and Technology I hate it when companies try to run the table on a market. Like Microsoft tried with desktop computing. Like Apple tried with mobile computing. Like Facebook tried with social networking. And like Google is trying with the entire f **g Internet. The good news that the market stops them. Apple and the Internet stopped Microsoft. Google stopped Apple. Twitter stopped Facebook. Who will stop Google?
- [Venture Capital] 2010 Venture Capital Year in Review
billion with an investment from Felix Investors, according to Venture Capital Dispatch.). Regional Role Reversal: Professionals expect venture investment activity in the Midwest to continue to increase. By Erin Griffith - Contributing Editor Well it's over. Compared with 2009, last year wasn't so bad, was it? Companies were founded, funded and sold, investors made money, and heck, it was almost fun at times.
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] These Founders Just Shared 1 Way to Buck the First-Time Venture Capital Funding Crunch
| MONDAY, MAY 15, 2017
First time funding is down 62%. Founders raising successfully say make this move now. Innovate
- [Venture Capital] You Can Do Too Much Due Diligence
It's Monday, time for another lesson I've learned in the venture capital business. MBA Mondays Venture Capital and Technology Today I will tell a story that I love telling. It has some of my favorite people in it. Back in 2004, early in my blogging career, I heard about a service that had just launched called Feedburner. It provided a number of useful services for a blog's RSS feed.
- [Venture Capital] What Does A CEO Coach Do?
Venture Capital and TechnologyJerry Colonna , who should need no introduction to this community, did an interview with TechBerlin in anticipation of his workshop there next month. The first part of the interview is a bit of background on Jerry, but the part of this interview that really grabbed my attention is the middle part (about five minutes in) where he starts to talk about what a coach is, how coaching works, and why it works.
FELD THOUGHTS [Venture Capital] Capital Is Cheap And Labor Is Expensive
| TUESDAY, AUGUST 5, 2014
While my cynicism around government math and how inflation is calculated is substantial, there isn’t much question that since 2008 capital has been extremely cheap. But I think cheap capital is only half of the equation. Capital remains incredibly cheap, so it’s flowing into wages. We know that extremely low cost of capital will not last forever. The post Capital Is Cheap And Labor Is Expensive appeared first on Feld Thoughts.
STEVE BLANK [Venture Capital] A Visitors Guide to Silicon Valley
| TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2011
If you’re a visiting dignitary whose country has a Gross National Product equal to or greater than the State of California, your visit to Silicon Valley consists of a lunch/dinner with some combination of the founders of Google, Facebook, Apple and Twitter and several brand name venture capitalists. There are no tours of companies or venture capital firms. Sand Hill Road – Adventure Capital. Filed under: Family/Career , Technology , Venture Capital.
- [Venture Capital] Duck Duck Go Passed 1mm Searches Per Day
Venture Capital and Technology Web/TechI'm a bit late with this news about our portfolio company Duck Duck Go but I am super excited about it so I'm posting it anyway. I'll let a tweet tell the story: We received over 1,000,000 direct searches yesterday for the first time ever! duckduckgo.com/traffic.html. duckduckgo (@duckduckgo) February 14, 2012. One million searches per day is not chump change.
STEVE BLANK [Venture Capital] The $10 million Photo and other VC Stories
| TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2011
When we were trying to raise money for E.piphany, my last startup, I was negotiating with a venture capital firm called Infinity Capital. Before we closed our Series A with Infinity, I had called on Mohr, Davidow Ventures , the firm which had funded my last company, Rocket Science. Filed under: E.piphany , Venture Capital. E.piphany Venture Capital
- [Venture Capital] Utilities vs Networks
Venture Capital and Technology Web/TechIt's interesting to see a network, Instagram , starting to replace the iPhone's native camera application in many users' daily usage of their phones. I see this in my kids' behavior all the time. When they want to take a photo, they open Instagram, not the camera application. In the PC era, when applications got bundled into the operating system, they became instoppable. All the competitive apps got left in the dust.
- [Venture Capital] NYU Poly Speech
Here's what I had to say (15 mins): NYC Venture Capital and TechnologyA few weeks ago I hopped on the subway and headed out to downtown Brooklyn to NYU Poly, the engineering school that recently merged with NYU. I got there a bit early, went to Starbucks and wrote down some thoughts. Then I got up on stage at NYU Poly and explained why I had recently become a Trustee of both NYU and Poly.
- [Venture Capital] Girls Who Code
hacking education Venture Capital and Technology I feel badly for Paul Graham because he's being made out to be something I am sure he is not. But the brouhaha that he unleashed about women founders, women coders, and women hackers is a good thing because we ought to be having a broader conversation about these issues. Paul asks "God knows what you would do to get 13 year old girls interested in computers?"
STEVE BLANK [Venture Capital] China Startups – The Gold Rush and Fire Extinguishers (Part 5 of 5)
| SUNDAY, APRIL 14, 2013
The downside is that with so much venture and angel capital available, investors have been willing to fund the 10 th Groupon clone. Turnover of employees in capital in Beijing is very high. The motivations are the same – profit – driven by entrepreneurs and venture finance. Filed under: China , Customer Development , Technology , Venture Capital. China Customer Development Technology Venture Capital
- [Venture Capital] Some Perspective
stocks Venture Capital and TechnologyI don't disagree with PG when he says that Facebook's IPO performance (or lack thereof) has the potential to impact valuations in startup land. I think it will be particularly impactful on the late stage and secondary markets where most of the IPO valuation speculation is happening. But let's put Facebook's current valuation in perspective.