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GUST [Venture Capital] 5 Things I Look when Investing in a Startup
| MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2011
It’s the result of several decades in high tech, three years as an investor in a local Oregon angel investment group , some consulting in due diligence for venture capital, and my experience as founder and co-founder of successful ventures. Since this is my inaugural post here, I decided it would fit the occasion to list the five things I value most in an startup investment proposal. What I say here is my opinion and mine alone.
- [Venture Capital] Will Private Equity Firms Be Exempted From SEC Registration Rules?
Last November, the SEC proposed regulations to define the exemptions and implement new requirements, with the result that firms headquartered in the US with more than $150 million in assets under management would find it hard to escape registration (unless they are solely advising "venture capital funds", which the SEC has proposed to define very narrowly). By SJ Berwin LLP and Goodwin Procter LLP. March 18, 2011.
SOCAL CTO [Venture Capital] Layoffs Hot Keyword for Second Half of January 2009
| WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2009
Last month we Launched Los Angeles Tech and in the announcement we provide the Hot List for the first half of January 2009. This hot list is based on various social signals of what people are writing about, reading, bookmarking, searching, etc. You can go to the Hot List post to see what was hot then. But, in running it now for the second half of January, the keyword that popped to the top was: Layoffs And this is definitely a sign of the times.
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] 'I Want to Take a Lot of Credit'
| MONDAY, JANUARY 7, 2013
Zipcar founder Robin Chase dishes about the Avis acquisition, the next big thing in car-sharing, and her latest venture, Deniam. staff writer Jeremy Quittner about her reasons for leaving Zipcar in 2003, her other startup ventures, and the latest big ideas capturing her attention. The fall of 2002 was a nuclear winter for venture capital. I laugh, because when you are out raising capital, people ask what is the exit strategy.
LIGHTSPEED [Venture Capital] Today is a good day to market to cheating spouses « Lightspeed.
| TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2011
Tweets that mention Today is a good day to market to cheating spouses « Lightspeed Venture Partners Blog -- Topsy.com - February 15, 2011 [.] Lightspeed is a leading global venture capital firm with over $2 billion of committed capital under management. gaming Internet mmorpg myspace Search social games social gaming social media social networks start-up startup startups user generated content VC Venture Capital viral viral marketing virtual goods virtual worlds web 2.0
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] New China-U.S. Start-up Competition Swaps Money for Talent
| WEDNESDAY, MAY 15, 2013
Not necessarily, says Larry Li, co-founder of Z Park Venture, an investment firm that will be supporting the competition. He argues that in the Beijing start-up community there is plenty of venture capital, but not as many experienced technology entrepreneurs. Silicon Valley entrepreneur and investor Steve Blank notes in a recent blog post that Beijing has the biggest venture capital industry outside of the U.S.
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] Tough Love: Brought to You By the Notorious Mark Suster
| TUESDAY, JULY 2, 2013
Entrepreneur-turned-venture-capitalist Mark Suster is known for his blunt critiques. Co-managing partner at Los Angeles venture capital firm GRP Partners, he has built his name into a powerful brand, much of which is based on his hype-deflating candor. In fact, most entrepreneurs shouldn''t seek the "rocket fuel" of venture capital, he says, firmly and often. His take on venture capitalists?
BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE [Venture Capital] How DogVacay Literally Saved my Thanksgiving
| FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2013
He wanted to work in venture capital and I was new to the industry and in no position to hire anybody. He turned to Mike Jones at Science who was newly set up as an accelerator of sorts or a venture studio. Their business model was to help young companies accelerate their launch by helping assemble a team, do initial marketing, provide seed capital and help them raise financing. Without DogVacay my Thanksgiving would have been ruined. That’s a fact.
READWRITESTART [Venture Capital] Strategy Roundtable For Entrepreneurs: Indian Company Plugs Gap In Google's Enterprise Solution
| THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2011
No investment is possible without that validation, whether it is government grants (and there is quite a bit of that available for clean energy projects) or angel or venture capital. It is squarely in his critical path, blocking all sorts of financing options, and unfortunately, he cannot really make progress with this venture without some external financing. It's simply a capital-intensive business that needs money.
CROWDSPRING BLOG [Venture Capital] Twitter Link Roundup #227 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More
| FRIDAY, JUNE 13, 2014
A Dozen Things I’ve Learned from Michael Moritz About Venture Capital – crowdspring.co/1kLoGb1. Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account , I post links to posts or videos I enjoyed reading or viewing. These posts and videos are about logo design , web design , startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, and more! Here are some of the links that I’ve liked and shared this past week!
VENTUREWOODS [Venture Capital] VC Market Dynamics
| WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2010
Interesting article on some of the market dynamics in the global venture capital industry. Central point - venture investing is a competitive market, and the model adapts in response to market forces. The author points to some of the corrections that these long term dynamics are making to the model (such as super angels, survival of funds, founder liquidity etc). Having said that, it adapts very very slowly!
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] This School's Alums Land the Most VC Funding
| MONDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2012
A recent report studied six top universities and their graduates' track records of getting venture capital. Silicon Valley venture capitalist Vinod Khosla co-founded Sun Microsystems in 1982. Over two decades later, the company’s name--an acronym for Stanford University Network--could also apply to the investing practices of venture firms and angel investors. billion in angel financing or venture funding in more than 559 financing transactions.
UP AND RUNNING [Venture Capital] Bplans Briefcase: Business Stories to Keep You in the Know
| WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2015
Why they made headlines: The Kenyan capital of Nairobi is becoming known as a great place for startups. Previously this startup depended largely on renting clothes and accessories, and raised 60 million dollars in venture capital after only five years in business. Who doesn’t want this guy for a lunch date? At a cat cafe, you can dine surrounded by felines. Where can Syrian entrepreneurs find startup funding? What U.S. industry is becoming more pet-friendly?
WILL PRICE [Venture Capital] Feedburner
| SATURDAY, AUGUST 5, 2006
Brad Feld details the new service on his blog and he has set up a Feedburner Network on the Venture Capital industry that you can subscribe to by clicking here. Feedburner is beta testing Feedburner Networks. A Feedburner Network is a collection of blogs clustered around a particular topic. I am pleased to be a member of the Network and congratulate Feedburner on creating a useful new service around "channels" of content
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] Wayfair's Road to $1 Billion
| MONDAY, APRIL 2, 2012
But their second venture, Simplify Mobile, which made mobile-phone software for corporate users, never got off the ground. In my mind, that's the secret of the business—teaching thousands of small, mid, and large manufacturers how to do drop-ship so well," says Alex Finkelstein, general partner of Spark Capital, a Boston venture capital firm. And the enterprise had been entirely self-funded; they hadn't taken a dime in venture capital. You Want It?
ARCTICSTARTUP [Venture Capital] Denmark's Accelerace Boosting Startups in new Smart City with €250,000 Grand Prize
| FRIDAY, AUGUST 30, 2013
As a brief overview of the Copenhagen-based accelerator''s normal operations, companies participate in the Accelerace acceleration program for six months, where Christian Hvashøj Schaarup says that they work approximately 200 hours per company to mentor their business and prepare them for future venture capital. Ever wish you had an entire city with next-generation infrastructure to test out your startup on?
STARTUP COMPANY LAWYER [Venture Capital] Is crowdfunding legal?
| SATURDAY, MAY 26, 2012
One highly anticipated provision of the JOBS Act, Title III, is entitled ”Capital Raising Online While Deterring Fraud and Unethical Non-Disclosure Act of 2012” or the ”CROWDFUND Act.” Under pressure from Congress, the SEC agreed to review its regulations and their effect on capital formation in spring 2011. Raising Capital Apart from Crowdfunding.
LIGHTSPEED [Venture Capital] Common mistakes of first time (technical) founders « Lightspeed.
| FRIDAY, JANUARY 14, 2011
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ARCTICSTARTUP [Venture Capital] Russian Investors Up Their Game
| FRIDAY, APRIL 8, 2011
Venture capitalism works like the solar system: when the sun moves, the rest follow',- said Lubov Simonova-Emelyanova of Almaz Capital Partners. Russian venture capitalists are expected to make much more investments this year compared to 2010. Following the lead Almaz Capital Partners announced their plans to invest in four start-ups with the overall sum of investment comprising $30M. Founded in 2008, Almaz Capital currently has $100M in funding.
ARCTICSTARTUP [Venture Capital] FIN-FSA Cracks Down On Equity Crowdfunding Platforms
| FRIDAY, JULY 25, 2014
While still in the pioneering stage, the largest Finnish equity crowdfunding platforms Invesdor and Venture Bonsai alone claim that approximately EUR 3.5 Antti Hemmilä advises on venture capital, M&A, capital markets and general corporate law related questions, with special focus on start-ups. Antti has also worked on numerous capital markets transactions.
FLORIDA VENTURE BLOG [Venture Capital] How Does the Mortgage Meltdown Affect VCs?
| FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2008
Luckily, venture capital is a long-term business and private company valuations/fortunes don't fluctuate like public entities -- particularly when the mess has mortgage roots (little direct tech connection). 3) Portfolio debt from venture debt pure-plays (e.g. That means venture capital gets a growing share of alternative asset allocations. Let's get to know each other, Join FVB , my venture capital blog community!
CAMPUS ENTREPRENEURSHIP [Venture Capital] Student Startup Offers Quora Like Platform for Profs and Students | The Chronicle of Higher Education
| MONDAY, APRIL 2, 2012
She raised an initial round of $1.5-million last year from the venture-capital firm Sequoia Capital, and raised an additional $6-million from investors in November. Last week the Chronicle of Higher Education wrote about the boom in higher education startups. Today it profiled a few of them, including one created by Stanford MBA student Pooja Sankar. From Jeffrey R. Young in the Chronicle of Higher Education: Ms.
READWRITESTART [Venture Capital] Strategy Roundtable For Entrepreneurs: Top 10 Vertical and Social Web Trends For The Decade
| THURSDAY, JANUARY 6, 2011
It is clear to me, after doing these strategy sessions for over two years, that entrepreneurs need a lot more training on positioning and go-to-market, financing strategies, including alternative financing besides venture capital. On Jan. 6, 2011 we hosted our 64th free One Million by One Million (1M/1M) strategy roundtable for entrepreneurs, and the first for this year.
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] Report: Number of IPOs Increases Again This Quarter
| TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2013
A new report finds gradual improvement for venture-backed IPOs The third quarter of 2013 was the first consecutive quarter with more than 20 IPOs since 2004--with a total of 26 venture-backed initial public offerings. In addition, today’s report by Thomson Reuters and the National Venture Capital Association sheds some light on trends with these recent IPOs. ” This past quarter’s 26 venture-backed IPOs were valued at a total $2.7
ARCTICSTARTUP [Venture Capital] Creandum: 9% of global Billion dollar exits come from the Nordics
| MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2015
These numbers come from a report ( see the full presentation here ) issued today by Swedish Venture Capital firm Creandum , who hopes to draw more attention to the Nordics. “We Think about Skype , Spotify , Supercell , Klarna , MySQL , TAT , Unity , Mojang , Zendesk , Just Eat , King … the list of massive tech powerhouses coming from the Nordics goes on and on.
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] What CISPA Could Mean for Start-ups (and You)
| WEDNESDAY, MAY 2, 2012
Each individual intrusion on our privacy might seem small and incidental, but it is the cumulative effect that matters," says Victor Hwang, co-author of The Rainforest: The Secret to Building the Next Silicon Valley and Managing Director of T2 Venture Capital. The proposed bill aims to fight cyber attacks by giving the government access to customer data. But at what cost?
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] Inside Zynga, Fun & Games Are Over
| THURSDAY, AUGUST 9, 2012
Zynga is being punished in the public market," says Jeff Clavier, a venture capitalist and managing partner of SoftTech VC, an early-stage venture firm that has invested in the social gaming industry. million shares for $200 million, while Institutional Venture Partners walked away with $70 million, Union Square Ventures pocketed $62 million, and Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn, sold off nearly 700,000 shares for $8.2
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] 7 Startup Hubs From Around the World to Watch in 2014
| TUESDAY, JANUARY 7, 2014
Between transforming rundown warehouses and providing much-needed startup capital, cities all over the world are helping encourage local entrepreneurship. Venture capital firm Creandum reported in 2011 that Nordic companies represented 9 percent of all global billion dollar technology exits between 2005 and 2009, and 33 percent of exits in the European market. Here are the international cities poised to give the U.S. a real run for its money.
ALTGATE [Venture Capital] A Squeeze On Boston Venture Valuations
| FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2008
@altgate Startups, Venture Capital & Everything In Between Skip to content Home Furqan Nazeeri (email@example.com) ← White Collar Crime Spree How Much Is A Free Customer Worth? → A Squeeze On Boston Venture Valuations Posted on December 12, 2008 by fnazeeri Today there was a front page story in the Boston Business Journal about how the market’s downturn is putting a squeeze on local venture valuations.
ALTGATE [Venture Capital] top 10 posts from 2008
| MONDAY, JANUARY 5, 2009
@altgate Startups, Venture Capital & Everything In Between Skip to content Home Furqan Nazeeri (firstname.lastname@example.org) ← Layoffs In Venture Capital Be Glad You Are An Entrepreneur! Share and Enjoy: This entry was posted in Current Affairs , Entrepreneurship , Green Business , Management , Startups , Technology , Venture Capital , Venture Debt and tagged top posts. ← Layoffs In Venture Capital Be Glad You Are An Entrepreneur!
VENTURE CYCLIST [Venture Capital] Venture Cyclist: Existence Proof to Scale?From Point to Line to Curve
| THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2012
Venture Cyclist. Venture Capitalist and Cyclist, hence Venture Cyclist. I work at Sigma Partners Venture Capital in Boston MA. Pages. Advice for Entrepreneurs. VC:VC. Existence Proof to Scale–From Point to Line to Curve. How do you grow a software business? What does growth look like? This is what growth looks like. It starts slow, almost linear, from zero, and then (we hope) accelerates. The horizontal axis is time.
YOUNGUPSTARTS [Venture Capital] Mobile Spinach – Mobile Commerce And Group-Buying Platform
| FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2011
It closed a US$1 million round of venture capital funding in January 2011 that came from multiple sources including Blumberg Capital, Quest Venture Partners, LaunchCapital, and Transmedia Capital. San Mateo, California-based Mobile Spinach ( www.mobilespinach.com ) is an integrated mobile commerce and group-buying platform that provides users with virtual discount coupons that can be redeemed at participating local merchants.
ROB GO [Venture Capital] Staying Hungry, Staying Humble
| TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2012
We were in many ways, the lean-start of venture capital funds. Not only did my partners and I not pay ourselves for over a year, but we deployed our own capital into a handful of companies that we ultimately sold to the fund at cost (despite some increases in valuation). Capital is harder to come by, and later stage valuations are rationalizing.
BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE [Venture Capital] Are MBAs Necessary for Start-ups or VC?
| MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2009
I came across this blog post about getting a computer science degree as the best degree for getting into venture capital or working at a VC-backed start up. This is part of my ongoing series called “ Start-up Lessons.. I was reading Chris Dixon’s blog tonight. He writes with a great perspective and is well worth reading.
VENTURE CYCLIST [Venture Capital] Venture Cyclist: Entrepreneurship?predefined
| MONDAY, JANUARY 16, 2012
Venture Cyclist. Venture Capitalist and Cyclist, hence Venture Cyclist. I work at Sigma Partners Venture Capital in Boston MA. Pages. Advice for Entrepreneurs. VC:VC. Entrepreneurship–predefined. I quoted my friend Paul Gompers here and here in the past as saying that management is the optimization of resources and entrepreneurship is the optimization of opportunity.
ARCTICSTARTUP [Venture Capital] Finnish Angels and VC's Release Their 2013 Stats
| WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2014
The Finnish Business Angel Network (FiBAN) and Finland’s Venture Capital Association (FVCA) released their collected statistical data on investments made into early stage growth companies in 2013 by private investors and VC companies. Editor''s Note: The last paragraph has been changed to reflect that the €994 million is not in fact the value of exits. It is the total number of investments that have exited, the exit value is likely to be higher.
ARCTICSTARTUP [Venture Capital] We Are Giving Out Four Tickets To Arctic15 At ArcticEvening Tallinn
| FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2012
Efficient co-operation has been set up with universities, venture capital firms and startups. Technopolis Ülemiste organizes Business Breakfast matchmaking events, annual MoneyTalks® Tallinn event brings Estonian growth seeking startups together with business angels and international venture capital investors and Technopolis Funding Services help your company to get funding more effectively and with better terms.
ONSTARTUPS [Venture Capital] 43 Pithy Quips On The Business of Software
| WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2011
9) Venture capital is not a necessary evil. My favorite conference both as an attendee and as a speaker is the Business of Software Conference. I've spoken there for the past three years and am once again speaking this year. There's a full video and transcript of my 2010 talk.
ARCTICSTARTUP [Venture Capital] Max Niederhofer Joins Copenhagen's Sunstone Capital
| WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 2013
Sunstone Capital has now added Max Niederhofer as a partner in its Copenhagen office, after leaving his position as Vice President in Accel Partners'' London office. He started and sold Qwerly, a data marketing business, and as a Principal at Atlas Venture, he has been involved with companies like DailyMotion, Seatwave, and Moo. At Sunstone, we are building Europe’s premier, early-stage, West Coast-style venture capital firm.
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] Prepping for the Big Meeting: 6 Tips
| WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13, 2012
For private companies, look at the management team and the investors, which may include representatives from venture capital firms. You've finally got a meeting with the person who should be your largest customer. How not to blow it. After working your contact list for months, you’ve finally got the right introduction to the right person at your top customer prospect. It’s time for The Meeting. First, pat yourself on the back.
PLATFORMS AND NETWORKS [Venture Capital] 3 Lessons I Learned from Hosting a Podcast
| SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2016
A unique opportunity surfaced this semester when I got to work on Traction , a podcast produced by the seed stage venture capital firm NextView Ventures. This guest post from my Harvard Business School student, MBA candidate Jenny Jao , describes a learning-by-doing project she completed for academic credit this semester. Jenny helped produce a podcast and hosted an episode. I hijacked Tom’s blog to share with you a cool side project I worked on this semester.
WWW.FORENTREPRENEURS.COM [Venture Capital] Startup Killer: the Cost of Customer Acquisition | For Entrepreneurs
| TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2010
Aim to recover your CAC in < 12 months, otherwise your business will require too much capital to grow. Banks and wireless phone companies ignore this rule, but they have access to tons of capital.) From a funding standpoint, it is useful to know that your ability to raise capital will dramatically improve as soon as you have proven that you have a viable business model. I am in very early stage of planning for my venture and have my first meeting with a VC in 2 days.
CROWDSPRING BLOG [Venture Capital] Twitter Link Roundup #144 – Small Business, Social Media, Design, Copywriting, Marketing And More
| THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2012
Practical Advice for Raising Early Stage Venture Capital – [link]. Fred Wilson on Why the Collapse of Venture Capital is Good – [link]. Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account , I post links to posts or videos I enjoyed reading or viewing. These posts and videos are about logo design , web design , startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, and more!
ARCTICSTARTUP [Venture Capital] Three new VC funds open in Iceland in one week with $80 million to invest
| MONDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2015
For many years the only VC fund in Iceland was NSA Ventures which was established in 1997 but his origins were government loan funds. NSA Ventures is an evergreen fund so it needs to exit an investment to have funds to be able to invest again. NSA Ventures CEO is Helga Valfells. Frumtak had a strategy of assisting companies during their growth phase as opposed to NSA Ventures which were more often the first investor in companies.
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] How to Teach the World to Code
| MONDAY, JULY 2, 2012
million in venture capital from Union Square Ventures, among others, in October, and brought in a Series B of $10 million more in June. Pair a whiz-kid programmer with a guy who can't learn to code, and what do you get? One of the biggest start-up stories of the year. If there is a prototype method for building a tech start-up, this is it: A business- and tech-savvy student meets a whiz-kid programmer.
STEVE BLANK [Venture Capital] Entrepreneurs are Everywhere Show No. 31: Congressmen Dan Lipinski and Seth Moulton
| MONDAY, MAY 30, 2016
After the NSF I-Corps had been running for a while I visited and heard the presentations from the I-Corps teams and then saw companies developing from those ideas, venture capital coming to some of these companies that were being formed, I realized this is something that it really works and it’s something that I championed that was right – and good for the country. Lean methodologies have changed the way science is commercialized in the U.S.
ALTGATE [Venture Capital] Quote Of The Day
| FRIDAY, JANUARY 9, 2009
@altgate Startups, Venture Capital & Everything In Between Skip to content Home Furqan Nazeeri (email@example.com) ← Be Glad You Are An Entrepreneur! This from the head of Intel Capital while speaking at CES (according to Jeff Busang over at Flybridge Capital Partners ). Share and Enjoy: This entry was posted in Venture Capital and tagged venture capital.
ALTGATE [Venture Capital] Successories' New Line of Posters for Venture Capitalists
| TUESDAY, JUNE 9, 2009
@altgate Startups, Venture Capital & Everything In Between Skip to content Home Furqan Nazeeri (firstname.lastname@example.org) ← Entrepreneurs on Twitter If Entrepreneurs Really Told the Truth… → Successories’ New Line of Posters for Venture Capitalists Posted on June 9, 2009 by fnazeeri Not really, but I had to chuckle when I saw this. Share and Enjoy: This entry was posted in Venture Capital and tagged venture capital.
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] 50 Ways to Find Co-founders
| MONDAY, MARCH 31, 2014
Former co-founders in another venture Granted, this presents a chicken-and-egg problem if you''re a first-time founder, but if it''s an option, it''s worth considering. Rob Daley and Henry Thorne, co-founders of 4moms , which makes robotic baby gear, teamed up after Daley pitched the venture capital firm where Thorne was working at the time. I''m always looking for an interesting new venture. What''s worse than starting a business without a co-founder?
ARCTICSTARTUP [Venture Capital] Where Are All The Girls?
| TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2011
Editorial note: This is a guest post by Natalie Gaudet, who is one of the key people behind Aalto Venture Garage and Startup Sauna. For example, according to the Dow Jones VentureSource , only about 11% of US firms with venture capital-backing in 2009 had current or former female CEOs or founders. You are sitting in an entrepreneurial event, in a room full of people. You look around and suddenly realize that the room is filled with men, boys and guys.
CROWDSPRING BLOG [Venture Capital] Twitter Link Roundup #218 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More
| FRIDAY, APRIL 11, 2014
“38% of venture-backed founders are over 40 years old” - crowdspring.co/1hywYgv. Five Reasons Not To Raise Venture Capital, by Rachel Chalmers | Model View Culture - crowdspring.co/1lIlpYH. Inside Sequoia Capital: Silicon Valley’s Innovation Factory - crowdspring.co/1hyz3sN. Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account , I post links to posts or videos I enjoyed reading or viewing.
ARCTICSTARTUP [Venture Capital] Should You Join a Startup? The Answer Is Increasingly Yes!
| MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2011
All they need to worry about is getting the product right and for this precise reason they have venture capital to carry them to the point where they can ship a product other companies did not have the patience nor the vision to build because they were too worried about the immediate sales of their current products. Secondly, having people around you who are venturing their life savings on pursuing a dream can be life changing even if you're in it only for fun and profit.
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] Why Tech Founders Who Act like Jerks Become Rich and Successful
| TUESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2014
One venture capitalist whose firm implemented a "no a s policy" passed on an investment in Uber. Burbidge is now a VC at London''s Passion Capital, which has invested in startups like Lulu and Go Cardless. I believe that integrity and honesty are very important to most venture capital investors," he wrote on his blog, Both Sides of the Table. Though bad behavior elicits criticism, it doesn''t stop people from marveling at its related success.
FLORIDA VENTURE BLOG [Venture Capital] Angels or Icarii?
| FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 2006
Although the paper-based column allows me to go deeper on topics I might just touch here, I hope VCFAQ, like FVB, can also be a place to share questions and answers from the venture game. Let's get to know each other, Join FVB , my venture capital blog community The first article of my VCFAQ column ran in TechJournalSouth this week.
VC READY BLOG [Venture Capital] Anatomy of a Term Sheet: Conversion and Anti-dilution
| TUESDAY, JULY 6, 2010
These posts refer to the model Series A Term Sheet put out by the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) and available for download here. * * * * * * * * * *. Certain adjustments merely compensate the investor for changes in the company’s capital structure – for instance those caused by a stock split, reverse stock split or stock dividend – without altering the economics of the preferred stock.
CROWDSPRING BLOG [Venture Capital] Twitter Link Roundup #168 – Small Business, Social Media, Design, Copywriting, Marketing And More
| FRIDAY, MARCH 1, 2013
Venture Capital Returns – [link]. Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account , I post links to posts or videos I enjoyed reading or viewing. These posts and videos are about logo design , web design , startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, and more! Here are some of the links that I’ve liked and shared this past week!
ROB GO [Venture Capital] When Conventional Wisdom Goes Wrong
| WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2012
When I started in venture capital, east coast VC’s largely had a formula for the kind of founders they wanted to back. There was a high degree of interest in backing repeat, experienced entrepreneurs or executives. Many successful investors had made their LPs (and themselves) many millions of dollars by finding a rock-star founder, and then following him or her through 2, 3, or more companies successfully.
WWW.FORENTREPRENEURS.COM [Venture Capital] Designing startup metrics to drive successful behavior | For Entrepreneurs
| TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2010
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FRED DESTIN [Venture Capital] Entrepreneurs Petition against AIFM Directive - Act by Sunday 25 April !
| THURSDAY, APRIL 22, 2010
By this Sunday night, April 25, we need to get a significant number of European entrepreneurs to help the European Venture Capital Association in lobbying the EU and signing a petition against this damaging Directive. Vote against an extensive Directive that will damage European Venture: The directive sets out a number of measures ill-suited to venture capital and the financing of innovation. Euro Entrepreneurs, time to lobby !
- [Venture Capital] Chasing Returns
I'll take this conversation back to a market that I do understand - venture capital. The venture capital business is showing good returns for the first time in a decade. However, these sectors of the venture capital market are filling up with investors chasing returns. The venture capital markets work well most of the time. Venture capital is not financial engineering. Tags: Venture Capital and Technology
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] The Returnees: Why U.S. Entrepreneurs are Going Back to Korea
| TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2011
It won a business-plan competition in early 2007 and raised $1 million in venture capital the next year. Their goal: to come up with a business that would grow fast and require no start-up capital. It's a big trend here," says Henry Chung, managing director of DFJ Athena, a venture capital firm with offices in Seoul and Silicon Valley. Entrepreneurs in South Korea often struggle to raise capital.
VENTURE CYCLIST [Venture Capital] Venture Cyclist: Why chocolate matters to a smarter planet
| SUNDAY, JANUARY 15, 2012
Venture Cyclist. Venture Capitalist and Cyclist, hence Venture Cyclist. I work at Sigma Partners Venture Capital in Boston MA. Pages. Advice for Entrepreneurs. VC:VC. Why chocolate matters to a smarter planet. Why does anyone need to ask? And what does this say about IBM, able to turn even chocolate into something just too earnest? Posted Sunday, January 15, 2012. Email This BlogThis! Share to Twitter Share to Facebook. Labels: Whimsy. 1 comment: Gregg Stern.
VC CAFE [Venture Capital] Invest in Israel Newsletter – April 2012 Edition
| THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2012
US healthcare investment management firm OrbiMed has announced the closing of its first investment fund dedicated to life science venture capital opportunities in Israel. Morflora, focused on innovative non-transgenic trait delivery technology for plant protection and enhancement, has been selected as a finalist for Red Herring’s Top 100 Europe Award, a prestigious list honoring the year’s most promising private technology ventures from the European business region.
TEXAS STARTUP BLOG [Venture Capital] Startup Pressure = Ethical Dilemmas (Update)
| TUESDAY, APRIL 19, 2011
Hanson from Santa Clara University wrote a piece titled, “ A Good Start, New Ventures Can Make Ethics Part of Their Business Plan where he argues that ethics play a critical role in the first months and years of a company’s existence and I agree. When a startup takes institutional money from Venture Capital firms these early, pre-funding, ethical decisions will guide the future of the company (think Google).
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] Working With a Tech Incubator Might Be the Best Thing You Do This Year… Here’s Why
| WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17, 2015
For example, Techstars offers their startups things (in exchange for an equity stake in your company) like: a $100,000 convertible debt note, provided by top venture capital firms, Techstars Alumni and several individuals. If you're on the fence about applying to startup incubators, this may give you a push. Tech incubator Techstars has just announced their 2015 class in Boston and the lineup looks awesome!
ARCTICSTARTUP [Venture Capital] Angel And Seed Rounds Increase In Size In The US
| TUESDAY, APRIL 19, 2011
Firstly, there has been a shift from friends, family and other wealthy individuals to professional angels, seed funds and even venture capital funds willing to invest smaller amounts of capital. The table above shows that first of all internet/digital media received over 2/3 of the investments, but also interestingly in one quarter of the cases venture capital funds lead the rounds.
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] Meet Aviary: The Start-up Powering Twitter's Photo Filter
| TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2012
To date, the company has raised a total of $17 million in financing across three rounds from investors including Spark Capital, LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, through his personal venture capital arm Bezos Expeditions. Twitter debuted its own photo filter this week. Here's the start-up behind the new photo editing tool. Aviary is the scrappy New York-based photo editing start-up you've probably never heard of.
BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE [Venture Capital] Don’t drink your own Kool-Aid (surviving TC50)
| SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2009
I’m not going to cover in this post the obvious post-show marketing tasks such as following up on all those business cards you grabbed, communicating with all those people who registered at your site and leveraging your new found fame to score venture capital. We had scrambled to get a product to market, built our first website, rapidly hired a technology team, raised our seed round of capital ($1.5 Once the cycle has passed it’s harder to capitalize.
SILICONHILLS [Venture Capital] VolunteerSpot Lands $1.5 Million Investment
| THURSDAY, JUNE 28, 2012
ff Venture Capital of New York led the investment along with the Central Texas Angel Network, Nebraska Angel network, Angel List and Baylor Angel Network. VolunteerSpot, which creates tools for moms, nonprofit organizers and others to coordinate volunteers, has received $1.5 million. The Austin-based startup plans to use the funds for marketing and to double [.]. Austin Technology San Antonio Technology Angellist Austin Central Texas Angel Network VolunteerSpot
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] Is the IPO Party Over?
| WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2012
Richardson says there are plenty of ways to get growth capital without resorting to an IPO. Every boardroom I'm in, the standard is still to create your own destiny, hit profitability and ultimately go public," says Peter Nieh, founder and managing director of Lightspeed Venture Partners. Venture capitalists looking to cash out of investments often have the same view, he says. "In The initial public offering has long been the ultimate goal of successful entrepreneurs.
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] Investors Look for Chemistry, Not Just Big Ideas
| THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2013
From the outside, most people think that venture capitalists are just looking for the best ideas that will generate the biggest companies. Venture capital investing is not like angel investing or public stock investing. And it is the central act of venture capital investing. VC Fred Wilson says the quality of your ideas matter to investors. But your relationships with them matter more.
ARCTICSTARTUP [Venture Capital] Blaast Launches In Indonesia, Targets The Next Billion Users
| TUESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2012
Blaast is a portfolio company of Veturi Venture Capital , a Vigo accelerator We've received news that tomorrow Blaast is launching "the world's first cloud-based mobile platform" in Jakarta, Indonesia in cooperation with the mobile operator XL. The Helsinki-based company is throwing a press event and hackathon designed to catch the attention of the local press and the local developer community, who are encouraged to create apps for the entirely cloud-based platform.
BERKONOMICS [Venture Capital] Does your business need money? Read this!
| THURSDAY, JUNE 8, 2017
The subject of raising money is critical to many businesses and a passing option to others, depending upon the capital efficiency of the enterprise. Some businesses require very little capital and the founder can self-finance the enterprise and retain 100% of its ownership and control from ignition through liquidity event (startup through sale). Venture, private equity and more: Here we lump a large number investor classes into one.
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] Marc Andreessen's Greatest Twitter Hits
| TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2014
It would be another four years before the Netscape co-founder and venture capitalist returned to tweet, "I''m back--did anything happen while I was gone?," On Venture Capital Funding: "Most great businesses in the world are not funded by VC, nor should they be," Andreessen tweeted on February 5. "VC
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] Is Instagram Really Worth $1 Billion?
| TUESDAY, APRIL 10, 2012
It has received literally billions in venture capital. Is Instagram, on its own, worth even the $500 million valuation that it got with a $50 million investment from VC firms Sequoia Capital, Thrive Capital, Greylock Partners, and Benchmark Partners right before the Facebook purchase? The start-up may have pulled down a billion-dollar payday, but that doesn't mean it was worth it. So, Facebook buys Instagram for $1 billion. With a B.
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] Why You Shouldn't Care About Facebook's IPO
| MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2011
If you like your freedom, stay small Finally, an IPO may seem like a great idea, and could even be necessary to make venture capital investors happy. Don't look to Facebook's financial future to learn much; it's the company's early history that start-up founders should study. In case you hadn't heard the latest rumors—that is, in case you've been off-planet for the last day or two— Facebook plans a $100 billion valuation IPO , probably in the April to June 2012 range.
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] Why Internal Ventures Are Different From External Startups
| WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26, 2014
I will then, however, argue that while these methods are necessary to managing new ventures inside a company--they are insufficient. This has serious implications for corporate venturing, for innovating new businesses--and new business models--inside an existing corporation. The context for an internal venture inside an existing company is dramatically different from the context confronting an external startup out in the wild. The internal venture must do all this, and more!
ARCTICSTARTUP [Venture Capital] Founders Fund Angels Are Supporting New Tech Talent in Norway
| MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2015
Founders Fund also partners with the Nordic investment community as well as providing access to the top tier international venture capital firms. The Founders Fund was established in 2013 – And it works through the StartupLab community. Photo: StartupLab. As the startup scene in Norway is speeding up things in multiple levels, we’re getting more and more news coming in.
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] Tim Draper Wants to Break California Into Six States
| FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2013
The venture capitalist plans to present a initiative to the California Attorney General to break the nation''s most populous state into six smaller ones--including a state of Silicon Valley. The founder of venture capital firm DFJ has proposed a plan to split California into six separate states.
FELD THOUGHTS [Venture Capital] Update From ADPrentice
| THURSDAY, APRIL 22, 2010
In the post I described the entrepreneurship education event I helped put on with Sameer Gandhi (Accel Partners – then at Sequoia Capital) and Mark Siegel (Menlo Ventures). In between events, Mark gave a talk titled “How Does Venture Capital Work”, Sameer gave a talk titled “Business Plan 101”, and I gave a talk titled “Do You Have The Balls To Start A Company?”.
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] 5 Reasons to Avoid Silicon Valley
| MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2013
Many would argue that since Silicon Valley gets the most venture capital, has the most powerful pillar companies, the deepest talent pool, and the best universities that it’s the best place to locate your start-up. A big reason that so many of those Silicon Valley seed-capital-backs start-ups will fail is that their CEOs won’t be able to get that help. So stay away and less you have a huge capital basis.
DAVID TETEN [Venture Capital] October 18, CT: HBS Panel on VC in Connecticut
| WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2012
I’ll be a panelist at a HBS Club of Connecticut/HBS Angels Venture Capital in Connecticut Panel Discussion and Cocktail Reception on October 18. The third panelist, Douglas Roth , is also heavily involved in the Connecticut venture capital space through Connecticut Innovations (CI). The event will be held at the recently-established Stamford Innovation Center , of which fellow panelist Barry Schwimmer is Founder and Managing Partner.
FLORIDA VENTURE BLOG [Venture Capital] Team Building: Cultivating Your Greatest Asset
| SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2008
As I grew into management roles and then moved into venture capital, the value of team building became more obvious. Let's get to know each other, Join FVB , my venture capital blog community! I've said it many times before, but people make or break any company. My " foxhole " post highlighted that teams grow in importance during the tough times. However, team cohesion doesn't just happen, it takes work.
TEXAS STARTUP BLOG [Venture Capital] 59 Angels
| THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 2011
The Venture Capital Cycle” by Paul Gompers and Josh Lerner. Attracting Capital from Angels: How Their Money — and Their Experience — Can Help You Build a Successful Company” by Brian E. Term Sheets & Valuations — A Line by Line Look at the Intricacies of Venture Capital Term Sheets & Valuations” by Alex Wilmerding. Angel Capital Association.
ANGEL BLOG [Venture Capital] Exit Strategies for Angel Investors Video
| TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2009
Venture Capital in North America is in crisis - big funds aren’t working anymore. Traditional Venture Capital funds have grown too large for today’s exits. We now have a much better idea of the differences between traditional Venture Capitalists and Angel Investors. The Northwest Energy Angels invited me to Seattle to talk about exit strategies for Angel investors. The full video and Q&A from that talk is online in full 720p High Def.
ANGEL BLOG [Venture Capital] Exit Early - Exit Often Keynote Video
| WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2009
This is the high def video of my keynote at the Capital Connects! Southeastern Regional Angel Capital Association Meeting in Greensboro, North Carolina - October 1, 2009. Today, the corporate buyers are competitors to the traditional Venture Capital funds. Traditional Venture Capital could shrink to half, or even a quarter, of it’s current size.
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] Why Location Matters Less Than You Think
| TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2013
At my Boston-based venture capital firm, many of our portfolio companies are headquartered in cities that are nowhere near being classified as traditional tech hubs. That doesn’t mean that I’m suggesting your business needs to pack up and move to San Francisco if you want to catch a venture capitalist’s attention. There are plenty of good reasons to start your company far away from one of the major tech hubs. Even if it''s a tech business.
PROFESSOR VC [Venture Capital] ProfessorVC: Waah.Do I have to build a financial model?
| FRIDAY, AUGUST 26, 2011
Everyone seems to know someone who has raised huge amounts of venture capital without ever putting together even back of the envelope projections. Labels: entrepreneurial finance , financial analysis , venture capital. Rebuild our Inner Cities one Venture at a time? The Most Important Venture Capital Statistic. Venture Hacks. Congratulations on the Best Venture Capital Investment. Venture News. ProfessorVC.
ONLYONCE [Venture Capital] Book Short: I Wish This Existed 12 Years Ago
| MONDAY, JULY 18, 2011
Brad Feld has been on my board for over a decade now, and when he and his partner Jason Mendelson told me about a new book they were writing a bunch of months ago called Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist , I took note. I’d like to be smarter than my lawyer or venture capitalist.. The Capitalization Table. How Venture Capital Funds Work. Books Business Venture Capitalists entrepreneur's perspective venture deals
ARCTICSTARTUP [Venture Capital] Two European VC funds invest in Reykjavik startup
| THURSDAY, MARCH 20, 2014
Earlier this March, Reykjavik-based personal finance software startup Meniga announced they had received a €1 million investment from the Dutch venture capital fund Velocity. Velocity capital , owned by Dutch financier Willem Willemstein, invests solely in financial technology companies so their other investment have possible strategic alignment capabilities with Meniga.
STEVE BLANK [Venture Capital] Entrepreneurs are Everywhere Show No. 3: Frank Rimalovski and Frank Sculli
| WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2015
Frank Rimalovski is the executive director of the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute and managing director of the NYU Innovation Venture Fund. Frank has spent 20+ years in technology companies and venture capital, working at Lucent , Sun Microsystems , Apple and NeXT. We try to bring the entrepreneurs, the investors, the venture capitalists (the entire New York startup ecosystem) into everything we do. The NYU Innovation Venture Fund plays a critical role in the effort.
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] Twitter Soars on IPO--But Now Real Work Begins
| THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2013
The market gives you a grace period, but that wears off and the market says you have to show us you can turn into a profitable business and increase the margins," says David Zilberman, a partner at venture capital firm Comcast Ventures in San Francisco. Twitter''s stock jumps on its first day of trading, despite the start-up''s lack of profits and questionable future. Now the pressure is on. New York was rainy and gray Thursday, save for one ray of light.
CHARLIECRYSTLE.COM [Venture Capital] 2012 Predictions: How'd I do?
| SUNDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2012
Reading back on them, it strikes me what was on my mind that day--mobile phones and service because I was ditching ATT and wanted to try Android for the first time, startups, and venture capital. This will create opportunities for early-stage venture funds, which will have had a lot of their homework done for them in the seed rounds and inevitable thinning of the herds. Last year it was fun to make predictions for 2012.
VENTURE CYCLIST [Venture Capital] Venture Cyclist: VC:VC Can I offer you a euphemism?
| WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2010
Venture Cyclist. Venture Capitalist and Cyclist, hence Venture Cyclist. I work at Sigma Partners Venture Capital in Boston MA. Pages. Advice for Entrepreneurs. VC:VC. VC:VC Can I offer you a euphemism? The very excellent Blue Avocado non-profit website and newsletter, issue 56 (with an excellent article on Board-Staff agreement over financial governance), offered this to “decode the code”: · Charismatic means. bad manager.
VENTURE CYCLIST [Venture Capital] Venture Cyclist: The $1000 Genome is old news
| FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2012
Venture Cyclist. Venture Capitalist and Cyclist, hence Venture Cyclist. I work at Sigma Partners Venture Capital in Boston MA. Pages. Advice for Entrepreneurs. VC:VC. The $1,000 Genome is old news. I have written a few times about the coming of the $1,000 genome, and what that really means. I recently read an excellent Forbes article by Jim Golden that argues this is already rather old news.
ARCTICSTARTUP [Venture Capital] Russia Will See Huge Opportunities For Years
| THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2011
I talked to Marina Treshchova, CEO of Fast Lane Ventures , a Moscow based early stage venture capital firm a few weeks back about the investment market in Russia. Fast Lane Ventures is quite a young investment company, but during their 18 months in operation they have invested in almost 1 company every month. Fast Lane Ventures has some 40 million euros available all in all through their network of VCs.
READWRITESTART [Venture Capital] Survey Finds VCs Optimistic About 2011 Investments
| TUESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2010
Venture capitalists say they plan to invest more next year, according to a survey released today by the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) and Dow Jones VentureSource. The survey polled 330 venture capitalists and 180 CEOs for their thoughts on where they see investment headed in 2011. The CEOs surveyed were also optimistic about venture funding.
READWRITESTART [Venture Capital] Report on Q3 VC Investment Finds Funding Down for Internet Companies
| MONDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2010
Venture capital database VentureDeal has released its report on investment trends for the third quarter of 2010. During the third quarter, the report finds total funding for Internet companies down by 14% and the number of companies funded down by 6%. The mobile sector, however, saw a 40% increase over previous quarters, although the number of companies funded declined. Sponsor. The report says that 343 Internet companies raised $1.8 billion in the third quarter.
VENTURE CYCLIST [Venture Capital] Venture Cyclist: What is Big Data?
| MONDAY, MAY 28, 2012
Venture Cyclist. Venture Capitalist and Cyclist, hence Venture Cyclist. I work at Sigma Partners Venture Capital in Boston MA. Pages. Advice for Entrepreneurs. VC:VC. What is Big Data? This is the first post of a series on Big Data. Watch for more! The success of information technology until now has been built on our ability to comprehensively record transactions, events, or changes of state.
FLORIDA VENTURE BLOG [Venture Capital] VC Champions of the World
| MONDAY, APRIL 10, 2006
With all the Championship hoopla of late, wouldn't it be fun if there was a monster venture fund bracket and a battle to the death to crown a venture capital Champion? UNC's Venture Capital Investment Competition includes over 50 student venture capital teams from across the world. Turning the tables on the typical business plan competition, VCIC student teams operate as a virtual venture fund.