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  • READWRITESTART  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2010
    [Venture Capital] Report on Q3 VC Investment Finds Funding Down for Internet Companies
    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  |  MONDAY, MAY 28, 2012
    [Venture Capital] Venture Cyclist: What is Big Data?
    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  |  MONDAY, APRIL 10, 2006
    [Venture Capital] VC Champions of the World
    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.
  • PLATFORMS AND NETWORKS   |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2011
    [Venture Capital] Managing Startups: Best Posts of 2011
    Funding Strategy In Venture Deals, Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson offer a terrific, in-depth explanation of term sheets, funding strategy, VC motivations, etc. Fred Wilson discusses working capital financing and customer financing. Rob Go on the downside of a career in venture capital. Here's my compilation of 2011's best posts about managing startups. I assembled similar lists at the end of 2010 and 2009. Please use comments to suggest additional posts. Happy New Year!
  • INC STARTUPS  |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2013
    [Venture Capital] What Can Angel Investors Do For You?
    They were trying to raise $5 million in venture capital, but their plan showed they couldn''t be profitable," he says. "So What Angels Can''t Do Supply Enough Money "Angels will work with a company, sometimes in a sleeves-rolled-up manner that exceeds even that of a venture capitalist," says Berkus. Landing an angel is a huge boon to a new company. But you ought to know what to expect. Nothing makes startup founders salivate quite like the thought of a cash infusion.
  • INC STARTUPS  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2014
    [Venture Capital] How to Scale Up Gracefully
    In Silicon Valley, you see companies that have 70 people and $100 million in venture capital. The goal isn''t to get big just for the sake of being big. Best-selling author Robert Sutton explains the finer points of growing a company gracefully. Most entrepreneurs want their company to grow and be more successful.
  • INC STARTUPS  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 2012
    [Venture Capital] Lemon Raises $8 Million, Launches Wallet App
    The money management app maker announced Tuesday that it has received $8 million in a series A funding round led by venture capital firm Maveron. Lemon founder and CEO Wences Casares says the new capital will be used to hire more engineers, develop new product offerings, and increase marketing efforts. The app currently backs up financial and purchasing data, but the company hopes to eventually replace physical wallets. Lemon just got some more money for its wallet.
  • THE NEXT WEB  |  FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2013
    [Venture Capital] How to raise money for your startup from VCs and investors in Asia
    He is currently CEO of Bubbly , a social media startup backed by Sequoia Capital, SingTel Innov8, and JAFCO. Asia has far fewer VC firms and institutional investors, each of which invests a far smaller amount of capital. The venture capital landscape in Asia is varied and complex, as most of the active firms on the continent are concentrated in just a few areas. China’s top dogs include the likes of GGV Capital , Sequoia China , IDG , Qiming , and a handful of others.
  • ARCTICSTARTUP  |  FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2016
    [Venture Capital] HBH Investor Talks: Filip Petersson says it's about timely matchmaking
    But it still took a while before he joined SEB Venture Capital in 2014. Filip Petersson , Investment Manager of SEB Venture Capital. Being a part of a small research team Filip struggled with finding the right investors and was constantly looking for funding. When researcher turned into an entrepreneur, he had to learn fast on how to explain his technology in business terms.
  • PLATFORMS AND NETWORKS   |  SATURDAY, JANUARY 12, 2013
    [Venture Capital] What Is Entrepreneurship?
    For some, it refers to venture capital-backed startups and their kin; for others, to any small business. For example, a new venture might employ a new business model for an innovative product. At a new venture’s outset, its founders control only their own human, social, and financial capital. In some cases, this is adequate to bring a new venture to the point where it becomes self-sustaining from internally generated cash flow.
  • A VC : VENTURE CAPITAL AND TECHNOLOGY  |  FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2010
    [Venture Capital] The Donors Choose AVC Meetup
    Tags: Venture Capital and Technology
  • YOUNGUPSTARTS  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Insuring Directors And Officers Through M&A And IPO Events
    Corporate transactions including mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and initial public offerings (IPO) bring necessary capital and resources to a growing company. Big companies with lots of capital that aren’t worried about insuring the corporation will buy Side A insurance. His specialties include Public Directors & Officers Liability, Employment Practices Liability, Fiduciary, Crime, K&R, Venture Capital and Private equity programs.
  • YOUNGUPSTARTS  |  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2017
    [Venture Capital] Funding Strategies For Your Small Business
    Using venture capital can be a good source of funding. It is important that business owners or entrepreneurs understand venture capitalists often expect a controlling interest in the company in exchange for a hefty initial investment. Your own property can be a way to get a loan – you can remortgage and use it to fund the cost of your venture, or if you wish you could even sell your house to 713 Property Buyer and use the money for your efforts.
  • YOUNGUPSTARTS  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2016
    [Venture Capital] Why Successful Startups Go To The UAE
    This includes a number of international venture capital groups which have set up offices in the country, local family offices , and sovereign investment funds. One of the biggest advantages is the opportunity for founders to have 100% foreign ownership in their venture. In addition, the emirate has received international recognition as a leading city for human capital, lifestyle, and connectivity. Running a startup is exhilarating.
  • ROB GO  |  FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2012
    [Venture Capital] Micro VC’s and Super Angels Two Years Later – Looking Back and Some Predictions for the Future
    The venture capital market continues to be in transition, and a lot of changes have occurred in the early stages of the market. Some funds have done a wonderful job adding human capital to their teams, but some have not done as good of a job. As a result, we’ve seen seed funds reserve more capital for follow-on rounds. You need to own more of your winners, and you want to put more capital into those winners.
  • SEED STAGE CAPITAL  |  TUESDAY, APRIL 21, 2009
    [Venture Capital] Q1 VC Numbers Are In.Here's the Good, the Bad, and mostly, The.
    Heres an excerpt (courtesy of Dow Jones VentureSource): "Venture capitalists invested just $3.90 Dow Jones also states that later-stage financing rounds accounted for 55% of all venture investment in the first quarter of 2009, up from 47% in the same quarter last year. Thats the only logic I can find to explain the conflicting trends of later-stage and smaller rounds Anyway, theres no real way to sugarcoat it-- the venture funding market is in pretty rough shape right now.
  • SEED STAGE CAPITAL  |  FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2009
    [Venture Capital] closing term sheets quickly (+ avoid the co-investment term sheet)
    Share | About Nathan Beckord, CFA San Francisco, CA, United States Startup consultant focused on planning & strategy, business development, raising capital and exit strategy. skip to main | skip to sidebar 01 May 2009 Closing Term Sheets Quickly (+ Avoid the Co-Investment Term Sheet) Heres an interesting post from the guys over at VentureHacks about closing term sheets quickly. link] I like the advice.one of the biggest pains is to get VCs to move on your timetable.
  • SEED STAGE CAPITAL  |  MONDAY, MAY 18, 2009
    [Venture Capital] Should Government Help Fund Startups? | VentureArchetypes Blog.
    Share | About Nathan Beckord, CFA San Francisco, CA, United States Startup consultant focused on planning & strategy, business development, raising capital and exit strategy. skip to main | skip to sidebar 18 May 2009 Should Government Help Fund Startups? Ive been running an ongoing, informal debate about the role government should play in encouraging entrepreneurship.
  • SEED STAGE CAPITAL  |  MONDAY, MAY 18, 2009
    [Venture Capital] the best funding strategy of them all: none
    skip to main | skip to sidebar 18 May 2009 The Best Funding Strategy Of Them All: None This blog is generally about all things early stage capital related, but here is a good list of the best strategy of them all: bootstrapping. It gives you leverage when you do want to raise capital-- Just like a bank doesnt want to lend unless it knows you have the wherewithal to pay it back, investors tend to flock to companies that are seeing real revenue-producing customer traction.
  • SEED STAGE CAPITAL  |  TUESDAY, MAY 19, 2009
    [Venture Capital] some thoughts on term sheets
    Share | About Nathan Beckord, CFA San Francisco, CA, United States Startup consultant focused on planning & strategy, business development, raising capital and exit strategy. skip to main | skip to sidebar 19 May 2009 Some Thoughts on Term Sheets I am often asked by the startup companies I work with for a "typical" term sheet they can use as a benchmark when negotiating with investors.
  • SEED STAGE CAPITAL  |  THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2009
    [Venture Capital] Key Elements for Selling Your Company | VentureArchetypes Blog.
    Share | About Nathan Beckord, CFA San Francisco, CA, United States Startup consultant focused on planning & strategy, business development, raising capital and exit strategy. skip to main | skip to sidebar 28 May 2009 Key Elements for Selling Your Company My friend (and former VentureArchetypes colleague) Jake Kaldenbaugh turned me on to this blog post by Matt McCall. Matt is a Chicago VC and MD at DFJ Portage VP (just to throw a few mysterious acronyms at you).
  • SEED STAGE CAPITAL  |  MONDAY, AUGUST 24, 2009
    [Venture Capital] in search of.the ideal term sheet
    Share | About Nathan Beckord, CFA San Francisco, CA, United States Startup consultant focused on planning & strategy, business development, raising capital and exit strategy. skip to main | skip to sidebar 24 August 2009 In Search Of.The Ideal Term Sheet Continuing with our discussion on term sheets (see "Some Thoughts on Term Sheets" and "Closing Term Sheets Quickly" ), today a new "plain vanilla" term sheet was published by Adeo Ressi of TheFunded.com.
  • ARCTICSTARTUP  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 2012
    [Venture Capital] Grand Cru Games Announces $2 Million In Seed Funding And Their First Game - Supernauts
    The $2 million in funding comes mostly from Idinvest Partners, who is a France based venture capital firm that has around €3 billion of assets under management. Lifeline Ventures , one of the Vigo Accelerators was the founding investors into the company. Helsinki based Grand Cru Games ( previous coverage here ) is announcing a $2 million seed financing round from Idinvest Partners.
  • WWW.PAULGRAHAM.COM  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28, 2010
    [Venture Capital] How to Be an Angel Investor
    The rest exist to satisfy demandamong fund managers for venture capital as an asset class. March 2009 (This essay is derived from a talk at AngelConf.) When we sold our startup in 1998 I thought one day Id do some angelinvesting. Seven years later I still hadnt started. I put it offbecause it seemed mysterious and complicated. It turns out to be easier than I expected, and also more interesting. The part I thought was hard, the mechanics of investing, reallyisnt.
  • ARCTICSTARTUP  |  MONDAY, MARCH 14, 2011
    [Venture Capital] Early Stage Investments For Politicians
    It would be an interesting study to conduct; how many people are employed through venture capital in Silicon Valley in companies that wouldn't be able to hire the people otherwise? Finland will have its parliamentary elections this spring, and Estonia just had theirs.
  • CAMPUS ENTREPRENEURSHIP  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4, 2012
    [Venture Capital] The Return of University Building in the US | VC Firm Backs New University | Minerva Project
    From Doug Lederman : An entrepreneur who created the photo-sharing site Snapfish — backed by a star-studded list of advisers including Larry Summers and a $25 million investment from a leading venture capital firm — announced a plan Tuesday with a not-so-modest goal: creating “the first elite American university to be launched in a century.” 25% of my time is spent researching university builders in the US.
  • YOUNGUPSTARTS  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2014
    [Venture Capital] 5 Reasons “Boring” Details Are As Essential As “Big” Ideas For Entrepreneurial Success
    A new entrepreneurial venture requires a great deal of assistance in terms of headhunting, business coaching, venture capital etc. For example, a business venture that builds relationships with the academia can profitably tap into their resources that professional consultancy services are not equipped to provide. A venture should be run and managed only by people who have genuinely bought into and share the entrepreneurial vision. By Jenny Q.
  • ARCTICSTARTUP  |  TUESDAY, APRIL 22, 2014
    [Venture Capital] Crowdfunding up next on Danish Parliament agenda
    Jakob Engel -Schmidt , former director of the Danish Entrepreneur Association , current member of parliament and strong believer in innovation, actively conveys his support for crowdfunding and stresses the need for government agreement: “Banks in Denmark are not eager to provide risk capital and the number of business angels is not significant; this creates a gap in the market.
  • ARCTICSTARTUP  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8, 2014
    [Venture Capital] Health Startups Grow In Popularity: Mendor Raises €4.7M To Manage Diabetes
    million round in 2011 from Risto Sillasmaa, Finnvera Venture Capital, Life Sciences Partners, Finnish Industry Investments, Ilmarinen and Blothom. Looking at 2013, it is probably fair to say that the two hottest areas in Northern Europe at the moment are Gaming and Health. Perhaps the two are almost opposites of the spectrum and as much as I love gaming, I can''t help to think how important are startups that can measure success in lives saved as opposed to money made.
  • ALLEN'S BLOG  |  SATURDAY, JUNE 11, 2011
    [Venture Capital] allensblog: The Problem with Compensation Surveys
    Here in Silicon Valley, many of the major Venture Capital firms persuade their portfolio companies to participate in (anonymized) compensation surveys, and these are used in much the same way as in public companies. allensblog. Thoughts from a startup sherpa. Archives. Profile. Subscribe. « Spot the Hypocrisy | Main. | How can this be? » June 11, 2011. The Problem with Compensation Surveys.
  • INC STARTUPS  |  MONDAY, MAY 28, 2012
    [Venture Capital] The Way I Work: Anne Wojcicki, 23andMe
    The company has raised $68 million in venture capital and has nearly 150,000 paying members. Anne Wojcicki thinks we should know more about ourselves, all the way down to our chromosomes. Here's a day in the life at her company, which provides genetic testing services. Anne Wojcicki thinks we should know more about ourselves, all the way down to the chromosomes. Her Mountain View, California-based company, 23andMe, provides genetic testing services.
  • INC STARTUPS  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 28, 2014
    [Venture Capital] A Computer That Knows How You Really Feel
    million in venture capital funding, and it thinks it has a big business on its hands. After 19 years of research, an Israeli company has created emotionally intelligent software that could help humans understand much more about themselves and each other. Artificial intelligence is learning how to improve its emotional IQ. Open an app called Moodies, created by Israeli company Beyond Verbal , as you''re speaking, and it will analyze how you''re feeling.
  • ARCTICSTARTUP  |  FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2013
    [Venture Capital] Max Niederhofer On His Move To Sunstone And VC Negotiations
    About a month ago, Max Niederhofer announced he was moving from his position as Vice President in Accel Partners'' London office, to a Partner at Sunstone Capital''s Copenhagen office. We caught up with him to talk more about his move, and about what entrepreneurs should know when negotiating with Venture Capitalists. Can you tell us a little bit more about your decision to join Sunstone Capital and what has the experience been so far?
  • ARCTICSTARTUP  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 2015
    [Venture Capital] Highlights of the Estonian Tech News
    At the end of January, Estonian founded and London-based money transfer startup TransferWise raised $58 million in a Series C round led by venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz with participation also from previous backers Sir Richard Branson, Peter Thiel''s Valar Venture, Index Ventures, IA Ventures and Seedcamp. This is a guest post by Fredy-Edwin Esse for Silicon Vikings , a group connecting the Nordic and Baltics to Silicon Valley.
  • INC STARTUPS  |  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2013
    [Venture Capital] Do You Deserve Investment Capital?
    In my last column , we covered the questions you should ask to help determine whether a venture capital or private equity firm is a structural fit for you. Often, entrepreneurs have unrealistic expectations about what capital can or should do, or they haven’t accurately assessed the reality of their personality or their business. Will capital really fix my problems, or just hide them? ” Do I need capital, or do I just want it really badly?
  • CHRISTINE.NET  |  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2006
    [Venture Capital] Christine: Top 10 Mobile Marketing Campaigns
    Categories Art/Media Best Practices FRC Nonprofit Personal Technology Telephony/Wireless Venture Capital Women Archives March 2010 December 2009 November 2009 October 2009 August 2009 May 2009 April 2009 March 2009 February 2009 January 2009 More. Christine (.net) net) technology and society Tweets follow me on Twitter Snaps www. flick r.com Recent Posts Rentalic and appbackr Win $150,000 PayPal Challenge Last Chance for First Round Office Hours in 2009!
  • READWRITESTART  |  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2011
    [Venture Capital] Strategy Roundtable For Entrepreneurs: VCs Are Not Always Right
    Finally, for those of you who need some additional infusion of courage, please study the story of Ryan Allis in North Carolina who bootstrapped his company iContact to $1 million in revenue and THEN raised venture capital to get to $40 million. I know that many, many entrepreneurs are feeling dejected because of investor rejections. Today, I want to share with you a story of an amazing entrepreneurial team led by Alex Bouzari, CEO of Data Direct.
  • VERSION ONE VENTURES  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 17, 2014
    [Venture Capital] What excites us in consumer healthcare IT?
    That was December 2013, and digital health funding for the year exceeded $19B with 195 venture deals (where over $2M was raised). Now that we’re halfway through 2014, we continue to see venture capital pour into the healthcare sector. appeared first on Version One Ventures. Last December, we published our thoughts on the healthcare market in a VentureBeat article: “ The health-tech booster shot: bringing health care into the 21st century.”.
  • INC STARTUPS  |  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2012
    [Venture Capital] 7 Celebrities Bitten by the Entrepreneurial Bug
    They may have name recognition and capital. Celebrities may have name recognition and capital. In March, the company announced it raised $27 million in venture capital. but success is hardly guaranteed. Here are seven stars who are angling to turn their passions into successful start-ups. but that doesn't mean they don't encounter some of the same challenges other entrepreneurs face. Here are seven stars who are angling to turn their passions into successful start-ups.--John
  • ONSTARTUPS  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 2, 2012
    [Venture Capital] The Big List: The Best and Worst Startup Stuff In 2011
    Best Startup Book of 2011 : Mastering the VC Game by Jeff Bussgang of Flybridge Capital. Venture Deals: Be Smarter than Your Lawyer and Your Venture Capitalist , by Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson. Best Intervew Podcast/Webcast Series with Investors : Mark Suster's This Week in Venture Capital. Three-way tie between Venture Hacks , Quora , and AsktheVC. The following is a guest post by Ty Danco. Ty is an angel investor and startup mentor.
  • INC STARTUPS  |  MONDAY, MARCH 31, 2014
    [Venture Capital] 100 Great Questions Every Entrepreneur Should Ask
    Byrnes, author and senior lecturer at MIT Byrnes explains, “Some investments look attractive, but they also take the company’s capital and focus away from its main line of business.” Peter Thiel, partner, Founders Fund Do you have an implicit bias for capital investments over people investments? Tom Peters Peters explains: “Capital enhancements are important.
  • BERKONOMICS  |  FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2012
    [Venture Capital] Think ahead, if you will need more money later.
    Some businesses just can’t fit within the angel capital or friends and family model for raising funds. Sooner or later these businesses will have to seek venture capital and accommodate the needs of the venture community in negotiating the terms of an investment. First, VC’s in general cannot invest in ‘S’ corporations or limited liability companies (LLC’s).
  • INC STARTUPS  |  THURSDAY, MARCH 13, 2014
    [Venture Capital] 5 Ways to Make It Big in a Small Town
    Silicon Valley, New York and Massachusetts own the history of venture capital technology entrepreneurship, with storied tech names on buildings everywhere you look. But Silicon Valley, New York and Greater Boston don''t exclusively own the future of venture-backed tech entrepreneurship. Find local angels and venture lawyers. Get to know the venture lawyers in your state, because they know all the key players in the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
  • INC STARTUPS  |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2012
    [Venture Capital] Beware of the Dangers of Over-Networking
    But there might be a lesson here for mere mortals who don't spend a lot of time hand-wringing about how their copious connections in the venture capital world will make fund-raising just too darn easy. The co-founder of Wistia offers four reasons you should beware of devoting too much time to networking. As a general rule of thumb in life, knowing the right people socially never hurt anyone achieve their dreams.
  • INC STARTUPS  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 30, 2012
    [Venture Capital] When to Admit Your Business Has Failed
    By "borrow," I mean receiving any financial capital that isn't yours. This can mean the old-fashioned sort of seed funding—a bank loan or some money from family—or outside equity financing such as venture capital and angel investment. The only thing worse than failing is sticking with a doomed business long after its fate is sealed. Here's how to know it's time to move on. Every small business struggles.
  • INC STARTUPS  |  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2013
    [Venture Capital] Why Do Entrepreneurs Love Boulder?
    Let me just say, it''s hard to keep a straight face when touring this idyllic mountain city--and interviewing its start-up founders and venture capitalists, its coffee-shop denizens and microbrew cognoscenti. It''s so tempting to linger on the glorious hippie mane of the organic peanut butter CEO , or quote the impossibly outdoorsy venture capitalist ("I only invest in companies I can ride my mountain bike to!"). Answer: clean air, clean living and lots of cash to invest.
  • INC STARTUPS  |  MONDAY, MAY 20, 2013
    [Venture Capital] E-mail Newsletter to Bestselling Book--How a Start-up Pulled It Off
    Here''s what was in that first newsletter: Dear Friends, We have no income and no venture capital funding. Our inventory is being financed by companies with names like Chase, Citibank, First USA and Capital One. How humility and honesty brought one start-up founder life-changing publicity.
  • STARTUP MARKETING BLOG  |  MONDAY, MAY 17, 2010
    [Venture Capital] Key Elements of a Massively Scalable Startup
    Venture capital and hype help bypass this element Figuring Out Your Way to Startup Success » Make Work Meaningful Jul 20, 2010 2:53 am [.] Startup Marketing Blog – By Sean Ellis Unlocking Startup Growth By Sean Ellis of 12in6 May 17th 10 Key Elements of a Massively Scalable Startup VC backed startups generally aspire to valuations in the hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars, but very few really consider all of the elements they’ll need to make it happen.
  • INC STARTUPS  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2012
    [Venture Capital] How Shutterstock Went From Zero to IPO
    I've never taken venture capital for any of the dozen or so companies I've started, including SurfSecret Software, one of the first pop-up blockers on the Internet. Jon Oringer had created a dozen tech start-ups before buying one $800 camera to seed his own stock-photo business. Now that company is worth $760 million. After a summer of lackluster tech IPOs, the stock-image company Shutterstock's initial public offering in October stunned the market.
  • INC STARTUPS  |  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2014
    [Venture Capital] Why We're Excited to Be a 2-Woman VC Team
    The founding partners of new firm Aspect Ventures on why they view their gender as an advantage. Probably 30 percent, whereas it used to be less than 10 percent," Theresia Gouw, a VC that recently left Accel to form a new firm , Aspect Ventures , with her friend and fellow experienced investor Jennifer Fonstad, told Inc.com. But the statistics about venture capitalists themselves are hard to characterize as anything but dismal.
  • ALTGATE  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2008
    [Venture Capital] Great Startup Event In Boston
    @altgate Startups, Venture Capital & Everything In Between Skip to content Home Furqan Nazeeri (fn@altgate.com) ← Document Founder Agreements Early & Often White Collar Crime Spree → Great Startup Event In Boston Posted on December 11, 2008 by fnazeeri Last night I was a panelist at the Startup Clinic put on by the MIT Enterprise Forum here in Cambridge.
  • ALTGATE  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2008
    [Venture Capital] Year End Management Changes
    @altgate Startups, Venture Capital & Everything In Between Skip to content Home Furqan Nazeeri (fn@altgate.com) ← The 3X Liquidation Preference Is Back! How Madoff Made Off → Year End Management Changes Posted on December 18, 2008 by fnazeeri Last December I wrote a post about how December is the time of year when a lot of startup Boards decide to make management (read CEO) changes.
  • ALTGATE  |  THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2011
    [Venture Capital] @altgate » Blog Archive » Operating System for the Classroom
    @altgate Startups, Venture Capital & Everything In Between Skip to content Home Furqan Nazeeri (fn@altgate.com) ← The Real Reason Google May Fail Operating System for the Classroom Posted on March 3, 2011 by admin By now most people have heard of Sal Khan and the Khan Academy.
  • WWW.SERIESSEED.COM  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 2, 2010
    [Venture Capital] Series Seed Financing Documents
    For this reason, startup companies are now raising significantly less capital – and many investors have begun to focus efforts on this smaller early stage investment – which typically ranges from $500,000 to $1.5 A typical venture capital investment package consists of five documents: two certificates, a legal opinion and two consents, and is roughly 100 pages long (excluding signature pages).
  • INC STARTUPS  |  TUESDAY, MAY 20, 2014
    [Venture Capital] A Fast Fashion Revolution -- via Facebook
    He first heard it at a retail conference in Germany, from an analyst who herself heard it from a venture capitalist in New York. She had recently started her own venture capital firm, High Line Venture Partners, and has since been among the earliest investors in MakerBot, Vine, and Pinterest, and other star startups.
  • STEVE BLANK  |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2009
    [Venture Capital] Customer Development is Not a Focus Group
    Reply Customer Development Defined | Venture Adventure , on November 30, 2009 at 8:35 am Said: [.]
  • INC STARTUPS  |  TUESDAY, APRIL 17, 2012
    [Venture Capital] The Case for Crowdfunding
    Thanks to the JOBS Act, new ventures can actually provide small funders a piece of the action—so all of us can be investors in new ideas we believe in. They were turned down by 30 venture capital funds before their successful Indiegogo campaign proved there was a market for a wireless tracking device which allows any camera to follow your every move by raising $24,000—which led these Bay-area engineers to nearly $1 million in follow-up "offline" investments.
  • SECRET FORMULA  |  MONDAY, APRIL 9, 2012
    [Venture Capital] How I Missed My Window to Short Natural Gas
    I think it’s possible to build large, independent technology companies in this domain – most likely with services business models – and we’re eager at Venrock to deploy some capital into the sector. I vividly remember presenting this data in the boardroom of a prominent east coast venture capital firm in early 2009. tl;dr: Saw it coming. Didn’t act. D’oh. I did a podcast recently about water treatment in oil and gas for Platt’s, the veteran trade publisher in the sector.
  • CONSTANTLY LEARNING  |  MONDAY, JULY 16, 2012
    [Venture Capital] Huge Lifestyle Businesses
    Quite often, someone pitches me a lifestyle business looking to secure venture financing. When I tell them this, the question asked is, "If that's true, why won't venture capitalists invest in lifestyle businesses then?". The only answer that can't be found from a lifestyle business, is if your whole goal is to raise venture financing. Keval Desai told me that in order to succeed, venture capitalists need 100x (or more) returns from their companies.
  • LIGHTSPEED VENTURE PARTNERS  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2012
    [Venture Capital] Shark Tank 2012 Holiday Episode Breakdown
    But given that the Coop is throwing off as much money in annual profit as it needed to open the first center, it probably doesn’t need to take investment capital at all. In the venture-backed startup world, there are a couple of types of firm that will lend to a startup, even a startup that is still losing money. Another source of loans is Venture Debt firms, including Triplepoint , Pinnacle , WTI and many others.
  • CASASIEGEL  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13, 2012
    [Venture Capital] CasaSiegel: NorCal and SoCal - A Tale of Two States
    Musings on venture capital, running a business and socio-economics. For example… In Southern California when I am at one of my children’s soccer practices and I am asked what I do for a living, I respond, “I am a venture capitalist.” ” In Northern California when I am at one of my children’s soccer practices and I am asked what I do for a living, I respond, “I am a venture capitalist.” Why Size Matters in Venture.
  • INC STARTUPS  |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2013
    [Venture Capital] Brian Halligan: Tips for Raising VC Funding
    and shared his experience raising venture capital and what he learned in the process. Don’t worry, raising venture capital is hard for everyone--even those with a distinct advantage and knowledge-base like Brian Halligan, the co-founder and CEO of HubSpot. Halligan, who has also authored two books, Inbound Marketing and Marketing Lessons From the Grateful Dead, worked in venture capital before he co-founded the inbound marketing company HubSpot in 2006.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2009
    [Venture Capital] Hiring at a Startup? Know Thy Weaknesses
    I know that people find safety in numbers (and there always seems to be 3 amigos) but imagine this for a moment – you go and raise venture capital and you’re fighting over whether to dilute with a VC by 25% or 30% as a company. This is part of my ongoing series on Startup Advice. I was reading one of my favorite websites for entrepreneurs, VentureHacks, this weekend and noticed that they are running a long piece on how to pick a co-founder.
  • INC STARTUPS  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 25, 2013
    [Venture Capital] Why You Should Hire Ex-Cons
    Real Change, Real Results Having spent the first six years of my career in venture capital and private equity, I was trained to recognize a great ROI opportunity. I’m now leading my second nonprofit organization, New York City-based Defy Ventures, which transforms former gang leaders and drug leaders into successful entrepreneurs, employees, and businesspeople. Mikey Cole is a recent graduate of Defy Ventures.
  • THIS IS GOING TO BE BIG.  |  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2011
    [Venture Capital] Airplane Thumbing
    In fact, it’s pretty rare that I write much of anything that’s not about technology, venture capital, or occasionally politics here. Plus, at least with venture capital and tech I feel like I have some clue what I’m doing. I wrote this post yesterday on the plane flight from Chicago. It’s been quite a while since I’ve written one of these “Thumbing” posts.
  • STARTUPENGINEERING  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2011
    [Venture Capital] Lean Entrepreneurship is Undermining the U.S. Economy – The 60% Challenge
    Last Spring, a lot of bloggers were worrying about what this means for the traditional venture capital model, where successful VCs manage too much money to break up into $500,000 bits. According to Mike Maples of Floodgate, “$500,000 is the new $5,000,000.” The idea is that the growing opportunity to rent rather than build and own various assets, from servers to payment systems to inventory management, means that a new company can get a lot accomplished on much less money.
  • YOUNGUPSTARTS  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 5, 2012
    [Venture Capital] MentorMob.com Aims To Revolutionize Learning Through Crowdsourcing
    The company is currently seeking first-round venture capital and institutional funding. It’s undeniable how the Internet has revolutionized education , especially with the use of online video learning through sites such as Khan Academy. But while there is plenty of great educational material out there on the Web, the problem is locating it; in fact, it is said that about 66-percent of time spent learning online is wasted simply looking for the right Internet sources.
  • INC STARTUPS  |  FRIDAY, JULY 19, 2013
    [Venture Capital] Detroit VC: Why Bankruptcy Is Great For Us
    Josh Linkner, founder of Detroit Venture Partners, says filing for Chapter 9 is necessary for Detroit. I don''t want to say this is a great day--because it will have a negative impact on human beings, and I want to be compassionate," says Linkner, the founder of Detroit Venture Partners, a $50 million venture capital firm that invests in early-stage start-ups in the city. What about Detroit''s human capital?
  • INC STARTUPS  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2012
    [Venture Capital] 5 Steps to Managing Start-up Growth
    And at the same time, it had just raised tens of millions in venture capital. Growing fast? Here's how to make sure your company culture and organization keeps up. Last week, I was talking with the CEO of a start-up that was so successful that in the last year it had increased its revenues and employee count by more than 50%. Did this start-up have the bull by the horns? Not exactly.
  • INC STARTUPS  |  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2011
    [Venture Capital] Two Upstarts Join Forces to Take on Apple
    In 2008, Vlingo raised $20 million in venture capital from investors including Yahoo and Boston-area VC firms Charles River Ventures and Sigma Partners. Voice technology firm Nuance acquires competitor Vlingo with hopes to take on Apple's iPhone 4S voice assistant, Siri. Voice technology firm Nuance has agreed to buy its top rival, the start-up Vlingo, in an attempt to take on Apple's iPhone 4S voice assistant. The terms were not disclosed.
  • VC READY BLOG  |  FRIDAY, JULY 2, 2010
    [Venture Capital] Anatomy of a Term Sheet: Voting Rights and Protective Provisions
    These posts refer to the model Series A Term Sheet put out by the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) and available for download here. * * * * * * * * * *. NOTE: This is the fifth post in our series about standard terms in early stage equity financings. Voting Rights and Protective Provisions define when investors vote with the other stockholders and when they have the right to a separate vote.
  • ONSTARTUPS  |  TUESDAY, AUGUST 9, 2011
    [Venture Capital] The Benefits Of The Perfect Independent Board Member
    About a year later, we raised our Series A round of venture capital from General Catalyst. One of the many nice things about being venture-funded is that it sends a positive signal to the prospective candidate that the company has something going for it. When we were first starting HubSpot , we identified the perfect candidate for an outside board member: Gail Goodman, CEO of Constant Contact.
  • STARTUP PROFESSIONALS MUSINGS  |  FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2011
    [Venture Capital] Logistics Required Before Approaching Investors
    But for angel investors and venture capital investors, just remember that investors are not on your team (yet). Don’t charge the hill until you are “ready.” This probably seems obvious to military types, but I see entrepreneurs violating this rule all the time. They approach key potential investors way too early, trying to talk their way up the hill, with no supporting business plan, and before they have a support team around them.
  • ARCTICSTARTUP  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18, 2012
    [Venture Capital] SkySQL Raises €3 Million Series A Round
    a government-own venture capital company), as well as Spintop Ventures , Open Ocean Capital , and U.S.-based The company was founded October 2010 and has been funded to date with seed money from OnCorps, as well as Open Ocean Capital. ”We SkySQL a Finnish provider of affordable MySQL & MariaDB database solutions, has announced that it has raised $4 million (€3 million) in Series A investments. The funding round was led by Finnish Industry Investments Ltd. (a
  • ROB GO  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 7, 2013
    [Venture Capital] What Is NextView’s Focus? Another Stroll Through Our Portfolio
    Here’s a good example from Volition Capital. We almost always invest in the first round of institutional capital for these companies, in rounds that range from approximately $500K – $2M. We have pretty strong guidelines internally about how much capital we want to invest in a given company, at what valuation, and thus, what ownership we are looking for. This year will mark the third year of NextView’s existence.
  • INC STARTUPS  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 23, 2014
    [Venture Capital] Keeping Your Edge as the Developing World Gets Competitive
    On the other side of the world, entrepreneur and angel investor Fadi Ghandour recently teamed up with the International Finance Corporation to launch a new venture capital fund for tech startups across the Middle East and North Africa, known as the MENA region. A new study released at Davos shows the U.S. economy made strides in the past year, but emerging markets cast a long shadow.
  • LIGHTSPEED  |  MONDAY, JULY 19, 2010
    [Venture Capital] How to estimate Lifetime Value; Sample cohort analysis.
    2011 Consumer Internet Predictions « Lightspeed Venture Partners Blog - December 3, 2010 [.] For a great post describing how to measure the lifetime value of your customers have a read of this blog post from the Venture Capital from Lightspeed Venture Partners. [.] Lightspeed is a leading global venture capital firm with over $2 billion of committed capital under management.
  • SETH LEVINE'S VC ADVENTURE  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2013
    [Venture Capital] Getting our Angel List On
    In the news/hype cycle of venture and start-ups it’s rare when a single news item captures the attention of the entire community, even for a few days, let alone 3 or 4. The idea to democratize capital formation is the important idea here and a continuation of a key trend around start-ups and venture capital of the past 20 years.
  • CAMPUS ENTREPRENEURSHIP  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 25, 2013
    [Venture Capital] Forget Angels, Try Your Parents or Piggy Bank – The Accelerators – WSJ
    We found that only 9% had raised any angel capital, and 11% had raised venture capital after they had grown. Nice piece by Vivek Wadwha the echoes Scott Shane’s Illusions of Entrepreneurship.
  • BURNHAM'S BEAT  |  THURSDAY, MARCH 25, 2010
    [Venture Capital] Burnham's Beat: Google Getting Gunshy on Traffic Referral Deals?
    Venture Capital. The thoughts and opinions on this blog are mine and mine alone and not affiliated in any way with Inductive Capital LP, San Andreas Capital LLC, or any other company I am involved with. Venture Capital. Burnhams Beat. Articles on Technology and Finance. About Bill. Archived Posts. Blog Roll. IPO/M&A Lists. By Category. By Month. Recent Posts. Internet IPOs. Internet M&A. Software IPOs. Software M&A. Search This Blog.
  • BURNHAM'S BEAT  |  THURSDAY, MAY 27, 2010
    [Venture Capital] Burnham's Beat: Theater of the Absurd: Capital Gains Now Being.
    Theater of the Absurd: Capital Gains Now Being Eliminated on Sale of VC/PE Management Companies. According to Bloomberg, there’s a nasty surprise in the bill that eliminates capital gains treatment for carried interest in investment partnerships.    Not only is the government planning on eliminating carried interest on the investment profits generated by a partnership, but they are planning on eliminating capital gains treatment on. Venture Capital.
  • VENTURE CHRONICLES  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 3, 2012
    [Venture Capital] Just One Thing Management Dynamics
    I have a unique background among small company (I’m loath to write “startup”, Get Satisfaction is more substantial than that) executives in that I have venture capital, and very large company to very small company experience.
  • CAMPUS ENTREPRENEURSHIP  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2011
    [Venture Capital] WSJ on Stanford Student Startup Accelerator | StartX
    At StartX, Stanford students or recent grads undergo a three-month program where they receive free office space and attendant services, plus get to swap tips with other founders and take advantage of mentoring opportunities from venture investors and other experts. So far, 32 companies have graduated from StartX, with many receiving funding from venture-capital firms including Charles River Ventures, said Mr. Teitelman.
  • VENTUREWOODS  |  SUNDAY, JUNE 26, 2011
    [Venture Capital] Business coaching for entrepreneurs
    I recently left the venture capital world to set up a business coaching practice and wrote the following piece for a venture capital related publication. From Venture Capitalist to Business Coach. As a venture capitalist I was in the privileged position of having smart, passionate and highly driven entrepreneurs approach me with their business plans and try to sell me on their ideas.
  • DAVID TETEN  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 3, 2013
    [Venture Capital] July 17 NYC: Event for Angel Investors Only
    Co-Sponsored by Empire Angels, HBS Alumni Angels of Greater New York, and Young Venture Capital Society. Empire Angels is a member-led New York City based angel group of young finance professionals which seeks to invest in and support early stage technology ventures with a focus on young, US based entrepreneurs. The group aims to help educate and equip the next generation of venture capitalists and entrepreneurs.
  • VENTURE CYCLIST  |  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2006
    [Venture Capital] VC:VC Income and Outcome
    Here is another posting in my VC:VC series (comparing Venture Cycling to Venture Capital). In Venture Capital, outcome is exactly income. In the Venture Cycling world, there is also some component where Outcome = Income. Technorati: Hazon Venture Capital. When does income = outcome? We are a ruthless, capitalist lot (hence the name), and its all about the dollar.
  • FLORIDA VENTURE BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29, 2009
    [Venture Capital] NVCA Four Pillar Plan to Restore IPO Market
    The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) annual meeting kicks off today with a great mix of sessions and speakers. One example provided was Inside Venture, which pre-screens cross-over investors who agree to hold long-term. Pillar III - Tax Incentives : From globally competitive capital gains rates, to carried interest taxation, to one-time IPO-related tax incentives; the NVCA advocates a suite of tax initiatives that will encourage investment and company growth.
  • UP AND RUNNING  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 28, 2010
    [Venture Capital] Two Good Posts on Angel and VC Investment
    This is great timing too, because both angel investment and venture capital are in the midst of rapid readjustment to longer-term changes in the economy of startups and entrepreneurship. This fits, by the way, very well with another of his recent posts, his post last Saturday recommending Venture Hacks’ AngelList Service. We have the great recession, venture capital investing is down, but it also costs less than it used to to get a web based business going.
  • WILL PRICE  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 6, 2006
    [Venture Capital] eBay Devcon 2006
    The first centers on raising venture capital and the second on building a great team. This panel will give you insight into the recruiting process within a venture capital firm, including how they identify and hire CEOs and then work with them to develop top-tier management teams. You'll also learn how potential candidates can best network with venture capitalists to gain the upper hand in a competitive job market
  • FLORIDA VENTURE BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29, 2009
    [Venture Capital] NVCA Four Pillar Plan to Restore IPO Market
    The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) annual meeting kicks off today with a great mix of sessions and speakers. One example provided was Inside Venture, which pre-screens cross-over investors who agree to hold long-term. Pillar III - Tax Incentives : From globally competitive capital gains rates, to carried interest taxation, to one-time IPO-related tax incentives; the NVCA advocates a suite of tax initiatives that will encourage investment and company growth.
  • PASSIONATE INTENSITY  |  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2014
    [Venture Capital] Pecunia olet. a bit
    Anonymous currency, cleverly designed, but not yet perfect, attracted a throng of fanboys and almost $100M in venture capital investment. Trouble in paradise? Unless you’ve sat in cave for six months, Bitcoin’s all the rage. The idea that I can buy stuff in an untraceable, safe, and 100% electronic way, without governments or payment-fee nickel and dimers makes my libertarian heart sing.
  • CRACKING THE CODE  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2009
    [Venture Capital] Cracking The Code: Cloudonomics and 2010 Planning for your.
    Thoughts from a Venture Capitalist on Software, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Cloud Computing, Internet and more. Venture Capital. (3). Bessemer Venture Partners Expands BVP VII Fund. Best Venture and Technology Podcasts for 2007. Explore Venture Capital. Cracking The Code. Tuesday, December 01, 2009. Cloudonomics and 2010 Planning for your SaaS and Cloud Computing business.
  • ALTGATE  |  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2010
    [Venture Capital] @altgate » Blog Archive » Outsourcing For Startups
    @altgate Startups, Venture Capital & Everything In Between Skip to content Home Furqan Nazeeri (fn@altgate.com) ← Switching Costs Startup Executive Compensation Scorecard → Outsourcing For Startups Posted on September 16, 2010 by fnazeeri A few weeks ago John Prendergast (founder/CEO of Blueleaf ) and I gave a presentation on outsourcing at the Boston Founder Institute. You must balance short term constraints (human, capital, etc.)
  • STEVE BLANK  |  THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 2009
    [Venture Capital] SuperMac War Story 9: Sales, Not Awards « Steve Blank
  • STEVE BLANK  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2009
    [Venture Capital] Ardent 2: Get Out of My Building
  • PASSIONATE INTENSITY  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 27, 2011
    [Venture Capital] Getting Funded: Step 5, The Legal Grind
    While there is nothing overly complicated about venture financings, especially early ones, there is a cadre of legal professionals that not only know the law behind getting a deal done but also know what the expected behavior of the legal team should be. Stay tuned for the next series “Seven Deadly Sins of Venture Capital” Related articles.
  • PASSIONATE INTENSITY  |  SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2012
    [Venture Capital] Ungerminated: Trouble with Seeds
    Ex-founders, Hollywood personalities, the rich and the powerful, the smart and the cool, all seem to be foregoing or, at least, de-emphasizing the usual trappings of wealth (homes, cars, planes, baubles) and taking center stage at pep rallies preaching lean, capital-efficient startups poised to change the social fabric and consumer experiences, all for a few hundred thousand dollars invested. Tweet.
  • VC CAFE  |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2010
    [Venture Capital] Bitesize Monday: Indian Summer in Israeli VC funding (Takadu, Celeno, Superfish, Headway, Real Match)
    Is it because there are more worthy companies for investment all of a sudden, or are VCs driven by the need to deploy some of their capital before the end of the calendar year? Two year-old TaKaDu , a SaaS product for water utility companies to monitor water infrastructure, has raised an undisclosed second round of funding led by Emerald Technology ventures and joined by existing investors Giza Venture Capital and Gemini Israel Funds [ Zdnet ].
  • VC CAFE  |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2010
    [Venture Capital] Bitesize Monday: Indian Summer in Israeli VC funding (Takadu, Celeno, Superfish, Headway, Real Match)
    Is it because there are more worthy companies for investment all of a sudden, or are VCs driven by the need to deploy some of their capital before the end of the calendar year? Two year-old TaKaDu , a SaaS product for water utility companies to monitor water infrastructure, has raised an undisclosed second round of funding led by Emerald Technology ventures and joined by existing investors Giza Venture Capital and Gemini Israel Funds [ Zdnet ].
  • VC CAFE  |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2010
    [Venture Capital] Bitesize Monday: Indian Summer in Israeli VC funding (Takadu, Celeno, Superfish, Headway, Real Match)
    Is it because there are more worthy companies for investment all of a sudden, or are VCs driven by the need to deploy some of their capital before the end of the calendar year? Two year-old TaKaDu , a SaaS product for water utility companies to monitor water infrastructure, has raised an undisclosed second round of funding led by Emerald Technology ventures and joined by existing investors Giza Venture Capital and Gemini Israel Funds [ Zdnet ].
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