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ANGEL BLOG [Venture Capital] VC Fund Lifetimes
| MONDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2008
My previous post was about how it takes about a decade longer to exit in companies with venture capital investors. That's much longer than most entrepreneurs and angel investors would guess. Most VC funds are designed for ten year lifetimes. In actual practice, it takes significantly longer to actually exit the investments and shut down the typical IT VC fund. The actual distribution of VC fund lifetimes is show in the graphic below.
FLORIDA VENTURE BLOG [Venture Capital] Spymaster Game on Twitter
| FRIDAY, MAY 29, 2009
Let's get to know each other, Join FVB , my venture capital blog community! An area I've been digging into lately, Twitter Games, got a boost today with the launch of [link] -- created as a "side project" by the iList team. First impressions are good, quality implementation, but I wonder how the tweet noise will impact users as more games hit the stream. Luckily SpyMaster is early so game-fatique hasn't set in.yet.
THE PRODUCT GUY [Venture Capital] From the Buzz of Modular Innovation to Success in Redesign
| FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2010
On Starting Up… [link] Quick and useful tips on raising venture capital. Every week I read thousands of blog posts. Here, for your weekend enjoyment, are some highlights from my recent reading, for you. Have a great weekend! On Design & Product Experience… [link] Finding success in site redesign. On Modular Innovation… [link] Modular Innovation’s disruptive capabilities demonstrated via Google Buzz. What are you reading this weekend?
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] The Humans Behind Cards Against Humanity
| MONDAY, JANUARY 6, 2014
Instead of seeking venture capital or a cash infusion from an angel investor, they took the project straight to Kickstarter. Eight high-school friends who created a profane, hilarious game are all grown up, and have a thriving business. It has grossed millions. Only none of its creators is quitting his day job. What gives? Several months ago, I brought a game to a bar.
ROB GO [Venture Capital] Has The Bar For Series A Changed?
| MONDAY, JUNE 16, 2014
In fact, at this moment, we have a few early-stage companies in our portfolio at NextView Ventures that are raising really nice rounds in the face of this perception. One of our portfolio companies has no revenue, and good but not explosive user growth, and yet it’s still raising a very nice series A from a very good venture capital firm at a significantly higher valuation from our seed. (Note: The majority of this post first ran on BetaBoston.
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] DocuSign Raises $47.5 Million in VC Funding
| FRIDAY, JULY 13, 2012
The investment, led by Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, brings the company's total funding to $115 million. DocuSign--a software companies that provides users with a way of signing digital documents--says it plans to use the new capital to pursue opportunities in international markets and develop products that will complement its electronic signature platform.
MUCKER LAB [Venture Capital] Introducing Mucker Academy: A Discussion With Jerry Jao
| WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17, 2016
On the “babysitting” side of investment: JJ: You shouldn’t rely solely on venture capital, because I’ve started two other companies, and I know what it means to have a board, and what it means to raise money. Once you have capital, time is more important. But it allows you to learn, and I think that’s what venture money allows us as entrepreneurs to do.
GROWTHINK BLOG [Venture Capital] Why My Roommate Called Me a Cheater
| TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2010
My thinking was like this: why would someone ever want to go into a meeting with a venture capitalist without knowing the questions they would be asked? So that's why I created a program for raising venture capital. In my freshman year in college I took a very challenging Calculus class. It turned out that my roommate was also in the class. Both of us had a hard time keeping up. And we were both nervous as the final exam approached. We both studied hard for the exam.
ARCTICSTARTUP [Venture Capital] Pitch to Adeo Ressi at ArcticStartup's Founder Hotseat Webinar
| THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2013
In addition, Adeo started TheFunded.com, an exclusive community for entrepreneurs to rate and review venture capitalists. Adeo is regarded as a worldwide expert on early-stage startups and venture capital, with numerous appearances in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Wired Magazine, NBC News, ABC News, BusinessWeek, Fortune, Forbes, Time Magazine, Entrepreneur, CNN, and more
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] D-Wave's Dream Machine
| THURSDAY, JANUARY 9, 2014
Along the way, D-Wave has acquired the trappings of a technology powerhouse: state-of-the-art superconducting expertise, a team of 35 in-house mathematicians and physicists, a wafer fabrication deal with Cypress Semiconductor, and nearly $130 million in venture capital. Draper Fisher Jurvetson, the archetypal Sand Hill Road venture capital firm, had already turned D-Wave down. That''s starting to look like a wager only a venture capitalist would take
REDEYE VC [Venture Capital] Good Luck Charlie
| TUESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2012
After two years at First Round Capital, today Charlie O’Donnell announced he was leaving to launch his own seed-stage venture fund, Brooklyn Bridge Ventures - the first venture capital fund based in Brooklyn. When Charlie initially joined First Round Capital, we had both agreed that it would be for a one-year term.
ENTREPRENEURSHIP BLOG [Venture Capital] Taxing VCs' Carry as Income Won't Shift Behavior
| TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 2007
To me the important question in the debate over whether or not VCs "carry" should be taxed as income rather than capital gains is " will increasing taxation levels change VC behavior? " The answer to this question is clearly no because there is no other industry that provides the same lifestyle to compensation ratio that venture capital does.
HUNTER WALKER [Venture Capital] “the iPhone created a sea-change for women—as consumers but also as entrepreneurs” says BBG Ventures’ Susan Lyne
| TUESDAY, AUGUST 1, 2017
Susan Lyne founded BBG Ventures in 2014, just a year after we started Homebrew. While her venture fund might be new, Susan’s resume is deeper and more impressive than most seasoned GPs, spanning executive tenures at iconic companies such as Disney, CEO of Martha Stewart Living and a number of public company Directorships. Hunter Walk: After a successful career on the operating side, what prompted starting BBG Ventures in 2014?
HUNTER WALKER [Venture Capital] Rafat Ali on Media Startups and the Nature of Venture
| SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2017
” Those are Rafat Ali’s words from a post he wrote Friday in reaction to the cascade of bad news for a bunch of venture-backed new media companies. While Rafat’s expertise is concentrated in media (he started and sold Paid Content and now runs vertical travel startups Skift), the statements above apply generally (we’re investors in theSkimm and Cheddar, so clearly believe there is a place for venture here). “1) VC money is not evil.
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] Tim Ferriss' 4-Hour Reality Check
| TUESDAY, APRIL 2, 2013
The 4-Hour Workweek was really about hacking your time," says Mike Maples, founder of the venture capital firm Floodgate and an occasional co-investor with Ferriss. His co-investors include Digg founder Kevin Rose (now a partner at Google Ventures), About.me Silicon Valley's productivity guru takes a month off in Bali. It might be the most demanding vacation ever. Tim Ferriss wants me to know that pigs have an extremely high feed conversion ratio, or FCR. They grow fast.
VC READY BLOG [Venture Capital] Anatomy of a Term Sheet: Dividends
| FRIDAY, JUNE 25, 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. * * * * * * * * * *. NOTE: This is the third post in our series about standard terms in early stage equity financings.
VC READY BLOG [Venture Capital] Anatomy of a Term Sheet: Liquidation Preference
| TUESDAY, JUNE 29, 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. * * * * * * * * * *. NOTE: This is the fourth post in our series about standard terms in early stage equity financings.
YOUNGUPSTARTS [Venture Capital] Top 20 U.S. Tech Conferences Every Startup And SMB Should Check Out
| WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2014
Innovation Uncensored, is a two-day master class from the world’s most innovative companies for those who think of themselves as an innovative business leader in fields as various as technology, design, marketing, entertainment, venture capitalism, energy, infrastructure, non-profits and branding. Apps World North America will be taking place in the tech capital of the world San Francisco on February 5th-6th February at the Moscone Center. Venture Summit Silicon Valley.
ARCTICSTARTUP [Venture Capital] Fits.me Raises Seven Figures To Expand Their Virtual Fitting Room
| TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2012
Fits.me , the virtual fitting room, has announced it has raised "seven figures" from the Entrepreneurs' Fund, a London-based venture capital fund. The investment will be used to accelerate the delivery of virtual fitting room services, as well as to provide additional sales and marketing resources to fuel Fits.me’s s growth. Along with the investment, Fits.me is moving its management to London while engineering, operations, and production will remain in Tallinn and Tartu, Estonia.
LIGHTSPEED [Venture Capital] How to deal with bad PR « Lightspeed Venture Partners Blog
| SATURDAY, MARCH 5, 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 Home About Lightspeed Team jump to navigation How to deal with bad PR March 5, 2011 Posted by jeremyliew in PR.
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.
STEVE BLANK [Venture Capital] SuperMac War Story 6: Building The Killer Team – Mission, Intent.
| THURSDAY, APRIL 9, 2009
No one had sat the marketing department down and defined what our department Mission (with a capital “M”) was. Reply How to close a term sheet quickly - Venture Hacks , on April 28, 2009 at 10:43 am Said: [.]
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] 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.
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] 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!
- [Venture Capital] Why Crowdfunding May Be The Best Choice For Your Business
Even venture capital teams who think they are approaching pitches without bias are more likely to accept the exact same pitch when it is given by a man. With more women and people of color making their ways into venture capital circles, this inherent bias may slowly shift, but in the meantime, these entrepreneurs may struggle to get their crowdfunding projects funded.
INC STARTUPS [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.
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.
AUSTIN STARTUP [Venture Capital] What happens without Black entrepreneurs?
| MONDAY, JULY 18, 2016
The other day, after getting engaged, I wrote that I wake up everyday knowing that I can draw a very straight line between venture capital… Continue reading on Austin Startups
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.
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!
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
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
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
UP AND RUNNING [Venture Capital] How to Find a Mentor
| WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17, 2015
If You Want Venture Capital, You Need It. Sometimes, you need a little help finding your way. Some of the most common advice for new entrepreneurs is to “find a mentor.”. It’s understandable—after all, it’s good advice; having a mentor relationship is often a dream come true. A mentor is a teacher, a trusted advisor that a budding entrepreneur can turn to with questions and get valuable advice, tailored directly to their industry and specific business situation.
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] 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.
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.
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!
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.
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] How to Scale Up Gracefully
| WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2014
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.
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.
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?
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.
STEVE BLANK [Venture Capital] The Secret History of Silicon Valley Part V: Happy 100th Birthday.
| MONDAY, APRIL 20, 2009
And since there was no Venture Capital in the 1950′s/’60′s where was the money coming from?
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.
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] A Computer That Knows How You Really Feel
| WEDNESDAY, MAY 28, 2014
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.
ROB GO [Venture Capital] Shame on You PrivCo
| MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2013
The title of the report is “Top 20 Tech Venture Capital Firms of 2012″ The chart in the main body is titled “PrivCo’s Ranking of the Most Successful Venture Capital Firms (2012)” The giveaway is in the subtitle below that: “ranked by total number of private tech co. Venture Capital performance tends to be about outlier, outsized returns that drive fund economics.
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.
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.
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.
STEVE BLANK [Venture Capital] Who's An Entrepreneur-Talk with the Kauffman Foundation « Steve Blank
| THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2010
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.
GROWTHINK BLOG [Venture Capital] Featured Startup: FreshPlanet
| WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7, 2010
million from three individual angel investors and one early-stage venture capital fund. For those of you who don't understand the term "Series A," the Series A round is the name given to your first significant round of venture financing. If seeking angel funding: Download Growthink's Step-by-Step Guide to Raising Capital from Angel Investors. If seeking venture capital: Download Growthink's Step-By-Step Guide to Raising Venture Capital.
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] What Can Angel Investors Do For You?
| FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2013
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.
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.
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.
YOUNGUPSTARTS [Venture Capital] [Interview] Konrad Malik, 3D Printing Entrepreneur
| TUESDAY, JUNE 13, 2017
What’s the climate like for venture capital support today in Canada? venture capital market is also very interested in what’s happening on the tech front in Canada, so some companies are getting support from there. Konrad Malik is not your typical CEO. He’s not a button-down suit and tie kind of guy. He wears crazy colored sneakers and designer duds. But, underneath that exterior, he’s serious about his business.
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?
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] 7 Celebrities Bitten by the Entrepreneurial Bug
| THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2012
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
WWW.FORENTREPRENEURS.COM [Venture Capital] Designing startup metrics to drive successful behavior | For Entrepreneurs
| TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2010
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STEVE BLANK [Venture Capital] Epitaph for an Entrepreneur « Steve Blank
| THURSDAY, JUNE 18, 2009
I’m 3 years in on my first venture with 2 kids and you’ve outlined some fantastic, and very concrete, suggestions. Either because expectations were not set right or when the venture has failed. Reply Jeff Bussgang , on June 24, 2009 at 7:11 am Said: As a father of three who was a former entreprereneur and now living a similar lifestyle-challenged life as a VC with Flybridge Capital, I really related to this post.
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).
GROWTHINK BLOG [Venture Capital] Is Instagram an Emerging Company?
| MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2012
It does not suffer from "commentary fatigue" nor opaqueness as terms like “middle market” or “venture-backed” or “SaaS” or “startup” or “small and medium-sized” do. Just reading the above it should be obvious that emerging companies are usually NOT venture capital - backed. They are able to pay for their growth through operating cash flow and thus do not need outside capital to finance their businesses.
GROWTHINK BLOG [Venture Capital] Forget About the Numbers
| MONDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2011
As any venture capitalist worth his salt will tell you, there is a chasm of difference between the mostly grounded-in-reality financial forecasts offered by public companies, and the almost never do come true "rosy scenario" projections offered as a matter of course by emerging technology companies.
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] The Way I Work: Anne Wojcicki, 23andMe
| MONDAY, MAY 28, 2012
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.
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
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.
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] Why We're Excited to Be a 2-Woman VC Team
| THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2014
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.
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] Voice-Blogging Start-up Gets More Funding
| FRIDAY, AUGUST 24, 2012
Bubble Motion secures an additional $5 million from Japanese capital firm JAFCO, as its popularity spreads across Asia. Bubble Motion, the voice-activated blogging service based in Singapore, just announced a $5 million Series E funding round, led by JAFCO, a venture capital firm in Japan. The start-up, which has $50 million in total funding and counts Sequoia Capital among its early backers, also operates in India, Japan, Indonesia and the Philippines.
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.
GENUINE VC [Venture Capital] Majority of both Drivers and VCs are Above Average
| TUESDAY, JANUARY 5, 2010
The one other group which seems to exude this type of thinking is venture capitalists. Some are at large funds with the ability to put significant amounts of capital to work; some are at small funds which can benefit from smaller exits. At the end of the day, all venture capitalists will tell you that they’re above average. Naturally, not all venture capital returns can be above average (…or even good , but that’s the subject of another post.)
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.