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ANGEL BLOG [Venture Capital] Exit Strategies for Angel Investors Video
| TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2009
Venture Capital in North America is in crisis - big funds aren’t working anymore. Traditional Venture Capital funds have grown too large for today’s exits. We now have a much better idea of the differences between traditional Venture Capitalists and Angel Investors. The Northwest Energy Angels invited me to Seattle to talk about exit strategies for Angel investors. The full video and Q&A from that talk is online in full 720p High Def.
ANGEL BLOG [Venture Capital] Exit Early - Exit Often Keynote Video
| WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2009
This is the high def video of my keynote at the Capital Connects! Southeastern Regional Angel Capital Association Meeting in Greensboro, North Carolina - October 1, 2009. Today, the corporate buyers are competitors to the traditional Venture Capital funds. Traditional Venture Capital could shrink to half, or even a quarter, of it’s current size.
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] E-mail Newsletter to Bestselling Book--How a Start-up Pulled It Off
| MONDAY, MAY 20, 2013
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.
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] How Shutterstock Went From Zero to IPO
| MONDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2012
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.
UP AND RUNNING [Venture Capital] Book Review: Unlocking Your Entrepreneurial Potential
| TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2011
People don’t always realize that even angel investment, and much less venture capital, are options for a very small minority of real startups. Are you looking to build your own business? Go out on your own? Sadly, we tend to overemphasize the high-end process of developing a plan and then getting investment, while the vast majority of real businesses are self funded. I saw a Wells Fargo study that concluded the average cost of a startup is $10,000.
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] Do You Deserve Investment Capital?
| WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2013
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?
PROFESSOR VC [Venture Capital] ProfessorVC: Waah.Do I have to build a financial model?
| FRIDAY, AUGUST 26, 2011
Everyone seems to know someone who has raised huge amounts of venture capital without ever putting together even back of the envelope projections. Labels: entrepreneurial finance , financial analysis , venture capital. Rebuild our Inner Cities one Venture at a time? The Most Important Venture Capital Statistic. Venture Hacks. Congratulations on the Best Venture Capital Investment. Venture News. ProfessorVC.
ONLYONCE [Venture Capital] Book Short: I Wish This Existed 12 Years Ago
| MONDAY, JULY 18, 2011
Brad Feld has been on my board for over a decade now, and when he and his partner Jason Mendelson told me about a new book they were writing a bunch of months ago called Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist , I took note. I’d like to be smarter than my lawyer or venture capitalist.. The Capitalization Table. How Venture Capital Funds Work. Books Business Venture Capitalists entrepreneur's perspective venture deals
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] Keeping Your Edge as the Developing World Gets Competitive
| THURSDAY, JANUARY 23, 2014
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.
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] Quirky Snags $68 Million in VC Cash
| FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2012
The company, which makes products whose designs are crowdsourced from customers, on Thursday announced a $68 million round of Series C funding, led by big-name venture capital firms Andreessen Horowitz and Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers. The crowdsourced product developer aims to boost production--and build more in the U.S. Ben Kaufman’s company may be called Quirky, but investors haven’t shied away from making big bets on it.
ARCTICSTARTUP [Venture Capital] Two European VC funds invest in Reykjavik startup
| THURSDAY, MARCH 20, 2014
Earlier this March, Reykjavik-based personal finance software startup Meniga announced they had received a €1 million investment from the Dutch venture capital fund Velocity. Velocity capital , owned by Dutch financier Willem Willemstein, invests solely in financial technology companies so their other investment have possible strategic alignment capabilities with Meniga.
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] Detroit VC: Why Bankruptcy Is Great For Us
| FRIDAY, JULY 19, 2013
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?
THE NEXT WEB [Venture Capital] How to raise money for your startup from VCs and investors in Asia
| FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2013
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.
VENTURE CYCLIST [Venture Capital] Venture Cyclist: VC:VC Can I offer you a euphemism?
| WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2010
Venture Cyclist. Venture Capitalist and Cyclist, hence Venture Cyclist. I work at Sigma Partners Venture Capital in Boston MA. Pages. Advice for Entrepreneurs. VC:VC. VC:VC Can I offer you a euphemism? The very excellent Blue Avocado non-profit website and newsletter, issue 56 (with an excellent article on Board-Staff agreement over financial governance), offered this to “decode the code”: · Charismatic means. bad manager.
VENTURE CYCLIST [Venture Capital] Venture Cyclist: The $1000 Genome is old news
| FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2012
Venture Cyclist. Venture Capitalist and Cyclist, hence Venture Cyclist. I work at Sigma Partners Venture Capital in Boston MA. Pages. Advice for Entrepreneurs. VC:VC. The $1,000 Genome is old news. I have written a few times about the coming of the $1,000 genome, and what that really means. I recently read an excellent Forbes article by Jim Golden that argues this is already rather old news.
CHARLIECRYSTLE.COM [Venture Capital] 2012 Predictions: How'd I do?
| SUNDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2012
Reading back on them, it strikes me what was on my mind that day--mobile phones and service because I was ditching ATT and wanted to try Android for the first time, startups, and venture capital. This will create opportunities for early-stage venture funds, which will have had a lot of their homework done for them in the seed rounds and inevitable thinning of the herds. Last year it was fun to make predictions for 2012.
ARCTICSTARTUP [Venture Capital] Russia Will See Huge Opportunities For Years
| THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2011
I talked to Marina Treshchova, CEO of Fast Lane Ventures , a Moscow based early stage venture capital firm a few weeks back about the investment market in Russia. Fast Lane Ventures is quite a young investment company, but during their 18 months in operation they have invested in almost 1 company every month. Fast Lane Ventures has some 40 million euros available all in all through their network of VCs.
READWRITESTART [Venture Capital] Survey Finds VCs Optimistic About 2011 Investments
| TUESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2010
Venture capitalists say they plan to invest more next year, according to a survey released today by the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) and Dow Jones VentureSource. The survey polled 330 venture capitalists and 180 CEOs for their thoughts on where they see investment headed in 2011. The CEOs surveyed were also optimistic about venture funding.
READWRITESTART [Venture Capital] Report on Q3 VC Investment Finds Funding Down for Internet Companies
| MONDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2010
Venture capital database VentureDeal has released its report on investment trends for the third quarter of 2010. During the third quarter, the report finds total funding for Internet companies down by 14% and the number of companies funded down by 6%. The mobile sector, however, saw a 40% increase over previous quarters, although the number of companies funded declined. Sponsor. The report says that 343 Internet companies raised $1.8 billion in the third quarter.
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] 5 Steps to Managing Start-up Growth
| TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2012
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.
VENTURE CYCLIST [Venture Capital] Venture Cyclist: What is Big Data?
| MONDAY, MAY 28, 2012
Venture Cyclist. Venture Capitalist and Cyclist, hence Venture Cyclist. I work at Sigma Partners Venture Capital in Boston MA. Pages. Advice for Entrepreneurs. VC:VC. What is Big Data? This is the first post of a series on Big Data. Watch for more! The success of information technology until now has been built on our ability to comprehensively record transactions, events, or changes of state.
FLORIDA VENTURE BLOG [Venture Capital] VC Champions of the World
| MONDAY, APRIL 10, 2006
With all the Championship hoopla of late, wouldn't it be fun if there was a monster venture fund bracket and a battle to the death to crown a venture capital Champion? UNC's Venture Capital Investment Competition includes over 50 student venture capital teams from across the world. Turning the tables on the typical business plan competition, VCIC student teams operate as a virtual venture fund.
PLATFORMS AND NETWORKS [Venture Capital] Managing Startups: Best Posts of 2011
| THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29, 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 [Venture Capital] Lemon Raises $8 Million, Launches Wallet App
| TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 2012
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.
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] Brian Halligan: Tips for Raising VC Funding
| FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2013
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.
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] How to Help African Entrepreneurs
| MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2013
In a recent conversation with Voices from McKinzey & Company, Thakkar explained how the Mara Foundation provides mentoring and start-up capital to young entrepreneurs across Africa. Then they built up capital, set up a small business, built some more capital, and bought a home. I know from experience that when you are young, the concept of networking is very alien and you don’t know how to go about raising capital.
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] The Case for Crowdfunding
| TUESDAY, APRIL 17, 2012
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.
YOUNGUPSTARTS [Venture Capital] Essential Skills For New Entrepreneurs
| MONDAY, JANUARY 15, 2018
Having a fantastic idea for a business venture is only the first step – if you want to succeed as an entrepreneur, you will need to develop a diverse skillset, especially in the early days of your company when you are likely to be personally involved in the decision making around all key tasks and procedures.
STEVE BLANK [Venture Capital] Agile Opportunism – Entrepreneurial DNA « Steve Blank
| MONDAY, JUNE 29, 2009
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] 5 Steps That Made Israel a Start-up Haven
| MONDAY, MARCH 25, 2013
If you are a leader in your local start-up community, you will be better off if you can attract more capital, more entrepreneurs, and more mentors to your region. That’s because my visits to start-up communities around the world suggest that entrepreneurs who run companies in cities with insufficient capital have much lower odds of success. But not so many years ago, it was the opposite of that - a country that prized socialism and distrusted capitalism.
ARCTICSTARTUP [Venture Capital] HBH Investor Talks: Filip Petersson says it's about timely matchmaking
| FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2016
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 [Venture Capital] What Is Entrepreneurship?
| SATURDAY, JANUARY 12, 2013
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.
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] Kleiner Perkins Loses Round in Pao Case
| TUESDAY, JULY 10, 2012
A judge has ruled that Ellen Pao's sexual misconduct suit against the renowned venture capital firm will not go to arbitration. A high-profile discrimination case against venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins appears to have moved one step closer to the courtroom. A recent New York Times article points out that venture capital companies and the enterprises they back are still male-dominated
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FELD THOUGHTS [Venture Capital] Entrepreneurs Unplugged with Tyler Tysdal
| THURSDAY, MARCH 11, 2010
Monday night, I’ll again be the co-host of Entrepreneurs Unplugged where we will be interviewing Tyler Tysdal, the Managing Director of Mantucket Capital. Tyler’s background follows: Mr. Tysdal serves on the Board of Directors for the following Mantucket Capital portfolio companies: BrandJourney Capital and PRN Medical Services.
YOUNGUPSTARTS [Venture Capital] Why Your Tiny Startup Needs A Business Plan
| TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2017
After all you are not planning on trying to get even a bank loan, let alone venture capital. by Bob Adams, serial entrepreneur and founder of BusinessTown.com. You might be thinking that a business plan doesn’t make any sense for your small new enterprise. Isn’t that what business plans are really for anyway: raising money? No, the best purpose of a business plan is to help you and your team (if you have one) develop, refine and update your plan for the business.
YOUNGUPSTARTS [Venture Capital] Insuring Directors And Officers Through M&A And IPO Events
| WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2017
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.
PLATFORMS AND NETWORKS [Venture Capital] 3 Lessons I Learned from Hosting a Podcast
| SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2016
A unique opportunity surfaced this semester when I got to work on Traction , a podcast produced by the seed stage venture capital firm NextView Ventures. This guest post from my Harvard Business School student, MBA candidate Jenny Jao , describes a learning-by-doing project she completed for academic credit this semester. Jenny helped produce a podcast and hosted an episode. I hijacked Tom’s blog to share with you a cool side project I worked on this semester.
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] Why You Should Hire Ex-Cons
| TUESDAY, JUNE 25, 2013
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.
SEED STAGE CAPITAL [Venture Capital] Q1 VC Numbers Are In.Here's the Good, the Bad, and mostly, The.
| TUESDAY, APRIL 21, 2009
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 [Venture Capital] closing term sheets quickly (+ avoid the co-investment term sheet)
| FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2009
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 [Venture Capital] Should Government Help Fund Startups? | VentureArchetypes Blog.
| MONDAY, MAY 18, 2009
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 [Venture Capital] the best funding strategy of them all: none
| MONDAY, MAY 18, 2009
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 [Venture Capital] some thoughts on term sheets
| TUESDAY, MAY 19, 2009
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 [Venture Capital] Key Elements for Selling Your Company | VentureArchetypes Blog.
| THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2009
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 [Venture Capital] in search of.the ideal term sheet
| MONDAY, AUGUST 24, 2009
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.
FELD THOUGHTS [Venture Capital] Being Contrarian Is About To Be Mainstream
| SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2010
Suddenly, to become a successful investor in any segment (angel, venture capital, public markets, debt markets) you have to be contrarian. Over the past two weeks I’ve heard the word “contrarian more times than I can count. The assertion that a “contrarian strategy always wins seems to be in the air.
ARCTICSTARTUP [Venture Capital] Grand Cru Games Announces $2 Million In Seed Funding And Their First Game - Supernauts
| TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 2012
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 [Venture Capital] How to Be an Angel Investor
| WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28, 2010
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.
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] 5 Ways to Make It Big in a Small Town
| THURSDAY, MARCH 13, 2014
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 [Venture Capital] Beware of the Dangers of Over-Networking
| MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2012
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.
ARCTICSTARTUP [Venture Capital] Early Stage Investments For Politicians
| MONDAY, MARCH 14, 2011
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.
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] Two Upstarts Join Forces to Take on Apple
| WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2011
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.
CAMPUS ENTREPRENEURSHIP [Venture Capital] The Return of University Building in the US | VC Firm Backs New University | Minerva Project
| WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4, 2012
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 [Venture Capital] 5 Reasons “Boring” Details Are As Essential As “Big” Ideas For Entrepreneurial Success
| WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2014
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 [Venture Capital] Crowdfunding up next on Danish Parliament agenda
| TUESDAY, APRIL 22, 2014
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 [Venture Capital] Health Startups Grow In Popularity: Mendor Raises €4.7M To Manage Diabetes
| WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8, 2014
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 [Venture Capital] allensblog: The Problem with Compensation Surveys
| SATURDAY, JUNE 11, 2011
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.
ARCTICSTARTUP [Venture Capital] Max Niederhofer On His Move To Sunstone And VC Negotiations
| FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2013
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?
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] Fire Fast: Why Startups Let So Many Employees Go
| FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2013
John Greathouse, a partner at venture capital firm Rincon Venture Partners, told the Wall Street Journal. New BLS data found that startups are much more likely than corporate companies to fire employees. Here''s why. Startups fire nearly 25 percent of their employees within the first year of the company''s existence, according to a recent survey from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. This compares with the 6.6
ARCTICSTARTUP [Venture Capital] Highlights of the Estonian Tech News
| WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 2015
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.
ROB GO [Venture Capital] Going BIG
| MONDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2012
One of the biggest tensions I find in the venture capital business is the need to go big. Many venture capitalists have been founders or investors in very big companies and have made lots of money themselves. Indeed, we’ve been involved with companies like RentJuice that have generated an excellent multiple on our capital at an exit under $100M that is life changing for the founders involved.
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] Selfies With Lindsay Lohan and the State of Tech
| TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2013
Just take the selfie and hope being part of this very modern experience leads one to a greater understanding of this moment in 2013, in which a beautiful starlet with recurring substance-abuse problems is standing in six-inch heels hawking an app created by a Russian-born serial entrepreneur with $1 million in venture capital investment that''s most notable for letting users temporarily make their recorded voice sound like a chipmunk squeak?
CHRISTINE.NET [Venture Capital] Christine: Top 10 Mobile Marketing Campaigns
| THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2006
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 [Venture Capital] Strategy Roundtable For Entrepreneurs: VCs Are Not Always Right
| THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2011
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.
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] When to Admit Your Business Has Failed
| MONDAY, JANUARY 30, 2012
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.
ROB GO [Venture Capital] Should You Start a Startup in College?
| MONDAY, JANUARY 5, 2015
Venture capital firms are supporting this in various ways as well, through funds and programs specifically targeting campus founders (Rough Draft VC and the Dorm Room Fund are a couple examples, but there are others). This includes, people, capital, partnerships, customers, etc. I did a fair bit of speaking at Universities in the last few months of 2013.
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] All Signs Point to 2014 Twitter IPO
| TUESDAY, MAY 21, 2013
Of course, no one can say precisely what they''ll do," says Santosh Rao, the managing director and head of research for Greencrest Capital, a New York City-based boutique advisory firm that follows emerging companies. But David Ethridge, the senior vice president and head of the capital markets group at NYSE Euronext, believes that while the first quarter of 2013 has been a relatively quiet period for tech IPOs, the market is poised for a rebound.
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] 5 Ways to Make Your Company Worth More
| WEDNESDAY, MAY 1, 2013
Financial buyers, like venture capital funds and private equity groups, are in the business of investing in companies, not running them. It doesn''t matter when you plan to sell your company. Do these five things, today, to get at better valuation at the finish line. It doesn’t matter if you want to sell your company next year, in five years, or in 10 years or more.
VERSION ONE VENTURES [Venture Capital] What excites us in consumer healthcare IT?
| TUESDAY, JUNE 17, 2014
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 [Venture Capital] America Loses When VC Money Ignores Women
| WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2013
This reality is especially stark among venture capitalists who provide the seed funding to get so many ideas into the marketplace. Lesa Mitchell, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation vice president of initiatives on advancing innovation, told The New York Times, "[Women] raise 70 percent less money than men do because of their lack of access to capital." A number of female-focused capitalization options have stepped in to try to fill the void.
ROB GO [Venture Capital] Why Do VC’s Have Ownership Targets? And Why 20%?
| MONDAY, JULY 9, 2012
Ownership is a relatively puzzling concept in venture capital. Ownership targets are primarily set based on some internal calculation of how an investment can generate “meaningful” returns to a pool of capital. Now, as an LP, you just have to be comfortable being a concentrated investor in a small fund to put a meaningful amount of capital to work, but a number of LP’s have been showing more comfort in doing this recently.
STEVE BLANK [Venture Capital] The Product Development Model « Steve Blank
| MONDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2009
And even more importantly, was there any way to reduce risk in early stage ventures?
ONSTARTUPS [Venture Capital] The Big List: The Best and Worst Startup Stuff In 2011
| MONDAY, JANUARY 2, 2012
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 [Venture Capital] Can an App Save the Planet?
| TUESDAY, APRIL 22, 2014
While it''s structured as a company and has a three different revenue streams in mind, Oroeco has so far foregone seeking significant venture-capital funding in favor of grants and an Indiegogo campaign (it has about $91,000 in grants and awards, and $40,000 in angel funding). This startup''s Earth Day launch has a massive goal: Cut carbon emissions globally. It has its work cut out for it. More than half of Americans say they worry about global warming.
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] 100 Great Questions Every Entrepreneur Should Ask
| MONDAY, MARCH 31, 2014
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.
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] 7 Signs of the Silicon Valley Apocalypse
| WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2012
And it's coming to Silicon Valley, home of so many technology companies and venture capital firms. Forget the Mayans. Ignore the Christians. There are signs of an apocalypse. It's coming to Silicon Valley, home of so many entrepreneurs, VCs, and tech firms. One of Silicon Valley's top investors announces he's getting out. Y Combinator, the country's top startup "factory," says it's paring down.
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] Why Do Entrepreneurs Love Boulder?
| WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2013
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.
STARTUP MARKETING BLOG [Venture Capital] Key Elements of a Massively Scalable Startup
| MONDAY, MAY 17, 2010
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.
ALTGATE [Venture Capital] Great Startup Event In Boston
| THURSDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2008
@altgate Startups, Venture Capital & Everything In Between Skip to content Home Furqan Nazeeri (firstname.lastname@example.org) ← 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 [Venture Capital] Year End Management Changes
| THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2008
@altgate Startups, Venture Capital & Everything In Between Skip to content Home Furqan Nazeeri (email@example.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 [Venture Capital] @altgate » Blog Archive » Operating System for the Classroom
| THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2011
@altgate Startups, Venture Capital & Everything In Between Skip to content Home Furqan Nazeeri (firstname.lastname@example.org) ← 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 [Venture Capital] Series Seed Financing Documents
| TUESDAY, MARCH 2, 2010
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 [Venture Capital] You Can Be an Entrepreneur--and Not Get Divorced
| MONDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2013
There were now venture capital partners, a board of directors, and a full management team at BzzAgent. Tend to your marriage as carefully as you care for your company. (In In other words: Don''t do what I did.) I have some significant but difficult news to share. After a decade of marriage, my wife and I have divorced. As with many divorced couples, the two of us never, ever thought we''d be here.
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] A Fast Fashion Revolution -- via Facebook
| TUESDAY, MAY 20, 2014
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.
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] Going Beyond Corporate Social Responsibility
| WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2013
Access to Capital Entrepreneurs need adequate financing to launch and grow their businesses. At the same time, angel-investment networks, venture-capital firms, and private-equity funds have been expanding across the region in recent years. Microfinance is another growth industry, populated by microventure funds and microfinance institutions that mobilize capital for microenterprises. Companies can advance social goals by nurturing startup ecosystems.
SECRET FORMULA [Venture Capital] How I Missed My Window to Short Natural Gas
| MONDAY, APRIL 9, 2012
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 [Venture Capital] Huge Lifestyle Businesses
| MONDAY, JULY 16, 2012
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 [Venture Capital] Shark Tank 2012 Holiday Episode Breakdown
| MONDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2012
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 [Venture Capital] CasaSiegel: NorCal and SoCal - A Tale of Two States
| WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13, 2012
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.
BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE [Venture Capital] Hiring at a Startup? Know Thy Weaknesses
| TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2009
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.
THIS IS GOING TO BE BIG. [Venture Capital] Airplane Thumbing
| FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2011
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 [Venture Capital] Lean Entrepreneurship is Undermining the U.S. Economy – The 60% Challenge
| TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2011
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 [Venture Capital] MentorMob.com Aims To Revolutionize Learning Through Crowdsourcing
| THURSDAY, JANUARY 5, 2012
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.
VC READY BLOG [Venture Capital] Anatomy of a Term Sheet: Voting Rights and Protective Provisions
| FRIDAY, JULY 2, 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 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 [Venture Capital] The Benefits Of The Perfect Independent Board Member
| TUESDAY, AUGUST 9, 2011
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.
- [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 [Venture Capital] SkySQL Raises €3 Million Series A Round
| WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18, 2012
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
STEVE BLANK [Venture Capital] Customer Development Manifesto: The Path of Warriors and Winners.
| THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2009
Once that proof is obtained, the company can go through the last two steps of Customer Creation and Company Building to capitalize on the opportunity it has found and validated.
INC STARTUPS [Venture Capital] Yes, You Can Raise Money if You're Not in Silicon Valley
| WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 2013
Just ask the people of Portland, Seattle, Boulder, Iowa, Princeton, Dallas or countless other cities that don’t have enough venture capital. If you don''t live in a major VC zone, I have some tips for how to make it easier to raise Venture Capital. When DataSift sets up a board meeting (next one in London, last was in NYC) we have investors from NYC (IA Ventures), SF (Scale Ventures) and the founding team plus chairman in London.