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Venture Capital is About Human Capital

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Fundamentally venture capital is about human capital. Venture Capital is a people business. Nothing fancier.

How to Build a Startup & Understanding Venture Capital

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But you need to understand venture economics. There are very few ideas that are obviously a billion-dollar idea from the start. And Lyft?

Why 2017 Should be a Great Year to Raise Venture Capital

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Recently Upfront Ventures published its outlook for the technology startup world and venture capital overall titled it “ WTF Happened to Winter ?”

Bad Notes on Venture Capital

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On the phone … Me: So, you raised venture capital? I have never come across a sophisticated A, B or C round venture capitalist who thinks convertible notes are a smart move for entrepreneur or investor. This week. Him: Yeah. We raised a seed round. About $1 million. Me: At what price? Him: It wasn’t priced. Me: Ah.

Changes in the Venture Capital Funding Environment

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There was an explosion in number of startups both because it was cheap and there was tons of available capital. Rise of Seed. Rise of Angels.

Understanding What’s Going on in #LATech

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Upfront Ventures was created 20 years ago as one of the original VC funds in Los Angeles. startup venture-capitalDon’t we know it.

Why I Look for High Conviction, not Consensus, in Venture Capital Decisions

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One of the least understood parts of the venture capital industry and venture capital firms is how investment decisions actually get made.

Why Venture Capital is So Much More Compelling Now

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It’s not hard to find people willing to write the narrative that “venture capital is not an asset class” or “venture capital has performed terribly.” Having worked through the data with Glenn I am even more optimistic about venture capital than I was even a year ago.

Why the LP Outlook is Good for Venture and Startups in 2017–2020

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Will they have enough capital?” startup venture-capitalNote that all of these names were not started in Silicon Valley.

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How Has Product Hunt Become Such a Critical Startup Website?

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It was the place that every startup knew they HAD TO be in order to attract initial users and also gain the attention of venture capitalists.

Why Misunderstanding Startup Metrics Can Cost You Your Business

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It’s funny how scarcity of capital can focus one’s mind. Gross margin positive != So if you’re able to raise easily no problem. End of story.

What Most People Don’t Understand About How Startup Companies are Valued

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Many experienced partners are funds have 7-10 boards and most of these will need more capital. What is the True Sentiment of VCs? Mostly, no.

What to Make of Andreessen Horowitz’s Returns?

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Having a huge services venture firm isn’t for everybody and it isn’t the only strategy that can succeed. Let me offer you an insider’s take.

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How Do VCs Choose Their Investors (and should entrepreneurs care?)

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I spent a bunch of time thinking about this position — especially since Beezer is an investor in Upfront Ventures. I’m still not sure.

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Understanding Changes in the Software & Venture Capital Industries

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So it’s unsurprising that typical “A rounds&# of venture capital were $5-10 million. Rewind. These are very different.

Venture Outlook 2016

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There is a lot of uncertainty about the state of the private, high-growth technology markets and the venture capital markets that underpin them.

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What I’ve Learned About Venture Funding

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I think I’m at the expert stage of venture capital and I mean in the Wardley sense. What do I know about venture? by SA.

Welcoming the Newest Partner to Upfront Ventures

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Today is amongst the proudest days I’ve had at Upfront Ventures — getting the chance to announce that Kevin Zhang has been promoted to Partner.

What Everyone Should Take Away from Twitter’s 8% Staff Reductions

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One of the points I tried to make is that as venture capital investors as an industry we seem to have a healthy disdain for public market investors.

Making Sense of the Stock Market Drops in Relation to Venture Financing

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But I do have some insight into how this will affect venture markets. It was a nerve racking morning. I’m not so sure. Neither do I.

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The Coming Shift in Enterprise Software

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And of course we welcome Microsoft Ventures. Why Invest? Why Invest? The reason is simple. Tact stated with a user-centric approach from Day 1.

How to Decrease the Odds That Your Startup Fails

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Marketing with long payback is precisely what requires venture capital. It would take 2 years to catch up but believe me they have the capital to do so. Many startup businesses – tech or otherwise – fail. Yet I can’t help thinking there are many predictable failures that come from a lack of basic planning.

Fauxmentum

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get out and raise money now because when markets change they change on a dime and capital completely dries. __. faux·men·tum. Summary.

The Changing Structure of the VC Industry

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There has been much discussion in the past few years of the changing structure of the venture capital industry. Where are we today?

The State of Venture Capital and the Internet

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Early today I gave a keynote at the VCJ Venture Alpha conference here in San Francisco. I was asked to speak about the topic of “what is going on in the venture capital world and what is the next big thing after social networking?”. Future of VC Internet – Tough topic, but what the heck? I’ve left off many great ones.

What To Do When Your Competitor Gets Funded?

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announced they raised $9 million from Sequoia , arguably the best venture capital firm that exists. If well capitalized (like we are at MakeSpace – remind investors of that). This morning Clutter.io Congratulations. Sincerely. And it’s part of what can go wrong in startup land. Simple. What mistakes do people make?

Why I Look for Obsessive and Competitive Founders

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Obsession. The drive to succeed at all costs. When second place isn’t good enough because we live in winner-take-most markets. Zuckerberg.

How to Develop Your Fund Raising Strategy

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There is all sorts of advice on the Internet about how to raise capital. So why would raising venture capital be any different.

How to Avoid Being Disrupted as a VC

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And Greg has had the most influence on Upfront Ventures’ strategy since he joined. Upfront Ventures VC Industry” Numero uno.

The Pivot You Need to Read About

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GOAT just announced it raised $5 million in venture capital led by our friends at Matrix Partners. But this isn’t just any funding.

How to Kick Start Your Community’s Startup Scene

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Changes in the Software World & in Venture Capital. Angels & Recycled Capital. Venture Capital. Why Now?

Here are The Missing Positives of This Election

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It’s hard to feel any positives these days: We’re in the eye of the storm. We’re at peak anxiety. Maximum rancor. Don’t get comfortable, VOTE. Indeed.

Some Thoughts on Leadership Going into 2016

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Strictly for example sake I’ll take our mission at Upfront Ventures. We’re a national venture capital investment firm but with our roots firmly in Los Angeles. I may choose different words from time-to-time to describe Upfront Ventures. The reality of most startups is about survival. A Sense of Purpose.

My One Wish For All Startup Employees

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This summer I had the extreme pleasure of watching one of the funniest, funnest and most insightful documentaries in a long time: Supermensch.

How This Entrepreneur Raised $28,000 Using Airbnb to Fund Her Startup

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She hasn’t raised any venture capital. Launchpad LA Startup Advice This Week in Venture CapitalMore on that later.

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What Do Industry Insiders Think Will Happen in VC in 2016?

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Limited Partners (LPs) who invest in VC funds have continued to pour money into venture – with the market returning to pre-recession levels.

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Does a VCs Culture Really Matter? The Upfront Story

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The biggest difference I cite is that Venture Capital often feels like an “individual sport” while startups are a “team sport.”

Spotting, Nurturing and Mentoring Talent – The Power of Troy Carter

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I recently sat down with Troy Carter to talk about what he does and why he believes it is applicable to venture capital. Same with Gaga.

Why Has LA Suddenly Gotten So Much Attention from VCs and Entrepreneurs?

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This is the task I set out to answer with the master of analysis at Upfront Ventures Glenn Poppe who deserves the bulk of the credit for our work.

What I Would Look for When Choosing a VC – Knowing What I Know Now?

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And so is venture capital. Picking a VC is hard. You don’t really have much to go on to decide who would make a good fit. Brains?