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Lean Startup Versus Raising Capital

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” Throw in a pivot or two and boom, you were raising seed capital. Startups popped up over a couple days with no vision whatsoever; but pounding the Lean drum, they went out to raise capital anyway. That’s the key to blending storytelling and Lean, and in turn using Lean as an effective means of raising capital. Lean Startup fundraising Lean analytics lean startup raising capital venture capital

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8 Questions on How to Prepare for VC Meetings

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Generally associates at venture firms are tasked with (a) doing outreach to see what’s going on in a space, and (b) doing competitive or just broad scale intelligence. And if it typically takes 6 months to raise capital (at almost any stage), that means you’ve got 12 months from the time the money hits the bank to get to the next level, so you can go out and raise financing again (if needed.). Startups investors pitching presentations venture capitalTweet.

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How to Have Startup Swagger Without Being a Complete Asshole

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You need a sizeable ego to succeed in the world of startups and venture capital. Tweet. Without that ego propelling you forward it’s going to be hard to wake up every morning, take the risks you need to take, and aggressively go after what you want. You won’t be able to negotiate from a position of weakness but make it seem like a position of power. You won’t be able to motivate others around you when things are crumbling.

4 Ways to Align Startup Founder and Investor Interests

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This is probably one of the most challenging things for startup founders to do, especially first-timers that haven’t raised capital before. I’m very intrigued by working in the venture capital or seed capital world.

A Postmortem Analysis of Standout Jobs

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I had never raised venture capital before. But as we got deeper into the market we recognized that to punch a real hole in it would require lots and lots of capital. This included Montreal-based venture firms and angel investors in Montreal, New York and elsewhere. Venture capitalists are managing portfolios and chasing new deals. It’s been a number of months since I announced that we sold Standout Jobs.

Mastering the VC Game: An Important Read for Startup Entrepreneurs

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Mastering the VC Game: A Venture Capital Insider Reveals How to Get from Start-up to IPO on Your Terms is written by Jeff Bussgang , General Partner at Flybridge Capital Partners. It’s a shame we have to speak about venture capitalists and entrepreneurs as being “on opposite sides of the table&# but that seems to be the case much of the time. It’s a strong, introductory primer to the venture capital and investor world.

No One Can Raise Funding for Your Startup Except You

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One of the big roadblocks that first-time entrepreneurs face is the issue of raising capital. There are enough high quality resources out there on raising venture capital and angel investment. And there are some fairly well-accepted best practices on how to raise capital as well. There are plenty of fairly easy ways to get connected to venture and angel investors too. There are no easy answers.

Global Venture Capital Distribution

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Richard Florida published some stats on the distribution of global venture capital investment last week. SF proper and the broader bay area make up 25% of the global venture capital investment activity (~$10bn out of $42bn).

Venture Capital Returns

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

This post is for everyone who thinks venture capital is an easy business. Here are short term and long term returns for the venture capital business over the past ten years compared to the public equity markets in the US. Venture Capital and Technology

Venture Capital is About Human Capital

Both Sides of the Table

Most VCs did well academically and had enough career success that a venture firm was willing to give them an investment role or they were able to raise their own fund. Fundamentally venture capital is about human capital. Venture Capital is a people business.

From Accelerators to Venture Capital: What is best for your startup?

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Pioneering Women in Venture Capital: Kathryn Gould

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Kathryn has been the founding VP of Marketing of Oracle , a successful recruiter, a world class Venture Capitalist, a co-founder of a Venture Capital firm, a great board member, one of my mentors and most importantly a wonderful friend. So I started Foundation Capital in 1995.

Entrepreneurial Density and Venture Capital

Feld Thoughts

Two of his latest articles talk about entrepreneurial density and venture capital. The Connection Between Venture Capital and Diverse, Dense Communities. In it, he looked at Venture Capital financing (total dollars and number of deals) on a per-capital basis. And Richard acknowledges this: “I’ll continue to track the evolving geography of start-ups and venture capital in future posts.

The Babe Ruth Effect in Venture Capital

Chris Dixon

One of the hardest concepts to internalize for those new to venture capital is what is known as the “Babe Ruth effect. Venture Capital

How to Build a Startup & Understanding Venture Capital

Both Sides of the Table

And if you do happen to be lucky and find the right mountain to climb, if you find that you’ve started ascending the peak before others have found the right trail — then venture capital is for you. But you need to understand venture economics.

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. ’ But do you want to start a relationship with your most important supplier – that of capital to fuel your business – by avoiding talking about his or her expectations in terms of rights or privileges? This week.

5 Ways Venture Capital Is Shaking Up The Tech Startup Landscape In Asia

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There is a thin line between success and failure for startups, and that is usually determined by capital. The more capital a startup has, the easier it is to get off the ground and ramp up growth. KPMG’s Venture Pulse Q3 2017 reported that the Asian market has raised $12.3

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Venture Capital Funding: A Curated List of Our Best Resources

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Getting venture capital funding to launch your business is incredibly difficult. In fact, fewer than 1 percent of businesses that start every year get venture funding. Is venture capital right for you? 12 of the Hottest Venture Capital Firms in 2016.

A Venture Capital History Perspective From Jack Tankersley

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In January, Jerry Neumann wrote a long and detailed analysis of his view of the VC industry in the 1980’s titled Heat Death: Venture Capital in the 1980’s. The key reason for the explosion in capital flowing into the industry, and therefore the large increase in practitioners, had nothing to do with 1970’s performance, early stage investing, or technology. Continental Capital*. $ 250,000. KPC&B II. $ 775,000.

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. Be thoughtful about from whom you raise capital.

17 Venture Capital Blogs You Should Be Reading

Up and Running

Whether or not you’re raising money for your business, getting advice from venture capitalists can be invaluable. Inside the Minds of Top Venture Capitalists: Blogs You Need to Read to Understand How VCs Think. Andrew Parker is a VC with Spark Capital in Boston.

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 ?” venture-capital startup

It’s Morning in Venture Capital

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Many observers of the venture capital industry have questioned whether its best days are behind it. They are, in fact, great news for traditional venture capitalists. The most successful of these businesses will still need venture capital to scale their businesses.

Something Ventured: The Founding of the Venture Capital Industry

Feld Thoughts

Last night Amy and I watched the movie Something Ventured: Risk, Reward, and the Original Venture Capitalists. I figured Amy would veto Something Ventured after 15 minutes. If you are a VC, or aspire to be a VC, do yourself a favor and watch Something Ventured right now.

Love and Venture Capital

Feld Thoughts

The post Love and Venture Capital appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Venture Capital fred wilson Jerry Colonna podcast rebootIf you’ve missed me, it’s because I spent a week in Australia. Ten days ago, after being there for a few days, I came down with salmonella poisoning. I’m finally starting to feel normal again although I’m still exhausted. This has easily been the sickest I’ve ever been.

Q316 State of Venture Capital Update With Cooley

Feld Thoughts

This quarter they interviewed me as part of it on Quarterly VC Update: Brad Feld on the State of Venture Capital Investing. At the same time, if you are a clearly successful growth company, there is a huge amount of capital available once you’ve reached a point of clear success (often after $20m – $40m has been raised). There is a huge capital supply gap for companies that are in between early startups and companies that are successful growth companies.

Forecasting in venture capital

The Equity Kicker

Good VCs need to be good forecasters. We need to predict which companies are going to succeed and second guess future trends so we can develop our firms to stay ahead of the curve. Deloitte have just published an interesting synopsis of Tetlock’s Superforecasting which gives us some insights into the types of people we need to recruit and the habits we need to cultivate to be good at the forecasting game.

Forbes Reveals the 2013 Venture Capital Midas List

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Forbes released the 2013 Midas List for Venture Capital today, proving that to be successful in VC, all you need is one big hit. Five of the top ten names on the list invested in Facebook, the largest tech IPO of 2012. [[ This is a content summary only.

6 Steps to Raising Venture Capital in 6 Months

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To raise capital as a very early-stage business, you have to convince investors that your current size isn’t indicative of where you will be in the future. A woman you don’t know tells you that she’s going to run a marathon of 7-minute miles. She’s never run a long distance race before.

It’s Not Easy applied to Venture Capital

K9 Ventures

If you’re even remotely connected to the “industry” of Venture Capital, you need to read Howard Marks’ It’s Not Easy memo. Pattern matching in venture capital may work for figuring out how to build companies, but it is less likely to work for ideas.

Why Was Winter in Venture Capital Funding so Short?

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It was only a year ago that many in the Venture Capital industry were predicting that “winter was coming” and to be fair the author of this post was chief amongst them. While this it total FDI as opposed to just venture, it should give you an indication of the international trend.

The Rise of Chinese Venture Capital – (Part 3 of 5)

Steve Blank

This post is about the rise of Chinese venture capital and how it helped build the countries entrepreneurial ecosystem. The Rise of Chinese Venture Capital. SBIR and STTR programs, the Torch Program’s funding for new ventures was limited to seed funding the front end.

Why Venture Capital is So Much More Compelling Now

Both Sides of the Table

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.” I presented the deck below – which was prepared with the great help of Upfront Venture’s Principal Jordan Hudson – at Dave McClure’s must attend event called PreMoney with much more data and narrative than I had in my blog post.

Venture Capital Market Analysis

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In March of last year, our GV engineering team analyzed market data to assess whether or not the tech industry was experiencing a bubble… Continue reading on GV Library

Venture Capital Demystified: A Fundraising Guide for Entrepreneurs, Investors, and Lawyers

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by Jason Mendelson and Brad Feld, co-authors of “ Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist “ So, you’ve got a brilliant idea and you’re ready to launch a company.

What Do LPs Think of the Venture Capital Markets for 2016?

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At the Upfront Summit in early February, we had a chance to have many off-the-record conversations with Limited Partners (LPs) who fund Venture Capital (VC) funds about their views of the market. LPs Still Believe Strongly in Venture Capital as a Diverse Source of Returns.

Where Do Venture Capital Dollars Actually Come From? This Visual Explains

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Most folks reading this will know that many startups were built in part with the help of venture capital. So I wanted to dive a little deeper into what I call the startup capital supply chain. Google, Intel Capital).

How Venture Capital Firms Work, for Entrepreneurs and Startups

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Business Entrepreneurship Startup Revolution Venture CapitalistsA couple of months ago, I was doing an internal lunch & learn for senior managers, and the topic came up as to “how do our VC firms work?”

Ten Realities of Taking Venture Capital Money

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If you take venture capital money. 3) You will almost certainly take more venture capital money after that. 8) There are smaller exit opportunities you will not be able to take because your capital structure makes them financially unattractive. 10) You will face more competition as venture investment signals that what you''re doing may be attractive. Venture Capital & Technology

Valuations 101: The Venture Capital Method

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The Venture Capital Method (VC Method) was first described by Professor Bill Sahlman at Harvard Business School in 1987 in a case study and has been revised since. It is one of the useful methods for establishing the pre-money valuation of pre-revenue startup ventures. Most angels understand that half of new ventures fail and the best an investor can expect from nine of ten investments is return of capital for a portfolio of ten.