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Investors, MVPs and Evidence of Traction

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A Beginner's Guide to Investors How to Speak the Language of Venture CapitalYesterday, I was talking to a startup founder about their MVP and they said something that finally got me to write this post: "I have a few investors interested but they want to see a product."

Los Angeles Startup Community

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Venture Capital As long as I'm pulling this together, here are some venture capital firms in Los Angeles that can help get you wired in. I was just talking with someone who's new to Los Angeles and wanting to connect into the Los Angeles Startup Community. I told them that I had recently seen several posts/articles talking about how vibrant the community has become. As is usual, I couldn't remember where I had seen those posts.

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Top 120 Startup Posts for 2010

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Both Sides of the Table , July 22, 2010 An updated Digital Trends presentation - Jeff Hilimire , June 2, 2010 I do what I hate - Jessica Mah , January 7, 2010 Startup Equity Allocation - charliecrystle.com , January 11, 2010 When good investment decisions end up backing more women CEOs: Conversation with Cameron Lester at Azure Capital. Some really great stuff in 2010 that aims to help startups around product, technology, business models, etc.

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StartupRoar - Great Content for Startups

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This site aggregates and filters content from thought leaders who talk about topics such as Marketing , Sales , Design , Revenue , Hiring , Social Media , Business Models , Metrics , PR , Venture Capital , Angel Investors , Bootstrapping , Incubators , Agile and many others.

How Investors Think About Valuation of Pre-Revenue Startups

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A lot of my time is spent helping early-stage companies get to proof points so that they can raise capital. In fact, really large markets are possibly a downside. -- need venture capital - a significant negative effect Key hurdles that you really should be going for in the early-stage: ++ Good feedback from potential customers - that's the key hurdle Orders or early sales from customers ++ Key beta testers identified and contacted Channels secure, customers placed trial orders

Attorney and Startup Business Advisor – Aaron Shechet

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A few years ago “venture capital” was a revenue model. Today, there is still seed capital to be found, but you have to show the investors (especially very early stage investors) that you have a viable business.

Top 30 Startup Technology and Product Posts for September 2010

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And And after 30 years of Venture investing we still have a hard time articulating why. Shortly after we sold Opsware to Hewlett-Packard, I had a conversation with the legendary venture capitalist Doug Leone of Sequoia Capital. Coworking Spaces - A VC : Venture Capital and Technology , September 2, 2010 I've never been much of a fan of incubators. How To Pick A Co-Founder , by Naval Ravikant (Venture Hacks).

Top 30 Startup Posts for July 2010

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5 Lessons from 150 startup pitches - A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks , July 11, 2010 I just reviewed several hundred startup pitches for Capital Factory. So, I’ve had about 4 years on the “inside” of a fast-growing, venture-backed B2B SaaS startup. The collapse of the IPO market and dysfunctional math in the venture capital community has stacked the odds against you. How To Raise Venture Capital View more presentations from Mark Davis.

Startup CTO Top 30 Posts for April

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No Plan Survives First Contact With Customers – Business Plans versus Business Models - Steve Blank , April 8, 2010 The Twitter Platform's Inflection Point - A VC : Venture Capital and Technology , April 7, 2010 The tradeoff between open and closed - Chris Dixon , April 25, 2010 Not disruptive, and proud of it - A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks , April 12, 2010 What Makes Something Interesting? -

Top 40 Startup Posts for August 2010

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How To Pitch A Product - A VC : Venture Capital and Technology , August 4, 2010 I've said a bunch of times on this blog that the perfect pitch is a very short intro to provide context followed immediately by a demo. Of hundreds of startup pitches at Capital Factory , almost none had unearthed 10 people willing to say, "If you build this product, I'll give you $X."

Top 29 Startup Posts May 2010

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Draw Your Ideas - A VC : Venture Capital and Technology , May 16, 2010 I saw Jack Dorsey give this talk at The 99% Conference last month. The Yin and Yang of Product and Engineering - A VC : Venture Capital and Technology , May 22, 2010 For a tech company, product and engineering are the heart and soul of the business. This probably hurt Zynga’s profitability but also helped them fend off less well-capitalized rivals.

Top 30 Startup Posts in June 2010

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10 Ways To Be Your Own Boss - A VC : Venture Capital and Technology , June 18, 2010 The folks at Behance and Cool Hunting asked me to talk at their 99% Conference a couple months ago. Parting Ways With A Founding Team Member - A VC : Venture Capital and Technology , June 11, 2010 One of the hardest things for an entrepreneur is to part ways with a co-founder or founding team member.

Pricing Customer Acquisition Sunk Costs and More - Ten Recent Great Startup Posts

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My experiments in lean pricing - Venture Hacks , February 16, 2010 Ash Maurya, a lean entrepreneur who runs a bootstrapped startup called CloudFire, discusses pricing issues for first versions (Minimum Viable Product – MVP). StartupList — a new way to reach angels - Venture Hacks , February 3, 2010 AngelList is a curated list of angel investors, representing $80M going into early-stage startups this year.

Map of VC Investments

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Kevin Federline Search Engine Realistic Entrprenuer's Guide to Venture Capital Time Rich, Time Poor and Apple F2F Still Matters 8 Ways the Internet has Changed Software Marketing.

Layoffs Hot Keyword for Second Half of January 2009

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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.

F2F Still Matters

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Kevin Federline Search Engine Realistic Entrprenuer's Guide to Venture Capital Time Rich, Time Poor and Apple F2F Still Matters 8 Ways the Internet has Changed Software Marketing.

Time Rich, Time Poor and Apple

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skip to main | skip to sidebar SoCal CTO Tuesday, March 20, 2007 Time Rich, Time Poor and Apple Jeremy Liew at Lightspeed Venture Partners has an interesting post: Time Rich or Time Poor? Kevin Federline Search Engine Realistic Entrprenuer's Guide to Venture Capital Time Rich, Time Poor and Apple F2F Still Matters 8 Ways the Internet has Changed Software Marketing.

Kevin Federline Search Engine

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Kevin Federline Search Engine Realistic Entrprenuer's Guide to Venture Capital Time Rich, Time Poor and Apple F2F Still Matters 8 Ways the Internet has Changed Software Marketing. skip to main | skip to sidebar SoCal CTO Tuesday, March 20, 2007 Kevin Federline Search Engine Just saw a post - Sleep with a pop star, get your own branded search engine. talking about Prodeges Search with Kevin Site - [link]. I actually think this is a pretty innovative model.

8 Ways the Internet has Changed Software Marketing

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Kevin Federline Search Engine Realistic Entrprenuer's Guide to Venture Capital Time Rich, Time Poor and Apple F2F Still Matters 8 Ways the Internet has Changed Software Marketing. skip to main | skip to sidebar SoCal CTO Tuesday, March 13, 2007 8 Ways the Internet has Changed Software Marketing Great post - 8 Ways The Internet Changed Software Marketing - is an interesting take on how different it is these days to market software. Good stuff.

MyShape Article - Analyst Misses the Point

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Kevin Federline Search Engine Realistic Entrprenuer's Guide to Venture Capital Time Rich, Time Poor and Apple F2F Still Matters 8 Ways the Internet has Changed Software Marketing. skip to main | skip to sidebar SoCal CTO Monday, March 12, 2007 MyShape Article - Analyst Misses the Point The NY Times did a piece today on MyShape, a start-up in Pasadena - Log in Your Measurements, and the Clothes May Fit.

Open Source Business Model

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Kevin Federline Search Engine Realistic Entrprenuer's Guide to Venture Capital Time Rich, Time Poor and Apple F2F Still Matters 8 Ways the Internet has Changed Software Marketing.

Entreprenuer Network

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Whether that’s pointing new entrepreneurs in the right direction–toward an attorney, an angel, or venture capitalist–or whether it’s helping a small company grow bigger–there’s a lot of people “behind the scenes&# working to help entrepreneurs succeed. Kevin Federline Search Engine Realistic Entrprenuer's Guide to Venture Capital Time Rich, Time Poor and Apple F2F Still Matters 8 Ways the Internet has Changed Software Marketing.

Discussion Creation Among Bloggers - LinkedIn, Blogging and Discussion Groups

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Kevin Federline Search Engine Realistic Entrprenuer's Guide to Venture Capital Time Rich, Time Poor and Apple F2F Still Matters 8 Ways the Internet has Changed Software Marketing. skip to main | skip to sidebar SoCal CTO Thursday, March 22, 2007 Discussion Creation Among Bloggers - LinkedIn, Blogging and Discussion Groups Ive been participating in a Yahoo Group that are users of LinkedIn and who are Bloggers: [link] Its an interesting group of folks from diverse backgrounds.

Global Venture Capital Distribution

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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

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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

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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.

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.

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

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The post From Accelerators to Venture Capital: What is best for your startup? How To Fundraise Starting Your Company accelerators angel funding incubators venture capital

Entrepreneurial Density and Venture Capital

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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

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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

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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.

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.

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

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.

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.

17 Venture Capital Blogs You Should Be Reading

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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.

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.

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).

Love and Venture Capital

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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.