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Venture Capital is About Human Capital

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It’s easy to think the role of a VC is to have strong opinions about markets, trends, tech dynamics and so forth. Nothing fancier.

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. Non VC Growth Rounds.

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.  Morning in VC.

Is Venture Capital A Path To Riches?


Who makes more money, entrepreneurs or venture capitalists? pretty good VC probably makes more than a pretty good and successful founder.

Why Was Winter in Venture Capital Funding so Short?

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Yet as we enter February 2017 the VC funding markets are booming, Snap, Inc has filed for its IPO, AppDynamics was just purchased for $3.7

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.” That’s a shame because many of these people missed out on what will be a few great VC vintages. Thus is a key point.

Good Things Happen When Two Transformative VC Trends Collide


There are two macro trends occuring within venture capital (VC) which are combining to have a […].

6 Steps To Raising Venture Capital – Hint: Preparation Matters More Than Your Pitch


The steps outlined below represent an ideal approach to raising capital from sophisticated investors. wish that was true. It’s not.”

Understanding Changes in the Software & Venture Capital Industries

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will argue that LPs who invest in VC funds will also need to adjust a bit as well. Tech Market Analysis VC IndustryRewind. Enter Amazon.

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?

Bad Notes on Venture Capital

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On the phone … Me: So, you raised venture capital? 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. Him: Huh?

Venture Capital Fundraising On Uptick


It looks like it's going to be a good year for venture capital -- fundraising, that is, according to numbers released by Dow Jones Monday.

Amgen's Kevin Sharer Joins Healthcare Venture Capital Firm


Is Amgen the next source of the healthcare industry's venture capital deals? It might be, on news that Kevin Sharer , the former CEO of Thousand Oaks-based Amgen , has joined venture capital investment firm Foundation Medical Partners. amgen kevin sharer venture capital investment biotech lifescience medical healthcare

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? It isn’t intentional.

Three Factors Which Intoxicate Venture Capitalists - Why Your Startup Will (Probably) Not Raise Venture Capital Funding


The Three Enthralling Factors Of Venture Funding. Thanks Mr. Big Firm VC. LOCATION: I Wish They All Could Be California Companies.

Santa Barbara, San Diego Tops On Per-Capita Venture Capital


venture capital deals per 100,000 people. venture capital deals per 100,000 people. deals per 100,000 people. READ MORE>>.

Southern California Companies Raise $1.46B In VC In Q3 2015


Southern California has seen another, big venture capital investment quarter, with companies raising $1.46 There has now been $4.93

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 IndustryEarnestly.

Southern California Companies Raise $2.49 Billion In VC In Q2


billion in venture capital in Q2 of 2016, according to the latest numbers from the MoneyTree Report from PricewaterhouseCoopers, the National Venture Capital Association, and Thomson Reuters. Nationally, venture capitalists invested $15.3 Southern California companies raised $2.49 READ MORE>>.

Razer Plans Venture Capital Fund


Irvine-based videogame accessory and hardware maker Razer is planning on launching a new, corporate venture capital fund, starting next year, according to a report. razer venture capital videogame accessory hardware corporate investmentRazer has its U.S. READ MORE>>.

How To Become a VC


One the most frequent questions asked of me by entrepreneurs is, "How can I become a Venture Capitalist?" Microscopic Industry. Share and Enjoy.

Despite Low Crop Prices, Corporate and VC Agtech Investments Soar


They also queried 15 VC firms. Venture capitalists are similarly cautious. Reprints | Share: UNDERWRITERS AND PARTNERS.

Kobe Bryant Launches $100M Venture Capital Fund

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Kobe Bryant has launched a $100 million venture capital fund

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

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They point to some widely known facts: financings & valuations are up massively over the past 7 years and non-VC money has entered the system.

Changes in Software & Venture Capital – Part 2 of 3

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Or at least venture-style returns. But most LPs don’t seem geared up to fund new entrants in the Micro VC category. Enter VC.

University of California Plans $250M Venture Capital Fund


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Venture Capital Investment in Los Angeles Drops

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The flow of venture capital dollars invested into Los Angeles-area companies fell 16.3 billion last year, according to a report by Dow Jones Venture Source percent from a high of $4.17 billion in 2015 to $3.49

Last Exit Wall Street: 7 Considerations When Raising Venture Capital

From the Venture Trenches

Is outside capital really required? What is your exit strategy? By this measure, Groupon was by no means your typical start-up. 2.

The Coming Brick Wall in Venture Capital & Why This is Good for US Innovation

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This is the final part of a 3-part series on the major changes in the structure of the software & the venture capital industries.

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

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Picking a VC is hard. So I thought I’d write about out with what I would look for in a VC knowing what I know now and why. Brains?

Southern California Startups Raise More Than $598.4M In VC In Q4


There were 84 venture capital deals for the quarter. southern california venture capital investment moneytree quarterly q42013 2013

Join Us At Variety 2012 Venture Capital & New Media Summit

Tech Zulu Event

Variety is pleased to announce the return of its Venture Capital and New Media Summit on June 27 at the Sofitel Hotel in Los Angeles.

Kobe Bryant Launches New $100 Million Venture to Solidify Retirement


So when it comes to Kobe Bryant’s latest venture, let’s hope he can make it a slam dunk. That’s right, Kobe Bryant has just launched a brand new $100 million venture capital fund. Along Bryant hopes his entry into the venture capital game won’t ruffle any feathers, considering his competitive past.

Want to Raise Venture Capital More Easily? Clean Up Your Own Shite First

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Many companies that are raising B or C venture capital rounds right now raised their initial money in 2005-2008. It is 2010. Good luck.

Quigley: Venture Capital Revival Coming


The report also argues that more value is going to the private, venture investors in firms, rather than to public shareholders after an IPO.

Southern California VC Totals Drop To $810.5M In Q1


Southern California venture totals were down significantly from the $1.38 billion raised in Q4, and even lower than Q1 of 2015, when $2.01

Some Reflections on VC Investment Decisions

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I was having dinner with a friend last night and we were chatting about venture capital and a bit about what I’ve learned. know I can’t be in every deal and I know that the easy part of being a VC is writing the first check in a deal. Upfront Ventures And there’s conferences. Oh, the conferences. Recode.

How to Better Manage Relationships with Your VC

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On my first real day back the first thought I have is that most entrepreneurs don’t manage their VC relationships as well as they could.

Want to Know How VC’s Calculate Valuation Differently from Founders?

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Back in 1999 when I first raised venture capital I had zero knowledge of what a fair term sheet looked like or how to value my company.