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Understanding Changes in the Software & Venture Capital Industries

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In this three-part series I will explore the ways that the Venture Capital industry has changed over the past 5 years that I would argue are a direct result of changes in the software industry, not the other way around. Tech Market Analysis VC Industry

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. I just want to figure out what a fair valuation is.&# I figured all the VC’s talked so we should.

Frank Addantes FounderBlog: Venture Capital - What's the rush?

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2006 (20) ► December (2) Just Say What it Is 12 Proven Guidelines for Rapid Product Development. ▼ August (3) Venture Capital - What's the rush? Venture Capital - What's the rush? Venture capitalists provide capital for growth.

My Life as a CEO (and VC): Chief Psychologist

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My primary role was “chief psychologist&# and as I’ve learned over the past few years the same has been true as a VC. Howard Lindzon weighed in with his comments : “As a CEO of a venture backed business myself and founder of many others, I would add one thing… Thick Skin.

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Map of VC Investments

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skip to main | skip to sidebar SoCal CTO Friday, March 9, 2007 Map of VC Investments Found this Map of 2006 VC Investments post. Some very interesting graphics including this heat map: Very cool visualization tool!

Frank Addantes FounderBlog: 12 Proven Guidelines for Rapid Product Development

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2006 (20) ▼ December (2) Just Say What it Is 12 Proven Guidelines for Rapid Product Development. ► August (3) Venture Capital - What's the rush?

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Frank Addantes FounderBlog: Be Best at Something

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2006 (20) ► December (2) Just Say What it Is 12 Proven Guidelines for Rapid Product Development. ► August (3) Venture Capital - What's the rush?

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Frank Addantes FounderBlog: Elements of Sustainable Companies

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2006 (20) ► December (2) Just Say What it Is 12 Proven Guidelines for Rapid Product Development. ► August (3) Venture Capital - What's the rush?

Frank Addantes FounderBlog: Tear Down Your Firewalls

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2006 (20) ► December (2) Just Say What it Is 12 Proven Guidelines for Rapid Product Development. ► August (3) Venture Capital - What's the rush?

Frank Addantes FounderBlog: I'm 30, now will you take me seriously?

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2006 (20) ► December (2) Just Say What it Is 12 Proven Guidelines for Rapid Product Development. ► August (3) Venture Capital - What's the rush?

Frank Addantes FounderBlog: We're Not Saving Lives.

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2006 (20) ► December (2) Just Say What it Is 12 Proven Guidelines for Rapid Product Development. ► August (3) Venture Capital - What's the rush?

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Frank Addantes FounderBlog: Hire Entrepreneurs!

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2006 (20) ► December (2) Just Say What it Is 12 Proven Guidelines for Rapid Product Development. ▼ August (3) Venture Capital - What's the rush? We exchanged stories about where our other former teammates ventured off to after L90.

Frank Addantes FounderBlog: Inventing Stuff, Obviously Impossible?

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2006 (20) ► December (2) Just Say What it Is 12 Proven Guidelines for Rapid Product Development. ▼ August (3) Venture Capital - What's the rush?

Frank Addantes FounderBlog: The Kool-Aid Test: “Why do I need anything? Why do I need yours? Why do I need it now?"

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2006 (20) ► December (2) Just Say What it Is 12 Proven Guidelines for Rapid Product Development. ► August (3) Venture Capital - What's the rush?

Frank Addantes FounderBlog: Move Fast. Be Agile. Stay Focused.

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2006 (20) ► December (2) Just Say What it Is 12 Proven Guidelines for Rapid Product Development. ► August (3) Venture Capital - What's the rush? This was the first (and only) company that I had started with outside capital from day one.

Frank Addantes FounderBlog: Startup 4.0 – Wireless is the next big thing – hurry!

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2006 (20) ► December (2) Just Say What it Is 12 Proven Guidelines for Rapid Product Development. ► August (3) Venture Capital - What's the rush? I immediately raised some venture capital and then recruited the most experienced team I could find.

Frank Addantes FounderBlog: Startup 1.0: “The Bug Bite” - The Internet Needs a Card Catalogue (I guess that’s a search engine)

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2006 (20) ► December (2) Just Say What it Is 12 Proven Guidelines for Rapid Product Development. ► August (3) Venture Capital - What's the rush? We were not venture-funded (in fact, at the time, I didnt even know what venture capital was).

Frank Addantes FounderBlog: Startup 2.0: The Internet is Coming! How will we make money?

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2006 (20) ► December (2) Just Say What it Is 12 Proven Guidelines for Rapid Product Development. ► August (3) Venture Capital - What's the rush? … dumber: I would have raised venture capital for a company/business plan that would not have scaled.

Frank Addantes FounderBlog: Welcome to FounderBlog!

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2006 (20) ► December (2) Just Say What it Is 12 Proven Guidelines for Rapid Product Development. ► August (3) Venture Capital - What's the rush?

Frank Addantes FounderBlog: "Keep it Simple" - My Golden Rule

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2006 (20) ► December (2) Just Say What it Is 12 Proven Guidelines for Rapid Product Development. ► August (3) Venture Capital - What's the rush?

Frank Addantes FounderBlog: Startup 5.0 – I’m just going to chill out for a bit… (OK, for a month…)

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2006 (20) ► December (2) Just Say What it Is 12 Proven Guidelines for Rapid Product Development. ► August (3) Venture Capital - What's the rush? Venture Capital Funding 7.

Frank Addantes FounderBlog: Startup 3.0: Internet advertising is good. No, it’s bad. Oh wait… it IS good!

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2006 (20) ► December (2) Just Say What it Is 12 Proven Guidelines for Rapid Product Development. ► August (3) Venture Capital - What's the rush? raising capital, underwriters backing out, extreme criticism, patent lawsuit from our competitor, etc.)

Are Business Plans Still Necessary?

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This is part of my ongoing series of posts and I need to file this one under both Raising Venture Capital and Startup Advice. I remember going to an Under the Radar conference in 2006 in the heat of the Web 2.0 Why do VC’s care about these years?

How Has Product Hunt Become Such a Critical Startup Website?

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It reminds me a lot of how TechCrunch felt in 2006. 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. This Week in Venture CapitalProduct Hunt.

Study: $48 Billion In Value Created Over 15 Years In SoCal IT VC-Backed Firms

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A new study of the financial outcomes for Southern California venture-backed companies in the IT sector finds that approximately $48 billion in value has been created by those companies over the period 1995-2009. The study, conducted by Jon Funk of OceanRoad Partners , includes data from socalTECH.com's proprietary venture database , Dow Jones/VentureSource, and Greg Martin of Redpoint Ventures.

Retro: My Favorite Blog Post on Raising VC

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On December 2nd, 2006 I wrote the blog post published later in this post when I was CEO of startup Koral about my experiences in pitching VCs. I had previously raised VC in 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2005. In case VC’s haven’t figured this out yet, shit rolls downhill. My blog linked to Brad Feld’s blog because I was so grateful for his series on term sheets and he was one of the biggest reasons that as a VC I felt compelled to blog.

On Bubbles … And Why We’ll Be Just Fine

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I spoke about how Amazon Web Services deserves far more credit for the last 5 years of innovation than it gets credit for and how I believe they spawned the micro-VC category. All of that might be true, but the 2006 price might still be over-valued. source: Capital IQ.

Should Founders Be Allowed to Take Money off the Table?

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This is part of my ongoing series “ Start Up Advice &# but I’d really like to call this post, “VC Advice.&#. We exchanged ideas when I was an entrepreneur along side him in NorCal in 05-07 and my point-of-view on founder / VC relationships hasn’t shifted even 1% since I went to the dark side. We could do more in 2010 with more VC investment; the doubling assumes only ratable increase in marketing spend to achieve profitability.

One Weird Trick to Build a Personal Brand

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What Jason has achieved in no time flat in VC is astounding. Without inventing the browser he has single-handedly created a personal VC brand on a shoestring. I know it will be hard for you to believe in 2015 but in 2006 Palo Alto (where I lived) was kind of dead.

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Can VC’s Invest Across Two Funds?

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This is part of a series that I’ve been working on called Understanding Venture Capital. This led Roy Rodenstein (whose company Going.com was sold to AOL ) and others to discuss , what happens when VC’s need to invest across multiple funds.

Does the Size of a VC Fund Matter?

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This is part of my series on Understanding Venture Capital. I’m writing this series because if you better understand how VC firms work you can better target which firms make sense for you to speak with. What is a VC fund? Will your VC be able to raise another fund?

TVC Gets Big Exit In Accordent

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The sale this morning of El Segundo-based Accordent Technologies was a big win for San Diego investment firm TVC Capital. TVC invested $4M in Accordent in 2006--the only investment round the firm raised over its lifetime. accordent merger acquisition venture capitalTVC was the sold institutional investor in Accordent, which sold to Polycom for $50M.

Malauzai Lands $1.3M For Mobile Banking

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The firm's board includes executives from Digital Insight, the local online banking software firm acquired in 2006 by Intuit. malauzai digital insight venture capital startup mobile banking financialCalabasas-based Malauzai , a new startup focused on mobile banking applications, has raised $1.3M in a funding round, according to a regulatory filing by the firm today. No details on the funding have been announced.

SOS Online Backup Gets $3M

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SOS Online Backup was founded by Ken Shaw, and first launched its services in 2006. online backup data storage venture capital cloud

Brand Affinity Technologies Raises $4.5M

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The firm has previously raised funding from ad pepper media international, CGI Opportunity Fund, Fulcrum Venture Capital, Miramar Venture Partners, Newport Coast Investments, and RimLight Capital. The Steelbergs are best known for selling dMarc Broadcasting to Google back in 2006, in a deal at the time worth over a billion dollars. brand affinity technologies venture capital ryan chad steelberg endorsement celebrity

This Week in VC: Michael Montgomery (President, Montgomery & Co.)

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This episode of This Week in Venture Capital featured Michael Montgomery, president of Montgomery & Co. You have to be selected to present and it is typically reserved for companies that have already raised early-stage capital and are well into revenue growth.

RF Surgical Systems Gets $12M

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The firm--which has its R&D facilities in San Diego--said the round was led by Split Rock Partners, and also included prior investors Menlo Ventures and Stanford University. The firm's headquarters are in Bellevue, Washington, and it has been supplying its systems since 2006. surgical systems rfid surgery sponge tracking medical lifescience venture capital

Brand Affinity Technologies Raises $7.5M

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BAT said the new round was led by Matthew Pritzker Company , and also included existing investors Miramar Venture Partners , Newport Coast Investments , RimLight, LLC, Fulcrum Venture Capital , and ad pepper media International. Ryan and Chad Steelberg are best known for selling their last big startup, dMarc Broadcasting, to Google in 2006 for what was then worth more than a billion dollars; the two also founded AdForce (sold to CMGi) and 2CAN Media (also sold to CMGi).

Time is the Enemy of All Deals

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It quickly became impossible to raise venture capital. Many deals – VC or otherwise – didn’t close. When Salesforce.com decided to buy my company in December 2006 I dropped everything and focused religiously on closure. VC, sales, biz dev, M&A or otherwise.

GOGII Raises $15M

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Lahman, Murray, and Norman founded JAMDAT, taking it public in 2004, and eventually selling to EA for $680M in 2006. gogii textplus social messaging venture capital funding mobile text iphone ipad androidMarina del Rey-based GOGII , the social messaging firm headed by former JAMDAT founders Scott Lahman, Austin Murray, and Zack Norman, announced this morning that it has raised an additional $15M in a third round of funding.

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