Venture Capital Q&A Session

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We received so much positive feedback from our This Week in Venture Capital show walking through valuation calculations & term sheets that we decided to do a Q&A show this week to address topics that entrepreneurs want to learn about.

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. I can’t help feel a bit of rear-view mirror analysis in all of “VC model is broken” bears in our industry. They are, in fact, great news for traditional venture capitalists.

This Week in Venture Capital – Episode 2

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I was on This Week in Venture Capital (TWiVC) again this week with Jason Calacanis. mm in Series A; IdealLab ( Bill Gross ), Index Ventures ( Danny Rimer ), Revolution LLC ( Steve Case ), First Round Capital , BetaWorks , Jason Calcanis.

This Week in Venture Capital – Episode 3

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Investors: Foundation Capital (lead), with existing investors: Morgenthaler Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners, Canaan Partners. Investors: True Ventures, Social Leverage (Howard Lindzon). Investors: Union Square (lead), Spark Capital (lead).

The Minority Venture Capital Opportunity


Thirty years later, his landmark acquisition of Beatrice and the example it set still resonates. This year marks the 30th Anniversary of the historic billion-dollar leveraged buyout of Beatrice Foods, put together by African-American business pioneer Reginald Lewis.

This Week in Venture Capital with Jason Calacanis

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I was on This Week in Venture Capital today with Jason Calacanis talking about the big VC deals at the moment and talking about the VC industry. We covered the following and much more: - FourSquare ( rumors of both an $80m pre money or a $100 million acquisition ).

Dell Technologies Goes Public About $100M Venture Capital Arm


Austin —Dell Technologies is publicly unveiling a venture capital investment arm that has been quietly investing in startups since the operation was run by EMC, the data storage giant that Dell agreed to acquire for $67 billion in 2015. Called Dell Technologies Capital, the investment arm plans to provide funding to about 20 startups this year, Scott Darling, president of group, told Bloomberg , which first reported the news this morning.

Metacloud VC On Cisco Acquisition: "Epic Exit"


According to one of Pasadena-based Metacloud ''s venture capital backers, the acquisition of the cloud services provider by Cisco on Wednesday was an "epic exit". The statement came from Jason Lemkin, a venture capitalist at Storm Ventures. in funding, from such investors as AME Cloud Ventures, Canaan Partners, Pelion Ventures, Silicon Valley Bank, and Storm Ventures. metacloud venture capital merger acquisition cisco cloud private

Insights and Opinions: Angel and Venture Capital Shareholder Liquidity


For today's Insights and Opinions section, where we feature insights and analysis from the local technology community, we have an article from Jeff Cohn , an entrepreneur and veteran of the angel and VC investment community here in Southern California. It has been a long 10 year drought of no IPOs and sub par M&A activity that has stifled the startup, venture capital and angel investment community throughout the US.

ServiceTitan Secures $165M From Venture Capital Group to Expand

L.A. Business Journal

has secured $165 million in funding from a venture capital group to build out its home services software firm through acquisitions and moves into new markets Glendale-based ServiceTitan Inc.

Realistic Entrprenuers Guide to Venture Capital


skip to main | skip to sidebar SoCal CTO Tuesday, March 20, 2007 Realistic Entrprenuers Guide to Venture Capital Seths guide is worth reading - The realistic entrepreneurs guide to venture capital Posted byTony Karrer at 2:43 PM 0comments: Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to: Post Comments (Atom) About Me Tony Karrer Dr. Tony Karrer is CEO/CTO of TechEmpower , a Los Angeles Web Development firm, and is considered one of the top technologists in e-Learning.

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Last Exit Wall Street: 7 Considerations When Raising Venture Capital

From the Venture Trenches

The recent firing of Groupon’s CEO Andrew Mason is a cautionary tale of the increased scrutiny and heightened expectations that come from accessing increasingly larger amounts of investment capital. Is outside capital really required?

Good Times Ahead for VC-backed Tech Companies?

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On the third Wednesday of every month I co-chair a meeting called the SoCal VCA (venture capital alliance), which represents participants from all of the top venture capital firms in Southern California as well as prominent members of the Tech Coast Angels (TCA).

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Quigley: Venture Capital Revival Coming


William Quigley , a venture capitalist at Clearstone Venture Partners, is making the argument that venture capital returns are set to return superior returns in the coming years, due to the disinterest of institutional investors.

How to Handle a VC Presentation with No Deck

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I recently filmed a show for This Week in Venture Capital in which I talked about how to prepare for a VC meeting: whom you’ll meet, who should attend from your side, what materials you should bring and how you should run the meeting. But take prompts from the VC.

Master of Customer Acquisition, Matt Coffin, On Startups …

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He tells the story of how he was out of cash, stressed out, nobody in LA or Silicon Valley would give him money, he had finally found an investor in Minneapolis but his venture bank was going to shut him down for breaking a “covenant&# in their agreement by not having enough cash in the bank.

VC Confidence Holds Steady in Quarterly Survey, But Reasons Change


This Week in VC with Jim Armstrong of Clearstone

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Had a great chat with Jim Armstrong who is a General Partner at Clearstone Venture Partners today on TWiVC. It was especially fun for me because we got the chance to talk about the VC industry and how entrepreneurs should think about the VC industry in addition to discussing deals.

This Week in VC with Om Malik & Paul Jozefak

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To see the video of This Week in VC click on this link. We spent the first 45 minutes or so talking about industry trends (in this order): The history and background of True Ventures, one of my favorite early-stage VC’s (and the one with whom Om is a venture partner).

This Week in VC with Mo Koyfman of Spark Capital

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We had a special edition of This Week in Venture Capital this week shooting out of the Next New Networks offices in New York. Our guest was Mo Koyfman of Spark Capital. Topics we discussed in the first 45 minutes of the video include: What is VC like in NY?

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.

Ten-X Acquisition By Thomas H. Lee Completes


Ten-X, formerly known as, was venture backed by Stone Point Capital, and CapitalG (formerly Google Capital), who continue to hold minority stakes in the company. Financial details of the acquisition were not announced. tenx thomas auction venture capital merger acquisition private equityIrvine-based Ten-X , an online real estate marketplace, is now officially owned by private equity investor Thomas H. Lee Partners , T.H.

This Week in VC – Scott Painter, CEO of Zag & TrueCar

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Rumored to have turned down acquisition offers from Yahoo and Facebook. Current round: $20.0mm Series-B led by Andreesen Horowitz, with USV and O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures. Company plans to use the capital to build out sales and marketing and r&d. -a

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Twitter’s Acquisition, Chirp & Managing Developer Relationships

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I guess it may be impractical for Twitter to acquire Seesmic given it has raised considerable amounts of venture capital (reportedly $12 million) but the broader point for me is that I always believed Twitter should control the client versions of its product.

Map of VC Investments


skip to main | skip to sidebar SoCal CTO Friday, March 9, 2007 Map of VC Investments Found this Map of 2006 VC Investments post. Technology Advisor Technology Roles in Startups Pricing Customer Acquisition Sunk Costs and More -.

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Despite Low Crop Prices, Corporate and VC Agtech Investments Soar


Venture capital firms have increased their agtech investments by 80 percent since 2012, bringing total VC investment in the sector to a total of $3 billion in 2015, according to a new report from Boston Consulting Group and AgFunder, an online investment marketplace for agriculture technology.

Entertainment Deals Take Center Stage In LA’s Burgeoning VC Scene

TechCrunch LA

A string of big acquisitions, public offerings, and a pipeline of growing young startup companies has venture investors saying “I love L.A.” ” The recent acquisitions of Maker Studios and Oculus VR, as well as the planned public offering for TrueCar that’s finally going through, all point to a healthy investment ecosystem, but there’s still one industry that rules over… Read More.

Third-Quarter Report Shows Slowdown in VC Activity, & Top 10 Deals


Venture capital activity is gradually easing from last year’s peak, according to a new quarterly report put together by Seattle-based PitchBook and the National Venture Capital Association. VC firms invested $14.99 deals (1,796 companies) during the third quarter that ended September 30, according to the inaugural “Venture Monitor” report released today. billion that venture firms invested in 2015, according to PitchBook records that began in 2000.

Scopely Gets $60M For Expansion, Acquisitions


The round also included Greenspring Associates, Sands Capital Ventures, Cross Creek Advisors, and Pritzker Group Venture Capital. Revolution Growth is the venture investment firm led by AOL execs Steve Case, Donn Davis, and Ted Leonsis. According to Scopely, the new funding will go towards strategic investments, commercial partners, and acquisitions. android game content entertainment capital venture expansion growth revolution mobile videogame scopely

SAIL Portfolio Firm Makes Acquisition


A portfolio company of Irvine-based venture capital firm SAIL Venture Partners , SNTech , has made an acquisition, SNTech announced earlier this week. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. RBC is selling the unit to clear the way for its own, acquisition of another electric motor business, of A.O. SNTech said that the acquisition will help it expand placement of motors into the pool and spa industry.

So You Want to Start a Cybersecurity Company?


Attacks will cost the world $6 trillion by 2021, research firm Cybersecurity Ventures says- –the greatest transfer of economic wealth in history and more profitable than the trade in all major illegal drugs. Cybercrime has become a global epidemic.

Yet Another New LA VC, NordicEye, Appears After Big Exit


Another, new venture capital firm, with an office in Los Angeles, NordicEye , has set up an office in Santa Monica, and has been targeting investments in the growing Silicon Beach region. The venture investor is split between Copenhagen and LA. only 11 months ago, before Proofpoint's $66M acquisition of Weblife today. investment capital venture acquisition merger weblife proofpoint nordiceye

Are MBAs Necessary for Start-ups or VC?

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I came across this blog post about getting a computer science degree as the best degree for getting into venture capital or working at a VC-backed start up. I just completed an exercise where I went out to hire a new associate for my VC firm, GRP Partners.

Do VC Platforms Make Sense?

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In the VC insider baseball world a discussion has gone on about “VC platforms” over the past 5 or so years. Examples of VC platform services include: recruiting, marketing, design support, inside sales reps, consulting, accounting services and so forth.

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

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▼ August (3) Venture Capital - What's the rush? StrongMail Systems (Digital Messsaging Infrastructure Software) Status: VC-backed (Sequoia Capital, Globespan and Evercore) Lesson: Trust your gut. Venture Capital - What's the rush?

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