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.

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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

Xconomy

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 ).

How Much Should You Raise in Your VC Round? And What is a VC Looking at in Your Model?

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There’s a quick litmus-test conversation any early-stage VC will have with the founder and it’s one that you should be as prepared for as your elevator pitch. It goes something like this … VC: “How much money are you raising?” Founder: “$8–10 million” VC: “What’s your current burn rate?”

Metacloud VC On Cisco Acquisition: "Epic Exit"

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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

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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.

Record Exit Value for VC-Backed Startups Could Fuel Investment

Xconomy

More than a third of the companies that went public in the first half of this year were backed by venture capital. That, plus robust merger and acquisition activity, set a record for venture-backed exit value—$165.2

Realistic Entrprenuers Guide to Venture Capital

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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?

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.

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

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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

Xconomy

In a survey of 29 Silicon Valley venture capitalists in December, the VCs mulled whether President-elect Donald Trump would buoy up their investment prospects with lower corporate taxes and government regulations, or worsen conditions by heightening global political instability and raising the risk of a major military conflict or economic downturn.

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.

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.

Ten-X Acquisition By Thomas H. Lee Completes

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Ten-X, formerly known as Auction.com, 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.

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. 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

Xconomy

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.

SAIL Portfolio Firm Makes Acquisition

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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.

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

Xconomy

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.

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.

Scopely Gets $60M For Expansion, Acquisitions

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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

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.

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

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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

Startups Weekly: VCs are drunk on beverage startups

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Hello and welcome back to Startups Weekly, a newsletter published every Saturday that dives into the week’s most noteworthy venture deals, fundraises, M&A transactions and trends. More Labs, for example, is backed with $8 million in VC funding. Startup capital.

NextSpace Expands Beyond California With New Funding, Chicago Acquisition

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According to NextSpace, its first expansion outside California comes via the acquisition of a coworking operator called The Coop. nextspace venture capital coworking chicago coop merger acquisition

So You Want to Start a Cybersecurity Company?

Xconomy

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.

Bird Acquires Circ, Raises $75M More

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According to Bird, the additional funding was an extension to its Series D funding round, bringing that round total to $350M, with funding from Target Global, Team Europe, Idinvest Partners, and Signals VC. According to Bird, the acquisition of Circ will add more than 300 employees to its European operation. bird circ merger acquisition venture capital scooter micromobility europe

How TVC Aims At Acquisitions, Not IPOs, with Jeb Spencer

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Southern California's technology community--despite all of the recent excitement around Silicon Beach--continues to be underserved in terms of capital, with a lack of venture capital funds (with money), and other private technology investors.

Expectations Rise on Q1 Surge in Venture Funding; and Top 10 Deals

Xconomy

Venture capital investors poured more than $28.2 The venture deal count, however, is another matter altogether. The 1,683 venture deals that. billion into U.S.

JMI Equity Gets Win With Nimsoft Acquisition

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JMI Equity's Peter Arrowsmith represents JMI Equity on Nimsoft's board; Nimsoft had raised only around $22M in capital from JMI--the original Series A investor in the firm--Goldman Sachs, and Northzone Ventures. Tags: equity private nimsoft merger acquisition venture capital

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How Next-Gen Chipmakers Are Raising Money, Taking On Tech Giants

Xconomy

The advent of big fundraising rounds for startup chip innovators—a class shunned by most venture capital firms only a few years ago—seems to mark a turnaround in recent VC attitudes about semiconductor investments.

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ADVENTRX Pharmaceuticals Raises $22.5M, Plans Acquisition

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in funding, via a registered direct offering to RA Capital Management and other investors. adventrx pharmaceuticals venture capital pipe funding biopharma lifescienceSan Diego-based ADVENTRX Pharmaceuticals said this morning that it has raised $22.5M