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.

Why We Must Have Zero Tolerance for Sexual Misconduct in Venture Capital

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I titled this post “We Must Have Zero Tolerance in Venture Capital” but of course I could just say “zero tolerance anywhere” because that’s true. As a VC let me specifically just speak out for our industry. Yet when it’s in tech or VC we seem much slower to speak up.

U.S. Venture Capital Deals on Pace to Exceed $100B in 2018

Xconomy

Once considered a passing phase, the concentration of capital into fewer, larger venture capital deals appears to be the new normal. based venture-backed companies as of the end of the third quarter hit a decade high, and is on pace to pass the $100 billion mark by year’s end.

This Week in Venture Capital – Episode 3

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Finally, a lot of people asking me about typos on my blog. Investors: Foundation Capital (lead), with existing investors: Morgenthaler Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners, Canaan Partners. Investors: True Ventures, Social Leverage (Howard Lindzon).

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. I wrote about this in a blog post last year titled “ It’s Morning in VC ” but I never made the full deck available until now.

Big Deals, Life Sciences Push U.S. VC in 2018 to Dot-Com Boom Levels

Xconomy

Venture capital investments rose in 2018 to levels not seen since the heady days of 2000, the last year U.S. startups collectively took in more than $100 billion.

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. Box.net ( raised $15 million led by Scale Venture Partners and included DFJ and USVP. Tags: VC Industry

Latest Data Show Venture Capital Industry on Pins and Needles

Xconomy

venture industry is also exhibiting some fatigue as we finish the 88th month since the last recession. According to the National Venture Capital Association and PitchBook , this past quarter $15 billion was invested in 1,810 deals , which compares unfavorably to both the prior quarter ($22.1

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. After my company was acquired by Salesforce.com I was asked to stop blogging and they took over my blog as an asset in the sale of the company. My blog was wiped out. I had kept a personal blog for more than a year and was new at keeping a professional blog. Remember, I was new to professional blogging.

A VC’s Take: Global Volatility Hurts U.S. Venture Ecosystem

Xconomy

Alex Niehenke , a partner at Foster City, CA-based Scale Venture Partners , weighed in on the same issue after the start of the new year, and when the partial. government shutdown VC Venture Capital volatility Web wireless work visas Yearend2018As Xconomy’s editors looked back at the year just passed, we asked technology leaders to comment on the trends they’d observed in 2018, and the developments they expected in 2019.

Dell Technologies Goes Public About $100M Venture Capital Arm

Xconomy

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.

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

InfoChachkie

The steps outlined below represent an ideal approach to raising capital from sophisticated investors. You might be at Step 2 with one VC and Step 3 with another. Step 2: Get Personal & Give Freely – Once you identify a handful of potential VC partners, stealthily cyber stalk them.

Former Biotech VC Steven Burrill Draws 30-Month Prison Term for Fraud

Xconomy

He was accused of diverting more than $18 million from the $283 million Burrill Life Sciences Capital Fund III under the guise of management fees.

New Year to Bring New Data Security Threats, Cyber Investor Warns

Xconomy

Bob Ackerman is one of the venture capitalists whose funding has long fed the growth of the burgeoning cybersecurity industry.

How the Hell do I Prioritize Work, Blog & Find Balance?

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” Ezra was recently a Kauffman Fellow (meaning a tribe of aspiring VCs who get apprenticeship and have a cohort of classmates, many of whom will go on to be VCs), is a senior associate at a Chicago-based fund called Chicago Ventures and is an alum of my alma mater, University of Chicago, GSB.

Pensa, AI-Enabled Drones Maker for Inventory Monitoring, Raises $5M

Xconomy

Austin —The grocery store shelf has yet to be plugged into the increasingly digital food supply chain. Instead, inventory is typically tallied by employees by hand in a slow and laborious process. “It’s It’s one big black hole with groceries, not knowing what is exactly on the retail shelf and available for sale,” says Richard Schwartz, president and CEO of Pensa Systems in Austin. Something like one out of eight or 10 items is typically not in stock.”

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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VC Funding Surges in Fewer Deals in Third Quarter, and Top 10 Deals

Xconomy

“More dollars, fewer deals” has been a prevailing trend in venture funding over the past couple of years, and it was evident again in the three months that ended September 30, according to the latest Venture Monitor report. Venture firms invested $21.5

Kauffman Fellows Take On VC Sexual Harassment, Bench Mentor McClure

Xconomy

The Palo Alto, CA-based program, a spinoff of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, has been a gateway into the venture capital industry for women and other under-represented groups for nearly two decades. If you’re looking for a counterpoint to the recent flurry of news stories about sexual harassment and gender bias in the tech sector, the Kauffman Fellows program isn’t a bad place to start.

Entrepreneurshit. The Blog Post on What It’s Really Like.

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As I’ve written about before, You’d Have to be a Big Baby to Complain about Being a VC. Think about it – most entrepreneurs who manage to raise seed money or venture capital usually raise enough money for 12-18 months maximum. And I’m happy as a VC.

VC Confidence Holds Steady in Quarterly Survey, But Reasons Change

Xconomy

Black Fellowship Students Headed From HBCUs to VC Boardrooms

Xconomy

In mid-October, eleven college students will be flying to California for an opportunity that would be the envy of any Ivy League MBA candidate—they’ll meet the venture capital firm partners who will personally mentor them throughout the school year.

VC Activity Continues Slowdown in Fourth Quarter, and Top 10 Deals

Xconomy

Venture capital firms didn’t exactly take their foot off the accelerator, but the pace of VC investments continued to weaken in the three months that ended in December, extending a slowdown that began in July, according to two venture reports issued today.

Why Startups Need to Blog (and what to talk about …)

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Blogs. By definition, you read blogs. But should you actually write one if you’re a startup, an industry figure (lawyer, banker) or VC? People often ask me why I started blogging. They’re mine because I’m a VC. Blog on that topic.

Understanding the Risks of VC Signaling

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This is part of my ongoing series on Understanding Venture Capital. I recently wrote a blog post on understanding how the size and age of a venture capital fund might affect you when you’re raising money. Why are VC’s really doing seed deals?

From Alnylam to Zayner: Xconomy’s Top Innovation Stories of 2018

Xconomy

Venture funding remained strong, but more money went to fewer (and later-stage) companies overall. 2018 was a year of ups and downs for the business and technology community. It was a year of big exits—both IPOs and acquisitions—for tech and life sciences companies. As the year winds down, we’re reflecting on the big innovation trends and developments that will carry over to next year. Storylines in various sectors helped shape the overall narrative in 2018.

VC Seed Funding is Dead, Long Live VC Seed Funding!

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This is part of my ongoing series about Raising Venture Capital. A few years ago it became fashionable for large VC’s to do seed funding. If the large VC doesn’t agree to do your A round then you’re in a bit of trouble.

Graphcore Scores $200M to Scale Up A.I. Chip Production

Xconomy

The Bristol, UK-based startup, founded in 2016, has now secured a total of more than $300 million in financing from venture capital firms and other investors including Microsoft and the corporate venture arms of BMW and Dell Technologies. One of the leading contenders in the A.I.

RiverVest Venture Closes $184M Fund for Backing Healthcare Ventures

Xconomy

RiverVest Venture Partners, a St. Louis, MO-based venture capital firm with additional offices in San Diego, CA, and Cleveland, OH, has raised $184.4 million for its fourth fund dedicated to investing in healthcare companies.

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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.

Fred Wilson and Andy Weissman Talk with Lindel Eakman about Transitioning Leadership at a VC Fund

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Union Square Ventures (USV) has been one of the most successful venture capital firms of the past 10–15 years and continues to be a leader in our industry. Lindel is no stranger to thorny venture capital issues — he was arguably amongst the most successful LPs of his generation.

VC “Self-Correction” Continues in Second Quarter, and Top 10 Deals

Xconomy

venture capital investments are showing more signs of returning to steady levels. billion into 1,958 companies in the second quarter, according to data from the quarterly Venture Monitor report from Seattle-based PitchBook and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA).

Bio-JPM Roundup: Lilly Buys Loxo, Sage’s Stock Soars, ALS Cash & More

Xconomy

The flow of biotech news is particularly heavy today, and for good reason. The annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference, one of the biggest gatherings for the biopharmaceutical industry, kicked off today in San Francisco, and many companies, whether they’re speaking at the event or not, use this time to get their news out. Xconomy is on the ground covering the conference this week. In the meantime, here’s a short roundup of biotech news announced today.

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Beta Bionics Secures $63M as AI-Driven “Pancreas” Heads to Key Tests

Xconomy

The Boston company, which counts diabetes drug giants Eli Lilly (NYSE: LLY ) and Novo Nordisk (NYSE: NVO ) among its investors and partners, says the capital will support Phase 3 studies of its device this year, and if all goes well, an application for FDA approval.

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X·CON 2018: Photos From Three Innovation Days in November

Xconomy

View the Slideshow On November 4-6, Xconomy organized a meeting of the minds—an elite gathering of leaders in technology, business, healthcare, education, and energy—to discuss and demonstrate the key trends in their fields, heading into next year.

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