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.

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.

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.

VC Trends in 2019: More Money, Fewer Deals But Women Still Get Less

Xconomy

If you’ve been following venture capital trends, what you expected to happen in the first quarter of 2019 did: More money is being invested in fewer deals, and women founders still are getting less of it than men. Venture firms sent $32.6

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Realistic Entrprenuers Guide to Venture Capital

SoCal CTO

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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To Help Boost Female-led Startups, More Women Join Investor Ranks

Xconomy

Houston —Men have long leveraged their networks to succeed in business, and the tech industry has been no exception. Women, finding themselves outside of the club, are now creating their own networks to do the same. Katelyn O’Shaughnessy already had a solid track record, selling TripScope , a travel startup she co-founded in 2013, to Travefy two years ago.

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Tech Ethics, Regulation & Strategy: Here’s the Napa Summit Agenda

Xconomy

With Uber’s long-awaited IPO, Facebook’s mounting controversies, and ongoing debates over drug pricing and safety issues, come a great responsibility. A big story in the innovation community now is about the ethics and regulation of tech and life sciences.

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.

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.

Beyond Meat’s IPO Bags $241M to Make Plant-Based Burgers Mainstream

Xconomy

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Join Xconomy for Our 8th Annual Napa Summit, June 13-14

Xconomy

We’ll tackle big trends, challenges, and opportunities in areas like venture capital, software, genomics, digital medicine, education, and diversity. Google. Amazon. Genentech.

Uber Completes $8.1B Public Market Debut in Spite of Tumultuous Past

Xconomy

billion in new capital late Thursday as it priced an initial public offering that set its market capitalization at $82.4 Ride-hailing giant Uber secured $8.1 billion , according to calculations by The New York Times and other news outlets.

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.

Norwest VC Eyes Waves of Change in A.I., Marketing, Cloud for 2019

Xconomy

Venture capital firms invest in potentially disruptive technologies with the hope of profit, then keep watch for further advances that could overtake their existing portfolio companies. Scott Beechuk, a partner at Norwest Venture Partners , is one of the tech industry observers invited by Xconomy to look back at the technology developments of 2018, and also forecast some trends he expects to see in 2019.

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Bio Roundup: Zolgensma Watch, Brain Cancer Blues, Peloton Payout & More

Xconomy

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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.

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?

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.

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.

Finding True Love Can Be Ruff, But This Startup Could Have Your Match

Xconomy

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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.