Venture Capital is About Human Capital

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Gregg Johnson, CEO of Invoca For the first 5 years or so after I became a VC I didn’t talk much about what I thought a VC should be excellent at since frankly I wasn’t sure. It’s easy to think the role of a VC is to have strong opinions about markets, trends, tech dynamics and so forth.

Changes in the Venture Capital Funding Environment

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In other words, it isn’t that VCs suddenly got smart, it’s that the costs of starting a company went down dramatically. There was an explosion in number of startups both because it was cheap and there was tons of available capital. Non VC Growth Rounds. VC Infighting.

Why Was Winter in Venture Capital Funding so Short?

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It was only a year ago that many in the Venture Capital industry were predicting that “winter was coming” and to be fair the author of this post was chief amongst them. While this it total FDI as opposed to just venture, it should give you an indication of the international trend.

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. I talk about the company in the video.

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.

Why 2017 Should be a Great Year to Raise Venture Capital

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Recently Upfront Ventures published its outlook for the technology startup world and venture capital overall titled it “ WTF Happened to Winter ?” venture-capital startup

The top 10 cities for $100M VC rounds in 2018 so far

TechCrunch LA

Jason Rowley is a venture capital and technology reporter for Crunchbase News. The SaaS VC gap: China & other markets trail the US. Early-stage SaaS VC slip snaps recovery as public software stocks soar. companies have raised $38.4 Jason Rowley. Contributor.

Why I Look for High Conviction, not Consensus, in Venture Capital Decisions

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One of the least understood parts of the venture capital industry and venture capital firms is how investment decisions actually get made. But once your feet are firmly under the desk, I believe the job of a VC is actually to make the harder bets. VC Industry

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. It was the first company to do “paid search&# back when Larry & Sergey were saying they would never do it. In my mind, not a typical VC investment.

This Week in Venture Capital – Episode 3

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In writing anything positive about any of the companies I’m not suggesting that it means that I prefer them to any of their competitors. I just cover the companies that were funded that week. 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.

This Week in Venture Capital – Episode 4

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This was the first episode where Jason wasn’t on the show, which gave me the chance to have another VC on the show to discuss deals. Rustic Canyon is an LA-based, but geography-agnostic VC that is currently investing from a $200 million fund. VC Financings: 1.

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. When I built my first company starting in 1999 it cost $2.5

The VC Inclusion Clause #MovingForward

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Upfront Ventures has a deep-seated commitment to equality in funding & building diverse teams across all ethnicities, nationalities and genders. We strive to invest in companies that are consciously working to create a diverse leadership team?—?one diversity venture-capital

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.

Changes in Software & Venture Capital – Part 2 of 3

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Yesterday I wrote Part 1 of the series on the changes to the software industry over the past decade that has led to changes in the venture capital industry itself. Or at least venture-style returns. Enter VC. Not to mention providing the capital for growth.

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

What Do LPs Think of the Venture Capital Markets for 2016?

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At the Upfront Summit in early February, we had a chance to have many off-the-record conversations with Limited Partners (LPs) who fund Venture Capital (VC) funds about their views of the market. LPs Still Believe Strongly in Venture Capital as a Diverse Source of Returns.

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

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?”

Amgen's Kevin Sharer Joins Healthcare Venture Capital Firm

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Is Amgen the next source of the healthcare industry's venture capital deals? It might be, on news that Kevin Sharer , the former CEO of Thousand Oaks-based Amgen , has joined venture capital investment firm Foundation Medical Partners. According to CT-based Foundation Medical Partners, Sharer has joined the company as a Partner, and will help assess and manage investments in the connected health and healthcare IT sectors.

Insights: Venture Capital: The Times, They Are A-Changin'

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For our Insights and Opinions section today--where we feature the thoughts and opinions of the local high tech community--we have an article from Jeff Grabow , of Ernst & Young, talking about the changing world of venture capital : The VC environment isn''t what it used to be.

The Coming Brick Wall in Venture Capital & Why This is Good for US Innovation

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This is the final part of a 3-part series on the major changes in the structure of the software & the venture capital industries. But … Downsizing Venture Capital. Creative destruction is what drives capitalism and innovation.

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

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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.

How to Improve Your Odds of Getting to Yes with a VC — “Land and Expand”

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If you’ve read any of my ongoing series on fund raising from venture capitalist (episode 1?— ?controlling controlling your psychology ) you no doubt have heard me say that raising capital is a sales & marketing process. Find a portfolio company or two that they’ve invested in.

Three Factors Which Intoxicate Venture Capitalists - Why Your Startup Will (Probably) Not Raise Venture Capital Funding

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Randy Churchill and his team at PricewaterhouseCoopers meticulously prepare a quarterly report detailing the venture landscape, called Shaking The Money Tree. The Three Enthralling Factors Of Venture Funding. LOCATION: I Wish They All Could Be California Companies.

Want to Raise Venture Capital More Easily? Clean Up Your Own Shite First

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I know that the tone of the title and post will seem a bit aggressive for a post from a venture capitalist on fund raising. I learned all of this myself on your side of the table raising money at my first company. Let’s say the company had raised $15 million. Not so VC.

Bad Notes on Venture Capital

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On the phone … Me: So, you raised venture capital? Him: But when I raised my first round we didn’t know how to price the company. Me: There is no rational explanation for valuations of A round companies by ANY objective financial measure. It’s simply what a market is willing to pay based on a future belief that your company will grow and non-linear rates and be worth much more in the future. This week.

Southern California Companies Raise $1.46B In VC In Q3 2015

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Southern California has seen another, big venture capital investment quarter, with companies raising $1.46 raised in 15 companies. The largest deal in the quarter was for Suja Life ($149.4M), followed by Honest Company ($100.0M) and CrowdStrike ($100.0M).

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. billion into companies. startups collectively took in more than $100 billion.

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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The Changing Structure of the VC Industry

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There has been much discussion in the past few years of the changing structure of the venture capital industry. The rise of alternative sources of capital (crowd funding and the like). The VC market has right-sized (returned back to mid 90′s levels & less competition).

Reflections on 2018: Marc Averitt, Okapi Venture Capital

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Here's Marc Averitt of Okapi Venture Capital (www.okapivc.com). What was the biggest news for your company in 2018? The biggest news this year for Okapi, Southern Californias original seed stage venture capital fund, is that we ramped up the deployment of our 3rd fund and saw its portfolio grow by another 10 companies! It is truly an amazing company with HUGE potential. marc averitt okapi venture capital reflections2018

VC Funding Season Ends Next Week

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This is part of my series on Raising Venture Capital. I’m sure I’ll spark the ire of some VC’s for saying so, but there is certainly such a thing as black-out days in venture capital. Many VC partners take 2-3 (4?)

How to Build a Startup & Understanding Venture Capital

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Many first-time founders seek advice when thinking about what ideas would be great for a startup company and receive the wrong advice that you need to focus on a billion-dollar idea. Twitter was a podcasting company. But you need to understand venture economics.