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.

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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Changes in the Venture Capital Funding Environment

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There was an explosion in number of startups both because it was cheap and there was tons of available capital. Non VC Growth Rounds. In Q3/Q4 2015 the market changed noticeably for VC funds and the market started to realize this by Q1 2016. VC Infighting.

Is Venture Capital A Path To Riches?

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Who makes more money, entrepreneurs or venture capitalists? Jason concludes that: A top founder takes much more risk, at least on paper, but can make a lot more than even the best VC of all time. A pretty good VC probably makes more than a pretty good and successful founder.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Good Things Happen When Two Transformative VC Trends Collide

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There are two macro trends occuring within venture capital (VC) which are combining to have a […]. The post Good Things Happen When Two Transformative VC Trends Collide appeared first on John Greathouse. Uncategorized Venture Capital

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. Tech Market Analysis VC Industry

How to Build a Startup & Understanding Venture Capital

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And if you do happen to be lucky and find the right mountain to climb, if you find that you’ve started ascending the peak before others have found the right trail — then venture capital is for you. But you need to understand venture economics.

Bad Notes on Venture Capital

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On the phone … Me: So, you raised venture capital? I have never come across a sophisticated A, B or C round venture capitalist who thinks convertible notes are a smart move for entrepreneur or investor. ’ But do you want to start a relationship with your most important supplier – that of capital to fuel your business – by avoiding talking about his or her expectations in terms of rights or privileges? This week.

VC Confidence Holds Steady in Quarterly Survey, But Reasons Change

Xconomy

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).

The State of Venture Capital and the Internet

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Early today I gave a keynote at the VCJ Venture Alpha conference here in San Francisco. I was asked to speak about the topic of “what is going on in the venture capital world and what is the next big thing after social networking?”. Future of VC Internet – Tough topic, but what the heck? Some of the big ones I left off was Tim Connors of PivotNorth and Aydin Senkut of Felicis Ventures. Tech Market Analysis VC Industry

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.

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. Thanks Mr. Big Firm VC.

Venture Capital Fundraising On Uptick

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It looks like it's going to be a good year for venture capital -- fundraising, that is, according to numbers released by Dow Jones Monday. venture capital fundraising finance dowjones

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. amgen kevin sharer venture capital investment biotech lifescience medical healthcare

How To Become a VC

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One the most frequent questions asked of me by entrepreneurs is, "How can I become a Venture Capitalist?" The inquiry is common because being a VC is (to an entrepreneur, at least) a sexy job. In contrast, an Angel Investor is someone who invests their own capital.

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How to Avoid Being Disrupted as a VC

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My partner Greg Bettinelli (worth following on Twitter) was recently named by The LA Business Journal as the “ Top deal maker in Los Angeles in Venture Capital.” And Greg has had the most influence on Upfront Ventures’ strategy since he joined.

Santa Barbara, San Diego Tops On Per-Capita Venture Capital

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A new study released earlier this month has ranked the Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta metropolitan area, as well as the San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos metropolitan area among the top ten markets for venture capital activity. venture capital deals per 100,000 people.

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.

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.

Venture Capital Investment in Los Angeles Drops

L.A. Business Journal

The flow of venture capital dollars invested into Los Angeles-area companies fell 16.3 billion last year, according to a report by Dow Jones Venture Source percent from a high of $4.17 billion in 2015 to $3.49

What Do Industry Insiders Think Will Happen in VC in 2016?

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” There are a lot of data points that one can observer to get a sense of the venture capital markets – both LP fundings into venture and VC financings of startups. times the dollars went into venture-backed startups as went the money that poured into venture.

Kobe Bryant Launches $100M Venture Capital Fund

L.A. Business Journal

Kobe Bryant has launched a $100 million venture capital fund

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?

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.

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 Canaan Partners , Upfront Ventures , and Correlation Ventures all had four deals each in Southern California.

Join Us At Variety 2012 Venture Capital & New Media Summit

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TechZulu is proud to announce that we are a sponsor of the Variety 2012 Venture Capital & New Media Summit and will be there in full force bringing you all the action. Last July the Variety Venture Capital and New Media Summit was one of the best conferences of the year.

What I Would Look for When Choosing a VC – Knowing What I Know Now?

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Picking a VC is hard. I had an enjoyable conversation this morning with a young team straight out of college this morning and they were calling to ask advice on how to approach fund raising (angels vs. VCs, how to select a VC, etc.) And so is venture capital.

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Embark Ventures Raising $50M Venture Capital Fund

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Los Angeles-based Embark Ventures , a new venture capital fund led by Yipeng Zhao and venture capitalist Peter Lee, is raising a $50M venture capital fund, according to a recent SEC filing by the firm. Lee was previously at investor at Baroda Ventures, and Zhao was at ZMYX Global Investment, a Chinese equity investor. embark ventures venture inestment peter yipeng zhao early stage seed internet software