VCs

  • Five Hard Things That Great VCs Do

    Five Hard Things That Great VCs Do

    One of the hard things about being a VC today: You must give entrepreneurs more than just capital. In my experience as a founder and sometime investor, here are five hard things I’ve seen great VCs do for their companies, long after their checks have cleared. Read More

  • VCs, They’re Just Like Us!

    VCs, They’re Just Like Us!

    One of our favourite things about Twitter is that if you follow the right people, its conversational nature can feel like you’re hanging out at Starbucks eavesdropping on other people’s conversations. And when those conversations are VCs talking amongst themselves, beautiful, life-affirming things can happen. Read More

  • The Worst Thing About Being A VC Is Other VCs

    The Worst Thing About Being A VC Is Other VCs

    So you think you want to be a VC. It sounds like a pretty cool job, after all. You have good pay and benefits, get to meet with lots of interesting entrepreneurs and play with cool technology, can hang out in khakis all day… But what about the dark side of venture capital? What’s the worst part about having an office on Sand Hill Road and investing other people’s money? Read More

  • John Doerr On Zynga Investment: “We Own 60M Shares, So I Want That Stock Back Above $10 … Where God Intended It”

    John Doerr On Zynga Investment: “We Own 60M Shares, So I Want That Stock Back Above $10 … Where God Intended It”

    Investors tend not to be cool, sexy or “famous” in the traditional sense. After all, anyone can invest in one great company, but reproducing those victories habitually over decades is nearly impossible. Thus, while investors may never become celebrities, a handful have managed to achieve a kind of renown by defying the odds and continuing to pick next year’s winner. While… Read More

  • The Path To Starting A Startup

    The Path To Starting A Startup

    Editor’s note: Scott Weiss is a partner at Andreessen Horowitz and the former co-founder and CEO of IronPort Systems, which was acquired by Cisco in 2007. He blogs at http://scott.a16z.com and you can follow him on Twitter @W_ScottWeiss. People often ask me what the best path to becoming a successful entrepreneur is: “Should I go try and start a company now? Or go to grad school? Read More

  • VC Giants, Thinking Smaller: Why Kleiner Perkins’ Aileen Lee Is Getting Into Seed Funding

    VC Giants, Thinking Smaller: Why Kleiner Perkins’ Aileen Lee Is Getting Into Seed Funding

    As a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Aileen Lee has been a part of one of the most well-respected and established venture capital firms in Silicon Valley. But after 13 years with the firm, Aileen Lee is shifting her focus in a very interesting way — she’s starting a new venture fund focused on smaller, “seed-stage” investments. This is the first time that… Read More

  • VCs: Secondary Funding Markets Are A Double-Edged Sword

    VCs: Secondary Funding Markets Are A Double-Edged Sword

    A lot of things have changed in Silicon Valley in recent years — apps have access to a plug-and-play social infrastructure provided by the likes of Facebook and Twitter, the mobile boom has truly made the post-PC world a reality, services such as cloud computing allow startups to function at leaner levels than ever before, and so on. But for founders and investors, perhaps one of the… Read More

  • VC’s Say Your Startup’s Location Still Matters

    VC’s Say Your Startup’s Location Still Matters

    At this morning’s TechCrunch Disrupt, Michael Arrington sat down with nearly half a dozen VC’s, including Joe Kraus (Google Ventures), Rich Wong (Accel Partners), Shervin Pishevar (Menlo Ventures), George Zachary (CRV) and James Slavet (Greylock Partners). The investors shared their thoughts on the state of investing, general industry trends, the increasing speed of VC… Read More

  • Study: VCs Still Addicted To IPOs

    It seems that Venture investors are none-too-happy with current IPO activity. According to a study sponsored by Deloitte and the National Venture Capital Association released yesterday, over 80 percent of venture capitalists from around the globe believe “that current IPO activity levels in their home countries are too low”. Low enough, in fact, that it has investors worrying… Read More

  • Super Angel/VC Smackdown: Why the Hate? (TCTV)

    Super Angel/VC Smackdown: Why the Hate? (TCTV)

    Watching the battle of words, blog posts, term sheets and Tweets unfold over the last few weeks between VCs and Super Angels has been a little surreal. I’ve spent a career convincing editors that the internal workings of Venture Capital are more interesting than they sound, but even I can’t muster the passion to declare convertible debt AWESOME while equity TOTALLY SUCKS. Clearly… Read More

  • Atari: The History

    GamaSutra has a 20 page article on Atari from 1978 until 1981 – the golden age of the console. Those were heady days, friends. Imagination was king and because the graphics were so bad you could make a game do anything – you weren’t held down by expectations of realistic boob effects or blood splatters on the camera lens. We open with a sad scene: Atari was also hobbled… Read More