venture capital

  • The SaaS Success Database Crunch Network

    The SaaS Success Database

    What does it take to build a billion-dollar SaaS enterprise-software company? We gave a 30,000-foot answer to this complex — and fascinating — question in a recent TechCrunch post, The SaaS Adventure. To recap: We’ve observed seven key phases in most SaaS companies’ go-to-market success. We dubbed this journey the “SaaS Adventure,” which is broadly how we… Read More

  • Riding The Funding Wave Crunch Network

    Riding The Funding Wave

    When we observed an increase in Series A fundings in the first quarter of 2015, we had two theories as to what was happening. First, people are attracted to the Series A figures more than Series B or beyond. This is similar to how people bid on mid-market houses in San Francisco, overbidding on houses around $2 million, but the $5 million houses see much less competition. Second, we might see… Read More

  • Two Lies And A Truth About “The Bubble” Crunch Network

    Two Lies And A Truth About “The Bubble”

    There has been a lot of discussion about startup valuation over the past few months. Luminaries across the industry have chimed in, suggesting we’re returning to a time of irrational investment valuations hearkening back to the bubble of the late 90s. My colleagues and I at Sapphire Ventures are seeing the rise in private market valuations firsthand. The stage at which we invest, the… Read More

  • Cash In On The Gift That Is Grit Crunch Network

    Cash In On The Gift That Is Grit

    I’ve watched from the sidelines for years as the debate has played out about race and gender in Silicon Valley, and tech at large. Recently, I read an article shaming Facebook, Google and others about their “diversity numbers,” and felt compelled to weigh in; if it were early in my career and I saw those numbers it would make me run the other way. And fast. My goal here is… Read More

  • Why Billion-Dollar Valuations Don’t Matter Crunch Network

    Why Billion-Dollar Valuations Don’t Matter

    In the last few years, there’s been a massive decoupling between private and public markets. A Goldman Sachs report shows that since December, five of the seven most recent IPOs for billion-dollar startups came in at valuations equal to or below their pre-IPO valuations. Read More

  • Mobile Exits Drop Below Investments For First Time Since 2013 Crunch Network

    Mobile Exits Drop Below Investments For First Time Since 2013

    It’s been party time for mobile, with massive growth and disruption helping VCs to raise huge funds, entrepreneurs to raise massive rounds, and valuations to skyrocket. With 89 mobile Internet unicorns now worth almost $1 trillion, it’s no surprise that folks from Silicon Valley to Shanghai are asking what’s going on with return on investment. Read More

  • Developing Targeted Initiatives For Women Of Color In Tech Crunch Network

    Developing Targeted Initiatives For Women Of Color In Tech

    More than 30 diverse tech startups recently attended the first-ever White House Demo Day as part of President Obama’s Startup America initiative to call attention to the low numbers of women and minority tech entrepreneurs. Obama’s call to action included new public/private partnerships that promise to provide Americans with the opportunity to “pursue their bold… Read More

  • Jon Callaghan Of True Ventures To Talk At Disrupt SF 2015

    Jon Callaghan Of True Ventures To Talk At Disrupt SF 2015

    Jon Callaghan is a founder and managing partner of True Ventures, an industry-leading venture capital firm that invests in early-stage technology firms. We’re thrilled to announce that Callaghan will be joining us for an on-stage interview at Disrupt SF 2015, where he’ll talk about all things tech and what he looks for when investing in new startups. Callaghan is an entrepreneur… Read More

  • There Is No Silicon Valley Crash Coming — For A While Crunch Network

    There Is No Silicon Valley Crash Coming — For A While

    Talk of the bubble bursting eventually surfaces with every successful market. When valuations are increasing exponentially, excitement is building to a fever pitch, and companies are sprouting seemingly overnight — it’s almost like everyone becomes afraid that success won’t last. Read More

  • Navigating The New Waters Of Fundraising Crunch Network

    Navigating The New Waters Of Fundraising

    As a VC that has been in the industry for 15 years, I have watched many trends come and go. For the first few years of my career, my colleagues and I spent most of our time sourcing these trends and then incubating new innovation right here in Silicon Valley in the labs at IBM and AT&T. Today, however, the most successful venture capitalists all over the world are looking for innovation… Read More

  • Corporate Venture Capital Is King In Japan Crunch Network

    Corporate Venture Capital Is King In Japan

    When it comes to raising money in the U.S., corporate venture capital is seemingly synonymous with “Plan C.” If you can’t raise money from top-tier firms, you move on to Plan B, second-tier firms. If that fails, Plan C is corporate. There are exceptions, but corporate does tend to be the last resort: The place you go when your company has been shopped, or your valuation is… Read More

  • Bigger Isn’t Always Better: How A Big Round Can Hurt Your Startup Crunch Network

    Bigger Isn’t Always Better: How A Big Round Can Hurt Your Startup

    When you’re a struggling team eating away at your meager savings and trying to get your startup profitable, venture capital funding seems like the holy grail. Raising money from investors gives you the resources to grow your team, buys you time to do things properly and gives you no small amount of credibility in the eyes of other entrepreneurs, prospective hires and even some… Read More

  • Ten Questions Every Founder Should Ask Before Raising Venture Debt Crunch Network

    Ten Questions Every Founder Should Ask Before Raising Venture Debt

    When financing a growing company,venture debt can be a great supplement to venture capital. Much has been written to help founders think through venture capital, but venture debtremains a bit of a black box. Read More

  • How Venture Capital Incentives Promote Zombie Companies Crunch Network

    How Venture Capital Incentives Promote Zombie Companies

    It feels like every other day: Another company raises a massive round of funding. We tend to assume that a company that’s raising money must be doing well. However, the truth is that venture capital funds’ incentives drive them to fund companies that should have folded long ago. These “zombie companies” are money pits, ultimately shrinking the returns of entire funds… Read More

  • The Next Great Startup Will Be A ‘Unicornio’ Crunch Network

    The Next Great Startup Will Be A ‘Unicornio’

    “The minute a major Silicon Valley VC sets up a branch in Mexico, you will be out of business,” a Mexican founder told me over dinner at last year’s Mexico VC Day in San Francisco. I did not respond, because I actually think our risk of going out of business is higher if they don’t come. And we don’t expect them to come in the near future. Read More

  • Doing Good Tech Versus Doing Good With Tech Crunch Network

    Doing Good Tech Versus Doing Good With Tech

    The FDA is currently considering clinical trials for a drug that would delay aging. The idea of extending human longevity is a controversial one, with some arguing for immortality and others arguing that a lifespan into the mid-70s is perfectly adequate. So is the drug good or bad? As an investor in science and technology, this is a non-trivial question for me. Read More

  • Wasting Time With The Joneses Crunch Network

    Wasting Time With The Joneses

    Starting a company is like attempting to bend the world to your will. There are obstacles at every turn, and it’s never easy. Fundraising is one of those huge obstructions. Not only is the process of finding the true believers akin to finding the proverbial needle in the haystack, it’s also incredibly distracting. Read More

  • The Mystery Money Creating The Unicorn Herd Crunch Network

    The Mystery Money Creating The Unicorn Herd

    Varied explanations for the growing herd of unicorns — and predictions of their imminent demise — abound. But all can agree: Those who invest in unicorns are chasing returns they can’t get elsewhere. And while venture capital is widely perceived to be fueling the unicorns’ growth, a closer look reveals that not all venture capital is really venture capital. Read More

  • Why Amazon And Entrepreneurs Are Bullish On Mexico Crunch Network

    Why Amazon And Entrepreneurs Are Bullish On Mexico

    Imagine a country with 100 million mobile phones, but just 15 percent of residents have a credit card. A country where more than half of the population is under age 27, but less than half has Internet access. That, in a nutshell, underscores the opportunities and challenges for innovators and investors evaluating Mexico’s emerging innovation economy. Read More

  • What The Tech Bubble Means Outside Silicon Valley Crunch Network

    What The Tech Bubble Means Outside Silicon Valley

    It’s a place, a mindset, a nickname, a metonym, an innovation hub, a TV show and a standard against which all cradles of technology are measured. Silicon Valley prides itself on having a meta-status that defies easy categorization, but this cannot save it from the impending bubble. According to investors like Mark Cuban, Chris Sacca, Bill Gurley, Manish Goyal and Bharat Ramnani… Read More

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