venture capital

  • [Excerpt] Fundraising: From $1,000 To $1,000,000

    [Excerpt] Fundraising: From $1,000 To $1,000,000

    Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from Onswipe CEO Jason L. Baptiste’s new book The Ultralight Startup: Launching a Business Without Clout or Capital. If you pay attention to the headlines about startups getting millions of dollars of funding from investors, venture capitalists, or partnerships, you might think the fund-raising process happens overnight. It all sounds so… Read More

  • Dave McClure of 500 Startups

    Dave McClure On What’s Next For 500 Startups [TCTV]

    Today was a pretty big day for 500 Startups, the Silicon Valley seed venture capital firm and startup accelerator founded by outspoken tech investment extraordinaire Dave McClure. The firm disclosed in a regulatory filing that it’s halfway finished raising a brand new $50 million round of funding, the second in its two-year history and a significant step up from the $29 million… 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

  • Chance Barnett on the Crowdfund Act

    What The Senate’s Crowdfund Act Means For The Tech Industry Right Now [TCTV]

    The Crowdfund Act, a bill to reduce restrictions on regular people investing in privately held companies, passed through the United States Senate today with flying colors in a 73-26 vote, after passing through the House of Representatives this past fall. But legislative matters are by definition quite complex (which is, of course, ostensibly why we elect people to deal with them on a… Read More

  • Bing Gordon at SXSW

    KPCB’s Bing Gordon: How To Tell Amateur Founders From The Pros [TCTV]

    Don’t be fooled by Bing Gordon’s buttoned-up sounding job title as a partner at top tier Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers — he’s known as easily one of the most fun people to talk to in the tech industry. So when we saw him in Austin, Texas at the South By Southwest Interactive conference this weekend, we pulled him aside for… Read More

  • Sh#t VCs Say: “Have You Ever Tried Kiteboarding?”

    Following in the tradition of “Shit Silicon Valley Says” and other Shit ______ Says memes, August Capital’s David Hornick has made “Shit VCs Say.” There are some gems in here, including: Read More

  • Ben Horowitz: “It Took About 3 Weeks” To Raise Our $1.5 Billion Fund

    Ben Horowitz: “It Took About 3 Weeks” To Raise Our $1.5 Billion Fund

    Andreessen Horowitz is definitely killing it these days. The unconventional VC firm founded by Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz is less than three years old, but just raised its third fund. The amount raised: $1.5 billion. That puts Andreessen Horowitz in the rarified realm of only a handful of VC firms with funds of that size. And how long did it take to raise all that money? “It took… Read More

  • Jeff Clavier’s SoftTech VC Raises $55 Million For Fund III

    Jeff Clavier’s SoftTech VC Raises $55 Million For Fund III

    The micro-VCs are growing up. Case in point: Jeff Clavier, who started out as an angel investor backing Web 2.0 companies and then transitioned his portfolio into a more formal venture firm, SoftTech VC. Clavier just finished raising a total of $55 million for SoftTech’s third fund. SoftTech’s main focus is on three areas: mobile, next-generation e-commerce, and cloud-based services. Read More

  • Things Entrepreneurs Should Avoid When Raising Capital

    Things Entrepreneurs Should Avoid When Raising Capital

    Alright, in my last post I argued that bootstrapping is just as over-rated as raising venture capital. But for those who decide to pursue fundraising, here are some things entrepreneurs should avoid when raising capital. For all of the talk about how much excess capital there is, it’s actually hard to raise capital because very few projects fit the VC profile—even though many… Read More

  • Sean Parker And Shervin Pishevar At Le Web: “If You Don’t Fail, You Haven’t Tried Hard Enough” (Video)

    Sean Parker And Shervin Pishevar At Le Web: “If You Don’t Fail, You Haven’t Tried Hard Enough” (Video)

    Last week at Le Web, Alexia interviewed Sean Parker and Shervin Pishevar onstage in what turned out to be one of the most-buzzed about sessions. Here is the full video for your weekend watching pleasure. It’s a great discussion that ranges across the state of startups, venture capital, music, and politics . Parker bemoans the surplus of venture capital  for its effect of diluting the… Read More

  • Bullpen Capital's Duncan Davidson on the Lean Finance Model

    The Lean Finance Model Of Venture Capital

    The venture capital industry is going through a ton of disruptions lately. One of the better explanations I’ve heard recently of what is going on comes from Duncan Davidson, a managing partner at Bullpen Capital who gave a great talk on the subject at TechCrunch Tokyo last week. I interviewed him backstage on video, where he summarized his views. Just as there are now legions of… Read More

  • Saul Klein on Europe's Billion-Dollar Startups

    Saul Klein’s List Of Europe’s Next Billion-Dollar Tech Companies

    Where will the next billion-dollar startups come from? The tech world and most VCs tend to be parochial, looking at Silicon Valley, maybe New York, and a few other hot markets like China and Brazil. But what about the Old Country? Yesterday, I was having coffee with Saul Klein, a partner at Index Ventures and co-founder of Seedcamp. He believes that in every major city across Europe… Read More

  • Breyer: “It Is The Best Time Over The Past Decade To Be An Entrepreneur”

    Breyer: “It Is The Best Time Over The Past Decade To Be An Entrepreneur”

    In Part III of my interview with Accel partner Jim Breyer, we get into the disruptions occurring in the venture capital industry itself with the abundance of angel money and the impact that is having on traditional VC firms. In the video interview above, I ask him whether he thinks there is a Series A Crunch. “I don’t think there is,” he states, echoing what Paul Lee has… Read More

  • Jim Breyer on the Future of Media Companies

    Jim Breyer Doesn’t Think More IPOs Are The Answer

    In this video interview, I ask VC Jim Breyer what he thinks about the current IPO market and whether he agrees with Steve Case, who argues that we need more IPOs to create more jobs—“90% of job growth is after a company goes public.” Breyer disagrees with Case that IPOs are the answer. At About the 2:35 mark, he says that the IPO process could be made a little bit easier… Read More

  • Calling Bullshit On The Series A Crunch

    Calling Bullshit On The Series A Crunch

    A lot has been written about the Series A Crunch.  The gist of the argument is that the number of seed financings have gone up (with the advent of incubators such as Y-Combinator, TechStars, and Excelerate, as well as a new generation of Super Angels, who may or may not be hanging out at Bin 38), but the number of Series A financings have remained relatively steady.  Ergo, the percentage… Read More

  • VC Dollars Rise 84 Percent In China, As They Slide In Europe

    VC Dollars Rise 84 Percent In China, As They Slide In Europe

    As is abundantly clear from all the entrepreneurial activity on display at TechCrunch Disrupt Beijing, China is growing as a startup center.  In the third quarter of 2011, $1.3 billion in venture capital poured into China, up 84 percent, according to Dow Jones VentureSource. At the same time, VC dollars slid 12 percent in Europe to almost exactly the same amount: 951 million Euros or $1.3… Read More

  • Andreessen Horowitz Joins The Start Fund To Seed YC Companies

    Andreessen Horowitz Joins The Start Fund To Seed YC Companies

    At the beginning of the year, super investors Ron Conway and Yuri Milner created the controversial Start Fund to invest in every new Y Combinator startup. They offered each YC startup to graduate from Paul Graham’s rigorous selection process $150,000 in an uncapped convertible note with no discount. Some venture capitalists didn’t like the precedent this set. But at least one… Read More

  • What Cash Crunch?  Khosla Ventures Closes Another $1 Billion Fund

    What Cash Crunch? Khosla Ventures Closes Another $1 Billion Fund

    There may or may not be a cash crunch in Silicon Valley, but if you are Vinod Khosla you don’t have to worry about it. His venture firm Khosla Ventures just closed a new $1 billion fund (Khosla Ventures IV), which we first reported was in the works last May. (He raised $1.05 billion, to be exact). His portfolio is half cleantech and half Internet/mobile, and he plans on keeping it… Read More

  • Understanding How Dilution Affects You At A Startup

    Understanding How Dilution Affects You At A Startup

    Everybody knows that when you raise money at a startup your ownership percentage of the company goes down. The goal is to have the value of the startup go up by enough that you own a smaller percentage of a much larger business and therefore your total personal value goes up. The simplest way to think about this is: If you own 20% of a $2 million company your stake is worth $400,000. If you… Read More

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