venture capital

  • How To Appeal To Investors: Top VCs Reveal The Anatomy Of A Successful Entrepreneur

    How To Appeal To Investors: Top VCs Reveal The Anatomy Of A Successful Entrepreneur

    At a very fundamental level, the venture capital business is being reshaped. Speaking to a crowd at the Grind work space in New York last week, Fred Wilson addressed this ongoing shift, saying, “there’s two times as much capital in the venture capital business today than we, the professional investors who make up the venture business, can actually put to work intelligently.”… Read More

  • [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

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