venture capital

  • VCs Weigh In On What It Takes To Be A Successful Investor

    VCs Weigh In On What It Takes To Be A Successful Investor

    Today at TechCrunch Disrupt, five VCs gathered to talk about the state of investing in Silicon Valley and what skills and qualities make a successful venture capitalist. James Slavet of Greylock, Joe Kraus of Google Ventures, Shervin Pishevar of Menlo Ventures, George Zachary of Charles River Ventures, and Rich Wong of Accel Partners each weighed in on how venture capitalists are trying to make… Read More

  • Don’t Follow The Crowd

    Don’t Follow The Crowd

    Editor’s note: Jules Maltz is a General Partner at Institutional Venture Partners (IVP), a late-stage venture capital firm based in Menlo Park. You can follow him on Twitter @julesmaltz. Whenever I’m about to make a new investment, I always think about the 2×2 matrix I learned from Andy Rachleff, a former partner at Benchmark Capital. The idea is that if you make a new… Read More

  • The Series A Squeeze

    The Series A Squeeze

    Series A financings are on the decline. They peaked at 283 in 2007 and are on pace to barely crack 100[1] this year (all data is from CrunchBase through the end of June—it is imperfect but the best I’ve got, see chart).  They’ve also declined in relative terms, representing nearly 40% of all equity financings in 2006, and less than 20% year to date. I believe there are two… Read More

  • More Evidence There’s No Bubble: VC Investments Were Flat in Q2

    More Evidence There’s No Bubble: VC Investments Were Flat in Q2

    Dow Jones VentureSource released its second quarter numbers for the venture industry today, and there’s a reason they’re not dominating the headlines. They’re pretty boring: Overall investors put $8 billion into 776 deals in the US in the second quarter, a decrease of 5% in terms of invested cash and 2% in terms of deals. The median amount raised per deal was $5.2 million… Read More

  • Raising The Most Money Doesn't Mean Your Company Will Become The Most Valuable

    One of my favorite recent blog posts is Seth Godin’s “Getting funded is not the same as succeeding.”   Whether or not we’re in a bubble, it’s a sign of the times that this post has to be written in the first place.   As Josh Elman tweets, we’ve gone from RIP Good Times to funding a grilled cheese company in less than three years (Sequoia was involved in… 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

  • “I Want to Meet a Partner!"

    Over the years I’ve heard many legitimate gripes from entrepreneurs about the way venture capital firms treat them while fundraising. I must confess an imperfect record of courtesy myself, though I do try to be respectful, and to incorporate feedback. For example, I once resolved never to keep entrepreneurs waiting long for me in our lobby, and I think I live up to that. But I often hear… Read More

  • The Top 10 VC Firms, According To InvestorRank

    The Top 10 VC Firms, According To InvestorRank

    Any seasoned investor knows that past performance is not indicative of future returns. That is as true with public stocks as it is with venture capital firms. But if someone were to ask you to rank the top VC firms today based on their probability of success, how would you do it? Remember, looking at past returns won’t help you. Chris Farmer, a VC at General Catalyst Partners, has come… Read More

  • Cleantech Investor Raj Alturu Moves From DFJ To Silver Lake Kraftwerk

    On Thursday, Raj Atluru announced that he was stepping down as a managing director with Draper Fisher Jurvetson, where he served as a key cleantech investor since 2001. He will join a private equity group that invests in later-stage clean energy companies, Silver Lake Kraftwerk, which was formed earlier in 2011 by Silver Lake Partners and Soros Fund Management, led by Adam Grosser. Atluru… Read More

  • U.S. Venture Funds Raised $7.7 Billion In First Quarter, Highest Influx In A Decade

    U.S. venture capital firms raised more money last quarter than in any period since 2001. The total raised for new funds was $7.7 billion, according to Dow Jones LP Source. The capital going into VC funds was up 97 percent from a year ago, when they raised $3.9 billion. (Venture capital funds benefited from an overall influx of money into U.S. private equity funds overall, which attracted… Read More

  • Andreessen Horowitz Announces Yet Another Growth Fund of $200M

    I guess $1 billion under management just wasn’t enough. Andreessen Horowitz has just announced a new growth fund of $200 million. The fund with co-invest alongside the firm’s most recent $650 million fund, providing more capital for the kinds of late stage deals that have been raging in the Valley of late. (Check out our three part series on the trend here, here and here.) That… Read More

  • How We All Missed Web 2.0's "Netscape Moment"

    How We All Missed Web 2.0's "Netscape Moment"

    (Editor’s note: This is the third installment in a series about the late stage, secondary investing craze sweeping the venture capital business. For the first two installments go here and here.) On May 26, 2009 Mike sat down with Yuri Milner, Mark Zuckerberg and a Flipcam to talk about the then-scandalous $200 million investment DST made in Facebook, at a price that valued the company… Read More

  • 9 Women Can’t Make a Baby in a Month

    9 Women Can’t Make a Baby in a Month

    Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Mark Suster (@msuster), a 2x entrepreneur, now VC at GRP Partners. Read more about Suster at Bothsidesofthetable I’m a very big proponent of the “lean startup movement” as espoused by Steve Blank & Eric Ries. The part of the movement that resonates the most with me is that entrepreneurs should keep their capital… Read More

  • Benchmark Capital's Stand: We Will Never Do a Seed or Late Stage Fund

    Benchmark Capital's Stand: We Will Never Do a Seed or Late Stage Fund

    Editor’s Note: This is part two in an in-depth series exploring the ramifications of the explosion of late stage capital being raised by the Valley’s elite venture firms. For part one, go here. In the mid-2000s when nearly every top venture capital firm was expanding to India and China, Benchmark Capital did not share its peers’ worldly ambitions. In fact, while the firm… Read More

  • Is Late Stage the New Early? Behind the Staggering Return of the $1B Venture Fund

    Is Late Stage the New Early? Behind the Staggering Return of the $1B Venture Fund

    In Silicon Valley it’s not just who you invest in that matters– it’s also when you invest in them. The earlier the investment, the riskier the bet. But the more jawdropping the returns if the company hits it big. It’s so lopsided, that typically just 5% of those unsure early bets create some 95% of the entire venture industry’s returns. Miss one of them, and it… Read More

  • Collaborative Fund Aims To Seed Startups That Compete On Values And Crowdsourcing

    Angel investor and entrepreneur Craig Shapiro is starting a new seed fund based in Los Angeles with the help of friends and advisors like YouTube founder Chad Hurley and Kiva co-founder and Profounder CEO Jessica Jackley. Investors in the relatively small $6 million fund include GM O’Connell, Nicholas Negroponte, Jason Krikorian (co-founder of Sling Media), Ben Goldhirsh (founder of… Read More

  • The Top 20 VC Power Bloggers Of 2010

    A lot of venture capitalists and super angels are not only active investors, but also active bloggers. Below is a list of the top 20 VC power bloggers as compiled by Larry Cheng of Volition Capital based on traffic data from Compete. The metric being used here is average monthly unique visitors during the fourth quarter of 2010. Compared to last year’s list, there’s been a… Read More

  • Union Square's New $165 Million Fund Is All About Growing With The Network

    Back in December, we spotted an SEC filing indicating that Union Square Ventures was raising between $135 million and $200 million for a new “Opportunity Fund.” The offering wasn’t complete and the firm could not discuss it, but today partner Fred Wilson explains in a post what the new fund (which ended up being a $165 million fund) is all about. The fund is not about… Read More

  • Andreessen Horowitz Hires a New Partner…from Sales?

    When Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz launched their venture firm, they talked a good game about things being different; about having a smorgasbord of partners skilled in different areas that could tag in-and-out of portfolio companies as appropriate. And a lot of that sounded like the usual “value-add” venture capital spiel. But two funds into the firm’s life, that vision… Read More

  • Not Just IPOs: The Surprising Increase of Big Liquidity through Buyouts (TCTV)

    Around 2006 there was a sudden increase in so-called “partial liquidations,” where entrepreneurs could take some money off the table during a mid-stage funding round. Considered unheard of at the time, now they’re the norm for companies doing well. Then in 2009, we saw the rise of secondary markets, which allowed early stage investors and employees to take some money off… Read More

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