venture capital

  • 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

  • How I Got Wooed By Startups As An Intern Crunch Network

    How I Got Wooed By Startups As An Intern

    My life changed when I got a job at a startup. I was 19 years old and had just finished my first year at the University of Michigan. By some stroke of luck I managed to land a software engineering internship at a venture capital-backed startup called UpTo. Located in downtown Detroit, I actually stayed on with them on and off throughout most of college. Read More

  • How To Obliterate A Multi-Million-Dollar Fundraising Process During Due Diligence Crunch Network

    How To Obliterate A Multi-Million-Dollar Fundraising Process During Due Diligence

    As soon as you capture the attention of a VC, they’re going to start performing the “due diligence” required to justify the investment. This is when the investor checks into the bold claims you have made about the size of your market opportunity and your work experience. The process effectively begins as soon as the VC has a real interest in pursuing your deal, and steps up… Read More

  • Corporate Venture Capital And Exponential Value Creation Crunch Network

    Corporate Venture Capital And Exponential Value Creation

    What if I told you there was a class of investors who are involved in 29 percent of venture funding and whose investments are three times more likely to see an exit than other investors’ startups? Would you know who they are? Would you want to meet them? Would you want to know the secrets to their success? Read More

  • Tech Growth In Asia Is Arriving On The Back Of The Mobile Communications Industry Crunch Network

    Tech Growth In Asia Is Arriving On The Back Of The Mobile Communications Industry

    Years from now, tech billionaires may want to thank the credit collapse that led to the Asian financial crisis. Many people here in Asia believe that the economic disaster that befell them actually pushed the current wave of entrepreneurs on to this track of newfound wealth. Read More

  • Read This Before Meeting VCs For Pre-Pitch “Advice” Crunch Network

    Read This Before Meeting VCs For Pre-Pitch “Advice”

    Startups often ask VCs for pre-pitch meetings. These requests usually are positioned along the lines of, “We aren’t looking for money yet, just advice.” Of course, we all know this is just a nice way of getting your foot in the door for a soft pitch. And that’s ok; these meetings enable both sides to get acquainted before the real ask. However, when startups come… Read More

  • Evaluating The Risks And Rewards Of Unicorn Capital Crunch Network

    Evaluating The Risks And Rewards Of Unicorn Capital

    This is the best time to raise money for your startup. At least since 1999. But raising money can be a double-edged sword for entrepreneurs — and receiving a high valuation can cut two ways. First, some context. According to the April 2015 MoneyTree report from PwC, investments in later-stage companies rose by 50 percent, to $4.2 billion, in the first quarter of 2015, the largest… Read More

  • To Bootstrap Or Not? Crunch Network

    To Bootstrap Or Not?

    Bootstrapping is a tougher choice than ever for startups. Seed capital is so widely available that deals for the hottest companies can close in days, and many entrepreneurs never even consider bootstrapping their company. On the other hand, some startups don’t have the luxury of securing investors to help launch their company, and others see enough value in going it alone they forgo… Read More

  • Running Out Of Money Isn’t A Milestone Crunch Network

    Running Out Of Money Isn’t A Milestone

    Nearly all startups use the same methodology to figure out when to raise their next round of capital. The founder projects the planned burn rate and estimates the day they will run out of cash. Then they subtract a margin for fundraising approximately four months from the date the company’s bank account will be empty, and declares the difference the fundraising-process start date. Read More

  • Turning Water Problems Into Business Opportunities Crunch Network

    Turning Water Problems Into Business Opportunities

    California Governor Jerry Brown recently imposed mandatory water restrictions to combat severe drought that “demands unprecedented action.” Many investors have grown familiar with the global trends changing in the way water is supplied, transported, treated and used. Those mega-trends, however, have not translated into much action from the venture community. Read More

  • Building A Diverse Board Makes Sense For Startups Crunch Network

    Building A Diverse Board Makes Sense For Startups

    While there is a lot of existing data tying board diversity to better company performance, most of it focuses on companies that are already public. That misses the broader and potentially much more impactful opportunity for startups and growth stage tech companies: to build a diverse board now, not later. Why now? Read More

  • Max Levchin’s Lending Startup Affirm Raises $275M In Equity And Debt

    Max Levchin’s Lending Startup Affirm Raises $275M In Equity And Debt

    Affirm is looking to expand its lending business for online shoppers. The new lending startup from PayPal co-founder Max Levchin is today announcing it raised $275 million in debt and equity to do just that. The round was led by Spark Capital Growth, with additional participation from the mid-cap investment bank Jeffferies and Andreessen Horowtiz. Previous investors Khosla Ventures and… Read More

  • Meet The Disrupt NY 2015 Speakers And Judges

    Meet The Disrupt NY 2015 Speakers And Judges

    Disrupt NY is just a few days away, and we have some of the most iconic entrepreneurs and thought leaders in the tech industry lined up to speak throughout the three-day-long conference. You can still buy general admission tickets for Disrupt NY here. You can find full details about the event here. These are the speakers we are proud to announce and when you can expect to see them take… Read More

  • We Are All Venture Capitalists Now Crunch Network

    We Are All Venture Capitalists Now

    “I would again draw an analogy to venture capital,” observes Ben Thompson, in a typically incisive Stratechery post eviscerating the new streaming service Tidal. “The importance–and amount–of venture capital has never been greater. The truth is that because so many folks can now get started it is that much harder–and more expensive–to cut through… Read More

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