venture capital

  • Andreessen Horowitz Raises $650M Fund, Just Shy Of $1B Under Management

    Andreessen Horowitz Raises $650M Fund, Just Shy Of $1B Under Management

    Just 15 months after Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz officially jumped to the venture capital darkside with the close of a $300 million fund, Andreessen Horowitz is announcing the close of a second $650 million fund. In less than two years, the firm has rocketed up to a whopping $950 million under management, an investment staff of 18 people and a portfolio that includes everything from Skype… Read More

  • US Venture Investments In Cleantech Plummet In Q3, Energy Efficiency Bucks The Trend

    Domestic venture capital funding of cleantech businesses fell 55% to $575.6 million in the third quarter of 2010 compared to the same period last year according to a new report from Ernst & Young and Dow Jones VentureSource. The energy efficiency segment, however, beat the downward trend. The largest deal of the entire quarter was a $65 million third-round later stage deal closed by… Read More

  • Venture Capital Sputters in the Third Quarter; Consumer Down, Business Services and Software Up

    Dow Jones is releasing its third quarter venture capital numbers today, and the amount of money raised was down sharply from last quarter’s heady $7.7 billion distributed across 740 deals. In the third quarter of this year, 662 companies raised just $5.4 billion. It’s not uncommon to see a muted third quarter in the venture business due to summer vacations, but this was the… Read More

  • Venture Dollars Drop 31 Percent In Third Quarter, Led By Decline In CleanTech Fundings

    For all the hair-pulling that too much venture money is being thrown at startups, the third quarter actually saw a 31 percent sequential drop in venture dollars invested in the U.S., according to a new MoneyTree report from PriceWaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association (see charts here). In the third quarter, VCs invested $4.8 billion in 780 deals, down from $6.9 billion… Read More

  • Is the Valley Falling out of Love with Options?

    Is the Valley Falling out of Love with Options?

    When I talk to entrepreneurs in other countries– whether they are other Western countries like the France or England or developing countries like Brazil and India– the biggest reason they say they envy Silicon Valley is a culturally subtle one. It’s not all the venture cash, and it’s not the concentration of talent. Indeed some people say those things make life in… Read More

  • Stupid Questions VCs Ask

    Stupid Questions VCs Ask

    Raising money is never fun for entrepreneurs. It takes a lot of time and distracts them from actually building their business. But perhaps worst of all, they have to answer all the same stupid questions over and over again with every pitch they make. This parody video on fundraising captures the essence of that frustration every entrepreneur feels. It is in the same style as “I Will… Read More

  • Should Entrepreneurs Bet It All On The Billion Dollar Exit, Or Cash Out Small?


    One of the most interesting discussions at TechCrunch’s Disrupt conference was the debate between the “super angels” and VCs. No, I’m not referring to “AngelGate” or the question of which investor group squeezes entrepreneurs the most. Despite what they say, all investors are in the game for personal financial gain; it’s not about nurturing… Read More

  • Now that the Recession Officially Ended….Whatever Happened to that Other Shoe?

    Now that the Recession Officially Ended….Whatever Happened to that Other Shoe?

    With the news this week that the recession officially ended in June 2009, there’s a ton of commentary about how it still feels like we’re in recession. But from where I sit, it never felt much like a recession at all. Revenues tightened up and people didn’t get raises, but I don’t know any friends who lost apartments, few who lost jobs and few companies that went… Read More

  • A Tale Of Two VC Industries: The Web Versus Cleantech

    A Tale Of Two VC Industries: The Web Versus Cleantech

    Last week, venture capitalist Fred Wilson wrote a post pointing out that the VC industry is split in two: software-based businesses and everything else (specifically, “cleantech, biotech and other capital intensive businesses”). Software businesses don’t require as much capital as they once did, and certainly not as much as cleantech or biotech. In fact, I’d go so far… Read More

  • WITN?: Can Foosball Tables Save the Middle East? (TCTV)

    Endeavor– a non-profit that encourages high-impact entrepreneurship in the emerging world– likes to go to counties where people wouldn’t expect a lot of sophisticated high-growth entrepreneurship to be. Thirteen years ago when Endeavor started that was easy, just go outside Western Europe or the US. But today, entrepreneurship is exploding in places we wouldn’t have… Read More

  • Super Angel/VC SMACKDOWN: What's so Great about Convertible Debt? (TCTV)

    Super Angel/VC SMACKDOWN: What's so Great about Convertible Debt? (TCTV)

    We’ve come to the last installment of the Super Angel v. VC SMACKDOWN and we’ve saved the wonkiest, nerdiest topic for last: Should entrepreneurs swap investor cash for convertible debt or equity? Somehow, this is the topic that generates the most passion. If you don’t understand the basics, August Capital’s David Hornik– a former lawyer– breaks them… Read More

  • Super Angel v. VC SMACKDOWN, Part 4: Is Silicon Valley Getting Disrupted? (TCTV)

    Super Angel v. VC SMACKDOWN, Part 4: Is Silicon Valley Getting Disrupted? (TCTV)

    Ding, ding! It’s round four of our Super Angel v. VC SMACKDOWN. Both of our pugilist Davids live and work in Silicon Valley. Given that today’s topic is about whether or not the heft of East Coast Super Angels like Josh Kopelman, Chris Dixon and Fred Wilson is pulling the center of early stage funding gravity away from famed Sand Hill Road, you’d think it’d be nothing… Read More

  • Super Angel v. VC SMACKDOWN Part 2: Are Super Angels Just a Phase? (TCTV)

    Super Angel v. VC SMACKDOWN Part 2: Are Super Angels Just a Phase? (TCTV)

    So let me get this straight, you call yourself an angel, but you’re investing limited partners’ money…doesn’t that just make you a small, early-stage VC? And if you’re successful, don’t you just raise a bigger fund and hire more partners, looking a lot more like an early stage VC? In day two of our David v. David/ Super Angel v. VC SMACKDOWN, even Dave… Read More

  • Patent Trolling Doesn't Pay: Intellectual Ventures Shows A Negative 73 Percent Return

    Patent Trolling Doesn't Pay: Intellectual Ventures Shows A Negative 73 Percent Return

    You can always count on Hunch founder Chris Dixon for interesting Tweets.  He just sent out this one: turns out patent trolling might not pay. Intellectual Ventures has negative 78% return.http://bit.ly/bSfamC The link is a PDf download of a document from the University of Texas Management Company listing all of its private investments in venture funds and private equity funds, along with… Read More

  • The IPO Survives! Second Quarter Sees $900 Million Worth Of Exits

    The IPO Survives! Second Quarter Sees $900 Million Worth Of Exits

    The beloved, endangered IPO is showing signs of revival, or at least survival. In the second quarter of 2010, there were 15 venture-backed IPOs in the U.S., which raised a total of $899 million, according to data released today by Dow Jones VentureSource. The amount raised is nearly four times as much as the same, admittedly moribund, period a year ago, when there were only 3 IPOs and… Read More

  • Is Entrepreneurship Just About the Exit?

    Is Entrepreneurship Just About the Exit?

    David Park and Eric Bahn are earning more at their startup, called Beat The GMAT, than they ever did in the corporate world. Every penny of profit from the business goes directly into their bank accounts. They enjoy being their own bosses; have become experts in sales, marketing, customer support, computer programming and graphic design; feel good about helping students gain admission to… Read More

  • Startups: Poverty is Underrated. Be Glad That You’re Not Rich


    Raising millions of dollars from VCs is still the tech entrepreneurs’ dream. Entrepreneurs believe that a hoard of cash in the bank will give them the luxury of developing better products, marketing the heck out of them, and reaping the rewards with big sales and an eventual IPO. But more often than not, the money is a curse. When a company is running on a tight budget, it will… Read More

  • Venture Returns Rose 3 Percent Last Year, But Longer Term Returns Are Still Hurting

    Venture capital returns improved in the fourth quarter of 2009, according to the Cambridge Associates U.S. Venture Capital Index, the performance benchmark of the National Venture Capital Association. Fourth quarter returns saw a 3.3 percent rise, ending the year with a 3 percent return overall, on average. The key words here are “short-term improvements,” however, because… Read More

  • Aepona raises additional $10M from BlackBerry Partners Fund

    Aepona, the Belfast-based developer of a software engine that powers the “Network as a Service” (NaaS) business model for mobile operators, has just raised a $10M round, led by new investor BlackBerry Partners Fund, a Toronto-based global fund focused on applications, services and supporting infrastructure for mobile platforms. Read More

  • Recent VC deals in Continental Europe

    Here’s a list of some of the recent venture capital deals that have been inked in Europe lately which you may have overlooked.
    Austrian venture capital house GCP gamma capital partners has sold online trading platform FatFoogoo to NASDAQ-listed e-commerce group Digital River. The exit values FatFoogoo at $10m and GCP has further agreed an earnout provision. Read More

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