venture capital

  • 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

  • Advice From Founders Who Bootstrapped Their Way to Success

    In my last post, I discussed why the odds of a rookie entrepreneur getting seed financing from a VC are very slim. The reality is that less than 5% of venture money goes to seed-stage startups; VCs typically invest when a company has a working product, a tested business model, and a strong management team. It’s the entrepreneurs who take the risk; not the VCs. They beg and borrow money… Read More

  • Ditch the Biz Plan, Buy a Lottery Ticket

    Hardly a day goes by when I don’t have a rookie entrepreneur ask for advice on raising money from VCs. They usually have a fancy-looking business plan with detailed spreadsheets showing how their company will be worth billions by capturing just 1% of a market. All they need is some financing, and they’ll take the world by storm. My advice is always the same: ditch the business… Read More

  • Venture Capital Rises In First Quarter, Software Sector Stalls

    Venture Capital Rises In First Quarter, Software Sector Stalls

    Venture capital funding picked up in the first quarter to $4.7 billion, from the year ago period, according to both Dow Jones VentureSource and the MoneyTree Report (PriceWaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association). Dow Jones says venture funding rose 12% from $4.2 billion in Q1 2009 (the number of deals jumped to 597 from 522), while MoneyTree noted a 38% increase to… Read More

  • New Money Going To Venture Funds Down 31 Percent In First Quarter

    New Money Going To Venture Funds Down 31 Percent In First Quarter

    Venture capital firms are having their own problems raising new money from limited partners. Capital inflows in the first quarter were down 31 percent annually to $3.6 billion in the U.S., according to the National Venture Capital Association. Venture funds were also down 11 percent from the fourth quarter. Only 32 funds were able to raise money in the first quarter, down from 44 last… Read More

  • Venture Funding Doubled To $12.8 Billion In First Quarter

    Venture Funding Doubled To $12.8 Billion In First Quarter

    Venture capital is flowing once again to startups at a steady pace. During the first quarter of 2010, the total value of venture funding doubled to $12.8 billion from $6 billion a year before, when it was scraping the bottom of the barrel. However, the funding amount is down 16 percent from the $15.3 billion in the fourth quarter of last year, based on an analysis of CrunchBase data. Some of… Read More

  • Venture-Backed Exit Activity Is Picking Up Again

    Venture-Backed Exit Activity Is Picking Up Again

    Two separate reports were released this morning, both bringing upbeat news of increased exit activity (M&A, IPOs) for venture-backed companies in the first quarter of 2010. We take a look at the most important findings for both the Exit Poll report by Thomson Reuters and the National Venture Capital Association, and Dow Jones VentureSource’s assessment of IPO and M&A activity in… Read More

  • The Startup Visa: Create Jobs, Get A Green Card

    The Startup Visa: Create Jobs, Get A Green Card

    A bill introduced today in the Senate by Democrat John Kerry and Republican Richard Lugar proposes a new type of visa for immigrants who create startups and jobs in the U.S. A similar proposal is part of an immigration reform bill in the House. The Startup Visa has been controversial and will no doubt draw fire from anti-immigrant forces and xenophobes. But if we are going to be giving… Read More

  • TheFunded Ranks The Most Loved VCs Of 2009

    Some VCs are getting an early Valentine’s Day gift fromTheFunded, the site where CEOs rate venture capitalists and their firms. Below you will find the top-ranked individual VCs, as determined by their ratings in 2009. What makes this ranking particularly useful to entrepreneurs is that it is ratings by other CEOs, often CEOs who have had direct dealings with the VCs they are… Read More

  • Why VCs Should Take Their Own Advice

    The way venture capital firms are structured makes it almost impossible for outsiders to see what’s really going on inside those 1970s lodge-like Sand Hill Road offices. It’s an industry perfectly structured for sweeping problems under the rug, and as its fundamentals have declined over the last decade, that’s just what it’s been doing. But those big, lumpy problems… Read More

  • The Dark Side of the Late 2009 M&A Surge

    With the year—and decade—coming to a close, the business press has been awash with stories about just how lousy the ‘00s were. As Paul Krugman details in the New York Times, it was a decade with a tiny amount of job creation, and the first decade on record where private-sector jobs shrunk. The typical family got no economic boost at all. And when the volatility… Read More

  • Venture Funding Roared Back In the Fourth Quarter To Nearly $15 Billion

    After a year when venture funding was in the doldrums, it roared back in the fourth quarter of 2009 to nearly $15 billion, according to a tally of the venture rounds in CrunchBase. The total value of disclosed fundings for the quarter was $14.85 billion, up 113 percent from a year ago (when the total was $6.96 billion), and up 78 percent from the third quarter of 2009 ($8.35 billion). Some of… Read More

  • A VC's Advice On How To Pitch VCs

    Editor’s Note: In this guest post, Raj Kapoor gives entreprenuers advice on how to pitch VCs. Kapoor knows both sides of the equation. For the past five years, he’s been a VC at the Mayfield Fund. Before that he founded the photo site Snapfish, which he sold to Hewlett-Packard. Its been almost five years now that I’ve been in venture capital.  I finally know what i… Read More