VC

  • Russian VC Firm NGI Will Invest Heavily in French Startups

    Russian VC Firm NGI Will Invest Heavily in French Startups

    Russia was once known for its undying adoration for all things French back in the day, and a century and a half later you could argue that some of that spark is still hanging around. New Generation Investment, the Russian VC firm part-owned by Leonid Reiman, former Minister of Communications and Information Technologies, has announced that it would like to start investing into the startup scene… 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 In China: 6 To 10X Growth In Past Ten Years

    VC In China: 6 To 10X Growth In Past Ten Years

    The VC market is still strong in China, despite indications to the contrary. The old saying goes, here, that 99% of the returns come from 5% of the firms. This means big bucks for the winners – and some interesting investment opportunities for VCs in Asia and the US. Sarah Lacy sat down with Steve Ji of Sequoia Capital, Rocky Lee of Cadwalader, Hugo Shong of Accel – IDG, and Hans… Read More

  • Vienna-based Speedinvest closes $10m fund to bridge the EU/Valley divide

    Slowly, but surely, Vienna is building its own reputation as a startup hotspot and eventually there might be a fight between Berlin, London, Copenhagen and Vienna, although London and Berlin are ahead at the moment. There have been a number of large exits driven by Austrian-born founders (exits from UCP, Jahjah, 3united and last.fm exceed 1 billion USD). Companies such as Wikitude, Runtastic… Read More

  • VC’s Say Your Startup’s Location Still Matters

    VC’s Say Your Startup’s Location Still Matters

    At this morning’s TechCrunch Disrupt, Michael Arrington sat down with nearly half a dozen VC’s, including Joe Kraus (Google Ventures), Rich Wong (Accel Partners), Shervin Pishevar (Menlo Ventures), George Zachary (CRV) and James Slavet (Greylock Partners). The investors shared their thoughts on the state of investing, general industry trends, the increasing speed of VC… Read More

  • On Bubbles … And Why it Will All be Fine

    On Bubbles … And Why it Will All be Fine

    Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by (@msuster) Mark Suster, a 2x entrepreneur, now VC at GRP Partners. Read more about Suster at Bothsidesofthetable Bubble. There, I said it. We’re definitely in some stage of it – whether early in the cycle or the end of it nobody can say. And it will all be fine. People get too worked up over the word. I’m no great scholar on… Read More

  • Why Startups Should Raise Money at the Top End of Normal

    Why Startups Should Raise Money at the Top End of Normal

    Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by (@msuster) Mark Suster, a 2x entrepreneur, now VC at GRP Partners. Read more about Suster at Bothsidesofthetable It’s 2011 but you could forgive yourself for thinking you’ve gone back in a decade old time capsule to a time with frothy valuations and easy money. I know, I know. It’s not the same market. There are more users now… 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

  • Angel-Turned-VC Mike Maples: Yes, There’s a Bubble

    The dreaded “B” word is on the tip of many tongues these days. Are we or aren’t we in a bubble? Everybody has an opinion. Yes, Facebook’s valuation lingers around $50 billion, Zynga’s is close to $10 billion, and Twitter is valued at $4.5 billion with comparatively tiny revenues. But do these soaring valuations a bubble make? A couple of weeks ago, Eric… 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

  • Super Angel v. VC SMACKDOWN Part 3: Are Angels Just about the Flip? (TCTV)

    Super Angel v. VC SMACKDOWN Part 3: Are Angels Just about the Flip? (TCTV)

    In part three of our Super Angel v. VC SMACKDOWN Dave McClure says “I am all about the flip. GREED IS GOOD. I am Gordon Gekko in Silicon Valley.” But is he? Wouldn’t greed be going after the big win not the tiny flip? In this clip we come to one of the core distinctions between Super Angels and VCs: Are sub-$50 million exits the desired goal in Silicon Valley or are small… Read More