Venture Capitalists

  • VCs are betting on the great Chinese fitness boom Crunch Network

    VCs are betting on the great Chinese fitness boom

    As the Chinese economy has boomed in the last decade, millions of people have entered the middle class. And the Chinese aren’t just getting wealthier, they’re getting fitter. China, it seems, is in the midst of a workout craze — and that represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for venture investors to back emerging health and wellness technology companies. Read More

  • Questions you need to ask your VC Crunch Network

    Questions you need to ask your VC

    Most entrepreneurs focus on the hard economics of the deal when they negotiate with investors: percentage ownership, valuation, preferences and other terms. Those things are all important — but so is the soft stuff, especially in today’s volatile market. Read More

  • The investor psychology and why VCs aren’t immune Crunch Network

    The investor psychology and why VCs aren’t immune

    One of the most oft-repeated quotes about investing goes something like this: Be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful. While Warren Buffett may not have had venture capital in particular in mind when he offered up that bit of sage advice, it is a fitting way to describe the current climate of the VC industry. Read More

  • From Uber driver to venture capitalist Crunch Network

    From Uber driver to venture capitalist

    How did you get into venture capital? And why did you decide on that versus another startup? These are two questions aspiring VCs often ask. While I usually hop on 15-30 minute calls with those looking to learn more, I thought it might be more impactful to share my experience here. Although there is no guaranteed way for you to get into it, I’ve learned a lot through the stories of my… Read More

  • What Entrepreneurs Need To Know About Their VCs And How To Identify Red Flags Crunch Network

    What Entrepreneurs Need To Know About Their VCs And How To Identify Red Flags

    To most entrepreneurs, the road to venture capital financing is littered with criticism and rejection. Ranging from “limited traction” to “that’s a hard space,” VCs have an entire vocabulary of terms to pass on investments — and can sometimes even forgo that vocabulary with the “soft no” by ghosting the founder. Read More

  • Index Ventures Has A New, $550 Million Fund, And A New Partner

    Index Ventures Has A New, $550 Million Fund, And A New Partner

    When yesterday, the keyboard developer Swiftkey was reported to be acquired by Microsoft for $250 million — about 10 times what it raised from investors — it seemed just another success in a string for Index Ventures, the venture firm with offices in San Francisco, London, and Geneva. Indeed, the now 20-year-old venture firm has had a very good run of things, with eight… Read More

  • Buy/Hold/Sell In Venture Capital Crunch Network

    Buy/Hold/Sell In Venture Capital

    A common rule of thumb among early stage VCs is to reserve 2–3X dollars for every $1 initially invested in a startup. This is in order to maintain ownership levels in selected portfolio companies and to support them through good times and bad. Obviously, it’s not optimal to invest the same amount per company. Given the often binary returns within VC portfolios, there are… Read More

  • Five Hard Things That Great VCs Do Crunch Network

    Five Hard Things That Great VCs Do

    One of the hard things about being a VC today: You must give entrepreneurs more than just capital. In my experience as a founder and sometime investor, here are five hard things I’ve seen great VCs do for their companies, long after their checks have cleared. Read More

  • Strategies For VCs To Increase Startup Success Odds Crunch Network

    Strategies For VCs To Increase Startup Success Odds

    Editor’s note: David Teten is a partner with ff Venture Capital and founder and chairman of Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of Greater New York.. Lots of venture capitalists claim to add value to the companies in which they invest. But how do they do it?  And does it really produce better returns for their investors? We recently wrapped up a study on best practices of… Read More

  • Riding On The Wings Of Angels, VCs Avoid The So-Called Series A Crunch Crunch Network

    Riding On The Wings Of Angels, VCs Avoid The So-Called Series A Crunch

    Editor’s note: Erik Rannala is co-founder and managing partner of MuckerLab. Much has been written about the Series A crunch that is facing entrepreneurs and their investors. Those who believe the crunch is upon us contend that a significant number of seed-funded startups will not be able to raise follow-on financing. A cursory review of the data reported recently by CB Insights… Read More

  • How To Appeal To Investors: Top VCs Reveal The Anatomy Of A Successful Entrepreneur

    How To Appeal To Investors: Top VCs Reveal The Anatomy Of A Successful Entrepreneur

    At a very fundamental level, the venture capital business is being reshaped. Speaking to a crowd at the Grind work space in New York last week, Fred Wilson addressed this ongoing shift, saying, “there’s two times as much capital in the venture capital business today than we, the professional investors who make up the venture business, can actually put to work intelligently.”… Read More