Venture Capitalists

Why founders should care where their VCs get their money

Fundraising for a startup is a notoriously stressful process. Much ink has been spilled dissecting every aspect of what works when pitching a venture capitalist, and there are countless “tips” out

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 i

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 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 capita

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 lookin

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

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

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 an

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

Strategies For VCs To Increase Startup Success Odds

<b>Editor’s note:</b><em> David Teten is a partner with ff Venture Capital and founder and chairman of Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of Greater New York.</em>. Lots of venture capitalist

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

<b>Editor's note:</b> <em>Erik Rannala is co-founder and managing partner of MuckerLab.</em> Much has been written about the Series A crunch that is facing entrepreneurs and their investors. Those

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 <a href="