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Who Gets Venture Capital Funding?

Who Gets Venture Capital Funding? | Venture Capital Stories | Scoop.it
We looked at 890 U.S. startups that were founded from 2009-2015 and received at least $20 million in VC and other equity funding.

Investors flooded startups with a record $63.3 billion in 2015. But a volatile stock market and fears of a tech bubble have led VC firms to make more cautious bets this year. The funding total for 2016 is on pace to drop about 25 percent, which means competition for those dollars is even fiercer than usual. What are investors looking for in companies and founders? Read more: click image or title.

 

 

Learn more about funding, find great funding sources, get a free business plan template, post your funding request for free, and more: www.Business-Funding-Insider.com

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Great overview from Bloomberg: who gets #VC money?

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LPs are feeling the pressure of startups not finding exits

LPs are feeling the pressure of startups not finding exits | Venture Capital Stories | Scoop.it

All the energy for venture funds flows from LPs — the money goes from LPs to partners at funds, which in turn invest in startups. But since the number of IPOs and exits has started to dry up, the pressure is starting to rise on LPs, and Venture Investment Associates’ Chris Douvos knows it. And he made it abundantly clear to investors on a panel at TechCrunch Disrupt NY today.

“There’s this huge exit sphincter,” Douvos said. “So we’re pushing this capital out and we’re kind of feeding the snake, LPs give money to GPs, GPs give to startups, startups get liquid and it comes back to LPs and the cycle starts over again. When you’ve got this exit sphincter and the snake is getting packed fuller and fuller, it reminds me… for those of you familiar with the Wu Tang Clan there’s a song called Method Man where one of the methods of torture they talk about is, ‘I’m gonna sew your rectum shut and keep feeding you’, that’s what it’s like to be an LP today.” Read more: click image or title.

 

Learn more about funding, find great funding sources, get a free business plan template, post your funding request for free, and more: www.Business-Funding-Insider.com

 

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The 'storytelling' of #VC's gets very colorful at times. The Wu Tang Clan's methods feel a bit painful, is this what these guys feel like right now? Hope not...

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Venture Capital is More Art than Science: 5 Secrets of VC Revealed

Venture Capital is More Art than Science:  5 Secrets of VC Revealed | Venture Capital Stories | Scoop.it

The number one takeaway of the VC Unlocked investor training program was that there are lots of different paths to becoming a successful investor – and no one way is best.

This was great news for the diverse group of participants, who came to Silicon Valley from all over the world for an intensive two week course run by 500 Startups in partnership with Stanford Center for Professional Development.

The program, Venture Capital Unlocked: Secrets of Silicon Valley Investing, ran from Feb 8 – 19th, 2016.

On the last day of the program, participants reflected on the question, “Did we really unlock the secrets to venture capital?”

The answer was a resounding yes. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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#500Startups ram a 2 weel course at Stanford on becoming a successful #investor. Ever wanted to be a #VC ?

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Accel targets ‘unprecedented opportunity’ in Europe and Israel with fresh $500 million fund

Accel targets ‘unprecedented opportunity’ in Europe and Israel with fresh $500 million fund | Venture Capital Stories | Scoop.it
Venture capital firm Accel has announced a fresh $500 million as it looks target what it calls an “unprecedented opportunity” to back “the next generation of entrepreneurs” in Europe and Israel.

Founded out of Palo Alto, California, in 1983, Accel has since launched offices in New York, Bangalore, and London — the company’s U.K. hub opened in 2000, in the middle of the first dotcom boom. Its latest fund, Accel London V, comes on the heels of a number of other high-profile fund launches in the region. In February, Index Ventures closed a $550 million fund for U.S., Europe, and Israel, shortly after a Chinese investment firm launched a $715 million fund to help European startups grow in China. And late last year, European VC firm Lakestar announced $400 million for local and U.S. startups. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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#SiliconValley 's monopoly on #VC capital is finally spilling over into #Europe.

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Losing Money – AVC

Losing Money

I remember back in the mid 90s, I used to say with some pride that I had not lost money on any of my VC investments. Then one day, someone told me “then you are not taking enough risk.” I ended that streak of not losing money on VC investments in the late 90s in a series of epic flameouts. I lost somewhere between $25mm and $30mm on one single investment. I am not proud of those mistakes. They were stupid. I am ashamed of them to be honest. But I learned a lot from them. Not only was my “winning streak” a case of not taking enough risk, it was also a case of not enough learning. The go-go Internet era of the late 90s fixed both of those things for me. I took more risk and learned a ton.

Our first USV fund, our 2004 vintage, has turned out to be the single best VC fund that I have ever been involved in. We made 21 investments. We made money on twelve of those investments. We lost money on nine of them. And we lost our entire investment on most of those nine failed investments. The reason that fund performed so well has pretty much nothing to do with the losses. It was all about five investments in which we made 115x, 82x, 68x, 30x, and 21x. Read more: click image or title.

 

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From the blog of Fred #Wilson, on of the top #VC's in #SiliconValley

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Expa raises $100 million to build more companies, launches startup accelerator

Expa raises $100 million to build more companies, launches startup accelerator | Venture Capital Stories | Scoop.it

Expa announced today that it has raised $100 million in funding that’ll be used to continue to ideate and build new companies. The investment round included investors such as TPG founder David Bonderman, Li Ka-Shing, Solina Chau, Google board member Ram Shriram, RIT Capital Partners, Sir Richard Branson, HP chief executive Meg Whitman, SV Angel, and others.Read more: click image or title.

 

 

 

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“Do you want a class size of 100, or a class size of eight?” Camp said in an interview with The New York Times. “What we’re offering is something for founders who want a bit more guidance than they may find somewhere else.”

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Venture Capital is More Art than Science: 5 Secrets of VC Revealed

Venture Capital is More Art than Science:  5 Secrets of VC Revealed | Venture Capital Stories | Scoop.it

The number one takeaway of the VC Unlocked investor training program was that there are lots of different paths to becoming a successful investor – and no one way is best. This was great news for the diverse group of participants, who came to Silicon Valley from all over the world for an intensive two week course run by 500 Startups in partnership with Stanford Center for Professional Development.

The program, Venture Capital Unlocked: Secrets of Silicon Valley Investing, ran from Feb 8 – 19th, 2016.

On the last day of the program, participants reflected on the question, “Did we really unlock the secrets to venture capital?”

The answer was a resounding yes. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

Learn more about funding, find great funding sources, get a free business plan template, post your funding request for free, and more:

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The Second Smartphone Revolution – AVC

The Second Smartphone Revolution – AVC | Venture Capital Stories | Scoop.it

The first 2.5bn smartphones brought us Instagram, Snapchat, Uber, Whatsapp, Kik, Venmo, Duolingo, and most importantly, drove the big web apps to build world class mobile apps and move their userbases from web to mobile. But, if you stare at the top 200 non-game mobile apps in the US (and most of the western hemisphere) you will see that the list doesn’t look that different than the top 200 websites. The mobile revolution from 2007 to 2015 in the west was more about how we accessed the internet than what apps we used, with some notable and important exceptions.

But the next 2.5bn people to adopt smartphones may turn out to be a different story. They will mostly live outside the developed and wealthy parts of the world and they will look to their smartphones to deliver essential services that they have not been receiving at all – from the web or from the offline world. I am thinking about financial services, healthcare services, educational services, transportation services, and the like. Stuff that matters a bit more than seeing where you friends had a fun time last night or what it looks like when you faceswap with your sister.

Benedict is right. We aren’t done with the mobile revolution. But we are mostly done with it in the developed world. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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#Emerging markets seem to be the only hope now for #growth now, it will be a cooperation of local talent and international #funding. The #VC's are watching.

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How to easily raise $11.5 million in a bad startup funding environment, according to the CEO of Bustle who just did it

How to easily raise $11.5 million in a bad startup funding environment, according to the CEO of Bustle who just did it | Venture Capital Stories | Scoop.it

Bustle CEO Bryan Goldberg says revenue is going "through the roof"

The digital-media boom may not be over just yet.

Bustle, a media startup focused on creating content for millennial women, has raised $11.5 million in what its CEO Bryan Goldberg, who previously cofounded Bleacher Report, says was "the most oversubscribed round of my career."

Not many startups are able to say that these days, particularly as the doom and gloom of a potential market turn sets in. Over the past few years, it has been relatively easy for startups to raise big piles of cash on the promise that someday they'll figure out business models. In the past year, roughly 100 startups raised rounds of financing at valuations that exceeded $1 billion (the "unicorn" club). But some of those once promising companies have already begun to go bust, and investors have become much more cautious with their capital.

"The tone [in Silicon Valley] is different this year, it really is," Goldberg said on a call with Business Insider. "One year ago it was, 'Get everyone together with a big surprise party and a taco truck' to announce a round. That's not the mood right now. Instead the message is, 'Keep chugging along.'"

Goldberg says the secret to attracting venture capitalists in a more conservative market is simple: show them the revenue. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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The Watney Rule for Startups — and the Return to the ‘Old Normal’

The Watney Rule for Startups — and the Return to the ‘Old Normal’ | Venture Capital Stories | Scoop.it

About a year ago, we published a quarterly letter to our limited partners — in which we talked about the risk that the

“…industry as a whole will see a 3x decrease in returns…” and commented on some of the irrational behavior we were seeing in the market. Specifically, we focused on the changes to entry and exit prices — and how the sharp increase in entry prices over the last several years might impact returns for the venture asset class.

Recently there’s been a marked change in market sentiment — which has begun to impact startup valuations at every stage. Investors are beginning to realize that picking the right entry price makes the difference between a picking a great company and generating great investment returns. And the market is waking up to the fact that many investors may have invested in great companies at inflated prices.

Given the public conversation that’s occurring about the health of the market right now, we thought it would be helpful to publish our latest letter to our limited partners — and we do so here, completely unedited. While we don’t anticipate making most future LP communications public, we did want to continue to participate in this important discussion. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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State of the 'startup' world: about #valuations and #fundraising. Will it ever get back to 'easy' money?

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Why investors love spin-off startups

Why investors love spin-off startups | Venture Capital Stories | Scoop.it

The difficulty in identifying the next hot startup has lead many venture firms to employ a wasteful “spray and pray” strategy, sometimes making more than 1,000 investments in the hope of getting lucky with a wildly successful startup that more than pays off their other sunk costs. Spin-offs from known companies, in contrast, mean less risk, as investors have a clear view of the reputation, infrastructure, and credentials of the parent company. For founders, being at the helm of a spin-off rather than a from-scratch startup, has its advantages, too — you’re likely to get VC funding more easily and on more favorable terms.  Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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#Spin-off #startups have many positives to offer to #investors.

 

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The Very First Mistake Most Startup Founders Make

The Very First Mistake Most Startup Founders Make | Venture Capital Stories | Scoop.it

Rigid equity splits cause problems down the line.

Founders face a wide range of decisions when building their startups: market decisions, product decisions, financing decisions, and many more. The temptation is to prioritize these choices over decisions about how to structure their own founding teams. That’s understandable, but perilous. Our research, forthcoming in Management Science, identifies one of those important pitfalls: founder equity splits, i.e., the way founders allocate the ownership amongst themselves when starting their company. Read more: click image or title.



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Knowing These Venture Capital Firms In India Is Worth It!

Knowing These Venture Capital Firms In India Is Worth It! | Venture Capital Stories | Scoop.it

The venture capital industry in India is in its early stages which brings a strong ray of hope to entrepreneurs planning to turn their dream business into reality.

If you too have a unique idea for which you are planning to raise venture capital in India, all you need is to get in touch with the most suitable firm that shows interest in your stage and industry. However, there are more things that you have to consider while raising venture capital in India.

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Former Citigroup CFO Sallie Krawcheck launches Ellevest, a digital investment platform for women

Former Citigroup CFO Sallie Krawcheck launches Ellevest, a digital investment platform for women | Venture Capital Stories | Scoop.it

Former Citigroup CFO Sallie Krawcheck launched her anticipated new startup, a digital investment platform for women called Ellevest, this morning from the TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2016 conference’s stage. Krawcheck is not your typical startup founder, which makes her entry in the investing space particularly interesting. Prior to Ellevest, she was the president of Global Wealth and Investment Management at Bank of America and the CEO of Smith Barney and Sanford Bernstein, in addition to Citigroup.

She also bought Ellevate, a global network with tens of thousands of members that promotes women as business leaders.

However, until now, all we’ve known about Ellevest is that it’s focused on helping women invest, and that the company raised $10 million in Series A funding last fall. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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The steroid era of startups is over — here's what 8 top VCs think will happen next

The steroid era of startups is over — here's what 8 top VCs think will happen next | Venture Capital Stories | Scoop.it

Business Insider spoke to eight leading venture capitalists about what the tech landscape looks like from their point of view — and where startupsfrom here. The answer involves a lot of pain for founders, employees, and investors in the years to come.

The game has changed.

In April, venture capitalist Bill Gurley wrote an essay crystallizing what many VCs had been talking about for months.

Essentially, too many companies have taken too much money at unsupportable valuations. A lot of the money they raised came with huge caveats that would protect late-stage investors.

A lot of these businesses now have limited options, Gurley wrote. They can't raise more money from the private markets because their last rounds came with such strict conditions. They can't go public because their numbers aren't good enough. Read more: click image or title.

 

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The #startup world is changing. Experience has taught a few lessons and VC's are seeing things a bit different now.

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U.S. venture capital firms just gathered up the most money they’ve raised in a decade

U.S. venture capital firms just gathered up the most money they’ve raised in a decade | Venture Capital Stories | Scoop.it

Many in Silicon Valley may be worrying more and more about how to transform their startup stakes into cold, hard cash. But that's not stopping institutionalinvestors from writing out some very big checks to venture capital firms.

Somewhat astonishingly, U.S. firms just closed on more capital commitments than they have since the second quarter of 2006, according to new data from the National Venture Capital Association and Thomson Reuters. In hard numbers, 57 U.S. firms raised $12 billion in the first quarter, a 59 percent jump in dollar commitments over the first quarter of 2015.

Institutional investors aren’t necessarily spreading the wealth, with the number of funds raised down 17 percent from this time last year.

Indeed, as you can see from this downloadable fund list, roughly half the new capital commitments in the first quarter were locked up by just four firms: Founders Fund, which announced a new $1.3 billion fund; Norwest Venture Partners, which closed on $1.2 billion; Accel Partners, which raised $2 billion across two funds; and Lightspeed Venture Partners, which sealed up two funds totaling $1.2 billion.

Close behind them,...  Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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Plenty of money is still available for #VC funding. How will it affect #startups ? Will this money go to later stage companies, or is #earlystage and #seedfunding still attractive?

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A year investing in European startups: Here’s what I’ve learned

A year investing in European startups: Here’s what I’ve learned | Venture Capital Stories | Scoop.it
Last year, I moved to Europe to work in a growth stage venture capital fund. Having invested in tech companies in India and the US before, I expected the European tech ecosystem to be much smaller in comparison. However, the last year has been eye-opening. The European tech industry has more scale and intricacies than you might think.

In 2015 alone, more than $14 billion was invested across 2,400 startups in Europe. That’s a three-fold increase from the $5 billion invested in 2009. While the US and China have stolen most of the attention in the exit market, Europe has seen its fair share of exits as well. Just the last five years saw $45 billion worth of exits from Europe in a wide variety of forms — from IPOs in the US (Criteo, KING, Zendesk, etc.) to IPOs in Europe (JustEat, Scout24, Zalando, Rocket Internet, Zoopla, etc.) to acquisitions by US tech majors  (Mojang, Deepmind, Skype etc.) to acquisitions by Asian companies (Viber, Quandoo, etc.), and more.

Here are some key insights I’ve picked up from my European investing experience that might not be so obvious to those far away: Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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The #startup scene in Europe may be a little different than you think. This article will fill you in.

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500 Startups launches $30M micro-fund in Canada

500 Startups launches $30M micro-fund in Canada | Venture Capital Stories | Scoop.it

500 Startups is moving north of the border for its next micro-fund. The fund, called 500CAN, is targeting a $30 million size that will be focused on checking out what investments in Canada are all aboot. 500 is specifically looking to build presences in Toronto and Waterloo where some of the nation’s top engineering talent reside. This fund is going to be headed by 500 Startups local Partner Sanjay Singhal.

500 has already been pretty active with its investments in the area over the past several main funds, with around 37 Canadian companies having received funding from 500 investors.

Canada’s investment scene isn’t radically different from that of the United States, but the region does have its own advantages.

The weakened Canadian dollar has really made the environment much more advantageous for 500 to seek investments, Singhal tells me. Additionally, Singhal detailed that the positive impact of government incentives to drive entrepreneurship and investments is starting to attract more business.

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Another great step from #500Startups for #Canada this time. #Micro-funds are like a grass roots movement for #startups

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Why Silicon Valley’s ‘unicorn problem’ will solve itself

Why Silicon Valley’s ‘unicorn problem’ will solve itself | Venture Capital Stories | Scoop.it

The rise was like a tech startup fairytale. Within three years of founding, this unicorn company had raised more than $1 billion in venture capital -- closing an astonishing $950 million in its final private round at a nearly $5 billion valuation. Revenue growth was skyrocketing from $30 million in year two to $713 million in year three and a run-rate of $2.6 billion in year four. On the strength of these meteoric numbers, the IPO was over-subscribed, pricing well above their $16-$18 range and raising another $700 million. Shares popped 30 percent on the first day of trading. It was the largest Internet IPO since Google.

Just as quickly, the fairytale ended. Amazon, Facebook and Google itself aggressively entered the market. Investors grew skeptical the company could live up to the lofty expectations around users and revenue. Expenses ballooned in pursuit of growth, exacerbating concerns the company could generate long-term profit. Within a year of IPO, the stock price plunged 90 percent, wiping out nearly $15 billion of shareholder value. The unicorn in this fairytale-turned-nightmare? Groupon, in 2011. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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The #tech world is a dynamic field of #bubble creating and busting. Linking this to the general economy is wrong. This article describes how the #unicorn phenomenon interacts with the investment world and the economy.

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The Top 100 Venture Capitalists

The Top 100 Venture Capitalists | Venture Capital Stories | Scoop.it
We worked with The New York Times and used the CB Insights Investor Mosaic algorithm to develop a data-driven ranking of the top venture capital partners. Here are the top 100.

We started working with The New York Times in late 2015 to identify and rank the top 100 venture capital professionals using the CB Insights Investor Mosaic algorithm.

It is a purely data-driven / algorithmic ranking that uses CB Insights data. We’d gathered this data via our machine learning technology (dubbed The Cruncher) as well as via several thousand direct submissions from firms and individual professionals using The Editor.

The Investor Mosaic page walks through the factors considered in the algorithm in some detail but at a high-level, it considers several factors including:

  • An investor’s exits – the frequency/volume, size, and stage of entry
  • Network centrality – connectivity to other investors. Think of it as akin to Google Pagerank.
  • Consistency – stage, industry consistency of investments
  • Illiquid portfolio company value – frequency, size and stage of entry in high value (but un-exited companies). Given relatively less weight as these are paper valuations
  • Recency of performance – Our focus was on these metrics since 2008. As a result, we didn’t give a lot of credit to those who made glorious picks in the 80s, 90s, or early 2000s. This is a ranking of today’s best VCs — not the best VCs in history.

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Rejecting Mark Cuban came with a lot of backlash

Rejecting Mark Cuban came with a lot of backlash | Venture Capital Stories | Scoop.it

Coffee Meets Bagel cofounder Arum Kang and her sisters rejected Mark Cuban's $30 million offer on Shark Tank, earning them a nickname: "Greedy sisters.

"Rejecting an investment from billionaire Mark Cuban can result in a big fallout.

That was the case for Arum Kang, cofounder of dating app Coffee Meets Bagel.

 Kang and her two sisters pitched Cuban and the other sharks on ABC's Shark Tank in an episode that aired in January 2015. Cuban bit: He offered $30 million for the entire company, the largest offer in the show's history at the time.

But the women didn't accept his deal, and Kang said the vitriol was intense.

"It was one of the first times I felt like we were being attacked perhaps because of [our] gender," said Kang onstage at the Montgomery Summit on Tuesday. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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VC Unlocked class ready to invest $600M in startups

VC Unlocked class ready to invest $600M in startups | Venture Capital Stories | Scoop.it

As a group, the participants in our Venture Capital Unlocked investor training program plan to invest over $600M in startups around the world.

Several of them are already in talks with 500 Startups B15 companies after seeing them pitch at our most recent DemoDay.

The program, which is taught by 500 Startups in partnership with Stanford Center for Professional Development, ran from Feb 8 – 19th. It is a 2-week crash course on investing strategies, tools and tactics for investors who want to learn how Silicon Valley really operates.

The group of participants was an impressive bunch from all over the world, who over the course of two weeks shared notes, deals, laughs, and (perhaps too) many a cocktail. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

Learn more about funding, find great funding sources, get a free business plan template, post your funding request for free, and more:  www.Business-Funding-Insider.com

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Not only #startups are growing at an incredible rate, now #500Startups is teaching classes to train #VentureCapitalists from all over the world.

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Don’t Take Money from VCs Until You’ve Asked 4 Questions

Don’t Take Money from VCs Until You’ve Asked 4 Questions | Venture Capital Stories | Scoop.it
Due diligence should go both ways.

In the race to get the check in hand, most entrepreneurs don’t do in-depth due diligence — or any due diligence — on the venture capital (VC) firms they pitch. Founding teams eager to raise capital to grow their companies enter into long-term partnerships with VC firms they don’t know well. It’s a risky strategy that can leave startup CEOs in mis-aligned partnerships with unrealistic expectations.

To better understand their investors, entrepreneurs should start by asking these four questions: Read more: click image or title.



Learn more about funding, find great funding sources, get a free business plan template, post your funding request for free, and more:


www.Business-Funding-Insider.com

Marc Kneepkens's insight:

#VC's don't invest their own money. The ones who do show commitment. Performance, size and references should be checked before committing. Just the same as they are checking you out.

 

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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, February 28, 1:48 PM

#VC's don't invest their own money. The ones who do show commitment. Performance, size and references should be checked before committing. Just the same as they are checking you out.


JunoPark's curator insight, March 11, 12:33 AM

#VC's don't invest their own money. The ones who do show commitment. Performance, size and references should be checked before committing. Just the same as they are checking you out.


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Don’t Take Money from VCs Until You’ve Asked 4 Questions

Don’t Take Money from VCs Until You’ve Asked 4 Questions | Venture Capital Stories | Scoop.it
Due diligence should go both ways.

In the race to get the check in hand, most entrepreneurs don’t do in-depth due diligence — or any due diligence — on the venture capital (VC) firms they pitch. Founding teams eager to raise capital to grow their companies enter into long-term partnerships with VC firms they don’t know well. It’s a risky strategy that can leave startup CEOs in mis-aligned partnerships with unrealistic expectations.

To better understand their investors, entrepreneurs should start by asking these four questions: Read more: click image or title.



Learn more about funding, find great funding sources, get a free business plan template, post your funding request for free, and more:


www.Business-Funding-Insider.com

Marc Kneepkens's insight:

#VC's don't invest their own money. The ones who do show commitment. Performance, size and references should be checked before committing. Just the same as they are checking you out.


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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, March 3, 5:54 PM

#VC's don't invest their own money. The ones who do show commitment. Performance, size and references should be checked before committing. Just the same as they are checking you out.

 

JunoPark's curator insight, March 11, 12:33 AM

#VC's don't invest their own money. The ones who do show commitment. Performance, size and references should be checked before committing. Just the same as they are checking you out.


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What Most People Don't Understand About How Startup Companies are Valued | Bothsides of the Table

What Most People Don't Understand About How Startup Companies are Valued | Bothsides of the Table | Venture Capital Stories | Scoop.it

There is much discussion online and also in small, private groups, about why the price of technology companies – public and private – are falling.

Valuing any company can be difficult because it requires a degree of forecasting future growth & competition and ultimately the profits of the organization. And two big changes have happened that are widely known – in the past quarter the value of some very high profile companies such as LinkedIn and Twitter have fallen substantially plus Fidelity (usually a public market investor) has written down the value of many of it’s later-stage private-company investments and made the downward valuations known.

Most venture capitalists who have been in this business for a long time foresaw this correction and have been talking about it privately for the better part of the last year or two. I’d like to explain as best I can my opinion on what is going on because most of what I hear from entrepreneurs is not only wrong but is reminiscent of what I heard in 1997-2000.

What is the True Sentiment of VCs?
I recently survey more than 150 VC friends from all stages and geographies what they thought about the market by asking “Which of the following statements best describes your mood heading into 2016?” and you can see that the balance of caution vs. optimism is 82% to 18%. Read more: click image or title.




Learn more about funding, find great funding sources, get a free business plan template, post your funding request for free, and more:


www.Business-Funding-Insider.com

Marc Kneepkens's insight:

Mark #Suster explains the dynamics of #VC funding. Very interesting to see the VC's perspective and what it means for you.

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