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Why Silicon Valley Can’t Find Europe | TechCrunch

Why Silicon Valley Can’t Find Europe | TechCrunch | Venture Capital Stories | Scoop.it

Go to Europe these days – to Berlin, London, Helsinki – drop in in on any of the regional tech confabs and you will quickly see that the European startup scene is in the most bustling, vibrant shape it’s ever been. The potential is everywhere, and the energy is undeniable. Then you return Stateside, in my case to Palo Alto, and Europe isn’t just irrelevant among the tech industry power-set. It has virtually ceased to exist.

That is a mistake. Blame for the ruptured relationship lies on both sides of the Atlantic, but it is Europeans that have the power, and should have the motivation, to mend things.

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Excellent. This article points out very accurately how Europe is out of the picture at Silicon Valley, and what can be done about it.

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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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A good deal after all, free publicity.

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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.

 

 

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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.



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#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, 6:48 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.


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#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, 10:54 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, 5:33 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.




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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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Mark Suster's State of Venture Capital

Mark Suster's State of Venture Capital | Venture Capital Stories | Scoop.it

The state of venture capital, from new deals to fundraising.

Expect the tortoise to make progress against the rabbit.

There are a lot of data points that one can use to get a sense of the venture capital markets, including the number of startup financings and the level of VC fundraising. They point to some widely known facts: Deal volume and valuations are up massively over the past seven years and non-VC money has entered the system.

But these data points are often lagging indicators. Perhaps a better barometer would be to gather data on VC perceptions in the market right now. Of course sentiment can swing wildly with new information, but I set out to take the pulse of the market as we enter 2016. Read more: click image or title.



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An overview of #VC funding by one the guys who has the better views: the inside view.

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Africa’s Tech Gold Rush

Africa’s Tech Gold Rush | Venture Capital Stories | Scoop.it



Africa is on the verge of something big. This seems to be a quiet, cautious consensus in some investment communities. The past year has been peppered with stories of tech startup hubs emerging across the continent, from Lagos to Kigali to Agadir. The model of American tech entrepreneurship looks to be slowly sparking a renaissance in the Silicon Sahara.

As the gaze of America’s VCs begins to settle on African entrepreneurs, many open questions are left unanswered. Will Africa play host to the tech world’s next gold rush? Can these markets stay stable enough to grow the next billion-dollar Internet companies? Does Africa have what it takes to emulate Silicon Valley? The answer is a resounding “Yes.” Big things are ahead for African tech.

But to understand the rising star for Africa, you first must understand why the road to Africa goes through China. Read more: click image or title.




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#Africa is waking up. #Investments in this huge continent are increasing and #China has a headstart.

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What Investors Want - Visible.vc

What Investors Want - Visible.vc | Venture Capital Stories | Scoop.it
Figuring out what a VC investor wants is crucial for the success of your startup fundraising round.

With the number of places available to gather information on how VCs invest – Mattermark and CB Insights on the paid side, Crunchbase and Angelllist for the burn conscious – it is no longer difficult to understand who you should be trying to raise money from.

Want to know who most prolific early stage FinTech investors are, for example? LMGTFY…the first result from CB Insights gives you a good starting point. Great! So it looks like 500Startups is very active in the space but they are a big firm, who should I be reaching out to there? Well…a second Google search might lead to something like this. Read more: click image or title.



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Learn about the mindset of #VC's and how to approach them.

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How to approach the right #investor or #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.

 

 

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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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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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#Founders #equity split: When and How to Split Founder Equity

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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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A great list of #VC firms in #India.

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European Tech Exits Report: In 2015, we tracked 594 deals worth €136.75 billion (up 71% from 2014) - Tech.eu

European Tech Exits Report: In 2015, we tracked 594 deals worth €136.75 billion (up 71% from 2014) - Tech.eu | Venture Capital Stories | Scoop.it

In a new and comprehensive in-depth Tech.eu report, we break down and analyse all of the European tech exits we tracked in 2015. The jist? More deals, bigger exits.

Key take-aways from the Tech.eu European Tech Exits Report for 2015:

Despite concerns about the market persisting throughout, and several high-profile IPOs being postponed, 2015 eventually proved to be a stellar year for exits for European tech companies. Both the amount and the number of exits significantly increased from 2014, as the momentum in the European tech scene continued apace. Read more: click image or title




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#Tech #exits in #Europe: Both the amount and the number of exits significantly increased from 2014, as the momentum in the European tech scene continued apace.

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Innovation Excellence | The 6 Ways Big Companies are Innovating against Silicon Valley

Innovation Excellence | The 6 Ways Big Companies are Innovating against Silicon Valley | Venture Capital Stories | Scoop.it
Unicorns Vs. Titans of Industry: How Fortune 500 approach technology innovation: An Indicative Research Report by Indicative's Matt Levin.
An Indicative Research Report
  1. Key Findings
  2. Background
  3. Analysis
  4. Conclusions
  5. Appendix A:  Methodology
  6. Appendix B: List of Companies
Key Findings

We analyzed the Fortune 500 to understand how large incumbents in some of biggest industries are executing on technology-driven innovation initiatives.

We focused on a subset of 70 companies in 3 verticals that are cornerstones of the economy – Financial Services, General Retail (e.g. including broadline retailers and specialty retailers), and Automotive Retail (e.g. the largest automotive dealer networks).

These companies:

  1. Predominantly have business-to-consumer business models that generate significant amounts of Behavioral Data
  2. Face a significant amount of competition from startups in their space

Focusing on these 2 criteria help us focus on examining companies that are likely to both have significant data assets (and thus innovation leverage) as well as face robust competition from new players.

We then analyzed these companies across a variety of metrics to understand their how they were both developing innovation capabilities and how they were executing on innovation initiatives.

- See more at: http://www.innovationexcellence.com/blog/2016/01/29/the-6-ways-big-companies-are-innovating-against-silicon-valley/#sthash.ekv2nIbC.dpuf


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#Innovation is the key to staying alive in today's competitive business world. How do #corporations handle innovation? This report details the #corporate approach.

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