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Why Venture Capital Investors Should Want to See Your Five Year Financial Proforma - Rockies Venture Club

Why Venture Capital Investors Should Want to See Your Five Year Financial Proforma - Rockies Venture Club | Venture Capital Stories | Scoop.it
A good venture capital proforma should show all years from present through exit to demonstrate your ability to SCALE, justify VALUATION, and plan for EXIT.

Many entrepreneurs and VCs alike are hesitant to produce a proforma for more than two years out into the future.  They claim that it’s impossible to know what will happen and that the third year and beyond are “just numbers.”   While I would agree that nobody expects a startup to perform according to its projections, I am heartily in disagreement with the claim that a five year proforma doesn’t tell us anything.

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Marty Koenig's curator insight, February 12, 2014 3:15 PM

Totally agree with Peter. the numbers going out 5 years show the savvy investor that you are:

1. considerate of what they are used to seeing

2. have thought well beyond the possible about how to get there

3. that you believe you can scale and can put that on paper



And the rest of what Peter says about valuation,investor return, and exit strategy prove that you know what you are talking about. 


So many entrepreneurs think it's all about the PRODUCT PRODUCT PRODUCT. Investors don't really care that much about the product. They care about the people they are investing in. and if the people aren't willing to the the energy and thinking into a 5-year projection are they really the type of people a VC wants to invest in? 


This, I know first hand.  

Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, February 13, 2014 11:59 AM

Learn to think like an investor is my advice to very Startup pitching to either an Angel Investor or a VC. This is another good article explaining this. Remember that financial projections are an essential part of your business plan.

Jose Gonzalez's curator insight, February 14, 2014 3:37 AM

Ok...........Thanks

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Hitting the right note

Hitting the right note | Venture Capital Stories | Scoop.it

Convertible notes are one of the most common ways of raising financing for a startup. Particularly the first round of financing. We currently use a form of convertible for all of our pre-seed deals at Seedcamp. Having reviewed and issued many convertible notes over the past few years, I wanted to distill this knowledge down into some key questions for founders to consider and why I think they’re important. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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Excellent explanation of #Convertible notes.

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Why VCs Should First be Startup CEOs

Why VCs Should First be Startup CEOs | Venture Capital Stories | Scoop.it

Venture Capitalists who are serious about turning their firms into more than one-fund wonders may want to have their associates actually start and run a company for a year.

Running a company is distinctly different from simply having operating experience — (working in bus dev, sales or marketing.) None of that can compare with being the CEO of a startup facing a rapidly diminishing bank account, your best engineer quitting, working until 10 pm and rushing to the airport and catching a redeye for a “Hail Mary” close of a customer, with your board demanding you do it faster.

Today, you can start a web/mobile/cloud startup for $500,000 and have money left over. Every potential early-stage Venture Capitalist should take a year and do it before he or she makes partner. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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Great idea. Get some experience in the field.

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Nothing beats having been in the trenches according to Steve Blank. And because starting a company now requires less than a year and $500k, he suggests to make it part of the VC-partner training program.
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Why Raising Venture Capital Is A Waste Of Your Time

Why Raising Venture Capital Is A Waste Of Your Time | Venture Capital Stories | Scoop.it
For years I pitched and pitched and got nowhere. Here's how I got funding for my startup.

You walk in 15 minutes ahead of time for your 4 p.m. meeting with Kleiner Perkins. You have a knockout Power Point, charming personality, and vision for a grand future despite this being your first startup and still being in development. The partners walk into the room and after having taken every course, watched every YouTube video on pitching, and seen every Shark Tank episode, you hit the pitch out of the ballpark.

The partners give you a standing ovation proclaiming how you have the most innovative product they’ve seen since Facebook and hand you a check for $2M to build your grand vision, hire a few dozen people while paying yourself and your team a normal corporate salary, and spend hundreds of thousands on marketing to beat out all those other competitors. Confetti and balloons proceed to drop out of the ceiling as a team of VC interns carry you out of the room on their shoulders while the partners bust out into the musical version of “You Make My Dreams” by Hall & Oates.

This is every entrepreneur’s dream. It is also a complete fabrication. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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#Startups wanting to find #seedfunding from #VC companies need to read this article.

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#Startups wanting to find #seedfunding from #VC companies need to read this article.

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Venture Capitalists Chase Next Tech Wave After Smartphones

Venture Capitalists Chase Next Tech Wave After Smartphones | Venture Capital Stories | Scoop.it

Venture capitalists are always chasing the next big thing. Lately, they are struggling to figure out what that might be, spreading their bets across technologies for which the path to profit is unclear, including self-driving cars, drones, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and food. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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What's the next big thing? Do you have it?

 

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Why private equity is appealing for high net worth families

Why private equity is appealing for high net worth families | Venture Capital Stories | Scoop.it
Martin Pelletier: Investors have begun to look elsewhere for return potential — and one such area is private equity

With stock markets like the S&P 500 setting new all-time highs, interest rates testing new all-time lows and alternative investments such as hedge funds performing badly investors have begun to look elsewhere for return potential — one such area is private equity. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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#PrivateEquity is another way for getting strong returns on #capital.

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How to Build a Startup & Understanding Venture Capital

How to Build a Startup & Understanding Venture Capital | Venture Capital Stories | Scoop.it

Many first-time founders seek advice when thinking about what ideas would be great for a startup company and receive the wrong advice that you need to focus on a billion-dollar idea.

There are very few ideas that are obviously a billion-dollar idea from the start. So what should you do?

I advise founders to focus on what I call "basecamp," which is the first level of success or validation at a startup. Raise only the money you need to arrive at basecamp and build only the team required to make it there. The advantage of basecamp is that once acclimatized you can look for the right route up the mountain and from that vantage point you know a lot better what your options are. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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Mark Suster knows a few things about #startups and #VC capital. Great article with clarifying slides.

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The three fundamentals for success in business | AlphaGamma

The three fundamentals for success in business | AlphaGamma | Venture Capital Stories | Scoop.it
Having a nice idea isn't all that matters. To have success in business, first, you must be in business and develop these personality traits.

When planning a new business, what usually comes to mind when you think about your success odds?

‘Is my idea profitable enough?’

Don’t we all tend to think that the market opportunity relies on a perfect and incredibly innovative idea?

But why are we always so concerned about the business concept like it is all that matters to create a successful business?

Could the idea, by any chance, be a mere excuse to hold down a business project a bit more?

When you think about it, it’s impressive how many people struggle to start their own business because they are waiting for that perfect idea to fall from the sky. There’s this curious common notion that to be successful in business, all you need is an excellent idea.

Well, allow me to share my brutally honest opinion: having a fabulous idea means absolutely nothing about the potential for the business to be a success. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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Do ideas count? Well, there is much more to succeed. How about grid and determination? This includes a great TED talk.

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Obama might want to be a venture capitalist after leaving office

Obama might want to be a venture capitalist after leaving office | Venture Capital Stories | Scoop.it
He's been constantly criticized as being bad for businesses, but President Obama could be joining their ranks after his time as president.

When the next US president steps up to the inauguration lectern in January, Barack Obama will leave his post as the nation's commander in chief and hand off the country to his successor.

He's already announced that he will be staying in DC after office, but he might also try his hand in the venture-capital market.

In an interview with Bloomberg, Obama voiced his little-known inclination toward the private sector, specifically Silicon Valley and the VC scene. Read more: click image or title.

 

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The spirit of entrepreneurship is definitely strong in the US. #SiloconValley has ushered in wave after wave of new #technology.

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A Dozen Things I’ve Learned from Pitch Johnson about Venture Capital and Business

A Dozen Things I’ve Learned from Pitch Johnson about Venture Capital and Business | Venture Capital Stories | Scoop.it

I decided last week that the next post in this series should be about Franklin “Pitch” Johnson, Jr. who has been a venture capitalist since 1962. It is a good follow up to my previous post on Georges Doriot and posts I have written on Arthur Rock and Don Valentine. These people and a few other innovators created the venture capital industry. Johnson is a founding partner of the venture capital firm Asset Management, which has made more than 250 investments during its more than 40 years of operation. The firm’s investments include Amgen, Applied Bio Systems, Applied Micro Circuits, Sierra Semiconductor, Tandem Computer, Teradyne and Verity. Johnson developed and taught a well-known course in entrepreneurship and venture capital at Stanford from 1979-1990. Read more: click image or title.

 

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Questions you need to ask your VC

Questions you need to ask your VC | Venture Capital Stories | Scoop.it

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.

Think about it. Taking venture capital funding is the beginning of an intimate, complicated and usually long-term relationship. It’s easier to get divorced from your spouse than get rid of yourinvestors. (Seriously. And VC investments usually outlast the average time people stay married before a divorce — eight years in the U.S., according to The Economist.)

Particularly as valuations drop and markets churn, it’s tempting to grab whatever fundingyou can, from whatever partner you can. But a well-funded nightmare with the wrong partners can become disastrous. Read more: click image or title.

 

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Finding the right #investor may be more important than just finding #funding.

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There is a 'game changer' technology on Wall Street and people keep confusing it with bitcoin

There is a 'game changer' technology on Wall Street and people keep confusing it with bitcoin | Venture Capital Stories | Scoop.it
Blockchains are like Excel spreadsheets, but more secure — and there is no central authority needed to approve transactions.

Wall Street banks are buzzing about blockchain.

Goldman Sachs says the technology "has the potential to redefine transactions" and can change "everything."

JPMorgan last month announced it was launching a trial project with the blockchain startup led by its former executive, Blythe Masters. 

Her company, Digital Asset Holdings, has secured funding from Goldman, Citi, ICAP, and a boatload of other financial firms.

If you're wondering what a blockchain actually is, or how its works, you're not alone. Autonomous Research, which calls the technology a "game changer," has released a report to answer all of your blockchain questions. Read more: click on image or title.

 

 

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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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Why Strategic Investment Isn't Always A Good Strategy For Startups

Why Strategic Investment Isn't Always A Good Strategy For Startups | Venture Capital Stories | Scoop.it
Big corporations are hungry to invest in startups today, from tech giants like Google to companies such as Comcast and GM. Whether that money is good for entrepreneurs, however, is much more complicated. Here's a comprehensive look at how strategic investment works.

You hear about ‘strategic’ investments every day, and they generally come in two flavors. The first is an “off balance sheet” investment in a private tech company. Examples include Toyota’s investment in Uber earlier this year, and Apple’s $1bn infusion into Didi Kuadi. These are generally one off in nature, and are generally handled within existing organizational structures. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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The rise of the family office venture investor

The rise of the family office venture investor | Venture Capital Stories | Scoop.it

VC dollars aren’t as readily available as they were in previous years, and for the companies that are receiving funding, they’re finding that the terms.

Companies currently raising rounds of venture investment are inevitably learning some hard truths. Primarily, VC dollars aren’t as readily available as they were in previous years, and for the companies that are receiving funding, they’re finding that the terms are becoming increasingly less palatable.

The good news for startups looking for funding is that a new pathway for direct investment is emerging: the family/multi-family offices of wealthy individuals and families. Read more: click image or title.

 

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“Rather than the typical client/vendor relationship I'm used to, Growthink has been more like a strategic partner and trusted advisor. Not only did they provide me with a dynamic business plan but they have given me invaluable advice and feedback along the way. They have exceeded my expectations in every way possible during this exciting but uncertain time of starting & ultimately growing my business.”

Jerry D. Erickson

President/CEO

FryBrid Cars

 

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#Funding avenues are changing rapidly, along with #technology, #startups, #crowdfunding and more. #FamilyOffices manage significant funds and look for diversification. Another opportunity for good business proposals.

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Why We Invested: VCs On What They Saw Early On In Big-Name Startups

Why We Invested: VCs On What They Saw Early On In Big-Name Startups | Venture Capital Stories | Scoop.it
From Airbnb to Blue Bottle to Dropbox, and from Sequoia to Upfront Ventures, here's why top VCs made big bets on these startups.

VCs are always on the hunt for the next 10x company, but what draws them in can be anything from a great founder team to  product-market fit to a game-changing user interface. Below we highlight quotes from funding announcements, interviews, and VCs’ own blogs where they share what aspect of an up-and-coming startup made them want to invest. Read more: click image or title.

 

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#Stories to learn from.

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The current state of venture capital in 18 charts | PitchBook News

The current state of venture capital in 18 charts | PitchBook News | Venture Capital Stories | Scoop.it
We recently released our inaugural PitchBook-NVCA Venture Monitor as a comprehensive resource on all matters venture capital. Here are the highlights from the 20-page report.

3Q numbers show the venture reset is ongoing, though the decline in deal flow has been softer than some expected. At this pace, year-end VC invested could hit $74 billion—the second-highest tally of the decade.

 

 

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The Value Of Corporate Venture Arms

The Value Of Corporate Venture Arms | Venture Capital Stories | Scoop.it

The rise in corporate venture capital has created a new dynamic in the investment ecosystem.

The rise in corporate venture capital (CVC) has created a new dynamic in the investment ecosystem. Companies have had their eyes opened to a “new” source of capital with CVCs (the ins-and-outs of which, I’ve defined here); however, there is far less discussion on why an established company should or would engage in corporate venture.

In today’s digital economy, internal investment and M&A activity just aren’t enough to drive the growth companies need to stay competitive. Forward-thinking companies such as Intel, Google, and GE are consistently demonstrating the outsized benefits of CVCs to fuel their innovation engine. For the second quarter in a row in 2Q16, CVCs participated in over 25% of all deals worldwide.

This constant chase for innovation creates an opportunity for entrepreneurs to seek strategic investors. Here are some of the ways leading companies think about the value of a corporate venture arm and how entrepreneurs can benefit from it: Read more: click image or title.

 

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How to get your #startup funded by #corporate Venture Capital

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The 7 Deadly Sins of Venture Capital Fundraising Strategies -- and How to Avoid Them

The 7 Deadly Sins of Venture Capital Fundraising Strategies -- and How to Avoid Them | Venture Capital Stories | Scoop.it

Every year, thousands of great ideas are funded by venture capital (VC) funds. At the same time, 10 times, if not a 100 times more ideas are not. The recurring mistakes are not always based on the failures of the business.

It is not always because the ideas are unsound, the product not finished or the customers not happy. It is because the process of securing VC financing is difficult, sometimes arcane, requiring a lot of research and often exceptional patience. Very few 1st-time entrepreneurs are knowledgeable of what it takes and ready to go through the struggle. Yet, unless you can fund your project on your own nickel, VCs are the necessary partners to get your enterprise off the ground.

Having been around the block several times, I offer my own version of the “7 cardinal sins”, those mistakes that, if made, will likely result in failing to raise the money your company needs.

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Brexit’s Winners And Losers: How The UK Decision Will Impact Europe’s VC Ecosystem

Brexit’s Winners And Losers: How The UK Decision Will Impact Europe’s VC Ecosystem | Venture Capital Stories | Scoop.it

The UK has held a pivotal position in European venture capital as a hub for both investors and startups, and that’s particularly true in categories where it has  been strong, including fintech, games, and biotech.

The decision by UK voters to leave the European Union will have significant ripple effects on the VC landscape both in Europe and beyond.

Here are the top concerns and likely impacts, according to early views we rounded up from investors, founders, corporate execs, government studies, and analysts. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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The impact is not immediate but in the next few years some things will change. The main concern is around #fintech and the #EIF, European Investment fund backed by the #EU.

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The secret to how startups like Uber raise billions: Saudi Arabia, China and Singapore

The secret to how startups like Uber raise billions: Saudi Arabia, China and Singapore | Venture Capital Stories | Scoop.it
Today's tech startups are raising billions without going public. This is one of the reasons why.

Just when you thought the startup market can't possibly get any crazier, Uber goes and raises another $3.5 billion in funding.

That jaw-dropping amount of money, the single largest round of funding ever raised by a private U.S. company, highlights both the insatiable appetite certain startups have for capital and the little-discussed way they get that money.

Uber's $3.5 billion in funding didn't come from the usual collection of venture capital firms, technology giants or even the mutual funds who have been flooding the market with cash. Instead, all of that Uber money came from one source: Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund. 

The fund is just one of many government-owned investment vehicles around the world with access to hundreds of billions in capital that are pumping small but meaningful portions of that money into technology startups. 

Read more: click image or title.

 

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#Wealthfunds are looking for good #investment opportunities. With so much money available, why is there still poverty?

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Fund V – Andreessen Horowitz

We are very excited to announce the closing of Andreessen Horowitz Fund V, a $1.5 billion venture capital fund through which we’ll continue to invest in seed, early-stage, and mid-stage-growth tech companies.

Since our founding nearly seven years ago, we’ve been investing under the broad thesis of “software is eating the world”. Fund V will continue that theme. Simply put, software is disrupting a broad cross-section of traditional industries — for example, Airbnb in hospitality, Comma.ai in cars, Everlaw in legal, Honor in senior home care, Instacart in grocery, Lyft in ride-sharing, OpenGov in government data, Soylent in food; Branch, Coinbase, and Transferwise in financial services … and so on.

That trend is continuing. Read more: click image or title.

 

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A positive announcement in the #VC industry for #startups

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The slowdown in equity financing is changing venture debt too

The slowdown in equity financing is changing venture debt too | Venture Capital Stories | Scoop.it

Debt funding is an interesting option for start-ups in two scenarios: you can increase your funding base while times are good in order to maximize growth or you can use it stretch your runway when …Read more: click title.

 

 

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#Debt #funding is an interesting option for start-ups...

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

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Marc Kneepkens's insight:

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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