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Here's What Every Major Silicon Valley Investor Is Using To Find The Next Big Thing

Here's What Every Major Silicon Valley Investor Is Using To Find The Next Big Thing | Venture Capital Stories | Scoop.it

Here's where to find the next big thing.


Product Hunt, founded by Ryan Hoover, is used by a lot of familiar names in Silicon Valley and New York: Greylock Partners, Andreessen Horowitz, Raptor Ventures, Betaworks, SV Angel, Y Combinator, 500 Startups (Dave McClure), Techstars, Index Ventures, First Round Capital, Google Ventures (Kevin Rose, MG Siegler), Dave Morin, VaynerRSE, Cowboy Ventures, Ashton Kutcher, Greycroft, Andrew Chen and others.


The site looks like Hacker News or Reddit, with up-votes to signal which new products are most popular. But instead of sorting through news articles or photos, Product Hunters can expect to find apps that have just bubbled up, like a crowd-sourced Google Play or App Store.

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If you want to find the next big thing make sure you start following Product Hunt.

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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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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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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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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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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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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. 

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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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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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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.

 

 

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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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