Board Diversity

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

The board diversity problem is a symptom of a much broader problem around lack of diversity in founders that get funded and lack of diversity in VC firms. Most startup boards are made up of a few founders and a few VCs. No wonder you have no diversity on the board. 1/ When a startup board is created, there should be two independent seats on it. 2/ VCs should accept observer seats instead of board seats when they invest in companies.

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The Importance of Investing Human Capital

The Seraf Compass

When you combine great leadership with a strong board of directors, the likelihood of a successful outcome for a business increases by an order of magnitude. As members of the board, they occupy leadership positions.

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Meme Investing

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

It may be silly and crazy, but it has also been a good investment for my friend and anyone who bought it in the early years. The combination of memes and investing is a powerful cocktail that I have been ignoring for a long time, probably incorrectly. More recently we have seen meme investing move into public market stocks like Gamestop, AMC Theaters, Wendy’s, and more. It is easy to dismiss meme investing.

How to Win Consulting, Board, and Deal Roles with Private Equity and Venture Capital Funds

David Teten VC

Would you like to work with private equity and venture capital funds? There are relatively few jobs directly inside private equity and venture capital funds, and those jobs are highly competitive. Venture Capital. Asian Venture Capital Journal (free trial).

Interswitch receives $110M investment from LeapFrog and Tana Africa Capital

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African payments company Interswitch has secured a $110 million joint investment from LeapFrog Investments and Tana Africa Capital to scale its digital payment services across the continent , the two private investment firms said in a statement Wednesday.

Cap Table (Capitalization table) and what they mean when investing in startups

propel(x)

When angel investing in startups, it is important to know who the owners in the company are and what they own. This is where capitalization tables, or “cap tables” as they are commonly known, come in. You can find more information here on how to start angel investing.

Bolster Your Management Team And Board

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Bolster came out of stealth and into a beta period today and is opening up its marketplace to companies that want to access fractional talent and to executives who want to work at high growth companies in interim, fractional, advisory, or board roles. Bolster also will allow venture capital firms and startup investors to participate in its platform as super users. I love the idea of USV investing in a company that can help our portfolio companies do things better.

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SoftBank-backed Volpe Capital raises $80M to invest in LatAm

TechCrunch

They’re also investing in funds. Today, Volpe Capital announced the $80 million first close of its fund targeting high growth technology investments in Latin America. Volpe also received a “large anchor investment” from its management team.

Six Reasons We Love Investing in Founders in Small Cities

GAN

You face a lot of challenges—anything from your commute time, to finding great talent, to landing big investments, to connecting with your target customers (fashion and beauty companies come to mind, for instance). Staying in business in a small city or an emerging market can be truly difficult, so what if you invest in a company that doesn’t make it? When a company raises another round of financing, it comes at a higher valuation than when we invested in it.

What’s the board’s role in an early-stage startup?

TechCrunch

Gregg Adkin is vice president and managing director at Dell Technologies Capital , the global venture capital investment arm of Dell Technologies. What’s the board’s role in an early-stage startup? A board can be a crucial asset in an early-stage startup.

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Passive Investing in Venture Capital and the Parallels to Public Equities

Tomasz Tunguz

Passive venture capital investing is a relatively new idea. As later stage investors permeate venture capital, they are amassing index funds of startups. If the public equities market is any indication, passive investing is here to stay.

Who Should be on Your Startup Board?

Both Sides of the Table

One of the things that founders have the most angst about is whom they should have on their board and at what stage of the business. This is smart because amazing board members can be transformative with important advice and access and can also help attract other great board members (and team members). Bad board members can make business very unpleasant. Do you need a board when you first start you company? If you get a smart person on the board?—?just

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Cybersecurity startup Panaseer raises $26.5M Series B led by AllegisCyber Capital

TechCrunch

million in a Series B funding led by AllegisCyber Capital. Existing investors, including Evolution Equity Partners, Notion Capital, AlbionVC, Cisco Investments and Paladin Capital Group, as well as new investor National Grid Partners, also participated.

Venture Capital is About Human Capital

Both Sides of the Table

Most VCs did well academically and had enough career success that a venture firm was willing to give them an investment role or they were able to raise their own fund. Fundamentally venture capital is about human capital. The existing Invoca team has been in place and functioning incredibly well the last few years and I’m so honored that Gregg has decided to come on board and help lead us to the next level. Venture Capital is a people business.

Why and How Companies Must Prepare for ESG Investing

StartupNation

Historically, revenue, capital growth and safety of returns have been the key determinants used by investors when making any investment decision. What is ESG investing? ESG investing is a new way of looking at investing. ESG investment trends.

H Twenty Capital aims to be ‘go-to fund for pre-seed investments’ in Latin America

TechCrunch

Venture capital continues to flow into Latin America at a staggering rate. H Twenty Capital (H20) co-founders Daniel Lloreda and Mauricio Porras recall getting into the region in 2018, a time Lloreda considered pretty early to be the investment space.

First Round Capital invests in SinglePlatform

This is going to be BIG.

Yesterday, Howard Morgan announced First Round’s investment in SinglePlatform , a company started by Wiley Cerilli. This deal was a real team effort—Howard Morgan will be joining the board, but our enthusiasm really came out of a lot of great conversation that we all had around the space. Tags: First Round Capital Venture Capital & Technology nextNY

How Boards Need to Evolve Over Time

Both Sides of the Table

I’ve written a few posts about boards recently as part of a series on the subject. I admit that I haven’t yet read it but I’ve had numerous discussions with Brad over the years about board structure & conduct and consider him a mentor on the topic. When you first start your company and raise initial venture capital your board probably consists of 1-3 founders and 1-2 VCs. So our board meetings consisted of discussion about.

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Extra Crunch roundup: Build a founding team, choose a VC and recruit your board

TechCrunch

” In a related article, Gregg Adkin, VP and managing director at Dell Technologies Capital, shared the framework he’s developed for helping founders set up their board. Matthew Harris, partner, Bain Capital Ventures. What’s the board’s role in an early-stage startup?

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Lessons from a Diverse Venture Capital Portfolio

This is going to be BIG.

Brooklyn Bridge Ventures , the pre-seed and seed stage VC fund I run in NYC, has invested in 64 companies in the last six and a half years. The diversity is the direct result of our mission—to build the most accessible venture capital fund in NY. When you conflate hyperbole for ambition and realism for lack of aggressiveness, you will ultimately wind up shutting out a lot of groups from the game of risk seeking capital and opportunity.

Raising the right amount of capital after a correction

TechCrunch

Andy Stinnes , general partner at Cloud Apps Capital Partners , leads early-stage investments in cloud businesses and serves as active board member and adviser, offering operational support for portfolio companies based on his 20+ years in executive roles in business software.

Cana Technology raises glass to new capital as it readies beverage printer for market

TechCrunch

Following nearly four years in the prototype phase, Cana Technology is unveiling what it calls the “world’s first molecular beverage printer” after securing $30 million in funding from venture foundry The Production Board.

Has VC Funding Bounced Back? A Look Into Post-Pandemic Venture Capital Trends

StartupNation

startup landscape boomed in 2021, doubling year on year with a $329-billion venture capital investment across the board. In fact, in 2021 alone, we saw a sharp influx in VC investment, leading to the creation of 936 unicorns as we stepped into the new year. The U.S.

Spade Work: How Early Stage Board Directors Add Value

The Seraf Compass

Over the past few years, there has been much talk about the importance of investing both financial and human capital into the rapidly expanding entrepreneurial ecosystem. From our perspective, human capital is as important as financial capital in driving the long term success of startup companies. So how do we go about the job of applying human capital to foster this success

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Public appoints first independent board members, details 2021 user growth

TechCrunch

This morning, Public , an investment app for the American market, announced the appointment of two new board members. Public has added Jessica Neal , former chief talent officer at Netflix and present-day venture partner at TCV to its board, along with Dr. Christopher J.

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Boardable’s board management software for nonprofits raises $8 million

TechCrunch

Indianapolis-based Boardable , a provider of board management software tools for nonprofits, has raised $8 million in a new round of financing, the company said. New Orleans-based Resilia raises $8 million from Mucker Capital to make nonprofits more efficient.

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How to win consulting, board and deal roles with PE and VC funds

TechCrunch

How to attract large investors to your direct investing platform. Would you like to work with private equity and venture capital funds? There are relatively few jobs directly inside private equity and venture capital funds, and those jobs are highly competitive. Venture capital.

New Board Members Elected at Annual Member Meeting During ACA 2020 – The Summit of Angel Investing

Angel Capital Association

By: Emily Angold, ACA Marketing Manager Three new board members were elected at the ACA Annual Members’ Meeting during ACA 2020 – The Summit of Angel Investing held virtually May 12-14, 2020. In addition to the election of the new board members, one current board member was re-elected for a second term and a Vice Chair was elected. The Board of Directors is currently made up of 15 members and four Chairs Emeritus.

From dorm rooms to board rooms: How universities are promoting entrepreneurship

TechCrunch

The UTLP arrives as more higher education institutions are beefing up their investment in the entrepreneurial pipeline to help more students launch startups after graduation. Earlier this year, 15 top U.S.

Venture capital probably isn’t dead

TechCrunch

Venture capitalists are chatting this week about a recent piece from The Information titled “ The End of Venture Capital as We Know It.” A capital explosion. Thus, venture capitalists sold their capital dearly to founders.

How to Manage a Board

Y Combinator

One of the most common questions we hear from founders is “How do I manage my board?” It’s something that provokes anxiety, because this is the first time the founder/CEO is subject to external supervision, and the board has powers that include the firing of the CEO and the senior management. Where possible, I’ve included specific examples – drawn from YC companies and partners – of how companies have handled board issues. But first, what’s the purpose of a board?

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Groundfloor steps up its real estate debt crowdfunding platform with fresh capital

TechCrunch

Crowdfunding has become an increasingly popular way for companies to raise capital, and investors are taking notice. Groundfloor , the first real estate crowdfunding platform to gain regulatory approval, announced today that it raised its first round of institutional capital since 2015.

11 Quick Tips to Get More Value out of Your Board

Both Sides of the Table

Many board meetings are bored meetings. This is a shame since the value that the right board could add is immense if you select the right board members and manage them effectively. Yesterday I wrote a blog post about what the role of a board actually is. In short the board is there to represent the interest of all shareholders (big & small) of the company and all other stakeholders (debt, creditors, employees, etc.). Never be surprised at a board meeting.

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Alto raises $40 million to help individuals make tax-savvy investments in assets like crypto and artwork

TechCrunch

Alternative investments are having a moment. Institutions have fueled a large part of this growth, investing at record pace into alternatives like crypto, private companies and real estate. ibnAle is set to join the company’s board of directors.

5 essential factors for attracting angel investment

TechCrunch

Marjorie Radlo-Zandi is an entrepreneur, board member, mentor to startups and angel investor who shows early-stage businesses how to build and successfully scale their businesses. Marjorie Radlo-Zandi. Contributor. Share on Twitter.