Our Investment Framework Post-COVID-19

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The post Our Investment Framework Post-COVID-19 appeared first on 500 Startups. All Venture Capital Investing covid19 Investing investing strategy seed investing venture capital investingThere’s no doubt that COVID-19 has affected nearly every industry globally.

Qualcomm Ventures invests in four 5G startups

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Qualcomm Ventures , Qualcomm’s investment arm, today announced four new strategic investments in 5G-related startups. ” So far, Qualcomm Ventures has invested over $170 million in the 5G ecosystem, including this new batch.

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The Future of Corporate Venture Capital

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How has corporate venture capital changed? Conventional wisdom dictated that incumbents should focus their innovation efforts on R&D and growing their cash cows while investing in a few startups. But the rate of change has accelerated and with it, the balance of internal versus external investment. The post The Future of Corporate Venture Capital appeared first on 500 Startups. All International Investor Education Venture Capital Investing

Seed, Sow, Water, Grow: 4 Expert Tips to Secure Angel Investment for Your New Business Venture

Bryan Janeczko

Investments That Don’t Work

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I woke up to a dream this morning where I was playing a game that was very similar to Turntable.fm , a failed effort to create a social music experience that had a moment back in 2011 and that I had invested in via USV. Then I found out that the creators of this new game had received venture capital funding and were going to turn it into a business. Investments that don’t work haunt me. And investments that don’t work are often failures of execution.

Six Reasons Not to Invest in a Venture Capital Fund

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So here's all the reasons I told him he shouldn't be in: 1) Fund investing is boring. More updates, more casual events, more exposure to portfolio companies, co-investing, etc., Being in a fund is not the same thing as angel investing. Of course, angel investing for most people isn't very fun past the first year. You could wind up getting distribution checks from a fund you invested in a dozen years ago.

11 angel investing lessons

Venture Hacks

Spearhead asked me to write a post on angel investing when they first launched. Charlie Munger says investing requires a latticework of mental models. Here are 11 lessons for your angel investing lattice: If you can’t decide, the answer is no. Investing takes years to learn, but improves for a lifetime. Invest only in technology. Incentives make for bad investing advice. If you can’t decide on an investment, the answer is no.

NextView Ventures closes its fourth fund with $89 million

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NextView Ventures, a Boston-based venture capital fund, has raised an $89.6 The NextView Ventures team did not immediately respond to request for comment. Despite the pandemic, Boston’s startup scene has continued to attract record numbers in venture capital volume.

Six Reasons We Love Investing in Founders in Small Cities

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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.

Why We Invest in Authentic Founders

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When GAN Ventures considers whether to invest in a startup, we look for four primary things: Authentic founders: Founders that know their own strengths and weaknesses and aren’t afraid to ask for help. Startups that are positioned for venture scale: We focus on venture-scale opportunities that have a logical path to a 10x, and a plausible path to a 100x, return on our investment. The post Why We Invest in Authentic Founders appeared first on GAN.

Lessons from a Diverse Venture Capital Portfolio

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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. Twenty-five of them have at least one female co-founder. Fifteen had co-founders over 40. Five have LGBTQ+ founders. Three teams have African-American founders. Three of the founding teams are married couples.

Brooklyn Bridge Ventures invested in Ringly because being present is fashionable

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Venture Capital & Technology A year ago, I wrote a post about how I was trying to keep my phone away during meals-- No Phone with Food. These days, we''ve got so much that can distract us, being present has become a rare feat. I''ve tried to stick to it, but it''s hard. I run my own business and I try and make myself available whenever my entrepreneurs need me.

How Startups Can Navigate the Change in Investment Climate Due to COVID-19

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The challenge remains, however, of navigating the current investment climate, and we want to help our founders as much as possible in this unknown landscape. The post How Startups Can Navigate the Change in Investment Climate Due to COVID-19 appeared first on 500 Startups. All Announcements Founders Tips and Trends Venture Capital InvestingWith the rise in regulations and restrictions surrounding COVID-19, we’ve entered unprecedented times on a global scale.

The Common Denominator Among Our 25 Startup Investments

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This past week, I took a look at the 25 investments that GAN Ventures has made so far. Meaning, I started to ask myself, “Is there any similar trait or feature that each of the companies in the GAN Ventures portfolio share?” Meaning, companies that are poised for returns you’d expect in a venture fund. I’m not saying all of this as shameless self-promotion of GAN Ventures or our portfolio companies themselves.

Introducing Revolution Ventures 3

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Today, we’re announcing the launch of Revolution Ventures III (RV3)?—?an an over-subscribed $215 million fund to invest in transformative early stage companies with the same team and differentiated approach as the successful Revolution Ventures II (RV2). For over a decade, Revolution has invested time and capital to develop a proprietary network, ecosystem, and brand focused on sourcing deal flow from underserved markets around the country.

Declan Kelly Joins Techstars Investment Team

TechStars

Kelly will help Techstars increase connectivity between startups and the global venture community to fuel innovation and growth. With 11 Techstars mentorship-driven accelerator programs in Europe and the Middle East, Techstars has a portfolio of close to 350 companies and invests in nearly 110 startups in EMEA annually. Declan has been a significant connective tissue between startup founders and the global venture community for years,” said Cody Simms, partner at Techstars.

Kara Nortman Was Just Promoted to Co-Managing Partner at Upfront Ventures. Here’s What it All Means

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Today we’re announcing that my partner Kara Nortman is becoming Co-Managing Partner at Upfront Ventures and I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to welcome her to her new role. She worked for 5 years as a VC at Battery Ventures and co-headed M&A at IAC working with Barry Diller.

UK report spotlights the huge investment gap facing diverse founders

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VC has been invested over the past decade according to race, gender and educational background makes for grim reading — with all-ethnic teams and female entrepreneurs receiving just a fraction of available funding versus all-white teams and male founders.

How growth investing grew so big so quickly

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Derek Zanutto is a general partner at CapitalG , Alphabet’s independent growth fund, where he invests in data, security and SaaS-based enterprise software. Despite our valuation concerns, we ended up making the investment. Derek Zanutto. Contributor. Share on Twitter.

You can start a venture fund if you’re not rich; here’s how

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For years — decades, even — there was little question about whether you could become a venture capitalist if you weren’t comfortable financially. ” Explore management fee offsets , which investors in venture funds often determine to be reasonable.

Upfront Ventures Adds Hamet Watt as New Investment Partner

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I am thrilled to announce that we have added Hamet Watt as a Partner at Upfront Ventures. This is a big news day at Upfront Ventures. But as sweet as that success has been (we invested pre-revenue in a small team) today my even more important news was the further expansion of our partner ranks. Hamet started his career in Venture Capital working for the first post-apartheid VC fund in South Africa. He will be a venture partner.

Lightspeed Venture Partners backs Theta Lake’s video conferencing security tech with $12.7 million

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Lightspeed Venture Partners led the round with commitments from Cisco Investments, angel investors from the collaboration and security space, and previous investors Neotribe Ventures, Firebolt Ventures and WestWave Capital, the company said.

Why venture capitalists are investing in international startups

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Why are more US VCs investing in international startups? But by 2016, US VCs’ share of the pool had dropped 1,200 basis points to 65% of global VC allocation, while more dramatically, only 54% of total VC investment went to the US, a drop of 3,100 basis points. This implies that the US is still the center of the VC industry, even while there is more opportunity for US VCs to invest abroad. .

Ten Realities of Taking Venture Capital Money

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If you take venture capital money. 3) You will almost certainly take more venture capital money after that. 9) You will own less and less of your company over time as you take on additional investment. 10) You will face more competition as venture investment signals that what you''re doing may be attractive. Venture Capital & Technology

What I wish I’d known about venture capital when I was a founder

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Andy Areitio is a partner at the early-stage fund TheVentureCity , a new venture and acceleration model that helps diverse founders achieve global impact. million Series A round, passed the due diligence process, and the investment committee had approved the deal. Andy Areitio.

Our Investment in Good Buy Gear

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By Revolution Ventures Partner Clara Sieg and Principal Graham Ober Although we briefly met Kristin Langenfeld, co-founder and CEO of Denver-based Good Buy Gear , last summer?—?in billion was invested across 347 deals in the state?—?and venture-capital marketplaces startup

Why Revolution Growth is Investing in Orchard

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Today we are thrilled to announce our investment in Orchard , a company dramatically simplifying the process of buying and selling a home with a modern, digital experience from search to close. real-estate startup venture-capital

i2E Investments are untold story of state venture investing

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Oklahoma often gets knocked in national venture capital rankings based primarily on data that is collected by PitchBook or similar venture deal data collectors. As a result, PitchBook, PwC MoneyTree, the Walton Foundation, and others were unaware that last year alone i2E invested $8,696,500 in 10 Oklahoma companies, participating in venture rounds where these companies raised a total of $11,290,792. The breakdown of these investments by industry is also instructive.

The Thin Skin of the Venture Capital Market

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The fact is, it''s just not cool to criticize the investing side of the venture capital market. But can''t I disagree with him on an investment? Why does it seem to automatically make someone an a **e to be critical of an investment? I think it sucks that we are in a media culture where we''re supposed to give everyone pats on the head for entrepreneurship when there are legitimate criticisms to be had about the high profile investments we read about all the time.

500’s Past & Present: Betting on International Startups

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In 2010, 500 Startups started as a new kind of venture capital firm in Silicon Valley with a contrarian belief that talent can come from anywhere in the world. Back then, very few venture capital firms in the valley were focused on much outside of our collection of cities within the San Francisco Bay area. ”If If you look at our early team, our DNA has always been very global with experience growing up abroad or working internationally.

Janet Bannister on human-centered investing

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Canadian VC Janet Bannister, a partner at Real Ventures, loves investing in “conscious founders” who are trying to make the world a better place. Her style of “human-centered investing” prioritizes people and relationships, and investing in smart, self-aware, teachable entrepreneurs. . Today, Janet Bannister is a Partner at Real Ventures, but when Founding Partner John Stokes—aka J.S.—first Why would I go into Venture Capital?” Real Ventures.

Founders don’t need to be full-time to start raising venture capital

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“More than 50% of our founders still are in their current jobs,” said John Vrionis, co-founder of seed-stage fund Unusual Ventures. To gain a competitive advantage, Unusual is investing small checks into founders before they’re full-time.

How Much Money Should You Raise From Venture Investors?

Dream It

Here are some common red flags for venture investors: Red Flag #1 : Ask isn’t tied to specific fundable milestones. On the other hand, if your ask offers investors too little equity, the investors won’t have enough skin-in-the-game to achieve meaningful or target returns on their investment. Once you’ve identified your fundable milestones for investment, the next step is to determine how much cash you’ll need to reach the inflection points.

Fund Investing Versus Fund Management

Haystack

When I started out investing (via a fund — not my money), I was just investing based on a simple schedule: About once a month, invest $25K into one company I liked. The trick with these experiments and lessons is that in investing, you don’t get the feedback right away — it can take a few years at seed to understand the impact of those decisions. Fund investing is easy — fund management is not. Career Culture Technology Venture Capital

New Brooklyn Bridge Ventures Investment: Five Takeaways from the ElectNext Funding News

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Brooklyn Bridge Ventures led the round. I had been meeting with Keya and her team months and months before I actually invested--because I liked the space and was impressed by her personally. Venture Capital & TechnologyToday, ElectNext announced that they had raised $1.3mm to launch a data, analytics and marketing service to bridge the data gap between politicians, lobby groups, and their constituents.

Bad Notes on Venture Capital

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On the phone … Me: So, you raised venture capital? Me: When an investor signs a note with a cap they must assume they are willing to pay the cap or why would they invest? Me: So, who was willing to invest in that? Doesn’t their investment determine the price of the next round? I have never come across a sophisticated A, B or C round venture capitalist who thinks convertible notes are a smart move for entrepreneur or investor. This week.

10 Misperceptions About Venture Capital

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Not every company raises venture capital—most don’t. We, on the other hand, *need* to invest our money, so we don’t have the luxury of turning down good deals if they come along. Different investors are good at different things—and they provide different levels of engagement depending on stage and how much they have invested in you. Venture Capital & TechnologyTweet. 1) You need it.