The Globalization Of Venture Capital Investing

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

When I look at all of the opportunities we are currently considering plus all of the investments we have made this year to date, what stands out most to me is the location of the founders and teams. And very little of it is in western Europe where most of our non-US investing has been for the last decade. The emergence of raising money and supporting investments on Zoom has made it possible to have a much broader reach than was possible a few years ago.

Our Investment Framework Post-COVID-19

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Playing the Long Game in Venture Capital

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 —  @jasonlk How the Long Game Has Benefitted Upfront I was thinking about it this morning in particular and thinking about my own personal investment history. My first ever investment as a VC was Invoca. Entrada Ventures? —?that

5 Things VC Associates Wish Founders Knew Before Their Call

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The venture capital screening call is an important step to get right in due diligence. Alana suggests that before speaking to an associate, you gain a basic understanding of the fund’s focus and stages they invest in.

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

Why Investing in Female Founders Matters Now More Than Ever

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Long before diversity and inclusion became buzzwords, we decided to make venture capital inclusive from day one at 500 Startups. The post Why Investing in Female Founders Matters Now More Than Ever appeared first on 500 Startups.

4 essential truths about venture investing

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Alex Iskold is a co-founder and managing partner at 2048 Ventures , an early-stage lead investor in technology and data companies. After making pre-seed investments for seven years, I have observed how different the pre-seed stage is from Series A and later-stage investing.

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.

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.

11 angel investing lessons

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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.

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.

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

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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.

Rebranded Toyota Ventures invests $300 million in emerging tech and carbon neutrality 

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Toyota AI Ventures, Toyota’s standalone venture capital fund, has dropped the “AI” and is reborn as, simply, Toyota Ventures. So while Toyota Venturesinvestment approach isn’t changing, it’s broadening the scope of startups it will consider investing in. . “AI

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.

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.

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.

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.

Clim8 raises $8M from 7pc Ventures, launches climate-focused investing app for retail investors

TechCrunch

Ethical investing remains something of a confusing maze, with a great deal of “greenwashing” going on. Consumers will be able to invest in companies and supply chains that are focused on tackling climate change.

What’s going on with fintech venture capital investment?

TechCrunch

Over the next few weeks, the venture capital industry will compile and release data concerning its Q4 2020 performance, capping a year that saw the world of private capital freeze , thaw and burn. What happened to fintech venture capital investment in Q4 and 2020?

Indonesian investment platform Ajaib gets $25 million Series A led by Horizons Venture and Alpha JWC

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Ajaib Group , an online investment platform that says it now runs the fifth-largest stock brokerage in Indonesia by number of trades, announced it has raised a $25 million Series A led by Horizons Ventures, the venture capital firm founded by Li Ka-Shing, and Alpha JWC.

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.

WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: Michigan Leads Nation in Venture Capital Investment (Episode 229)

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On today’s Business Beat, Jeff talks about how Michigan leads the nation in the biggest increase in venture capital investing and how venture capital is furthering innovation in our state.

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.

Prosus Ventures leads $30 million investment in Indian agritech startup DeHaat

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Prosus Ventures, formerly known as Naspers Ventures, led Patna and Gurgaon-based startup’s Series C financing round. Asia Funding Recent Funding Startups AgriTech DeHaat india Prosus VenturesOnce overlooked, agritech startups are beginning to have a moment in India.

‘Pure’ nutritional supplements startup Feel closes $6.2M investment, led by Fuel Ventures

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million investment, led by Fuel Ventures, with participation from TMT Investments, Sova VC, Richard Longhurst (founder of LoveHoney.com) and Igor Ryabenkiy (founder and GP of Altair Capital).

How To Raise Venture Capital Fast?—?Tips From An Investment Banker (Turned Startup Founder)

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venture-capital startup how-to entrepreneurship foundersCalibrate’s Isabelle Kenyon raised $27 million via virtual meetings Here are her tips and tricks for rapid long-distance fundraising. Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ».

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.

How Much Money Should You Raise From Venture Investors?

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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.

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.

TechCrunch: Where top VCs are investing in construction robotics

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Via TechCrunch by Arman Tabatabai: Venture capital has been flooding the various subverticals under the robotics umbrella in recent years, and the construction space is one of the largest beneficiaries. We have recently made investments in firms like Cove Tool , One Concern and Firmus.

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

Both Sides of the Table

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.

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.

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

Upfront Ventures Raised New $280 Million Fund

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We’ve been dying to tell you all for a while that we had raised a new venture capital fund and of course given SEC filing requirements the story was somewhat already scooped by the always-in-the-know Dan Primack a few weeks ago. The speaks to the continued confidence in the venture capital markets and as I had predicted some time ago the VC markets right now are a great place to invest – especially relative to other places to put one’s money.

Nigerian fintech Okra raises $3.5M backed by Accenture Ventures and Susa Ventures

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based Susa Ventures led this latest tranche of investment. Other investors include TLcom Capital (the sole investor from its $1 million pre-seed round in 2020), newly joined Accenture Ventures and some angel investors.