5 Things VC Associates Wish Founders Knew Before Their Call

Dream It

The venture capital screening call is an important step to get right in due diligence. In this Dreamit Dose, associates Alana Hill and I, Elliot Levy , offer five things we wish founders knew after screening over 1,000 startups in the last year. Startup Insights Fundraising

Venture Funding Trends Intact

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

The startup economy is alive and well during the pandemic. The NVCA and Pitch Book are out with their Q3 report on the VC industry and what they report is that the VC industry continues to be very active throughout the pandemic. Deal counts and deal values are stable to up over last year.

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The Future of Corporate Venture Capital

500

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. As one of the most active, early-stage investors in the world¹, 500 Startups has a unique perspective on the innovation economy. The post The Future of Corporate Venture Capital appeared first on 500 Startups. The following is an excerpt from 500’s CVC report.

A Guide to Venture Capital Funding video game startups

Entrepreneur's Handbook

I often get requests from early stage video game-related startups asking for intros to investors who invest in games. startup gaming fundraising video-games-industry venture-capital

How Venture Funding For Early-Stage Startups Will Change During the COVID-19 Crisis

Dream It

Martino founded Bullpen in 2010 with a focus on post-seed, pre-Series A startups, and he led the fund’s investments in companies like FanDuel, Namely, Ipsy, SpotHero, Classy, and Airmap. Will a financial crisis affect how venture funds deploy capital? Startups should know how VCs work.

Techstars and HBCUvc Launch 10-City Startup Weekend Tour to Promote Diversity in Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital

TechStars

October 2, 2019 – Techstars , the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, and HBCUvc , a nonprofit fellowship program providing Black and Latinx students with training and mentorship in venture capital, today announced the launch of a joint 10-city Startup Weekend tour across the country. In just 54 hours, participants will experience the highs, lows, fun and pressure that make up life at a startup. . Diversity Startup Week diversity and inclusion Startup Weeken

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. I feel incredibly lucky to be surrounded by a diverse community of founders, in the most diverse tech and startup city in the world.

Introducing Revolution Ventures 3

Revolution

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). At Revolution Ventures, we match this unique deal flow to the specific skills of our team and our hands-on and distinct approach to investing. venture-capital startup investing

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

TechCrunch

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. However , Okra is the first Black founded startup in its portfolio.

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. Keep in mind though, the “20% ratio” is generally only relevant for earlier stage startups and rounds. Are you working on an Urbantech, Securetech, or Healthtech startup?

Qualcomm Ventures invests in four 5G startups

TechCrunch

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. In total, Qualcomm Ventures has deployed $1.5

Bad Notes on Venture Capital

Both Sides of the Table

On the phone … Me: So, you raised venture capital? 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. Startup Lessons This week. Him: Yeah. We raised a seed round. About $1 million. Me: At what price? Him: It wasn’t priced. We raised a convertible note. Me: With a cap? Him: Yes, $8 million. Me: Ah. I see. So you did raise with a price.

Is there a creed in venture capital?

TechCrunch

Scott Lenet is President of Touchdown Ventures. “Darth Ventures” and the efficacy of Sith management techniques. How should venture capitalists and corporate innovators assess Din Djarin, the protagonist of The Mandalorian? Scott Lenet. Contributor. Share on Twitter.

Oklahoma’s startup ecosystem ensures capital continuum for emerging ventures

Innovation 2 Enterprise

All critical success factors — but not make-or-break in the same way capital is to a startup company. In the startup world, the sources of those funds are angel investors and venture capitalists. News capital entrepreneurs Scott Meacham startup ecosystem startups TBFP

Boston startups expand region’s venture capital footprint

TechCrunch

This year has shaken up venture capital, turning a hot early start to 2020 into a glacial period permeated with fear during the early days of COVID-19. Boston could start 2021 as the number-two place to raise venture capital in the country. billion in venture capital.

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

Entrepreneur's Handbook

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 ».

Dreamit Ventures Announces Spring 2020 Cohort, Kicks Off Its First Fully Virtual Program

Dream It

The venture fund launched a completely virtual program with a focus on helping 13 Urbantech, Healthtech, and Securetech startups with business development, customer growth, and capital raising in a time of economic uncertainty. During the best of times, building startups is not easy.

How to Raise Capital for a Startup (or Venture Fund) That’s Ahead of its Time

Entrepreneur's Handbook

Precursor Ventures’ Charles Hudson shares his top tips for raising capital for an unconventional, out-there idea. founders startup venture-capital entrepreneurship vc

Tom Brady and Salesforce Ventures pour millions into Class, a Zoom-friendly edtech startup

TechCrunch

Class, an edtech startup that integrates exclusively with Zoom to make remote teaching more elegant, has raised $12.25 The round brings Salesforce Ventures, Sound Ventures and Super Bowl champion Tom Brady onto its capital table. Will Zoom Apps be the next hot startup platform?

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.

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

TechCrunch

Once overlooked, agritech startups are beginning to have a moment in India. Prosus Ventures, formerly known as Naspers Ventures, led Patna and Gurgaon-based startup’s Series C financing round. Agritech startup DeHaat raises $12M to reach more farmers in India.

Upfront Ventures Raised New $280 Million Fund

Both Sides of the Table

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.

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. We then help surround founders with other talent who want to join important causes but don’t have the startup idea themselves. Fundamentally venture capital is about human capital. In the end I know the only true differentiator in venture capital is the company you keep.

Cloud kitchen startup JustKitchen to go public on the TSX Venture Exchange

TechCrunch

JustKitchen , a cloud kitchen startup, will start trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) Venture Exchange on Thursday morning. Fundings & Exits Startups TC Asia Canada cloud kitchens food ghost kitchens JustKitchen on-demand taiwan TSX Venture Exchange

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How To Raise Venture Capital (When You Have Zero Connections)

Entrepreneur's Handbook

Bradley Davis shares tips on fundraising for startups, including cold outreach tricks & advice on building a network from scratch. entrepreneurship venture-capital angel-investors startup founders

The Future of Startup Ecosystems Across the Globe

500

This year we dove headfirst into the rise of corporate venture capital, the changing nature of venture capital education, and the important task of startup ecosystem building. In 2018, we saw this trend reach new heights with more corporate venture capital (CVC) funds than ever.

Why the Accelerator Model is Broken—and how 500 Startups is Fixing it

500

No one would’ve envisioned me as a venture capitalist. It’s what led me to San Francisco, and, ultimately, what drew me to 500 Startups. When I moved to San Francisco in 2012, I was working on my fourth startup and looking to join an accelerator.

What I’ve Learned About Venture Funding

Both Sides of the Table

We love capital efficiency until we love land grabs until we abhor over funding until we get huge payouts and ring the bell for more funding until we attract every non-VC on the planet to invest in startups until it crashes and we start the cycle all over again none the wiser. the more money you give a startup the faster they grow. I think I’m at the expert stage of venture capital and I mean in the Wardley sense. You are building a one-option startup.

The global inequity in venture financing is staggering

TechCrunch

The global venture capital ecosystem is inequitable. In the United States’ mature venture capital market, an entrepreneur’s race, gender and age help determine who has access to capital. Yes, venture capital startup hubs can take decades to reach maturity.

Pegasus Tech Ventures and Japanet launch new $50M fund to bring global startups to Nagasaki

TechCrunch

Pegasus Tech Ventures , a firm that helps corporations launch startup investment funds, announced a new partnership with Japanet today. Japanet is looking for startups to support its expansion into new sectors.

Listen Up! Why Revolution Ventures is Investing in Indianapolis-based Casted

Revolution

By Revolution Ventures Managing Partner David Golden and VP Alex Shtarkman As voracious consumers of podcasting content, we could not be more excited to announce our investment in Indianapolis-based Casted , a company reinventing the traditional digital content marketing playbook.

NextView Ventures closes its fourth fund with $89 million

TechCrunch

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. In April, NextView launched a virtual accelerator for startups to build a more robust pipeline for deal flow.

Mental health startups are raising spirits and venture capital

TechCrunch

A spate of startups focused on mental health recently made enough noise as a group that they caught the eye of the Equity podcast crew. But in preparation, I reached out to CB Insights for new data on the mental health startup space that they were kind enough to supply.

Venture-Backed Studio is Offering $300K + Equity + Salary to “Wannabe” Startup Founders

Entrepreneur's Handbook

investing entrepreneurship startup economy businessBut the selection process is tough Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ».

Details of Upfront Ventures New $400 Million Fund

Both Sides of the Table

I am so proud and humbled to be able to formally announce that Upfront Ventures has raised its 6th venture capital fund in the past 21 years. LPs (the people who invest in VC firms) have clearly voted in favor of LA with the creation of 15+ new early-stage venture firms and the continued growth is size and team of the great larger firms that are well established. venture-capital

The Thin Skin of the Venture Capital Market

This is going to be BIG.

The fact is, it''s just not cool to criticize the investing side of the venture capital market. For the most part, journalists give startups a free pass when venture capital money is raised or when companies that clearly seem to have failed get "acquired". It''s just not cool these days to say anything bad about the business side of startups unless you cross over into the "Big enough to pick on" world, like an Uber. Venture Capital & Technology

R/GA Ventures announces its new Coalition Venture Studio to support Black founders

TechCrunch

Design and marketing consultancy R/GA is expanding its Venture Studios program with the launch of a new Coalition Venture Studio focused specifically on supporting Black-led and Black-owned startups. ” Black Tech Nation Ventures is a new fund for Black entrepreneurs.