The Changing Venture Landscape

Both Sides of the Table

And the loosening of federal monetary policies, particularly in the US, has pushed more dollars into the venture ecosystems at every stage of financing. how on Earth could the venture capital market stand still? What Does this Mean for a Venture Capital Firm?

Venture Funding Trends Intact

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

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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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. By Elliot Levy , Healthtech Associate at Dreamit Ventures Book Office Hours with me. To get to partners, often you’ll have to go through the associate first.

The Globalization Of Venture Capital Investing

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

It takes a long time, at least five years and more likely a decade, to know how changes in the startup economy and venture capital will play out. I’ve written a bunch about the globalization of the startup economy. You can start and build a tech company almost anywhere these days. That has been true for at least the last decade. But until very recently, raising capital for your startup was significantly easier if it was located in the major startup hubs, most notably Silicon Valley.

Playing the Long Game in Venture Capital

Both Sides of the Table

Entrada Ventures? —?that He writes “Half of all venture funds outperform the stock market which is the benchmark most institutions measure VC funds against.” Silicon Valley and the media industry that surrounds it values youth.

The Future of Corporate Venture Capital

500

How has corporate venture capital changed? The post The Future of Corporate Venture Capital appeared first on 500 Startups. All International Investor Education Venture Capital InvestingThe following is an excerpt from 500’s CVC report. In the decade since the Great Recession, we have seen digital upstarts – taking advantage of disruptive technologies from AI to IoT – reshape the economy and the corporate pecking order.

Venture Deals Spring 2020 Course – Now Open for Registration!

TechStars

Techstars cofounder Brad Feld and Techstars mentor Jason Mendelson—partners at the Foundry Group, and authors of Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist —are excited to open enrollment for their Venture Deals, Spring 2020 online course.

Khosla Ventures debuts first opportunity fund

TechCrunch

Today, Khosla Ventures said it raised over $550 million for its first Opportunity Fund. Samir Kaul, managing partner, Khosla Ventures. The new oversubscribed fund brings Khosla’s total set of funds to just under $2 billion.

Creative capital is the secret sauce, not venture capital

TechCrunch

To create a pathway for market success, startups need two essential assets groups: venture capital and creative capital. Venture capital is formed of the financial and operational assets invested in a new, unproven business enterprise. Brett Lovelady. Contributor. Share on Twitter.

How Venture Capitalist Diane Yoo Chooses Her Startup Investments

StartupNation

With so many entrepreneurs and startup ventures seeking investment opportunities, it’s crucial that venture capitalists (VCs) create a list of criteria they want their potential investments to meet. Also by Diane Yoo: The Venture Capital Diversity Gap.

The Venture Capital Diversity Gap and Why It Matters

StartupNation

Despite the growth in awarded venture capital (VC) funds, a staggering disparity remains between the amount of total VC funds invested in entrepreneurs and the portion of those funds invested in ventures founded and/or led by women—particularly women of color.

Fund Investor Profile Series: Steven Wamathai, FrontEnd Ventures

The Seraf Compass

Steven Wamathai is the General Partner and Co-Founder of FrontEnd Ventures, a Kenya-focused venture capital fund committed to supporting local and diverse founder teams that are passionate about innovating and changing their value chains.

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. 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.

Toyota Ventures leads seed extension into Agtonomy, turning tractors into autonomous vehicles

TechCrunch

It came out of stealth mode last September with $4 million in seed funding from a group of backers that included Grit Ventures, GV and Village Global.

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.” Lessin notes that venture capitalists once made risky wagers on companies that often withered away. You know, the venture model.

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. By Elliot Levy , Healthtech Associate at Dreamit Ventures Subscribe to Dreamit’s Podcast on Apple , Google Podcasts , or Spotify.

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

Female founders are making a buzzing, venture-backed comeback

TechCrunch

The coronavirus pandemic disproportionately reduced venture capital funding for female founders last year, despite a greater boom in fundraising thanks to megafunds and the advent of Zoom investing.

Understanding the Difference Between Angels and Venture Capitalists

Entrepreneur's Handbook

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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. 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. It’s just a maximum price.

How to Fix a Racially Biased Venture Capital Model and Commit to Diversity in Entrepreneurship

StartupNation

In the wake of the murder of George Floyd and nationwide protests, venture capital firms are making newfound commitments to invest in, or at least evaluate, potential investments that are led by diverse founders.

VCs and university endowments should partner to make venture more diverse

TechCrunch

Founder and managing partner at Ripple Ventures , Matt Cohen is a business operator turned early-stage investor. Matthew Mendelsohn’s accession to become Yale’s new chief investment officer marks a milestone for the rise of university endowments investing in venture capital. Matt Cohen.

Allocate banks $5M to open up venture capital fund access

TechCrunch

The world of venture capital investing is a relatively small one, and relationship-based to boot. The company, founded by Samir Kaji and Hana Yang in February 2021, is developing an approach to venture capital fund investing that provides a way for investors of any size to participate.

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.

Which form of venture debt should your startup go for?

TechCrunch

Venture banks, venture debt funds and venture capitalists are each jockeying to prove how their money is greener. While a venture capitalist may swing for the fences in each investment they make to get outsized returns, one home run can make up for nine strikeouts.

LiveOak Venture Partners takes in $210M aimed at Texas entrepreneurs

TechCrunch

LiveOak Venture Partners raised its largest fund to date, $210 million for Fund III, which will enable the Austin-based, early-stage venture capital firm to double down on Texas founders. Venture capital is going to need a record-breaking run of IPOs to clear its own decks.

Andreessen Horowitz raises $9B in new capital for venture, growth, bio funds

TechCrunch

This morning private-market powerhouse Andreessen Horowitz announced that it has closed $9 billion in new capital for its venture capital, growth-stage and biotech-focused vehicles. Fundings & Exits Startups Venture Capital a16z norwest venture partners venture capital

Why Latin American venture capital is breaking records this year

TechCrunch

Today we’re wrapping our multi-week exploration of the global venture capital market’s second-quarter performance. At a glance, the Latin American venture capital and startup market appears similar to what we’ve seen from other growing ecosystems. A venture capital wave.

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. Despite the pandemic, Boston’s startup scene has continued to attract record numbers in venture capital volume.

5 questions for venture capital in Q3

TechCrunch

The second quarter, for example, saw huge sums of private capital disbursed around the world , partially predicated on underlying performance from startups themselves , and partially thanks to inexpensive capital bolstering venture coffers. Did Europe’s venture scene keep raising record sums?

Coinbase Ventures backs cross-chain infra Router Protocol

TechCrunch

A startup that has built a decentralized exchange as well as a cross-chain infrastructure to facilitate communication across layer 1 and layer 2 blockchain solutions is the latest to receive backing from Coinbase Ventures.

Fort Ross Ventures raises late-stage fund, expands European activity

TechCrunch

Seven-year-old venture firm Fort Ross Ventures just raised its fourth fund. “We have raised over 200 [million USD],” Victor Orlovski, founder and managing partner at Fort Ross Ventures, told me.

Venture Debt 101: Basics and Approach

Y Combinator

In this guide, YC Managing Director Jon Levy talks about venture debt. He covers what it is, walks through some of its benefits and risks, and gives advice on how to approach the process of taking on venture debt. He also highlights Brex’s newly launched venture debt offering.

Accenture Ventures Leader Says Time Is Now for Black Entrepreneurs

Smart Hustle Magazine

Accenture Ventures leader Kathryn Ross has advice for black founders that could be initially deemed counter-intuitive. Kathryn is well-placed to shares insights about black founders and how they are faring in the world of venture capital and entrepreneurship.

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.

The Worst Fundraising Advice I Ever Received Came from a Venture Capitalist

Entrepreneur's Handbook

venture-capital startup pitching fundraising entrepreneurshipPeople who know how to invest money aren’t always the people who know how to raise it Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ».

Goodyear Ventures, Porsche Ventures invest in virtual sensing company Tactile Mobility

TechCrunch

The funding round, which brings Tactile’s total funding to $47 million, was led by Delek Motors, with strategic investment from Goodyear Ventures and Porsche Ventures and support from Union Group, The Group Ventures, Zvi Neta (AEV), Giora Ackerstein and Doron Livnat.