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[PreMoney MIAMI] Upfront Ventures, Mark Suster, "Venture Outlook 2015 - Goldrush or Fool's Gold" - YouTube
(1) Change from Sales Funnel to Funnel of Intent on Mobile and Social Media. Lower Marketing/Early user acquisition cost at scale. And tap to credit cards to with one click through third party Platforms. And also Open Source Software Stacks and buying 'by time' the hardware stack on Google, AWS or Azure is paradigm shift. Results also in noise one has to break through first - raising the bar (by user choice) for everyone. (2) min10 - Value Creation held inside Private Market through growth & late-stage investing instead of IPO with single-class share structure with wobbily business numbers 'help you god that you aren't out 24m later' because of impatient Wall Street. (3) min14 Series D valuations show Private Market highest bidder wins phenomenon. But Valuations are up across the board. And with more Seed/Angel Investors, Seed Valuations are also bid up higher compared to ABC. // &! min29 - 500 Startups, Dave McClure "4 Years of Moneyball - What Have We Learned"
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april 2015 by asterisk2a
Bubble talk - Sam Altman
There will be downward pressure on valuations as interest rates rise. But I think it will be less than the upward pressure of the phenomenal innovation and earning power of these businesses. Of course, there could be a macro collapse in 2018 or 2019, which wouldn’t have time to recover by 2020. I think that’s the most likely way for me to lose. // via see comments like "Asking a VC to determine whether or not there is a VC bubble is like asking a mortgage broker or real estate agent whether or not there was a housing bubble during 2006."
Silicon  Valley  ZIRP  NIRP  bond  bubble  hunt  for  yield  distortion  QE  Wall  Street  POMO  GFC  speculative  bubbles  speculation  speculative  Venture  Capital  angelinvestor  angel-list  Angel  Investor  business  model 
march 2015 by asterisk2a
How VCs Turned My Startup Into A Nightmare - BuzzFeed News
there are a few who understand that even if you are inclined to equate “success” and “wealth,” you’ll need more than just greed in order to get there. The billionaire angel investor Ron Conway demonstrated this reasoning in an email to his colleagues leaked during the Angelgate scandal of 2010: The world of startups would be a better place if you spent less time complaining about deal structures, terms, vc’s, and valuations etc and the cars you drive, and just helped entrepenuers [sic] build their companies. […] In my opinion your motives are driven by self serving factors around ego satisfaction and ‘making a buck. And yet this famous VC-chiding email has nothing explicit to say about creating value for the society at large; it is all about helping entrepreneurs build companies.
Venture  Capital  Greed  Super  Rich  1%  angelinvestor  Angel  Investor  angelinvestors  Silicon  Valley  society  social  cohesion  monopoly  oligopol  oligopoly  Peter  Thiel 
february 2015 by asterisk2a
Foreign Founders Should Look Beyond Silicon Valley | TechCrunch
Put your start-up tent up at expensive places = less runway for your start-up = competitive disadvantage (burn rate). To get a MVP minimally viable product out the door, you don't need a $120k/y full-stack dev, for 90% of "ideas," Start-ups fail because they run out of time (= money to pay bills) to find traction, the formula for their "idea." Sure, there are bad ideas. But sometimes you need time to fix all the problems and test and optimise etc etc. A marathon of sprints. // "Burning Money For The Roof Above Your Head" &! So Silicon Valley is an extraordinarily competitive and expensive place to hire; the risks are high for you as a founder – and yet you have to hire faster than you ever have. Candidates are gone if you don’t catch them in a day. &! RE TECHCITY UK - RETS ARE ALREADY WAY UP IN THE AREA AND LONDON IS EXPENSIVE. AS IS NY. AND LA IS AWEFUL, always in the car and the pollution. //
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january 2015 by asterisk2a
HORIZONT Award 2015: Keynote Oliver Samwer - Teil 1 - YouTube
It's only the beginning, the race starts a new (concerning mobile usage & patterns/behaviour). // [along the line of "It is still Day 1" via Marc Andreessen] // Talks Zappos & e-commerce that inspired them to do Zalando. To build e-commerce of that type, there are years of losses ahead. There was no possibility at that time in sight, to fund that with European VC's. Zalando raised in its lifetime till the IPO ~500m. That was around the same amount EU VC's handed out in 2008. They started 2007 w 20 ppl. EU VC's handouts are about 2% of SV VC's handout per year in aggregate. Capital intensive companies out of EU (Germany) are nearly impossible to pull off. Mittelstand/SME/Dude&Dudette businesses are ok with peanut investments/savings/bank credit and focusing on making it at nearly break even in the first year. That is not the mantra in SV. SV = go big or go home, once you got real traction. Reach for the sky. Biz (Start-ups) fail when you run out of money before you found traction.
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january 2015 by asterisk2a
Product Hunt Blog — What Makes a Great Investor? 10 Great Investors Weigh In.
In a collaborative @ProductHunt post, angels/VCs weigh in on what makes a great investor: @alexisohanian: 'Want to invest in great entrepreneurs? Be one first' @joshelman: '...give advice to help founders grow and scale just ahead of the company' @naval: 'Engages with you as a peer, not as your boss. Patient, empathetic' @paulsingh: '...clear about their view on the world, their investment thesis and their decisions' @mazzeo '...insight, conviction in the face of dissent and most importantly a poignant sense of empathy'
Venture  Capital  angelinvestors  angelinvestor  seedround  seedfunding  partyround  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice 
october 2014 by asterisk2a
Bad Notes on Venture Capital
Me: Yup. I see that all the time. I know how to structure around that to protect the founders from getting screwed on a multiple liquidation preference. But most VCs don’t bother so many convertible note founders get screwed and never know it until they sell their companies. My colleague: Whoa. Me: Yup. The whole industry has strangely accepted this artificial structure for all the wrong reasons. There are a million ways to do quick, easy, low-cost rounds with prices. There are a bunch of ways to offer cheaper pricing to people who commit early without notes. But founders these days seem strangely unfocused on finance and on terms that could hurt them even though we fought to the death about these same terms 10 years ago. [...] 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. // via
convertible  note  convertible  notes  seedround  seedfunding  openangelforum  angelinvestor  angelinvestors  Venture  Capital  Start-Up  advice  Start-Up  lesson  VC  Mark  Suster  funding 
september 2014 by asterisk2a
Shrink Your Digital Footprint with Mark Cuban's Cyber Dust | Disrupt SF 2014 - YouTube
min 8:45 - Silicon Valley & Culture & Valuations (_cost of Living_!!! - Silicon Valley and surrounding areas ie SF and Palo Alto etc.) & FOMO (fear of missing out) ... arbitrage >> coming from the outside, selling it to the inside. +++
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september 2014 by asterisk2a
Report: Fenwick study points to rising valuations, but don’t call it a bubble | PandoDaily
Fenwick partner Barry Kramer, who co-authored the report, breaks down the fundamental signs of a bubble into three things: high valuations, an absence of investment fundamentals, and large volumes of investment activity. Today’s report confirms that the first factor is very much a reality, but the latter two are far less of an issue. +++
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august 2014 by asterisk2a
Is everything we know about what makes a good VC just wrong? | PandoDaily
Still, I’ve heard that idea — operational experience as the mark of a great investor — countless times in the past twelve months. As a founder, I resonate with everything everyone says about good and bad investors on an emotional level. I used to think entrepreneurs were too whiney about interfering board members and VCs. Guys, they gave you millions of dollars to build your dream with no obligation on the downside should you completely blow it and lose it all! You think they shouldn’t have a say in the company? But I get it now. I can’t tell you how times in the past two and a half years I’ve said the words “easier said than done.” The worst conversations are ones where investors say something like: “Have you thought about hiring a world class sales guy?” [...] THERE IS NO 'apply this' PLAYBOOK. [VC's & Co are in THE SERVICE BUSINESS. Entrepreneurs are their customers. LPs ar their shareholders.]
Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  Venture  Capital  angelinvestor  openangelforum  angel-list  angelinvestors  VC  seedround  seedfunding  execution  Silicon  Valley  Palo  Alto 
july 2014 by asterisk2a
Tinder highlights tech world’s frat-pack culture -
! GREAT ARTICLE by Tett ! tip of the iceberg. "money and hubris is involved." - Sheryl Sandberg's 'book for the white, privileged & entitled ivy league girls' is a drop in the ocean. Instead of having girls getting a beautician degree at college for the service industry; fighting the hard fight/competing head to head for little pie there is * || - - Tinder's sexual harassment scandal is not a surprise. It's another wake-up call How many Silicon Valley sexism stories must we endure before 'entrepreneurs' get serious about diversity? + + +
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july 2014 by asterisk2a
A Fireside Chat Jason Calacanis - YouTube
>> be short, sharp, compelling, have at least a mock-up if not better a MVP, or even better a product w traction. DONT ASK INVESTORS WHAT THE HAVE LEAST, TIME. ... and no dissing of unicorns (billion dollar exist, business),
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june 2014 by asterisk2a
- Venture Capital - This Week in Venture Capital - Mark Jeffrey, CEO of ThisWeekIn - YouTube
Brad Feld, Fred Wilson, Suster - - Blogs, + Quora, ... Mark Suster "execution tends to win." talking about copycats and me too start-ups, get an introduction from existing/past portfolio companies. Hustle. It's unacceptable not to be able to figure out how to get access other than in a straight line via email on persons homepage. || people now, with lower barrier of entry - MVP, - ppl wanna see product. + PLUS + financial models !!! business model / plan - the economics. - have a plan for the basics of the company ~2-3 quarters into the future while keeping the vision in mind.
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june 2014 by asterisk2a
The Great Venture Capital Rotation | LinkedIn
You can only succeed as an angel investor, I believe, if you are a massive gambler. You have to bet, bet, bet with ice in your veins: knowing that after dozens of failures, you’ll hit a winning bet of epic proportions.
venturecapital  VC  angelinvestor  venture_capital  jasoncalacanis 
november 2013 by asterisk2a
With New Fund, German Seed Stage Investing Gets a Boost
German Internet entrepreneurs have a new friend — Hanse Ventures, a Hamburg-based Internet incubator that has been co-founded by Jochen MaaB, founder of Internet marketing firm, artaxo and Sarik Weber, formerly of XING and co-founder of Cellity. The founding share holders of the new investment group are publishing house Gruner+Jahr’s Chairman Dr. Bernd Kundrun and Rolf Schmidt-Holtz, CEO of Sony Music Entertainment.

Weber and MaaB are responsible for the operational aspect of Hanse, which already has taken stakes in eight Internet start-ups. These include Carmio, a price comparison engine for auto parts and, a online wedding portal. Hanse Ventures plans to add between 6-to-8 start-ups every year for next three years to its portfolio. The start-ups are getting the usual physical infrastructure along with other services such as design, programming and online-marketing.
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may 2010 by asterisk2a
Greece gets a third angel investment fund courtesy of Virtual Trip Group
vhg Athens-based Virtual Trip Group has announced plans to start an angel investment fund through its subsidiary Virtual Trip Holdings SA. It will be focused on ‘innovative startups’ from Greece and abroad, and will be the third angel investment fund in the country following OpenFund and Driin Ventures.

What we know so far is that they’ll target investments of between €50.000 to €200.000 for an equity stake of around 35-45%. And while it can certainly be argued that this may not represent the best available deal out there, if we take into account the financial difficulties Greece is facing, it’s an offer that many startups could find both useful and necessary in order to stay out of the deadpool.
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april 2010 by asterisk2a
Allegis Capital
they do early seed,

Bob Ackerman is the founder and managing director of Allegis Capital (, a seed and early-stage venture firm headquartered in Palo Alto, California. Ackerman has worked with more than 50 corporate investment partners over the past 20 years as both a venture capitalist and a startup executive. Read his past peHUB posts here
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april 2010 by asterisk2a
The importance of investor signaling in venture pricing – chris dixon's blog
Yes, this varies by stage. At angel stage, it's ok to mention names if they are truly committed, since angels almost always work together and don't push each other out. At VC stage, you should never mention names, because you are inviting them to collude or do other things to strengthen the signaling effect which works against you.

The best general interest signal is swagger plus setting a fixed time when you are going to be done raising money ("we are wrapping things up in 3 weeks"). VC's are information junkies and quite rationally will always want more information, so as an entrepreneur you need to force things to end. This of course is risky if you get there and don't have any offers. But it's a risky business...
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april 2010 by asterisk2a
The Founders Club
Click here to pitch to some of our favorite Silicon Valley VCs – May 13, 2010 in San Francisco organized by

As always, if you are seeking VC or angel funding, send us your deals. We will review confidentially and with your permission introduce you to VCs or angels that we think may be a fit with your opportunity. We do not seek any fees and are happy to help high quality deal flow find good sources of capital.

Submit deals here.
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april 2010 by asterisk2a
Pitch Slams | Innovate!100 - The World's Most Promising Tech Startups
At the Pitch Slams, you’ll pitch to a local audience of investors, partners, other entrepreneurs and the media. You’ll be promoted as an Innovate!100 Finalist, and your pitch will be evaluated by industry experts and analysts, using the G/Score, Guidewire Group’s market leading assessment methodology. The G/Score has been proven as a reliable predictor of startups market success, trusted by partners and investors around the world. Click here to learn about the G/Score.

But that’s not where it ends. That’s where the action begins. Following the Pitch Slam, you’ll be invited to identify which of Innovate!2010’s partners, including investors, corporations and customers you would like to meet with. Partners and sponsors of Innovate!2010 that may not make it to your Pitch Slam have already expressed interest to meet with the Innovate!100 Finalists. We’ll provide these companies your company’s G/Score so they can review your company’s business.
europe  usa  pitching  pitch  startup  startups  discovery  partner  partners  angelinvestor  venturecapital  introduction 
march 2010 by asterisk2a
Incubation Ltd About Us
What is Incubation?

Incubation is a specialist business start-up, investment and turn- around boutique run and owned by Colin Wilkinson operating in partnership with an elite group of principals.

Incubation Ltd is the umbrella name for a range of ventures of which each new enterprise stimulates the creation of a new company, but it is not a trading entity in its own right (you will find it listed as ‘dormant’ withCompanies House).
seedfunding  vc  venturecapital  europe  incubator  seedround  investment  angelinvestor 
january 2010 by asterisk2a
SimpleGeo Locates $1.5 Million And Many Big Name Investors
SimpleGeo has just closed a $1.5 million seed round of funding, we’ve confirmed. This round, led by First Round Capital, also includes from Redpoint Ventures, Ron Conway, Kevin Rose, Chris Sacca, Joshua Schachter, David Cohen, Debbie Landa, Tim Ferriss, Shawn Fanning, Gary Vaynerchuk, David Lee, and Freestyle Capital. Yes, it’s basically a who’s who in angel investing that is on board now with SimpleGeo.
Participants in its previous debt round include Joanna Shields (formerly Bebo), David Liu (formerly AOL), Ziv Navoth (formerly Bebo), Darius Contractor (Bebo), Ravi Narasimhan (Strategic Data Corp/NewsCorp), and Jason Knapp (Strategic Data Corp/NewsCorp). Needless to say, a lot of powerful people clearly want this company to succeed.
angelinvestor  geolocation  venturecapital  simplegeo  angelinvestors  list 
december 2009 by asterisk2a
Which VC firm should I pitch? – chris dixon's blog
A friend asked me the other day “Which VC firms should I pitch?” and I started to respond to him, but then realized that most of my knowledge of VC firms is already available online in the Which VC firm should I pitch? Hunch decision topic. That is the idea behind Hunch: to crowdsource the creation of decision trees, so that a group of knowledgeable people can get together and create a “virtual expert” that can be accessed by anyone.
hunch  VC  pitch  pitching  seed  angelinvestor 
november 2009 by asterisk2a
Foursquare’s Impressive Roster Of Angels Continue To Be Revealed. Latest: Kevin Rose
While Foursquare eventually disclosed that the main investors were Union Square Ventures and O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, there were a set of individual angel investors that the company wouldn’t talk about. Last week, it was revealed that one of those investors was Twitter creator Jack Dorsey. Another is Foursquare co-founder Dennis Crowley’s former partner at his last startup Dodgeball, Alex Rainert. Both of those are confirmed. Ron Conway and Delicious founder Joshua Schachter are believed to have participated as well. And now a fifth has just outed himself: Digg founder Kevin Rose.
foursquare  angelinvestor  VC  funding 
october 2009 by asterisk2a

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