Raising Funding

America’s Growth Capital

The America’s Growth Capital Boston Technology conference hit the Westin Copley on October 2. Complete with “speed dating” meetings where vendor and VC are paired up to discuss business...

What Just Happened – Part II?

The National Venture Capital Association released the 2Q14 fundraising data a few weeks ago which makes for fascinating reading when compared to the 2Q14 VC investing data.

And They Said It Couldn’t Get Any Better…

The 2Q14 VC investment data just released in the MoneyTree Report prepared by the National Venture Capital Association with an assist from PricewaterhouseCoopers and Thomson Reuters details the $13.0 billion invested in 1,114 companies over the last three months.

The Boston Tech Mafias

I commented on a piece recently in the Boston Business Journal regarding what successful entrepreneurs and technology executives are doing with their wealth and how this impacts...

Funding Advice & Options for Women Entrepreneurs

Going out to investors can be stressful for any company, whether in their seed stage or at $10 million in revenue. You need to know a lot of information before even thinking about speaking to a VC firm: how to get an introduction, what stage of your business is right to approach an investor, and how you should pitch your company, just to name a few.

Let the Good Times Roll?

Earlier this week the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) released the VC Quarterly Fundraising data for 1Q14. The expectation was for this past quarter to be a strong quarter for fundraising, given the (until recently) buoyant public equity markets and strong M&A environment which drove a lot of liquidity back to LP’s.

“And Now For the Rest of the Story…”

Spent some time this weekend looking at the recently released 4Q13 investment data compiled by the National Venture Capital Association/PricewaterhouseCoopers/Thomson Reuters in their “MoneyTree Report.”

The VC Fundraising Timing Paradox

I’ve commonly heard entrepreneurs recite some version of “I don’t want to waste too much time fundraising because it will distract me from building my business, so I’ll only talk...

Angel Investing: Know (What Motivates) Thyself

I was recently talking with another member of LinkedIn’s founding team.  It’s been awhile since we worked together on a daily basis so a lot was just general catch up, but one of...

Venture Capital is Swimming Upstream: Why?

Pitchbook recently released their Q4 valuation and trends report. While the quarterly data is always a bit noisy, there’s one long-term trend I find especially interesting...

A Seed VC’s Decision Tree

I continue to be on a kick towards better and more systematic decision-making.  One exercise I’ve tried is to codify my mental decision-tree for early stage investing.  Essentially, it is the...

The Glorious Post Seed Startup Financing Chaos

I recently got a call from Scott Kirsner at the Boston Globe asking: “what happens to all these incubators entrepreneurs after Demo Day”? The short answer: chaos...

Elements of a Successful Demo Day Pitch

With the thousand and one guides available on how to pitch to investors, it can be hard for a startup founder to know where to begin. You have just a few minutes to present your...

How to Know When Your EdTech Startup Is Ready for VC Funding and How to Get It

When your grand idea for an edtech startup begins to take shape and you’re ready to get the engines revving for a team and product, it’s time to get some funding behind the...

 

Zombie VCs Take II - How to Spot an Active Firm

An entrepreneur called Danielle Morrill just kicked up a bit of a shitstorm with a nicely titled "Zombie VC" post.   It's a nice pendant to her recent Zombie Startups post...

High Conviction Investors Are Your Best Ally in Beating the Series A Crunch

While it is likely that 2013 will be a year of reckoning for many seed funded companies, I think the most important point about the so-called “Series A Crunch” was recently made...

Is that the Fat Lady?

One of the more interesting press releases from the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) is the VC Quarterly Fundraising announcement which came out...

Tips from Boston Investors for Securing Early Round Funding and Achieving Startup Success

Last month, IDEA: Northeastern’s Venture Accelerator hosted Investor Insights, a biannual event featuring a panel of venture capitalists and angel investors. The forum provides...

Can Angel Groups Regain Relevancy?

In a previous post, I discussed the importance of angel investors for the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Startups need angels. But do they need angel groups?  As it turns out, formal angels...

Traits of a True Angel

Angel investors are an important source of capital for early stage startups. Without them, many startups would never get beyond the idea phase. However, not all angels are...

Accelerators Can’t Be Rung Zero of the Venture Capital Ladder

An interesting thing is happening: accelerators across the globe are working at their stated goal of massively increasing the number of startups, while also making them more...

Why VC’s Don’t “Crossover” Invest

A little more inside baseball from the VC biz… why VC’s rarely make “crossover” investments, with capital from multiple funds the VC firm manages invested in a single startup...

Two Million to Series A

I’m seeing a trend in the early stage market where most teams end up raising about $2M before going to market for their Series A.  If it sounds high to you, you’re not alone...

How Do I Get In Touch With a VC?

I got this question on a panel last week, and coincidentally, I had a couple folks on Twitter tweet out the same question.  Generically speaking, the question is...

On Historical Returns and Venture Capital Flavours

Story of of the last few years in Venture Fund Land : large institutional investors concentrate money with fewer managers and flagship brands AND / OR find emerging managers...

Why Average VC Returns Don’t Really Matter

The VC industry (both the GP part and the LP part) pays attention to the sector’s returns, but the broader tech ecosystem only occasionally tunes in.  Typically it’s...

After the VC Term Sheet is Signed – It’s Not Over Yet

After completing a long process identifying the right venture firms to pitch, running an exhaustive fundraising process, finding a mutual fit, and successfully negotiating terms… at last...

True tales from our 2012 tour of duty

On the Friday that our Rakuten investment closed, It was formally concluded with a simple “the Eagle has landed” email from Yai-yan Sun, the Rakuten USA CFO.  She wrote...

Dealing with Preferences

The outcomes of negotiations around preferences never seem to have a compelling logic.  Under a particular set of circumstances is there a compelling reason...

Funky Times...

I spent some time this weekend looking at the recent VC funding data for this past quarter to see if any trends jumped off the page. While much of what I could discern in the data...