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Venture Capitalists

Lockups and Insider Selling

Fred Wilson | Posted 10.21.2012 | Small Business
Fred Wilson

Venture capital is about capturing the value between the startup phase and the public company phase. Others should be focused on capturing the value post the public offering.

There Is Capitalism, and Then There Is Capitalism

Seth Korman | Posted 10.01.2012 | Politics
Seth Korman

American capitalism today is not a rosy panacea, nor can it be simply defined. It is multidimensional, and there exists within it two pairs of diametrically opposed constituencies: the "floats all boats" capitalists and the "zero-sum gamers."

How to Fundraise in Today's Tough Economic Climate

A.J. Steigman | Posted 09.29.2012 | Small Business
A.J. Steigman

After the 2008 financial crisis, capital is too restrictive to be loaned by banks. When I founded my company, I didn't even waste time looking into this fundraising option. It's as improbable as finding the Loch Ness Monster.

In Investing, There's No Such Thing As Friends With Benefits

The Huffington Post | Alicia Ciccone and Jillian Berman | Posted 06.18.2012 | Money

While working alongside your best friend may seem like a great idea, it's not good for your bottom line. People who decide to partner in business ...

The Three Myths of Venture Capital

Diane Mulcahy | Posted 07.23.2012 | Small Business
Diane Mulcahy

VCs are good capitalists. They sell what their investors will buy, and they charge what their investors will pay. The real problem, it turns out, lies with the institutional investors -- the ones doing the buying and the paying.

How to Engage a Venture Capitalist: Lessons From Our Dealflow

Andrew Tweed | Posted 07.16.2012 | Business
Andrew Tweed

The ways in which an entrepreneur might best connect with venture capitalists has been covered by a number of other VCs across the web, but we thought it might be helpful for entrepreneurs to put this question into context by providing actual operating data regarding deal flow for our firm.

Facebook's First Backers Feel The Love As IPO Approaches

Reuters | Posted 05.14.2012 | Small Business

(By Sarah McBride - Reuters) - For the handful of venture capitalists who backed Facebook (FB.O) in its early days, a huge financial payoff is not the...

Can the Crowd Be More Patient

Fred Wilson | Posted 06.26.2012 | Small Business
Fred Wilson

I can feel the crowdfunding movement coming. And I think it will be impactful and helpful in many way. And I hope that its impact will be most felt in the sectors that have been starved for capital, not the sectors that are awash in capital.

Venture Capital Firm Giving Half of Profits To Charity

Reuters | Posted 04.25.2012 | Small Business

(By Sarah McBride - Reuters) - In an effort to kickstart more charitable giving around Silicon Valley, the six general partners at venture firm Andree...

12 Outrageous Business Plans (PHOTOS)

Murray Low | Posted 06.24.2012 | Small Business
Murray Low

Each student is free to interpret Columbia Business School's call for an "outrageous business plan" as they see fit. Some create typical businesses that solve outrageous problems, and others create disruptive businesses that solve ordinary problems in an outrageous way.

Did A Startup Bubble Just Pop?

The Huffington Post | Nate C. Hindman | Posted 04.18.2012 | Small Business

Venture capital financing fell 21 percent in the first quarter of 2012 to its lowest level in nearly two years, according to a new report. That's ...

Venture Capitalist: If Tech CEOs Any Younger We'd 'Be Invested In Preschool'

Reuters | Posted 08.25.2015 | Business

By Sarah McBride SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Josh Buckley, chief executive of an online gaming start-up, is looking forward to next month...

Startup Boards

Mahendra Ramsinghani | Posted 03.21.2012 | Small Business
Mahendra Ramsinghani

How does an entrepreneur manage this beast called the board, which has five heads, lots of opinions and shows up every four weeks?

Something Old, Something New, Something To Solve The Borrowing Blues

Andy Sack | Posted 03.18.2012 | Small Business
Andy Sack

With small-business lending at banks at its lowest point in more than a decade and venture capitalists only willing to offer term sheets for billion-dollar market opportunities, we're seeing revenue-based finance make a strong comeback.

Romney's Case for Bain

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 03.14.2012 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

GOP presidential contenders Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich, GOP strategist Karl Rove, and a few other GOP stalwarts loudly claim that the Bain issue is a potential presidential game loser for presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

Finally, Newt Gingrich Gets Two Things Right

Peter Smirniotopoulos | Posted 03.13.2012 | Politics
Peter Smirniotopoulos

Bain Capital made Mitt Romney a much wealthier man than he already was as the heir to Daddy's fortune. But was it good for America? Hardly. Is this the American Dream? Perhaps only for the already wealthy Romney.

Immigrants Started Half Of Top U.S. Startups

Reuters | Posted 12.20.2011 | Small Business

(By Sarah McBride - Reuters) - Immigrants founded or cofounded almost half of 50 top venture-backed companies in the United States, a new study shows,...

Pitch-A-Thons Give Startups In Second-Tier Cities Investor Love

Reuters | Posted 12.20.2011 | Small Business

(By Deborah L. Cohen - Reuters) - The crowd was restless as startups, investors, MBA students and a host of entrepreneurial wannabes waited in anticip...

E-Commerce Venture Capital Doubles This Year

Reuters | Posted 12.09.2011 | Small Business

(Reuters - By Sarah McBride) - Consumers spent a record $1.25 billion on Cyber Monday, according to comScore, highlighting how much people love shoppi...

American Midwest Deserves Another Look

Charles Rothstein | Posted 01.27.2012 | Detroit
Charles Rothstein

The Midwest has the infrastructure and workforce to compete in new economy sectors. Now we need venture limited partners and managers to recognize the opportunity.

How to Win the Talent War

Dorie Clark | Posted 04.21.2015 | Business
Dorie Clark

Being certain about what really works means you're selecting the best people -- without the potential bias of pattern recognition. And that means a better return on investment.

Don't Forget To Bootstrap

Brad Feld | Posted 01.09.2012 | Small Business
Brad Feld

It's easy to get lost in the soup of "X company raised $Y" and forget that it's not about fundraising, but building a business.

Too Many Startups Or Too Few Dollars?

Roger Ehrenberg | Posted 01.03.2012 | Small Business
Roger Ehrenberg

I frequently see disconnects between founders ("This business is going to change the world") and venture investors ("Really? You are super smart and I love your enthusiasm but I respectfully disagree") after a business has already been financed.

Why VCs Should Be Startup CEOs

Steve Blank | Posted 01.01.2012 | Small Business
Steve Blank

Today, you can start a web/mobile/cloud startup for $500,000 and have money left over. Every potential early-stage Venture Capitalist should take a year and do it before he or she makes partner.

What Is A Revenue Based Loan?

Fred Wilson | Posted 12.17.2011 | Small Business
Fred Wilson

Revenue-based financing can be a great option for profitable companies looking for a straightforward way to raise funding without dilution, change of control, or a personal guarantee.