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Mark Alexander 2021-07-27
The fund launched three months ago and has a target corpus of US$200 million.
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Frances Buoy 2021-04-15
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For many people, selling a business for $50 million is a win. But for venture capitalists, it’s a poor outcome. VC success is defined as achieving top quartile return status among your peers. In other words, go big or go home.  At the same time, barriers to building software are falling exponentially. Many startups are lost in a sea of commoditization, running on other people’s platforms, integrations, go-to-market channels, and data management technologies. Many don’t have a lot of differentiation because their business is a collection of a whole bunch of other people’s stuff. How do you go big in…

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Jeff Lusk 2017-07-17
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According to Pitchbook’s latest analysis, Limited Partners (LPs) remain committed to the asset class with 87 percent of VC funds hitting their targets, tracking 2017 as the ninth consecutive year the percentage of funds to hit their target has increased.

On the deal front, value has increased 53 percent since 4Q 2016 as VCs focus on a high number of mega-financings and pull back on the angel and seed stage.

On the heels of a record fundraising year in 2016 ($41 billion), LPs continue to show strong interest in the asset class, with 58 VC funds raised in Q2 contributing an additional $11.4 billion of dry powder.

Additionally, first-time fund managers hit the ground running in the first half of this year with $1.5 billion raised across 15 funds – the highest level of first-time fundraising activity in the past decade.

The increased interest in first-time fund managers is likely attributed to their hyper-focus on specific niche markets attracting investor interest (for example, fintech-focused Centana Growth Markets and real estate-minded Fifth Wall Ventures).

What differentiates Q2 from earlier quarters is deal size – Q2 saw 34 transactions of at least $100 million in value, up from just 12 transactions in Q1.

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Ronnie Allen 2021-07-02
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More investors are embracing video pitches, and in the age of the Zoom-based pitch meeting, it’s quickly becoming the standard.
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John Dumlao 2021-04-15
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The future of VC will be driven by venture capitalists with strong values who have built funds with the new needs of founders in mind.
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Gerardo Diaz 2018-05-24
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At the 14th Founder Showcase, Slidefish founder Neil Smith knew he would be in for a few hardball questions and some scrutiny from a panel of 5 VC judges.

What he wasn't expecting, however, was getting asked one of the toughest questions of his entrepreneur journey.

Tickets for the 16th Founder Showcase are on sale now, and anybody who attends the event has a chance to pitch onstage to hundreds of investors and press.

What happens if Dropbox offers to buy your company for $75 million tomorrow?”

Watch the video below to hear Neil's response, and check out the full article on Startup Smart.

Would this the most diffcult question you have ever heard from a judge?

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Gerald Hurtado 2021-04-26
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The Digital Hub Initiative’s Start-up Games Vol. 3 is fast approaching and ready to put the spotlight on ten up-and-comers.  If you haven’t heard about it yet, in 2017, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy’s Digital Hub Initiative was set up to support the establishment of 12 digital Hubs across Germany. The Start-up Games is the event that brings together the most innovative startups from these Hubs to pitch their company in front of a distinguished panel of VCs.  But this year will be a little different. For the first time, the Games will be judged by an…

This story continues at The Next Web
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Ronnie Allen 2017-10-16
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Draper Esprit, the publicly-listed VC firm based in London, has announced its intention to invest in other early-stage VC firms in Europe, putting aside up to £75 million ($100m) to do so over the next five years.

To kick things off, it has committed capital to pre-seed and seed investor Seedcamp, and seed and Series A VC Episode 1.

Both VCs are known to be in the midst of closing new funds but both have reportedly been caught in the cross-fire of Brexit, making it harder to raise.

As the FT notes, the move by Draper Esprit can be seen as a sign that U.K. investors are attempting to fill the gap left by the European Investment Fund (EIF), which has “paused” funding of U.K.-focussed VCs following notification that the U.K. intends to leave the European Union.

Meanwhile, Draper Esprit isn’t breaking out specifically how much it has invested in Seedcamp and Episode 1, but says it is part of a wider strategy to create a significant fund of funds business.

This will see the firm, which has previously backed equity crowdfunding platforms Crowdcube and Seedrs, increasingly become an LP not just a direct investor in startups in order to invest at each of the different funding life cycles of fast growing technology companies.

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Lillie Snow 2021-04-02
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Underrepresented founders are the most undervalued asset class in the U.S. today, and investors are starting to realize that diversity is not charity -- it’s economic opportunity.
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Calvin Zohn 2021-06-29
How an investing misstep has affected Vickers Venture Partners, and a new challenger joins the BNPL fight
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Malcolm Vanderveen 2021-01-15
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My company was positioned to grow rapidly in 2020 — but that meant raising growth capital remotely in a shifting VC landscape. We ended up closing a $15 million Series A without ever meeting an investor in person. Here’s what that process looked like, along with a week-by-week breakdown of how it progressed.  Let’s start by setting the scene. When I co-founded Stream in 2014, I could never have guessed how 2020 would transform our business. As makers of enterprise-grade APIs that engineering teams use to build in-app chat and social activity feeds, we saw explosive growth last year with…

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Carlos Marier 2018-06-03
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In charts like this, one typically expects a significant spike in dollar volume to come from one really big round, but that’s not what happened in the podcast world.

Rather, there were several large deals struck with early-stage companies in the space.

Here are some of the highlights from 2017:

Acast, a Stockholm-based company that provides hosting, analytics and ad placement for podcasters, as well as a listening app for their audiences, raised $19.5 million in a Series B round in September.

Anchor, an app that lets users record and produce podcasts using only their phones, raised $2.8 million in March and another $10 million in a Series A round in September, which was led by GV.

Gimlet Media, which produces popular shows like Reply All and Startup, raised $20 million in its two tranched Series B closed between August and September.

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James Howard 2018-03-09
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Startup speed dating with no actionable output is rife, and innovation chiefs are under pressure to bring in a huge number of opportunities each month.

They meet lots of startups, hope to be inspired, and then pitch the ideas from the meetings to clients.

But this is actually counterproductive because it prevents startups from growing, and agencies and brands from innovating.

Which is why, when I started as Director of Innovation at Wavemaker, we embarked on a mission to stop tech tourism and invest time and resource in supporting fewer, bigger, better startups to give everyone the best chance of success.

Having been a CMO at a startup myself, I learnt very quickly which qualities venture capitalists and angel investors look for: strategic fit, big market potential, an incredible team and founder, product uniqueness, and evidence-based metrics.

Each of these factors are important, especially when it comes to the detailed focus on finances and supporting claims with solid data, but it’s particularly vital to spend time with the startup’s founder because they vary immensely in terms of personality and approach.

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James Rankins 2018-01-27
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Founders are extraordinarily busy, even for their own investors.

A decade ago, they might have had relationships with a handful of VC partners as they scaled their businesses and raised additional rounds of capital.

For VCs looking to build deeper partnerships with their portfolio, that’s an incredible battle for founder attention, and it is only getting more keen.

VC firms are trying to quickly adapt to the changing terrain, and so we are seeing the rise of “working networks” that blur the lines between founder, investor, and advisor.

The clearest example of this is Spearhead, a joint initiative of Accomplice and AngelList.

The program, whose application is open until Monday, seeks founders who are interested in becoming part-time angel investors.

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Ronald Gibson 2017-06-29
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While the news is making headlines globally, the more substantive questions remain — what will happen when the buzz fizzles out?

Do we go back to business as usual?

Maybe we try to be a little more aware, or just a little less sexist?

Only 17 percent of startups have female founders, a number that has remained flat for the past five years, and only 7 percent of general partners in VC firms are women.

These statistics are dismal and underscore four persistent problems in our industry:

We aren’t funding enough women entrepreneurs

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James Howard 2018-04-22
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There are some basic components any VC will look for before investing, including the founding team, the market opportunity, and the technology involved.

Beyond the basics, I’ve consistently seen common mistakes that often steer me and other VCs away from investing in a tech startup.For instance, my team and I met with a founder who pitched an idea in the hospitality space, but he had absolutely no transferable experience in the sector.

Consequently, we felt like he would make too many mistakes, so we chose not to fund his company.New market conditions also feed into the competition and decision-making process.

While the best way to catch a VC’s eye in this competitive, potentially lucrative, but somewhat volatile climate is to be referred by a mutual colleague, that might not always be a viable option.

These are the common pitfalls you need to steer clear of in order to capture VC attention:

You’re unwilling to learn leadership skills and take feedback

collect
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Mark Alexander 2021-07-27
The fund launched three months ago and has a target corpus of US$200 million.
Jeff Lusk 2017-07-17
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According to Pitchbook’s latest analysis, Limited Partners (LPs) remain committed to the asset class with 87 percent of VC funds hitting their targets, tracking 2017 as the ninth consecutive year the percentage of funds to hit their target has increased.

On the deal front, value has increased 53 percent since 4Q 2016 as VCs focus on a high number of mega-financings and pull back on the angel and seed stage.

On the heels of a record fundraising year in 2016 ($41 billion), LPs continue to show strong interest in the asset class, with 58 VC funds raised in Q2 contributing an additional $11.4 billion of dry powder.

Additionally, first-time fund managers hit the ground running in the first half of this year with $1.5 billion raised across 15 funds – the highest level of first-time fundraising activity in the past decade.

The increased interest in first-time fund managers is likely attributed to their hyper-focus on specific niche markets attracting investor interest (for example, fintech-focused Centana Growth Markets and real estate-minded Fifth Wall Ventures).

What differentiates Q2 from earlier quarters is deal size – Q2 saw 34 transactions of at least $100 million in value, up from just 12 transactions in Q1.

John Dumlao 2021-04-15
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The future of VC will be driven by venture capitalists with strong values who have built funds with the new needs of founders in mind.
Gerald Hurtado 2021-04-26
img

The Digital Hub Initiative’s Start-up Games Vol. 3 is fast approaching and ready to put the spotlight on ten up-and-comers.  If you haven’t heard about it yet, in 2017, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy’s Digital Hub Initiative was set up to support the establishment of 12 digital Hubs across Germany. The Start-up Games is the event that brings together the most innovative startups from these Hubs to pitch their company in front of a distinguished panel of VCs.  But this year will be a little different. For the first time, the Games will be judged by an…

This story continues at The Next Web
Lillie Snow 2021-04-02
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Underrepresented founders are the most undervalued asset class in the U.S. today, and investors are starting to realize that diversity is not charity -- it’s economic opportunity.
Malcolm Vanderveen 2021-01-15
img

My company was positioned to grow rapidly in 2020 — but that meant raising growth capital remotely in a shifting VC landscape. We ended up closing a $15 million Series A without ever meeting an investor in person. Here’s what that process looked like, along with a week-by-week breakdown of how it progressed.  Let’s start by setting the scene. When I co-founded Stream in 2014, I could never have guessed how 2020 would transform our business. As makers of enterprise-grade APIs that engineering teams use to build in-app chat and social activity feeds, we saw explosive growth last year with…

This story continues at The Next Web
James Howard 2018-03-09
img

Startup speed dating with no actionable output is rife, and innovation chiefs are under pressure to bring in a huge number of opportunities each month.

They meet lots of startups, hope to be inspired, and then pitch the ideas from the meetings to clients.

But this is actually counterproductive because it prevents startups from growing, and agencies and brands from innovating.

Which is why, when I started as Director of Innovation at Wavemaker, we embarked on a mission to stop tech tourism and invest time and resource in supporting fewer, bigger, better startups to give everyone the best chance of success.

Having been a CMO at a startup myself, I learnt very quickly which qualities venture capitalists and angel investors look for: strategic fit, big market potential, an incredible team and founder, product uniqueness, and evidence-based metrics.

Each of these factors are important, especially when it comes to the detailed focus on finances and supporting claims with solid data, but it’s particularly vital to spend time with the startup’s founder because they vary immensely in terms of personality and approach.

Ronald Gibson 2017-06-29
img

While the news is making headlines globally, the more substantive questions remain — what will happen when the buzz fizzles out?

Do we go back to business as usual?

Maybe we try to be a little more aware, or just a little less sexist?

Only 17 percent of startups have female founders, a number that has remained flat for the past five years, and only 7 percent of general partners in VC firms are women.

These statistics are dismal and underscore four persistent problems in our industry:

We aren’t funding enough women entrepreneurs

Frances Buoy 2021-04-15
img

For many people, selling a business for $50 million is a win. But for venture capitalists, it’s a poor outcome. VC success is defined as achieving top quartile return status among your peers. In other words, go big or go home.  At the same time, barriers to building software are falling exponentially. Many startups are lost in a sea of commoditization, running on other people’s platforms, integrations, go-to-market channels, and data management technologies. Many don’t have a lot of differentiation because their business is a collection of a whole bunch of other people’s stuff. How do you go big in…

This story continues at The Next Web
Ronnie Allen 2021-07-02
img
More investors are embracing video pitches, and in the age of the Zoom-based pitch meeting, it’s quickly becoming the standard.
Gerardo Diaz 2018-05-24
img

At the 14th Founder Showcase, Slidefish founder Neil Smith knew he would be in for a few hardball questions and some scrutiny from a panel of 5 VC judges.

What he wasn't expecting, however, was getting asked one of the toughest questions of his entrepreneur journey.

Tickets for the 16th Founder Showcase are on sale now, and anybody who attends the event has a chance to pitch onstage to hundreds of investors and press.

What happens if Dropbox offers to buy your company for $75 million tomorrow?”

Watch the video below to hear Neil's response, and check out the full article on Startup Smart.

Would this the most diffcult question you have ever heard from a judge?

Ronnie Allen 2017-10-16
img

Draper Esprit, the publicly-listed VC firm based in London, has announced its intention to invest in other early-stage VC firms in Europe, putting aside up to £75 million ($100m) to do so over the next five years.

To kick things off, it has committed capital to pre-seed and seed investor Seedcamp, and seed and Series A VC Episode 1.

Both VCs are known to be in the midst of closing new funds but both have reportedly been caught in the cross-fire of Brexit, making it harder to raise.

As the FT notes, the move by Draper Esprit can be seen as a sign that U.K. investors are attempting to fill the gap left by the European Investment Fund (EIF), which has “paused” funding of U.K.-focussed VCs following notification that the U.K. intends to leave the European Union.

Meanwhile, Draper Esprit isn’t breaking out specifically how much it has invested in Seedcamp and Episode 1, but says it is part of a wider strategy to create a significant fund of funds business.

This will see the firm, which has previously backed equity crowdfunding platforms Crowdcube and Seedrs, increasingly become an LP not just a direct investor in startups in order to invest at each of the different funding life cycles of fast growing technology companies.

Calvin Zohn 2021-06-29
How an investing misstep has affected Vickers Venture Partners, and a new challenger joins the BNPL fight
Carlos Marier 2018-06-03
img

In charts like this, one typically expects a significant spike in dollar volume to come from one really big round, but that’s not what happened in the podcast world.

Rather, there were several large deals struck with early-stage companies in the space.

Here are some of the highlights from 2017:

Acast, a Stockholm-based company that provides hosting, analytics and ad placement for podcasters, as well as a listening app for their audiences, raised $19.5 million in a Series B round in September.

Anchor, an app that lets users record and produce podcasts using only their phones, raised $2.8 million in March and another $10 million in a Series A round in September, which was led by GV.

Gimlet Media, which produces popular shows like Reply All and Startup, raised $20 million in its two tranched Series B closed between August and September.

James Rankins 2018-01-27
img

Founders are extraordinarily busy, even for their own investors.

A decade ago, they might have had relationships with a handful of VC partners as they scaled their businesses and raised additional rounds of capital.

For VCs looking to build deeper partnerships with their portfolio, that’s an incredible battle for founder attention, and it is only getting more keen.

VC firms are trying to quickly adapt to the changing terrain, and so we are seeing the rise of “working networks” that blur the lines between founder, investor, and advisor.

The clearest example of this is Spearhead, a joint initiative of Accomplice and AngelList.

The program, whose application is open until Monday, seeks founders who are interested in becoming part-time angel investors.

James Howard 2018-04-22
img

There are some basic components any VC will look for before investing, including the founding team, the market opportunity, and the technology involved.

Beyond the basics, I’ve consistently seen common mistakes that often steer me and other VCs away from investing in a tech startup.For instance, my team and I met with a founder who pitched an idea in the hospitality space, but he had absolutely no transferable experience in the sector.

Consequently, we felt like he would make too many mistakes, so we chose not to fund his company.New market conditions also feed into the competition and decision-making process.

While the best way to catch a VC’s eye in this competitive, potentially lucrative, but somewhat volatile climate is to be referred by a mutual colleague, that might not always be a viable option.

These are the common pitfalls you need to steer clear of in order to capture VC attention:

You’re unwilling to learn leadership skills and take feedback