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December 3 2012
by Todd Hixon

Venture Capital Bounces Back

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon] Venture capital has been getting a lot of support from politicians and the press recently, notably the passage of the JOBS (“Jump-start Our Business Start-ups”) Act. A key provision, much mentioned by President Obama, lets Joe Ordinary become a venture capital investor via legalization of Crowd Funding (more). Active Venture Funds & […]

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July 26 2012
by Todd Hixon

Is CrowdFunding A Boon, Or A Disaster?

The JOBS act is good news for entrepreneurs and venture investors in several ways. An easier the path to public markets for start-ups is a huge strategic win, as the venture community’s biggest problem has been a shortfall in exit proceeds. Kudos to those in Congress, NVCA, and the venture community who made this happen. […]

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April 24 2012
by Scott Johnson

Yes, You Really Need That Revenue Ramp Slide

I advise entrepreneurs all the time about their pitch decks, and one of the more common complaints I hear is “if we all know that it is complete BS, why do investors insist we show a revenue ramp slide with a $50 million top line in four years?”  And I admit, on the surface, it […]

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March 1 2012
by Scott Johnson

Why I Invested in YieldBot

YieldBot takes the largest advertising demand pool on the internet (search), and plugs it into publisher inventory, the largest source of supply.  Advertisers add YieldBot to their keyword buys, and YieldBot delivers high performing, intent driven clicks, just like a search engine.  They do this with exceedingly clever analytics that reveal intent, the currency of […]

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October 14 2011
by Todd Hixon

How Entrepreneurs Can Survive and Prosper In The Political Crisis

We’re in the midst of a political crisis that has been a century in the making:  in the U.S. and Europe the bill has come due for a welfare state that demographic trends and escalating health costs make unaffordable, which has been financed with debt and future promises.  The political system is mostly seeking ways to […]

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September 14 2011
by Todd Hixon

What the Downgrade Means for Entrepreneurs: Part 1, What’s Happening

A downgrade of the U.S. sovereign credit rating has never happened before, so it’s worth examining what it means for entrepreneurs.  This is the first of three posts, focused on what’s happening.  Part 2 will look at the impact on entrepreneurs and the venture market, and Part 3 will suggest how entrepreneurs can survive and […]

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May 31 2011
by Scott Johnson

Way Too Early – On Market Timing

Market timing is a necessary (but not sufficient) condition for venture success.  Obvious, right?  The problem is that timing is obvious only in retrospect.  Predicting how markets will evolve is an art, and probably is the single most important job of a venture firm.  Boiled down to its essence, our role is to help companies […]

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May 20 2011
by Todd Hixon

The More Things Stay The Same

… the more they will soon change.  This inversion of the famous saying applies very well to venture capital.  The VC business has long, strong cycles.  Everything goes in one direction for a few years, and the momentum seems inevitable, until it sharply reverses. 2011 is a time of extremes in VC.  The industry has […]

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April 27 2011
by Scott Johnson

Color, Valuations, and the Winner’s Curse

My friend Kevin Lewis is a professor at Duke Business school and he sends out a feed of interesting abstracts describing recent research that I sift through every  day or so.  Today I found this one: The Bidder’s Curse Ulrike Malmendier & Young Han Lee, American Economic Review, April 2011, Pages 749-787 Abstract: We employ […]

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January 21 2011
by John Backus

There’s a Slide For That!

The purpose of this blog post is to help entrepreneurs avoid looking “canned” when they pitch VCs.  Every entrepreneur is passionate about their business, and a pitch to a VC is an important moment in the life of most startups.  I hope that this post helps entrepreneurs see their pitches through our eyes – and […]

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