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January 11 2010
by Scott Johnson

Follow-on Capital

I see seed stage investing happening all around me.  Angels appear to me to be very active as individuals although I have nothing but anecdotal data to support that.  Dedicated funds doing seed investing are gaining traction with LPs who want their piece of the next super-deal.  We at NAV do the occasional seed deal, […]

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November 11 2009
by John Backus

Venture Capital: 5 tips on how to navigate the VC gauntlet

Early-Stage venture capital firms see every imaginable type of business idea.  Since we are the first institutional fundraising “gate” that entrepreneurs have to pass through, the variety of business plans which we see fill the spectrum from awful to terrific. Over the years I have seen lots of bad ideas:  Bad ideas for big businesses.  […]

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September 15 2009
by Todd Hixon

Tips For A Good First Pitch

You are setting out to raise the first financing round for your start-up business.  You sit down to draft a pitch.  What should it say?  [We’re early stage investors, so these ideas are geared to the companies we see, which are typically raising their first round of investment from professional (“institutional”) investors.] Let’s start with […]

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September 11 2009
by Thanasis Delistathis

In search of the next “Rocket Ship”

How long does it take promising young startups with large potential markets to scale to $50MM?  Longer than you might think if you looked at the projections of the average startup that comes through our door. An article in the Wall Street Journal Blogs online discusses how long it took many well known public companies […]

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July 14 2009
by Todd Hixon

What The Financial Crisis Means For Entrepreneurs, Part 2: Course of Action

Part 1 painted a grim picture of the current state of entrepreneurial finance:  reduced revenue for most companies, longer exit horizons, lower exit values, less venture money available from fewer funds, tough to raise follow-on rounds, and general uncertainty as the venture industry restructures.  While revenues and exits should improve over the next several years […]

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July 12 2009
by Todd Hixon

What the financial crisis means for entrepreneurs. Part 1: The Problem

The 2008 financial crisis had, at first, relatively mild impact on entrepreneurs.  Ground zero for the crisis was the credit markets, but thankfully, start-ups seldom use credit.  The economy began to slow but had substantial momentum through the end of 2008.  The venture funds that fund start-ups had capital commitments that have been honored in […]

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June 23 2009
by John Backus

So, you have a meeting with a VC? Are you meeting for Dough or just for Show? 5 ways to find out

If you read the numbers from the NVCA, you know that venture dollar investments in the first quarter of 2009 were down by almost half. Logic would suggest that the number of companies receiving venture capital financing is down as well.  Although you can still get a meeting with a VC – can you still […]

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May 15 2009
by Scott Johnson

Why I Say “No” to a good opportunity

I have to say “no” very often to people I like with really good business opportunities.  It is the nature of any buying job that you say “no” a lot more than “yes.”  And often I can’t enumerate the reasons for my decision not to invest.  I can list a few, but I try not […]

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May 9 2009
by Todd Hixon

LP Panel: TLH notes from NVCA annual meeting

Title:  “The Delicate LP/GP Relationship”Moderator:  Becky Buckman, ForbesContext:   LP liqudity squeeze, mediocre VC performance [besides that, how was the play, Ms. Lincoln?]Panel:  Nick Harris, Lexington Partners (secondaries), typically buying 5-yr old funds, believe in VCRebecca Connelley, FairView:  known for great names, very conservative, raise $300m/3 year cycle, keep it right-size, 30% is emerging manager mandates (Fund I-III), […]

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