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November 25 2014
by Todd Hixon

How To Raise Money From A Venture Capitalist

This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon May 8, 2013. On an IEEE panel last night an Intel Capital investor and I were asked to talk about this topic. The audience found the panel useful. Here’s a summary. When I was new in venture capital and raising money for a portfolio company,  a very successful VC […]

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November 20 2014
by Todd Hixon

Get Value From Board Observers

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on September 16, 2012.] Rethinking Board Observers – The Role of the “Silent Observer” The above-linked post by Mark Suster, a well-known venture capital blogger, starts with a very negative view of board observers, and then carves out a few situations in which they can be useful: “I have […]

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November 20 2014
by Todd Hixon

It’s A Tough Market For Both Entrepreneurs And Early-Stage VCs

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on November 14, 2014.] The price of equity in early-stage companies has popped up more than ever before in my ~30 years as a venture capital investor. The chart below shows that the valuation of Series A financings — the price investors pay per dollar of ownership in an early stage company — has […]

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November 13 2014
by Todd Hixon

Glad To Be An East Coast VC

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on June 14, 2013.] I spent the week in California, most of it at the annual Venture Investing conference in San Francisco. A few observations: The mood was rather positive, but the attendance was half was it was a year ago. That tells a lot about what seems to […]

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November 6 2014
by Todd Hixon

Seeking Alignment Between Management And Investors

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on October 22, 2012.] It’s All About The Money?    I sat in a board meeting last week where we talked about closing a deal to sell the company. This company will sell for substantial money, but far less than investors have put in over nine years. As we […]

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October 23 2014
by Todd Hixon

Venture Capital Bounces Back

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on April 12, 2012.] 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 […]

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October 9 2014
by Todd Hixon

How Venture Capital Helps Drive Up Health Care Costs

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on March 14, 2012.] The venture capital industry gets a lot of good press, especially for job creation. [Bear in mind, however, that entrepreneurs do the heavy lifting.] But, from a health care cost perspective, I think venture capital is part of the problem. I’ve criticized doctors in recent […]

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October 9 2014
by Todd Hixon

What To Do When Hope Is The Enemy

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on October 8, 2014.] A wise and experienced VC colleage, talking about a mutual portfolio company, remarked: “I feel sorry for Bob [the CEO]; he’s trapped trying to make AnyCo successful, but it’s going nowhere.” That was three years ago. AnyCo struggles on. Entrepreneurs and investors alike get committed […]

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October 1 2014
by Todd Hixon

Will You Buy Your Healthcare At Walmart?

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on September 26, 2014.] Then it’s best not to build your house on it. Silicon Valley sure looks like a bubble to me, and many others think so too. While these are heady times, it’s actually very difficult to start new investments. Some back-to-basics thinking is the best way […]

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September 25 2014
by Todd Hixon

Breaking The New Code Of Venture Financing

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on July 7, 2014.] There has long been a “code” for venture financing: one word and a series of letters (seed, A, B, C … ending with M&A and IPO) that denote different stages of financing. Entrepreneurs and investors all knew what those letters meant. Now the code has changed. Understanding the new […]

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