Archive for the 'venturecapital' Category

What’s so preferable about preferred stock?

Once upon a time an aspiring small businessperson needed some money to start his business. Through a circuitous route he found himself in front of the owner of some capital.
After explaining his plight, the small businessperson asked the capitalist for a loan. The capitalist replied, “While I find your concept intriguing, there is […]

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How much is enough: Calling in Rich

Each year I get together with a group of business people (i.e. friends) that I met in YEO in the late 90’s for a retreat (typically in Vegas).  Over the years we have talked about how much is enough.  I was reminded of these conversations when I read Fred Wilson’s post on “Calling in Rich.”   […]

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Texas Venture Capital Firms

Need a list? Thought I would post (if we missed you just email us):

Adams Capital Management, Inc.
ARCH Venture Partners
Austin Ventures
Capital Southwest Corporation
Centennial Ventures
CenterPoint Ventures
Chisholm Private Capital Partners
Davis, Tuttle Venture Partners
G-51 Capital Management, L.L.C.
Gefinor Ventures Management Inc.
Guidant Corporation
Hunt Ventures, L.P.
InterWest Partners
JatoTech Ventures
Markpoint Venture Partners
Sevin Rosen Funds
Silver Creek Ventures
Techxas Ventures
Texas Instruments
The Crossroads Group
TL Ventures
Trellis Partners
Triton Venture […]

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Cocktail Napkin to Startup (DIY Part Five)

In part one through four I have detailed the genesis of an idea. The idea was a result of a conversation with another entrepreneur, two associates, observation of another startup and an immediate business problem. So whose idea was it? Mine? Does it matter?
Well to be sure there are others who […]

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California VCs opening offices in India

Since my trip to Bangalore earlier this year I have spent quite a bit of time thinking about India and talking to Indian entrepreneurs.  The Barcamp we had at Yahoo has helped me foster several valuable relationships.  I even seriously discussed moving to India with my wife (who was not interested).  There is no dearth […]

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Venture Advice: Too busy to call?

You made the fateful decision to raise outside capital for your startup. Good news you have money to execute your dream and a salary to pay your bills. Bad news you work for someone: your investors. Regardless of whether or not your investors are angels or professional venture capitalists - they want […]

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Entrepreneurs should wear jeans?

David Beisel asked and answered his own question, “Do the best entrepreneurs wear jeans?” His anwer:
In the limited subset of entrepreneurs pitching an early-stage venture firm in the Boston area, it seems that there is an inverse relationship between how formally an entrepreneur is dressed during the pitch and how potentially exciting their endeavor. […]

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Where did the Texas VC go?

You may have noticed that the Texas Venture Capital Blog is now called the Texas Startup Blog. When I started this blog on June 13th, 2005 (one year and 650+ post ago) my first post was titled, “VCs that BLOG? Are there any blogging in Texas?” At the time I wrote:
I read through […]

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Regional Fed Board Reform!

Brad Feld has an interesting post about several questions the Fed Governors asked him to report on.  I won’t repeat them here, you can read it there instead.  The most interesting thing you can gleen from the questions is that the Fed really has no idea how venture capital investing works.
Can you imagine?  Brad’s buddy, […]

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Cocktail Napkin to Startup (DIY Part One)

It all started with a post from Nick Douglas I wrote called, “Got a great idea?  Join the Napking Club.”  This is the first in a series of posts I plan to post on how an idea can get from a cocktail napkin to reality.  “How do you do it?” That is a […]

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Startup Lessons

The following are a list of the ‘Hardest Lessons for Startups to Learn‘ from the 2006 Startup School as well as Paul Graham’s recent post of the same title. Here is the list:

Release early: “The thing I probably repeat most is this recipe for a startup: get a version 1 out fast, then […]

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Open Source Investing

Raven at the 451 group points to a couple of articles about venture capital investing in the open source software space. The first article titled, “The Open Source Venture Capital Universe” explains the history and current state of investment. Interestingly, the article suggests that in the mid ’90s smart money (Benchmark) was moving […]

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Bridge Loan versus Preferred Equity

Josh Kopelman wrote a great post titled, “Bridge Loans vs. Private Equity” as a response to Brad’s post on pre-VC investment structures. Josh runs a small fund that provides seed-stage investment (first money before a more traditional venture or institutional round) to startups. Josh generally prefers preferred equity because:

Preferred equity better aligns the […]

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Search, closed case?

I can recall when Alta Vista won the search engine wars (or was it some other company).  The out of no where Google became the 800 pound gorilla.  Would you believe that U.S. based venture capital firms have invested in 47 search outfits over the past twelve months?  According to Dow Jones VentureOne VC firms […]

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Need dealflow? Need money?

Our Big in Japan team has created a neat new concept called ‘public podcasting’.  When podcasts are made public anyone can upload mp3s into the podcast.  I created a ‘public podcast’ on PodServe called the "Investment Pitch Podcast".  The idea?
If you need investment dollars just record your elevator pitch, upload it to the "Investment Pitch […]

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