Venture Capital and Angel Investors

Organizing Angel Investors

I woke up to the real world today after a great Thursday-Saturday stint judging the Rice University Business Plan Contest. If you want to read about a very strong field of new ventures, I posted about that on my main blog today. I thought I’d add a note here about an interesting talk I had Saturday...


5 Concrete Steps to Starting Valuation

(Note: this is posted here with permission from Bplans.com, where it originally appeared.) Last night we were talking about getting angel investment and valuation, which is one of, if not the, most important points in the discussion. Valuation is essentially price. Say you want to bring in $150,000 from an angel investor. The immediate question...


Flying with Angel Investors

An angel investor is someone who loves to take a lot of risk, who (it is hoped) has a lot of industry expertise, who invests $50,000 or $100,000 in raw startups. This was recorded at a conference last month. It’s a good review of angel investment from two experts. Although I’ve got the video embedded...


Green Tech Looking Golden

It’s hardly surprising, given the obvious need, that investors are ready and willing to put money into green clean technology. That’s not a hard prediction to make. Still, given the down economy and the generally down numbers and poor outlook on investing, how about this: During 2008, green-tech venture investments jumped to $8.4 billion, a...


LearnVC–Your Guide to Raising Capital

Thanks go to Brad Feld of Ask the VC for posting about Learn VC, where Jeff Boardman is putting up a basic information site providing background for new entrepreneurs, seasoned entrepreneurs and new investors. To get started, take a look at the calculators, such as the pre- and post-money valuation. Well done.


Five Common Myths About Angel Investing

Myths about angels. No, I don’t mean the ones from heaven, just the ones who supposedly invest in your business. I’m talking about a new book by Scott Shane, Fool’s Gold?, about the myths of angel investment. And in this case, myths matter. Kelly Spors interviewed Shane in The Wall Street Journal last week, and...


New Venture Capital Database

I’ve posted here several times about The Funded, which seems to me like an extremely useful database of venture capital firms, with reviews and comments added by entrepreneurs. This is a good resource for those rare high-end startups that are actually real candidates for venture capital. (You know who you are; and, in fact, if...


IPO Drought for Venture Capital

This is pretty bad news from yesterday, although I guess it is no surprise. The National Venture Capital Association announced that no venture-backed companies went public in the last quarter. That’s the first time since 1978 that the U.S. markets have gone three full months without a venture-backed IPO. I say no surprise because we’re...


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