Posts tagged venture capital

5 Steps To Master For A Perfect Elevator Pitch

You ready? Go.

  1. Clarify your goal.
  2. Ask for attention.
  3. Make it sticky.
  4. Determine the situation maker.
  5. Get it right.

Remember, the elevator pitch is a pitch, not a conversation,” writes sales expert and OPEN Forum contributor Grant Cardone. “It needs to be hard, fast and loaded with confidence.”

Via OPEN Forum: “How to Sell Your Idea in 20 Seconds

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2013 saw $893 million invested across 843 seed VC deals. In fact, 2013 saw the highest amount of seed VC deals since 2009. Seed VC deal activity in 2013 jumped 11% from 2012 levels and a whopping 173% from 2010.

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2013 saw $893 million invested across 843 seed VC deals. In fact, 2013 saw the highest amount of seed VC deals since 2009. Seed VC deal activity in 2013 jumped 11% from 2012 levels and a whopping 173% from 2010.

The Startup Universe

Check out this interactive visual guide to startups, founders and venture capitalists. It is a phenomenal tool to search and view startups by category or term. The piece was a collaboration between Visually, Accurat, and Ben Willers and is useful for anyone interested in learning more about the startup and entrepreneurial industry.

(via Visual.ly)

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With this news, you’d think Bobby Valentine is now managing New England’s tech scene:

New York’s share of venture capital dollars has doubled over the last ten years while its rival, Silicon Valley, has grown at a much slower pace and New England has sputtered, a new study from the Center for an Urban Future shows.
Between the first quarter of 2003 to the first quarter of this year, the New York area’s share of VC investments surged to 11.4% from 5.3%.
Silicon Valley’s share rose to 31.7% from 28.6% over the same period while New England’s share fell to 10.2% from 14.8%.

Read more in NY Daily News. Go #NYCTech!
Chart: Center for an Urban Future report

Great news for NYC tech entrepreneurs! NYC is the clear leader for where tech start ups need to be on the East Coast to get VC funding.

nycedc:

With this news, you’d think Bobby Valentine is now managing New England’s tech scene:

New York’s share of venture capital dollars has doubled over the last ten years while its rival, Silicon Valley, has grown at a much slower pace and New England has sputtered, a new study from the Center for an Urban Future shows.

Between the first quarter of 2003 to the first quarter of this year, the New York area’s share of VC investments surged to 11.4% from 5.3%.

Silicon Valley’s share rose to 31.7% from 28.6% over the same period while New England’s share fell to 10.2% from 14.8%.

Read more in NY Daily News. Go #NYCTech!

Chart: Center for an Urban Future report

Great news for NYC tech entrepreneurs! NYC is the clear leader for where tech start ups need to be on the East Coast to get VC funding.

nycedc:


Venture Capital in New York, Q1 2013
By Andrea Moore, Project Manager, Economic Research & Analysis
Last week, the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) and PricewaterhouseCoopers released their most recent quarterly MoneyTree report, which provides information on U.S. venture capital deals and investment dollars. StatsBee wanted to take a quick look and assess how New York State did during the first quarter of 2013. 
New York posted another solid quarter of venture capital investment, especially from a year-over-year perspective. Deals are up 22.5% since Q1 2012, and investment dollars posted a 71.7% increase over the weak Q1 2012. Compared to the last quarter of 2012, which was very strong, both deals and dollars fell slightly in New York. Deals fell 9.4% from 96 to 87, corresponding to a 17.3% decrease in investment dollars.  However, the first quarter has been soft in recent years, so these results augur well for 2013.
For ongoing and in-depth analysis of venture capital investments and the tech sector in New York City, don’t miss the inaugural edition of NYCEDC’s new publication on Technology and Venture Funding, coming soon.

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Venture Capital in New York, Q1 2013

By Andrea Moore, Project Manager, Economic Research & Analysis

Last week, the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) and PricewaterhouseCoopers released their most recent quarterly MoneyTree report, which provides information on U.S. venture capital deals and investment dollars. StatsBee wanted to take a quick look and assess how New York State did during the first quarter of 2013. 

New York posted another solid quarter of venture capital investment, especially from a year-over-year perspective. Deals are up 22.5% since Q1 2012, and investment dollars posted a 71.7% increase over the weak Q1 2012. Compared to the last quarter of 2012, which was very strong, both deals and dollars fell slightly in New York. Deals fell 9.4% from 96 to 87, corresponding to a 17.3% decrease in investment dollars.  However, the first quarter has been soft in recent years, so these results augur well for 2013.

For ongoing and in-depth analysis of venture capital investments and the tech sector in New York City, don’t miss the inaugural edition of NYCEDC’s new publication on Technology and Venture Funding, coming soon.

Vinod Khosla at SXSW: 11 Ways Failure Can Empower You1. Take risks2. Weigh risk and reward3. Don’t fear failure, but don’t let it roll off your back, either4. Make the most of failure5. Start your business for the right reasons6. Curate the best management team7. Value different perspectives and debate8. Focus, focus, focus9. Rethink your schedule10. Be disruptive11. Be availableRead more from Vinod Khosla and his learnings at SXSW 2013 on OPEN Forum
(via Vinod Khosla at SXSW: 11 Ways Failure Can Empower You - OPEN Forum :: American Express OPEN Forum)

Vinod Khosla at SXSW: 11 Ways Failure Can Empower You

1. Take risks
2. Weigh risk and reward
3. Don’t fear failure, but don’t let it roll off your back, either
4. Make the most of failure
5. Start your business for the right reasons
6. Curate the best management team
7. Value different perspectives and debate
8. Focus, focus, focus
9. Rethink your schedule
10. Be disruptive
11. Be available

Read more from Vinod Khosla and his learnings at SXSW 2013 on OPEN Forum

(via Vinod Khosla at SXSW: 11 Ways Failure Can Empower You - OPEN Forum :: American Express OPEN Forum)

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The VC Term Sheet Decoded

Ready to raise capital? For many new businesses, this can mean approaching venture capitalists for startup funding. And if you’re lucky enough to get them interested, you will be introduced to a term sheet. The term sheet is, in the simplest terms, the contract between investors and companies raising capital. It includes stipulations on who owns how much of the company, the terms under which the investors will supply the capital you need, and who gets what when the company is either sold or taken public. 
Here we decode the most important parts of the VC term sheet with the help of Jason Mendelson, co-author of Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist. This is the first step to building a knowledge base to have your funding conversations end on a note where everyone feels they are a part of a fair business deal. Read More

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The VC Term Sheet Decoded

Ready to raise capital? For many new businesses, this can mean approaching venture capitalists for startup funding. And if you’re lucky enough to get them interested, you will be introduced to a term sheet. The term sheet is, in the simplest terms, the contract between investors and companies raising capital. It includes stipulations on who owns how much of the company, the terms under which the investors will supply the capital you need, and who gets what when the company is either sold or taken public. 

Here we decode the most important parts of the VC term sheet with the help of Jason Mendelson, co-author of Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist. This is the first step to building a knowledge base to have your funding conversations end on a note where everyone feels they are a part of a fair business deal. Read More

Q&A: Venture-Capital Veteran Gina Bianchini

What makes a great leader? Our Q&A with Gina Bianchini should be able to help you answer that question.

(via Innovation :: American Express OPEN Forum)


Tracy built her company, Recycled Media, out of necessity. She hasn’t raised any venture capital. She drove her company to profitability before paying herself a modest salary.
She leveraged herself and even sold many of her possessions to get started. And when her assets were tapped she rented out her bedroom and even her couch on Airbnb to afford her year-one operations. More on that later.
She actually IS the prototypical entrepreneur. Just not the kind you would initially read about on TechCrunch. That may soon change. And that’s what I love about her narrative. It represents the great majority of entrepreneurship and eschews the fairytale rags-to-VC-riches stories we so often read about in the press.

(via How This Entrepreneur Raised $28,000 Using Airbnb to Fund Her Startup)

Tracy built her company, Recycled Media, out of necessity. She hasn’t raised any venture capital. She drove her company to profitability before paying herself a modest salary.

She leveraged herself and even sold many of her possessions to get started. And when her assets were tapped she rented out her bedroom and even her couch on Airbnb to afford her year-one operations. More on that later.

She actually IS the prototypical entrepreneur. Just not the kind you would initially read about on TechCrunch. That may soon change. And that’s what I love about her narrative. It represents the great majority of entrepreneurship and eschews the fairytale rags-to-VC-riches stories we so often read about in the press.

(via How This Entrepreneur Raised $28,000 Using Airbnb to Fund Her Startup)

Critical thinking is difficult to do in large groups. Criticizing in a group setting tends to polarize it, and there are immediate and overriding political considerations of doing so. What’s more, some people hate to speak out in a group, while others thrive on so doing. This guarantees that the group will be led by personalities and personal interests more than it will be by the quality of ideas.

one of many reasons that a small venture capital partnership is a good venture capital partnership

Cooper Journal: The eye of the brainstorm (via soxiam)