Venture Capital

Bootstrapping with Brad Feld

Tom and Tony of tastytrade talk with Brad about Foundry Group, Techstars and Bootstrapping… Related articles Startup Life Interview With Sandy Grason The Kentucky Thesis How Is Your Q1 Going? ” Feld Thoughts Feld Thoughts

Takatkah: The Next Big Thing in VC

Today’s VC Post of the Day is from Ahmed Takatkah, a VC in Jordan titled The Next Big Thing in VC. He starts with a question and the answer he often gets. “What’s the next big thing in VC?” Whenever I see a VC from the states or even from the region, I ask this question, but…

Wilson: Herky Jerky Investing

Fred Wilson (USV) has today’s VC Post of the day titled Herky Jerky Investing. In it he refers to a WSJ article where several very prominent VCs have recently said they are backing off investing at frothy valuations and now going and looking off the beaten path. Fred – as usual – has very a…

How Do VCs Mitigate Risk In Their Investment Portfolios?

Question: How do VCs mitigate risk in their investment portfolios? Are VCs simply looking to diversify the type and stage of companies in which they invest, or do they employ other financial hedging strategies? I’m not aware of VCs using classic financial hedging strategies. In many cases, they are prohibited from doing this by their LP agreements…

Why Don’t Venture Capitalists Tell You Why They Won’t Invest?

Today, we were asked the following question: ‘”Why don’t VCs tell you the reason why they don’t invest? Any feedback would be useful. It’s just plain rude.” I (Jason) figured that this is really a personal question, so I thought that I’d post on my personal blog, as I certainly can’t speak (or even guess)…

How To Get A Job In Venture Capital

I (Jason) get asked often how I got into venture capital and how interested folks may get involved as well. I always tell them that I "fell" into the job, as most folks that I know who are VCs and that everyone has a different and unique story. I then point them to my partner…

Ask the VC Live – University of Michigan

I (Jason) will be visiting the University of Michigan in a couple of weeks to speak to different campus constituencies about entrepreneurship and venture capital. As part of that, I’m going to plant my butt in a conference room on campus for a couple of hours and talk to anyone that wants to come by…

What Do Venture Capitalists Think About Young Entrepreneurs?

Q: With a number of great companies being born of ideas coming from a youthful group of entrepreneurs, how are investors reacting to twenty-somethings fresh out of college, with little to no professional experience, without a strong network of seasoned industry experience and with a inconceivable amount of life learning still ahead of them? Assuming…

Crash Course Video

Thanks to my friends at Kendall Media Group, here is the video of my recent Venture Capital Crash Course at the Silicon Flatirons.  I give a 25 minute presentation and then hold an hour town-hall question and answer session.  Great questions were asked, so if you are interested in what goes through a VC’s head,…