Author Archives: Len Batterson

What It Takes to be a Successful Venture Capitalist

Successful venture capitalists have intuitive and analytical skills. They must be able to assemble and digest large amounts of data – some precise but some pretty vague and incomplete – and integrate all that information in order to make seriously consequential decisions. . . . The venture capitalist must often be a skeptic, as he […]

How to Do Good AND Do Well at the Same Time

Often the best investments are those where the entrepreneur is way out on the leading edge of the possible. These break-out deals are generally priced right, with low early valuations/share price, and yet have the potential to disrupt or reinvent existing businesses and sometimes even entire industries. These break-out developments represent potential opportunities for big […]

VCapital New Investment Opportunities Webinar

VCapital is currently raising funds for two new investment opportunities: Camras Vision, a company which has developed a new device to treat Glaucoma, and The Padcaster, a company which has developed products to turn smartphones and tablets into mobile video production studios. On November 15, 2017, at 2:00 PM CST, we will be hosting a […]

You Can Find Great Venture Capital Investment Opportunities in Chicago

The Chicago area is a great illustration of the need for the right environment and what can happen when the entrepreneurial eco-system is built. . . . Since the entrepreneurially challenged days in Chicago, many flowers have bloomed. In addition to the tech incubator 1871, run by visionary Chicago entrepreneur Howard Tullman, which now houses […]

We Are Bullish on the Future of Venture Capital

We’re bullish on the future of venture capital. For anyone who thinks the greatest innovations are behind us and questions how much is still left to invent, we would argue that the greatest days of innovation and hence of venture capital opportunity are still to come. . . . The tools and technologies that are […]

Unicorns May Be Over-Valued

Interested in the Unicorns? Beware! Many unicorns have already achieved notable marketplace success and will undoubtedly survive and even thrive over the long term. Nevertheless, even in the case of those making considerable strides in the marketplace, some of their current valuations strain credulity. We believe that, in many cases, their late-round investors risk vulnerability […]

Selecting a Venture Capital Firm to Invest With

Unless you already know a lot about venture capital and also have a lot of time on your hands, we’d suggest you focus on venture capital firms and exclude angel groups from your consideration set. Angel groups generally require considerable time from their members, who typically handle the venture screening, due diligence, and investment administration […]

Accessibility to Individuals Finally Here through New Online Firms

Accessibility to individuals is finally here, though, through the establishment over the past few years of several online venture capital firms, including Angel List, Our Crowd, Funder’s Club, Circle Up, and VCapital, founded by one of the authors (Len), with the other (Ken) serving in an advisory capacity. These online firms generally offer both individual […]