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You Can Find Lucrative Venture Capital Opportunities Almost Anywhere

As awareness of recent venture homeruns has grown, there has been a surge in innovative venture activity. It’s no longer limited to Silicon Valley and Boston’s Route 128. Venture capital activity is flourishing in New York, Los Angeles, the DC metro area, Austin . . . and anywhere where creativity, ambition, and the funds to […]

When Crisis Management Is Required, the VC Can Be Very Important

In the case of seriously distressed situations, the venture capitalist can be expected to take a very active role, particularly if acting as the lead or co-lead investor. In these cases, the VC will become involved in operating decisions and will likely press for management changes, and those with operating skills may even take an […]

When Crisis Management Is Required, the VC Can Be Very Important

In the case of seriously distressed situations, the venture capitalist can be expected to take a very active role, particularly if acting as the lead or co-lead investor. In these cases, the VC will become involved in operating decisions and will likely press for management changes, and those with operating skills may even take an […]

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 […]

Co-author Len Batterson a Leading VC for Individual Investors

Len (Batterson) has been one of the nation’s leading entrepreneurial venture capitalists for over 30 years. . . . Len’s series of notable successes began while at Allstate, where he played an integral role in the financing and restructuring of Control Video Corporation, which became America Online, Inc. (AOL). On its merger with Time Warner, […]

Innovation: Path to Wealth Creation and What VC All About

. . . Stock market returns over the past seven or eight years admittedly look great, but that’s due largely to the bounce-back in prices following the devastating collapse of 2008–09. A look at the stock market over a more extended time frame presents a more sobering picture. Factoring in all the ups and downs, […]

Investment Acumen Left and Right Brains

Finding High Quality Venture Capital Investments Requires Left and Right Brain . . . . A big part of this (selecting high quality investments) is also knowing and trusting the source of the opportunity. Most high-quality VC investment opportunities come to the VC through trusted sources—an attorney, accountant, broker-banker, tax advisor, consultant, or entrepreneur who […]

Pricing Advice for the Entrepreneur

Experienced venture capital investors have a good idea of which industries are in fashion, and of the risk/reward profile for the particular industry and stage of the deal. They will also have a good idea of what price the deal may bring from another VC. Generally, it’s best to find an investor who will pay […]

Why the Effective VC Should Be Able to Beat Buffett’s Returns

At this point, you may be asking the question, if the principles of successful venture capital investment are so similar to Buffett’s rules, why should one expect the effective VC to be able to go beyond matching Buffett’s performance and to beat his results? The answer is based on the very essence of venture capital […]