Tag Archives: VC

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Prospecting for Gold, or, Better Yet, Drilling for Oil

Prospecting for venture capital gold can be as challenging as was prospecting for actual gold back in the gold rush. Many other miners are also searching for the mother lode. You will need a competitive advantage—all the known art plus some entrepreneurial inventiveness—to prevail. Part of the known art is recognizing that there are far […]

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, […]

Prospecting for a Venture Capital Investor

Unfortunately, you need to understand the realities: Most new ventures fail. (We know, you’ve heard that already countless times.) They are inherently risky. You are risky. (Sorry.) A major reason why most new ventures fail is that they are unable to raise the capital needed to buy time in order to fix problems and get […]

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 […]

Great aggregate returns attract institutions

Institutions Love Venture Capital’s Great Aggregate Returns . . . Aggregate returns for the asset class have historically been outstanding, and there’s no sign that will change anytime soon. This is demonstrated well by the Thomson Reuters Venture Capital Research Index, launched in 2012 to replicate the venture capital industry as a whole. Based on […]