Tag Archives: Venture Capital investing

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

New Online Venture Capital Firms Mean Greater Funding Availability for Entrepreneurs

A truly new development in venture capital is the recent emergence of . . . online venture capital investment portals. These firms have increased significantly the accessibility of investment opportunity for the roughly ten million Americans who qualify as accredited investors. This in turn has increased accessibility of funds for entrepreneurs seeking venture capital funding. […]

Even More Opportunities Are Coming

Even Greater Innovations and Inventions Still to Come For anyone who thinks the greatest innovations are behind us and questions how much is still left to “invent,” we say thank you for leaving the wealth opportunity from future innovations in the hands of those of us who can still dream and think big. Humankind’s ever-increasing […]

Due Diligence Importance to Entrepreneurs

Due Diligence Important . . . Even for Entrepreneurs Venture capitalists are both hunters and gatherers. They seek out the best and the brightest among entrepreneurs and their ideas. Once they have an initial intuition that they have found a likely winner, they go into data gathering and analysis mode, which in the industry is […]