Tag Archives: Venture Capital

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 Venture Capital Can Help You Avoid Investment Mistakes

Too many investors “vote” repeatedly. They don’t practice the buy-and-hold discipline espoused by Mr. Buffet. On an average day, 3-4 billion shares change hands in NYSE composite trading. Even worse, too many investors rush in following market run-ups and then sell in a panic as prices plunge. In the midst of some recent volatility, small […]

How Venture Capital’s Riches Are Becoming Available to More of Us

Changes in the venture capital playing field will also contribute to making the coming years good ones for venture capital investors and great ones for entrepreneurs. As we mentioned earlier, the accessibility of venture capital investment opportunities is becoming democratized. Today there are roughly a half million individual venture capital investors in the US alone, […]

Even More Opportunities to Win with Venture Capital

Ironically, more traditional venture capital firms like ours, which only allow investments from accredited investors and, even though accessible online, set a higher minimum investment requirement (our new firm VCapital has a minimum individual investment requirement of $25,000), welcome these new (online crowdfunding) firms that are democratizing the industry. Frankly, they are so new relative […]

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 […]

How to Win in Venture Capital: Avoid FOMO*; Concentrate on Early Stage Investments

(*FOMO = Fear Of Missing Out) As a consumer, you may love Uber. Lots do. But Uber is a vivid reminder of the potential perils of FOMO-driven late stage venture investments. While most early stage venture investments may not evoke your friends’ envy, and each one faces considerable risk of even surviving to maturity. Nevertheless, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Venture Capital: A Hedge Against Inflation and Lengthy Bear Markets

My original reason for thinking about including more aggressive growth vehicles in my overall asset allocation was a concern with potential future inflation. While inflation has been extremely tame in recent years, I remember well the hyperinflation of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Back then, prices were rising nearly 10% a year, mortgage rates […]