Venture Capital

Report: Dropbox Eyeing $8 Billion Valuation
Starting a Business

Report: Dropbox Eyeing $8 Billion Valuation

The online data-storage company is reportedly looking to raise $250 million in the next few weeks, seeking a valuation of about $8 billion.
Why It's Harder For Women to Raise VC Funds
Business Management

Why It's Harder For Women to Raise VC Funds

The glass ceiling is still very much intact, but entrepreneurs and VCs have the power to close the gender gap. Here's how.
The Passive Check In: Is This Foursquare's Hail Mary Pass?
News and Trends

The Passive Check In: Is This Foursquare's Hail Mary Pass?

Amid much criticism, Foursquare is mounting an offense that has many in the startup world sitting up and taking notice.
Why So Many VC Firms Invest in the Same Companies
Venture Capital

Why So Many VC Firms Invest in the Same Companies

How to understand venture capital's herd mentality.
Zombie VC Firms Can Be an Entrepreneur's Nightmare
Venture Capital

Zombie VC Firms Can Be an Entrepreneur's Nightmare

Entrepreneurs, beware: When a VC firm shuts down, the obligation to deliver a return on the investment rarely goes away.
Everything You Wanted to Know About VC Liquidation Preference But Were Afraid to Ask
Venture Capital

Everything You Wanted to Know About VC Liquidation Preference But Were Afraid to Ask

Read the second part of a series that walks you step-by-step through a venture capital deal.
No Revenue, No Problem: Pinterest Raises Another $225 Million
News and Trends

No Revenue, No Problem: Pinterest Raises Another $225 Million

The virtual-scrapbooking social network site has raised $564 million to date without any visible source of revenue. But that will soon change.
Confidence Among Silicon Valley VCs at Highest Since 2007, Report Shows
Venture Capital

Confidence Among Silicon Valley VCs at Highest Since 2007, Report Shows

Despite five consecutive quarterly increases, Silicon Valley confidence still lags behind that seen in 2004, 2005 and 2006.
8 Startup Events and News to Watch This Week
News and Trends

8 Startup Events and News to Watch This Week

Get the 411 on crowdfunding from General Assembly, Denver's Galvanize wants you to code for a cause, Nashville gets KEEN on entrepreneurship, TechCrunch brings the Startup Battlefield to Berlin. This week's notable news and startup events for entrepreneurs.
Why VCs Often Turn Away Promising Investments
Venture Capital

Why VCs Often Turn Away Promising Investments

If you are rejected, don't automatically assume it's your business plan that's the issue. It could be the firm's approach to its fund's investment cycle.
Launching Today: Silicon Valley Venture Fund for Big Data Startups
Venture Capital

Launching Today: Silicon Valley Venture Fund for Big Data Startups

Data Elite wants to fill a need for big data startups that aren't satisfied by generic startup incubators and investment funds. And it has major backers ready to make sure it succeeds.
Billionaire Reid Hoffman Reveals LinkedIn's 2004 Pitch Deck Along With Invaluable Startup Advice
Venture Capital

Billionaire Reid Hoffman Reveals LinkedIn's 2004 Pitch Deck Along With Invaluable Startup Advice

The LinkedIn co-founder and VC shares valuable insight on what entrepreneurs need to know when pitching their startups to investors.
The Worst Business Plan Mistake Entrepreneurs Make
Your Business Plan

The Worst Business Plan Mistake Entrepreneurs Make

If you think you can just hire someone else to do the dirty work of writing your business plan, think again.
How Blind Smartphone Users Helped This Startup Test the Waters
Success Stories

How Blind Smartphone Users Helped This Startup Test the Waters

The co-founder of Fleksy explains how focusing on a niche demographic prepared him for the mass market.
Uber and Flipboard Help VC Deal Activity Hit $7.2 Billion Last Quarter
News and Trends

Uber and Flipboard Help VC Deal Activity Hit $7.2 Billion Last Quarter

While the mobile industry had a record-breaking quarter for VC funding, health care was a flop.
Venture Capital Trends by State, Industry (Infographic)
Venture and Angel Investors

Venture Capital Trends by State, Industry (Infographic)

Venture capitalists invest approximately $20 billion a year into U.S. companies. Where does the money go? This infographic has the answers.
Your Secret Decoder Ring for VC Speak
Financing

Your Secret Decoder Ring for VC Speak

Venture capitalist Sharon Wienbar gives us the skinny on what kind of questions VCs ask and why they ask them.
Why Equity Crowdfunding Isn't a Threat to Venture Capital
Venture Capital

Why Equity Crowdfunding Isn't a Threat to Venture Capital

Under the JOBS Act, there will be new ways to raise money. But not all fund-raising is created equal.
Twitter's IPO Will Make All These People Millionaires and Billionaires
News and Trends

Twitter's IPO Will Make All These People Millionaires and Billionaires

With the IPO set, Twitter's venture capital investors, longtime employees and other stockholders are about to become very wealthy.
Steve Case's New $200 Million VC Fund Will Invest 'Off the Beaten Path'
Venture Capital

Steve Case's New $200 Million VC Fund Will Invest 'Off the Beaten Path'

Billionaire Steve Case shares his plans for Revolution Ventures, which will focus on tech companies outside the proving ground of Silicon Valley.
Fundraising 101: Words of Advice From One Founder to Another
Financing

Fundraising 101: Words of Advice From One Founder to Another

For our series The Grind, the founder of Travefy offers up advice on securing external capital.
Why Equity Crowdfunding Is a Terrible Idea
Startup Financing

Why Equity Crowdfunding Is a Terrible Idea

Equity crowdfunding proposes a fair shot for all entrepreneurs, but as with most things in a capitalist structure, only the strong will survive.
Ditch the Business Plan, Get Online and Other Tips for Dealing With Investors
Financing

Ditch the Business Plan, Get Online and Other Tips for Dealing With Investors

Venture capitalist John Frankel offers up advice on how to meet and pitch investors.
AngelList Raises $24 Million as Ban on General Solicitation Lifts
Venture Capital

AngelList Raises $24 Million as Ban on General Solicitation Lifts

The online platform where investors and startups connect has reportedly raised $24 million in an investment round.
How to See Your Startup Through The Eyes of Investors
Venture Capital

How to See Your Startup Through The Eyes of Investors

Understanding exactly what investors want before you go into a VC pitch will help ensure you connect with investors and close the deal.
Can Entrepreneurs Really Wear What They Want?
Lifestyle

Can Entrepreneurs Really Wear What They Want?

You may be your own boss, but that doesn't mean you should pull a Mark Zuckerberg and wear hoodies to investor meetings. Here's some advice.
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