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Venture Capital Basics
What It Is: Institutional venture capital comes from professionally managed funds that have $25 million to more than $1 billion to invest in emerging growth companies. Venture capital focuses on capital investments in private, young, fast-growing companies.

Appropriate for: High-growth, high-potential companies that are capable of becoming market leaders, and being profitable in five to eight years.

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News and Articles About Venture capital

When Trading Equity for Cash, Balance Is Everything
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Sell too little, and you lack the resources to grow. Sell too much, and you lose control.
April 13, 2014 in Money
3 Ways for Women to Close the VC Gender Gap

3 Ways for Women to Close the VC Gender Gap

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Only 7 percent of U.S. venture capital deals go to women founders and CEOs. Let's change that statistic.
April 10, 2014 in The 'Treps
5 Things to Look for in a Venture Capitalist

5 Things to Look for in a Venture Capitalist

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Former VC says you should approach these funders carefully, and be thorough in your research.
April 10, 2014 in Money
8 Ways to Hit a Home Run When Pitching a New Product to a Major Corporation

8 Ways to Hit a Home Run When Pitching a New Product to a Major Corporation

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A startup approaching a large company to market its wares needs to be prepared in multiple ways. Follow this guidance from a venture capital firm.
April 4, 2014 in Grow Your Business
This Billionaire Just Gave 10 Startups $100,000 Each on a Whim

This Billionaire Just Gave 10 Startups $100,000 Each on a Whim

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At the first-ever Google for Entrepreneurs Demo Day, AOL co-founder Steve Case surprised each of the presenting entrepreneurs with a spur-of-the-moment $100,000 commitment.
April 4, 2014 in Money
Alibaba Goes In On Uber Competitor Lyft's $250 Million Round

Alibaba Goes In On Uber Competitor Lyft's $250 Million Round

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Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba invested in the San Francisco-based ride-sharing company, which plans to expand internationally.
April 3, 2014 in Money
Imgur Finally Says Yes to VC Funding, Accepts $40 Million From Andreessen Horowitz

Imgur Finally Says Yes to VC Funding, Accepts $40 Million From Andreessen Horowitz

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Imgur has never accepted outside money before, calling former petitions by other venture capitalists a poor fit.
April 3, 2014 in Business News
Fundraising 101: The First Timer's Guide to Pitching Investors

Fundraising 101: The First Timer's Guide to Pitching Investors

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Pitching to investors can be a daunting and at times, tough on an entrepreneur's confidence level. Here are a few tidbits of advice on pitching from an entrepreneur who has been there, done that.
April 3, 2014 in Money
Crowdfunding's Next Hot Frontier: Real Estate

Crowdfunding's Next Hot Frontier: Real Estate

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Venture capital and angel investors are sinking money into startups that are innovating the way that buildings are bought.
April 1, 2014 in Money
How to Make Time Work for You When Pitching for Funds

How to Make Time Work for You When Pitching for Funds

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The hour of the day, minutes in a slide and when your idea will pay off will determine whether you'll see any money.
March 31, 2014 in Money
Aaron Levie, the Quintessential Silicon Valley CEO, Will Only Own 4.1 Percent of Box When It IPOs

Aaron Levie, the Quintessential Silicon Valley CEO, Will Only Own 4.1 Percent of Box When It IPOs

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Online file-storage service Box has finally filed to go public. Here's what we know.
March 25, 2014 in Technology
Seeking Funding? Be Aware of These 5 Details.

Seeking Funding? Be Aware of These 5 Details.

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Venture capital has big rewards, but also added stress.
March 20, 2014 in Money
Disposable Phone Numbers Are So Hot Right Now

Disposable Phone Numbers Are So Hot Right Now

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The venture capital money came pouring in for Burner, a mobile app that doles out disposable phone numbers for calling and texting.
March 18, 2014 in Venture Capital
3 Surprisingly Hot Global VC Markets That Are Getting Even Hotter

3 Surprisingly Hot Global VC Markets That Are Getting Even Hotter

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The U.S., Europe, China, India and Israel continue to dominate the venture capital game, but a few emerging markets are worth keeping an eye on.
March 17, 2014 in Money
Uber Competitor Lyft Eyes $150 Million in New Funding

Uber Competitor Lyft Eyes $150 Million in New Funding

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The San Francisco-based company known for the pink mustaches adhered to the front of the cars in its network is looking to close in on its fourth round of fundraising.
March 10, 2014 in Money
More Money, More Problems: The Down Side of a Mega Valuation

More Money, More Problems: The Down Side of a Mega Valuation

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The bragging rights may be tempting, but achieving a jaw-dropping valuation for your company can cause problems down the line.
March 8, 2014 in Venture Capital
Does Your Team Have the Right Stuff to Attract Venture Capital?

Does Your Team Have the Right Stuff to Attract Venture Capital?

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These four things may be even more important to investors than a solid business idea.
March 7, 2014 in Money
These Startups Found Unusual Ways to Get Funded

These Startups Found Unusual Ways to Get Funded

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Three entrepreneurs share the surprising ways they were able to launch their businesses.
February 28, 2014 in The 'Treps
Are Candy Crush and WhatsApp Really in it for the Long Haul?

Are Candy Crush and WhatsApp Really in it for the Long Haul?

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People are betting big on Candy Crush and WhatsApp, but some fear a social-gaming bubble is building.
February 27, 2014 in Technology
The Cloud Wars Rage On: Dropbox Raises Mega Money as Box Has Reportedly Filed for IPO

The Cloud Wars Rage On: Dropbox Raises Mega Money as Box Has Reportedly Filed for IPO

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After weeks of speculation, SEC documents confirm that San Francisco-based Dropbox has raised another monster-sized round of cash.
February 25, 2014 in Grow Your Business
The Story of Sequoia Capital's $6.4 Billion 'Revenge' on Mark Zuckerberg

The Story of Sequoia Capital's $6.4 Billion 'Revenge' on Mark Zuckerberg

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How the top venture capital firm had the last laugh -- all the way to the bank.
February 22, 2014 in Technology
Uber Competitor Sidecar Now Lets Drivers Set Their Own Prices

Uber Competitor Sidecar Now Lets Drivers Set Their Own Prices

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With a $10 million venture capital infusion and a revamped business model, the lesser-known ridesharing app revs up to roll over the competition.
February 21, 2014 in Technology
Peter Thiel's Newest Obsession: Nanotechnology.

Peter Thiel's Newest Obsession: Nanotechnology.

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The co-founder of Palantir and PayPal has invested in and joined the board of Nanotronics Imaging, a microscopy and software company.
February 20, 2014 in News and Trends
13 Startup Red Flags to Avoid

13 Startup Red Flags to Avoid

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Companies plagued by any of these problems are likely headed for failure.
February 19, 2014 in Startup Basics
ZenPayroll Raises $20 Million in Series A Funding

ZenPayroll Raises $20 Million in Series A Funding

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The cloud-based payroll company plans to hire more employees and extend its reach.
February 19, 2014 in Startup Financing
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