Venture Capital

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Sidecar

Richard Branson Gets Into Carpooling

Ridesharing service Sidecar announced a $15 million Series B round from the Virgin co-founder and some top VC houses, including Avalon Ventures and Union Square Ventures.
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Go Fund Yourself
Raising Capital

Go Fund Yourself

Don't waste time chasing investors. A myriad of options exist for ambitious entrepreneurs seeking to expand their startup and in need of financing.
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Venture Capitalists Can Be a Blessing or a Curse
Venture Capital

Venture Capitalists Can Be a Blessing or a Curse

When entrepreneurs opt for this type of investment, they run the risk of losing control.
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Salesforce Launches $100 Million Fund to Invest in Entrepreneurs Building Apps On Its Platform
Salesforce

Salesforce Launches $100 Million Fund to Invest in Entrepreneurs Building Apps On Its Platform

Startups get cash and credibility. The San Francisco-based tech company gets a stake in the companies building on its infrastructure.
Catherine Clifford
Your Startup Can Thrive Without VC That it Will Probably Never Get Anyway
Small Business Finance

Your Startup Can Thrive Without VC That it Will Probably Never Get Anyway

Financing growth from sales is tough but the reality is very few companies receive the venture-capital funding seemingly everyone believes is indispensable.
John Mullins
Top 50 Universities for VC-Backed Entrepreneurs
VC 100

Top 50 Universities for VC-Backed Entrepreneurs

It's back-to-school season. Here are the leading universities producing the most VC-backed graduates.
Tanya Benedicto Klich
Want to Get a VC's Attention? Make Sure You Do These 6 Things.
Raising Capital

Want to Get a VC's Attention? Make Sure You Do These 6 Things.

Raising capital is perhaps the most difficult challenge any entrepreneur faces in starting a business. Here are a few tips to make it less daunting.
David Drake
This Is Y Combinator's Next Hot Area of Investment
Y Combinator

This Is Y Combinator's Next Hot Area of Investment

For the first time, the accelerator program is actively recruiting startups outside the tech space.
Laura Entis
TOMS Lands Major Investment From Bain Capital
Toms Shoes

TOMS Lands Major Investment From Bain Capital

Blake Mycoskie will keep a 50 percent stake in the social-good shoe startup he founded.
Jason Fell
Why Leveraging Sales to Finance Growth Is Better Than Wooing a VC
Venture Capital

Why Leveraging Sales to Finance Growth Is Better Than Wooing a VC

Winning VC funding is a gratifying rite of passage that some of the most successful entrepreneurs skipped in favor of funding growth from revenue.
John Mullins
The 7 Due Diligence Basics for Investing in a Startup
Venture Capital

The 7 Due Diligence Basics for Investing in a Startup

There is only so much an investor can due to reduce risk, so be sure to do all of it.
Murray Newlands
The 9 Things You Should Never Do When Pitching Investors
Pitching investors

The 9 Things You Should Never Do When Pitching Investors

When pitching investors it is important to get it right the first time – as often this is the only chance you got. So avoid these nine major blunders.
Ricky Pelletier
Want Angel Investors? Here's What You Need to Know Right Now. (Infographic)
Angel Investors

Want Angel Investors? Here's What You Need to Know Right Now. (Infographic)

A snapshot of where angel investors are putting their money.
Catherine Clifford
Venture Capital

Venture Capital Basics

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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.

Best Use: Varied. From financing product development and commercializing promising technologies to building durable well-run businesses.

Cost: Expensive. Institutional venture capitalists purchase significant equity in a business. The earlier the investment stage, the more equity is required to persuade an institutional venture capitalist to invest. The range of funds typically available is $500,000 to more than $30 million.

Ease of Acquisition: Difficult. Institutional venture capitalists are choosy. Institutional venture capital is an appropriate source of funding for only a limited number of companies.

Source: PitchBook Platform

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