Venture Capital

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Venture Capital

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Why the VC Game Is Attracting a Whole New Set of Players

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Michelle Goodman
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Airbnb

Airbnb Is Now the Third-Highest Valued Startup After Massive $1.5 Billion Funding Round

The new round reportedly raises the startup's valuation to $25.5 billion.
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Raising Capital

Everyone Pays to Raise Money

One way or another, entrepreneurs always pay to obtain capital.
Scott Shane
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What Slow Exits Mean to Startup Investors

Since the end of the Internet 1.0 boom in 2001, the time to exit for the average venture-capital-backed company has more than doubled.
Scott Shane
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Pitching Investors

How Star Wars Will Help You Raise Capital for Your Company

The movie focuses on the 'hero's journey,' a structure that can be useful when telling VCs your company's story.
David Teten
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Funding

Avoid These 7 Mistakes When Pitching to Big-Time VCs

While there is no universal answer as to how a startup successfully closes a great funding round, there are several issues that usually kill a VC's interest.
Ravin Gandhi
Why Angels Are Moving Online
Angel Investing

Why Angels Are Moving Online

Online platforms are a superior choice for less entrepreneurially experienced, less-active investors who are deploying smaller amounts of money.
Scott Shane
How Your Small Business Can Play in the Big Leagues
Ready To Launch

How Your Small Business Can Play in the Big Leagues

Corporate venture capital funds are looking to invest in innovative startups. Here's how to cash in on the substantial resources of major companies.
Michelle Goodman
Why the Number of Accelerators Is Accelerating
Accelerators

Why the Number of Accelerators Is Accelerating

Because they solve real problems that venture capitalists face in financing companies, accelerators are not simply a fad.
Scott Shane
6 Tips for Raising Your First Round of Funding
Funding

6 Tips for Raising Your First Round of Funding

It takes money to run a business. Here's how to obtain that initial windfall.
Matt Barba
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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