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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

8 Startup Events and News to Watch This Week

8 Startup Events and News to Watch This Week

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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.
October 21, 2013 in News and Trends
Why VCs Often Turn Away Promising Investments

Why VCs Often Turn Away Promising Investments

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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.
October 17, 2013 in Venture Capital
Launching Today: Silicon Valley Venture Fund for Big Data Startups

Launching Today: Silicon Valley Venture Fund for Big Data Startups

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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.
October 17, 2013 in Venture Capital
Photos: Billionaire Reid Hoffman Reveals LinkedIn's 2004 Pitch Deck Along With Invaluable Startup Advice

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

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The LinkedIn co-founder and VC shares valuable insight on what entrepreneurs need to know when pitching their startups to investors.
October 17, 2013 in Venture Capital
The Worst Business Plan Mistake Entrepreneurs Make

The Worst Business Plan Mistake Entrepreneurs Make

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If you think you can just hire someone else to do the dirty work of writing your business plan, think again.
October 17, 2013 in Your Business Plan
How Blind Smartphone Users Helped This Startup Test the Waters

How Blind Smartphone Users Helped This Startup Test the Waters

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The co-founder of Fleksy explains how focusing on a niche demographic prepared him for the mass market.
October 14, 2013 in Success Stories
Uber and Flipboard Help VC Deal Activity Hit $7.2 Billion Last Quarter

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

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While the mobile industry had a record-breaking quarter for VC funding, health care was a flop.
October 10, 2013 in News and Trends
Venture Capital Trends by State, Industry (Infographic)

Venture Capital Trends by State, Industry (Infographic)

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Venture capitalists invest approximately $20 billion a year into U.S. companies. Where does the money go? This infographic has the answers.
October 9, 2013 in Venture and Angel Investors
Your Secret Decoder Ring for VC Speak

Your Secret Decoder Ring for VC Speak

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Venture capitalist Sharon Wienbar gives us the skinny on what kind of questions VCs ask and why they ask them.
October 7, 2013 in Financing
Why Equity Crowdfunding Isn't a Threat to Venture Capital

Why Equity Crowdfunding Isn't a Threat to Venture Capital

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Under the JOBS Act, there will be new ways to raise money. But not all fund-raising is created equal.
October 7, 2013 in Venture Capital
Photos: Twitter's IPO Will Make All These People Millionaires and Billionaires

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

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With the IPO set, Twitter's venture capital investors, longtime employees and other stockholders are about to become very wealthy.
October 6, 2013 in News and Trends
Steve Case's New $200 Million VC Fund Will Invest 'Off the Beaten Path'

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

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Billionaire Steve Case shares his plans for Revolution Ventures, which will focus on tech companies outside the proving ground of Silicon Valley.
September 30, 2013 in Venture Capital
Fundraising 101: Words of Advice From One Founder to Another

Fundraising 101: Words of Advice From One Founder to Another

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For our series The Grind, the founder of Travefy offers up advice on securing external capital.
September 26, 2013 in Financing
Why Equity Crowdfunding Is a Terrible Idea

Why Equity Crowdfunding Is a Terrible Idea

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Equity crowdfunding proposes a fair shot for all entrepreneurs, but as with most things in a capitalist structure, only the strong will survive.
September 26, 2013 in Startup Financing
Ditch the Business Plan, Get Online and Other Tips for Dealing With Investors

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

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Venture capitalist John Frankel offers up advice on how to meet and pitch investors.
September 25, 2013 in Financing
AngelList Raises $24 Million as Ban on General Solicitation Lifts

AngelList Raises $24 Million as Ban on General Solicitation Lifts

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The online platform where investors and startups connect has reportedly raised $24 million in an investment round.
September 23, 2013 in Venture Capital
How to See Your Startup Through The Eyes of Investors

How to See Your Startup Through The Eyes of Investors

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Understanding exactly what investors want before you go into a VC pitch will help ensure you connect with investors and close the deal.
September 20, 2013 in Venture Capital
Can Entrepreneurs Really Wear What They Want?

Can Entrepreneurs Really Wear What They Want?

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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.
September 20, 2013 in Lifestyle
Pouncing on New SEC Rules, Entrepreneurs Develop Tech-Based Solutions for Accrediting Investors

Pouncing on New SEC Rules, Entrepreneurs Develop Tech-Based Solutions for Accrediting Investors

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Some entrepreneurs are looking to streamline the potentially onerous process of accrediting investors in accordance with the SEC's new rules on general solicitation.
September 19, 2013 in Venture Capital
New Crowdfunding Platform Gives Hardware Innovators Realistic Production Sources

New Crowdfunding Platform Gives Hardware Innovators Realistic Production Sources

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HWTrek offers hardware innovators the opportunity to prove their business model to experts, consumers and manufacturers.
September 11, 2013 in Venture Capital
Web Startup Scores $28 Million to Simplify A/B Testing

Web Startup Scores $28 Million to Simplify A/B Testing

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Optimizely found a way to make website optimization easier and everyone from Obama to venture captalists took notice.
September 11, 2013 in Your Website
How the Founder of S.W. Basics Got Her Confidence Back

How the Founder of S.W. Basics Got Her Confidence Back

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When you are looking to raise growth funding, you'll often have to answer extremely tough questions about your business and yourself. Here's how one business owner rediscovered just how important it is to be confident.
September 5, 2013 in Venture Capital
Have a Burning Business Question? Ask the Expert: John Frankel

Have a Burning Business Question? Ask the Expert: John Frankel

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VC John Frankel of ff Venture Capital wants to answer your big startup questions about raising funds, meeting investors and pitching.
September 4, 2013 in Financing
What Every Entrepreneur Should Know About Valuations

What Every Entrepreneur Should Know About Valuations

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Read the first part of a series that breaks down what you really need to know about venture capital deals.
August 30, 2013 in Venture Capital
Car-Service Company Uber Reportedly Valued at $3.5 Billion

Car-Service Company Uber Reportedly Valued at $3.5 Billion

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The San Francisco-based limo company has also reportedly received approximately $250 million from Google Ventures, the largest investment that Google's venture capital arm has ever made.
August 23, 2013 in Venture Capital
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