Venture Capital

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.

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.

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News and Articles About Venture Capital

4 Ways to Blow It When Pitching For Venture Capital

4 Ways to Blow It When Pitching For Venture Capital

Venture capitalists are not just looking for the best idea. They want to make sure you know how to pitch it.
ZocDoc Is Cyrus Massoumi's Vision of Delivering Better Health Care

ZocDoc Is Cyrus Massoumi's Vision of Delivering Better Health Care

Founder Cyrus Massoumi shares the story behind ZocDoc's humble origins and how to build a renowned company culture.
Investors Across the Globe Warm Up to U.S. Businesses, Cool to Emerging Markets

Investors Across the Globe Warm Up to U.S. Businesses, Cool to Emerging Markets

The investing community slows its headlong dash into some of the riskier entrepreneurship countries, according to a new report.

The Do's and Don'ts of Meeting With Investors

Lightbank VC investor Paul Lee gives us the skinny on what young entrepreneurs should and shouldn't do when meeting investors.
Netscape's 18th Birthday Is Today. Here's Why You Should Care.

Netscape's 18th Birthday Is Today. Here's Why You Should Care.

Netscape's memory has left a complicated free-market legacy, with some good and bad effects felt nearly two decades down the line.

Smelling the Roses: How One Startup Aims to Disrupt the Floral Industry

Startup The Bouqs is looking to take the thorn out of online floral delivery.

A Young VC on How Young Entrepreneurs Can Land Cash for Their Young Companies

Early-stage venture capital investor Mo Koyfman of Spark Capital talks dollar bills and IPOs, among other weighty topics.
Investors See Opportunities in Bitcoin's High-Risk Market

Investors See Opportunities in Bitcoin's High-Risk Market

A recent panel of angel investors, venture capitalists and entrepreneurs discussed why the cryptocurrency could be a transformative technology.
App Makes Creating a Single Page 'Pitch Site' Super Simple

App Makes Creating a Single Page 'Pitch Site' Super Simple

Crushpath's easy-to-use software connects social media feeds and Salesforce software into one convenient package.
Everything You'd Ever Want to Know About 31,216 Startups (Interactive Graphic)

Everything You'd Ever Want to Know About 31,216 Startups (Interactive Graphic)

This tool provides a near exhaustive look at the past 22 years (and counting) of startups.
Why Venture Capitalists and Entrepreneurs Often Don't See Eye to Eye

Why Venture Capitalists and Entrepreneurs Often Don't See Eye to Eye

The National Venture Capital Association released its first brand influence study on the venture capital industry today.

Software and Biotech Companies Lead the Pack in VC Funding

Venture-capital funding increased slightly in the second quarter from the previous quarter, according to a new report.

VC Funding of U.S. Companies Falls to Lowest Level in 3 Years

Venture-capital funding has declined sharply year-over-year in the second quarter, according to the latest data from Dow Jones VentureSource.
A Startup Brings High-Tech Sports Analytics to School Teams

A Startup Brings High-Tech Sports Analytics to School Teams

The online video and analytics platform Krossover analyzes plays for high school and college teams.
Steve Case on Startups That Attract His Attention and What Kills a Deal

Steve Case on Startups That Attract His Attention and What Kills a Deal

Need VC? The investor and AOL co-founder on how he decides on who gets funding.

Where to Look for Investors to Fund Your Startup

Co-founder of SkyMall Inc. and Worthworm Alan Lobock provides young entrepreneurs tips on approaching investors.
Students Funding Students: A Look at Campus-Based Investment Funds

Students Funding Students: A Look at Campus-Based Investment Funds

In the race to find the next young entrepreneurial dynamo, VC firms are increasingly putting students in control of the selection process.
The Art and Science of Company Valuations (Infographic)

The Art and Science of Company Valuations (Infographic)

See a visual explanation of how young companies are valued, in some cases before they're even making money.
Entrepreneur Puts a Revolutionary Spin on Electric Motorcycles

Entrepreneur Puts a Revolutionary Spin on Electric Motorcycles

Daniel Kim's startup Lit Motors and its groundbreaking take on the motorcycle has pulled in more than $1 million in angel funding.

VC Fund to Offer $25 Million to Leap Motion App Developers

Highland Capital Partners plans to finance and mentor developers creating apps for the cutting edge technology.
Lessons From a Startup That Scored $836 Million in VC -- and Failed

Lessons From a Startup That Scored $836 Million in VC -- and Failed

Better Place, based in Palo Alto, Calif. won funding from investors like General Electric and Morgan Stanley, yet had to shut its doors in May. Here are lessons to learn from the startup's missteps.
Online VC Service Lets More Investors Into the Game

Online VC Service Lets More Investors Into the Game

FundersClub helps facilitate financing in early-stage companies for small investors who want to make small investments.

8 Startup Events and News to Know About This Week

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A Quick Guide to Finding a Venture Capital Match

Looking for money to grow a company or get it off the ground? There are venture capital firms across the country eagerly seeking to fund good business ideas, but fit and size matter.
Bloomberg Opens $75 Million Venture Capital Fund

Bloomberg Opens $75 Million Venture Capital Fund

The New York City-based media company becomes the latest high-profile corporation to commit to nurturing startups.
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