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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

What Facebook's IPO Debacle Means for Startup Funding

What Facebook's IPO Debacle Means for Startup Funding

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The disastrous Facebook initial public offering isn't likely to damp venture-capital interest in tech startups.
May 31, 2012 in Venture Capital
Why Facebook Is Killing Silicon Valley (Opinion)

Why Facebook Is Killing Silicon Valley (Opinion)

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With venture-capital investment flocking to social-media startups, who will back nascent startups innovating in such critical industries as material science, sensors, robotics, medical devices and life sciences?
May 21, 2012 in Social Media
What Investors Really Want to Hear in Your Pitch

What Investors Really Want to Hear in Your Pitch

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A good concept is one thing, but investors are more likely to consider these three criteria -- and they can make or break your pitch
May 19, 2012 in Venture Capital
3 Things You Must Know Before Pitching Investors

3 Things You Must Know Before Pitching Investors

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Consider these tips before you seek funding for your startup, whether from angel investors or VCs.
May 18, 2012 in Venture Capital
Startup CEOs Crave Venture Capital, Not Crowdsourcing

Startup CEOs Crave Venture Capital, Not Crowdsourcing

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Though the passage of the JOBS Act opened the doors for crowdfunding, many startups are still seeking funding from venture capital firms, according to a new study.
April 30, 2012 in Money Basics
Silicon Valley VCs Perk Up

Silicon Valley VCs Perk Up

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Inspired by new waves of technology developments and blockbuster deals, VCs are feeling better at the start of 2012.
April 26, 2012 in Venture Capital
Venture Capital: Fewer Deals, Fewer Dollars

Venture Capital: Fewer Deals, Fewer Dollars

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For the third quarter in a row, the market for venture capital shrank, continuing a long-term trend in the industry.
April 20, 2012 in Venture Capital
A VC Reflects on Instagram, the Dot-Com Bust and What It All Means for Hungry Startups

A VC Reflects on Instagram, the Dot-Com Bust and What It All Means for Hungry Startups

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Rapid growth and its founders' ability to take the lion's market share are big factors in determining whether a start-up will get the attention of VC firms.
April 18, 2012 in Venture and Angel Investors
From Pinterest to Gumroad, 19-Year-Old Sahil Lavingia on His Trek Through Silicon Valley

From Pinterest to Gumroad, 19-Year-Old Sahil Lavingia on His Trek Through Silicon Valley

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We spoke with the young entrepreneur about his experience as a founding team member at Pinterest and his new company Gumroad.
April 16, 2012 in Young Entrepreneurs
How a Pile of Student Debt Inspired a Venture-Backed Startup

How a Pile of Student Debt Inspired a Venture-Backed Startup

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ReadyForZero racked up $4.5 million in funding to help consumers pay their bills.
April 16, 2012 in Venture Capital
Facebook's Instagram Buy to Kick Off Venture Capital Feeding Frenzy

Facebook's Instagram Buy to Kick Off Venture Capital Feeding Frenzy

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The young startup has a small staff and no revenue, but Facebook's decision to buy is not just a blind gamble. Other venture capital firms will be looking to invest in similar companies.
April 10, 2012 in Growth Strategies
Instagram Dreams? Wake Up. VCs Still Want to See the Money

Instagram Dreams? Wake Up. VCs Still Want to See the Money

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With so many startups trying to follow in Facebook's -- and now Instagram's -- footsteps, they're forgetting one very important element: money.
April 10, 2012 in Venture and Angel Investors
How an Online Wine Seller Uncorked New Cash

How an Online Wine Seller Uncorked New Cash

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Lot18 proves funding options are not dry for wine businesses.
April 8, 2012 in Venture and Angel Investors
Want to Raise Money With Crowdfunding? Consider These Tips

Want to Raise Money With Crowdfunding? Consider These Tips

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A new law will increase the ability of small-business owners to raise capital from crowdfunding. But proceed with caution.
April 4, 2012 in Startup Financing
What Entrepreneurs Need to Know About Late-Stage Venture-Capital Investors

What Entrepreneurs Need to Know About Late-Stage Venture-Capital Investors

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If you're looking to scale up one day, it will pay to know now about how late-stage investing works.
April 4, 2012 in Venture Capital
What the SEC Crackdown on Secondary Markets Means for Startups

What the SEC Crackdown on Secondary Markets Means for Startups

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Secondary markets like SharesPost and SecondMarket present exciting new ways to increase a private company's liquidity -- but there are also dangers.
March 16, 2012 in IPOs and DPOs
Your Community as a Startup Ecosystem

Your Community as a Startup Ecosystem

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Here are the key factors for building an entrepreneurship community in your town.
March 13, 2012 in Startup Basics
Top 'Treps Urge Senate to Pass IPO On-Ramp Bill

Top 'Treps Urge Senate to Pass IPO On-Ramp Bill

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The National Venture Capital Association and 700 high-profile entrepreneurs sent a letter to Congressional leaders supporting legislation to help startups go public.
March 12, 2012 in Startup Financing
Rare Partnership: Government, Citi and a Clean-Tech VC

Rare Partnership: Government, Citi and a Clean-Tech VC

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The Small Business Administration announced that it has selected a clean-technology venture capital firm for a Startup America initiative.
March 9, 2012 in Financing
Tech Exec's Family Inspires a Senior-Care Business

Tech Exec's Family Inspires a Senior-Care Business

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Using easy-to-understand technology, Independa helps seniors stay well on their own.
March 9, 2012 in Venture Capital
Why the SBA's Early-Stage Innovation Fund Won't Help Startups Access Capital (Opinion)

Why the SBA's Early-Stage Innovation Fund Won't Help Startups Access Capital (Opinion)

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One of the SBA's biggest investment programs to launch this year may fall on deaf ears as the venture-capital community swoons from years of lousy returns.
February 29, 2012 in SBA and Government Funding
Startup Aims to Make Social Media Easier for Superstars

Startup Aims to Make Social Media Easier for Superstars

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WhoSay, an insider's social-media management tool, attracts millions in financing, even without a revenue model.
February 16, 2012 in Social Media
10 Ways to Get Investors to Listen to Your Business Pitch

10 Ways to Get Investors to Listen to Your Business Pitch

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Wooing investors is a challenge even for entrepreneurs who're enthusiastic about their business. Here are ten tips on how to craft your investor pitch.
February 14, 2012 in Angel Investors
Fashion Mogul Christopher Burch Talks Business

Fashion Mogul Christopher Burch Talks Business

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As Fashion Week kicks off, we sat down with the man behind brands like Tory Burch and Monika Chiang to find out what it takes to make it in the business.
February 9, 2012 in Finding Ideas
Do Entrepreneurs Make Their Own Luck -- Or Not?

Do Entrepreneurs Make Their Own Luck -- Or Not?

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Some entrepreneurs find themselves in the right place at the right time. In business, as in anything, some people have all the luck.
February 4, 2012 in Selling Your Biz
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