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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How a New Take on the Stroller Snagged $20 Million in Funding

How a New Take on the Stroller Snagged $20 Million in Funding

4moms, an inventive child-care products business plans to build tech into strollers and infant seats.
What's Ahead in 2013 for Venture Capital

What's Ahead in 2013 for Venture Capital

Startups in enterprise IT are more likely to come out ahead next year, but those in the consumer space may have a harder time getting funding.
10 Questions to Answer Before Pitching Investors

10 Questions to Answer Before Pitching Investors

Preparation can mean the difference between securing funding and being left high and dry. Here's how to make sure you've covered all your bases.
Kathryn Minshew on Why Silicon Valley Needs a Feminine Touch

Kathryn Minshew on Why Silicon Valley Needs a Feminine Touch

The young founder of The Daily Muse discusses her charmed career in entrepreneurship and offers advice to fellow founders just getting started.
How to Speak the Language of Venture Capital

How to Speak the Language of Venture Capital

If you're new to the world of raising money, it helps to know the lingo. Here's a guide to the foreign language investors speak.
Mark Peter Davis on the Problem With the VC Industry

Mark Peter Davis on the Problem With the VC Industry

Mark Peter Davis' journey from venture capitalist back to entrepreneur has given him a unique perspective on the new challenges of start-up fundraising.
5 Funding Sources to Grow Your Business (Infographic)

5 Funding Sources to Grow Your Business (Infographic)

A look at the pros and cons of securing capital from crowdfunding, angel investors, venture capitalists, the SBA and community banks.

Have a Killer Business Idea? Here’s How to Vet It

Venture capitalist Jason Green shares his tips on how to be sure you have a quality concept before launch.
Eventbrite: $1 Billion in Tickets and Counting

Eventbrite: $1 Billion in Tickets and Counting

The event organization platform tickets everything from local cooking classes to stops on the Vans Warped Tour. The secret to its success? Tapping into the zeitgeist.
The Art of Taking Advice: It Isn't What You Ask, It's Whom You Ask

The Art of Taking Advice: It Isn't What You Ask, It's Whom You Ask

When considering who to seek advice from, consider the expertise, timing and motivation behind the words of wisdom.
Startup Creates Mobile App to Ease Parking Nightmares

Startup Creates Mobile App to Ease Parking Nightmares

QuickPay drives the private parking lot into the 21st century.
For the New Generation of Venture Capitalists, Their Advice Is More Valuable Than Their Money

For the New Generation of Venture Capitalists, Their Advice Is More Valuable Than Their Money

'NewGen VCs' don't come out of finance. It's all about prior entrepreneurial experience.
Exclusive Q&A with Shark Tank's Investors

Exclusive Q&A with Shark Tank's Investors

Get inside the mind's of the business and investment experts at the heart of ABC's powerhouse entrepreneurship show Shark Tank, as they dish on what it takes to make it in the world of business.
A Look at Shark Tank's Most Memorable Deals

A Look at Shark Tank's Most Memorable Deals

From cat cartoons to lip balm for couples, the sharks look back that some of their best (and worst) investments.
When Investor Likability Can Make or Break a Deal

When Investor Likability Can Make or Break a Deal

Why two grandmothers chose personality over money for the shark's investment in their candy business.
Shark Tank's Lessons in the Art of Negotiation

Shark Tank's Lessons in the Art of Negotiation

The entrepreneur behind a leftover-saving plate attempts to make the sharks bid against each other.
How to Get Funding? Act Like You Don't Need It

How to Get Funding? Act Like You Don't Need It

Vungle, a mobile advertising startup, makes trailers for apps and had investors fighting get in on the action.
3 Critical Elements of an Investor Pitch

3 Critical Elements of an Investor Pitch

You only have a few minutes to convince an investor to fund your startup. Improve your pitch with these essentials.
On Sharks, Scrubbies and Why Money Isn't Everything

On Sharks, Scrubbies and Why Money Isn't Everything

In this new series, an investor takes a closer look at a deal for a promising scrubbing sponge business on the hit business television show.
How the Young Founder of Apprenda Landed $16 Million from Albany, N.Y.

How the Young Founder of Apprenda Landed $16 Million from Albany, N.Y.

Thirty-year-old Sinclair Schuller is hoping that his company's prowess in big data will continue to land big funding.
Why VCs Should Think Like Entrepreneurs

Why VCs Should Think Like Entrepreneurs

The world needs a more VCs who think like entrepreneurs -- ready to invest in the next great big idea.
Keys to a Thriving Startup Scene From VC Veteran Brad Feld

Keys to a Thriving Startup Scene From VC Veteran Brad Feld

Brad Feld of the VC firm Foundry Group has funded some the biggest tech success stories of the last decade. He shares his thoughts about the state of the startup scene.
Why One Young Entrepreneur Turned Down Mark Cuban on Shark Tank

Why One Young Entrepreneur Turned Down Mark Cuban on Shark Tank

A recent grad reveals why he walked away from $200,000 for his coat-check technology.
BrandYourself Helps Users Clean up Their Online Identity

BrandYourself Helps Users Clean up Their Online Identity

DIY web platform helps clear up possible identity mix-ups online that could cost you business or your reputation.
Finally, Access to Capital Improving for Small Businesses

Finally, Access to Capital Improving for Small Businesses

Several reports show that entrepreneurs are gaining ground when it comes to the funding they need to run and grow their business.
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