Venture Capital

How Creating a 'Minimum Viable Pitch Deck' Helped Us Raise $6 Million
Pitching Investors

How Creating a 'Minimum Viable Pitch Deck' Helped Us Raise $6 Million

Forget creating the perfect pitch for investors. Instead, focus on creating a deck you can iterate based on actual investor feedback.
Dan Jimenez
Report: Space Projects Lured $1.8 Billion in Venture Capital Last Year
Space Travel

Report: Space Projects Lured $1.8 Billion in Venture Capital Last Year

The lion's share of the 2015 space investments was a $1 billion round of financing for SpaceX.
Seeking Venture Capital? This T.I.P. -- a Team, an Idea and a Plan -- Is Crucial to Follow.
Ready To Launch

Seeking Venture Capital? This T.I.P. -- a Team, an Idea and a Plan -- Is Crucial to Follow.

These three critical elements must be in place before you face an investor.
Peter Gasca
Venture Capitalists Are More Likely to Help Startups They Can Visit Via a Direct Flight
Ready To Launch

Venture Capitalists Are More Likely to Help Startups They Can Visit Via a Direct Flight

If you want more guidance for your company, it helps to be easily accessible.
Laura Entis
It Made Sense at the Time: Why I Passed on Uber's Seed Round
Venture Capital

It Made Sense at the Time: Why I Passed on Uber's Seed Round

The opportunity to invest the equivalent of a down payment on a modest Silicon Valley house in the early Uber would be worth a billion dollars now. When you pay that kind of tuition, you need to learn the lesson.
John Greathouse
A New Kind of Financing That Doesn't Involve Taking on Debt or Giving Away Equity
Finance

A New Kind of Financing That Doesn't Involve Taking on Debt or Giving Away Equity

Here are five ways that the new R round is different than other types of finance currently available for entrepreneurs.
Catherine Clifford
Marketing Bootcamp

How to Convince Investors You Can Sell

Your success, as a company and as an investment, will depend on your ability to get customers to buy i service.
Scott Shane
Sesame Street Launches VC Arm to Influence Tech for Kids
Startups

Sesame Street Launches VC Arm to Influence Tech for Kids

Lalalala. Lalalala. Elmo loves his goldfish, his startups, too.
Kim Lachance Shandrow
Tips for Entrepreneurs Who Must Brave the Venture-Capital Gauntlet
Venture Capital

Tips for Entrepreneurs Who Must Brave the Venture-Capital Gauntlet

Money-loaded VCs might seem intimidating, but armed with a few tips, entrepreneurs -- even those wrestling with financing for the first time -- can help level the playing field.
Ryan Holmes
4 Steps to Better Protect Your Ideas
Intellectual Property

4 Steps to Better Protect Your Ideas

Brainpower is good. Brainpower you own is far better.
How Industry Analysts Can Help Entrepreneurs Raise Money
Fundraising

How Industry Analysts Can Help Entrepreneurs Raise Money

Getting venture capital funding is a constant game of selling, and it's far easier to sell yourself if independent third-party experts rave about you.
Andrew Hsu
Raise More Capital When You Can
Fundraising

Raise More Capital When You Can

Investors and founders both sense the venture funding pool is drying up. If you're raising money, take every dollar you can when you can.
Alex Iskold
What a 1990 Chevy Pickup Truck Purchase Taught Me About Raising Capital
Raising Capital

What a 1990 Chevy Pickup Truck Purchase Taught Me About Raising Capital

I didn't really need the truck back in 1991, but I learned to look for opportunities before I thought it was the right time.
Doug Winter
Your Alma Mater Might Want to Finance Your Startup
Ready To Launch

Your Alma Mater Might Want to Finance Your Startup

Alumni investment groups join the VC landscape.
Michelle Goodman
Venture Capital

Venture Capital Basics

The Complete VC 100 Listing

The Top 10 VC Deals of 2014

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