Venture Capital

How Your Small Business Can Play in the Big Leagues
Venture Capital

How Your Small Business Can Play in the Big Leagues

Corporate venture capital funds are looking to invest in innovative startups. Here's how to cash in on the substantial resources of major companies.
Michelle Goodman
Why the Number of Accelerators Is Accelerating
Accelerators

Why the Number of Accelerators Is Accelerating

Because they solve real problems that venture capitalists face in financing companies, accelerators are not simply a fad.
Scott Shane
6 Tips for Raising Your First Round of Funding
Funding

6 Tips for Raising Your First Round of Funding

It takes money to run a business. Here's how to obtain that initial windfall.
Matt Barba
The Bright Side of a Bad Pitch
Pitches

The Bright Side of a Bad Pitch

VCs hear it all, but the bad ideas can be as worthwhile as the good ones.
Check These 14 Boxes and You Have the Complete Pitch Deck
Pitching Investors

Check These 14 Boxes and You Have the Complete Pitch Deck

Among the worst mistakes you can make pitching investors is not anticipating the fundamental questions they will want answered.
Murray Newlands
4 Ways to Scale and Capture Your 'Unicorn' Horn
Ready To Launch

4 Ways to Scale and Capture Your 'Unicorn' Horn

Survivability is thrivability. Here are the moves that will get you there.
Sharon Wienbar
Why Venture Capital Deals Stay in Silicon Valley
Venture Capital

Why Venture Capital Deals Stay in Silicon Valley

The growing concentration of venture capital investments in Silicon Valley creates a problem for policymakers in other regions.
Scott Shane
How My Not-So-Hot Rod Taught Me the Difference Between Endearing and Enduring
Ready To Launch

How My Not-So-Hot Rod Taught Me the Difference Between Endearing and Enduring

Money hunting with venture capitalists is like dumping cash into a sports car -- a success only for the short term.
Ray Zinn
Why VCs Are Devouring Food Startups
Food Businesses

Why VCs Are Devouring Food Startups

Investments in food ventures are heating up. Here's what's making investors bite.
Raising Money? Kick High When Pitching Venture Capitalists.
Raising Capital

Raising Money? Kick High When Pitching Venture Capitalists.

This VC says look to Bruce Lee -- be creative, humble and even risky to get noticed by a potential investor.
Jonathon Triest
Y Combinator Creates New Fund to Invest In Its Later-Stage Companies
Y Combinator

Y Combinator Creates New Fund to Invest In Its Later-Stage Companies

The $700 million pool gives the incubator the ability to bet big on winner.
Laura Entis
More Than Money: 4 Tips to Find the Right Investor for Your Startup
Ready To Launch

More Than Money: 4 Tips to Find the Right Investor for Your Startup

Your ideal investor won't be just a walking bank account.
Allison Engel
How Investors Choose Startups to Finance
Ready To Launch

How Investors Choose Startups to Finance

Early-stage investors gather very little information when making a decision. But that makes perfect sense.
Scott Shane
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