When a VC Investment Fails, Does That Mean It Was a Bad Investment? Probably Not

SaaStr

With venture capital investments that fail, is the problem most often with the entrepreneur or was it a bad investment by the VC? The earlier stage you invest, the more often some of them just … don’t work out. Especially when you invest early.

Declan Kelly Joins Techstars Investment Team

TechStars

With 11 Techstars mentorship-driven accelerator programs in Europe and the Middle East, Techstars has a portfolio of close to 350 companies and invests in nearly 110 startups in EMEA annually. About Techstars Announcements Declan Kelly EMEA investment team investments investors

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Investing in WorkBoard

Andreessen Horowitz

Organizations waste a lot of mental calories figuring out where to focus and trying to track … The post Investing in WorkBoard appeared first on Andreessen Horowitz. Running a business is hard — there are many things a team could be doing, but only a small number they should be doing.

Twelve Years of Investing in Women

TechStars

I began investing in women over a decade ago. It was a major part of my investing thesis. And I invested. I invested in businesses that I believed had a huge opportunity that could grow to be worth $100M or more. Many of the companies I have invested in have done it.

Potholes in your Roadmap and How to Fill Them

Speaker: Hope Gurion, Product Coach and Advisor

As a Product Manager, prioritizing work on your roadmap is an important part of your role. To answer roadmap questions, you're probably familiar with frameworks like RICE and Cost of Delay. But products are built by people, and people are messy - unlike these frameworks. Hope Gurion, Product Coach and Adviser, has identified potholes in your roadmap that are preventing you from planning as best as you can. She'll take you through all the opportunities to improve your organization's relationship to its roadmap that you may have missed along the way.

Investing in Roblox

Andreessen Horowitz

In fact, games are not even just “games” any longer, but a form of entertainment — the … The post Investing in Roblox appeared first on Andreessen Horowitz.

Janet Bannister on human-centered investing

TechStars

Canadian VC Janet Bannister, a partner at Real Ventures, loves investing in “conscious founders” who are trying to make the world a better place. Her style of “human-centered investing” prioritizes people and relationships, and investing in smart, self-aware, teachable entrepreneurs. .

Investing in Neighbor

Andreessen Horowitz

Marc and a16z cofounder Ben Horowitz started a company called … The post Investing in Neighbor appeared first on Andreessen Horowitz. As my partner, Marc Andreessen, often says, “there are no bad ideas in tech, only bad timing.”

Why would an investor invest in a pre-revenue company?

SaaStr

Q: Why would an investor invest in a pre-revenue company? And de-risk the investment. If someone else is going to do the deal, you may need to invest now. You are worried you can’t get enough ownership unless you invest now.

Investing in Ribbon Health

Andreessen Horowitz

These are just some of the interactions occurring across the healthcare system every year that require accurate … The post Investing in Ribbon Health appeared first on Andreessen Horowitz. 1 billion provider office visits. 293 million health plan enrollments.

Investing in LabelBox

Andreessen Horowitz

Compute power is essentially unlimited, … The post Investing in LabelBox appeared first on Andreessen Horowitz. Delivering on the promise of AI has been an iterative and interdependent balance between processing capacity, math, and data.

Investing in Run The World

Andreessen Horowitz

Yet conferences have not seen … The post Investing in Run The World appeared first on Andreessen Horowitz. When it comes to social and business interaction, the whole world has moved online.

Our Investment in Kustomer

Tom Tunguz

We’re excited to announce our partnership with and investment in Kustomer. Kustomer is a New York City-based company building the next-generation of customer support platform. In my first role at Google, I provided account management and customer support to internet publishers. I remember trying to understand the context around a particular customer case. How large is the customer? What recent interactions have we had with the customer? How satisfied are they?

Two years into investing out of our first Impact Fund: here’s what we’re learning

TechStars

Since then, we have made over 73 investments and our fund is nearly fully invested. . While our Impact Portfolio is still young, our 73 investments have given us a unique vantage point into emerging trends in the impact startup ecosystem. Total Investments – Impact Fund.

Why We’re Investing in Komodo Health

Andreessen Horowitz

Navigating the commercial launch for … The post Why We’re Investing in Komodo Health appeared first on Andreessen Horowitz. “Hic sunt dracones” (Here Be Dragons).

How does an investor protect himself when investing in a startup?

SaaStr

Q: How does an investor protect himself when investing in a startup? Investing in startups actually requires a lot of trust by VCs and investors. This is more common in angel investing than you might think. Just remember there is a lot of trust involved in start-up investing.

Why we’re investing in Snackpass

Andreessen Horowitz

The company was built from their dorm rooms with the goal of letting anyone order food ahead … The post Why we’re investing in Snackpass appeared first on Andreessen Horowitz.

Expanding My Investment Thesis to Run the MetLife Digital Accelerator powered by Techstars

TechStars

Today, I start my next adventure in startup investing – I’m the new Managing Director of the MetLife Digital Accelerator powered by Techstars. My objective is to give the startups I invest in tremendous support in acquiring customers and fundraising from investors.

How much bigger is a series B investment compared to series A?

SaaStr

Q: How much bigger is a series B investment compared to series A? The post How much bigger is a series B investment compared to series A? While the answer of course is “it depends”, generally speaking, a B round should be 2x-3x the size of an A round.

Announcing our Investment in Chorus

Tom Tunguz

After researching the space for more than a year, we are thrilled to announce our investment in and partnership with Chorus , a pioneer in speech analysis for sales. Advances in machine learning are transforming the software world. Two of the most exciting applications of machine learning are speech recognition and natural language processing.

Kesha Cash on impact investing—and how mentorship got her there

TechStars

Kesha Cash founded Impact America Fund in 2013 with a goal of investing in software and tech enabled companies that have a positive benefit on underserved communities in America. More specifically we were looking for entrepreneurs of color, and we made a number of investments together.

Investing in the Podcast Ecosystem in 2019

Andreessen Horowitz

In the world of podcasting, the flywheel is spinning: new technologies including AirPods, connected cars, and smart speakers have made it much easier for consumers to listen to audio content, which in turn creates more revenue and financial opportunity for … new media consumer startups entertainment new mediums

A sneak peek into Point Nine's investment thesis

The Angel VC

Over the last couple of weeks and months we spent some time putting our investment thesis on paper. The purpose of this exercise was to challenge and discuss our implicit assumptions and to get everyone on our team aligned on what kind of investments we seek.

Will VCs who invested in my startup be happy to exit with a 4-5x return after 4.5 years?

SaaStr

Q: Will VCs who invested in my startup be happy to exit with a 4-5x return after 4.5 So why isn’t 4x-5x good enough on any individual investment? If you put all the fund into 1 investment, then a 4x-5x return would be plenty.

Investing in Engineering

wepay

One of our core values has always been Investing in Relationships and it has done its part in shaping our philosophy of the lifecycle of employment in Silicon Valley. Today the investment in WePay engineers begins long before an engineer is ever hired.

Why We’re Investing in EQRx

Andreessen Horowitz

If the disease is spiraling drug prices, how do we treat the … The post Why We’re Investing in EQRx appeared first on Andreessen Horowitz. “The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease.” William Osler, Founding Professor, Johns Hopkins Hospital. Our healthcare system is sick. bio announcements healthcare pharma when science becomes engineering

Are We Investing Enough in Our Managers?

Tom Tunguz

” I wondered, are we investing enough in our managers? Talent is the largest investment of an early stage company. This is why investing in each creates a competitive advantage. That’s a quite an investment for an early stage company. How should startup invest in improving its management? I met a seasoned executive recently. He made a bold claim. “Management is an art, and one that is overwhelmingly undervalued in Silicon Valley.”

Announcing our investment in ChartMogul

The Angel VC

We’re thrilled about the investment. The decision to invest in ChartMogul , which has developed an analytics solution for subscription businesses, was a very easy one.

Why We’re Investing in Tmunity

Andreessen Horowitz

The battle against cancer is often compared to a war: genetic mutations turn our … The post Why We’re Investing in Tmunity appeared first on Andreessen Horowitz. “It’s hard to say ‘we want to cure cancer.’ We do. Sometimes it’s hard to think that you might actually succeed.” Carl June, Fire with Fire. bio announcements founder/maker stories healthcare when science becomes engineering

Can the initial angel investment round be changed 2 years later to benefit the board members and not the remaining investors? There have been several safe note investments but not a series A yet.

SaaStr

Q: Can the initial angel investment round be changed 2 years later to benefit the board members and not the remaining investors? There have been several safe note investments but not a series A yet. When you make an angel investment, you are trusting the founders.

Startup Investment Trends in 2015

Tom Tunguz

In the last six months, VCs have invested more than $57B according to Mattermark data , which puts 2015 on pace to exceed 2000 as the year the most venture capital will be deployed, ever. The chart above contrasts the top 12 sectors receiving venture funding in the US, and plots the relative share of dollars invested by month. Sectors receiving an increasing amount of investment include biotechnology, financial technology, healthcare, and social networking.

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Q1 2016 Startup Investment Trends

Tom Tunguz

Q1 venture capital investment remains steady relative to Q4 2015 at about $15 billion, but down from the near records attained in 2015. So, on a historical basis, venture capitalists are still investing at rates substantially above average. In Q1 2015, venture capitalists invested $17.5 Seed investments in dollar terms have fallen by about 30% in the last two quarters. Series As are flat at roughly $2 billion invested per quarter.

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Why B2B is finally investing in brand

Chart Mogul

These SaaS companies are raising the table stakes for business software by leveraging the power of brand experience. So what does it take to build a standout B2B brand in 2018?

Why We’re Investing in Virtual Kitchen Co

Andreessen Horowitz

We all have our favorite places to dine out where we live — for me, that could be anything from enjoying a hot pot meal with friends in the Richmond district of San Francisco, grabbing a quick burrito off a … The post Why We’re Investing in Virtual Kitchen Co appeared first on Andreessen Horowitz.

Do you invest in the companies that your corporation is using to run its business?

SaaStr

I was lucky enough to invest in Mixmax , Pipedrive, Salesloft and HelloOffice after I was already a user/customer. Also, while I did not use Talkdesk or Logikcull or Rainforest QA as a customer before I invested, I had deployed/worked with legacy versions of similar products.

Why Your Startup Doesn't Invest Sufficiently in its Differentiators

Tom Tunguz

As the product team talks to customers, they are likely to hear feedback encouraging more investment in MMRs and neutralizers. The startup must invest in that differentiation to sustain their market lead. Defending differentiation, investing in it, and reinforcing the startup’s competitive advantage. There are three types of product features, a seasoned head of product told me recently. MMRs, neutralizers, and differentiators.

SaaS Companies Must Invest in Building Their Brand

Sales Enablement, SaaS and Growth

A strong brand grows your moat Companies invest in building their brand as it creates familiarity, credibility, and trust, which further down the line leads to increased brand recognition, so people are more likely to buy a product or service.

How Much Should A SaaS Startup Invest in Sales & Marketing?

Tom Tunguz

How much should a SaaS startup invest in sales and marketing at different stages of the business? Sales and marketing investment depends on many different factors including establishing product market fit, the business’s sales model (inside, field, freemium), and not least, cash balance and fundraising capacity. The chart above shows the sales and marketing investment of publicly traded software companies at different revenue levels.

How did Masayoshi Son trust WeWork at its founder so quickly? He has met Adam Neumann for only 4 minutes and decided to invest $4.4 billion.

SaaStr

He has met Adam Neumann for only 4 minutes and decided to invest $4.4 At least the heads of investing firms. That’s what the investing team is for. They probably do 50 of these investments per fund, and he has to meet probably 100+ CEOs as part of that.

Consumer investment fatigue

Tom Tunguz

I’ve been asked a few times whether there is consumer investment fatigue as a result. It would be foolish for any investor to write off consumer investing as a category because of the massive opportunity consumer internet companies offer. Option 1: pursue a contrarian growth strategy investing in a few consumer Internet companies at similar prices to the previous several years. Invest much earlier and much more broadly, expecting a lower average outcome.