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

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. .

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.

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.

Potholes in your Roadmap and How to Fill Them

Speaker: Hope Gurion, Product Coach and Advisor

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?

Investing in the Podcast Ecosystem in 2019

Andreessen Horowitz

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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

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 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.

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?

Using Product Led Growth as an Indicator for Investment w/OpenView Venture Partner, Ashley Smith (Video + Transcript)

SaaStr

I’m talking about product-led growth as an investment strategy, but really my background is 10 years of operating experience in the product-led growth world. Now I’m investing in that. We actually invest in this company.

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.

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.

When should you invest in a predictive dialer?

Close.io

If your sales team is toying with the same idea, you need to know that investing into a predictive dialers should be a decision that’s taken after much consideration. Wondering when you should invest into one? in other words, it takes them away from the time they should be investing in talking to prospects, making follow-up calls and closing deals. If not, it’s not a wise investment. A predictive dialer makes selling so much more exciting, doesn’t it?

For real estate, blockchain could unshackle investment

IT World

A blockchain industry alliance has released a guide and list of use cases for deploying the technology to enable, among other things, the purchase of fractions of real estate property as digital securities on an open marketplace.

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.

Our Investment in Gremlin - Leveraging Chaos to Create Resilient Systems

Tom Tunguz

His insights are directly applicable to running software at scale, and those observations informed our latest investment in Gremlin. Richard Cook, formerly an associate professor at the University of Chicago, published a paper in 1998 entitled How Complex Systems Fail. In his paper, Dr. Cook lists 18 observations from his research in medicine about failure of complex systems.

Four Investments to Grow Search Traffic in 2019

OpenView Labs

We interviewed some of the smartest minds in search to discuss what investments companies should make in the upcoming year if they want to grow their search traffic. Content pruning is a surprising technique most great SEO’s are investing in to grow traffic to their site.

Why Hiring Senior Leaders Early Is Worth the Investment

OpenView Labs

Investment is for this very reason, and in my experience, VCs get excited about the prospect of hiring big because they know that proven and seasoned winners really move the needle. The post Why Hiring Senior Leaders Early Is Worth the Investment appeared first on OpenView Labs.

How do venture capital general partners resolve investment choice disagreements? If a number of partners think a certain startup is a good portfolio candidate and others don’t agree, what happens?

SaaStr

The more junior the partner, or investing professional, the more she/he needs others to buy-in. Smaller investments (measured as a % of fund size) often don’t require as much buy-in. An investment < 0.5% Most funds believe the best companies were less obvious investments.

Techstars Announces $42 Million Investment

TechStars

Investment round led by SVB Financial Group to speed Techstars global expansion and continued growth. Techstars’ investment activity now includes 49 accelerator programs in 35 cities across 16 countries, deploying $80 million into nearly 500 startups on an annual basis.

Have VCs Changed Their Seed Investment Strategies?

Tom Tunguz

How much of this trend is due to greater participation of venture capitalists investing in the seed market? The withdrawal from the seed market in number of rounds seems to be broad-based, in that both traditional seed investors and venture capitalists, are investing less frequently. But when they do invest, they concentrate their dollars. Starting in late 2015 through the first quarter of 2016, founders have shifted their seed fundraising strategies toward a single investor.

Investing in the Consumer Web is Dead

Tom Tunguz

Reading through the tech press since the Facebook IPO, you might get the impression venture capitalists are still reeling from that apocalyptic offering, believe no further successes can be had in the consumer web, and so are fleeing the consumer web in droves to pursue enterprise investments.

VC investment trends in the consumer web

Tom Tunguz

Fred Wilson’s perspectives on trends in consumer web investment created a big brouhaha over the weekend. Is the drought of consumer investment capital experienced by the internet monoliths common to earlier startups? What fraction of investment dollars have moved to enterprise?

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The Seed Investment Market in 2015

Tom Tunguz

The seed stage investment market feels like it’s changing quickly. These firms raised between $5 and $75M to invest in seed stage companies. In addition, VCs have been participating in the seed stage market as well, making 2013 a banner year for seed investment. Year Number Total Invested, $M Average Round Size, $k. 2014 saw 18% fewer investments, but an equal amount of investment at $1.3B.

The Decline of Investment in San Francisco Startups

Tom Tunguz

The slowing of venture investment more broadly across the US serves as a backdrop to San Francisco’s particularly strong correction. Because of the varying behavior of Series C and D investors across geographies, (invest less in San Francisco but invest more in the valley), I can’t argue that late stage investors have pulled out of the market broadly. Bloomberg published a post this weekend called San Francisco’s VC Boom is Over.

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.

The Riskiest Investment a Startup Can Make

Tom Tunguz

Marketing investments are unlike any other investment a startup. They are the least-tangible, least-measurable investments and that’s why they are perceived as the riskiest investments. After raising a round of capital, a startup’s management team has a pool of capital to invest. All of the aforementioned products have long-term value and the benefit of the investment can be seen immediately.

Ideas we'd like to invest in: Industry-specific SaaS solutions

The Angel VC

Following my post about electronic signing I'd like to describe another area that we'd like to invest in. clio ideas we'd like to invest in jobber saas software as a service verticalsIt's not a specific idea this time, rather a category of startups that we're very interested in: Industry-specific SaaS solutions I talked about the topic before when I wrote about "The land of a thousand niches" and touched on it in my "1st DO for SaaS startups".