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

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.

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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.

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. .

Potholes in your Roadmap and How to Fill Them

Speaker: Hope Gurion, Product Coach and Advisor

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

Investing in the Podcast Ecosystem in 2019

Andreessen Horowitz

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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 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.

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.

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.

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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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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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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.