Tag Archive: VC

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    by Jessica Stillman

    Inside The Mind Of A VC With Tim Draper (Infographic)

    Tim Draper, the legendary investor behind Tesla, Skype, Path, Box, and Baidu (China’s Google) explains how he picks out the best entrepreneurs.

    By Anna Vital (Co-Founder, Vash; Founder, Funders & Founders)

    If you were to get inside the mind of a superstar VC, what would you find in there? That’s the question I was asking when I approached Draper for an interview. With Skype, Baidu, and Tesla among his 400 companies, Tim has a feel for finding sensational companies.

    How does he do it?

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    by Angie Chang

    Venture Capital Is A Great Place For Women – Give It A Chance

    Women VCs interviewed say despite the low numbers, the VC industry is a great place for women.

    By Grace Nasri (Managing Editor, FindTheBest)

    The facts: Women make up just 6% of chief executives at the leading 100 tech companies. Women are launching companies at a rate 1.5 times higher than the national average, but they receive less than 10% of venture funding. Women make up only 9% of board members of Silicon Valley companies. At the leading 25 VC firms, only 8% of the investment professionals are women.

    The opinions: The rationalizations as to why this is the case range from placing the onus on women for not majoring in quantitative fields and lacking the necessary skills needed to lead or invest

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    by Angie Chang

    Silicon Valley Attracts Major Share Of VC Funding, But Silicon Alley Is Rising

    By Grace Nasri (Managing Editor, FindTheBest) Venture capital firms invested $28.4 billion into 3,673 deals last year, with the majority of deals going into the software and biotechnology industries. This year’s VC funding figures represent the third highest annual investment numbers in dollar terms of the past decade. The annual figures represent an increase of 22% in dollar terms and a 4% increase in terms of deals conducted as compared to figures from the year prior, according to The MoneyTree™ Report by PriceWaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture

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    by Angie Chang

    Plain Numbers Of Women In Tech: A Look At Venture Capital Today

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    A post by Whitney Hess is making the rounds in New York’s circle of women entrepreneurs in technology titled “The plain numbers about women in tech – The VCs”.

    She takes an empirical look at the gender ratio of venture capital firms focusing on early-stage funding, that have funded over “brand name” startups, and have funds worth over $100 million.

    Here are the more positive numbers for VC firms funding high-profile early-stage startups:

    • Accel Partners: 4 women investors out of 40
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    by Angie Chang

    Why Women Have To Work Harder To Build Successful Startups

    By Julia Hu (Founder & CEO, LARK)

    Much of business involves emotionally connecting with your audience. That’s why women build companies that emotionally connect with consumers: Much of consumerism is driven by women.

    But the “audience” when you’re raising a round of VC funding is, well, men. Women can’t possibly emotionally connect with men as well as other men can. That’s probably why female VCs fund women-led companies more.

    If the VC and angel communities achieve more gender balance, you’d see more female-led companies VC funded.

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    by Angie Chang

    Serial Entrepreneur Shares 10 Tips for Raising Venture Capital

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    Founders and CEOs of early-stage startups are frequently faced with the daunting task of raising venture capital for their companies. Many face that challenge ill-equipped, just as serial entrepreneur Carol Realini had in 1997 when she co-founded her first company.

    Since then, Carol has successfully raised over 175 million in financing for her companies.

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    by Angie Chang

    Why Are Women Funded Less Than Men? (120 Interviews)

    By Pemo Theodore (Founder, Ezebis)

    The “Why Are Women Funded Less Than Men?” ebook on sale now features 120 embedded clips of video interviews with 29 venture capitalists and 18 female founders in the startup industry.

    There are a few organizations that have done some research and provided data which is the backdrop some of which I have included in the book.

    I spent 5 years in London trying to raise funding for my online matchmaking business — and in the end had to

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    by Angie Chang

    Why Are Women Venture Funded Less than Men?

    By Pemo Theodore (Founder, EZebis)

    I spent 5 years in London trying to raise funding for my online matchmaking business, and in the end had to admit failure. Very early on in that journey, I had committed to help women source venture when I was successful. As it turns out, I have been doing just that for the last year — not because I was successful but because I failed.

    I have been video interviewing venture capitalists, angel investors and women founders on the shortfall in funding for women. My goal has been to listen to as many people as I could from both sides of the table, so I could hopefully determine where all these conversations intersected.

    The Unequal Landscape

    The financial industry was created by men and it has been revealed over the last few years that they didn’t do such a great job with that. Women still are not generally paid as high as men. Despite growth, the average revenues of the majority of women-owned businesses were still only 27% of the average of majority men-owned businesses.

    The statistics for women entrepreneurs achieving funding are very low: 3-5% get venture funded, less than 10% even if you expand that to include the entire team and any of the co-founders. Around 16% women achieve angel capital, according to a whitepaper by Illuminate Ventures. Data shows that the percentage of dollars going into women led companies have actually declined by about 30% over the last 10 years. Is there a bias at work in the culture that keeps women disadvantaged as regards finance?