How pro rata works in venture capital deals

 To the uninitiated, startup fundraising can be confusing. And even some of the resources designed to be approachable for the newcomer often raise more questions than they answer. So we’ve launched a series called “A Startup Takes Flight” to simply explain the dynamics of fundraising and deal terms. Read More

How pro rata works in venture capital deals

 To the uninitiated, startup fundraising can be confusing. And even some of the resources designed to be approachable for the newcomer often raise more questions than they answer. So we’ve launched a series called “A Startup Takes Flight” to simply explain the dynamics of fundraising and deal terms. Read More

How pro rata works in venture capital deals

 To the uninitiated, startup fundraising can be confusing. And even some of the resources designed to be approachable for the newcomer often raise more questions than they answer. So we’ve launched a series called “A Startup Takes Flight” to simply explain the dynamics of fundraising and deal terms. Read More

Why ‘TAM’ doesn’t matter to me

 When you ask a VC what they look for in investments, you’re likely to get a response that involves going after a large “total addressable market.” On the surface, the use of TAM as a key investment criteria makes sense. The only problem is that if you had applied the TAM framework over the past 25 years, you would have passed on most of the best venture investments of all time. Read More

VC doors are wide open for real estate startups

 Over the last couple of decades, online streaming, shopping and social networking startups have revolutionized the art of sitting around the house. Now, a new generation of internet entrepreneurs is focusing on getting us a better house to sit around in. Read More

Does it really matter how much your startup raises?

 “How much money does it take to get a startup off the ground?” Entrepreneurs and venture capitalists are faced with this question all the time, and the only right answer — it depends — is also the least satisfying. For any particular startup to succeed, it might take a lot of outside funding or very little. It’s contingent on the business a team is trying to build. Read More

VCs love insurance, even if you don’t

 At first blush it may seem like insurance and venture capital make an odd couple. Venture capital is all about taking big risks for the potential of even bigger payouts down the road, while insurance is all about quantifying and mitigating risk. But make no mistake, there are vast sums of venture dollars going into insurance deals. Read More