Capitalism, Unicorns and SoftBank. The End? The Beginning?


This post is by Keith Teare from Stories by Keith Teare on Medium

Venture Trends Newsletter, Issue #19

Location, Location, Location. Is Silicon Valley Slowly Dying or Stealthily Expanding


This post is by Keith Teare from Stories by Keith Teare on Medium

Venture Trends Newsletter, Issue #18, 14 May 2020

The Funding Numbers are in….They Suck. Shocker!


This post is by Keith Teare from Stories by Keith Teare on Medium

Venture Trends Newsletter, Issue #17

Best of the Week in Venture Capital, Angel Investing and Startups


This post is by Keith Teare from Stories by Keith Teare on Medium

Venture Trends Newsletter, Issue #13

Surviving in the Crisis: 25 top stories for Startups, Venture and Angel Investors


This post is by Keith Teare from Stories by Keith Teare on Medium

Venture Trends Newsletter, Issue #12

23 Top Stories this week for Startups, Venture and Angel Investors


This post is by Keith Teare from Stories by Keith Teare on Medium

Venture Trends Newsletter, Issue #8

45 Top Stories this week for Startups, Venture and Angel Investors


This post is by Keith Teare from Stories by Keith Teare on Medium

Venture Trends Newsletter, Issue #7

49 top stories this week for Startups, Venture and Angel Investors


This post is by Keith Teare from Stories by Keith Teare on Medium

Venture Trends Newsletter, Issue #6

Dear First-time Angel Investor

It’s wonderful you’re considering an investment in a startup! As a VC who might invest after you, I’d like to share thoughts that may help — especially if you’re in a newer startup market, where there are fewer experienced angel investors to offer guidance.

You’ve succeeded in other walks of life, so you might read this and think “who is he to tell me.” I’ll make my best case — feel free to ignore me!

(1) Embrace the downside. Fact: You will probably lose your money in this company. In almost every case, no amount of “structuring” or “risk mitigation” can protect you. The mythical profitable business that still needs your money and can also grow to enormous size is… rare. This startup you’re considering investing in probably isn’t it.

Naive angels worry about salvaging money from their losing investments — “fixing the dogs.” It’s a fool’s errand (though supporting a founder emotionally during tough times

Continue reading Dear First-time Angel Investor

Can’t-miss advice on funding a health care startup (VB Live)


VB LIVE: The potential to disrupt health care with technology at scale is huge. It just takes a venture capital partner, paired with your own expertise in health tech. Join this webinar to learn how VC partnerships can help you navigate through the regulations and complicated nature of health care, and get your startup thriving. Register here for f…Read More

Who is #LongLA?

This is a list of known firms and individuals with a home base or whose investment focus includes Southern California. It includes Accelerators, Angels, Corporate VCs, Family Offices, Hedge Funds, Seed Funds and Traditional VCs.

The list was inspired by @shaig‘s seed fund google doc. Tweet or comment additions, corrections or deletions. “Home base” definition and right to add is at my discretion. Investors w/ known funds are listed under Fund Name (ie: Matt Mazzeo via Lowercase Capital and Michael Eisner via Tornante Company)

Google Doc is accessible here. Originally created July 5, 2014 and has been modified many times.

#LongLA Tech Investor List

Who is #LongLA?

This is a list of known firms and individuals with a home base or whose investment focus includes Southern California. It includes Accelerators, Angels, Corporate VCs, Family Offices, Hedge Funds, Seed Funds and Traditional VCs.

The list was inspired by @shaig‘s seed fund google doc. Tweet or comment additions, corrections or deletions. “Home base” definition and right to add is at my discretion. Investors w/ known funds are listed under Fund Name (ie: Matt Mazzeo via Lowercase Capital and Michael Eisner via Tornante Company)

Google Doc is accessible here. Originally created July 5, 2014 and has been modified many times.

#LongLA Tech Investor List

Who is #LongLA?

This is a list of known firms and individuals with a home base or whose investment focus includes Southern California. It includes Accelerators, Angels, Corporate VCs, Family Offices, Hedge Funds, Seed Funds and Traditional VCs.

The list was inspired by @shaig‘s seed fund google doc. Tweet or comment additions, corrections or deletions. “Home base” definition and right to add is at my discretion. Investors w/ known funds are listed under Fund Name (ie: Matt Mazzeo via Lowercase Capital and Michael Eisner via Tornante Company)

Google Doc is accessible here. Originally created July 5, 2014 and has been modified many times.

#LongLA Tech Investor List

The thing about cycles

ouroborous The Internet is awash with gloom-and-doom predictions about the death of many unicorns, a down market for investing in startups, falling public company multiples and a massive disconnect between private and public valuations. Read More

Indonesia’s Angels Grow Wings

Indonesian media mogul Erick Thohir (left) chats with investor Sandiaga Uno (middle) and digital-ad firm CEO Shinta Dhanuwardoyo (right), at a launch event for Angel-eQ Network, a new angel-investor group in Jakarta.
Angel-eQ Network

More angel investors are starting to hover over Indonesia. Earlier this month, one new angel-investor group launched and another nearly doubled its membership in the country, which has thus far seen only a fraction of the venture money that’s recently flowed to neighbors like China and India.

Angel-eQ Network, formed October 1, comprises 15 business luminaries, including Tony Fernandes, the CEO of discount airline AirAsia ; Sandiaga Uno, the founder of one of Indonesia’s biggest investment firms; and local media mogul Erick Thohir.

Angel Investment Network, or ANGIN, a group founded in 2012 that focuses on seed funding for local tech startups, added 11 new members to its 15-person network, including executives from taxi giant PT Continue reading Indonesia’s Angels Grow Wings

What If The Angels Go Back To Heaven?

William Blake - Jacob's Dream “The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.” That’s how Ralph Waldo Emerson described his distrust of a certain type of “private adventurer.” I think of that whenever I hear that angel investors will do more and bigger deals next year than they did last year — not because I don’t believe it, but precisely because I do. It… Read More

How To Be A VC Without Any Capital

raidpiggy One of the most frequent questions I get as a VC is how to become a VC. Newly minted MBAs and startup veterans alike want to get into the investing game in increasingly large numbers. Unfortunately, there are so few VC jobs available in any given year it makes the prospect unlikely for most. If you want to be a VC, my advice is to just get started; you can do the job of a VC without a dollar… Read More

The Real Unicorns Are Female Angel Investors

unicorn Despite the attention over the past year, the lack of diversity in tech — both in race and gender — has not markedly changed. Only 3 percent of tech CEOs are women, and just 15 percent of startups have at least one female founder. Most agree that something needs to be done, but much of the attention is misplaced into a caricature. What’s missing? The role of women as angel… Read More

Men (and women) at work down under: the Aussie startup scene in pictures

Screen Shot 2013-09-20 at 5.45.52 AM


Want to master the CMO role? Join us for GrowthBeat Summit on June 1-2 in Boston, where we’ll discuss how to merge creativity with technology to drive growth. Space is limited and we’re limiting attendance to CMOs and top marketing execs. Request your personal invitation here!


Quick, name one Aussie startup.

If you’re geeky and well-read, you probably said Atlassian, makers of Jira and other software development tools. But you probably stopped right there. Health Engine? HiSeis? Canva? Agworld? iCetana? I drew a blank on those too.

But there is a startup scene of sorts in Western Australia, and now Boundlss, a sort of big data of behavior or Google Analytics for people, has measured it and mapped it.

It’s small, as you might have expected, with just $32.8 million invested over the past five years and just $5.66 of VC money per capital in major cities such as

Screen Shot 2013-09-20 at 5.34.10 AM
Screen Shot 2013-09-20 at 5.34.30 AM
Screen Shot 2013-09-20 at 5.34.50 AM
Screen Shot 2013-09-20 at 5.35.08 AM
Screen Shot 2013-09-20 at 5.35.22 AM
Screen Shot 2013-09-20 at 5.34.10 AM

Continue reading Men (and women) at work down under: the Aussie startup scene in pictures