How can VC firms generate value for a portfolio company?

Contrary to popular belief, venture capital is not a game of averages or compounding returns. If you want to achieve high returns on your VC fund, you need to hit home runs with a few of your investments. 

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Best Venture Capital Blogs

As the world economy undergoes a sea change, it is crucial for investors to be up to date with the latest industry trends and consumer behavior. While there are a number of ways to keep up with these fast-changing trends, what better way than reading blogs by venture capitalists? After all, VCs are tasked with identifying trends and companies likely to shape the future.

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How does inflation impact VC/startup investments?

It is no surprise that amidst continuing supply chain disruptions and the Russian invasion of Ukraine, there have been significant impacts on the global economy. These supply-side constraints, which are worsened by rising oil, commodity, and energy costs, have put unprecedented upward pressure on prices. As of April 12th, 2022, gasoline prices have risen 48% compared to last year, whereas fuel oil has increased by 22%. Given that fuel and oil are universal raw materials used as inputs in most industries, the war-led price surge will have several consequences on the financial markets.  

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A Primer on Leveraged Buyouts

A common expansion strategy for businesses and private equity firms alike is to make acquisitions. Businesses gain control of another company by purchasing a majority of the company’s shares. 

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3 Core Strategies that Lead to VC Success

While venture capital funding has been slowly rising in the US over the last fifteen years, the year 2021 witnessed record highs. Companies supported by US venture capital funds raised almost double the previous year’s record, going from $166.6B in 2020 to $329.9B in 2021.

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How better data can improve your deal flow

When Angels and Venture Capitalists look to invest in early-stage companies, they are taking a huge risk in the hopes of getting the golden ticket. Seed and early-stage startups are still figuring out their business model, focusing on product development, implementing a sales strategy, and figuring out how to acquire customers. These plans are pulled out from thin air, with nothing substantial to work with. What their value proposition or business description is at this stage will, more than likely, change within the year. So, the question remains - what criteria do Angel's and Venture Capitalists look for when investing in early-stage startups?

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Things to consider when selecting a CRM for VC

Having talked to a few hundred VC and PE funds over a period of two years, we decided it’s time to share some of the most important lessons learned in selecting the right tool for the job. Venture capital CRM seems to be one of the top queries out there, so we figured it’s only fair we help out by creating a list of important things to think about when it’s time to decide what platform to adopt.

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Basics of deal flow

Plenty has been written on venture capital (VC), private equity (PE) and mergers & acquisitions (M&A) as subsets of the financial industry. Despite the extensive coverage the concept of deal flow (sometimes written as dealflow or even deal-flow) remains vaguely formalized - partly due to lack of coverage, and partly due to the fluidity of the concept itself. Then, what exactly is a “deal flow”? Why is it important to investors; GPs, family offices and business angels alike?

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GDPR for VC and PE firms – 5 forces shaping the impact of the regulation on the industry

The GDPR, or the General Data Protection Regulation, is a new EU data privacy law that comes into force on 25 May 2018. The GDPR is intended to provide a single harmonized data privacy law that applies across the EU. It applies not only within the territories of EU, but also more broadly to any firm that is “offering goods or services” into the EU, or is monitoring the behavior of EU residents.

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Most boring part of your work? $100 on data entry

We all know data entry sucks even when there’s so much to gain by meticulous data collection from multiple sources followed by thoughtful analysis. But let’s face it – it’s boring as hell and usually gets done only for those cases that you want to take a deeper look into.

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