Tag Archives: Venture Capital

Operational planning done right – for startups

This article originally appeared in the Austin Business Journal.  An updated planning discussion with examples will follow this post in the next week or so. Operational Planning for Start-up Companies No matter what kind of startup you run, great communication is critical to success. And one of the best tools for communicating business context, risk, […]

Third Quarter VC fundraising level falls to new low

The third quarter of 2009 represents a new low in the on-going analysis of VC fund raising. Below is the chart; numbers on right are in MILLIONS of dollars. In Q3 of this year, only 17 funds raised capital compared to 27 in Q2 and 50 different funds in Q1.  The total amount raised was […]

Venture Capital in 2009 – an update for Q2

in my last post on this topic, I suggested that Q2 was the “tell tale” quarter for the year…and the numbers are in. the NVCA has just released the Q2 numbers and they’re pretty bleak: Just 25 venture capital funds raised $1.7 billion in the second quarter of 2009, according to Thomson Reuters and the […]

Barbell Issue #1: Viable Exits Moving Forward

To briefly re-state the “Barbell problem:” Early stage start-ups are starting to be sorted into two ends of a barbell with no middle ground:  one that has light capital requirements (software, web applications, SaaS apps) and one that has larger capital requirements (hardware, semiconductors, etc.).  There is no opportunity for start-ups in the middle or […]

Venture Capital Update for Q1 2009

I’ve said in the recent past that I believe there is trouble in the supply chain of venture capital and that 2009 might be a significantly down year for fund raising with a potential total raise of $10 billion. The National Venture Capital Association just released numbers today that confirm the trend but suggest my […]