Semantics Is The New Black

Published: 3/26/2008 10:22:12 AM, comments: 0
The Web is abuzz with "semantics."  The Semantic Web is an idea where web pages can communicate directly with each other in a way that lets them understand what the other page is really about.

Commonly this is done through the meta description tags of keywords that are included in the HTML coding on a typical page.  But there are limitations to this approach.

Web pages 'semantically' communicating with each other represent a potentially significant increase in the utility of using the Internet for getting things done or learning new information quickly.

There is a great post on the current status of various attempts to create semantic technologies - by Alex Iskold of Adaptive Blue.  While the semantic Web is just getting started, we at VentureDeal are following its development closely and expect to stay fully current on any new and interesting advances.

Don Jones


Venture Capital Investing In Software Expected To Rise

Published: 3/18/2008 1:23:36 PM, comments: 0

I recently came across an interesting article on venture capital investment in software companies - by Bryan Stolle, a VC with MDV-Mohr Davidow Ventures.

The main thesis of the piece is that venture capitalists are expected to increase their investment in software startups, after several years of a flat investment environment.

Aside from the investment outlook, my take-away from the piece is that there will be a greater interest in mid- to later-stage deals, no doubt as a result of the uncertain exit environment with either M&A deals or IPOs.

The other nugget of insight is that now that SaaS is firmly on the map as a viable revenue and business model, software entrepreneurs will have to be familiar with all of the available business models and be able to speak to why they are choosing their go-to-market model for their company, before getting funding.

So, the game is getting tougher: entrepreneurs who want to find funding and have the best financial partners, need to have even more in-depth market knowledge than ever before.  Thoroughly understanding the business and financial dynamics of your software offering up front will be critical to your success.

Don Jones


Free Venture Capital Funding and M&A Quarterly Reports

Published: 3/11/2008 1:27:18 PM, comments: 0

We're pleased to announce our inaugural free quarterly Venture Capital Funding and M&A Reports.

These unique reports combine insightful comments and observations on trends in numerous venture-backed technology industries with aggregated data for the previous quarter's funding and M&A transactions.

Readers of the reports can also click on the industries of their choice to view the supporting transactions that make up the aggregate data. (This requires a $25 subscription to access the database.)

We intend to publish these reports on a quarterly basis.  I hope you'll take a look and get some interesting nuggets of insight.  Don't forget to provide us with your feedback, too.  Just email me at djones [at] venturedeal [dot] com.


Don Jones


Mistakes New Entrepreneurs Make

Published: 3/5/2008 1:22:26 PM, comments: 0

As part of a series on how to avoid common mistakes that new entrepreneurs make, let's take a look at the funding process, specifically interacting with venture capital firms.

Let's assume you've got your list of VCs that you want to target and are getting introductions to meet with them.  You will encounter a range of reactions, from "I don't get it" to "We're excited about your company."  Most of the reactions will be somewhere in between, and depending on your opportunity, most VCs not only won't invest, but they won't be very decisive about it, either.

Some will say that they want to monitor your progress, some will be frustratingly non-committal and others will tell you "No."  The key for you is to not get discouraged by the quantity of rejection or non-closure.  The are countless stories of successful entrepreneurs who courted 50 - 80 different VC firms before they received financing.

Entrepreneurs make the mistake of not continuing to pursue a high enough quantity of venture capitalists to find the one or two that will invest.  Some successful entrepreneurs will simply create a spreadsheet or simple database to track the status of all their VC contacts.  In that way, it is viewed as a process, much like a sales person would handle their sales pipeline.

Just as sales is typically a "numbers" game, so is attracting investment.  Get enough prospects and stay organized - you'll have a better chance of getting the funding you seek.

Don Jones


Don Jones
CEO, VentureDeal

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