It's always an interesting week in venture capital. Discover the best stories, blog posts and other information inside the VC ecosystem in the US and in hotspots around the world. Onward dear reader…
FRED WILSON ON CROWD FUNDING
Prominent Internet VC Fred Wilson was interviewed recently on a variety of topics, one of which included crowdfunding.
Xconomy: Fred Wilson Interview
On the topic of crowdfunding , Wilson sees it as a boon to early stage investors, but only if it “doesn't get crushed by regulatory rules.”
VENTURE CAPITAL MONEYBALL
Using data to inform venture capital investment decisions is nothing new.
VentureBeat: Venture Capital Picks up New Strategy
The article on VentureBeat says there is a "revolution" going on in venture capital, but I don't buy the revolution talk. More like evolution. Otherwise a good piece.
STARTUP PLANNING FOR AN EXIT
Internet VC Mark Suster made a presentation earlier this week on how best to plan for a profitable exit of your startup company.
Both Sides of the Table: Exits for Technology Startups
He makes several points and includes an early copy of his actual presentation. One takeaway is to "build relationships early" with potential buyers.
WHAT STARTUPS NEED
There’s a good piece/interview of early-stage startup guru Naval Ravikant on ReadWrite.
ReadWrite: What Do Startups Need Most Right Now?
Ravikant surveyed his users and found the top three things they needed were: Talent, Funding & Advisors.
SHARK TANK BREAKDOWN
Lightspeed Venture Partners VC Jeremy Liew likes to analyze the pitches on the television show for entrepreneurs, Shark Tank.
Jeremy Liew: Season 4 Week 9 Breakdown
This particular show featured a couple of entrepreneurs who ultimately had not thought through their business plans very well, and the sharks passed on the investment opportunity.
TRIDENT CAPITAL INVESTMENT
It’s not often that you see an in-depth explanation of a venture capital firm's areas of investment interest.
Enterprise Irregulars: Trident Capital Areas of Interest
The firm sees a decrease in funding to consumer Internet companies but a significant increase in enterprise models.
Much has been written about the ongoing shakeout in the venture capital industry and Lee Hower of NextView Ventures in Boston has more to write on the subject.
PandoDaily: Are We There yet?
Hower believes that we are in the "middle innings" of the weeding out process and that it has years more to go ahead.
CHANGES IN ENTERPRISE
Peter Levine of Andreessen Horowitz says that there is a renaissance happening in the enterprise.
TechCrunch: Enterprise Renaissance Going On
Levine says that changes underway in enterprise are a function of the shift from the personal computer to a mobile environment.
QUEBEC VENTURE CAPITAL UP
Canada has shown uneven venture capital investment results over the past several years, but Québec had a stable third quarter.
PE Hub: Reseau Capital Report
The region saw a slight 2% decline in Q3 2012 from Q