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…
BAY AREA VCs CONFIDENCE UP SLIGHTLY
The Q3 2012 Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist Confidence Index report results are now out.
PE Hub: Confidence up Slightly, Worries Remain
The index rose from 3.47 to 3.53 in the second quarter, based on surveys of venture capitalists located in Silicon Valley. Worries about high valuations continued.
HISTORY IS NOT PROLOGUE
Outspoken VC Fred Destin says that the story of the last few years in venture capital investment returns is not set in stone.
Fred Destin: On Historical Returns
He asserts that “no amount of historical market data analysis is going to tell you which fund to invest in next."
Lower capital requirements for startups has been the trend in certain industries over the past few years. That may be changing:
Continuations: The Return of the Capital Intensive Startup
New York City VC Albert Wenger is seeing the signs of startups spending larger amounts of money to gain market share and leadership.
KILLING YOUR STARTUP ECOSYSTEM
Startup Communities founder and VC Brad Feld has a post on what not to do in your community.
ReadWrite: Six Common Problems
Among the killers: Your city’s startup infrastructure is ruled by "old white guys", and not welcoming entrepreneurs when they show up in town.
2013 CAPITAL MARKETS REPORT
The 2013 Pepperdine Private Capital Markets Project has produced its annual report on the private cost of capital and related benchmarks.
Pepperdine University: 2013 Capital Markets Report (PDF)
A key takeaway is that "a large share of private capital lenders and business owners report that domestic economic uncertainty is the biggest issue facing private businesses."
CHRIS SACCA INTERVIEW
Outspoken early-stage Internet VC Chris Sacca gave an almost three-hour interview on a wide range of technology startup venture capital issues.
PandoDaily: PandoMonthly Interview with Chris SaccaInterestingly, he decries the sense of entitlement that he believes now exists in the Internet/digital media startup culture.
STAY OUT OF LEGAL TROUBLE
Think your startup can’t be snared in legal problems?
VentureBeat: Four Ways to Keep Your Startup Out Of Legal Trouble
While some of the points are good common sense, a top mistake is “signing agreements without fully understanding the consequences of key clauses”.
PITCHBOOK VC OVERVIEW
Venture capital and private equity database company Pitchbook has its quarterly Venture Capital Rundown out.
Pitchbook: 4Q 2012 – Venture Capital Rundown
Among the findings, VC investment across all stages dropped dramatically in Q3 from Q2, although year-to-date volumes in 2012 match that of 2011.
HOLLYWOOD AND VENTURE CAPITAL DON'T MIX
Los Angeles-based VC Mark Suster says the future of the Internet is all about video.
Both Sides of the Table: Why Silicon Valley and Hollywood Don't Get Each Other
He says he has been "pounding the table" for the last three years about the future of the Internet and this post explains why.