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Venture Capital This Week For Sept 28 - Oct 4

Thursday, October 04, 2012 9:49:00 AM PDT | VentureDeal

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…

 

BUSINESS TECH SHINES

The Wall Street Journal's third annual ranking of what it considers the top 50 venture capital backed technology companies is out.

WSJ Online: Looking for the Next Big Thing

The Journal says that VCs are focusing more on business technology as health care and energy opportunities wane.

 

SUCCESSFUL STARTUP COMMUNITIES

Internet VC Mark Suster expounds on the desire of business leaders to create a Silicon Valley of their own.

Mark Suster: 12 Tips to Building a Successful Startup Community

It's a good list, save for the first tip, which is a bit circular:  “A strong pool of tech founders.”

 

VC PITCHES ARE LIKE INTERVIEWS

It takes practice to learn how to pitch a VC well.

The Equity Kicker: VC Pitch Best Practices

European VC Nic Brisbourne shares nine tips about how to prepare for and approach the actual VC pitch.

 

A KICKSTARTER FOR IPOs?

Crowd funding startups may be on the rise, but what about crowd funded IPOs?

The Fiscal TimesBuyers Beware

The article takes a dim view of the notion of using crowd funding for taking startup companies public.

 

SELLING A STARTUP

Lightspeed Venture Partners VC Jeremy Liew has an insightful post up about what your expectations should be about selling your startup.

VentureBeat: How Much Can I Sell My Startup For?

The article goes through a list of different scenarios and the likely valuation multiples you can expect.

 

VERTICALLY INTEGRATED COMMERCE

Global investor Boris Wertz thinks that the next big e-commerce wave will be vertically integrated commerce.

TechCrunch: The Next Big E-Commerce Wave

By integrating vertically, merchants will be able to find profitable niches outside the Amazon juggernaut.

 

ANGELS DON'T MAKE MONEY

Former VC Andy Rachleff says that most Angels don't make money.

Andy Rachleff: Why Angels Don't Make Money

He’s got some advice for those who want to be Angels anyway and with 25 years in the VC business, he should know.

 

NO BUBBLE HERE

There has been a lot of talk recently about a bubble in early-stage Internet investing.

GigaOm: The Opposite of a Bubble

Rising star VC Marc Andreessen doesn't buy it and says that we are in the opposite of a bubble.

 

MEDICAL DEVICE VCs STRUGGLING

Venture capital fundraising for medical device VC firms is showing signs of strain, according to a recent report by Ernst & Young.

PE Hub: Medtech Struggles

Although investment levels have been relatively steady over the past five years, that activity represents previous VC firm fund-raising success, which is proving difficult to duplicate in the current environment.

 

WOMEN EXECUTIVES IMPROVE SUCCESS

Venture backed technology companies that have females on their senior executive team have a better chance to succeed, according to Dow Jones.

Dow JonesWomen at the Wheel

The research report pulled data from more than 20,000 US-based companies.

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