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Got a ton of feedback on my email from Christmas Day titled ' There is no Series A crunch .'
Matter Ventures CEO Corey Ford and KQED President John Boland Three media nonprofits -- Knight Foundation , Public Radio Exchange (PRX), and KQED (you're on it, bub, no link required) have announced they're creating a $2.5 million accelerator fund for selected media startups -- of the for -profit variety -- to tap.
Editor’s note: Cherian Thomas is founder and CEO of Cucumbertown , a recipe-publishing platform.
What follows is based on my own personal experiences, views and opinions about the world of startup financing. I’m sharing today because I believe in the educational value of other people’s failures.
Back in the summer of 2010, I wrote a post outlining why I don't like convertible debt investments .
May 24, 2011: May 24, 2011: [Follow Me on Twitter] “ Don’t you know that you are a shooting star, And all the world will love you just as long, As long as you are.” – Paul Rodgers, Shooting Star
Nearly two months ago, AMP Partners was introduced to Minnesota’s tech entrepreneurs.
For a handful of enterprise social media firms, 2012 has been a version of 1999.
VivaKi Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer Rishad Tobaccowala channeled his inner Kafka Wednesday, explaining to a gathering of clients, agency executives, entrepreneurs, VCs, and a couple of journalists why ad agencies have managed to survive, and maybe even thrive, despite incessant proclamations that agencies were dying during his 30 years in the business: “The truth is, agencies are cockroaches.” Tobaccowala, who is known to strike striking metaphors to make a point, likened agencies to roaches, because like the insect, they have proven themselves to adapt and persevere regardless of what is thrown at them.
Dave McClure speaking at the US Embassy in Mexico City. Photo by David E. Weekly It’s around 8:30 on a warm Friday night in Mexico City, and we’re all milling around a podium set up in the lobby of the private residence of the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, Earl Anthony Wayne .
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Approaching investors for the first time is a daunting exercise for any startup. Regardless of whether you’re raising venture capital, approaching angels or still trying to figure out where to get started, it’s critical to stay level-headed about what you’re really pitching - and what it’s actually worth.
For the past couple of decades, venture capitalists have had the upper hand. They’ve had the funding and, traditionally, they’ve held most of the power in the startup ecosystem. But, Fred Wilson, managing partner of Union Square Ventures (and beloved blogger ), believes that balance of power is shifting (As noted in Stacey’s take on a similar notion advanced by the Kauffman Foundation earlier Tuesday.) And as it does, venture capitalists themselves must rethink their role. Speaking to a crowd of entrepreneurs at the Grind work space in New York this morning, Wilson said that since the mid-1990s institutional investors have poured $30 billion into the venture capitalist business every year, but venture capitalists have only been able to figure out how to generate good returns on half of it. (Actually, venture capitalists haven’t seen that much money flowing in since 2007, according to the National Venture Capital Association , which notes the recession dramatically lowered investment.)