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Are there any real technologies left to develop, or have we reached the end of the line, a sort of technological equivalent end of history? Once every last retailer migrates onto the Internet, will that be it? At Founders Fund, we vigorously reject this notion, and support the principle that human creativity and technical ability can build a better future for all humanity. For an in-depth look at our driving philosophy, read our Manifesto.

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Superangel-ISAI ISAI, a superangel fund started by some of France's most experienced internet entrepreneurs, announced that it has closed his first fund, of 25 million euros (~$33 million). What sets ISAI apart is that it is "by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs" and that it plans to invest in round sizes between business angels and traditional VCs. It will try to be the lead investor in a startup's first round and might follow on in a VC Series A. They plan to do one investment per quarter. A big trend in early stage investing in general and in France in particular is the rise of so-called "superangels," either groups or individuals, often experienced entrepreneurs themselves, who invest in startups as business angels but with the financial firepower of VC.

Meeting with a VC Much has been written about the VC process over the years. The best VC and founder blogs have a done an amazing job at shedding some light and advice on a process that had previously been mysterious and confusing. Some of the important ways to prepare are to choose your VC targets wisely, do they have the same style as you do, do they share your vision, check references, and be clear about your objectives in the meeting. Partnering with a VC is a big one and should not be considered lightly.

Accel Partners J im is passionate about investing, social entrepreneurship and venture philanthropy, contemporary and modern art, photography, film, wine, and music. He actively supports numerous educational and environmental non-profit initiatives. In February, 2013, Jim was elected a fellow of the Harvard Corporation, Harvard University's senior governing board. Jim is a Partner at Accel and is the Founder/CEO of Breyer Capital, an investment and venture philanthropy firm. Jim has been an investor in over 30 consumer Internet, media, and technology companies that have completed public offerings or successful mergers. Several of these investments returned over 100 times their cost and many additional of these investments have returned over 25 times their cost to investors.

Going to Raise VC? Here’s a Primer on Process, People & Powerpoint Deck If you want a very quick primer on all the stuff nobody ever tells you about raising venture capital check out this video where Mark Jeffrey & I break it down on This Week in VC. A summary of what we discussed is below: Not 100% in order of the video, but close. All of this is covered in more detail on the TWiVC video above (and much of it is covered in text on this blog on the “Raising VC” tab) 1. Will a VC sign an NDA (non-disclosure agreement)?

Menlo Ventures Investing in seed to growth stages in consumer and enterprise markets Knowing where, how much, and when to invest is the secret sauce to getting top tier returns. Everyone at Menlo has deep domain expertise in their target investment areas. Entrepreneurs want to be associated with successful VCs. Investors want to work with entrepreneurs who have grand visions and see new market opportunities. We’ve partnered with market leading companies in every technology sector.

Venture Capital (VC) Blog Directory – 2011 Edition This is the 4th edition of the Venture Capital Blog Directory (1st edition, 2nd edition, 3rd edition). This directory includes 149 venture capital, microVC/seed, and growth equity blogs. The imperfect statistic used to rank these blogs is their average monthly uniques in Q410 from Compete (more methodology info below). Blogs that have seen increased traffic over Q409 by 1,000+ uniques/month are highlighted in bold.

Harrison Metal Michael Dearing is the Founder of Harrison Metal. Prior to Harrison Metal, Michael spent many years at eBay (NASDAQ – EBAY) , where he worked as Senior Vice President & General Merchandise Manager for In that role, he led category management, product marketing, seller development, eBay Stores and direct-to-consumer marketing for eBay North America. Michael was also responsible for the launch and growth of many new merchandise categories and new businesses, such as Buy-it-Now, listings upgrades, eBay Stores and ProStores. Before eBay, Michael worked at Bain & Company, Filene’s Basement, The Walt Disney Company (NYSE-DIS) and Industrial Shoe Warehouse. In the spring of 2006, Michael joined the d. school faculty at Stanford University, teaching courses such as Launchpad, Creating Infectious Action and Entrepreneurial Finance.

4 Questions and 4 Pressure Tests To Decipher A VC’s Interest In Your Company I have heard from a number of entrepreneurs over the past couple of months about how they wished VCs would give them a “quick no” more often. I think it’s a totally fair critique and have tried to improve in this area myself. In lieu of a “quick no”, I thought I’d give entrepreneurs 4 questions and 4 pressure tests to help you decipher a VC’s level of interest. These questions presume that you have already given the VC an initial pitch of your business, so they have enough information to at least be initially interested.

Lightspeed Venture Partners Blog Business Intelligence (BI) is the gift that keeps on giving. For years, startups have popped up, promising better insights and faster decision making capabilities, consistently resulting in new waves of highly valued companies. Take a look at the past decade, which has seen massive consolidation as well as a hot new set of public companies. For example, SAP snapped up Business Objects for $6.8B in 2009, IBM acquired Cognos for $5B in 2008, and Oracle acquired Hyperion for $3.3B in 2007. The most recent set of public BI companies include upstarts such as Tableau, Qlikview, and Splunk which each captured the markets’ imagination with promises of Big Data and Analytics.

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