Venture Capital


Even in a strong market, raising venture capital financing is a pretty tough task. So, buoy up your resources by exploring our Venture Capital guide. Discover venture capital myths, why who you know matters, and how to make the most of the resources and human capital you have on hand.

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Boston VC vs. New York VC: It’s Not Even Close

FortuneBoston has long led New York in most things venture capital, and is showing no signs of letting up.

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The VC Word: Women And Venture Capital

ForbesAt last, a road map for women seeking venture capital, from a seasoned pioneer.

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Venture Financing and Entrepreneurial Success

HBRDoes high-quality venture financing increase the success of funded ventures?

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Venture Capital – Under Siege?

Fast CompanyIt seems that VC's, and the things they bring to entrepreneurs, just aren't as important as they once were. And there is new competition making it harder to build and run a successful VC firm.

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4 Common Venture Capital Myths

EntrepreneurThe following are a few common misconceptions entrepreneurs often have when seeking early-stage venture capital financing.

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What Venture Capital Can Learn from Private Equity

BusinessWeekThe venture capital game has changed, yet many VCs are still using an old, outdated playbook

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How to Negotiate a Term Sheet Part 1

BusinessWeekIn this two-part series, columnist Tom Taulli defines key terms and sketches out common pitfalls for entrepreneurs negotiating a term sheet with venture capitalists

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How to Negotiate a Term Sheet, Part II

BusinessWeekIn his last column, Tom Taulli looked at some of the key issues of negotiating a term sheet and offered advice on how founders should handle them (, 8/15/08). In this this column, Tom...

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Whom You Know Matters

Kellogg InsightThe Importance of Networks in Venture Capital

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Brain Gain

Kellogg InsightFor insight into investor behavior, Kellogg finance professor finds that a journey into the primitive brain pays dividends...

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Is Human Capital the New Venture Capital?

Venture capital is likely the most oft-cited figure for measuring the potential for a new business' success, but research firm CB Insights aims to change that misconception in a new report measuring...

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Top 100 Venture Capital Firms

This list, published by Entrepreneur, ranks VC firms by the number of early-stage deals made in 2007. and includes a listing of later-stage funding firms.

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How Venture Capitalists Evaluate Potential Venture Opportunities

In this Harvard Business Review Case Study, four venture capitalists from leading Silicon Valley firms are interviewed about the frameworks they use to evaluate potential venture opportunities...

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Behind Venture Capital's Scenes with Jeff Bussgang

HAnthony Tjan sits down with Jeff Bussgang of Flybridge Capital to talk about his new book, Mastering the VC Game, an insider's view into the venture capital world.

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Popular Stories

The World’s 10 Most Innovative Companies In Finance

Fast CompanyYou'd think something as universal as money would be hassle-free to use. But with banks and card networks acting as invisible middlemen and imposing sizable exchange fees, some companies are creating radical new approaches to move cash from one place to another.

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Twitter Co-Founders, CEO Have No Plans To Sell Shares

ForbesTwitter’s IPO cemented co-founders Ev Williams and Jack Dorsey among the billionaire ranks, and boosted CEO Dick Costolo’s personal wealth — but none of them will be cashing out any time soon. In a new SEC filing on Monday morning, Twitter announced that those three key insiders “have no...

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How To Pitch Warren Buffett In 60 Seconds

FortuneIn front of a standing-room-only crowd at a Rice University auditorium Thursday night, business plan contestants set the scene: A would-be student entrepreneur walks into an elevator with Warren Buffett. They have 30 floors -- or 60 seconds -- to get him to invest in their company.

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Why Golden Parachutes Are Bad For Business

FortuneNow that David Letterman is leaving his Late Show on CBS, his former protégé Craig Ferguson reportedly stands to make at least $8 million -- but not for replacing him, since Stephen Colbert has actually landed that gig. Ferguson gets compensated simply for not landing Letterman's spot, which...

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5 Ways To Fumble The 5 Minute Investor Pitch

IncPersuading someone to part with his or her money in exchange for a stake in your startup is one of the most important things you can do to protect its future. Yet countless entrepreneurs sabotage themselves in the first five minutes of meeting a venture capitalist. Here's what not to do.

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Why Women Should Negotiate For Higher Salaries

BusinessweekWomen, who make an average of 77¢ for every dollar men do, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, have it especially hard when it comes to getting paid. For women, learning to aptly negotiate—a crucial aspect of long-term professional success—is replete with obstacles. They’re often cited for...

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Citigroup CEO Faces Biggest Failure

ReutersCitigroup Inc Chief Executive Mike Corbat prepares to talk to investors on Monday about the bank's biggest failure during his 18-month tenure, his biggest struggle may be with how little he knows about the reason he failed.

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BlackBerry CEO Sets 2-Year Goal To Cut Device Reliance

BloombergBlackBerry Ltd. John Chen is giving himself two years to overhaul the smartphone maker and offset declining handset demand with sales of software that connects computers with all manner of machines, from cars to heart monitors.

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BlackBerry CEO: We Won’t Make Phones If We Can’t Make Money

NBC At long last, BlackBerry is willing to stop making phones if it continues to lose money. "If I cannot make money on handsets, I will not be in the handset business," BlackBerry CEO John Chen told Reuters in an article posted Thursday. Chen will make his decision in an unspecified but "short" time...

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EU Takes Aim At CEO Paychecks

FortuneThe European Commission released proposals Wednesday that would require Europe's 10,000 publicly listed companies to hold binding votes, and to say how employee and executive pay compares.

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$37B Is Lost Every Year On These 9 Meeting Mistakes

Business InsiderThere are about 11 million meetings taking place in America every day, and a third of them are unproductive. It comes at a cost: an estimated $37 billion is lost every year to unproductive meetings.

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10 Finance Books For The Entrepreneur

Fox BusinessTen business owners share their must-reads for aspiring entrepreneurs who need to get better at managing their own money:

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What Will Tim Cook Do With Apple’s $159B?

NYTApple topped the list, with nearly $159 billion. A decade ago, before the iPhone came along, the company was holding about $5.5 billion.

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Citibank CEO: We’re Investigating Areas That Need Stronger Oversight

ForbesCitgroup, is back in trouble again, this time due to allegations about weaknesses in its anti-money laundering controls and its failure to uncover a case of document falsification at its Mexican subsidiary Banamex, an incident that led to a $400 million fraud.

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Gartner: Tech Spending On Enterprise Software Will Soar In 2014

NYTGartner Wednesday released its outlook for worldwide spending on information technology in 2014. The overview is for modest growth of 3.2 percent, to $3.771 trillion. That is a big pickup from the 0.4 percent growth, to $3.654 trillion, in 2013.

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