Posts Tagged 'venture capital'

Montana Drug R&D: Good Science but No Commercialization Funding

July 1 2011 No Commented

Drug development is interesting and important R&D but, unfortunately, very few regions of the world can attract the venture capital necessary for commercialization.  Read my June column in the Flathead Beacon (Kalispell, Montana) at http://www.flatheadbeacon.com/articles/article/montana_drug_rd_good_science_but_no_commercialization_funding/23243/

Is Venture Capital Available in Montana?

November 23 2010 No Commented

The following article appeared in the July 2010 issue of the Flathead Business Journal, but is no longer available online. Last month we described VC firms as limited partnerships in which general partners raise funds from large passive limited partners, such as pension funds, foundation endowments and big corporate investors, and then invest those funds […]

What is Venture Capital?

November 23 2010 2 Commented

The following article appeared in the June 2010 issue of the Flathead Business Journal, but is no longer available online. While wealthy businesspersons have been supporting start-up ventures for hundreds of years, by investing time and money as angel investors, the Venture Capital (VC) industry emerged as investors in new businesses after World War II.  […]

Thank Goodness for Super Angels

September 6 2010 one Commented

Have you noticed all the great press given to Super Angels by the Business Week and the Wall Street Journal? First Business Week introduced us to their top 25 angel investors, who have each funded between 5 and 190 deals, averaging about 40 angel investments per angel.  It is a great list!  Then, the Wall […]

Lean Startups – II

August 9 2010 No Commented

Lean Startups – II In my last post, I poked fun at Eric Ries and Steven Blank for an article posted by the New York Times suggesting that “lean startups” are a fresh new approach, which is likened to bootstrapping. I pointed out that we outside of Silicon Valley have been bootstrapping our startup ventures […]

Lean Startups – I

July 28 2010 No Commented

Lean Startups – I In all of my travels, I explain to audiences that there are only two places in the world for entrepreneurs starting companies and seeking capital – (1) Silicon Valley … and (2) everyplace else.  Except for those in the Bay Area, almost all the rest of us live and work in […]

Brad Feld on Angel Investing

July 5 2010 No Commented

Brad Feld on Angel Investing My friend, Brad Feld, is a prolific angel and venture capital investor.  More importantly, he is really smart and a genuinely right-minded proponent of entrepreneurs.  Brad wrote an insightful article on June 2nd for Business Insider entitled After More Than 75 Angel Investments, Here’s What I’ve Learned.  This is must […]

US VC Trends are Driving Angel Groups Towards more Angel-only Deals

January 19 2010 No Commented

US VC Trends are Driving Angel Groups Towards more Angel-only Deals In an earlier post, I reported that angels in some US groups are investing in more angel-only deals, that is, startups for which less than $1 million in funding will provide sufficient runway to achieve positive cash flow.  Angels are electing to seek out […]

Just What Are Angel-only Deals?

January 12 2010 No Commented

Just What Are Angel-only Deals? In my last post, I described the trend among angel groups in the US to fund more angel-only deals, primarily because of the changing world of US venture capital.  I did so without really describing the characteristics of angel-only deals. Perhaps I should start by describing angel deals.  Oh…I did […]

US Trends in Startup Funding – Angel-only Deals

January 7 2010 No Commented

US Trends in Startup Funding – Angel-only Deals Because the US is a large country with huge demographic variety, venture capital has thrived in a few regions and is virtually unavailable elsewhere.  Venture capitalists prefer not to travel to portfolio companies, investing instead close to home.  Consequently, while angel groups in a few regions do […]