Category: Venture Capital

San Diego Venture Group Pitchfest 2011 – now taking applications

San Diego Venture Group Pitchfest 2011 – now taking applications

| August 27, 2011 | Reply

Last year, TakeLessons was fortunate enough to win the 2010 SDVG Pitchfest (and a check for $20,000). This year, the competition is back again, and it's your chance to score some cash and cred for your startup. Details: Compete in PitchFest 2011 Welcome to the application page for SDVG’s 2011 PitchFest competition! Thank you for […]

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TakeLessons Raises $6 Million Venture Round Led by Crosslink Capital

TakeLessons Raises $6 Million Venture Round Led by Crosslink Capital

| August 3, 2011 | Reply

Full-Service Music and Voice Lessons Provider Leverages Internet to Unite Students and Music Teachers SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–TakeLessons, a full-service music and voice lessons provider offering private lessons in over 2,800 cities across the U.S., today announced that it has raised $6 million in funding led by Crosslink Capital, with other investors including SofTech VC and […]

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Chumps vs. Checks: Handling The Venture Capitalist Cold Call

Chumps vs. Checks: Handling The Venture Capitalist Cold Call

| November 9, 2010 | Reply

The following is a guest post from Healy Jones.  Healy is the Head of Marketing for OfficeDrop, a company that offers small businesses in paper intensive industries cloud scanning software and cloud filing. Previously he was a venture capitalist with Atlas Venture and Summit Partners. via onstartups.com Good information for any entrepreneur starting to get some […]

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How are you going to make a profit in your startup?

How are you going to make a profit in your startup?

| July 5, 2009 | 1 Reply

Image via Wikipedia I read an interesting post from Mark Cuban today on the problems of startup success using a free model. Back in the 90's when I was cutting my teeth around web/tech, the mantra we heard from VC's was "get big fast", and "eyeballs are everything", and "don't worry about making money, we'll […]

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San Diego Tech Company MojoPages on $5mm raise

San Diego Tech Company MojoPages on $5mm raise

| July 1, 2009 | Reply

Congrats to our friends over at Mojo Pages on a new $5mm raise. I believe their enhanced model of providing a white-label solution to news sites is timely and needed. Jon Carder and the team have been working hard on the site for a few years and this vote of confidence is a good sign […]

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Top 100 Most Connected Venture Capitalists

Top 100 Most Connected Venture Capitalists

| June 29, 2009 | Reply

From Techcrunch – here's a list of the top 100 most connected VC's. Did yours make the cut? Here are the top 10: 1. Draper Fisher Jurvetson 2. Sequoia Capital 3. Accel Partners 4. Intel Capital 5. First Round Capital 6. Dag Ventures 7. New Enterprise Associates 8. Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers 9. Benchmark […]

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Seeking Venture Funding? Have a Clear Understanding of your Financials

Seeking Venture Funding? Have a Clear Understanding of your Financials

| May 28, 2009 | Reply

Recently, I've discovered the blog of Robert Ochtel. He's an author and a serial entrepreneur with over 25 years experience. He's also raised over $50 million for his businesses, and started VentureBlue, a national Angel network. And, he's just up the road in Carlsbad, CA. Robert wrote a post explaining why entrepreneurs should be comforatble […]

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Do Web Entrepreneurs Still Need Venture Capitalists?

Do Web Entrepreneurs Still Need Venture Capitalists?

| May 20, 2009 | Reply

Image via CrunchBase There's an interesting article and comment thread going on over at the New York Times on whether web entrepreneurs need VC's like they did ten years ago. I see both sides of the argument. It's true that costs to build have plummeted, and a couple guys can knock out an iPhone app […]

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Need a Venture Capital Term Sheet? Here’s a FREE One.

Need a Venture Capital Term Sheet? Here’s a FREE One.

| April 23, 2009 | Reply

Image via CrunchBase For all my fellow entrepreneurs: Here is a FREE term sheet generator for equity invesments. This tool will generate a venture financing term sheet based on your responses to an online questionnaire. Sponsored by Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, one of the the premier legal advisor to technology and growth enterprises worldwide. […]

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From Vator.TV – The Best Pitches Are Done in 7 Minutes

From Vator.TV – The Best Pitches Are Done in 7 Minutes

| April 16, 2009 | Reply

Here's a quick five minute interview with Bambi Francisco and Charlene Li on what to do when pitching a potential investor or member of the media. Always remember to focus on the following 3 steps: 1. What's the problem?2. How are you solving that problem in a differentiated way3. How are you going to make […]

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Start-Up Venture Funding 2009

Start-Up Venture Funding 2009

| October 13, 2008 | Reply

From Techcrunch: It looks like its going to be a tough 2009 for start-ups looking for an A or B round. Only 55 funds have raised capital, compared to 78 funds from a year ago. This will trickle down and offer less availability for younger companies looking to get their ideas of the ground. See […]

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Always On is Happenin’

Always On is Happenin’

| June 13, 2008 | Reply

I had the pleasure of meeting Marc Sternberg, President of Always On earlier this week at the San Diego Venture Group. If you're not familiar with the network, Always On is an excellent resource for young and emerging companies to network and learn financing deal structures. Here is an example of a quality post from […]

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Debt vs. Equity

Debt vs. Equity

| March 4, 2008 | 1 Reply

I do not know a single internet-based company that decided to use debt vs. equity as a main source of working capital. Perhaps it’s because most companies need a fair amount of capital, and there isn’t a proven business model yet. In this scenario, equity financing makes perfect sense. But what about internet companies with […]

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Venture Hacks — Thoughts on Adam Smith’s Letter to Graduating Y Combinator Companies

Venture Hacks — Thoughts on Adam Smith’s Letter to Graduating Y Combinator Companies

| August 10, 2007 | Reply

Venture Hacks has great commentary on Adam Smith’s letter to Y Combinator companies. Y Combinator is a mini-incubator that focuses on getting very early-stage companies access to seed money, technical and business advice, and other things that help raise the probability of getting to market. One particularly enlightening part of the post included the discussion […]

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