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Venture Capitalists Are Looking for Failures

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According to an article in the April issue of Harvard Business Review , “Failing By Design,” many venture capitalists won’t invest in a new enterprise if the founder has never undergone failure. Career Development Female Entrepreneurs personal development business failure Entrepreneur entrepreneurial Failing by Design failure going out of business Harvard Business Review Maribeth Kuzmeski Red Zone Marketing risk venture capitalist

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The Doerr Institute for New Leaders

Coaching Tip

With a $50 million gift from venture capitalist John Doerr and his wife, Ann, through their private family foundation, Rice University is planning an unconventional approach to developing students into leaders.

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The Leader as a Venture Capitalist

Kevin Eikenberry

He said that when striving for innovation, leaders should think like venture capitalists. Consider what venture capitalists do.

Venture Capitalists Get Paid Well to Lose Money

Harvard Business Review

2013 had all the signs of being a comeback year for venture capital. Yet 2013 annual industry performance data from Cambridge Associates shows that venture capital continues to underperform the S&P 500, NASDAQ and Russell 2000. The ongoing poor performance of venture capital firms should be an obvious problem for institutional investors. There are, of course, individual firms that succeed in generating venture rates of return. Finance Venture capital

130: The Storyteller’s Secret: Why Some Ideas Catch on and Others Don’t | with Carmine Gallo

Engaging Leader

Ben Horowitze, famed venture capitalist Storytelling is the act of framing an idea as a narrative to inform, illuminate, and inspire. Ben Horowitze, famed venture capitalist Storytelling is the act of framing an idea as a narrative to inform, illuminate, and inspire.

0815 | Why Innovation Needs Liberal Arts with Scott Hartley


SCOTT HARTLEY is a venture capitalist and startup advisor. He has served as a Presidential Innovation Fellow at the White House, a partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures, and a venture partner at Metamorphic Ventures.

3 Simple Words to Revolutionize the World

Mills Scofield

Venture capitalist and former AT&T Labs scientist Deb Mills-Scofield does. weeks til the magic of BIF2015. I am blessed with the gift of my network and can't wait to see my students and clients and friends and friends-to-be.

Every Business Is Social (Like it or not)

Mills Scofield

Investment: Venture capitalists have traditionally funded for-profit businesses with a strong focus on ROI – Return on Investment vs. ROI m – Return on Impact (ROI m will be a forthcoming blog post).

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Birthing a Baby Unicorn: The Anatomy of a Successful Startup Launch

Great Leadership By Dan

They are also co-authors of THE ULTIMATE START-UP GUIDE: Marketing Lessons, War Stories, And Hard-Won Advice From Leading Venture Capitalists And Angel Investors.

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So, You Want to Join a Startup

Harvard Business Review

Jeff Bussgang, a venture capitalist who teaches entrepreneurship at Harvard Business School, knows from personal experience and having funded many startups that there’s more than one way into that world. You don’t have to have a technical background. Excellent communication skills and a high emotional IQ are startup skills, too. Bussgang, the author of Entering StartUpLand , walks through the process of finding your dream job in a new company. Download this podcast.

Every Business Is (Or Should Be) a Social Business

Mills Scofield

Social entrepreneurs launching ventures may ask themselves if their business models need to be different. As someone who works with a variety of organizations in my roles as strategy and innovation consultant, venture capitalist, professor, and mentor, this question intrigues to me.

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A Leadership Lesson from Trappist Monks that Made Me Rich

Great Leadership By Dan

Then, only two months into the deal, the venture capitalists that controlled our board pushed out my friend and replaced him with a total stranger. Guest post from August Turak : On March 31, 2000, my partners and I sold our company.

What If.?

Mills Scofield

We’ve also learned that Venture Capitalists (in the truest sense) no longer exist. For those of you that know me, you know I ask Why a lot (annoyingly so at times!). So that''s why (ha!) at BIF9 , I loved what Matt Murrie is doing with getting "What If.?" out there - boldly!

How to Save Yourself from a Job You Hate!

Marshall Goldsmith

This client is a venture capitalist, and before he commits to any new project, opportunity, or job, he decides on an exit strategy. Saying no is difficult for me. I want to do everything! I want to help everybody! Helping people makes me feel good.

Leadership Development as a 5 Year Journey

Great Leadership By Dan

If you were to go to a bank or venture capitalist and ask for funding to start your new business, they would never accept a one-year business plan. A proven best practice to improve as a leader is to create and follow-through on an Individual Development Plan (IDP). An IDP usually defines what you want to get better at and why and how you’re going to get better.

The Time is Now to Become an Entrepreneur

Mills Scofield

Consequently, last year I founded TheFounderProject - a new type of venture fund run almost entirely by students that invests in student startups. We are now a team of 30 ‘ student venture capitalists ’ from all universities in Montreal, Toronto and Halifax.

Are Networks Leading Indicators for Innovation?

Mills Scofield

The Venture Capitalist in me finds this very interesting. As some of you know, I am passionate about networking, leading indicators and innovation from new combinations of existing things. I’ve been wondering how networks can be leading indicators for innovation!

What Makes a Team Great | Erika Andersen

Erika Andersen

Danny Meyer, President, Union Square Hospitality Group Jul 2 What Makes a Team Great Last night, I was reading an article online, and the author (a venture capitalist) started out by saying that he thought a great senior team was more important to the success of an enterprise than a great idea.

An Opportunity: Startup Weekend Ahmedabad 2013


The concept behind SW is simple – people with interest in starting their own ventures spend a weekend together (54 hours) in a group and present their ideas, get like-minded individuals on-board, collaborate and start quick prototyping. Most people have bright ideas and they stop at that.

Executive Coach Provides Insight and Clarity

Tony Mayo

As a venture capitalist, I hired him to run a portfolio company; as an individual and business person, I continue to benefit from his counsel. Tony and I have known each other 30 years. Over this time, he has repeatedly been a source of insight, clarity and heart.

Four Questions to Ask Before Scaling Your Business

Strategy Driven

This may seem like an odd statement coming from a entrepreneur turned venture capitalist and professor who has spent the last few years in my role at Carnegie Mellon studying scaling startups and teaching a popular graduate course titled The Science of Growth that was recently turned in as a book.

Alphabet Isn’t a Typical Conglomerate

Harvard Business Review

This new entity could bring together human talent, technology scale, and long-horizon venture and investment approaches to construct business models that could pose a formidable challenge to those designed and perfected in the industrial age. HBR STAFF.

Space-O Team Wins Hackathon at AppFest 2013

Utpal Writes

We met amazing guys of , Alexandre Corso from KRDS , heard Amber Krishnan from Human Factors speaking about UX, got to know what Venture Capitalists think about Mobile App Development Industry and more.

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Integrated Marketing and Social Networks

Coaching Tip

On the other hand, they have opened up a lot of opportunities," said David Cowan, a venture capitalist at Bessemer Venture Partners in Menlo Park, CA. Borders Group Inc.,

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A Strong Team + A Compelling Product = A Much Better Chance at Success

First Friday Book Synopsis

I attended the Southwest Venture Forum yesterday in Dallas. He has worked with Angel Investors, Venture Capitalists, and apparently lives and breathes new ventures. Hall Martin, Director of the Texas Entrepreneur Networks, was a panelist. I suspect he has heard a pitch or twenty from new start-ups seeking money. In the midst of his comments, [.]. Randy's blog entries

The Upside of Anger

Marshall Goldsmith

He’d been a successful venture capitalist and invested in several incredibly profitable companies in the past. Getting angry with other people often means you’re just upset with yourself. by Marshall Goldsmith. On a flight from Zurich to New York, I sat next to a very successful investor who had paid too much for a small high-tech firm. As we talked, he told me how livid he was with the owner of the company.

Male and Female Entrepreneurs Get Asked Different Questions by VCs — and It Affects How Much Funding They Get

Harvard Business Review

There is an enormous gender gap in venture capital funding in the United States. Female entrepreneurs receive only about 2% of all venture funding , despite owning 38% of the businesses in the country. The prevailing hope among academics, policy makers, and practitioners alike has been that this gap will narrow as more women become venture capitalists. Venture capital Gender Presentations Entrepreneurship Digital Article

Need Money to Launch Your Business? Judy Robinett Can Help You Find It

Building Personal Strength

As I was reading her book for the third time, halfway through the introduction I was stopped by a sentence which explains that she is much more than the author of this book: "I am a consultant specializing in putting early-stage companies in front of angel and venture capital investors."

The Evidence Is In: Patent Trolls Do Hurt Innovation

Harvard Business Review

And three new empirical studies provide strong confirmation that patent litigation is reducing venture capital investment in startups and is reducing R&D spending, especially in small firms.

We Recorded VCs’ Conversations and Analyzed How Differently They Talk About Female Entrepreneurs

Harvard Business Review

When venture capitalists (VCs) evaluate investment proposals, the language they use to describe the entrepreneurs who write them plays an important but often hidden role in shaping who is awarded funding and why. We were given access to government venture capital decision-making meetings in Sweden and were able to observe the types of language that VCs used over a two-year period. Gender Venture capital Government Europe Digital Article

Start-Up Capital Is Spreading Across the U.S.

Harvard Business Review

To begin to answer this question, I analyzed data on a small subset of early-stage entrepreneurial ventures that are focused on high-growth — those receiving venture capital funding. I aggregated venture capital deals for each U.S. Venture capital North America

You Don’t Have to Be in Silicon Valley to Build the Next Great Internet Company

Harvard Business Review

While Silicon Valley continues to dwarf other regions around the world in terms of venture capital investments and successful exits , Case is placing his bets across the rest of America, on what he calls “the rise of the rest.” Say, toward venture capitalists pouring money into the next photo sharing app. First of all, venture capitalists tend to focus in a few places, in a few sectors. I think venture capitalists do play a role.

Should You Pursue Venture Capital Groups?

David A Fields

A question I was asked: Many people I network with suggest I talk with venture capitalists and perhaps intellectual property lawyers. I have found venture capitalists to be fairly closed to outside help.

3 Simple Words to Revolutionize the World

Mills Scofield

Venture capitalist and former AT&T Labs scientist Deb Mills-Scofield does. weeks til the magic of BIF2015. I am blessed with the gift of my network and can't wait to see my students and clients and friends and friends-to-be.

The Comprehensive Case for Investing More VC Money in Women-Led Startups

Harvard Business Review

Only 8% of venture capital (VC) firms in the U.S. have female partners , and that lopsided gender composition may be hurting venture capital performance portfolios. A study conducted by the Small Business Association determined that venture firms that invested in women-led businesses had more positive performances than firms that did not. Similarly, Aspect Ventures, a firm founded by women, has launched profitable websites like The Muse, Trulia, and Urban Sitter.

6 Ways to Keep Good Ideas from Dying at Your Company

Harvard Business Review

In the startup world, venture capitalists compile data about how many pitches they’ve listened to, how many they put through due diligence, and how many they invested in. Venture capitalists meet every Monday to review deals in the pipeline. Anyone who has worked inside a large organization can rattle off a lengthy list of the things that regularly kill promising ideas: conflict with existing businesses, naysayers, management turmoil, insufficient resources.

Founding a Hardware Start-Up Is Getting Easier

Harvard Business Review

venture-capital investment was for hardware start-ups last year, but that represents a big increase from 1992–2011, when the figure was less than 1% , says the Wall Street Journal. venture capitalists are taking a rosier view of hardware start-ups. Only 3% of U.S. Investors have long shied away from start-ups making gadgets such as wearable electronics, because of the challenges posed by manufacturing, distribution, inventory, and technical support.

The Best Entrepreneurs Are Missionaries, Not Mercenaries

Harvard Business Review

As one of the world’s most accomplished venture capitalists adopts a new role at his company, it might be time to adopt some of his insights at your company.

Is Venture Capital Broken?

Harvard Business Review

A recent report by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation raises serious questions about the degree to which venture capital deserves emulation. The report, provocatively titled "We Have Met the Enemy and He is Us" [ PDF ], summarizes its findings thus: Limited Partners — foundations, endowments, and state pension funds — invest too much capital in underperforming venture capital funds on frequently misaligned terms. The Google Ventures approach has its limits.