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Economic Stimulus

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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-02-07

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Atlas Ventures Crash & Burns

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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-02-03

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"Home Run" Insanity, but There are Perks

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Posted by Jon on 2009-01-20

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According to VentureWire, the number of venture investments in Q4 2008 fell to the lowest level since after the last crash, and the amount of money invested into the whole private equity sector halved from the same quarter last year. Many of the private equity investments being made are in "secondary funds," which buy distressed portfolio positions, so the story for the relatively small segment of venture capital is probably much worse.

The reality on the street for entrepreneurs raising money is brutal. Funds take meetings, but it's clear that they are not really making investments. With limited cash in the bank and limited prospects for raising more capital, it seems that all the good VCs are waiting for a "home run" opportunity to walk in the door and give them a 50% valuation haircut.

There is a silver lining. Deals perceived as being a "home run" have leverage. We just closed a later stage round after nearly a year of fundraising and pulled out over $1 MM for the founders, selling some of our equity. While our valuation was lower than we would like and the terms had some other unwanted teeth, when we threatened to walk, the deal was sweetened. Our traffic numbers are strong, so we had a few VCs coming to us with offers over the last couple months

From what I can gather, the VCs needs to justify making an investment in the current recession, so they have to issue less favorable terms. They can't explain the deal to their partners or investors otherwise. My advice would be to get as much exposure and traction as possible, have a few funds come to you, then target the best investor and negotiate the secondary perks more than the primary terms. Good luck!

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Funding Through the Credit Crunch

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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-01-17

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Layoffs are Coming to Venture Capital Soon

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Posted by fnazeeri on 2009-01-04

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I just got off the phone with a friend who is founder/CEO of an early stage medical device company. His company is doing well and recently received a couple of term sheets for his first institutional round. As he was going through the process of negotiating with the potential investors, he said they were trying to set his expectations low. He told me a story about how one investor recounted tales of startups making mass layoffs, cutting back everywhere and generally dire conditions (basically sending the message that he should be happy to be getting an offer).

So my friend responded, "Wow, that sounds terrible. This must be really affecting you badly...how many people have you had to layoff here""

The VC stared at him with a bewildered look.

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Great Article in forbes: "Venture Capital's Coming Collapse"

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Posted by Anonymous on 2008-12-31

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Fed Gives $200 Billion Bailout to Hedge Funds...VC's Next?

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Posted by Anonymous on 2008-12-23

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Startup Failures on the Rise

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Posted by fnazeeri on 2008-12-05

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I just finished writing this post about how startup failures are up. Not surprisingly Q4 2008 (already) is the biggest month for startup failures in the past 10 quarters.

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Chapter 7 or Mbo?

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Posted by Anonymous on 2008-11-24

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Funding: Request for Feedback

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Posted by Anonymous on 2008-11-21

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Post Crash Angel Investing

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Posted by Anonymous on 2008-11-17

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Funding in This Ecomony

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Posted by Anonymous on 2008-11-07

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The Toughest Time

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State of VC Market Today?

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(U.S.) Federal Bailout Package: Any Specific Cash Payouts to Small Startups?

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Posted by Anonymous on 2008-10-18

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Not Sequoia's Presentation

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Posted by Anonymous on 2008-10-20

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Triage

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Posted by fnazeeri on 2008-10-12

Tags: Operations Crisis

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http://www.altgate.com/blog/2008/10/triage.html

I just wrote this post on how venture investors decide which companies in their portfolio to let die, continue to fund or leave alone.

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Interesting Article From about Tech Startups and the Crisis...

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Posted by Anonymous on 2008-10-10

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The Limited Partner Reaction?

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Posted by Anonymous on 2008-10-10

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Angel Investor Describes What He Invests In

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Posted by Anonymous on 2008-10-06

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Downturn Start Up Strategies

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How is the Economy Affecting Your Business?

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Posted by Anonymous on 2008-09-30

Tags: Operations Crisis Economy