AngelList: A disruptor that is upending angel investing


Naval Ravikant at the AngelList office.

Recently, Naval Ravikant, a wildly successful angel investor—Uber, Twitter, etc.—and serial entrepreneur met with a group of institutional money managers to pitch them his latest venture. He didn’t ask them to invest in it, but he asked them to invest through it. If enough of the money managers take him up on the offer, it could usher in an era of radical disruption in the world of angel investing.



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Democratization of funding is disrupting the venture capital landscape


Democratization of funding is changing the VC landscape.

The venture capital and funding market has changed dramatically over the last ten years. In the past venture capitalists were the go-to-guys in the playground, there are new players giving entrepreneurs with many choices. One used to focus their efforts in the famed VC offices on Sand Hill Road, but today it is happening in every corner and coffee shop around the world.



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Study shows startups are better off taking less venture capital


Entrepreneurs fared better taking less venture capital.

It seems that raising as much venture capital as humanly possible is Silicon Valley’s mantra, there are reasons to be cautious when signing termsheets. Startups raising a couple of million dollars had a median exit price of more than $10 million, while the outcome for those raising double that was actually worse, a recent study shows.



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Top 10 predictions for Bitcoin in 2014

The use of Bitcoin will evolve beyond ‘store of value’ or ‘transactions’

There was a lot of speculation and excitement about Bitcoin in 2013. A good way to start 2014 is with a list of predictions for Bitcoin. These predictions are based on growth patterns of similar networks, the traction in various ecosystem activities last year, and conversations with various Bitcoin enthusiasts.



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The Rise of Fat Venture Capital

Andrew Chen: In 2007, before YCombinator and AngelList had changed the industry, I worked in a nondescript office park in the heart of the venture capital industry off Sand Hill Road. Amid the leafy sprawl of buildings next to 280 and Stanford University, billions of dollars were and are invested out of the fancy offices of VC/PE firms you’ve never heard of. The whole industry has been shrouded in opaqueness since it was created decades ago, built on relationships from business schools, professional networks, and investor referrals. In 2007, I worked at a big firm as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence, and did my best to make sense of this world.



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Three out of four startups fail – a venture capital secret

If you start a business, odds are that your company will fail.

It may look easy from the outside. An entrepreneur with a hot technology and venture-capital funding becomes a billionaire in his 20s.  But now there is evidence that venture-backed start-ups fail at far higher numbers than the rate the industry usually cites.



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The limitations of venture capital on true innovation

Republicans and Democrats will agree on little during this years elections, including how to get the U.S. economy growing.  Will it take higher taxes or smaller government to get the economy growing again? One path to growth that is widely agreed upon is technological innovation, which has historically been closely associated with the American venture-capital-backed startup company.



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