Tag Archives: venture capital

Venture Capitalist Divided by Gender: Metrics v. Vision

It is a difficult situation for entrepreneurs when approaching venture capitalists for funding. The ability to pitch a business idea to a venture capitalist can be daunting because the outcome generally can be determined by the validity of your business idea. At the 16th Annual Venture Capital Conference , discrepancies …

Stuck on the Rough Draft? Rough Draft Ventures can help get your business going.

Boston-area students are by far the best and brightest; driven by their entrepreneurial ideals and passion for success. Last December Rough Draft Ventures, a Boston grown venture capital firm, set out on a mission to make small investments into startups led by Boston-area students as a way to help them …

Private Equity fundraising rebounds in the 3Q: Top Cities for Venture Capitals in Q3

According to data released by PitchBook, private equity (PE) fundraising continues to rise from once crisis stricken levels. The primary focus has now shifted to an unlikely source; small Private Equity funds. The third quarter (3Q) of U.S. private equity fundraising in 2013 has shown comparable differences from 2012’s 3Q, …

Network of Creativity

Venture capitalists invest in creation. Entrepreneurs invest themselves in their creativity, because a creative project is the only type that will ever succeed. Original ideas, imagination—these things make a product sell. But that product, whether you’re a venture capitalist or an entrepreneur, is just an item. It may be creative, …

Entrepeneurship is Sailing

For centuries we’ve asked the question, “quantity or quality” but in the world of entrepreneurship there hasn’t been a definite answer. Do you want to start a huge company or a controlled local one? Put out the most product at the lowest price or the expensive yet customizable, organically grown …

Dodd Frank: On the Books

We are all familiar with the Dodd-Frank Act, but regardless of our opinions on it one thing is clear: it’s going to happen. It represents the most comprehensive financial reform measures taken since the Great Depression, and with such a massive reform comes massive changes. Specifically, in the way your …

A History of Venture Capital: Part Two

In our last post, you learned about pre-WWII “venture capitalism”, which bears only a slight resemblance to the practice today. After the war, the US went through a few changes that created the perfect environment for the business to flourish into what we now know. 1958: Venture Capitalism might not …

A History of Venture Capital: Part One

In the last 35 years, venture capitalists invested more than $441 billion in over 57,000 companies in the United States alone. That’s pretty impressive if you ask me—many of those investments, from Google to Starbucks and even the pacemaker, have become permanently entwined in our daily lives. But like most …

Investing Yourself

If it were easy to be a venture capitalist, it would be a much more common resume listing. Being able to identify new and innovative technologies and then generate a high commercial return, at an early stage, is not something you are born with.   And then taking a role to …