Recently, I’ve been hearing a lot about how the VC model is dead, and the venture capital industry is drying up. This is justified by the lack of conventional exits and liquidity events, meaning the venture capital funds can’t return cash to their investors. While we have clearly been going through a flat spot in […]Read More
The classical view of venture capital is that a VC invests in a company, grows it into revenue and breakeven, and then sells equity in it to the public in an IPO. The exit part is the VC’s can then sell their ownership interest in the startup to that public market of buyers as the company grows in value, or distribute their now-liquid shares to their limited partner investors to sellRead More
After making a venture investment and building value in the startup, in preparation for an exit. This is the operational part of the job — how do you help a startup succeed?Read More
This is the very belated third installment of my running saga about what makes a good VC. I have previously laid out a framework for identifying the skills that make a good VC, in rough chronological order through the process. Each installment covers a stage: Finding Deals Evaluating and Picking Deals Executing an Investment Managing […]Read More
The VC business is a sifting business, as I have commented before. It is like hunting for pennies in your coin jar. Step 1 was about getting as many pennies in the jar, ideally as many promising pennies, as you can. In this Step 2, the VC is going through the jar trying to find the most valuable ones.Read More
One of my overall areas of interest is where the venture capital business is heading in the coming decades. I thought I’d start out looking inward — looking at the job of a venture capitalist (VC) , what tasks a VC performs, and what skills make one VC better than another. The fact is there probably is […]Read More
Claremont Creek Ventures was founded in 2005 by Nat Goldhaber, John Steuart and Randy Hawks to pursue early stage investing in exceptional technology startups.