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[Decode VC] VC is a team Sport / Are European VCs too Risk-Averse? / Why VC’s are obsessed with large outcomes?

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VC is a team sport – Mike Maples

The venture business has a lot of folks who talk a good game…but this is because it is in fact a humbling game. The LPs who invest in venture funds want awesome returns but very few VCs deliver them. Most venture firms are lucky to have even one great investing partner…yet even these rare groups force the LPs who invest in them to buy “the bundle” of multiple partners rather than the true money-makers.

At the same time, the truly great firms understand VC is a team sport.


Are European VCs too Risk-Averse? Ventech

“VCs do not want to take risks” is an often-heard criticism expressed during start-up conferences or wherever VCs meet with entrepreneurs in more relaxed settings. There is however an inherent paradox in this statement since suggests that VCs have somehow managed to grow out of their risk-taking nature and found a magic formula on how to make a good living on risk-free investment decisions.


Why VC’s are obsessed with large outcomes ? – Fred Destin

VC’s get put on pedestals all the time, called legendary at the first sight of a decent exit whilst they glide around town deciding which entrepreneurs deserve their funding. Pretty much everyone who’s been into the venture game long enough got involved in some notable success that allows him or her to seduce the press and maintain a perception of greatness, warranted or not. Entrepreneurs for their part are either amused or annoyed at the giant exit numbers that VC’s drop like calling cards.

But the reality is often very different. It’s REALLY challenging to make the venture model work.

[Decode VC] Spotify, that’s not an IPO!

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Spotify Finally Readies an IPO…That’s Not an IPO

Music-streaming service considers a direct listing, bypassing the typical public-offering script

Music-streaming service Spotify AB is readying an initial public offering that is expected by year-end. The rub is this: It may not really be an IPO.

Spotify is seriously considering a direct listing, in which the company would simply register its shares on a public exchange and let them trade freely, according to people familiar with the matter.

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[Decode VC] Sapna Shah, Investorflow, top 15 Canadian VC deals of 2016

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Investing in the Retail of the Future

Sapna Shah, Angel Investor, talks to AngelStory about fundraising tips, learning from startup failures, and how to spot trends in the startup eco-system

Many people in the startup ecosystem tell you that it’s true that you learn more from failure than from success, and I agree. I learned so much from the failure of my startup, most particularly and importantly, that it’s okay to fail. Our culture rewards success above all, so it can be hard to tell your family, your friends and your colleagues that you’ve had to shut down your business because it just wasn’t successful. It was personally wrenching. I hated those conversations and tried to avoid having them in the early days after we shut down the business. But as I started to talking to other entrepreneurs, friends and former colleagues, many had a failure story of their own, and had used that experience to be more successful in the future. And that was reassuring to me, and helped me come to terms with it.

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