Founders regularly ask me about the metrics that truly matter to venture capital (VC) investors. Although there are a number of metrics that are standard across all startups, there are many tools that can be used to measure performance. In the early due diligence stages VCs will often look at the big picture –… Read more »
Have you ever wondered why venture capital (VC) firms appear to invest largely in B2B rather than consumer startups? Are they more profitable and quicker to generate revenue? Do they pose less risk, or do they have lower failure rates? The truth is actually none of these. The major reason is simply that the volume… Read more »
Bridges are said to be a monument to progress. For many start-ups, bridging rounds of capital are exactly this – a step towards success. They may not have been part of the original game plan, but they are often a necessity in the unpredictable world of entrepreneurialism. Reasons for a bridging round can be varied.… Read more »
Members of the Draper Venture Network – an alliance of independent venture capital firms – gathered in Chile, Argentina, and Brazil recently to learn about the region’s entrepreneurial communities. We met with top-performing billion-dollar companies and government officials, and as investors we discussed the critical success factors and commonalities observed in the outstanding founders… Read more »
We’ve all seen startups on the TV show “Shark Tank” eaten alive by potential investors for seemingly outrageous valuations. Often their pitches take an even more unforgiving turn when founders are unable to validate their numbers. But coming up with an attractive yet sensible valuation that appeals to investors is no mean feat. Of… Read more »
GOFAR has created a device that, plugged into a vehicle’s diagnostic port, can track a driver’s performance, monitor the car’s health, and easily log mileage expenses via a connected app.