Venture Capital

Grow Even Faster Newsletter (November 22, 2019 Edition)

Every week, I scour the Web looking for interesting content about marketing, sales, and growth, as well as items that I find interesting. Then, I package them up in a newsletter that is published on Saturday mornings. Here are the links from the Nov. 22 issue. If you like what you read, subscribe h ...

OpenText Enfuse 2019: The Carbonite acquisition, new apps, and updates

LAS VEGAS — The topic of endpoint security was front and centre on the first day of OpenText Enfuse 2019. OpenText’s chief executive officer, Mark Barrenechea, said in his keynote that endpoint security becomes all the more vital as cloud computing continues to accelerate. “We look at the mom ...

Is venture debt right for your business?

Debt has always been a critical component of the funding stack for private equity backed companies. While venture capital backed companies typically have a senior debt facility (often unused), and may also use debt for bridge financing, the strategic potential of debt financing is generally underap ...

Canadian venture capital sufficiency study: Key takeaways

Canada ranks third in absolute venture capital (VC) dollars invested, but businesses that rely exclusively on U.S. and other foreign funding in their Series A round raise more money than Canadian-financed firms, according to a study from the University of Toronto's Impact Centre. ...

Domino’s Pizza CEO taunts venture funded food delivery services

Domino’s Pizza (Domino’s Pizza Stock Quote, Chart, News NYSE:DPZ) missed estimates for its third quarter revenue and earnings but the world’s largest pizza chain will be fine in the long run, says CEO Ritch Allison, who thinks that the venture capital money propping up delivery companies like ...

Largest ever Canadian venture deal worth $515 million secured by Newfoundland software company

Verafin, a Newfoundland-based financial crime management software company, recently completed a CA$515 million financing transaction, the largest venture funding deal in Canadian history. ...

Reflections on my first year as GP (and six years in VC!)

The first week of September is my VC anniversary. This milestone is always a great forcing function to reflect on the past year, my contributions to the startup community, as well as my overall goals. I’ve now been in VC for six full years, and I’ve written reflections dating back to 2013 when ...

The Version One Promise to Founders

The venture capital market has become very noisy over the past few years, especially on the early-stage side. Not a day goes by that a new fund isn’t being announced. Entrepreneurs have an increasing amount of financing options – that’s good news, but it also makes it harder to choose the rig ...

My journey of finding a coach so far…

Inspired by Bill Campbell’s influence and having seen firsthand how our founders and CEOs have grown as a result of having an executive coach, I recently put out a call on Twitter for recommendations for coaches. I received a ton of recommendations (happy to share if you ping me) – thank yo ...

Charting return multiples over time

Last week I blogged about the return multiples for our Fund I and how they perfectly illustrate just how much the power law drives VC return. Alex Norman from AngelList asked how these return multiples have changed over time and what insights could be won from that data. It was a great question and ...