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Recapping 2017 Southern Venture Capital Deals–$4B+ and Counting
Get a feel for 2017 venture capital deals in the South by looking at this table of recent VC investments in the region this year. See if you still think...
From Code to Culture
You've probably heard there's two types of founders--those who want to be rich, and those who want to be royalty. For technical experts who transform themselves into team builders, from...
42% Of Startups Fail Post Funding For This 1 Reason ->Here’s the Fix
42% of startups fail--after successfully raising a round of funding--for this one reason.
Hard Truths About Founders and the Pain of Failing
There’s lots written about the glory of failing. That’s crap. Winning is more fun. So since that’s true, and since you’re a driven, persistent entrepreneur who runs at cliffs, it can...
Portfolio Firm Aerobo Earns Wings In Billion Dollar Drone Startup Investing Boom
Drone startup portfolio firm Aerobo shares what's creating success as over a billion dollars of new investment pour into the drone startup world.
Founders Pose Smart Questions at Valor’s Fundraising Friday | Capital Factory Austin Edition
A diverse and engaged group of startup founders gathered this morning around breakfast tacos for Valor's Fundraising Friday series at Capital Factory.
The Big Venture Capital Opportunity in 3 Simple Slides
Whether you're a startup or an investor, these three big images show a lot about the trajectory of top entrepreneurs.
Venture capital intern positions available — apply now
Want to learn the venture capital business? Consider a few months as a venture capital intern at Valor. Based in Atlanta, we also offer virtual internships in key startup cities...
3 Things to Know Before Investing in AI
I spoke at VentureBeat's MobileBeat in San Francisco about investing in AI. Here are 3 quick takeaways.
Term Sheet Negotiation – 3 Things To Look For
Term sheet negotiation is tough, but if you focus on these three things, you can align your interests and your investors and come away with a deal you both find...
Artificial Intelligence Investing: Learning ROI and Labor ROI
AI companies have a couple of benefits--in addition to the standard labor ROI you get from adding automation to a manual process, there's the ROI that comes from preserving learning...
Diligencing Bias: How Limited Partners Can Crack VC Firm Culture
After this last week in social media, it's clear the undercurrent of sexual harassment and bias in venture capital is at a tipping point. How do responsible limited partners diligence...
Want Less Bias in Venture Capital? #DecencyPledge Just Won’t Do
A decency pledge, HR policy or safe spin out strategy referral are all lipstick on a pig when it comes to venture capital's gender and minority bias shortcomings. Fortunately, there...
Great founders and the uncomfortable space of “never satisfied”
Great founders live in the uncomfortable space between their bold vision and the feedback of real--and often comfort-seeking--customers.
NVCA Calls Out Valor Among Emerging Managers Pushing VC Forward
This week, our team was honored to be featured by the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) in their article on emerging managers pushing the VC industry forward.
Valor Ventures Answers Questions at 500 Startups
Founders at the 500 Startups Diversity & Inclusion Summit asked Valor Ventures partners Robin Bienfait and Lisa Calhoun questions about first checks in Atlanta.
Venture Capital First Checks Promise Better Returns, Harder Paths
In venture capital, first check writers or seed stage investors promise a premium on performance. As a percentage of capital invested, fewer and fewer VCs are stepping up to that...
Venture capital: go big or go bold?
Get an overview of some of the recent, volatile benchmarks in venture capital investors are paying attention to.
The One Type of Validation Your Startup Needs
There are several types of validation out there for startups--but only a couple move the needle for making you more investable. Here's what you need to know about idea validation,...
Wall Street Journal Underscores Valor’s New Investment in Agtech Leader MyAgData
The average farmer on the MyAgData platform saves $1350/yr in premium, and the average agricultural insurance provider saves $12 million a year. That's not even going into the huge savings...
Reflecting on Startup Runway and Seed Capital for Startups
Startup Runway is making a difference for startups and investors. Here's how you can participate.
Scaling Your Sales Without a CRM
Some companies with a really good list convert 50% of the calls in that first week---would 60 new customers in week one work for you? Try this tech-free SaaS scale...
Hypergrowth Startups: Your First Marketing Hire
Here are some interview questions for a first marketing hire.
When No From a VC is Good News
The investing bar is not just for founders. It's for VCs too. Here's how we measure ourselves against an investment opportunity.
VC vs. Angel Investing
There are six big differences between angel investing and VC to keep in mind. Notice any others?
Southeast Startups: +$50 Billion in 5 Years
Southeast startups have brought in over $50 billion in exits in just the last five years. Take a look at this bar chart to see the trend ahead.
Four Predictions for Artificial Intelligence in 2017
2017 holds a lot of opportunity in artificial intelligence, particularly for investors.
2017 Venture Capital Outlook: Not Your Dad’s VC
The optimism behind "what's next" is driving record levels of investing, record VC fundraising, and stronger exits--like that 30% bump in the median exit size we had last year. The...
The Kind of AI Our Fund is Tracking: 5 examples
It’s poised to be an exciting year in artificial intelligence. Sure, there’s a TON of hype in this space. Last year, artificial intelligence deals topped a billion for the first...
What We’re Hunting In 2017
A quick summary of what we're looking for in 2017 investments.
Artificial Intelligence: Top 10 Priorities from White House Report
Fortunes will be made, and lost, from early investors in artificial intelligence. A whole new tech infrastructure, from chips to code to customers is being restacked. The White House issued...
What’s Real Hypergrowth?
Here's the big difference between fast growth startups and hypergrowth startups.
Top Artificial Intelligence Acquisitions 2016
2016 saw a few dozen acquisitions in artificial intelligence--most in the 100 million and above range and from West Coast major technology brands. In 2017, the pivot will be toward...
Balancing raising money with raising a company
For startups, it's tempting to make raising money the business plan, but here's why you should avoid it and what you should consider instead.
Startup Accounting Gotchas and Good-to-Knows
Startup accounting can free you, instead of frustrate you.
How Investors Hunt Value: Opal Group’s Emerging Manager Summit
Top investors, like endowments, family offices and pension funds, are seeking strong new relationships to drive growth in these low-interest rate environments. Valor was proud to sponsor Opal Group's Emerging...
2017 Business Planning Worksheet
Here's a template startups can use to simplify annual business planning.
3rd Quarter Open Letter
Thanks for following Valor's story. Here are the quarterly highlights.
4 Disruptive Trends in Venture Capital
Deeper data analysis. Greater transparency. The hunt for value is clarifying for sophisticated investors. Are you seeing these 4 big trends touching you?
Learning From Atlanta Acquisitions in the Past 10 Years
In a few hours drive around Atlanta, there's been an exit over $50 million at a rate of almost one per month for the last decade. Take a look at...
What Your Product/Market Fit Answer Really Says About Your Startup
How startups answer the product/market fit question reveals more about their vision than their product/market fit reality.
How Georgia, Tennessee and Florida Fared in 3Q Venture Capital
States by number of 3Q venture capital deals completed, with some frosting in terms of which cities really showed up.
Pitch Insights from Venture Atlanta and Startup Runway
Monday night and Tuesday morning, I got to hear Atlanta entrepreneurs at pitch practice for Venture Atlanta and for Startup Runway. Their pitches often had these four opportunities for easy...
Chatbot or App? Slack’s $80 Million App Fund Says ‘Talk to me’
Instead of creating the "app" for your business, now might be the right time to think about the chatbot. As long as people like hearing ourselves talk, chatbots are going...
What I Learned at the GCM Grosvenor Small & Emerging Manager Conference
For 10 years, the GCM Grosvenor Small and Emerging Manager Conference has helped new talent--like me--connect with institutional investors seeking rising talent and fresh diversification strategies.
Meeting Top Investors at Atlanta’s Startup Runway: Apply by 9/30
Want to meet great professional investors from Chicago, Atlanta, Madison, New York and San Francisco? Apply for Startup Runway by Friday, Sept 30.
Startup Runway’s September Atlanta Pitch
Engaging founders showed up to support and score each other as the pitch series builds to its November 3 showcase.
3 Personas Successful Entrepreneurs Need to Master
To scale rapidly, the successful entrepreneurs to learn to master three very different styles of interaction.
3 Ways Mock Board Meetings Make a Major Difference
At a mock board meeting, advisors sit around a table with co-founders on a set written agenda. Then the magic happens.
How you turn $1 into $10
This entrepreneur found a simple sketch helped free opportunity in his new startup.
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