Venture Capital Hacks

From the investors

Venture capital is more Art than a Science. The number one takeaway of the VC unlocked investors training program was that there are tons of different paths to becoming a successful investor. The five of the top takeaways that came out of an intensive two-week course run by 500 Startups in partnership with Stanford center for professional development:

Elizabeth Kraus of MergeLane compiles a list of questions startups and investors should answer before agreeing to a valuation in a equity round or a convertible debt valuation cap:

Fred Wilson says the first 2.5 billion smartphones brought us Instagram, Snapchat, Uber, Whatsapp, Kik, Venmo, Duolingo, and most importantly, drove the big web apps to build world class mobile apps and move their userbases from web to mobile.But the next 2.5bn people to adopt smartphones may turn out to be a different story:

Alida Miranda-Wolff of Hyde Park Angels highlights the top findings from the Halo Report’s data analysis of angel investment trends:

Exits

GM buys self-driving car kit startup cruise for approximatley $ 1 Billion, plans to use tech to make driverless cars:

New Funds

Accel Partners raises fresh $2 billion — $500 million early statge fund and $1.5 billion growth fund:

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