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The “VC Funnel”1


I saw this image in my twitter feed this morning: Which led me to this CB Insights post from last October. You can scroll down to the bottom of that CB Insights post to see how they came up with this data. There are two things about this chart that I would like to talk about: 1/ Getting VC/angel funding is hard, but even if you do secure it once (1st round), the probability that you will secure it again is only 50-70%, and the probability that you will secure it five more times is between 0-5%. That is what CB Insights calls the “VC Funnel.” Before you jump to conclusions, there are many reasons why a company would not raise a second round, a third round, etc. It could close down, which is probably the main reason companies don’t raise a 2nd round, but it could also sell or get profitable or ICO or go public, which is probably the main reason a company raises a 5th round but not a 6th round. 2/ The NY Metro area is the easiest place to raise capital that CB Insights surveyed. That may surprise people, but it does not surprise me. NYC is home to wall street and a lot of money. If raising money is what you want to do, there is no better place to do it apparently. I am not a fan of investing in companies that need a lot of money to be honest. But if that describes your company, you might want to do it in NYC. http://avc.com/2018/02/the-vc-funnel/

The “VC Funnel”1


I saw this image in my twitter feed this morning: Which led me to this CB Insights post from last October. You can scroll down to the bottom of that CB Insights post to see how they came up with this data. There are two things about this chart that I would like to talk about: 1/ Getting VC/angel funding is hard, but even if you do secure it once (1st round), the probability that you will secure it again is only 50-70%, and the probability that you will secure it five more times is between 0-5%. That is what CB Insights calls the “VC Funnel.” Before you jump to conclusions, there are many reasons why a company would not raise a second round, a third round, etc. It could close down, which is probably the main reason companies don’t raise a 2nd round, but it could also sell or get profitable or ICO or go public, which is probably the main reason a company raises a 5th round but not a 6th round. 2/ The NY Metro area is the easiest place to raise capital that CB Insights surveyed. That may surprise people, but it does not surprise me. NYC is home to wall street and a lot of money. If raising money is what you want to do, there is no better place to do it apparently. I am not a fan of investing in companies that need a lot of money to be honest. But if that describes your company, you might want to do it in NYC. http://avc.com/2018/02/the-vc-funnel/

The “VC Funnel”1


I saw this image in my twitter feed this morning: Which led me to this CB Insights post from last October. You can scroll down to the bottom of that CB Insights post to see how they came up with this data. There are two things about this chart that I would like to talk about: 1/ Getting VC/angel funding is hard, but even if you do secure it once (1st round), the probability that you will secure it again is only 50-70%, and the probability that you will secure it five more times is between 0-5%. That is what CB Insights calls the “VC Funnel.” Before you jump to conclusions, there are many reasons why a company would not raise a second round, a third round, etc. It could close down, which is probably the main reason companies don’t raise a 2nd round, but it could also sell or get profitable or ICO or go public, which is probably the main reason a company raises a 5th round but not a 6th round. 2/ The NY Metro area is the easiest place to raise capital that CB Insights surveyed. That may surprise people, but it does not surprise me. NYC is home to wall street and a lot of money. If raising money is what you want to do, there is no better place to do it apparently. I am not a fan of investing in companies that need a lot of money to be honest. But if that describes your company, you might want to do it in NYC. http://avc.com/2018/02/the-vc-funnel/

The “VC Funnel”


I saw this image in my twitter feed this morning: Which led me to this CB Insights post from last October. You can scroll down to the bottom of that CB Insights post to see how they came up with this data. There are two things about this chart that I would like to talk about: 1/ Getting VC/angel funding is hard, but even if you do secure it once (1st round), the probability that you will secure it again is only 50-70%, and the probability that you will secure it five more times is between 0-5%. That is what CB Insights calls the “VC Funnel.” Before you jump to conclusions, there are many reasons why a company would not raise a second round, a third round, etc. It could close down, which is probably the main reason companies don’t raise a 2nd round, but it could also sell or get profitable or ICO or go public, which is probably the main reason a company raises a 5th round but not a 6th round. 2/ The NY Metro area is the easiest place to raise capital that CB Insights surveyed. That may surprise people, but it does not surprise me. NYC is home to wall street and a lot of money. If raising money is what you want to do, there is no better place to do it apparently. I am not a fan of investing in companies that need a lot of money to be honest. But if that describes your company, you might want to do it in NYC. http://avc.com/2018/02/the-vc-funnel/

Optimizing for synthesis and reflection over reading and listening


Our lives right now are built around consumption. Media companies have somehow convinced us that there are few things that matter more than staying up to date. So, we get free newsletters with stunning content and, generally, a link to subscribe to get more. Media personalities (including venture capitalists and star entrepreneurs) all have podcasts and blogs for us to listen to. Many of this stuff is actually interesting. There are more “summits” about various topics with lists of YouTube videos to watch than ever before. So, naturally, we have more of us walking around wishing we had time to read, listen and watch all this content. And, aside from the fact that “catching up” is a fool’s errand (it is impossible), we are better served by doing less consumption and more creation. Creation contributes more to learning and happiness than consumption. How do we that? Pick the best long article, podcast or video and, instead of moving to the next one, substitute that time with time for synthesis. Feel free to take notes during the process. However, these notes are only useful if we take the time to synthesize them afterward. Good synthesis, in turn, requires time to reflect. And, if it is all too hard to resist the temptation of clicking on the next article or video, shut off the internet and get hold of a book on a topic you like. Then, repeat the above process. We don’t learn effectively when we consume. We learn when we synthesize and reflect. In the age of consumption, it is worth reminding ourselves that more is not better. Better is better. Share this: Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Like this: Like Loading... Related https://alearningaday.com/2018/02/12/optimizing-for-synthesis-and-reflection-over-reading-and-listening/