Trailblazers of Venture Capital: Preserving the Rich History of Industry Leaders

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Maryam Haque

NVCA and the Computer History Museum (CHM) co-hosted a special breakfast event last Thursday morning at CHM, where we announced a new partnership between NVCA and CHM and honored and celebrated several trailblazers of venture capital.

Through NVCA’s new partnership with CHM announced last week, a rich set of transcripts of 17 venture industry luminaries that have been compiled over the past fifteen years by NVCA is now available through the new NVCA Oral History Collection at CHM. We’re thrilled to feature these 17 pioneers of the industry in this Collection: (more…)

Building Better: Sierra Ventures & Treasure Data

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Cassie Ann Hodges

Welcome to the NVCA Blog series, Building Better, where we celebrate the dynamic relationship between our VC members and their innovative portfolio companies around the nation. For today’s Building Better, we spoke with Tim Guleri, Managing Director at Sierra Ventures, and with Hiro Yoshikawa, CEO & Co-founder of Treasure Data, a Sierra portfolio company. Learn about their partnership in the Q&A below! (more…)

Building Better: Battery Ventures & Sprinklr

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Cassie Ann Hodges

Welcome to the NVCA Blog series, Building Better, where we celebrate the dynamic relationship between our VC members and their innovative portfolio companies around the nation. For today’s Building Better, we spoke with Neeraj Agrawal, General Partner at Battery Ventures, and with Ragy Thomas, Founder & CEO of Sprinklr, a Battery portfolio company. Learn about their partnership in the Q&A below!

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VCs and Opportunity Zones

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Justin Field

Recently, we had the pleasure of hosting Navin Sethi with Ernst & Young LLP on a webinar to discuss the new Opportunity Zones program created by the recent tax cut law (if you missed it, click here for a recording). Navin frequently counsels wealth and asset management firms on partnership tax matters as well as providing guidance on how Opportunity Zones can apply to venture capital investments. 

The goal of the Opportunity Zones program is to drive more investment in underserved areas. Because venture capital investment is critical to economic growth and opportunity, our intent is to explore how compatible Opportunity Zones are to the startup investment model. This post will build off the great content we got from the webinar, provide a brief overview of the program, and go through some frequently asked questions from NVCA membership. (more…)

VC University: Democratizing Education on Entrepreneurship & Venture Capital

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Maryam Haque

Are you a new or aspiring entrepreneur looking to demystify the world of venture finance?

Are you thinking of starting a venture fund or did you recently take the (scary) plunge to raise a fund?

Are you generally curious about how venture finance works and what it takes to succeed?

Are you interested in learning more about the startup ecosystems and investment opportunities across the U.S. and engaging with investors or entrepreneurs in those markets?

If you answered yes to any of these, then VC University has you covered! (more…)

Immigration Policy Isn’t Working for the Economy. Let’s Fix That.

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Jeff Farrah

Policymakers are constantly looking for ways to boost economic growth. They tweak the tax code, write and rewrite regulations, and deploy a variety of other tools at their disposal. But one underutilized tool is immigration policy; specifically immigration policy that facilitates the creation of new companies, which research shows is the true growth engine of the economy. The best part is it won’t cost the federal government one red cent. (more…)