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…)

8 Takeaways in 8 Graphics from a Historic 2018 for Venture Capital

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Maryam Haque

Now that you’ve had the weekend to digest the 4Q 2018 PitchBook-NVCA Venture Monitor released last week, it’s time to dive into more trends! NVCA President & CEO, Bobby Franklin, reviewed some of the big takeaways from 2018 in his VentureBeat article over the weekend. This blog post builds on those trends and themes with data and charts from the Venture Monitor, highlighting what we think are the eight most notable ones.

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Spotlight on Rising Stars in VC: Jill Raderstorf

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Jill Raderstorf

Note from NVCA: As part of NVCA’s VentureForward initiative, this ‘Spotlight on Rising Stars in VC’ blog series showcases individuals in the venture industry from different backgrounds and across the workforce to share experiences, spotlight their journeys and successes, and educate the next generation of people considering a career in venture capital.

Stay up to date on the latest VentureForward news, resources, and releases here. Contact ventureforward@nvca.org to learn more and get involved. (more…)

Should VCs Care What the Government Considers “Emerging Technology”?

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Jeff Farrah

TL; DR: YES.

Okay, for those of you still with me: I’ve previously written about foreign investment scrutiny and its impact on the venture and startup ecosystem, including how the legislative process played out, how the new pilot program rules impact VCs, and what to expect next.  In a nutshell, earlier this year Congress greatly expanded the authority of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS) to examine foreign investment deals for national security implications.  Through the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA), Congress gave CFIUS the authority to review minority, non-controlling investments by a foreign person into U.S. critical technology companies. (more…)