So you want to start a VC firm?

Earlier this year, a few venture Limited Partners and I were comparing notes around the dramatic spike in seed VC (or Micro-VC as they often are referred to) firms we observed in 2014 and 2015. Below is a table illustrating the growth of the sub-sector. . The general consensus within the group was that the Micro-VC market was saturated and an expectation that we would start seeing definitive signs of consolidation of active Micro-VC firms...

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Why the Micro-VC surge will drive innovation across the US

The following was co-authored by Ezra Galston of Chicago Ventures (@ezramogee) and Samir Kaji (@samirkaji) of First Republic Bank. Please follow me samir kaji on Twitter and Medium for my thoughts on the world of venture capital. Over the last several years much has been made of the opportunity, or perceived lack thereof in technology centers outside of the Bay Area and NYC. From Steve Case’s Rise of The Rest Tour, to Google for...

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#LongLA – LA Venture is underrated

#LongLA – LA Venture is underrated

Follow me @samirkaji for my always random, sometimes relevant thoughts on the world of venture investing and startup (the below is a repost from an article I posted on CB Insights) When ranking US startup hubs, it’s widely accepted that New York City stands out clearly as the largest venture ecosystem outside of Silicon Valley. Startup formation and funding data seems to confirm this notion as the area consistently ranks as the...

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The Micro-VC surge just won’t stop

  Follow me @samirkaji for my always random, sometimes relevant thoughts on the world of venture investing and startups. Although I spend most of my days closely tracking the emerging venture capital market, I almost fell of my chair when I came across a report from Prequin that noted that nearly 500 first time Micro-VC funds were currently in the market (the vast majority being US based). Micro-VC slowdown does't appear to be...

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Venture Observations 2016 — Tweetstorm version

Follow me @samirkaji for my always random, sometimes relevant thoughts on the world of venture investing and startups. As we move closer to Labor Day (amazing how quickly this year has gone), I wanted to share a few observations we’ve seen within the world of venture. I may expand on a few later, but in the interest of time and ease of digestion, I’ve listed my thoughts tweetstorm style below— Yes, I may have hit >140 characters on a...

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The different types of Seed VC’s

Please follow me @samir kaji for my random and occasionally relevant thoughts on venture capital and technology. Stemming from the venture pullback that started in late 2015, it’s been one of the toughest years in recent times for companies seeking seed capital from VC’s this year.  The good news for companies seeking seed venture funding is that with the with a record number of new institutional seed funds and what appears to be shaping...

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Venture Capital’s diversity problem is being solved by Micro-VC’s

Venture Capital’s diversity problem is being solved by Micro-VC’s

Follow me @samirkaji for my random, sometimes relevant thoughts about venture capital As expected, when Cyan Banister joined Founders Fund in March of this year, most of the headlines focused on the firm bringing on its first female partner. Although the emphasis probably should have been focused on the firm bringing aboard a tremendous talent who will invariably play a big role in delivering value to the firm, I realize that driving...

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The Micro-VC crunch?

Follow me @samirkaji for my always random, sometimes relevant thoughts on the world of venture investing and startups The escalating difficulty of raising Series A capital in recent years has forced many companies to have to raise multiple seed rounds. Terms like pre-seed, seed, post-seed, and seed extensions are commonplace lexicon in early stage financing. Fortunately for companies going through the multiple seed round path, this...

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Investor intros – Get rid of the buzzwords!

Investor intros – Get rid of the buzzwords!

As I’ve written about in the past, entrepreneurs can significantly increase their chances of getting funded by mastering skills as rudimentary as writing emails to potential investors. In hindsight, I failed to highlight the importance of entrepreneurs being able to effectively narrate what their company actually does. While admittedly this falls into the category of “duh, obviously”, I’m still seeing too many talented founders fall into...

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The market reset and Bank Venture Debt

Please follow me @samirkaji for my random, sometimes relevant musings on venture capital. “If one of my companies is taking on venture debt from a bank in today’s market, will they f*ck me by not letting me borrow the money when I need it?” It’s a question that a investor recently posed to me.  While blunt, it’s wasn’t an unreasonable question to ask when the private markets have started to see a marked reset. To be clear, in...

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