All-star VC panel & 9 startup pitches @ Capital Factory during SxSW March 8th

All-star VC panel & 9 startup pitches @ Capital Factory during SxSW March 8th

What: VC Panel moderated by Andrew Romans & 9 highly vetted bullet startup pitches judged by Georgetown Angels and 30 VCs When: Saturday, March 8, 2014 from noon – 3 pm during SxSW Where: Capital Factory, 701 Brazos Street, Suite 1601, Austin, TX 78701 Register: Eventbrite (You MUST be registered and on the list to get in the door. Accredited investors are invited to attend our Accredited Investor Only event to hear and meet top 3 winning startups on Monday, March 10th at our event with a fireside chat with Dave McClure of 500Startups. Investors welcome to register for Monday’s March 10th Investor Event here.) VC Panel moderated by Andrew Romans Twitter: @romansventures David BlumbergBlumberg Capital Alex Niehenke Scale Venture Partners Bryan StolleMohr Davidow Ventures Tom SperryRogue Venture Partners Krishna SrinivasanLiveOak Venture Partners                         The Startups: The participating startups are backed by top VCs and angels, including ff Venture Capital, Founders Fund, 500 Startups, Red Sea Ventures, Richard Branson, Ashton Kutcher, Dave McClure, Bitcoin Opportunity Fund and others. (All company names will be hidden until the event kicks off) Startup 1 Only mobile music service that lets the user rent and buy songs in partnership with some of the world’s largest Telcos and brands including Telefonica, Samsung and Vodafone. Startup 2 The leading service allowing merchants to accept payments in Bitcoin and other virtual currencies. Startup 3 Brings highly relevant deals and ads to mobile device home screens. Partnership with leading Telcos. Companies get exposure and users make real money viewing ads. Startup 4 Leading US-based exchange for trading Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies....

European Book Tour & VC Roundtable Events

I am now planning my European VC Roundtable & Book Tour and am seeking law firms, accelerators or large corporates that can host these events as well as cash sponsors and media partners that can help promote the events. I’m also seeking sponsors for my small VIP dinners in each of the European cities listed below. I have already organized VC Roundtable events in most of these cities in 2009 and 2010 and I know most of the active VCs and many relevant folks and expect 100 to 200 participants for each event. The format of the events is a lot of networking with 1 hour of content. If you have a venue that can accommodate at least 70 seated participants or if you would like to be a cash sponsor for one of our events please contact me at romansventures@gmail.com or +1.650.475.6877. Also send me any ideas of how to promote the events with local media partners such as via StartupDigest or any other relevant email lists that reach local entrepreneurs, angels and VCs. I am now planning events in April, May and June in the following cities: London (I’m open to adding Oxford and Cambridge if someone can help organize) Dublin Paris Amsterdam Stockholm Copenhagen Berlin Moscow Saint Petersburg VIP DINNERS I am also organizing a VIP dinner in each city the night before or after each book tour event with 10 to 20 VIPs that are very successful entrepreneurs, angel investors, VCs, head of M&A at big balance sheet buyers, family office execs or other investors in VC funds. I am seeking a wealth manager or...
The German Venture Capital Scene – league tables of most active German VCs – part of my European VC blog series

The German Venture Capital Scene – league tables of most active German VCs – part of my European VC blog series

Germany is the third largest market for venture capital in Europe after the UK and France. If you accept Scandinavia as one unified market then Germany comes in fourth place. Germany is the most populous and richest country in Europe and has the potential to move into number two or even number one position in Europe. Bolt on the German language speakers in Austria and Switzerland and you’ve got the workhorse of Europe with a solid GDP per capita. Germans are obsessed with education and advanced degrees. The result is more registered patents per capita than any other country in Europe. The concentration of patents per German in the Munich area is 7x the national average. Traditionally, Germans are risk averse, not a perfect fit for entrepreneurship, but that accurate stereotype is fading quickly. Peter Thiel is one of my heroes, founder of PayPal, VC at The Founders Fund, early investor and board member of Facebook. Speaking at the German Silicon Valley Accelerator launch, he asserted that, historically, German companies sell early rather than stay the course to build a big stand-alone business. Any good company will receive offers to sell from time to time. Germans tend to take the money and move on, where American counterparts soldier on and sell later. Peter’s point is such early selling is inconsistent with the investment thesis of venture capital. He states that his fund, The Founders Fund, wants to invest in companies that can achieve a $500m or $1bn+ exit. Such exits pay venture returns and make up for the failures. Germans often sell at $10m, $30m or $85m. When discussing...

Free M&A chapter from my book “Which Way to the Exit?”

Please download a free copy of chapter 8 “Which Way to the Exit?” from my book – THE ENTREPRENEURIAL BIBLE TO VENTURE CAPITAL: Inside Secrets from the Leaders in the Startup Game (McGraw Hill 2013 hardcover & all e-book formats) Contributors to this chapter include: Gary Johnson, director of corporate development, Facebook Jackie Reses, executive vice president of people and development at Yahoo! (interestingly in charge of both M&A and HR) Parag Patel, Vice-President of Worldwide Sales, Software-Defined Storage at VMware formally VP of global strategic alliances at VMware Dave Berkus, author and business angel Nic Brisbourne, partner at Forward Ventures, former partner at DFJ-Esprit Russ Fradin, CEO and cofounder of Dynamic Signal and former CEO and cofounder of Adify sold for $300m Antoine Papiernik, partner at Sofinnova Partners Benjamin D. Kern, partner at McGuireWoods Additional contributions from directors of corporate development from some of the most acquisitive companies in Silicon Valley I’ll start you off here with my opening to the chapter: “WHICH WAY TO THE EXIT? “I made most of my money selling too early.” – J.P. Morgan M&A IS THE MOST LIKELY POSITIVE OUTCOME FOR MOST ENTREPRENEURS Merger and acquisition (M&A) is the most likely positive outcome for most angel- or VC-backed technology startups and therefore worth understanding from the first moment you begin to conceive your new venture or as you move along the journey to exit. For acquirers M&A is about a lot of things. Is a dollar spent on acquisitive growth better than a dollar spent on organic growth? M&A is about revenue growth, innovation, augmenting the DNA of your employees and core leadership...

Free Invitation to SVB VC Book Tour Event w/ Free Copy of my Book & Oktoberfest-themed Food & Beer

Silicon Valley Bank invites you to join fellow tech entrepreneurs and investors for a unique event in the heart of Silicon Valley at a brewery in San Carlos, California with Andrew Romans, General Partner/Co-Chairman of Georgetown Angels and author of the recently published The Entrepreneurial Bible To Venture Capital: Inside Secrets from the Leaders in the Startup Game Tuesday afternoon, October 22, 2013. This event is free to attend and each delegate will receive a free copy of the book. This invitation is non-transferrable and the event is for SVB clients only. SVB clients may register here. Contact SVB for a password to register: Lia Seth at lseth@svb.com or (650) 320-1211. The Huffington Post recently called this book “the most important book to be written for entrepreneurs since the Eric Ries classic The Lean Startup.” Andrew will be discussing three short stories from his book as well as moderating a panel of renowned investors and guests: Pitch Johnson, founder of Asset Management Ventures & Draper & Johnson Gary Johnson, director of corporate development at Facebook (link to market cap of FB) Katherine Barr general partner of Mohr Davidow Ventures Steve Goldberg Partner of Venrock Peter Nieh, partner of Lightspeed Ventures We hope you can join us for an Oktoberfest-themed afternoon of lively conversations and refreshing beer with the elite of Silicon Valley. 4:00 p.m. Networking 4:30 p.m. VC Panel Discussion 5:15 p.m. Andrew Romans Book Discussion 5:45 p.m. Networking For information on events open to the general public visit: http://andrewromans.eventbrite.com/. We will organize an event in San Francisco that will be open to the general...

Great Advice for Entrepreneurs in the book Confessions From Entrepreneurs by Ash Kumra, Howard Leonhardt, Brad Feld, Dave Berkus and others

I just bought and started reading this cool book written by a group of successful entrepreneurs and VCs including Howard Leonhardt, Brad Feld, Dave Berkus and other greats. Twitter: @RomansVentures Confessions from an Entrepreneur (Volume 1) The book is priced at $4.99 USD; so you can’t go wrong. I am pushing McGraw Hill, my editor, to lower the price of my book and hitting a brick wall there. Self publishing has its advantages! BTW, I just checked Amazon and the price of my book seems to drop over the weekend and late at night. I guess Amazon’s algorithms are like airlines knowing when customers are price sensitive and not. Here are some nuggets emailed to me from my friend Howard Leonhard (@howardleonhardt), one of the co-authors. • All businesses must be customer-centric. • Improve your company, product, and service a little bit everyday. Driven primarily by customer input. • Start selling and marketing from day one. Sell your idea to everyone all the time. • It is all about building a bandwagon of supporters, often one by one. Your network of supporters IS your company. • Marketing is everything. • Preach to the choir! • Reward excellent failures and punish mediocre successes. Nothing will drag a company down deeper than a culture of rewarding mediocre successes. Innovation that drives breakout companies does not come from the safe path. • Make a list of things to get done and get them done. • Keep things simple. • Strategic plan should be DOING things day one to serve customers or future customers not talking about it or planning for it. •...