How to email a VC

How to email a VC

ShareVCs receive so many emails that it is frustrating to open an email and not see enough information to understand if this merits a phone call or meeting. It is VERY frustrating if the email I receive requires me to reply asking questions to get more information to made the decision if I should take a meeting or a phone call. The worst of all is if I receive an email with not enough info, I then email back asking what stage they are at with revs, expenses, past funding history and the current round and I can see they are holding back info and this is already pulling teeth…I save myself more time and just pass. That is time I can never get back and it’s frustrating. For example, every day I receive emails from entrepreneurs or some kind of advisor saying “Hi Andrew, I have a great startup and we will be in Silicon Valley on the following dates. Can we buy you a cup of coffee and meet with you for 30 minutes?” If they don’t know any better I should not be upset, but this is horrible! They have not told me what stage the company is at or maybe they send me a deck that is all vision for the future and I don’t know the basics to know if this is a possible fit with our fund strategy or not. Keep in mind, I get more emails than I can open. Saying “no” to a meeting or conference call provides me with more time to open these emails. I also do a lot...
Free Chapter 1 from my book “Masters of Corporate Venture Capital”

Free Chapter 1 from my book “Masters of Corporate Venture Capital”

SharePlease download Chapter 1 of my book Masters of Corporate Venture Capital – Chapter 1 – Andrew Romans and feel free to share on Linkedin, FB, Twitter, print, republish or use any way you like. Please also be invited to our events and workshops on corporate venture capital (CVC) and other VC and startup related topics. http://rubicon.vc/our-events/ Upcoming events: London, June 27, 2017 https://FamilyOfficeLondon.eventbrite.com – London family office event London, June 28, 2017 https://CVCseminar.eventbrite.com – London half day CVC seminar Paris, June 29, 2017 https://ParisCVC.eventbrite.com – Paris half day CVC seminar Tokyo, Osaka, Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Chongqing, Dubai and Istanbul coming this fall. Please get in touch if you want to host or sponsor a CVC or VC event with us. info@rubicon.vc Please also download a free copy of chapter 8 “Which Way to the Exit?” from my first book – THE ENTREPRENEURIAL BIBLE TO VENTURE CAPITAL: Inside Secrets from the Leaders in the Startup Game (McGraw Hill 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...
Rubicon Venture Capital Hosts Corporate Venture Capital (CVC) Seminars in London and Paris

Rubicon Venture Capital Hosts Corporate Venture Capital (CVC) Seminars in London and Paris

ShareCorporate Venture Capital (CVC) has doubled in size since 2012 and now participates in over 20% of all VC financings London, June 27 – 29, 2017 – Rubicon Venture Capital, a leading venture capital firm with offices in Silicon Valley and New York City, will host half-day seminars on the topic of Corporate Venture Capital (CVC) in London on June 28 and in Paris on June 29, 2017 as well as an evening VC panel and networking event in London June 27, 2017. The CVC sessions will be led by Andrew Romans, author of the leading book on CVC – Masters of Corporate Venture Capital. Romans conducted over 100 interviews with leading CVCs such as Intel Capital, Qualcomm Ventures, Salesforce Ventures, Motorola Ventures, Microsoft Ventures, Cisco, IBM and many others in the US, Europe and Asia. London, June 27, 2017 https://FamilyOfficeLondon.eventbrite.com – VC & family office panel and networking London, June 28, 2017 https://CVCseminar.eventbrite.com – CVC seminar Paris, June 29, 2017 https://ParisCVC.eventbrite.com – CVC seminar The seminars will share wisdom from this research as well as Romans’ personal experience of raising over $25m funding from CVCs for his own technology startups as well as co-investing with scores of CVCs as an active venture capitalist. Corporate Venture Capital is becoming increasingly important both as a way of bringing innovation from a global burgeoning landscape of startups into large corporations and conglomerates. In the past innovation occurred in large research and development labs of companies like HP and IBM. Today this is shifting to startups. Large corporations must embrace new technology and adapt their businesses or risk falling behind. More than...
Événement CVC Bpifrance et Rubicon VC à Paris le 29 juin 2017

Événement CVC Bpifrance et Rubicon VC à Paris le 29 juin 2017

Share Andrew Romans, General Partner chez Rubicon Venture Capital, a le plaisir de vous inviter à un workshop dédié au Corporate Venture (CVC). Le 29 Juin 2017 à 13h30, Bpifrance Le Hub (accueil dès 13h15)   https://ParisCVC.eventbrite.com Andrew Romans, l’auteur du premier livre sur le CVC, et General Partner chez Rubicon Venture Capital, fameux fonds de capital-risque basé à San Francisco et à New York, mènera un workshop entouré d’experts du sujet et partagera sa longue expérience avec des entrepreneurs français. Cette demi-journée sera l’occasion de dévoiler les principaux enseignements issus de plus de 100 entretiens menés auprès des principaux CVC aux États-Unis, en Europe et en Asie. Programme: 13h 15 : Accueil du public 13h30 : Welcoming Words par Cécile Brosset, Directrice, Bpifrance Le Hub 13h40 : Chiffres clés et best practices par Andrew Romans, General Partner,Rubicon Venture Capital, suivi d’un Q&A 14h45 : Terms Sheet Terms and Deal Execution par Neil Foster, Partner,Baker Botts LLP 15h30 : Etudes de cas 16h00 : Panel : o Frederic Rombaut, ex-Head of Corporate Development & Investments, Cisco, ex-founder & Head of Qualcomm Ventures Europe o Guillaume Dupont, Parter, CapHorn Invest o Yann Marteil, CEO, Via ID o Yann Kandelman ou Pierre Louette, Orange Digital Ventures o François-Xavier Meyer, Investment Director, SEB Alliance (Fonds venture du Groupe SEB) o Lionel Baraban, CEO, FAMOCO • 16h45 : Cocktail – networking Adresse : 6, boulevard Haussmann / Paris 9e Métro : Richelieu-Drouot / Lignes 8 et 9 Merci de confirmer votre présence auprès de : Théophile Simon / theophile.simon@gmail.com / +33 6 31 22 75 98   https://ParisCVC.eventbrite.com...
VCs & Entrepreneurs in China: my experience

VCs & Entrepreneurs in China: my experience

ShareWow! I had an amazing experience in China as an American VC. I made a photobucket photo file which I understand can be viewed in China. Please check it out and the captions. That’s my blog post this time – the comments / captions of the photos. Forget this blog post and check out this link here! http://s613.photobucket.com/user/Andrew_Romans/library/ China is a huge opportunity for every entrepreneur and VC. To ignore it would be insanity. They have a totally different way of thinking which works well. I look forward to working with all of you 🙂 And I look forward to helping our portfolio companies take off in China. Get my blog story here: http://s613.photobucket.com/user/Andrew_Romans/library/ Basically most of our companies should be manufacturing or making software in China. Those those that do not want to do that should probably be selling their products and services in China. I view it as my job as the VC to help our portfolio companies do both with safe partners they can trust. We are ready to be the fiber optic cable and help our companies be successful in China quickly. This is a game of speed and trust. Andrew...