Category Archives: Funding

Why startups fail, according to their founders

Why startups fail, according to their founders The top reason? They make products no one wants. When the founder of a startup company shuts down her or his business, it’s customary to pen an essay that tells the rest of the community what went wrong. Call it a failure post-mortem. Nine out of 10 startups…
Read more

Not Just Uber and Airbnb: Early-Stage Valuations Rising Too

Not Just Uber and Airbnb: Early-Stage Valuations Rising Too High-priced later-stage deals for companies such as Uber Technologies and Airbnb aredriving up venture capital valuations, but earlier rounds are seeing the effects as well. A new report from data provider Pitchbook Data says that the median pre-money valuation of Series A rounds globally in the…
Read more

The challenges of rapid growth

How vendors riding the latest wave often lose out to local competitors Congratulations! You’ve made the big time. You are riding this great new tech wave. The Board is happy with your rapid growth. Competitors are trailing in your wake. Is this your perfect scenario? Often, CEOs looking back at this period recognize that this…
Read more

What did $B Companies Look Like at the Series A?

What did $B Companies Look Like at the Series A? There is a lot of coverage of the companies that have reached valuations of over a billion dollars. Many of these companies were not always fast growing businesses. At Shasta Ventures, we focus on investing at the early stage, so we studied 32 high value…
Read more