What do venture capitalists want? For entrepreneurs in search of funding, this is the perennial question.
Brian Wilcove, partner at Artiman Ventures, an early-stage venture fund in Silicon Valley that invests in companies aiming to disrupt multibillion-dollar markets, seconds this prediction.
Consider Exabeam, a big-data security company that has raised $35 million in financing, including contributions from Aspect Ventures.
“You’ve got to think about users,” says Gouw, who has been investing in security companies for 15 years.
Sean Flynn, managing director of Shasta Ventures – a Silicon Valley firm that makes Series A investments in enterprise software, consumer internet companies and connected hardware devices – gets excited about mobile security, especially with so many employees using their own devices at work.
“We plan to double down on those companies that actually understand that the female healthcare market is a large and expanding market,” Vosmek says.
“People are looking to alternative pathways to get to school and to get that four-year degree, but they’re also looking for alternative ways to get the type of education they need in order to get the kind of jobs they want,” says William Crowder of Comcast Ventures‘ Catalyst Fund, the telecom giant’s $20 million New York-based venture fund for early-stage tech startups led by minority entrepreneurs.