Venture Capital Model

The New York Times writes about Sevin Rosen’s decision to close down:

The high-risk, high-return venture capital business may have turned into all risk and no return.

That, in a nutshell, is the message that a prominent venture firm delivered yesterday to its investors when it told them that it could not continue to take their money at least not for the time being.

Explaining its decision, Sevin Rosen, which has offices in Dallas and Silicon Valley, said that too much money had flooded the venture business and too many companies were being given financing in every conceivable sector.

Fred Wilson adds:

we need a new approach to the kind of companies we fund and we need a new approach to how we fund them and how we get out of them. I don’t see that as a “broken model”, just a model that we need to tweak. The answers are pretty obvious actually.

We’ve got to raise smaller funds.
We’ve got to do less “hard tech” and more “soft tech”
We’ve got to figure out how to make great returns on $100mm to $250mm exits
We’ve got to limit our IPOs to our very best companies

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