2015 at Avalon Ventures: Our Year in Review

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January is already flying by, but over at Avalon, we wanted to take a moment to sit back and reflect on 2015. It was an exciting year for us across our biotech and high tech practices, from coast to coast. Here are…  Read More

4 Key Insights from 20+ Years as a VC

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Note: The full article on this topic first appeared on FastCompany. You can read it here.    I’ve been in a uniquely exciting position throughout my 20+ years as an operator and VC to help develop the future of technology…  Read More

Predicting the Future Through Thesis-Driven Investing

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Note: The full article on this topic first appeared on VentureBeat. You can read it here.   At Avalon Ventures, we’re committed to our three-pronged investment strategy, which has led to repeated success year after year. While some may define…  Read More

Our Investment in Redbooth: Helping the Enterprise #Worksmarter

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“Unlike the ugly UI and expense typical of enterprise software, Redbooth is simple, beautiful and affordable. It’s easy easy to use, easy to understand, cheerful and economical. Truly the next generation of collaboration software.” – Rich Levandov Redbooth is a…  Read More

Our Investment in Skycatch and the Future of UAVs

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“The most exciting part about Skycatch is the worlds largest companies in construction, mining, agriculture, energy and oil and gas trust Skycatch and their technologies to optimize their workflows and provide unique and actionable data on a daily basis.” –…  Read More

Avalon’s Continued Investment in Kinvey

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Yesterday our portfolio company Kinvey announced their Series B raise. Our decision to continue to invest was simple. With uncanny accuracy, Kinvey has constantly predicted the features, timing and pace of needs of enterprise clients to accelerate their support of…  Read More

Inside Our Investment In Sidecar

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“Every successful company needs exceptional people, product and money, with the continuation of the Sidecar funding and the addition of some exceptional new investors, we are going to rock this trillion dollar market.” Rich Levandov Often in the startup world,…  Read More

Three traits VCs Value in the founding team

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  Kevin Kinsella, founder of Avalon Ventures, along with other VCs of respective firms, recently shared traits they believed to be vital to successful founding teams. Although the VCs came from different firms, all put an emphasis on the importance…  Read More

What VCs Can Do Better When An Opportunity Isn’t Right

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There are several conversations currently on what VCs could do better in our relationships with future and current founders. Brad Feld posted about an entrepreneur’s frustration with a VC’s conflicting actions before, and then during, fundraising. Bijan Sabet challenged that…  Read More

Defining Early Stage Investing

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Avalon Ventures is a seed and early stage technology-focused venture fund with an emphasis on information technology and life sciences.  Quite often we are asked to define our early stage investment focus. There is no one-size-fits-all definition of what “early…  Read More