VC 2.0

Question for my book and for a conversation I’m going to have about it this week: How do you think venture capital could operate in more of a Googley/web 2.0/networked way? VCs like Fred Wilson have already made the industry far more open than it used to be with their blogs, which have also extended their networks. So what’s next? What are new ways you’d like to see to invest in and start companies? (As always, thanks!)

  • I think Fred Wilson just answered this question on his post:

    “…I’ll have qik, twitter, flickr, tumblr, and a host of other services…”

    He really is a “social media monster.”

    Aside from VCs engaging in social media, I find VenCorps’ crowd-sourcing VC funding move very interesting:

  • More “Googley”…??? Well, the astounding thing about developing code inside of Google is the amazingly robust infrastructure and a library of existing components that allows you to focus on your “unique added value” without having to spend tremendous amounts of time duplicating what others have done. In most development projects, the “unique added value” represents only a tiny portion of the entire coding effort. The story is much the same with many interpretations of what “Web 2.0” means. The idea is you take existing components, accessed over a network, and then compose something new once you’ve added in some unique added value component.

    Today, VC’s provide money, contacts, and business advice. Perhaps they should provide access to platforms and components as well. That would be more like it works inside Google.

    bob wyman

  • Hi Jeff,

    I think Saul Klein is going a long way to ‘googlify’ VC with his SeedCamp project. Its an open call for project, and a programme of support to take early stage ideas forward in more ways than just funding. Its a fantastic project, and a model for others trying to reinvent the role of VC:


  • How about micro-payment VCs. Well, not micro- really. But VCs that aggregate from a large number of individuals investing in small amounts, and mixing their expertise with the wisdom of that crowd to decide how to invest the $$$. They could ask their small investors, “Should we do A or B or C with this fund, etc.”.

    Also, more transparency means better quality of investing, learning from the people receiving the money — more ability to understand what one kind of money means vs. another.

  • Jim Goodlett
  • VC’s should start helping companies be successful even BEFORE they make an investment. Where are the VCs trying to help Path 101 make the connections it needs so that we’re venture worthy when the time comes? Hmm… I need to write a post about this.

  • the VC world is a little like the art world, or maybe hollywood, in its insularity and (often) narrow mindedness. but while openness and democracy are great, i think i’ll miss having easy targets like these to piss on. don’t get rid of all the bad guys, jeff.

  • Roberto Bonanzinga


    I think there are many ways for VCs to operate in a more Googley/web 2.0/networked world. For example to me a big component of it is about “discovery” of ideas, technologies, business models, people etc.


  • I can’t remember who posted the idea, but someone mentioned that it would be nice to see a VC funding mechanism that was similar to Amazon’s cloud computing. I doubt that this will happen anytime soon.

  • i second the comment about saul klein. we need more people like saul and paul graham. they are democratizing VC.