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A venture capitalist (VC) is a person who provides equity financing to companies with high growth
potential. The money that a venture capitalist invests in a company is called venture capital. Venture
capital firms are often limited partnerships that comprise a few venture capitalists. Each venture capital
firm manages a venture fund, which is often comprised of a large pool of money--anywhere from $25
million to $1 billion--that the firm invests in growth companies. A venture capital fund consisting of
third-party investments can finance enterprises that are too risky for debt financing. Each VC firm
invests in several companies and this group of companies is called the firm’s portfolio companies or
Most VC firms have different kinds of executives: general partners, limited partners, venture partners
and entrepreneurs-in-residence apart from associates and office staff. General partners are the primary
investment professionals in a firm. General partners collaboratively manage the firm’s venture fund.
Limited partners are the individuals who invest in the venture fund. Venture partners bring in deals and
receive income on deals they mark. General partners on the other hand receive income on all deals.
Entrepreneurs in Residence are domain-specific experts who perform due diligence on potential deals.
These individuals are temporarily engaged by VC firms for a short period. Typically, they are expected
to conceptualize startup ideas or move on to a CEO or CTO role at a portfolio company.
Source Of Funding For VCs
Venture capitalists invest in several projects at a time and most of them invest in large projects worth a
few million. Most venture capitalists get their money from various institutional and pension fund
Like other investors, venture capitalists also go through a process of raising funds. They do this by
raising funds from foundations, endowment funds and retirement funds. Venture capitalists then divest
these funds into companies that they think will grow to make a profit. Most VCs try to invest in several
businesses at a time to limit their risk. Venture capitalists look for big returns on their investments and
are usually very selective about the projects in which they invest.
There are several different types of venture capitalists. Some of them like to concentrate on providing
seed money for a new business venture while others prefer to invest in companies that have already
matured and are now in the expansion phase. Venture capitalists are also choosy about the business that
they invest in. Some VCs are specific about investing only in technology companies while others don't
mind investing in varied companies. Venture Capitalists like to remain part of the equation in the
operation of the company business. Some venture capitalists like to know about the other sources of
funding for a company. In many cases, venture capitalists look at the long-term picture and if the
business grows according to the plan, it may receive several rounds of funding. However, business
owners need to account for all the funding during the initial talks with venture capitalists.
Many venture capitalists also like to become involved in the business, providing their experience and
expertise in the industry. This is, in part, because venture capitalists are investing the money of other
people or institutions. To obtain venture capitalist funding business owners need to show a clear
business plan with a clear vision that shows the possibility of the company making a profit.