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50 questions: Where do VCs get their money from

By on December 1, 2010

Together with Nic Brisbourne of The Equity Kicker / DFJ Esprit, I am writing a series of 50 questions you should ask when raising venture capital. We expect the series to run for a year, after which we will collate the answers into a book. We view this as a collaboration, so please comment to help make this series even more useful.


This week, Nic answers the question “Where do VCs get their money from?

In case you felt that VCs don’t understand how hard it is to be a start-up entrepreneur raising money, consider this: “Many prospective VCs fail to raise a fund entirely, and for most others the process takes 1-2 years.  It isn’t that bad for everyone though – as with startups there are some hot funds at hot periods in the market who get their fund raising completed in a matter of weeks.”

Nic explains the process of raising money, the sources of capital and the nature of Limited Partners in more detail over at The Equity Kicker.

About Nicholas Lovell

Nicholas is the founder of Gamesbrief, a blog dedicated to the business of games. It aims to be informative, authoritative and above all helpful to developers grappling with business strategy. He is the author of a growing list of books about making money in the games industry and other digital media, including How to Publish a Game and Design Rules for Free-to-Play Games, and Penguin-published title The Curve: thecurveonline.com