29: The money raised by a VC fund from limited partners must be invested in its entirety during the first year of the fund’s existence.
30: A venture capitalist may work backwards to value an early stage venture. She starts with the objective of earning 10x on the capital investment. It then becomes necessary to find out how the company will achieve a valuation at IPO consistent with returning 10x to the VC. The factors that must be taken into a account include the size of the market and the ability of the founders to control a significant part of this market while maintaining high gross margins.