Blog Entries tagged 'venture capital' Blog Entries tagged 'venture capital' Tue, 14 May 2013 14:25:04 +0100 FeedCreator 1.7.2 Venture capital investments creep upward

It is not exactly happy days here again in the venture capital world.

Sure in 2010 the number of deals rose by 6 percent, to 2,799 over 2009 and the amount of capital invested in those transactions climbed 11 percent to $26.2 billion, according to Dow Jones VentureSource.

However, let's put the numbers into perspective.

In 2009, overall investment slumped 31 percent from 2008. So this year's upward move is from a much lower base.

What's more, the [...] Sun, 23 Jan 2011 23:00:00 +0100 venture capital VC Dow Jones VentureSource Deals Where are VC dollars going?

Venture capital investment may be declining, but not for start-ups. Early stage financings continue to hold the imagination of VC investors, according to a new report out by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA).

The report provides an update on venture capital investing in the third quarter of the year, and put investment activity at $4.8 billion in VC dollars spent on 780 deals over the quarter. This is a pretty significant decline from [...] Thu, 09 Dec 2010 23:00:00 +0100 venture capital Technology Finance Cash Women entrepreneurs showcase their talents

This will be quite a week for women entrepreneurs. Not only is the first-ever gathering of East coast-West coast women entrepreneurs—and potential start-up investors—happening in Silicon Valley, but there are also events worldwide for women—and men—during Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Such events are critical for encouraging women to seek out financing and partnerships for growing their small businesses or business ideas. Wed, 10 Nov 2010 23:00:00 +0100 venture capital startups silicon valley Finance Cash Careers/Management
Venture investments up 10 percent in 2010

Another source of funding for small businesses is coming back.

Venture investors pumped $5.5 billion into 662 deals for US-based companies during the third quarter of 2010, according to Dow Jones VentureSource.  This works out to a 5 percent decline in the value of the investments but a 2 percent increase in the number of deals from the same period last year.

The trends are even more impressive, however, if you look at the data for the first three quarters of the year [...] Sun, 24 Oct 2010 23:00:00 +0100 venture capital seed funding Dow Jones VentureSource Deals Cash angels Venture deals rebounding sharply

Liquidity is clearly improving in the venture capital market, making it easier for investors to cash out their investments.

During the third quarter, there were 111 venture-capital backed company exits, netting $6.4 billion. The number of exits rose by 11 percent while deal volume surged 70 percent compared to the same quarter a year ago, according to Dow Jones VentureSource.

Breaking down the source of deal-making, 102 venture-backed companies exited via a merger, acquisi [...] Thu, 30 Sep 2010 23:00:00 +0100 venture capital private equity mergers and acquisitions M&A; IPO initial public offering Dow Jones VentureSource Deals Innovation may be threatened by declining start-up IPOs

It’s a trend that many may have noticed on some level, but few have actually pointed out. Fewer and fewer start-ups are aiming for an IPO. More and more the goal is to sell out to someone larger, who can move the company to the next level or bolt it onto their existing infrastructure.

However, venture capital available to start-ups and later-stage developments is continuing to grow at a rapi [...] Mon, 13 Sep 2010 23:00:00 +0100 venture capital VantagePoint startup Morgan Stanley Private Equity mergers and acquisitions IPO innovation Deals biztech Corporate VCs make value-destroying deals

Independent venture capital firms aren't the only ones making VC investments. Many corporations also have their own investment operations.  Usually aimed at eventually buying the most promising startups, these entities often aren't run as independent business units.

Only their bets don't usually pay off, at least not for shareholders.

 That's the conclusion of a recent study by two researchers, who surveyed acquisitions of about 450  entrepreneurial [...] Mon, 13 Sep 2010 23:00:00 +0100 venture capital startups corporations acquisitions Women entrepreneurs wanted

With money starting to once again flow back into the technology space, investors are keen to get in on the ground level of new technology–and find that next Facebook or Google.

They are, of course, investing with caution. However, one of the key mechanisms that has long helped fuel such development has been the incubator model–where entrepreneurs can enter an intensive incubator program, get access to potential funding, and valuable [...] Sun, 29 Aug 2010 23:00:00 +0100 women entrepreneurs venture capital incubator entrepreneurs Careers/Management biztech VC firms on summer shopping spree

Venture capital companies have doled out cash to a plethora of start-ups in the past couple of weeks, even as they raised much less in new funding this quarter. Unless investors start opening their wallets and adding to VC coffers, this bounty cannot continue for long.

Companies in the technology and pharmaceuticals industries were the recipients of big investments from the VC community over the last two weeks, with numerous start-ups receiving fund [...] Thu, 12 Aug 2010 23:00:00 +0100 venture capital VC startup Deals Cash VC firms escape registration

Call it a victory for the venture capital industry.

Unlike other alternative investment firms such as private equity funds and hedge funds, under the new financial regulation bill venture capital funds are not required to register with the Securities and Exchange Commission if they have at least $150 million under management.

The industry's main lobby group, the National Venture Capital Association, successfully argued that venture capital firms are too small to be systema [...] Tue, 27 Jul 2010 23:00:00 +0100 venture capital Tax Securities and Exchange Commission Risk returns private equity financial reform compliance Could Chile--or other countries--steal the US's entrepreneurial thunder?

An often-repeated solution to the economy's woes is to boost high-growth  entrepreneurship. That's one reason some politicians have been pushing a new startup-visa bill making it  easier for foreign entrepreneurial wannabes to set up shop in the US.

Now, however, it looks like other countries might be trying to steal the US's thunder. Chile, for example is launching a first-of-its-kind program aimed at encouraging entrepreneurs with ideas for high-growth businesse [...] Tue, 20 Jul 2010 23:00:00 +0100 venture capital startup small business entrepreneurship Chile VC fundraising at seven-year low

Venture capital fundraising in the US is at the lowest level in seven years and the likelihood that it will significantly increase in the next few years is slim.

Thirty eight US venture capital funds raised $1.9 billion in the second quarter of 2010, the worst three-month period since the third quarter of 2003, according to Thomson Reuters and the National Venture Capital Association.

It also marks a 49 percent decline, in dollar commitment, compared to the first quarter of 2 [...] Mon, 12 Jul 2010 23:00:00 +0100 venture capital Tax mergers and acquisitions IPO Deals Cash Some signs of life in venture capital

The venture capital business is trying to battle back, but with mixed success.

On one hand, during the second quarter, 15 IPOs by venture-backed companies raised $899 million, up from just three offerings which raised $232 million in the same period last year, according to Dow Jones VentureSource.

"Venture-backed IPOs hitting double-digits for the first time since 2007 is promising, said Jessica Canning, global research director for Dow Jones VentureSource.

On [...] Wed, 30 Jun 2010 23:00:00 +0100 venture capital mergers and acquisitions IPO Dow Jones VentureSource Deals Bill in Congress would double taxation of venture capital firms

A few months ago, buyout firms like Blackstone made a big stink about proposed legislation in the House  that would have changed the treatment of so-called carried interest, the portion of profit that fund managers are paid as part of their compensation.  Now, the Senate and House have just introduced a bill, which contains its own carried-interest provision.

But, what hasn't received as much attention is that the rule would also pertain to venture capital firms, as well. [...] Wed, 26 May 2010 23:00:00 +0100 venture capital in conpliance carried interest American Jobs and Closting Tax Loopholes Act Venture capital on road to recovery

The venture capital market is slowly coming back to life.

In the first quarter, venture capitalists plunked down $7 billion in 919 deals for companies based in the U.S., Europe, Canada, Israel, Mainland China and India, according to Dow Jones VentureSource. This is a 13 percent increase over the $6.2 billion invested in 860 deals during same period last year.

"It appears that the rebound in venture capital investment took hold in 2009," says Jessica Canning, glob [...] Wed, 28 Apr 2010 23:00:00 +0100 venture capitalist venture capital Dow Jones VentureSource Deals Are venture capitalists in the Big Apple stealing Silicon Valley's thunder?

Silicon Valley is still central headquarters for venture capital activity in the US.  But it looks like the New York City area is trying to play catch up.

A new report shows an increase in the region both in the amount of startup funding and the number of deals for two consecutive quarters, while activity in Silicon Valley dropped. 

The report, from PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association , found that financing for companies in and around th [...] Tue, 20 Apr 2010 23:00:00 +0100 venture capital silicon valley PricewaterhouseCoopers nyc seed New York City deal talk Angel financing favors bigger ventures

Many startups, especially ones with high-growth potential, depend on receiving at least some of their funding from angel investors.  Now, a new report sheds light on what type of entrepreneurial ventures got angel money last year. 

Specifically, the report from the Center for Venture Research at the University of New Hampshire found that financing for really early-stage companies declined and a larger percentage went to more-established ventures.  That is, 35 percent of [...] Thu, 15 Apr 2010 23:00:00 +0100 venture capital startup Deals Center for Venture Research angels It's really high-flying startups that create many new jobs

With all the talk lately about how small businesses are vital to job creation, turns out it's a relatively small number of high-growth entrepreneurial firms creating much of that employment.  And, now, there's pending legislation, pushed heavily by venture capitalists, that could encourage the growth of such companies.

 First, about those high-flying startups. According to recent research from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation , fast-growing relatively young firms g [...] Sun, 21 Mar 2010 23:00:00 +0100 venture capital startups Startup Via bill In compliance entrepreneurs A slew of efforts to standardize seed investment documents

In what could be good news for entrepreneurs, some well-known Silicon Valley investors and lawyers just announced they've developed streamlined term sheets for seed investments of under $1.5 million that they hope will become the industry standard.

But, the effort to create a true standard still has a ways to go.

The group includes such notable firms and super-angels as First Round Capital, True Ventures, Charles River Ventures,  Ron Conway and Mike Maple, along with An [...] Thu, 04 Mar 2010 23:00:00 +0100 venture capital venture accelerator seed funding entrepreneur Deals Andreessen Horowitz Is Twitter in the black, or just on the block?

Who says companies like Twitter are a shot in the dark?

According to the highly anonymous and perhaps conflicted sources in this story, the company is making a profit of about $5 million, thanks to its deals with search engines Google and Bing.

So valuable are tweets, evidently, that Google and Bing's owner, Microsoft, believe it's worth paying Twitter $25 million to include them in their searches.

Who are we to argue with Eric Schmidt and Steve Ballmer, not to me [...] Mon, 21 Dec 2009 23:00:00 +0100 venture capital Twitter social media earnings