Tag Archives: venture capital

So Your Fund Wants to Invest in Canada, Eh?

Despite a recent cooling in the overall investment climate, the number of active U.S. venture investors in Canada has more than doubled over the past five years. This migration north coincides with a climb in overall venture investment activity in Canada, increasingly challenging pricing on U.S.-based deals and a lower Canadian dollar, which depreciated extensively over the same period.…

Recent Venture Capital Trends: CB Insights Q2 2013 Data

CB Insights has published summary data regarding recent venture capital trends, together with a full report available to paid subscribers.  In terms of investments by VCs, the report indicates that US$7.0B was invested in 807 deals in the second quarter of 2013, representing a small increase in dollars invested (versus US$6.9B in first quarter) but a decrease in the number of deals of approximately 4%. …

Mary Meeker – Forbes.com Interview and Profile

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Eric Savitz of Forbes has a lengthy interview with Mary Meeker up on the Forbes.com site, a companion piece to his profile of Ms. Meeker in the August 6 print edition (which you can read online here).  In the interview, she talks about venture capital, her work investing a $1 billion tech growth fund for Kleiner Perkins (half of which has been deployed to date), the influential reports she produced as an early Internet analyst, and some of the companies that interest her now. …

UW Tech MBA Venture Capital Investment Competition

This weekend I spent a day with Rebecca Lovell (on right in photo) and a group of 60+ University of Washington Technology Management MBA students who were doing their final project prior to graduating – a venture capital investment competition. The Tech Management MBA is designed specifically for technology industry professionals and the venture capital competition (with Rebecca teaching) was a component added recently to give them some exposure to entrepreneurs in fund-raising mode and to give them a better understanding of the issues early stage tech investors consider. …

Top 10 Reasons to Avoid Crowdfunding

In today's age of social media success stories, there is something superficially interesting about crowdfunding as a high-level idea. There has certainly been no shortage of attention to crowdfunding in the press and from business people. But in looking at the new JOBS Act exemption for crowdfunding, I see lots of reasons to avoid using it. While this list could be expanded - and will need to be revised as the SEC adopts rules to implement the new exemption - to get things started I offer up these ten reasons to avoid crowdfunding.

Venture Capital Census 2011

The 2011 Venture Census results were released this week by the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) and Dow Jones VentureSource.  This survey, first conducted in 2008, analyzes the demographics of venture capital professionals in the United States.  Although there was a small increase in ethnic diversity among current venture capitalists (an increase from 12 percent in 2008 to 13 percent in 2011), the number of women investor (non-administrative) professionals decreased from 14 percent in 2008 to 11 percent in 2011 while women administrative professionals accounted for 62 percent of the “non-investor” category. …

Emerging Company & Venture Capital Newsletter

Megan Muir

DLA Piper LLP (US) recently distributed an electronic newsletter “Emerging Growth and Venture Capital News” containing articles regarding certain avoidable expensive employment-related mistakes by startups, updated federal rules governing investment advisers, cloud computing, and valuations in the context of venture capital financings. …

Venture Capital Returns Looking Up

Megan Muir

The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) and Cambridge Associates LLC have released results of their venture capital fund performance study showing some positive signs, as summarized in this NVCA press release.  Some details regarding returns over time are available here: NVCA Q2 2011 VC Performance and the entire report can be downloaded here.  …

** UPDATED ** Net worth standard for ‘accredited investors’

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Andrew Ledbetter

The SEC yesterday proposed rules on the “accredited investor” net worth standard, to implement Section 413(a) of the Dodd-Frank Act. Not much “new” here, but the proposed definition is:

Any natural person whose individual net worth, or joint net worth with that person’s spouse, at the time of purchase, exceeds $1,000,000, excluding the value of the primary residence of such natural person, calculated by subtracting from the estimated fair market value of the property the amount of debt secured by the property, up to the estimated fair market value of the property.