Posts filed under “Venture Capital”
My Sunday Washington Post Business Section column is (belatedly) up online. This afternoon, we look at the next generation of tech entrepreneurs Step aside, old man. Let moxie and imagination lead the way.
The online version was the conservative On Investing: The future isn’t grim, and it belongs to young entrepreneurs; the print print version had the more interesting Step aside, old man. Let moxie and imagination lead the way.
Here’s an excerpt from the column:
“On these pages, I have cast a rather skeptical eye on all matters financial. I have mocked the housing recovery calls, critiqued the valuation of Facebook, despised the robo-signing settlement, urged caution on the Black Friday retail hype. The silliness coming out of Wall Street is much like a carnival barker urging us to play one more of “games of skill.” All of which goes to say I am not your run-of-the-mill perma-bull or economic cheerleader. Readers, in fact, have called me a curmudgeon.
And yet, as I look to the long term, I’m optimistic.”
On Investing: The future isn’t grim, and it belongs to young entrepreneurs
Washington Post, April 22 2012
One of the things I have taught myself to do over the years was to think in different time frames. This includes very long geological epochs and astronomical eons. Maybe it was an interest in dinosaurs and astronomy as a kid, but historical time frames was a concept I was familiar with. Perhaps that was the…Read More
Matt will cover a bunch of lessons he’s learned in the past decade of life as he embarks on turning 40. They eschew much of the Techcrunch/ReadWriteWeb/Mashable world by focusing on taking a longer term view of your work and focusing on life/work balance and having a happy life as well as a fulfilling career. (He is the creator of Metafilter and was an early employee of Blogger)
Are private-equity firms job-destroying monsters? Or are they knights in shining armor, riding in to fix troubled companies and make the economy work better?
When you have a presidential candidate who used to run a private-equity firm, the arguments tend to shed more heat than light.
Last year (January 12th, 2011) I posed 5 Questions for Facebook Investors into the then private company Facebook: 1. Facebook (FB) claims 500 million subscribers. How many of these are active users — at least once or twice per week? How many of these are dead accounts, with no activity for 30 days? 90 days…Read More
SecondMarket went hog wild with a series of infographics showing their activities for 2011.
The only thing you wont find are the actual prices of recent trades — which makes this less of a market or exchange and more of a private equity association. That’s my big caveat with them: Real markets show real prices.
Anyway, here are the key data points:
• More than $558 million in transactions (up 55% year over year);
• 61.4% of all transactions were consumer Web and Social related; 22.1% were consumer products and services;
• Top 3 Buyer-types: Asset Managers (31.3%), Family Offices (29.6%) and Hedge Funds (16.6%)
• Top 3 Seller-types: Ex Employees (79.3%), Current Employees (11.1%), Investors (3.7%)
• Most Watched Private Companies: Facebook, Twitter, FourSquare, Dropbox, Yelp
Lots of charts follow . . .
More charts after the jump
Category: Venture Capital