Posts filed under “Venture Capital”

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Category: Digital Media, Humor, Venture Capital

Is Private Equity Bad for Economy?

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Category: Venture Capital, Video

Where the StartUp Jobs Are

StartUpHire, with support from the National Venture Capital Association, is releasing a new infographic today depicting 2011 hiring data for startups. What’s the biggest take away? While most of the country is still sluggish on job creation, startups face the opposite problem- a glut of open technical jobs

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Category: Technology, Venture Capital

Step aside, old man. Let imagination lead the way.


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.”


I really like what the Post did in the dead tree version of the paper — the art work is really interesting:
click for ginormous version of print edition


On Investing: The future isn’t grim, and it belongs to young entrepreneurs
Barry Ritholtz
Washington Post, April 22 2012

Washington Post April 22, 2012 Gx6(PDF)

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Category: Apprenticed Investor, Venture Capital

The Future of America

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

Category: Apprenticed Investor, Cycles, Psychology, Science, Venture Capital

Webstock ’12: Start Up Lessons for a 40 year old

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)

Webstock ’12: Matt Haughey – Lessons for a 40 year old from Webstock on Vimeo.

Category: Venture Capital, Video, Web/Tech

What VCs Are Looking For

What VCs Are Looking For View more presentations from Tarang Shah

Category: Technology, Think Tank, Venture Capital

What Do Private Equity Firms Actually Do?

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.

Category: Venture Capital, Video

Questions for Facebook IPO Investors

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

Category: IPOs, Venture Capital, Web/Tech

SecondMarket: Private Company Market 2011 Report

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

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Category: Venture Capital