Posts filed under “Venture Capital”

What VCs Are Looking For

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

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Category: Venture Capital

The Entrepreneur’s Index

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Category: Digital Media, Venture Capital

Small Business Success/Failure Rates

What really causes small business to fail?


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Category: Digital Media, Venture Capital

An Intro to Crowdfunding


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Category: Digital Media, Venture Capital

Technology Footprint: Starting Up in New York

At a friend’s house for a Christmas day party (yesterday), I speak with her 20-something nephew, who has worked at several NY area start ups. I mentioned this map, and he said it misses lots of small and newer start ups — the density is even greater. I believe 2011 was the year NYC start…Read More

Category: Technology, Venture Capital

The Myth Of The Long Tail

Just because everything’s available, that does not mean anybody wants it. In other words, you can get your song on iTunes, but nobody other than your mother and your boyfriend might buy it. Furthermore, when you try and market it, you’ll find resistance. A public hyped ad infinitum has a shit detector nonpareil, but it’s…Read More

Category: Consumer Spending, Music, Think Tank, Venture Capital

Networked Society ‘On the Brink’

In On The Brink we discuss the past, present and future of connectivity with a mix of people including David Rowan, chief editor of Wired UK; Caterina Fake, founder of Flickr; and Eric Wahlforss, the co-founder of Soundcloud. Each of the interviewees discusses the emerging opportunities being enabled by technology as we enter the Networked Society. Concepts such as borderless opportunities and creativity, new open business models, and today’s ‘dumb society’ are brought up and discussed.

Hat tip GigaOm

Category: Technology, Venture Capital, Video