Venture capital

In Case You Needed More Proof of the Importance of Tech-Based Development. . .

In Case You Needed More Proof of the Importance of Tech-Based Development. . .

. . .the New York Times recently highlighted a trend in which large multinational firms are opening offices in the Silicon Valley.  The reason?  To get in on the venture capital game with tech-based start-ups: From downtown San Francisco to Palo Alto, companies like American Express and Ford are opening offices and investing millions of […]

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Maybe the VC Market Isn’t Broken in NYC

Maybe the VC Market Isn’t Broken in NYC

Yesterday’s post highlighted potential problems with the venture capital market.  A report in today’s New York Times suggest those problems may not extend to the Big Apple: The study, “New Tech City,” conducted by the Center for an Urban Future, concluded that the technology industry is growing faster in New York City than anywhere else […]

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The Venture Capital Market is Broken

The Venture Capital Market is Broken

That’s the conclusion reached by Kevin Drum over at Mother Jones  (I know, I know, but you’ll find he is a thoughtful analyst, really).  He is reviewing a new report by the Kauffman Foundation: The basic answer, I think, comes early on in the report: Investing in venture capital in the early to mid-1990s generated […]

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Crowdfunding Goes Mainstream

Crowdfunding Goes Mainstream

Want proof?  How about a big story in the business section of the New York Times?  Here’s what it had to say about the recent growth of Kickstarter: “This year marks the year that we’ve seen Kickstarter enter the real world in a number of ways,” said Perry Chen, one of its founders. “At Tribeca […]

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A Good Time for Tech-led Education Start-Ups

A Good Time for Tech-led Education Start-Ups

This according to a report in the Chronicle of Higher Education: In recent years, venture capitalists have poured millions into education-technology start-ups, trying to cash in on a market they see as ripe for a digital makeover. And lately, those wagers have been getting bigger. Investments in education-technology companies nationwide tripled in the last decade, […]

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