June 21, 2021

Venture-capital funding in 2017 was the highest it’s been in the past 10 years

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By Zoë Bernard From Business Insider Venture-capital funding is booming in the United States. According to Pitchbook data charted for us by Statista, startup funding reached a record decade-long high in 2017, with $84.2 billion in funding raised over the course of the year. Pitchbook’s findings indicate the tech industry is becoming a key investment […]

Cayman Islands: Cayman Islands Monetary Authority – Quarterly Statistics, Investment Funds (To End Q1, 2018)

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Article by Matt Mulry, Jonathan Law and Christine Holland Dillon Eustace From Mondaq The Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (CIMA) has published statistics for the numbers of private investment funds registered with them across various categories and in aggregate (typically excluding PE and VC) as at the end of Q1, 2018. (http://www.cima.ky/investment-statistics) The statistics show continued […]

What Silicon Valley tech VCs get wrong about consumer investing

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By Ryan Caldbeck From TechCrunch When I began fundraising for CircleUp six years ago, I encountered many investors whose eyes would glaze over when I mentioned “consumer.” These investors would fidget uncomfortably or drop their gaze when I explained that our platform would only provide capital to small CPG companies. I would often hear the […]

Enrico Fermi and the future of venture capital

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By Matt Oguz From TechCrunch Enrico Fermi tore a large sheet of paper into small pieces and dropped them. A few seconds later, the pieces were blown a short distance in midair and landed some eight feet away. Fermi paced the distance, then consulted a chart he prepared earlier. Based on the corresponding data, he […]

While the IPO market roars back, venture remains leery

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By Ben Narasin From TechCrunch The IPO market is poised to make an almost complete 180° turnaround after a bleak Q1 and a very quiet summer. JPMorgan alone said they were launching 20 global IPOs, and has successfully launched nine in the U.S. to strong demand. The broad market (S&P 500) has largely recovered, as well, […]

Satirical post about Slack’s $2.8 billion valuation shows the truth of venture capital 1.2k

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BY JASON ABBRUZZESE From Mashable On March 24th 2915, workplace chat startup Slack was reportedly raising money at a valuation of $2 billion. Today, a new report said it was raising money at a valuation of $2.8 billion. Five months before, that number was $1.1 billion. So did Slack suddenly become more valuable by $800 […]

Don’t mortgage your startup

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By David Frankel From TechCrunch The last 5-10 years have been an extraordinary time for early stage tech founders to raise money. But easy access to capital has ingrained some bad habits among founders. There has always been the risk of over-funding your company or not being able to find a funder for your next […]

Funding your startup: Crowdfunding vs. angel investment vs. VC

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By Conner Forrest From Tech Republic New technologies have unlocked new ways to raise money for your startup. Here’s how you can choose which type of funding is right for you from among the big three options. Raising capital for a startup has traditionally been one of the most difficult parts of getting your idea […]

Innovating Innovation: ‘Starting Up’ the Caribbean

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By Valerie Mercer-Blackman and Sarosh R. Khan From IDB Innovation, the process of making something better, can be a powerful driver of growth. Indeed, for small economies with a high level of human capital like the Caribbean, innovation has the potential to become the cornerstone of development policy. Thus, “innovating innovation” in the Caribbean to […]