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2010 Tech IPO Boom?

Published: 12/22/2009 1:21:12 PM, comments: 0

Venture capitalist and television commentator Paul Kedrosky asks a tantalizing question in his post about whether or not the strange things that a few successful startup companies (Zynga, Twitter and Yelp) have been doing lately are a harbinger of a tech IPO boom in 2010.  He could be right, since the stranger things have happened:

Read the post here

Cheers,

Don Jones

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Entrepreneur Trait - Tenacity

Published: 12/16/2009 12:46:15 PM, comments: 0

Good post from an entrepreneur who became a venture capitalist on one aspect of what makes a good entrepreneur:

Tenacity

Cheers,

Don Jones

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Venture Capital Activity Is Picking up

Published: 12/9/2009 8:51:11 AM, comments: 0

After a few quarters of a significant reduction in venture capital funding activity and fund closings, it looks like activity is beginning to pick up again.

During Q2 and Q3, there were an average of 5-7 daily funding announcements.  During Q4, the average has bumped up to 8-10.  Even after allowing for seasonal variations, the increase in activity is unmistakable.

We are also seeing more venture capital firms actually get their fund-raising closed so that they can begin to make investments in new companies.  For the previous few quarters, there were a number of VCs that had received commitments of approximately half of their target, but had not closed.  Now we are seeing more venture capital firms close those funds.

Lastly, M&A activity is picking up as well, with some of the large acquirers such as Google and Cisco stepping up their acquisition deal volume.  Deal quality still remains spotty, with a number of asset purchases interspersed with operating company acquisitions, but the trend is definitely improving.

Cheers,

Don Jones

VentureDeal

First Round Capital on "Virality"

Published: 12/1/2009 12:57:46 PM, comments: 0

Short but good post from one of the partners at First Round Capital, a prominent Internet venture capital firm.  The post basically says that they view marketing as a central and strategic aspect of any company they consider investing in, not as a "bolt on" afterthought.

Read article here

Cheers,

Don Jones

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