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The Contrarian VC

Published: 12/28/2011 8:37:47 AM, comments: 0



Fred Wilson is the hottest Internet company VC in the business and has great advice in his latest post:

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He basically says that you should look for ideas that are the most mocked and misunderstood to find some of the greatest successes in technology, at least Internet technology.

Food for thought.

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Venture Capital - Back to Basics?

Published: 12/21/2011 10:49:41 AM, comments: 0



Interesting but short interview of Koleman Karleski of Chrysalis Ventures over at the WSJ:

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He characterized 2011 as "survival of the fittest" and says that 2012 will see continued difficulty in the fundraising environment amid challenges in achieving liquidity from their investments.

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VC Predictions for 2012

Published: 12/15/2011 12:20:16 PM, comments: 0



Good post over at the WSJ that shares a few prognostications by venture capitalists on their view for 2012:

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Predictions for Internet companies understandably focused on Facebook and its potential IPO for 2012.

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Social Saturation

Published: 12/12/2011 10:32:50 AM, comments: 0



Nice post from Internet VC Nic Brisbourne about how recent research is showing that consumers have maxed out their available time to spend on social networks.

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The takeaway is that the next generation of online social services will be more about doing things more efficiently and saving user time, than trying to get them to spend as much time as possible.

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Making IPOs Easier

Published: 12/5/2011 10:10:28 AM, comments: 0

A bipartisan bill has been introduced in the Senate that purports to make it easier for small and medium-sized companies to go public.

Sponsored by Republican Pat Toomey and Democrat Charles Schumer, the bill would reduce regulatory requirements and costs, thereby supposedly reducing the hurdle to an IPO.

I have to say that I'm in the camp of Jim Breyer of Accel Partners who says that we don't necessarily need "more IPOs".

At VentureDeal, we've done research that indicates that the performance of companies after they've IPO'd over the past 18 months has been poor when compared to the S&P 500 during the same period of time.

Many of these companies are unable to get analyst coverage due to structural issues in the research side of the financial services business. Unless they are an extremely high-visibility company, the firm may not be served by going public, if their shares simply languish in a publicly-held "ghetto".

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