Rumor News

Published: 6/26/2008 7:50:04 PM, comments: 0

One of the things that differentiates a database like VentureDeal from blogs is that we avoid entering information into the database that is unconfirmed.  Prior to entering a transaction into our system, we confirm that the information is valid by seeing a press release from the company, contacting the company directly or viewing the SEC filing.

While blogs perform a great service and many times are right in breaking their news stories ahead of confirmed information, we do not use them as sources of information for transactions entered into VentureDeal, because sometimes they report rumors that are unsubstantiated by the facts.

Essentially, we view blogs and databases as similar to newsstands versus libraries.  People usually go to a newsstand to get the latest and newest information that is hot off the presses, and go to libraries (or at least used to go to libraries) to research and gather data. 

VentureDeal is a research tool that allows subscribers to search, find, download and reference confirmed information about technology startups, venture capital firms and the transactions between them.  We hope you find it useful.

Don Jones


The Value of Getting Away

Published: 6/19/2008 2:27:37 PM, comments: 0

Like most entrepreneurs, I work a lot.  Probably too much, and it's hard to just simply stop, get off the grid and get away from the constant stream of activity and information.

The value of getting away is really much greater than we think.  First, you recharge your batteries and return refreshed and ready hard again.  Second, getting away helps gives you a new perspective on challenges that you may be facing.  Last, it is probably just plain physically healthy to change your routines and patterns and get into something new.

I heartily urge you to take a break and get away for a while.  Your business will do fine and you'll return a better person.

Don Jones


Download Venturedeal's Venture Capital Funding and M&A Quarterly reports

Published: 6/9/2008 11:58:28 AM, comments: 0
We're pleased to announce the availability of our latest Venture Capital Funding and M&A Quarterly reports, sponsored by the GVA Kidder Mathews dedicated clean tech and life science team.

These 1st Quarter, 2008 reports, prepared by VentureDeal staff and noted writers in various industries, provide aggregated data, notable transactions and industry insights across a wide spectrum of general technology and life science industries.

Feel free to view or download the reports and pass them along to a friend or colleague.


Don Jones


SF Bay Area Life Science and Clean Tech Real Estate Report

Published: 6/5/2008 2:52:37 PM, comments: 0

A new real estate report for the SF Bay Area real estate market for life science and clean technology companies is available.

The report, prepared by Rico Cheung and Janice Hennessy of the GVA Kidder Mathews Life Science and Clean Tech Practice Group, analyzes the recent activity for technology company usage of real estate in the six Northern California counties that comprise the Bay Area.

The life science and clean tech market for real estate remains strong, no doubt a reflection of the continued funding of these types of companies by the venture capital community.

GVA Kidder Mathews is the only commercial real estate company with a dedicated life science & clean tech team.

To find out more, download a free copy of the report at:

Don Jones


Launch Marketing 101

Published: 6/4/2008 10:50:04 AM, comments: 0

I've blogged about this before, but Seth Godin has a good piece about launching your product or service.

Launching is the beginning of a process, not an end in itself.  It's easy to get tied up into making a big splash.  It can be helpful to get lots of buzz, but it needs to be followed up with a consistent campaign, otherwise your product or service will look like a flash in the pan.

Don Jones


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