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Next-generation corporate VCs are here to stay

There are three main reasons why next-generation corporate VCs who are practicing today are fundamentally different from their predecessors, and why they will be a driving force in the venture industry for many years to come, says guest columnist William Taranto, president of Merck Global Health Innovation Fund.

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SEC ponders whether sponsors are broker-dealers

In April of last year, David Blass, chief counsel for the Division of Trading and Markets at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, gave a speech in which he warned that private equity funds might be required to register as broker-dealers in connection with their fundraising activities as well as charging transaction-related fees from their portfolio companies.

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EdgeCast acquisition signals outstanding growth for CDN industry

EdgeCast Networks, which has agreed to acquired by Verizon, is the most capital-efficient CDN in history — reaching profitability within three years and with less than $15 million in invested capital, writes guest columnist Pravin Vazirani, a managing director at Menlo Ventures, EdgeCast’s largest shareholder.

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The micro-cap IPO disappearing act

Decimalization has clearly damaged the market for small-cap IPOs. The VC industry would be “much healthier if we went back to the days when stocks traded in 1/8 or even 1/4 dollar increments for small companies,” writes guest blogger Mark Siegel of Menlo Ventures.

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Disrupting healthcare – on whose terms?

Healthcare investing is best left to the experts, not venture capitalists focused on disruptive consumer technologies, write peHUB guest columnists Dr. Bijan Salehizadeh and Ryan M. Schwarz of NaviMed Capital.

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