For VCs, SEC Ruling Should Make Fundraising a Bit Easier

The lifting of the ban on general solicitations will likely have the biggest impact on emerging managers seeking new limited partners. But even established VCs should benefit from the change, at the very least because it means they can now publicly discuss fundraising plans.


How Should The NVCA Change Under Its New Leadership?

The National Venture Capital Association this week named a new president after sifting through more than 100 resumes during a roughly three-month executive search. So what new course will the appointee, Bobby Franklin, chart for the association? Offer your suggestions to Franklin in the comments section below.


Early Stage Deal Making Takes It On The Chin

Venture investing pulled back in the first quarter due in part to a broad industry-wide rationalization. The deals most feeling the pinch are early stage ones. Here are some thoughts on why from a look at the numbers.


Venture Investing At Slowest Pace In Two Years

Venture capitalists began 2013 by pouring money into startups at the slowest pace in two years, suggesting a reset for an industry where dollars coming into new funds has trailed portfolio company investments for six years.


Mark Heesen to Retire as NVCA President

Mark Heesen, the tireless head of the National Venture Capital Association for 14 years, announced on Thursday his intention to retire from his role as the nation’s top lobbyist for the venture capital industry.

Venture Performance Remains Far Cry From 1996 Heyday

How are U.S. venture capital funds performing? Depends on which time frame one looks at, and whether one focuses on portfolio value or cash returns. But overall, new data from Cambridge Associates shows VC performance improving over a 10-year time frame but third- quarter write-downs weighed on results.

Venture Backed M&A Weakens In 2012

Acquisitions of venture-backed companies fell for the second year in a row in 2012, with a weak fourth quarter contributing to the retreat, according to a study.

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