David Liu, Julian Wolhardt, New York State Common Retirement Fund, KKR, private equity, pension fund

Chinese venture capital appears to slow

Chinese venture capital investing appears to be slowing with the start of 2019, according to a news report. Capital invested in January slumped 67.5 percent from a year ago to $4.3 billion, according to a story in the South China Morning Post. This represents a 31.7 percent drop from December, the news organization reported, citing […]

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Import.io acquires Connotate

Web data integration company Import.io said it acquired Connotate, a web data extraction startup. No financial terms were released.

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Fund performance: Nevada pension’s venture funds, 2008 to 2010

Presented here is performance data for the Public Employees’ Retirement System of Nevada‘s vintage 2008 to 2010 venture capital funds. The figures from the Nevada LP are current as of June 2018. An expanded spreadsheet with additional data is attached. To download the full version of the spreadsheet below with additional data, click here: Nevada PERS venture portfolio (2008 to […]

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Early-stage performance fell in Q3, while late-stage advanced

Venture capital returns were mixed in Q3, reflecting relatively benign financial markets before the tumultuous declines of the fourth quarter. Early-stage returns retreated while late- and multi-stage performances moved higher, Cambridge Associates reports. Most longer-term benchmarks advanced. In aggregate, U.S. venture capital posted a 5.2 percent quarterly IRR in Q3, down from 5.99 percent in Q2. […]

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Corporate venture steels for downturn, worries about cuts

Corporate venture suffered a tarnished reputation in the wake of the dot-com crash, when dozens of programs exited the business and left portfolio companies short of follow-on capital. Whether a similar exodus, and stain, follows the next economic downturn is a hot question in the venture capital today. There are good reasons to believe the […]

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Fund performance: Review of Nevada pension’s venture funds, 2004 to 2007

Below is performance data for the Public Employees’ Retirement System of Nevada‘s vintage 2004 to 2007 venture capital funds. The figures from the Nevada LP are current as of June 2018. An expanded spreadsheet with additional data is attached. To download the full version of the spreadsheet below with additional data, click here: Nevada PERS venture portfolio (2004 to 2007) […]

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Fissure grows between early and late-stage investing

When Kleiner Perkins agreed last fall to split into two, it explained the move as a consequence of a changing venture landscape and the diminished overlap between its early- and late-stage operations. The company building and the necessary specialization of seed and Series A rounds didn’t necessarily walk hand-in-hand with the larger check sizes of […]

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The hunt for unicorn exits

In a tongue-in-cheek blog post just after the start of the new year, Founder Collective took an unusual one-two uppercut at vanity valuations and the hyper-growth mantra so popular in venture capital these days. The New York firm proposed issuing warning labels to founders with the caution: “Venture Capital Can Be Deadly: Burn Responsibly.” The […]

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Cybersecurity investments bolt to new record in 2018

Cybersecurity investing bolted to an all-time record in 2018, as venture capitalists dispersed $3.76 billion to startups in the United States. The year’s total not just leapfrogged the previous record of $3.1 billion in 2015, but did so by a substantial margin: climbing 20 percent, according to data from Thomson Reuters. The funding kept security […]