Silicon Valley venture capital confidence index falls slightly in first quarter

The Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist Confidence Index fell slightly in the first quarter of the year as venture capitalists become increasingly alarmed by the high valuations given to some portfolio companies. The index fell to 3.81 on a 5 point scale, according to University of San Francisco Professor Mark Cannice, who prepares it. While the […]

Venture capital confidence index climbs again

The Silicon Valley Venture Capital Confidence Index rose in the first quarter for seventh consecutive quarter. This marks the longest upward trend in the history of the index, according to Mark Cannice at the University of San Francisco, who assembles it. The index now stands at 4.03 on a 5 point scale with 5 indicating high confidence. VCs interviewed for the index cited the IPO market and the rapid technological disruption being driven by startups for their confidence.

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Angels backing more high valuation deals

Here’s a non-shocker: Angel activity is on the rise, with more high-valuation deals closed in 2013 than the previous year. That was one of the key findings of the Halo Report, an overview of angel investment published today by The Angel Resource Institute, Silicon Valley Bank and CB Insights. While median round sizes held steady […]

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peHUB poll: Fundraising and the AIFMD

As if fundraising weren’t difficult enough, new and changing rules in Europe are likely to entangle — or perhaps strangle — GPs and LPs for years to come. Will the AIFMD affect your fundraising strategy?

Infographics: Where To Make The Big Bucks In PE/VC

So, let’s say you want to make more money. What do you do?

Here’s some advice: Head for the firms with the greatest assets under management.

It’s simple arithmetic. The more assets under management, the more a firm rings up in management fees and, in the case of buyout firms, deal-related fees (those not handed over to LPs). Bigger transactions also translate to bigger profits when it comes time to doling out carried interest.

Firms managing more assets tend to have more mouths to feed, but rarely do firms ramp up their payrolls at the same pace they do their fund sizes. The disparities in compensation, as the infographics below show, are dramatic—and a source of ongoing angst for LPs, who worry that partners will be tempted to raise bigger funds than they can wisely invest.

Infographic: LP Temptation To Cross To The Dark Side

Ronald Schmitz recently acknowledged to sister magazine Buyouts that the $900,000 in potential annual compensation offered by Virginia Retirement System factored in his decision to become its next chief investment officer this month. Schmitz had been CIO of Oregon Public Employees Retirement System since 2003.

Schmitz joins a parade of investment officers that have stepped down this year from positions at retirement funds in California, Massachusetts, New Mexico and New York. Some, like Schmitz, are staying in the public sector. Others, like Raudline Etienne, former chief executive of the New York State Common Retirement Fund, are heading into the private sector, in her case to join consulting firm Albright Stonebridge Group.

Just how big a role compensation plays in any individual departure is almost always impossible to say. Still, the latest edition of the 2011-2012 Holt-Thomson Reuters Private Equity and Venture Capital Compensation Report (North American edition) sheds light on what public pension funds are up against in competing with the private sector for talent–click through for infographic.

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