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When it comes to funding innovation, Québec has been long recognized as a wellspring of good ideas. It might for this reason come as no surprize that Québec’s leading commercialization hubs, MSBiV, SOVAR, Univalor and Valeo, have recently advanced some new strategies for leveraging the market potential of home-grown R&D and technological change.
Canada's Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (CVCA) and Industry Canada last week released a new study showing that, relative to non VC-backed firms, VC-backed firms grow faster in terms of their assets, number of employees, revenue, sales, wages and R&D expenditures. The good news is that it confirms the highly positive results of previous survey-based studies.
In a world teaming with self promoters, Bijan Sabet comes across as a humble guy. . The Spark Capital general partner could certainly toot his own horn, but he lets his track record speak for itself. He led Spark’s investments in Twitter (valued at a reported $9.9 billion), Tumblr (valued at a reported $800 million), Stack Exchange, RunKeeper, Foursquare, Boxee, OMGPOP (acquired by Zynga last year for $180 million), and thePlatform (bought by Comcast in 2006 for a reported $80 million). . All that and he’s still just 44 years old. . In this video of his keynote at Thomson Reuters’ Venture Alpha East 2013 conference in Boston, Sabet explains why he remains bullish on consumer Internet deals, what he learned from serving on Twitter’s board, why Spark decided to go significantly bigger with its fourth fund, and the attributes that have led to success for young VC firms such as Spark, First Round Capital and Union Square Ventures. . Video date: April 4, 2013
Henry Kravis, co-chairman and co-CEO of KKR, speaks at Thomson Reuters' PartnerConnect 2012 conference in New York. . Video date: April 3, 2012
Andreessen Horowitz has had a significant impact on the venture industry. But just a few short years ago it was little more than an idea. In July 2009 Marc Andreessen visited with the editors of Reuters Venture Capital Journal (a peHUB sister publication) to discuss his new venture fund. (Partner Ben Horowitz wasn't available because he was closing one of the fund's first deals.) . Andreessen spoke for about an hour, talking about everything from what A16Z would and wouldn't invest in to his favorite VCs. Enjoy! . Video date: July 2009
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