Venture Industry Still Mostly White Guys, But Ethnic Diversity Is Slowly Increasing

Venture capitalism in the United States continues to be an insular industry with men vastly out numbering women and ethnic diversity still at low levels. But some change appears afoot. This is according to a survey of 600 professionals released Monday by the National Venture Capital Association and Dow Jones VentureSource. The study found that […]

Internet Enthusiasm Pushes Venture Investing to a Three-Year High

Venture capital investments rose to a three-year high in the second quarter, as GPs angled to capitalize on public market enthusiasm for companies such as LinkedIn, according to the MoneyTree Report. Internet-related investments attracted almost a third of total dollars invested in the quarter and represented the most money put in the sector since the […]


Venture Firms Win Favorable SEC Decision On Fund Registration

The Securities and Exchange Commission adopted a definition of the venture capital industry that will permit VCs to operate largely as they currently do, a decision some GPs are calling a victory for the asset class. Details of the decision have yet to be released, and are expected in the next few days. However, the […]

SEC Set To Rule Wednesday On Venture Capital Definition For Registration Exemption

The Securities and Exchange Commission is expected to decide Wednesday how it plans to grant venture capital an exemption from Dodd-Frank Act registration requirements. The decision is part of a broad – and contentious – demand to have private equity firms and hedge funds register as investment advisors. Venture capitalists have objected to being lumped […]

Mr. Heesen Goes to Washington

At some point between now and the end of the second quarter, the Securities and Exchange Commission will provide its definition of venture capital firms for the purposes of their classification under and–hopefully for the industry–exemption from the Dodd Frank Act. When it happens, National Venture Capital Association President Mark Heesen will be prepared. Heesen […]

Survey Says: Upswing in VC Investing in New Year

A majority of venture capitalists and entrepreneurs see an upswing in venture investing next year along with a better environment for technology IPOs and acquisitions. But VCs are cautious about their ability to raise new funds and about cleantech in general, according to a survey released Tuesday by the National Venture Capital Association and Dow […]

Little to Celebrate with Uptick in Q3 Fund-Raising

It was easy to try to put a brave face on this morning’s venture fund-raising figures. The third quarter money hunt brought $3 billion to 51 45 U.S.-based venture funds, according to the National Venture Capital Association and Thomson Reuters (publisher of his blog). That was a 40 percent increase from the second quarter and a …

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