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Insights

Venture Exits Update Q3 2014

// Wiley Becker

November 5, 2014 - There were 119 US venture backed M&A transactions in Q3 2014 with $7.9B in disclosed deal value according to the Exit Poll report by Thomson Reuters and the NVCA.  Disclosed deal value on a rolling four quarter basis increased by 14%, while the number of deals disclosed only increased by 2%.  Consequently, the average M&A deal size increased 12% on a rolling four quarter basis to $191.7MM.

 

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Help Me Help You

// Andy Weyer

October 21, 2014 - One of my favorite movies is  Jerry McGuire . Like  Shawshank Redemption , it's one of those movies that I'll inevitably stumble upon while flipping through basic cable on a lazy Sunday afternoon and it somehow compels me to endure two hours of commercials even though I've already seen it a dozen times. 
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There is No Book on Running SaaS Companies

// Todd Krizelman

October 21, 2014 -

I’ve been charging for content for most of my 20 year career.  I got started during my junior year in undergrad in 1994 by selling a $100 annual subscription to chat online at TheGlobe.com.  By the end of the first year, we had a USPS box stuffed with checks (credit cards were accepted online, but not popular).  It took however a couple years to really understand willingness to pay and how to price the product.

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Venture Performance Update Q2 2014

// Wiley Becker

October 21, 2014 -

The ten year time horizon of the US Venture Capital Index® by Cambridge Associates LLC continued its improvement in Q2 2014 to 10.32%, while the one, three, and fifteen year time horizons slipped slightly. Additionally, the US Venture Capital Index® outpaced the standard public indices in the ten year and greater time horizons. Returns were primarily driven by the Early Stage US Venture Capital Index, which outperformed the Late Stage Index in all but the five and ten year time horizons.

 

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Best Practices for Safeguarding Against Payment Fraud

// Laura Danni

October 8, 2014 - Phishing emails, compromised legitimate websites and malware are tools often used by fraudsters to conduct unauthorized ACH transactions and wire transfers. In this post, I’ll focus on best practices to safeguard against payment fraud.

 

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Global Competition

// Ho Nam

October 8, 2014 - Having made investments in Silicon Valley as well as more than a dozen companies overseas, I wanted to share two surprising lessons I’ve learned about the changing nature of global competition.
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