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Q4 2013 Venture Fundraising Update

// Wiley Becker

January 22, 2014 - In Q4 2013, 49 US venture capital funds raised $4.9B. While this was the strongest quarter by dollars raised since Q3 2012, 2013 was the weakest annual fundraising period since 2010. Number of funds raised fell 11% from 2012, while dollars raised fell 15%. Average fund size also dropped 4% to $90MM.
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Q4 2013 Venture Exits Update

// Wiley Becker

January 22, 2014 - In Q4 2013, there were 81 venture backed M&A transactions with $5.3B in disclosed deal value. While disclosed deal value increased this quarter, the number of transactions and total disclosed deal value are down 23% and 35%, respectively, over 2012. However, disclosed deal value is highly dependent on the mix of M&A deals disclosed and the number of deals disclosed is similarly down 31% from 2012.
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Why 2014 Will Be a Fundamentally Different Year

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January 22, 2014 - With the calendar turned to a new year, we eagerly gaze to the opportunities of 2014 and what lies ahead for the fixed income markets. On the whole, there is consensus that this new year will see higher interest rates across the spectrum as the US economy expands more rapidly, the Federal Reserve tapers its asset purchase program and investors seek higher returns in other asset classes. However, exactly how much higher interest rates will be at year end is quite uncertain; below we share our thoughts on why the US economy will continue to perform well and how the Fed will handle raising the Federal Funds rate. 
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Financial Models for Startups

// Zack Mansfield

December 18, 2013 - On the short list of items one must put together when pitching a startup is the financial model - the Excel workbook which contains formulas and variables predicting revenues and expenses and, ostensibly, a business model that could produce a big exit for the founders/shareholders.
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Our Debt-Capacity Fishery

// Jim Anderson

December 4, 2013 - Environmental economists have a useful framework to analyze limited, but renewable, resources. It is called maximum sustainable yield. For a fishery, maximum sustainable yield measures the number of fish that can be harvested each year without impairing the future viability of the fishery. Violate this level long enough and you have the case of the Grand Banks cod population that was overfished for decades until it completely collapsed in 1992. Usefully, these economists also bring a long-term perspective (a VERY long-term perspective), which is critical to understand systemic problems that compound over generations.
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Do You Know What Your Team Is Working On?

// Jim Baxley

December 4, 2013 - 57 projects – all in flight at once. 3 people working on them. Same meetings happening over and over again. Stakeholders in revolt. A team demoralized and struggling to serve. Confusion. Frustration. Demotivation. That’s where we found ourselves 12 months ago at Square 1 Bank. The current process for evaluating, prioritizing, and completing technology work was not working.
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