Q2 2014 Venture Investments Update

// Wiley Becker

September 2, 2014 - $13.0B was invested in 1,114 venture-backed companies in Q2 2014, marking the highest quarterly dollar total since Q1 2001 according to the MoneyTreeTM Report.  While this was a rolling four quarter increase of 17% in capital invested, the number of deals increased only 3%.
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Decoding Diligence

// Anthony P. Lee

August 6, 2014 -

One of the most mystifying parts of venture fundraising is the murky process of due diligence.  There is a ton of advice out there on how to get in and pitch a venture investor, but little on how to manage the ‘boring-sounding’ but critical due diligence process.  Yet this is where make or break happens for many venture deals.  Due diligence is the homework that investors do – tech reviews, reference calls, market checks – to understand the opportunities and risks of an investment.  For some investors, diligence is a structured process.  For others, it’s an informal dating ritual.  Either way, it’s important for entrepreneurs to understand the process and manage it.


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Q2 2014 Venture Fundraising Update

// Wiley Becker

August 5, 2014 -

Both Number of Funds and Capital Raised Continues Upward Trajectory

Capital Continues to be Highly Concentrated with a Small Number of Funds

Number of New Funds Also Increases, but Only Accounts for 8% of Total Capital Raised 

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The ABCs of Term Sheets

// David Ehrenberg

August 5, 2014 - For start-ups looking to grow (and which ones aren’t?), getting the first term sheet can be a critical milestone in nurturing a successful business. In this post, I want to take a look at the contents of a standard agreement, variations, and common pitfalls. Stick to the ABCs: Anticipate investors’ concerns and information requirements; Be aware of the pitfalls; Remember that all agreements are Conditional, with the terms subject to change.
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Three Common Types of Banking Fraud and Ways to Protect Yourself

// Laura Danni

August 5, 2014 - Bank fraud can be devastating to your personal and business finances.  More and more tools and techniques are used by thieves and scam artists to steal your identity and money, or corrupt your business.  In this three part series, I will discuss a few common banking fraud and security threats, plus some prevention tips suggestions that can help minimize your chances of falling victim to a fraud incident.
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A Look Back at the Past 18 Months of IPO Activity in the Biotech/Pharma Market

// Monica Rivera Beam, PhD

July 23, 2014 - Since the first quarter of 2013, there has been continual talk and focus on the apparent “window of opportunity” for early stage biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies to go public. Let's take a look at 18 months of IPOs to provide a perspective on what types of companies have gone public, how venture capital firms and other early investors have benefited, and how the market in general has received these companies.
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