The money raised by venture-capital firms hit $32.97 billion in 2014, a 62% increase over 2013 and the highest total since 2007, as investors seek to take advantage of a hot market for startup funding and initial public offerings. Investment returns from venture capital funds are on the upswing, as 105 venture-backed companies went public in 2014, the highest number since 2000, according to Dow Jones VentureSource. Venture-capital...
Ask venture capitalists in Silicon Valley about which industry they're most excited to revolutionize, and odds are high that they'll say health care. So it's no surprise that money is surging into start-ups that focus on the intersection of health care and technology. In 2014, venture funding for these start-ups hit a record $4.1 billion. That was a 125 percent year-over-year jump, according to Rock Health, which provides seed fun...
Carmelo Anthony, the NBA All Star who recently re-signed with the New York Knicks, has formed a venture-capital firm, M7 Tech Partners, together with Stuart Goldfarb, former CEO of Bertelsmann Direct North America and ex-NBC exec. M7 Tech Partners, based in New York, will invest in and develop early-stage digital media, consumer Internet and technology startups. Anthony, who has 5.1 million followers on Twitter, said in a statemen...
Although we often talk about angel investors as a monolithic group of people, in reality angels fall into many categories and practice the art of angel investing in many ways. An angel can choose how he or she collaborates with entrepreneurs and other investors in a variety of ways that fit their experience, wealth, interests and time availability. I recently spoke to John May, founding chairman of the Angel Capital Association (ACA)...
One of the best ways to become an angel investor in early-stage private companies is to join a local angel group. More than 1,000 such organizations exist around the world, with at least one in every state in the United States, and at least one in more than 75 countries. What all these groups have in common is bringing together accredited investors who want to put capital to work and assist each other. The benefits of joining a gr...
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Investing in young companies or startups used to be just for very wealthy individuals with strong networks. But these days, you don't need to be well connected to participate in deals. Now you only need fairly deep pockets and access to the Internet to get in on the ground floor of what could be the next Google or Facebook.
Behind the shift is a recent lo...
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