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Venture Investing Trends in 2011

Without question, there will continue to be opportunities and the seed/Micro VC and growth capital ends of the continuum. Capital will continue to flow into these areas and over the next 12-18 months the transformation from buyers market to sellers market will be complete. This will be manifest through rising valuations at the low end ($250-$1 million rounds, as Jon Callaghan defines it in an answer on Quora) and the high end ($10 milli...

6 reasons for the surge in venture capital investment in the UK

Last week CB Insights, the venture capital database, released their list of the most active venture capital and early-stage investors in the UK. The data also shows how UK venture investment has changed in recent years – making it a good time to reflect on the increased activity of the UK venture capital market in general, and the part that early-stage investments have played in it. What stands out is that a number of critical f...

The UK government's investment scheme helps launch over 1,000 businesses

Despite some skepticism over the potential benefits of the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS), the government has announced SEIS has positively impacted more than 1,000 businesses across the UK. According to figures released by the Treasury, the programme has raised over £82 million in finance for small, early stage companies. Although initial take-up of the tax relief scheme was somewhat slow going, it has grown in popularity to...

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Tips & Advice for Angel Investors

What I've Learned from 20 Years as a Venture Capitalist

In my more than 20 years as a venture capitalist, I’ve had a lot of fun working on truly incredible companies and have thrived on being in the uniquely exciting position to help frame the future of technology and the teams that make that happen. From the early days around the dawn of the personal computer to my more recent investments in wearables, the excitements and challenges of being in this business are as invigorating today a...

Five Ways To Avoid Losing Money as An Angel Investor

I have an angel investor friend—let’s call this friend “Alex.” Alex has great deal flow and works hard to pick the best opportunities for investment. Alex has been frustrated over the past several years, however, because she doesn’t seem to be making any money. This is despite solid operational performance by several of the companies and several exits, including one that was quite notable.

Recently, Alex and I sat down a...

Are You Ready To Be An Angel Investor?

1. IS ANGEL INVESTING MEANT FOR EVERYONE? Angel investing or venture capital is not meant for those – • having surplus only for a short period of 3-4 years; • sitting on a large proportion in illiquid assets; • having low trust or belief in entrepreneurs and fear misappropriation of funds; • worried about failure of a few portfolio companies to return the invested capital; • looking for stable income as dividend or p...

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