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Venture Capital Prepares for Landmark Year in Asia
Strong fundraising pipeline puts 2017 on course for bumper year as level of capital available for firms to invest surges The latest research from Preqin finds that Asia-focused venture capital fundraising has remained robust in recent years, with funds closed since the beginning of 2014 raising a combined $43bn. Despite annual fundraising totals declining slightly in 2016, 2017 could mark
Female-Founded, VC-Funded: The Numbers Behind Venture Investment in Women [Datagraphic]
To celebrate International Women’s Day last week, we created a list of 18 successful female founders and VCs changing the tech landscape. Now, in honor of Women’s History Month, we’re releasing a collection of data on female-founded companies with VC backing. (Spoiler alert: VCs are investing in women more than they were 10 years ago, but the numbers are still
The Most Effective Way Governments Should Support Startup Ecosystems
I once met an active angel investor from Europe who was convinced that government subsidies of investors were the most effective way to build startup ecosystems. Of course I asked the obvious question, “what about Silicon Valley?” “Except Silicon Valley” was his reply. Huh. Lightbulbs going on everywhere (at least in my mind). The Best Intentions Small scale grants to
PE & VC Fund Managers Grappling to Realize Value
Against a backdrop of elevated dry powder figures and healthy fundraising for both private equity and venture capital, the sheer mass of distributions to limited partners that have prompted recommitments must be noted. No less than $416 billion was sent back to LPs by PE managers in 2015, while their venture counterparts tallied up $65.1 billion—both highs for the decade.
Why Everything Will Be Disrupted?—?and What Your Startup Can Do to Win
Taken together, the evolution of technology, macroeconomic trends, and political shifts all point to the same conclusion: We’re nearing the end of a cycle. It’s only a matter of time before the industrial age disappears altogether, giving rise to the information age. As we become even more submerged in this new fast-paced digital age, it’s becoming increasingly clear that everything
Unique Insights from Silicon Valley Bank for Successfully Entering China
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Can you list the names of Silicon Valley companies that have succeeded in China? Can you list the names of foreign banks that have succeeded in China? There is only one name on both lists: Silicon Valley Bank (SVB). SVB operates in China through a joint venture with Shanghai Pudong Development Bank (SPDB), and one of the senior leaders is
After Raking It in for Some Time, PE & vc Fundraising Set to Slide
In our most recent PE & VC Fundraising Report, several key trends stood out, chief among them continued fundraising success across both asset classes and immense dry powder levels. One would surmise that in the wake of such success, the gentle decline in fundraising volume for PE firms and the equilibrium for venture fundraisers suggest enthusiasm may be tempering. However,
Dymon Asia Launches VC Fund for Fintech
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Dymon Asian has launched a $50 million venture capital fund called Dyman Asia Ventures that plans to invest in 12-15 fintech companies, as TechCrunch reports. This is the Singapore-based hedge fund's first VC fund, which announced its "first close of $20 million from a range of LPs that include Thai bank Siam Commercial (SCB), which invested an undisclosed sum via
Six Women VCs on How They Broke into the Ultimate Boys’ Club
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I’m in public relations, an industry known to be dominated by women. We work with the companies backed by a number of venture capital firms, an industry known to be dominated by men. And not just by a little–by a lot. One thorough study last year found that just 7% of the partners at the leading 100 VC firms are
Snapdeal Lays Off Hundreds Of Workers
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Snapdeal, an online marketplace headquartered in India, is reportedly laying off 500 to 600 employees. The cuts will affect all of Snapdeal’s divisions, including the marketplace, online payment division FreeCharge and logistics business Vulcan Express. The ecommerce company has raised more than $1.5 billion in total funding, including a $200 million round in early 2016 that generated an estimated valuation