Topics: Venture Capital

How Are European Banks Investing in Fintech?

How Are European Banks Investing in Fintech?

CB Insights’ research in European banks investment in fintech makes an interesting read. The research company analysed private market fintech investments by assets under management all the way from 2012 to the current year and noticed banks are keen on fintech investments. With the current rate of investing, funding in European-based fintech firms might surpass $2.6 billion this year.   [...]

Are Silicon Valley’s VCs Losing Interest in Fintech?

Are Silicon Valley’s VCs Losing Interest in ...

Fintech has been booming in recent years. Investors of all kinds have flocked towards the industry and new fintech startups have been popping up all over the globe. But a recent Inc. post suggests Silicon Valley’s VCs might be losing interest.   VCs not as big of a player in fintech   Fintech companies had a surge in investment from [...]

Modest Start to Global Fintech Investment in Q1 2017

Modest Start to Global Fintech Investment in Q1 2017

KPMG has published its Pulse of Fintech, which covers the global fintech industry performance for Q1 of 2017. KMPG’s research finds global fintech investment to have a modest, yet solid start to the year, with a few strong performers to lead the way.   Global fintech investment falls slightly   The KMPG research shows the first three months of the [...]

Hunting Green Unicorns and Other Ways to Make Capital Deliver Super Returns

Hunting Green Unicorns and Other Ways to Make ...

A new breed of investor is pursuing a "triple bottom line" strategy, including in their due diligence an analysis of the social, environmental and governance  risks and impacts of investments. As result, there are new opportunities for investing in transportation networks, alternative energy infrastructure, textiles and even farmlands. The motivation is to make money on the deals but also to [...]

Huffington Post Could Be The Next Target for Private Equity

Huffington Post Could Be The Next Target for Private...

One of the week’s biggest business news has been the announcement on Tuesday that Verizon is acquiring AOL. The announcement by the two prominent US companies created big headlines and launched speculation over a number of possible spin-off deals. The most prominent was the talk that AOL might be interested in selling off Huffington Post. According to analysts, the news [...]

VC Predictions for 2015; Orrick Seed Stage Panel

VC Predictions for 2015; Orrick Seed Stage Panel

A Forbes journalist scoped a recent Silicon Valley conference, hosted by legal advisory Orrick, and reported the following what’s hotpredictions and what’s not from the VC discussion panel. The early stage venture panellists were Kent Goldman, Founder, Upside Partnership, Ullas Naik, Founder, Streamlined Ventures, Sergio Monsalve, Partner, Norwest Venture Partners, Scott Raney, Partner, Redpoint Ventures and George Zachary, Partner, Charles [...]

Private Equity Backed Avolon Planning for IPO

Private Equity Backed Avolon Planning for IPO

The markets have seen plenty of initial public offerings (IPOs) this quarter and the Irish aircraft lessor is set to be the next in line. The private equity backed company is going ahead with the IPO as potential buyers pull out their offers.   According to The Street, the company is planning to sell 13.6 million shares for a price [...]

VC and PE Distributions Hit a High

VC and PE Distributions Hit a High

The amount of capital that VC funds returned to LPs in the first quarter hit a peak not seen since the third quarter of 2000, just after the dotcom and tech stock market bull run, according to benchmarks published by Cambridge Associations. Distributions from venture funds in the first quarter reached USD 7 billion, a 75% increase over the same [...]

Battery Ventures Strengthens its Private Equity Branch

Battery Ventures Strengthens its Private Equity ...

Battery Venture announced on Thursday that it has hired a new partner for its private equity business. The new partner is software executive Russell Fleischer, who will hope to find new deals in the enterprise software sector.   This Boston-based company, which was founded in 1983, is perhaps better known for its venture capital side, but it has a long-history [...]

Fail and Talk About It: Conference Series for PE Pro’s and Entrepreneurs

Fail and Talk About It: Conference Series for PE ...

It is a rare thing to see failure in business and investing under the magnifying glass, despite the fact that more startups fail to achieve their potential than succeed. We much prefer to tell success stories, but business flops and foibles are a gold mine of information, especially when the lessons learned are shared with others, then the whole community [...]

Quote of the Week: Venture Capital? Make Way for Geek Guilds

Quote of the Week: Venture Capital? Make Way for ...

YCombinator is a VC fund that looks and operates like a guild of geeks, and hardly looks anything like a traditional fund comprised of VC partners with MBAs or finance degrees. They are operators, through and through.   Who said it: Dave McClure, Founding Partner 500Startups In Context: Dave McClure sees “significant changes” in the venture capital industry, in particular [...]

Where Will PE Funds Invest Their Cash Holdings?

Where Will PE Funds Invest Their Cash Holdings?

We recently looked at the level of private equity (PE) capital that had not been invested in 2013. Although reported figures from Thomson Reuters and the UK Financial Times have the “dry powder” at a value approaching $800billion, within the PE marketplace analysts and commentators are talking of a “real” figure being nearer to $1trillion.   While fundraising has picked [...]

Further VC Evolutions Driven by Kima Ventures

Further VC Evolutions Driven by Kima Ventures

The continuing evolution of private equity (PE) and venture capital (VC) towards using online platforms predominantly in fund raising and deal making has continued with the launch of Kima15, a VC initiative from Kima Ventures, themselves one of the world’s largest angel investor groups.   Kima15 aims to help technology entrepreneurs and tech start-up businesses raise seed investment quicker and [...]

Exits Full Steam Ahead

Exits Full Steam Ahead

Silicon Valley just had its most lucrative quarter for exits in five years, according to Fast Company. Overall, 2013 is on pace for a record number of VC-backed exits, with 144 year to date. Chinese companies are also taking advantage of the opportunity to go public with four IPOs in New York this year, according to Forbes. The entrepreneurial community [...]

Family Offices’ Growing Role in Silicon Valley

Family Offices’ Growing Role in Silicon Valley

Family offices and high net worth individuals are playing a more important role in the venture capital market in Silicon Valley, reports The WSJ.   In recent years, investment by individual investors (as opposed to VC firms) has been on the rise, and they are filling an important gap in the market, particularly for later stage investments, as the graphic [...]