On the mend or broken for good? VC returns paint an industry in transition

Earlier this week, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation issued a blistering report about the venture capital industry, detailing its own experiences investing in some 100 venture capital firms over the past 20 years. Sixty-two out of the 100 funds it invested in failed to exceed returns available in the public markets, with the foundation writing that there is a “chronic… Read More


‘Do-or-die’ time for VCs as funding levels drop by 35%

A number of venture capital firms — including Seattle’s Madrona Venture Group and Voyager Capital — are looking to take advantage of the positive momentum in the economy to raise new funds. Even so, the first quarter numbers out today from Thomson Reuters and the National Venture Capital Association indicate that not as many firms… Read More


Ugh, this doesn’t look so good: Venture capital investing in Washington state plummets

It seems that every quarter in the venture capital industry brings a bit of good news and bad news. So, where do you want to start this time? Let’s start with the good. The National Venture Capital Association, Thomson Reuters and PricewaterhouseCoopers today released numbers showing that venture capitalists pumped $28.4 billion into 3,673 deals… Read More

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Optimism fades as venture capitalists head into 2012

Generally speaking, venture capitalists and startup CEOs are kind of half-glass-full kind of folks. But even these optimistic groups are uncertain about the economic environment in 2012. According to the sixth annual predictions survey released today by the National Venture Capital Association, venture capitalists and startup CEOs are not as bullish as they were at the… Read More


Survey: Venture capital is very much dominated by white men

A firestorm erupted earlier this month after CNN’s Soledad O’Brien questioned blogger-turned-venture capitalist Michael Arrington and others about why more black entrepreneurs don’t receive venture capital financing in Silicon Valley. While the public squabble probably didn’t do much to solve the problem, it did highlight an issue which is hardly a secret in the halls of… Read More


IPO window closes, raises fears among venture capitalists

Over the course of the past week, I’ve bumped into a venture capitalist and a high-tech lawyer who shared with me nearly identical information. Basically, they said things are slowing down. And now here’s more evidence of that fact. During the third quarter, just three venture-backed companies completed IPOs. That’s down 77 percent from the… Read More