With all the excitement about today’s unicorns – privately held, venture capital-backed companies valued at over a billion dollars – and the anticipated stream of IPO’s this year, smart investors need to understand what venture valuation is all about. We’ll try here to arm investors with that understanding. Valuation Fundamentals 101 Venture capital investing is […]
Xaptum, founded by a UIC bioengineer, is tackling security for smartphones, sensors and other devices. Rohit Pasam has been working on a way to make the internet of things safer, and he’s got another $3.1 million to do it. His startup, Xaptum, has built a secure cloud that would keep devices, such as sensors and […]
VCapital board member and strategic marketing officer Ken Freeman recently wrote in Financial Poise about finding the value segment in venture capital by focusing on the Midwest.
Too many investors “vote” repeatedly. They don’t practice the buy-and-hold discipline espoused by Mr. Buffet. On an average day, 3-4 billion shares change hands in NYSE composite trading. Even worse, too many investors rush in following market run-ups and then sell in a panic as prices plunge. In the midst of some recent volatility, small […]
As awareness of recent venture homeruns has grown, there has been a surge in innovative venture activity. It’s no longer limited to Silicon Valley and Boston’s Route 128. Venture capital activity is flourishing in New York, Los Angeles, the DC metro area, Austin . . . and anywhere where creativity, ambition, and the funds to […]
(*FOMO = Fear Of Missing Out) As a consumer, you may love Uber. Lots do. But Uber is a vivid reminder of the potential perils of FOMO-driven late stage venture investments. While most early stage venture investments may not evoke your friends’ envy, and each one faces considerable risk of even surviving to maturity. Nevertheless, […]