Oldies but goodies.

Open IPO Window

Yesterday, the NVCA and Thomson Reuters released data showing the number of venture-backed companies going public in 2014 posted the best full year for new listings since 2000.  While an IPO exit is typically the most lucrative for investors, a strategic acquisition (M&A) can result in a very positive outcome IPO WindowIPOwindow_1

2014: Year of the Mega-Deal

As 2014 wraps, CB Insights takes a look at the 25 largest tech deals that raised $9.25 billion.  Not only was 2014 the year of the mega-deal, it also marked the year that mutual funds and hedge funds made significant investments in private, emerging technology companies. How do these investment Year of the Mega-DealVC_1

The New Success

In the late ’90s, Steven Covey published the best seller, “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.”  The book detailed seven principles of life management.  Times have changed and new skills are required to get ahead in such a dynamic and disruptive business environment.  In a recent FastCompany post, Scott Steinberg New Successsuccess_1

Growth Average

Earlier this week, Deloitte released the Technology Fast 500, ranking the fastest growing companies — large, small, public and private – spanning a variety of industry sectors, and are leaders in hardware, software, telecom, semiconductors, life sciences and clean technology.  The top company, MobileIron, had revenue growth of 123,678% during Averagegrowth_1

Early Stage Stays Strong

Last week, CB Insights released data showing investment in early stage technology companies (angel & series A rounds) reached their highest monthly total in two years at $1.25B.  Here are the high-level report findings: Capital invested in early stage tech companies in October 2014 increased by 56% over the same Stage Stays Strongseedinvestor_1

Tech’s Most Wanted: Data Scientists

What’s a data scientist and why are they in such high demand today?  The Wall Street Journal’s Clint Boulton explains, “Chief information officers are struggling to find data scientists, those individuals with engineering and business skills, as well at the statistical savviness required to analyze and derive value from Big’s Most Wanted: Data Scientistsdatascientistcover_1