Oldies but goodies.

Corporate Investing

Earlier this week, the NVCA release venture investment by corporate venture funds.  According to the report, corporate venture groups invested $5.4 billion in 775 deals to U.S.-based companies in 2014. Additional data released shows: Corporate venture accounted for 11.0% of all venture dollars invested and 17.8% of all venture deals Investingcorporate_1

Founder Compensation

Earlier this week, the Wall Street Journal’s Accelerator’s column focused on the topic of executive compensation.  This is a hot topic in the startup world, especially when investors are involved. Christina Bechhold, co-founder of Empire Angels, has some great advice — talk about it.  Those founders who are transparent about Compensationsalary_1

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

Corporate Innovations

Venture capital arms of corporations are becoming a larger segment of the venture capital asset class.  According to the MoneyTree Report by the National Venture Capital Association and PricewaterhouseCoopers, with data from ThomsonReuters, corporate venture groups invested $993.6 million in 176 deals in US-based companies in 3Q14. Below is additional InnovationscorporateVC_1

Seed Is The New Series A Round

The startup investment pool has gotten wider — more investor types, specifically angel investors, have joined the ecosystem.  Angel investors who are investing significant capital into startups have pushed the Series A fundraise further into the future. Looking at the data collected by CB Insights, the graph below illustrates, there Is The New Series A Roundangelinvestor_1