The Crowdfund Act, a bill to reduce restrictions on regular people investing in privately held companies, passed through the United States Senate today with flying colors in a 73-26 vote, after passing through the House of Representatives this past fall. But legislative matters are by definition quite complex (which is, of course, ostensibly why we elect people to deal with them on a full-time… → Read More
Dow Jones is releasing its third quarter venture capital numbers today, and the amount of money raised was down sharply from last quarter’s heady $7.7 billion distributed across 740 deals.
In the third quarter of this year, 662 companies raised just $5.4 billion. It’s not uncommon to see a muted third quarter in the venture business due to summer vacations, but this was the smallest amount raised… → Read More
Permjot Valia (@permjotvalia) is a prolific angel investor and in 2008 co-founded Flight & Partners. Here he talks about his frustrations with the UK Angel investor scene, especially the anti-entrepreneur ‘pay-to-pitch’ culture.
In 2008/09, £44.9m was invested by UK Business Angels registered to Angel Networks in UK based companies. Across the 5,500 registered Angels that is less than… → Read More
Apparently my boss crashed a picnic the other night and may or may not have exposed a meeting of the Silicon Valley Joy Luck Club, or something. I really don’t know what actually happened because I’ve been asleep for two days and besides I usually leave the serious punditry stuff to serious journalists with sources outside of 4Chan — And yes investor collusion, as my friends in /b/ would say, is… → Read More
This is a guest post by Jeff Lynn, the Chairman of The Coalition for a Digital Economy (Coadec) and Co-Founder and CEO of Seedrs. In this piece he argues that if we want to encourage angel investing in the UK, the discussion in the angel community needs to focus more on the returns investors can achieve.
Last week saw the release of two significant reports on angel investing. In the US… → Read More
Now that our US Senators are ready to roll-up their sleeves and mud wrestle their way to financial reform (debate has now commenced), now is a good time to pause and take stock of what the ultimate bill could mean for investment and technology. If you’re suffering from financial reform overload and words like Blankfein, Dodd, and collateralized debt obligations induce nausea, please avert your… → Read More