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Venture Capital Trends: By Stage, Round, & Industry

December 27, 2008


In March, I noted that venture capital is moving “up the ladder” – more money was flowing into latter stage investments, with only about 10% of VC deals going to start-up stage investment (as compared to 25% in 1995). In August, I examined venture capital investments by financing round which revealed that Series E round […]

Winners! – University of San Francisco Business Plan Competition (2008)

May 2, 2008


Now the results from the 2008 University of San Francisco International Business Plan Competition: Grand PrizeCarnegie Mellon University – Dynamics“Dynamics has invented a low-cost paper-thin, flexible computer. The platform technology is piloting as a security card solution. A proven credit card solution eliminates $22.5 billion of fraud annually by changing a portion of your credit […]

The Venture Capital Confidence Index – A Leading Indicator

April 30, 2008


Mark Cannice, Chair of the University of San Francisco Entrepreneurship Program, provided some great insight about how venture capital and venture capital activites may foreshadow overall financial market activity. In his video interview on The Wall Street Journal Online, Mark pointed out that venture capital operates at the “intersection of public and private finance,” providing […]

Update! University of San Francisco International Business Plan Competition

April 25, 2008


I spent the day today at the Hotel Kabuki in San Francisco, serving as a coach to aspiring young entrepreneurs and companies in developing their “elevator pitch” and venture capital presentations during the University of San Francisco International Business Plan Competition. Although the competition is a compilation of student-led groups that have been vetted at […]

University of San Francisco International Business Plan Competition

April 10, 2008


Quick update on a great event upcoming — April 24 – 26 – Hotel Kabuki (San Francisco’s Japan Town) The University of San Francisco Contest will feature 20 graduate student entrepreneur teams from around the world (MIT, Hong Kong UST, Cambridge, USF, Stanford, etc.) pitching their new venture proposals to panels of venture capitalists, top […]

University of San Francisco Entrepreneur Team Wins 3rd place in Business Plan Competition

March 20, 2008


Congratulations to Tom Monaghan (University of San Francisco, EMBA 2007) and Tesh Khullar (University of San Francisco, EMBA 2006) for their outstanding achievement in winning 3rd place in the National Seed Business Plan Competition in Santa Barbara last weekend. Tom and Tesh were one of 10 teams invited from among the 72 applications for the […]

$236 million? Bear Stearns, Valuations, and Train Wrecks

March 17, 2008


An astonishing train wreck. That’s all that comes to mind in reading about Bear Stearns’ collapse and J.P. Morgan’s purchase of the Wall Street mainstay since 1923. According to the Wall Street Journal – “J.P. Morgan Rescues Bear Stearns.” “Rescues?” Seems more like Cousin Vinny bailing out the “two youts” somewhere in Alabama after being […]