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3 April 2002

Biomedicine: The next wave for California’s economyp

Biotechnology stocks are down and several promising biotech drugs have recently been hitting regulatory walls. However, the future looks bright for California's biomedical cluster, according to this report from PwC and the California Healthcare Industry.

26 March 2002

The Silicon Valley venture capital confidence survey, Q1 2002p

Following one of the most dismal years for the venture capital community in nearly a decade, venture capitalists responding to the Silicon Valley venture capital confidence survey, conducted by Deloitte & Touche, have a positive outlook for the economy in 2002. For the first time since the survey's inception, the majority of respondents expect the overall economic climate to improve during the next six months, but see no return to the heady investment levels of 1999 and 2000.

20 March 2002

Jilted by broadbandp

In its most basic form broadband is an ‘always on' connection with data transfer speed that is faster than those of dial-up modems. Despite initial interest, without a surge of high-speed internet access, the technology industry, and the economy at large will remain stalled, argues Michael Copeland and Om Malik from Red Herring. New technologies from start-ups may provide a solution to promote and develop this.

11 March 2002

US private equity in 2001p

Despite steep falls from 2000's levels, 2001 was the third best year in the history of US private equity in both total dollars raised and total dollars invested in companies. John Taylor, the vice president of the NVCA, looks at the year 2001, analysing developments and trends, asking what lies in store for 2002.

11 March 2002

Strategies in global venture capital for the 2002 recoveryp

Now that the technology hype has died down, the opportunities for the next generation of venture capital fund managers is genuinely exciting. In his annual presentation to Canada's McGill University, Jim de Wilde, previously a professor at the University of Ontario, explores the opportunities available, with a particular emphasis on the Canadian market.

6 March 2002

Canada’s venture capital is really shelter capitalp

The Canadian government has taken a number of steps that will encourage investors to commit to the country's venture capital funds. But, as Mark Schwartz of Piper Marbury Rudnick & Wolfe LLP argues, recent tax reforms have not gone far enough.

5 March 2002

What’s a VC to do with all that cash?p

There are currently unprecedented levels of uninvested capital in the hands of US VC firms. Many raised vast amounts during the internet boom, and, now that comapny valuations have dropped, they are finding it difficult to invest it. John Cooke from the Seattle Post Inteligencer Reporter looks at the challenges posed by these piles of untapped capital.

28 February 2002

O Canada – US start-ups look north for funding.p

While US venture capitalists have been scaling back their investments, VCs from a little further north have been assessing the opportunities. Less exposed to needy technology companies, Canadian venture capitalists are finding some bargains south of the border that have been ignored by their US counterparts, says Lawrence Aragon of Red Herring.

19 February 2002

2002 fearless forecastp

Investment managers in the US will shift away from alternative assets in 2002, particularly private equity and venture capital, according to this survey by William M Mercer.

18 February 2002

Distributing private equity funds to US investorsp

With their home market in the doldrums, many US institutions are increasingly looking to invest elsewhere. And yet, overseas private equity firms have traditionally considered fund-raising in the US as particularly difficult and burdensome. In reality, however, many of the regulatory tax and legal barriers can be overcome says Geoffrey Kenyon and Martin Charmichael of Goodwin Procter LLP.

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