Vietnam venture capital – potential unlocked

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Vietnam’s Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) has created a circular (a regulatory document, in Vietnam speak) for improving the legal environment for venture capital investing in the Socialist state. The circular is now – since 16th April – open for public comment. The aim of the circular is to improve the ease of setting up and running VC funds in Vietnam, and from the perspective of the MPI Agency for Enterprise Development (the AED), investing in Vietnamese start-ups. Continue Reading

Short guide to sales and marketing for start-ups [Guest Post]

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  After spending months and maybe years looking for product-market fit, you now proudly got a product and are ready to go to market. However, after a few weeks of trying to make customers fall in love with what you’ve… Continue Reading

Where are the opportunities for machine learning startups? [guest post]

The pace of development and application to new data sets is what makes machine intelligence such an exciting space. In particular, there’s a real sense of momentum in London at the moment, with its proximity to a host of world-class academic institutions (Imperial, UCL, Oxford and Cambridge), an established start-up ecosystem (e.g. accelerators like Entrepreneur First actively targeting machine learning talent), and the location of target customer hubs?—?financial, legal, and governmental. Continue Reading

Passing the torch

“We cannot hold a torch to light another’s path without brightening our own.” — Ben Sweetland I’ve been incredibly lucky to be able to start things both in my personal life and professional career. I love the rush of creating… Continue Reading

VC Cafe Turns 9

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Last week LinkedIn reminded me that it’s been 9 years since I started VC Cafe (Dec 2005). Several people sent their congratulations (thank you btw), and it reminded me it’s been a while since I blogged regularly. I prefer springing into action rather than being sentimental, but I thought a little summary and a selection of highlights may inspire someone who is thinking about blogging to share their thoughts through this medium. Continue Reading

Israeli tech exits hit $6.94 Billion in 2014

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A new report by IVC Research Center and law firm Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal found that 99 Israeli high tech exits reached $6.94 billion in 2014 up 5 percent from $6.59 billion of 2013 (90 exits). The IPO activity in 2014 reached a 10 year peak, to $2.1 billion. 18 companies sold in the range of $100 million to $500 million, compared to 12 in 2013 and the M&A equity ratio is up sharply. Continue Reading