Vietnam venture capital – potential unlocked

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

VC Cafe Turns 9

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

Forbes Reveals the 2013 Venture Capital Midas List

VC midas list 2013 forbes

Forbes released the 2013 Midas List for Venture Capital today, proving that to be successful in VC, all you need is one big hit. Five of the top ten names on the list invested in Facebook, the largest tech IPO of 2012. Continue Reading

Startups Start Local But Go Global. Is Europe Included?

Last week I had the pleasure of speaking at the Cities Summit Tel Aviv, in a session moderated by Mr Yossi Vardi. The topic was the “Innovative code” of cities. My talk focused on London and its ability to become a startup center in Europe. In a nutshell, London has all the components it needs to succeed. Continue Reading

VentureGeeks Unveils Pre-Seed Investments in Five Israeli Startups

Since their inauguration in February 2011, little has been shared on the VentureGeeks program or its participants – until now. Yesterday, VentureGeeks unveiled its first five investments in their Investor Day event, following the Y Combinator model. Continue Reading

BVCA Report: The Global State of the IPO Market

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The latest Global Trends in Venture Capital report, compiled by the British Venture Capital Association (BVCA) and Deloitte, asks the question: “Is a an active IPO market in your home country essential for the success of the venture capital industry in that market?” Continue Reading

Entrepreneurs: How to Delight Your VC [part I]

VC Cafe asked European and Israeli VCs for their wish list from entrepreneurs, or in other words, what should entrepreneurs be doing more or less of, to maximize their chances of success. Continue Reading

Ten Takeaways from Deloitte’s 2010 Israel VC Indicator Survey

Deloitte Touche in Israel produces a Venture Capital and Private Equity survey every other quarter in an attempt to identify trends within the venture capital arena, give a summary of VC expectations of the Israeli VC community for the next six to twelve months. This is the survey 33rd installment in Israel and the responses were collected in June this year. Continue Reading

IVC Report Q2 2010: Seeds of Recovery in Venture Capital Funding

Venture Capital Raised by Israeli High-Tech Companies by Quarter

The summary of high tech capital raising in Q2 is out, and the IVC Research Center confirm what we’ve already knew – capital raising in Israel is showing seeds of recovery (see VC Cafe’s post “Crisis Shmisis”) with $343 million raised in 104 deals, representing an increase of 47% from the previous quarter. Life sciences continue to lead capital raising, attracting $109 million, and Israeli VC investments are a much smaller slice of the pie. Continue Reading