Many entrepreneurs consider growing their business in hot markets on the east and west coasts for easy access to investors and other experts in the community—specifically in tech hubs like Silicon Valley, New York and Boston. However, in today’s connected world, does location still matter?
A trend in 2017 was the general increase in corporate venture capital, which grew to more than $37.4 billion, with a substantial increase in the total number of deals from the previous year. However, the corporate VC often comes with a catch.
In 2017, VC investing focused on certain hot sectors. Artificial intelligence was all the rage with more than $5 billion invested. Cybersecurity also continued to be a popular area with a 40% increase from the prior year to more than $3.6 billion invested. Fintech, as a broad category, saw increasing investment with $6.5 billion invested and genomics funding grew by 142% last year to $2.5 billion. Here are key takeaways from our recent QuickLaunch University webinar on the hot sectors VC investors are watching in 2018.
During our January QuickLaunch University webinar, we were joined by three leading venture capital investors to discuss trends and themes in VC funding and what to expect in 2018. The panel discussion included insight on industries to watch, early-stage investing and corporate VCs.
Initial coin offerings or similar types of sales of virtual-based coins and tokens, are quickly becoming an important fundraising tool for many early-stage companies. Last month, our QuickLaunch University webinar series focused on initial coin offerings and recent developments for . Here are five key takeaways.
WilmerHale Partners Jason Kropp and Jeff Stein discussed how early-stage companies should prepare for the fundraising process. They were joined by Jere Doyle, managing director at Sigma Prime Ventures and investor and advisor to dozens of technology . Here are several important areas of focus for thinking about raising a seed round.
When you need cash to fuel your , it’s tempting to "think local." The people with the strongest ties to you—relatives, friends, college roommates, running buddies and co-workers—are the ones who believe in you. You’d probably turn first to them for financial support. Capital fronted by these folks might be the quickest, easiest cash you’ll ever collect—but you could end up paying a crippling price for it.
Fewer companies are successfully raising Series A , but those that do are raising more money. If you are planning to raise money in 2017, here are a few things you should start doing now to improve your chances of success.