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The State of Venture Capital

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The impact of venture capital on the innovation economy makes it an essential tool for corporate leaders and investors alike. With VC operating at all-time highs and its broad impact on every business sector, it has never been more critical to understand the workings of venture capital.

The impact of venture-backed innovation to benefit society is in plain sight:

  • Critical major vaccine breakthroughs to address the pandemic were created by venture-backed companies [e.g. Moderna and Vaccitech/Oxford/AstroZenica]
  • Venture-backed companies enabled the work-from-home transformation and all-important resiliency [Zoom, Slack, et al.]
  • Food delivery [DoorDash, et al.], Education, Health Care, everywhere one looks one can see the impact

All this rests against the backdrop of venture capital itself undergoing tectonic shifts:

  • Records levels of venture capital activity
  • Record levels of IPO activity, and new structures [e.g. SPACs] providing expanded access
  • New global investing strategies
  • New Venture firm structures [e.g. Sequoia, Angel funds, University shared carry funds etc.]
  • New sector participants [e.g. Tiger Global, Softbank] making waves

Understanding venture capital, the players, the structures, and the opportunities is an essential skill for every sophisticated investor, entrepreneur, and corporate manager engaged in the innovation economy.

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