Here's my working definition of a "venture capital fund", drawing on a McKaskill book and other sources.
A venture capital fund is a pool of investment money from institutional investors (such as superannuation or pension funds), companies, banks, governments or high net worth individuals (each known as a limited partner).
The fund is placed under the management of a venture capital fund manager (known as a general partner). Funds are generally limited to a 10-year life, so funds need to be returned to the investors before the end of that period. Venture capital funds typically look for a 20%+ cumulative return on funds over the risk free rate. They require a liquidity event (eg trade sale or IPO) within three to five years.
Tub happy (Footnote 1). That's how I'm feeling. It's Friday afternoon, my niece is getting married tonight, and on the weekend I have to make no more work choices (Footnote 2).
It's been a difficult week pondering the registrability of several trade marks for new ventures. Now the week's almost over I'm reflecting.
This title sounded friendlier than "Keywords and metadata" and catchier than "Typology gets me excited", but they too are tags relevant to this post. We're talking here about tagging Website content, IP notices, and other legal notices.
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For its Person of the Year Time magazine has selected you. It has done so in recognition of the phenomena that is Web 2.0 and in particular your "user-generated" content that populates Web 2.0 sites. That content is on auction sites (eg eBay), photo and video sharing sites (eg Flickr and YouTube), blogs (with comments), wikis (led by Wikipedia), contemporary directories, message boards or shareware (eg Technorati, Digg and Del.icio.us) and shopping sites that permit user-ratings (eg Amazon).
Those sites and other popular Websites make hay today from your content. User-contributed content dominates YouTube as well as eBay and MySpace (both of which reconfigure displayed data to localise based on your IP address). Yet, admit it, your uploaded photos, music or videos are not your own creations and hence in the full sense "user-generated". Rather, you often copy them. Nothing wrong with that if there is an applicable copyright licence, permission or statutory exception in place. User-uploaded yes, user-generated... only sometimes. So I'm thinking of taking YOUR Time title away!
Global Trends in Venture Capital 2006 Survey by Deloittle & Touche USA LLP makes interesting reading, especially the observed "fledgling" trend for US venture capital enterprises to look abroad, ie invest in non-US ventures.
That July 2006 report was sponsored by the US National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) and other venture capital associations world-wide. There were 505 responses to the survey, with 45% of those from the US. The assets under management of the respondents ranged from less than US$100 million to greater than US$1 billion. Of the 505 responses 55% were based in the Americas, 24% in Europe, 17% in Asia Pacific and 4% in the Middle East.
Here's a concept from statistics to prompt thinking about your strategy in this time of extraordinary change. I just stumbled on the fact that The Long Tail is an illustration of Vilfredo Pareto's 80/20 principle. Pareto has the long beard (as pictured); Chris Anderson has the tail.
Here's what happened and why I believe the Pareto principle is useful for you to gain greater focus and invent your future during this time of turbulance and opportunity. The Pareto principle is useful for managing priorities in business and in one's personal life.
"What's he want for it?" asks Darryl in The Castle whenever he hears of someone selling odds and sods. Darryl is the "Aussie battler" father figure in this 1997 hit Australian comedy film. On hearing the numbers his stock response is: "Tell him he's dreaming."
Darryl is valuing odds and sods. To price or value a business the more useful question is "What's it worth?" It's a common question when someone wants to sell, buy, lease, license, borrow, lend, attract equity capital, partner, outsource or carry out numerous other legal transactions. There is rarely a stock answer.
The topic of valuation is taken up by two lawyers in our firm this month in practical articles in the Library section of this Website. The first article is by Daniel Dwyer and is titled 51 hints to achieve your premium business sale price.
International standardisation or at least harmonisation of law helps you go global with your intellectual property (IP).
One perspective on this is provided by an English invention - English common law. It has spread across the globe as a preferred legal system. With it intellectual property contracts have more and more adopted common law terms and references. U.S. contracting practices have played a central role here, eg in the preference for detailed provisions rather than a general statement of norms.
Achieving an optimum sale price for an enterprise isn't something that everyone thinks about when starting up their business. Like most things in life, it's far more effective if you prepare in advance.
Most facets of enterprise development are planned, whether it be a marketing plan, IT plan, overarching business plan or disaster management planning. Foreseeing the sale of your enterprise should be approached in a similar manner.
These hints provide you with some handy insight into the selling of an enterprise.