More Money Means More Private Equity Deals?

September 30, 2019

Private equity, the darling sector of the financial world, is affected by lots of things.  Among the many important factors that influence private equity is one very critical factor – interest rates. There are two things central banks around the world are doing that paint a rosy next two years for the private equity business […]

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Which Universities Produce the Most Entrepreneurs?

September 16, 2019

Entrepreneurship is the engine for American economic growth.  Although sometimes a hindrance, higher education can play an important role in developing individuals that become wildly successful entrepreneurs. The next two sections detail the top 10 undergraduate programs and the top 10 MBA programs for entrepreneurship.  Before looking, can you guess which universities show up on […]

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The Winners in the 2019 Rise in Valuations

September 3, 2019

In the venture capital and private equity universe, valuations are what matter.  Valuations determine, at least on paper, whether fund managers are doing their job and thereby whether their performance justifies further investments.  Given that 2019 has seen a fair share of massive valuation increases, the question here is as simple as possible – Which […]

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Venture Capital is Getting Huge

August 19, 2019

Venture Capital Fundraising According to data out of private equity and venture capital data provider Pitchbook, the first half of 2019 saw quite robust fundraising.  Although slightly slower than 2018’s massive fundraising year, the first half of 2019 saw almost $21 billion in total funding raised.  Behind the $21 billion were 103 funds closed, 9 […]

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The Booming VC World in Q2 2019

August 5, 2019

Venture capital (VC) investment is booming.  After a record year in 2018, many analysts thought 2019 would be a letdown.  There would be no way that VC could even come close to the massive 2018 investing.  Well, that view has changed.  A look at the state of VC activity in the U.S. follows. VC Pulls […]

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Private Equity Becomes a Political Issue – Again

July 23, 2019

If you’ve been around the private equity industry long enough, you know that presidential elections bring up strong feelings on the issue.  Based upon what has been said in the past couple of weeks, the private equity industry is again a lighting rod for political posturing.  A look at what some of the recent comments […]

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Startups Becoming VCs Themselves

July 8, 2019

When one thinks of a firm involved in mergers and acquisitions (M&A), the idea of a startup generally does not come to mind.  Rather, when most people think of M&A, they likely think of large, multi-national corporations acquiring a company that has been through multiple rounds of funding and has proven successful at its craft. […]

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A Look at Average Salary Increases in PE, VC, and CVC

June 24, 2019

Average salaries in the private equity (PE), venture capital (VC) and corporate venture capital (VC) are generally high compared to other professions. How well did industry pay do last year and what is expected this years?  A look follows. Average Pay Growth in PE, VC, and CVC What is expected to happen with average pay […]

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The Top 10 Years for Financial Employment

June 10, 2019

The last couple of years have been good for the financial industry.  Financial industry employment is up 1.8 percent since the end of 2017.  Not the strongest growth rate – that title belongs to Natural Resources, Mining, and Construction at 5.8 percent – but stronger than Trade, Transportation, and Utilities, Retail Trade, and Information. The […]

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The Global League Tables are Out – Who’s on Top

May 27, 2019

The Global League Tables – those quarterly reports out of Pitchbook and affinity – are out for the first quarter of 2019. Which companies would you guess showed up on top and which were the bottom-dwellers? Here’s a look. Large Private Equity Investors Across the Globe First up, the large global private equity investors. Large […]

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