Turmoil in the financial markets created obvious challenges for generating investor returns. The past few years also saw the proliferation of early-stage investments and evolving alternative exit options. What do these changes mean for the limited partners and how will they affect deal flows between VC's of different stages?
Our panelists will share their thoughts on the changing investment landscape, discuss the relative success of new investment models and explore strategies for capitalizing on the new opportunities.
Social ventures leverage the capital markets to solve social problems and provide sustainable social benefits. Given the current emphasis on philanthropy and the social good, how do social capitalists view investment returns, time to exit and the net effect on the bottom line?
Our panelists will review the challenges involved in weighing financial and social returns, share commercial philanthropy success stories, and reflect on the future of market-based solutions to social problems.
The venture capital markets made a roaring comeback in 2010 with 2,799 deals attracting $26.2 billion investment (11% increase from 2009), although median deal size for 2010 dropped to $4.4 million (from $5 million in 2009).
Our panelists will debate the strategy's they deploy to support their portfolio companies while delivering expected returns to their investors. They will examine methods of managing their portfolio companies, discuss the influence of the recent crisis on their approach, and explore innovative approaches to building successful companies.
Europe and Israel have developed local venture capital markets while emerging markets are seeing an increase in the scale of investments. Armed with knowledge and experience in international finance, human resources and capital markets, these globe-trotting VC's have first hand knowledge in taking a company global.
This panel will look at the venture capital industry from a regional and global perspective and attempting to discover what having an international edge means to investors and entrepreneurs.
by Guy Kawasaki
by Len Baker
24th March 2011