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What’s Really Going on with Venture Capital?

What’s Really Going on with Venture Capital?

Dec 11, 2011

  The venture capital industry appears to be defying economics. On one hand, early stage fund raising is down 48% year over year. Exits are dwindling. And the number of venture capitalists has declined.  On the other, there’s a start up boom. Everyone, it seems, is starting something. Incubators abound. And in Silicon Valley valuations are...

The New Market Places – Peer to Peer Collaborative Consumption

The New Market Places – Peer to Peer Collaborative Consumption

Mar 10, 2011

Collaborative consumption market places are everywhere: media, car rental, lodging, staffing, textbooks, apparel, custom graphic design and even finance. Netflix shares DVDs among a large subscriber base. ZipCar and GetAround make car sharing easy. Travelers rent a local’s apartment for a few days through HomeAway and 9Flats. College students rent textbooks...

Pick a Platform. Pick a Market. Get Right to It.

Pick a Platform. Pick a Market. Get Right to It.

Jan 5, 2011

Just ten websites command 75% of all page views. Apple sells 70% of digital music; Amazon hawks 70% of eBooks. Google answers 63% of the world’s search queries. Twenty five ecommerce merchants collect 75% of ecommerce spend, up from 70% last year.[1,2,3,4] Make no mistake, these statistics bear monopolistic hallmarks. Glancing through these market analyses,...