Venture capital isn't mired in a new normal. Instead, it's on the verge of a cyclical upswing.
By Roger Ehrenberg, contributor
To most, the world of venture capital appears to be in the midst of chaos. Poor 10-year returns. Many bloated GPs. The super angel/micro VC "phenomenon" (if it can be called that). Rumors of collusion. A largely closed IPO market. Stock market uncertainty. An uncertain regulatory climate. And on and on. A crazy MOREOct 7, 2010 2:23 PM ET
By Ben Horowitz, contributor
Cloud computing company Opsware was nobody's darling. Then founders Andreessen and Horowitz put the company through three rounds of layoffs. The unlikely result was a big buyout -- here's how it happened.
"I'm tryin' to right my wrongs / But it's funny them same wrongs helped me write this song" -Kanye West
Shortly after we sold Opsware to Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), I had a conversation with the legendary venture MORESep 20, 2010 1:19 PM ET
The Ford chairman has a surprising side project: funding ideas that could ease car congestion.
A few years ago the CEO of Ford Motor, Bill Ford, began pushing the company to be more sensitive to the environment. The result: The automaker today produces five different hybrid models that help reduce gas consumption and pollution. Now Ford, currently executive chairman of the car company, has turned his attention to another byproduct of MOREMichael V. Copeland, Senior Writer - Jun 28, 2010 3:00 AM ET
Last December I wrote that Elevation Partners was beginning to make noise about raising a second fund, an Act 2 for its less-than-successful, $1.9-billion first effort. Elevation is the private-equity firm started by Roger McNamee, Bono and others that was supposed to focus on next-generation media and entertainment deals but drifted instead into consumer electronics (by buying Palm (PALM)), online real estate and tired old media. It recently recruited former MOREAdam Lashinsky, Sr. Editor at Large - Jun 23, 2010 5:21 PM ET
A silent cement factory on the Northern California coast is not where you would expect to find a former British Prime Minister on a Sunday afternoon. But there was no mistaking a blue-blazered Tony Blair hopping down from a black SUV as it rolled to a stop in a cloud of dust in front of a series of construction trailers. The reason for Blair's visit to this windy stretch of MOREMichael V. Copeland, Senior Writer - May 24, 2010 12:50 PM ET
The Bloom Energy CEO is finally unveiling his entry in the fuel-cell arena after years of playing it close to the vest.
By Paul Keegan, contributor
K.R. Sridhar looks nervous. The CEO of Bloom Energy, the much-hyped fuel cell start-up, sits in a conference room preparing to show off his magical "Bloom Box" for the first time in public. The 49-year-old scientist-turned entrepreneur has raised $400 million in venture capital for his MOREFeb 19, 2010 4:33 PM ET
I had a small, Twitter-hosted dustup recently with Trevor Loy, a pleasant fellow who, when he is not Twittering, brings truth and justice to the world via the agency of venture capital. Loy was hot and bothered over some turn of events in Congress having to do with immigration policy. Many entrepreneurs are immigrants, you see. And because venture capital equals entrepreneurialism, the proposed congressional action might harm VCs, which, MOREAdam Lashinsky, Sr. Editor at Large - Dec 22, 2009 6:00 AM ET
Corporate venture capital is one of the corners of the VC world that runs extremely hot and cold. When the startup world is gathering interest and money, practically every large company - even some small outfits - trots out its own venture investment group. But just as fast as they pile in with their corporate cash, the suits also run for the exits when times get dicey.
Take the previous tech MOREMichael V. Copeland, Senior Writer - Nov 24, 2009 7:18 AM ET
By Michal Lev-Ram
HALF MOON BAY, Calif. - The next big thing in venture capital is small investments, according to a panel of Silicon Valley investors who appeared at Fortune's Brainstorm Tech conference on Tuesday.
"There's no IPO market to speak of right now, big companies like Google (GOOG) and Microsoft (MSFT) are doing far fewer deals than in previous years, so where are the exits coming from?" asked Adam Lashinsky, Fortune MOREMichal Lev-Ram, writer - Jul 22, 2008 7:09 PM ET
By Michael V. Copeland
Here's the math problem facing early-stage venture capitalists today. The vast majority of "exits" for venture-backed software companies, those happy events where everyone gets paid, are acquisitions valued at less than $50 million. All those large companies that go shopping for startups -- Google (GOOG), Microsoft (MSFT), Cisco (CSCO), eBay (EBAY), Yahoo (YHOO) and AT&T (T) -- may be buying up dozens of companies every year, but MORETodd Woody - Nov 27, 2007 5:00 AM ET
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