The Story Behind the World's Largest Directory for Women in VC

In the US,   women-owned businesses made $34 billion in sales and employed 121 million people in 2016 - and the number of women-owned companies continues to increase each year. Despite the fact that only   4.8% of CEOs of Fortune 500 companies are women, female entrepreneurs and business leaders are paving the way for others to follow in their footsteps. While there is clearly much work to be done around this critical issue, two women have created a tool that should continue moving things in the right direction.
 
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Is the Venture Capital Bubble About to Burst

Over the past decade, the venture-capital industry has seen tremendous growth. Last year alone, over $160 billion was spent on investments in startup companies worldwide. The interest from investors in early-stage companies has nearly tripled over the years and deal counts have continued to climb. But is it possible for this momentum to last?

Below we'll review the current state of affairs in the venture-capital sector, what has led to its rapid growth in recent years, and how the industry's financial bubble may soon be ready to burst.

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Top 5 Questions a VC Should Ask a Startup CEO

As a Venture Capitalist eyeing a new startup, the decision to invest involves weighing risk and measuring opportunity. Making the right choice can lead to big payoffs, but taking too long during the consideration phase can cause you to miss out on a promising idea or a hidden gem. To help you navigate the delicate balancing act between due diligence and striking while the iron is hot, here are the top five questions any VC should ask a startup entrepreneur. 

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Can Biotech Sustain the Venture Capital Investment Surge?

In 2017, the biotech sector experienced over $9.3 billion in venture funding in 471 deals, including several mega-deals such as Unity Biotechnology and ADC Therapeutics. While 2017 was, by far, one of the best years for biotech venture funding since 2010, the question is can that momentum continue through 2018?

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M&A Activity is Soaring High, But What Does It Mean?

Growth through mergers and acquisitions has already surpassed $1.7 billion this year, which is the fastest growth rate in value ever recorded. According to accountancy firm Deloitte, this figure is already well beyond the $1.3 billion in M&A growth recorded for the entire year of 2017.

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New Ways to Raise Money in 2018

For startups, entrepreneurs and small business owners, the future looks bright indeed. According to the Kauffman Index of Growth Entrepreneurship, U.S. entrepreneurial activity has continued to increase for the past three years since 2014, rebounding from the slump of the Great Recession. What's more, 2017 broke records for the most venture capital invested in a single year worldwide.

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How Venture Capital Will Change in 2018

We're finally getting settled into the new year (and getting used to seeing an 8 at the end of today's date instead of a 7). But it's always a good time to make some predictions about what lies ahead in the coming months. In particular, it's especially important to pay attention to the venture capital industry, which can reveal a great deal of insight about the state of the startup landscape.

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6 Reasons M&A Deals Fail

Merging with, or acquiring, another entity is always going to be a risky venture no matter how extensive the negotiations and due diligence process are. As with any major purchase, issues may not be clear until after the fact, and a lot of things can happen once everything is already said and done that may end up destroying any potential value before it is even realized. Here are six common reasons that M&A deals fail:

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Venture Capital Vs. Social Venture Capital

Most startup founders are very familiar with the power and importance of venture capital. Venture capital firms have helped fund countless fledgling startups that have eventually soared to astounding financial success. Although most investments carry a fair amount of risk, venture capital investments are particularly risky given that the money usually goes toward a young, unestablished company with uncertain future prospects. Of course, given that traditional venture capital firms are hoping to earn a handsome return in the long run, they rely on savvy analysts to evaluate the growth potential of a startup before committing to making an investment. In general, the return on investment is the primary concern.

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What Is a Private Placement Memorandum (PPM)?

A private placement memorandum (PPM), which is also called an offering memorandum, is a lengthy document that legal counsel, accountants, investment bankers, and other pertinent professionals put together for a company to present to prospective investors. A PPM can take quite some time to craft, as it must explain the terms of the investment that the company is offering, including an explanation of the goals and potential risks. Here is a brief rundown of some of the key information that should be included in a well-designed PPM:

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