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Venture Briefing: Gartner Remains Bullish on 3D Printing

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More Startups Staying Private Longer, Proving Challenge for Banks
Wall Street is dealing with new challenges in one of its bedrock businesses, taking young companies public, as more startups choose to stay private longer. A number of Internet, software and consumer companies are raising huge sums in private deals that enable them to postpone initial public offerings for years, if not indefinitely.
(Source: Dow Jones Newswires, 2015-01-01) Read the full article
Massive IPOs Expected to Be Boon for 2015 Activity
IPO momentum should continue into next year after an active 2014 when large offerings hit like "mammoths from the sky," an analyst said. Biotechnology and consumer discretionary IPOs, which enjoyed a strong 2014, should lead growth into the new year, said Richard Peterson, senior director at S&P Capital IQ.
(Source: CNBC, 2014-12-30) Read the full article
Average Pricing of Leveraged Buyouts Reached Near-High Levels
Despite banking regulators' efforts to rein in risky lending by banks, red hot credit markets still managed to drive average pricing of U.S. leveraged buyouts to near-peak levels, in part because nonbank lenders have filled in the gap left by banks. Through November, private equity firms paid an average of 9.7 times a target company's trailing 12 months' earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, almost matching the historical high seen in 2007.
(Source: The Wall Street Journal, 2014-12-31) Read the full article
SEC Not Hurrying to Finalize Equity Crowdfunding Rules
The Securities and Exchange Commission is in no rush to finalize equity crowdfunding rules, despite having already missed its Congressionally-mandated deadline by around two years. SEC chair Mary Jo White told Fortune that her agency does not believe it has any "drop dead date" by which to complete its rule-making.
(Source: Fortune, 2014-12-11) Read the full article
Venture Capitalists Turn to Crowdfunding Sites for Business Ideas
Once dependent on venture capital and small business loans, entrepreneurs are increasingly turning to crowdfunding sites like Indiegogo and Kickstarter for some extra financing from the masses. Now some venture capitalists are looking at crowdfunding sites for business ideas.
(Source: Fox Business, 2014-12-30) Read the full article
Universities Boost Efforts to Create Business Startups
Universities are stepping up efforts to create "spinouts," or business startups born from some of the cutting-edge research of their students or faculty. Some schools are creating funds that help cover startup costs, while others are pairing scientists with entrepreneurs, launching incubators, or programs to foster business development, and even including entrepreneurial activity in their reviews of faculty.
(Source: The Wall Street Journal, 2014-12-17) Read the full article
Health IT Poised for Venture Capital Funding Record in 2015
If market conditions continue where they left off in 2014, then 2015 could be another record-breaking year for venture capital funding in the health IT sector. With VC money pouring into HIT, it has become the bellwether surpassing the growth of traditional health care and technology alike.
(Source: Health Data Management, 2015-01-02) Read the full article
Companies Vie for Business as Cuba Opens Doors
Within hours of President Obama's historic move to restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba, companies in the United States were already developing strategies to introduce their products and services to a market they have not been in for the better part of 50 years -- if ever. But while there may be robust opportunities for some companies, especially those selling products or goods that could be viewed as enhancing Cuba's own domestic production or helping to develop its underused resources, other companies could get the cold shoulder.
(Source: The New York Times, 2014-12-18) Read the full article
Gartner Remains Bullish on 3D Printing
Samuel W. Beavers

We told you how high start-up costs delayed implementation of 3D printing technologies, but that the future looked bright. Now, information technology research firm Gartner predicts that the 3D printing market will be $13.4 billion in 2018. Read full post online.


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According to the PitchBook Blog we are seeing $750 billion in global private equity dry powder heading into 2015. Source: PE in 2014: visual breakdown


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