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Venture Briefing: Hackers Are Not the Only Ones Watching - Why You Need a Cyber Security and Privacy Plan

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Venture Capitalists Concerned Over Soaring Tech IPO Demand
Rip-roaring demand for tech IPOs has created lots of happy people in Silicon Valley. But it also has some tech CEOs feeling pressured to bring their companies to market -- and some venture capitalists worrying that things are getting overheated.
(Source: Mercury News, 2014-02-07) Read the full article
2014 Already Proving Good Year for Initial Public Offerings
The IPO surge this year is starting to bring back memories of the 2000 dot-com boom, but in a good way. Already this year, 31 companies have sold their shares to the public for the first time, a 72 percent increase from this point in 2013, says Kathleen Smith of Renaissance Capital.
(Source: USA Today, 2014-02-12) Read the full article
Private Equity Prepares for More Sales as Volcker Rule Approved
Many more private equity executives will find themselves traveling more frequently as banking rules get revamped. The main reason for this is the Volcker Rule, which compels financial institutions to divest their buyout operations, as a way to limit the risk that large lenders can take using their own funds.
(Source: Venture Capital Post, 2014-02-10) Read the full article
Nasdaq Seeking to Make Private Share Exchanges More Popular
Facebook's 2012 stock market debut kicked off a boom in U.S. initial public offerings and in the process undercut a Wall Street fad the company helped popularize: private share exchanges. Now Nasdaq OMX Group Chief Executive Officer Robert Greifeld hopes to succeed where these other private exchanges failed.
(Source: Bloomberg Businessweek, 2014-02-13) Read the full article
SEC Seeking to Review Special Status of Stock Exchanges
A majority of the five-member U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission wants the agency to review whether stock exchanges should continue to have regulatory roles that include overseeing members who may run competing venues. Advocates of such a review say the special status creates benefits and burdens for exchanges such as IntercontinentalExchange Group's New York Stock Exchange.
(Source: Bloomberg, 2014-02-11) Read the full article
Small Businesses Face Uncertainty Over Tax Deductions
Last year, owners of small businesses had to cope with higher tax rates. This year, they will wrestle with greater uncertainty about the fate of some deductions they have come to rely on.
(Source: The New York Times, 2014-02-07) Read the full article
V.C. Investments in Medical Devices Continued Decline in 2013
Last year was the quietest year for medical-device investing since 2005, according to industry tracker DJX VentureSource. But the troubled sector -- made up of technologies that run the gamut from imaging machines that take up half a room to tiny implantable devices that prop open arteries -- is not down for the count, device investors say.
(Source: The Wall Street Journal, 2014-02-07) Read the full article
Tech Companies Confidentially Filing for Initial Public Offerings
Shhhh: A wave of tech start-ups are secretly seeking to go public. Choosing to file confidentially for an initial public offering is fast becoming the norm for young technology companies.
(Source: The New York Times, 2014-02-09) Read the full article
Hedge Fund, Private Equity Fees Being Scrutinized By Investors
Hedge funds as a whole have undershot just about any benchmark in recent years, not least buoyant stock markets. Many investors in private equity, for their part, are wondering if they are being adequately rewarded for tying up their cash for a decade or more and since it is the net return that matters to investors, trimming fees improves a fund’s perceived performance.
(Source: The Economist, 2014-02-08) Read the full article
Entrepreneurs Angry Over Increasing LLC Costs
The burdens and costs related to limited liability companies, or LLCs -- a popular legal category for businesses that passes profits through to individual owners' personal taxes while shielding them from liability for corporate debts -- are drawing complaints from some entrepreneurs around the U.S. They question why they should have to pay hundreds, and sometimes thousands, of dollars just to incorporate.
(Source: The Wall Street Journal, 2014-02-12) Read the full article
Hackers Are Not the Only Ones Watching - Why You Need a Cyber Security and Privacy Plan


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By The Numbers

A growing recognition of the value of a strong brand is being reflected in the budgets of private equity firms and others working within the industry. In the next 12 months, 56 percent are planning to invest more in their marketing materials and website, 44 percent to invest more in investor relations and 34 percent to invest more in public relations.
Source: BackBay Communications Study – Private Equity Brand Equity III


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