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Venture Briefing: January 24, 2018 Venture Briefing: January 24, 2018

Venture Briefing: January 24, 2018

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Venture Capital Firms Invested $84B in 8,000 Tech Firms in 2017
Money is flowing into Silicon Valley to find the next big thing at the highest rate since the dot-com boom, and there does not seem to be a bubble in sight. In 2017, venture capital firms in the United States dished out $84 billion to 8,000 technology startups and companies, the highest amount of capital seen since the early 2000s, according to an annual industry monitor from the research firm Pitchbook and the National Venture Capital Association.
(Source: The Mercury News, 2018-01-11) Read the full article
Startups Grapple with Using V.C. or ICOs as Funding Option
Startups are now facing a dilemma the world over. Should they pursue traditional venture capital with its predictability and limitations or turn to ICOs where there is quick money, volatility and innumerable unknowns?
(Source: Bloomberg, 2018-01-21) Read the full article
Sales of Small Businesses Rose Over 26 Percent in 2017
Small businesses were a much sought-after commodity during 2017, with the number of sales transactions rising more than 26 percent from the previous year., an online marketplace for small businesses that tracks the number of transactions reported by business brokers, counted 9,919 sales, up from 7,842 in 2016.
(Source: Inc., 2018-01-19) Read the full article
Global Sovereign Investor Deal-Making Fell 24% to $72.5B in 2017
Sovereign investor deal-making fell 24 percent in 2017 to $72.5 billion as megadeals such as China Investment Corp's bumper $13.8 billion buy of warehouse firm Logicor, which led the pack, were thin on the ground. In 2017, it was consortium deals and venture capital funding rounds that boosted values, with tech start-ups and energy the popular plays.
(Source: Reuters, 2018-01-17) Read the full article
SBA Backs Record Amount of Loans as Small Business Optimism Rises
Small-business optimism in the United States soared last year, reaching the highest level in decades. Thanks to strong credit markets, entrepreneurs have better access to funds now than at any other time in the past decade. The current fiscal year has already seen a record amount of loans backed by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
(Source: The Epoch Times, 2018-01-11) Read the full article
Tax Loophole Could Benefit Multinational Corporations
A loophole in the new U.S. tax law could allow multinational corporations like Apple to avoid paying billions of dollars in taxes on profits stashed overseas, according to experts. Stemming from a Republican overhaul of international business taxes, the loophole involves the tax rates -- 15.5 percent or 8 percent -- which companies must pay on $2.6 trillion in profits they are holding abroad.
(Source: Reuters, 2018-01-11) Read the full article
P.E. Founders Find it Difficult to Give Up Control of Firms
Private equity founders are not as good at smoothly relinquishing control of their firms as they are at making private equity investments. Larger firms approach succession planning a bit different than midsized or small alternative investment firms, said Hugh Shields, a co-founder and principal in the Chicago office of executive coaching and consulting firm Shields Meneley Partners.
(Source: Pensions & Investments, 2018-01-22) Read the full article
Report Finds Companies See Cyber Incidents as Major Threat
Business interruption and cyber incidents interlink as the major threat facing companies over the coming year, according to a report published by Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty. Allianz revealed that business interruption -- including supply chain disruption -- ranks as the most important global risk for the sixth year in a row (listed by 42 percent of respondents).
(Source: Insurance Journal, 2018-01-17) Read the full article
Report Says Companies with Diverse Executive Teams Perform Better
A new report from global management consulting firm McKinsey examined 1,000 companies in 12 countries, analyzing both financial data and the gender and ethnic makeup of their workforces. Researchers found that firms with diverse executive teams posted bigger profit margins in their respective sectors than companies lacking diversity.
(Source: Observer, 2018-01-19) Read the full article
General Protection Regulation Compliance Assistance in Agribusiness

Over the past few decades, the food and agribusiness industry has used technology to become more efficient in practice. Technology and data are part of the definition of agriculture today, and farmers and agribusinesses have taken steps towards proper ways to collect, store and use the data. Read full article online.


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