Venture Briefing: January 25, 2017 Venture Briefing: January 25, 2017

Venture Briefing: January 25, 2017

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College Debt Keeping Millennials from Becoming Entrepreneurs
Because of the corrosive impact of student debt on start-ups, millennials seem to be the new lost generation of entrepreneurs. Although it is difficult to pin down a direct relationship between college loans and entrepreneurial activity, the weight of student debt appears to be deterring some would-be business owners.
(Source: The New York Times, 2017-01-11) Read the full article
V.C. Investments in Startups Dropped by 20 Percent in 2016
Venture capital firms reduced their investments in startups last year after the record year in 2015. The dollar amount of VC funds received by startups in the United States fell by 20 percent in 2016, and the deal activity also tumbled 16 percent year-on-year, according to the Q4 2016 MoneyTree report by consulting firm PwC and research firm CB Insights.
(Source: Epoch Times, 2017-01-19) Read the full article
Survey Finds Top 2017 Corporate Concern is Business Interruption
Business interruption is a top global corporate risk for the fifth year in a row, but worries about Brexit and U.S. President Donald Trump also made the list of companies' 2017 fears and uncertainties in a new Allianz report. About 37 percent of respondents rated business interruption as their biggest risk worry, essentially even with 2016, the latest annual Allianz Risk Barometer noted.
(Source: Insurance Journal, 2017-01-12) Read the full article
SEC Allows Companies to Host Virtual-Only Shareholder Meetings
The growing popularity of virtual-only shareholder meetings isn't sitting well with shareholders. But, in the latest round of the debate, the Securities and Exchange Commission backed the right of companies to decide on the format of annual meetings.
(Source: The Wall Street Journal, 2017-01-12) Read the full article
SEC Cracks Down on Companies' Use of Non-GAAP Measures
Alarmed by publicly traded companies' increasing ways to be creative with their income statements, the Securities and Exchange Commission updated last May its standards on how earnings and revenue should be reported in quarterly financial statements. The SEC's changes aim to crack down on companies' use of the so-called non-GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) in financial results that often look more favorable than the numbers resulting from GAAP, which is the standard guideline for financial accounting in the U.S.
(Source: USA Today, 2017-01-12) Read the full article
Audit Committees Concerned About Risk Management Programs
With continued economic uncertainty and a new presidential administration promising sweeping policy changes, audit committee members are bracing for unforeseen risks in 2017 and urging their companies to ramp up risk management programs, according to a new survey by the consulting group KPMG. More than four in ten (41 percent) of the 832 audit committee members polled say the effectiveness of risk management programs poses the greatest challenge to their organizations in the next 12 months.
(Source:, 2017-01-11) Read the full article
Tax Code Overhaul Has Firms Considering Moving Production to U.S.
Companies are increasingly exploring the economics of moving production to the U.S., as an overhaul of the U.S. tax code looms and President Donald Trump calls out their peers for expanding abroad. A proposal to apply a border-adjustment tax to products that are imported into the U.S. while exempting exports is encouraging businesses to re-examine their supply chains.
(Source: The Wall Street Journal, 2017-01-16) Read the full article
Study Finds Kickstarter Giving New Areas Access to Funds
Kickstarter projects are having real impact, according to a new study. The success of crowdfunding platforms and projects completed through those platforms has helped to expand investment by venture capitalists outside Silicon Valley, University of California -- Berkeley and Yale University researchers found.
(Source: Mashable, 2017-01-19) Read the full article
Insurer Creates $50M Corporate V.C. Fund Aimed at FinTech Market
Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co has set up a $50 million corporate venture fund to invest in fintech startups, in a bid to expand its digital offering and capabilities. The initiative makes Northwestern Mutual the latest established financial institution to set up a venture arm dedicated to backing fintech companies, as large firms seek to keep up with a wave of digital transformation impacting their sector.
(Source: Reuters, 2017-01-12) Read the full article
CEOs Growing More Skeptical About Globalization, Survey Finds
Globalization took another knock with the publication of a report that showed corporate titans around the world have become more skeptical about the benefits of integrating people, companies and governments. Still, the CEOs surveyed said they are more confident about the growth prospects for their own firms and the global economy over the next year.
(Source: USA Today, 2017-01-16) Read the full article
FTC Releases Data Breach Response Guide for Business

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently released the latest publication in its business guidance series on data security and privacy, Data Breach Response: A Guide for Business. Read full article online.


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By The Numbers

According to a new study, mutual funds now participate in about 40 percent of all funding rounds for unicorns. More than 250 mutual funds now hold positions of more than $10 billion.  
Source: Reuters - The structural mismatch between unicorns and mutual funds: James Saft



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