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Venture Briefing: January 9, 2019 Venture Briefing: January 9, 2019

Venture Briefing: January 9, 2019

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Government Shutdown Likely to Impact Millions of Small Businesses
The partial government shutdown is likely to affect millions of small businesses. While 800,000 government workers brace for temporary financial losses, many of the roughly 30 million small businesses nationwide face revenue losses and limited access to certain loans.
(Source: USA Today, 2018-12-23) Read the full article
IPO Market Impacted by Uncertainty from Government Shutdown
The partial shutdown of the U.S. government is adding regulatory uncertainty to existing market volatility, causing delays that are disrupting the delicate timing of some initial public offerings. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said in a statement it would stop declaring effective registration statements -- a critical prerequisite for companies hoping to sell their stock to the public -- as it operates with a bare-bones staff during the shutdown.
(Source: The Wall Street Journal, 2018-12-28) Read the full article
V.C. Funding in Startups Highest Since 2000 at $99.5B in 2018
U.S. startups are raising investment dollars at levels unseen since the dot-com era. Venture capital funding in U.S. companies reached $99.5 billion in 2018, the highest since 2000, according to the Q4 MoneyTree report from PwC and CB Insights.
(Source: GeekWire, 2019-01-06) Read the full article
Female Founders Received Just 2.2 Percent of $85B in V.C. Funds
The percentage of venture-backed companies with female founders has been stuck at approximately 17 percent since 2012. In 2017, women only got 2.2 percent of the total V.C. funding for the year, which was $85 billion.
(Source:, 2018-12-13) Read the full article
V.C. Expert Predicts 2019 IPOs Will Price Below Expectations
Fred Wilson, a venture investor known for early bets on Twitter, Zynga and Coinbase, is predicting the high-profile IPOs expected in 2019 will price "well below the lofty expectations they have in mind right now." According to the quarterly Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist Confidence Index, confidence fell sharply in the third quarter, dropping below its 15-year average.
(Source: CNBC, 2019-01-02) Read the full article
Chinese V.C. Funds in U.S. Slow Dramatically Amid Trump Policies
Chinese venture funding in U.S. startups crested to a record $3 billion last year, according to New York economic research firm Rhodium Group, spurred by a rush of investors and tech companies scrambling to complete deals before a new regulatory regime was approved in August. Since then, Chinese venture funding in U.S. startups has slowed to a trickle, Reuters' interviews with more than 35 industry players show.
(Source: Reuters, 2019-01-07) Read the full article
With Tax Season Approaching, Small Businesses Warned About ID Threat
As the 2019 tax season approaches, the IRS, state tax agencies and the nation's tax industry joined together to warn small businesses to be on-guard against a growing wave of identity theft and W-2 scams. Small business identity theft is big business for identity thieves.
(Source: CPA Practice Advisor, 2018-12-07) Read the full article
Board Members' Annual Retainers Increased by 16.3 Percent
Directors' median annual retainer increased for the fifth consecutive year, topping out at $250,000 in 2017, according to the new Equilar Director Pay Trends report. The study, conducted from 2013 to 2017, found median annual retainers increased by $35,000 (16.3 percent).
(Source:, 2018-12-11) Read the full article
DOJ, SEC Continue to Focus on Insider Trading Problems
Trading on confidential information remains hard to resist despite a decade of criminal enforcement and prison terms for those who get caught and prosecuted. And as long as that is the case, insider trading will remain a focus for the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission.
(Source: The New York Times, 2019-01-01) Read the full article
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