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Venture Briefing: October 18, 2017 Venture Briefing: October 18, 2017

Venture Briefing: October 18, 2017

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Third Quarter P.E. Fundraising Slowed, But Growth Still Possible
The flood of capital pouring into private equity slowed in the third quarter, though the industry remains on track for a record fundraising year, according to Preqin. Over the last three months, 181 private equity funds raised a total $95 billion based on preliminary data, a 31 percent drop from $138 billion in the second quarter, Preqin said in a report.
(Source: Institutional Investor, 2017-10-03) Read the full article
Venture Capitalists Spending More, But Funding Fewer Companies
There was $18.68 billion raised in 1,043 venture capital deals in the third quarter of this year, according to the Venture Capital Report from Dow Jones VentureSource. The amount raised rose six percent, representing the third quarter in a row of increasing dollars. But the number of deals went in the opposite direction, dropping six percent quarter-to-quarter.
(Source: Vator News, 2017-10-12) Read the full article
Research Shows IPOs Underpriced Due to JOBS Act
The Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, or JOBS Act, is causing initial public offerings to leave cash on the table, according to new research, because fewer mandatory disclosures create wary investors that demand bigger post-IPO share price pops. All three measures of underpricing -- market-adjusted stock returns based on the offer price and the closing price on the day of the IPO, the closing price on the day after the IPO, and the closing price 30 trading days after the IPO -- are larger for emerging growth companies, or ECGs.
(Source: MarketWatch, 2017-10-12) Read the full article
House OKs Legislation to Boost Cybersecurity for Small Businesses
The House approved legislation that would require the federal government to produce and disseminate guidance to help small businesses with cybersecurity. The legislation would require the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), a nonregulatory standards laboratory housed in the Commerce Department, to produce cybersecurity resources for small businesses.
(Source: The Hill, 2017-10-11) Read the full article
SEC Moves to Ease Disclosure Requirements for Public Companies
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has moved a step closer toward lightening the compliance burden on public companies by simplifying disclosure requirements. The Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act of December 2015 directed the SEC to modernize and simplify the requirements of Regulation S-K.
(Source:, 2017-10-12) Read the full article
Report Says EDGAR Could be at Risk of 'Denial of Service' Attacks
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Wall Street's top regulator, has discovered a vulnerability in its corporate filing database that could cause the system to collapse, according to an internal document seen by Reuters. The SEC's memo reveals that its EDGAR database, containing financial reports from U.S. public companies and mutual funds, could be at risk of "denial of service" attacks, a type of cyber intrusion that floods a network, overwhelming it and forcing it to close.
(Source: Reuters, 2017-10-06) Read the full article
Repercussions of CEO-Employee Pay Ratios Disclosure Concern Firms
Employers say they're worried about workers' reactions when they begin to report CEO-employee pay ratios next year, according to a Willis Towers Watson (WTW) poll. ​A new U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rule requires publicly held companies to disclose CEO-to-worker pay ratios. WTW polled 360 executives and compensation experts last month, and roughly half said that forecasting how their employees will react to the ratio disclosure is their number one implementation challenge for the rule.
(Source: HR Dive, 2017-10-06) Read the full article
Investors Pressure Employers on Gender-Pay Equity, Paid Leave
For years, investors surmised that having enough women on boards and in senior management would produce fairer policies. Now investors are changing tactics, saying it's not enough and that employers also need to implement gender-pay equity and paid-leave policies that attract and retain women.
(Source: Bloomberg, 2017-10-02) Read the full article
More Women Starting Businesses to Take Control of Their Careers
An increasing number of women are starting businesses as a way to take control of their careers. In part, female entrepreneurship is on the rise because gender equality efforts in the workplace to address issues like the salary gap and advancement to positions on corporate boards have stalled.
(Source: The New York Times, 2017-10-03) Read the full article
SEC Cybersecurity 2 Initiative: Lessons and Guidance

In August 2017, the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced the results of its most recent cybersecurity examination initiative, the Cybersecurity 2 Initiative (the “Initiative”). Read full article online.


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