Capital Markets

By Doug Wendt and featured on his blog at Wendt Partners Do you have an exciting business concept? Perhaps it involves technology that will disrupt a market or change the world. Conventional wisdom says that, after putting in a few months of hard work on your part, designing some wireframes and Read More

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VCs from all over the globe, wrote 84 checks to fund 54 companies in the DC Region last quarter. Thanks to the very active state funds of Maryland, and Virginia, and multiple regional deals completed by New Atlantic Venture Partners (NEA), Revolution, and Grotech. Undisclosed funders, likely local DC Angel or Read More

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  In Q4 Virginia continued it's funding dominance with 24 companies raising nearly $170M. DC had one of its strongest showing with 10 companies raising $95M compared to Maryland's 19 deals at $54M. Avg Deal Sizes in Virginia and DC are heavily skewed by a few $10M+ deals. DC Mega Deals   VA Mega Deals   Company Amount Company Amount Vox Read More

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In DC the days of risk taking, early stage Venture Capitalists seems to be dead or dying. Of the 54 deals completed in the DC region last quarter, there were a total of  3 seed and 22 early stage while the remainder were expansion and later stage deals*. Yet DC Read More

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Here are the Venture Capital deals closed in Q4, 2014 according to PWC Moneytree and the National Venture Capital Assocation (NVCA)   Company Amount ST S R I    Cigital Inc  $50,000,000 VA L 3 SW   Customink  $40,000,000 VA L 1 C    Vox Media  $39,999,000 DC L 5 ME   Logi Analytics  $27,500,000 VA L 6 IT   Sweetgreen $20,450,000 DC X 1 C    Invincea Inc  $16,000,100 VA X 5 SW   Csa Medical $16,000,000 MD L 5 MD   FoundationDB  $15,000,000 VA X 1 SW   Ethical Electric Benefit $11,000,000 MD E 2 IE   MapBox Inc  $10,000,000 DC X 1 SW   REGENX Biosciences $7,892,000 DC E 1 BT   Astrum Solar $7,452,000 MD X 1 IE   Summit Infrastructure $7,000,000 VA E 1 SW   SnagFilms $6,472,000 DC X 4 ME   2tor Inc  Read More

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Who and were are the most active US Angels? According to the Angel Resource Institute's Halo Report they are? Angel Group Location State Hyde Park Angels Chicago IL Life Science Angels Sunnyvale CA Wisconsin Investment Parterns Madison WI Alliance of Angels  Seattle WA Golden Seeds   NY, MA, CA Houston Angel Netowrk Houston  TX Investors' Circle   US Launchpad Bostan MA Sand Hill Angells Sunnyvale CA Tech Coast Angels SoCal CA stuff   Source Q3 2013 Halo Report  Read More

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According to a recent study by Cambridge Associations, as of the third quarter 2013, Venture Capital returns continued to improve due to a strengthening IPO market. Asset Class Qtr. 1 YR 2 YR 5 YR 10 YR 15 YR 20 YR US VC Early Stage*  6.1 13.6 14.9 7.0 7.6 96.5 43.5 US VC Later Stage* 8.9 21.4 15.7 12.2 11.7 9.1 11.7 US VC Mixed Stage* 6.2 15.4 13.1 6.8 9.3 7.8 13.6 US Growth Stocks* 8.5 18.9 17.3 11.9 13.4 NM NM DJIA 2.1 15.6 14.9 9.9 7.7 6.9 10.0 NASDAQ Composite** 10.8 21.0 16.8 12.5 7.8 5.5 8.3 S&P 500 5.2 19.3 16.3 10.0 7.6 5.3 8.8 * Pooled end-to-end return, net of Read More

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New fangled venture accelerators, angel-list-addicts, and angels commonly predict the death of Venture Capital. I say that accelerators are yet to prove they have a sustainable model, angel list is a fad that's fading as fast as Facebook and angels (like me) are the pigs on our way to the Read More

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