|The Venture Company|
August 2011 email edition
Enclosed are our latest revelations on Venture Capital and Innovation. I look forward to your feedback and questions.
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We Fail Because We Lie.
Many of us like to spread the belief that our destiny is in the hands of "The Economy", blissfully forgetting that we create and control the Economy.
The silly political rambling about our national debt and the raising of our debt ceiling compounds the realization that our government too has failed, along with our economy and our financial systems. Our systems fail, not our tactics.
We need to treat our country more like a company, and our country lacks a viable business plan, a binding compass. We need to stop lying to ourselves to prevent us from reaching our full economic potential.
Here is what we need to change.
8,000 views on The State of Venture Capital.
Easily the most reviewed presentation on Venture Capital, our presentation has reached more than 8,000 views online. While more than one year has passed since we posted it, the macro-economic circumstances of Venture Capital have not improved at all.
Instead the subprime maelstrom of Venture Capital provides proof that not the massive 80% greenfield of technology has diminished, but our the financial arbitrage is unable to locate it. Sadly, corporate innovation continues to be a better custodian of innovation than Venture Capital.
But there is a fix, for those who take my message and Venture Capital's success serious.
Review the presentation online.
Many VCs either unknowlingly or on purpose create fog in the Venture business, to diverge the attention from their own responsibility to perform on an absolute level and in line with massive greenfield of technology innovation.
We decided to call them on it with a new blog called Intercept. Limited Partners can now exercise their right to be informed.
- Entrepreneur Chris Dixon on: What New York needs and doesn't need.
- VC Fred Wilson as to why there are not many exits over $100M.
- VC Mark Suster on his downstream analysis of Venture
Archived online conversations are available from our home page with:
- Economist Paul Kedrosky on the IPO roller coaster.
- LP Chris Douvos on his let's see what happens attitude.
- LP Paul Flaumenbaum on: Not so mystical VC.
- LP Paul Lux on: Who in Venture Capital is broken.
- VC Robert Ackerman on: Cold on VC, Red hot on innovation.
- VC Gary Langeler on: If money-in would only yield money-out.
- LP Georgeanne Perkins on: Why Venture, Why Now?
- LP Lisa Edgar on: Are we going to make money in this fund?
Buzzing on Rev.
Our new blog Rev covers daily updates from everything about technology, to innovation, to the economy. We covered the following topics recently:
On Venture Capital
A bubble in a bubble
On the Economy
A $375B PE hangover
Financial crisis inevitable
Bullish on the U.S.
Thunderbolt and Display Port
Palm's bad apple
Go check them out at Rev.
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