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Best breeding ground for unicorns may not be Silicon Valley

VC fund Atomico recently produced some handy and comprehensive interactive research on unicorns worldwide, starting an industry-wide conversation about the topic. In the aftermath, TechCrunch wrote about unicorns (companies that have received venture funding and a valuation of $1 billion or more), their post largely based on Atomico’s data. Then, on Twitter, Ben Nolan pointed out that…


Five takeaways from U.S. VC in 3Q

PitchBook’s 4Q 2014 U.S. Venture Industry Report was published last week, covering everything VC from breakdowns of valuation trends to fundraising metrics. Feel free to digest the report at your leisure by clicking here, but to view key highlights, check out the video and see our top five takeaways.

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What lies ahead for private equity and emerging markets?

PE investment in emerging markets is on pace to match last year’s tallies, according to PitchBook, prompting the question: As quality opportunities in developed markets rise in price, will PE firms increasingly target riskier yet comparatively cheaper deals in emerging economies? The sustained activity in emerging economies reflects an intensification of typical PE deal-making strategies;…

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VC Q&A: Cooley’s Bartus and Yaghmaie Discuss Burn Rates, Valuations and Exits

As part of our 4Q U.S. Venture Industry Report, we got in touch with Babak Yaghmaie and Matt Bartus, two partners at Cooley. Mr. Yaghmaie heads the firm’s New York Business & Finance Group and Mr. Bartus is a partner in the Cooley Business department, with offices in Palo Alto and San Francisco. The Q&A touches on burn rates, valuations and exit opportunities, as well as expectations for 2015.