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Are there any ‘real’ ESG unicorns?

Mar 10th, 2020 | Filed under: Private Equity, Debt Types of Private Equity, Newly Added, Venture capital, Equity Types of Private Equity, ESG, The A.I. Industry, Private Investments, Other Topics in A.I.

Unicorns (privately owned start-ups with a valuation of at least $1 billion) have long been the great sought-after beasts of the VC and PE worlds. But are they good for the planet? The unicorn boom was driven by the combination of easy credit and old-fashioned hype, combined with the wayRead More


If You Don’t Want ‘Bragging Rights’ You Can Get Alpha Done

Feb 22nd, 2020 | Filed under: Industry Size & Managers, Venture capital, The A.I. Industry, Private Investments

The quarterly investor report of VCapital Management Company looks at the opportunities for attractive returns for investors regardless of the cloudy economic conditions of 2020. It argues that alpha is to be found in the Midwest, in early-stage investing, and in two industries: healthcare/biomedical and intellectual property. Though the reportRead More


Have Venture Capital Firms Created a Unicorn Bubble?

Nov 26th, 2019 | Filed under: Private Equity, Newly Added, Venture capital, Equity Types of Private Equity, Other Issues in Private Investments, The A.I. Industry, Private Investments

A theory is making the rounds, as expressed for example in a Forbes piece last month by David Trainer, that the US economy in particular (perhaps the economy of other nation states as well) is in the throes of a “unicorn bubble,” comparable to the housing derivatives bubble of aRead More


More ‘Greater Fools’ After WeWork

Nov 14th, 2019 | Filed under: Debt Types of Private Equity, Newly Added, Venture capital, Equity Types of Private Equity, Other Issues in Private Investments, Business News, The A.I. Industry, Private Investments

The term “greater fool theory” refers to the many circumstances in which speculators buy a (potentially) productive asset, basing their buy decision not on the asset’s operational value, but on the notion that there is a “greater fool” out there who will pay even more. The term refers, then, toRead More


Venture Capital Today: Tied to a Single Misleading Narrative

Mar 27th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Venture capital, Equity Types of Private Equity, The A.I. Industry, Private Investments

The March 2019 issue of Venture Capital includes a largely pessimistic article about “the evolving environment for the formation and financing of new firms.” Written by Martin Kenney and John Zysman, the article bears the title ”Unicorns, Cheshire Cats, and the New Dilemmas of Entrepreneurial Finance.” Kenney and Zysman areRead More


Pitchbook 2018 Report: Where are the unicorns?

Sep 4th, 2018 | Filed under: Private Equity, Industry Size & Managers, Debt Types of Private Equity, Newly Added, Venture capital, Angel investing, Other Issues in Private Investments, The A.I. Industry, Private Investments

PitchBook has posted its 2018 VC Unicorn Report. The introduction explains the meaning of the term. (It has only been in use in its financial sense since 2013, so explanations may still be deemed necessary.) “Unicorn” refers to an entity upon which the private investment markets have bestowed a valuationRead More