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Venture Capital - Firms and Current Market Analysis

Venture Capital is a high-profile source of capital for start-ups, but one that is used by only a small proportion of new ventures. Nonetheless, venture capitalists set a “high bar” for funding entrepreneurs and their businesses, and it is worth understanding their motivations and criteria. For more information on the frameworks that individual capitalists use to evaluate potential venture opportunities, see: How Venture Capitalists Evaluate Potential Venture Opportunities, HBSP Case # 9-805-019, July 20, 2004.

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  • Private Equity Analyst In Print in Baker Library Reserves, Baker Library | Bloomberg Center Infomation and analysis about the market, recent deals, and key players.
  • Venture Capital Journal HU PIN Information and analysis on recent deals, key players. Latest issues are not full-text online. In print in the Stamps Reading Room.
  • Journal of Private Equity HU PIN Information and analysis on recent deals, key players. Latest issues are not full-text online. In print in the Stamps Reading Room.
  • Start-Up In print in the Stamps Reading Room, Baker Library | Bloomberg Center Information on venture capital and private equity and start-ups, especially in areas of healthcare and science-based business.
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  • Capital IQ Database Provides in-depth company information such as data on public and private companies, investment firms, and capital transactions.
  • Thomson One Banker Database Information on venture funds, private equity firms, executives, venture-backed companies, and limited partners.
  • Galante's Venture Capital & Private Equity Directory Database Current HBS faculty, students and staff in Baker List of VC firms by industry and by geographical location.
  • VCR Directory Online Database Information on 3,000 investors in unquoted businesses across Europe and Israel including angels, venture capital firms, private equity houses, secondary fund managers and corporate venturers. it is free to search for contact details of investors and pay to download more detailed investor records.
  • 2008 Venture Capital Yearbook (eBook) This report details the state of the venture capital industry and detailed industry statistics for the past twenty years, including commitments, disbursements, IPOs, acquisitions and performance.

Angel Financing

General Overview

Angels are wealthy individuals, often entrepreneurs themselves, who invest in start-ups. The advantages of angels are that they typically do less due diligence, make faster decisions, and will invest in a smaller round – $500,000-$1,000,000 – vs. the required minimum investment for many venture capitalists.

The Educators Corner, from Stanford Technology Ventures Program, has a podcast: Angel Investing Revealed.

Angels often form groups and work together. See links to Boston-area groups

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  • Capital IQ Database Get information and list of Angel Investors; set up search alerts.
  • Orbis Database Get information and list of Angel Investors and venture capital firms. Easy search by industry classification code.

Angel investors in Boston area

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