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Venture Capital Fundraising Absolutely Abysmal

thesandhillroad_thumb-150x150What a lousy year this has proven to be for the venture capital industry. According to data released today by the National Venture Capital Association and Thomson Reuters, venture funds raised just $1.6 billion in the third quarter. That’s down 82 percent from a year ago and 21 percent from last quarter. Worse, that sum was raised by just 17 funds, the fewest since the third quarter of 1994.

Seems a paucity of IPOs and lackluster returns on investment have caused VC money to dry up. This does not bode well for an industry in what NVCA President Mark Heesen likes to refer to as a “Darwinian contraction”; “You are going to see a reduction in the number of firms, but more important you will see a reduction in the number of venture capital professionals,” Heesen told Reuters.

Twitter’s Tanking

December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

2013 Was a Good Year for Chromebooks

December 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm PT

BlackBerry Pulls Latest Twitter for BB10 Update

December 29, 2013 at 5:58 am PT

Apple CEO Tim Cook Made $4.25 Million This Year

December 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm PT

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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus