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Tuesday, 29 June 2010

VC Factsheet: SEQUOIA CAPITAL

Company summary & history
Sequoia is a Venture Capital firm founded in 1972 by Donald Valentine. It has funded a large number of very successful companies including Google, Yahoo and Paypal. Just under 15 percent of NASDAQ’s value is made up of companies that Sequoia has funded. They invest in seed, early and growth stage companies in all sectors with a focus on services, software, systems, and components. It has offices in the USA, India, Israel and China – where it seeks to invest in early and seed-stage businesses.

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

VC Factsheet: BALDERTON CAPITAL

Company summary & history
Founded in 2000 by Benchmark Capital, Balderton Capital is a London-based early-stage Venture Capital firm. It has one of the largest venture capital funds in Europe, and became independent from Benchmark in 2007 who it still maintains close ties with. Balderton Capital's funds total almost $2 billion, with prominent investments in MySQL, Bebo and Betfair. Balderton invests in many sectors including enterprise software and services, communications and security, semiconductors, mobile computing, consumer services, plus media and financial services.

Friday, 4 June 2010

Private Equity and Venture Capital in Africa

For Private Equity (PE) and Venture Capital (VC) investors in technology, Africa seems to be fertile ground. A recent event by Private Equity Africa1, in London, which sought to explore the increased interest for investing in the Sub-Saharan region, reflects this. It is, perhaps, the combination of increased macroeconomic stability, improved macroeconomic conditions, technological capabilities, human capital, and more stable political conditions that has caused a surge in consumerism and new ventures to explode onto the continent’s developing markets.