NVCA to FCC: Entrepreneurs Should Not Face Arbitrary Roadblocks on Internet

ARLINGTON, VA – The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) today filed a second comment letter with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on the issue of net neutrality.

Bobby Franklin, President and CEO of NVCA, made clear in the letter that FCC rulemaking should not come at the expense of entrepreneurs and that anything short of fair and equitable access to users and customers through the Internet could jeopardize startup companies. (more…)

Kate Mitchell of Scale Venture Partners Rejoins NVCA Board of Directors

ARLINGTON, VA – The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) today announced that Kate Mitchell, Co-Founder and Partner of Scale Venture Partners and former Chairman of the NVCA Board of Directors, will rejoin NVCA’s board as a director effective immediately. Mitchell’s term will expire in 2016 and comes after Adam Grosser, Managing Director of Silver Lake Kraftwerk, resigned from the NVCA board. Mitchell previously joined the NVCA board as a director in 2007 and then later served as chairman from 2010 to 2011. (more…)

Global Investor Confidence in US Soars for Third Straight Year, According to 2014 Global Venture Capital Confidence Survey

Research validates that venture capital fundraising and IPOs are on the rise, with favorable investment outlooks continuing in cloud computing and mobile technology

New York, Aug. 13, 2014 — Global investor confidence in the United States significantly increased for the third year in a row, driven by a combination of favorable capital markets, abundant investment opportunities in innovative companies and a strong investor climate, according to the 2014 Global Venture Capital Confidence Survey from Deloitte and the National Venture Capital Association. Moreover, global investor confidence also increased in the United Kingdom, Israel and Canada, but continued to decline in Brazil, China and India, according to the survey. (more…)

Changes to Regulatory and Reimbursement Policies Key to Maintaining U.S. Leadership in Medical Innovation

NVCA offers recommendations to House Energy and Commerce Committee as part of the 21st Century Cures initiative

ARLINGTON, VA – The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) today offered recommendations to the House Energy and Commerce Committee on how best to encourage investment in medical innovation so that new treatments and cures are available to patients and the U.S. maintains its position as the global leader in medical research and development. NVCA’s recommendations were provided to the committee as part of the 21st Century Cures initiative being spearheaded by Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and committee member Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO). (more…)

Changes to Regulatory and Reimbursement Policies Key to Maintaining U.S. Leadership in Medical Innovation

NVCA Offers Recommendations to House Energy and Commerce Committee as Part of the 21st Century Cures Initiative

ARLINGTON, VA – The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) today offered recommendations to the House Energy and Commerce Committee on how best to encourage investment in medical innovation so that new treatments and cures are available to patients and the U.S. maintains its position as the global leader in medical research and development.  NVCA’s recommendations were provided to the committee as part of the 21st Century Cures initiative being spearheaded by Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and committee member Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO). (more…)

Venture Capital Fund Performance Continues to Strengthen Amid Growth Prospects and Exit Market

Venture Capital Outperformed DJIA, NASDAQ Composite and S&P 500 in Q1 2014

Arlington, VA, July 31, 2014 – Venture capital fund performance continued to make gains across most time horizons as of March 31, 2014, according to the National Venture Capital Association’s (NVCA) performance benchmark, the Cambridge Associates LLC U.S Venture Capital Index®. Despite returns being down on a quarter over quarter basis, the 1-, 5-, 10- and 20-year horizons all showed higher returns compared to the previous quarter. The 15-year horizon was down and the 3-year horizon was unchanged. Compared to other benchmarks, venture capital outperformed the DJIA, NASDAQ Composite and the S&P 500 during Q1 2014. In addition, venture capital outperformed the other leading benchmarks during the 1-, 3-, 10-, 15- and 20-year time horizons. However, during the 5-year time horizon, the DJIA, NASDAQ Composite and the S&P 500 all outperformed venture capital. (more…)

NVCA Supports Legislation to Increase Access to Capital for Women Entrepreneurs

ARLINGTON, VA – The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) today offered its support for the Women’s Small Business Ownership Act of 2014. Introduced today by Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), the bill focuses on promoting women-owned small businesses through small business counseling, federal contracting opportunities and greater access to capital. (more…)

NVCA Taps Justin Field as Vice President of Federal Policy

ARLINGTON, VA – The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) today announced the appointment of Justin Field as Vice President of Federal Policy effective September 2, 2014. Field comes to NVCA from the office of United States Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), where he was a Legislative Assistant responsible for tax issues and the senator’s work on the Senate Finance Committee. (more…)

Venture Capital Investing Reaches Highest Level Since Q4 2000 with $13.0 Billion Invested During Q2 2014, According to the Moneytree Report

Software Continues to Dominate VC Investing MoneyTree Reports Largest Ever Quarterly Investment of $1.2 billion in Q2

WASHINGTON, July 18, 2014 – Venture capitalists invested $13.0 billion in 1,114 deals in the second quarter of 2014, according to the MoneyTree™ Report from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), based on data provided by Thomson Reuters. Quarterly venture capital (VC) investment activity rose 34 percent in terms of dollars and 13 percent in the number of deals, compared to the first quarter when $9.7 billion was invested in 985 deals. The total dollars invested in Q2 2014 marks the largest quarterly investment total since $13.1 billion was invested in Q1 2001. VC investments for the first half of 2014 reached $22.7 billion, the highest first half total since 2001. (more…)

NVCA Raises Concerns Related to FCC Rulemaking on Net Neutrality

Fast lanes would advantage larger companies at the expense of startup ecosystem

ARLINGTON, VA – The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) today filed a comment letter with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on the issue of net neutrality, raising concerns related to proposed rulemaking that would codify the concept of paid prioritization and the creation of “fast lanes” on the Internet. (more…)