Let Banks Invest in Venture Capital Funds Once Again

by & filed under Capital Formation & Regulation, NVCA Blog.

Charlotte Savercool

NVCA is working to allow banks to invest in venture capital funds again. As part of this effort, we recently filed a comment letter proposing two solutions for how the various federal agencies can accomplish this priority while still adhering to the broader goals of the Volcker Rule. Through this post, our aim is to share some background on the current regulation and provide an overview of what our proposal seeks to accomplish and why. 

Before the Volcker Rule became the law of the land, banks served as an important source of capital for venture capital funds, particularly for smaller funds in emerging startup ecosystems. (more…)

Spotlight on Rising Stars in VC: Adina Tecklu

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Adina Tecklu

Note from NVCA: As part of NVCA’s VentureForward initiative, this ‘Spotlight on Rising Stars in VC’ blog series showcases individuals in the venture industry from different backgrounds and across the workforce to share experiences, spotlight their journeys and successes, and educate the next generation of people considering a career in venture capital.

Stay up to date on the latest VentureForward news, resources, and releases here. Contact ventureforward@nvca.org to learn more and get involved. (more…)

Spotlight on Rising Stars in VC: Mia Hegazy

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Mia Hegazy

Note from NVCA: As part of NVCA’s VentureForward initiative, this ‘Spotlight on Rising Stars in VC’ blog series showcases individuals in the venture industry from different backgrounds and across the workforce to share experiences, spotlight their journeys and successes, and educate the next generation of people considering a career in venture capital.

Stay up to date on the latest VentureForward news, resources, and releases here. Contact ventureforward@nvca.org to learn more and get involved. (more…)

Spotlight on Rising Stars in VC: Jaclyn Freeman Hester

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Jaclyn Freeman Hester

Note from NVCA: As part of NVCA’s VentureForward initiative, this ‘Spotlight on Rising Stars in VC’ blog series showcases individuals in the venture industry from different backgrounds and across the workforce to share experiences, spotlight their journeys and successes, and educate the next generation of people considering a career in venture capital.

Stay up to date on the latest VentureForward news, resources, and releases here. Contact ventureforward@nvca.org to learn more and get involved. (more…)

Two VC Powerhouses Face off in the World Series

by & filed under NVCA Blog, Research.

Maryam Haque

With the start of the World Series this week, where the Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox duke it out for the biggest bragging rights in baseball, we thought it would be fun to do a quick rundown of the venture ecosystems for these two U.S. startup powerhouses.

Slack, social media, and water cooler-talk has been bustling with competitive banter this week – at least this has been the case at NVCA! For those looking to share in the cheer or the tears that are sure to come over the next week, feel free to celebrate/commiserate with NVCA’s own Jeff Farrah  and Stephanie Volk   . In the meantime, I’m looking forward to Giants spring training come February(more…)

Spotlight on Rising Stars in VC: Brian Kim

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Brian Kim

Note from NVCA: As part of NVCA’s VentureForward initiative, this ‘Spotlight on Rising Stars in VC’ blog series showcases individuals in the venture industry from different backgrounds and across the workforce to share experiences, spotlight their journeys and successes, and educate the next generation of people considering a career in venture capital.

Stay up to date on the latest VentureForward news, resources, and releases here. Contact ventureforward@nvca.org to learn more and get involved. (more…)

We Want YOU to Help us Understand the Current State of Human Capital in VC

by & filed under Diversity, NVCA Blog, VentureForward.

Bobby Franklin

In today’s world, having good, trusted data and using it effectively is a key component of running a successful company, VC firm, or practically any other type of organization. Good data is that important.

That creed is just as applicable when it comes to efforts to improve opportunity for underrepresented groups in the venture industry and build more innovative and collaborative teams. We at NVCA believe that in order to create informed solutions, we must understand the current state of the workforce and benchmark that against our findings from 2016. Having reliable, fresh data on the composition of the venture industry is greatly needed to continue to monitor our progress and identify areas to improve diversity and inclusion in our community. (more…)

Spotlight on Rising Stars in VC: Brittany Hargest

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Brittany Hargest

Note from NVCA: As part of NVCA’s VentureForward initiative, this ‘Spotlight on Rising Stars in VC’ blog series showcases individuals in the venture industry from different backgrounds and across the workforce to share experiences, spotlight their journeys and successes, and educate the next generation of people considering a career in venture capital.

Stay up to date on the latest VentureForward news, resources, and releases here. Contact ventureforward@nvca.org to learn more and get involved. (more…)

Foreign investment scrutiny: 5 questions every venture investor should know the answer to

by & filed under NVCA Blog, Public Policy.

Jeff Farrah

Venture investors and startups are waking up to a new reality as the U.S. government is newly empowered to scrutinize foreign investment, including into venture funds and by foreign strategic investors.  We’ve written previously about the big impact the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA) will have on venture capital.  The Treasury Department recently made a bold gambit when it issued Pilot Program rules under FIRRMA (fact sheet here).  All aspects of the startup ecosystem are wise to understand these rules and buckle up going forward. (more…)

Spotlight on Rising Stars in VC: Winter Mead

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Winter Mead

Note from NVCA: As part of NVCA’s VentureForward initiative, this ‘Spotlight on Rising Stars in VC’ blog series showcases individuals in the venture industry from different backgrounds and across the workforce to share experiences, spotlight their journeys and successes, and educate the next generation of people considering a career in venture capital.

Stay up to date on the latest VentureForward news, resources, and releases here. Contact ventureforward@nvca.org to learn more and get involved. (more…)