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The Question for Entrepreneurs

31 July 2015 - 6:15pm

For many entrepreneurs seeking to develop and grow the next disruptive technology, accessing venture capital (VC) is a very alluring and seemingly inevitable step on the yellow brick road to fame and fortune.  But the VC fund-raising process is complex, frequently painful, and not for everyone. For those who are considering the VC funding route, an understanding of the venture capitalist’s goals, motivations, and operating history, juxtaposed against the startup’s own operating outlook, is a critical prerequisite.

It is essential for entrepreneurs to understand that the vast...

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Venture Capital

8 May 2015 - 6:30pm

2015 has more in common with the late 1990s than just a Star Wars franchise re-launch and a Clinton on the campaign trail. In the world of global high-tech these days, they are partying like it’s 1999, a year in which “dot com” mania reached a fever pitch in Silicon Valley.  According to a recent article in Forbes, more than 80 tech startups can now be considered “unicorns,” the nickname given to startups which attain an enterprise valuation of greater than US$1 billion.  Companies like Uber and Snapchat are considered “deca-corns,” with valuations well north of US$10 billion. Korean...

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Private Equity

17 November 2014 - 6:21pm

The author F. Scott Fitzgerald once famously remarked that “there are no second acts in (American) life.” Korean investors are hoping that a second act is available for private equity (PE), the much-maligned and often misunderstood alternative investment class that has generated scorn, controversy and revulsion from the Korean public since its public introduction in 2004. Despite PE’s generally impressive track record, Korean public discontent with the alleged missteps and misconduct associated with Lone Star Funds’ acquisition of a controlling interest in Korea Exchange Bank has continued...

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