Brief Excerpt from Industry Overview Chapter:
Companies in this industry invest capital in new business ventures. Major venture capital firms include Accel Partners, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, New Enterprise Associates, and Sequoia Capital (all based in the US), as well as Amadeus Capital Partners (UK), Singulariteam and Viola Ventures (Israel), Globis Capital Partners (Japan), and Nexus Venture Partners (India).
Demand is driven primarily by the pace of technological innovation and the number of companies created to commercialize new technologies. The profitability of individual companies depends on successfully choosing and managing a portfolio of investments. Large firms have advantages in attracting capital, developing expertise in multiple technology markets, and funding large deals. Small companies can compete effectively by concentrating on specific market sectors or geographic areas.
PRODUCTS, OPERATIONS & TECHNOLOGY
Venture capital companies provide money to young, rapidly growing companies with promising new products or services in exchange for ownership (equity) in the company. Major market sectors for venture capital investments include software; biotechnology and medical devices and equipment; and consumer products and services.
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