In this special report, we will take a look at entrepreneurial and investment communities both locally and nationally, as well as the latest figures on mergers and acquisitions activity.

  • M&A: The prudent exit strategy for VCs and entrepreneurs

    Fact: The IPO market has significantly rebounded in 2004 -- over 180 IPOs have priced thus far, with an average return of approximately 30 percent, thanks in large part to Shanda, Volterra and Google.

  • Fish & Richardson surveys San Diego's VC financings

    To meet the needs of local companies and the venture capital community, the law firm of Fish & Richardson P.C. has begun publishing a Multimarket Venture Capital Survey. The survey is the only source of information about the terms of publicly-reported venture capital financings in five key investment regions: Southern California/San Diego, Mid-Atlantic, New York Metro, New England and the Southwest.

  • Selling a business: A matter of trust and teamwork

    When a San Diego business owner decides to sell his or her business, the person they most often turn to first for advice is the professional adviser. And why not? Trust is built on experience and familiarity. That's why everyday those same advisers turn to Vanguard Resource Group for support and assistance in the task of selling their client's business -- they want a company they can trust.

  • Tech Coast Angels support national Angel Capital Association

    IRVINE, Calif. (Business Wire) -- The Tech Coast Angels (TCA), the largest angel network in the United States, today announced it is assisting the national Angel Capital Association (ACA), the preeminent North American association of angel investor groups, in developing best practices for managing deal flow, due diligence and post-investment follow up that will benefit all member angel groups.

  • Ernst & Young inducts first companies to Entrepreneur of the Year Hall of Fame

    PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -- Ernst & Young LLP, in conjunction with the National Venture Capital Association, announced its first inductees -- FedEx, Genentech and Intel -- into the new Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Hall of Fame for venture-backed companies.

  • Atrica named a top IPO or M&A candidate by Light Reading

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (Business Wire) -- Atrica Inc., a supplier of Carrier Ethernet systems, has been named a finalist in the "Top IPO or M&A Candidate" category of the new annual Leading Lights industry awards program being conducted by Light Reading. This award program will recognize top public and private companies and their executives for their outstanding achievements in the telecommunications industry. Atrica was selected as a finalist from a pool of entries from over 280 companies.

  • Amgen forms Amgen Ventures

    THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (Business Wire) -- Amgen Inc. (Nasdaq: AMGN) recently announced the formation of Amgen Ventures, a corporate venture capital fund designed to provide emerging biotechnology companies with resources to develop pioneering discoveries focused on human therapeutics.

  • Venture-backed merger and acquisitions held steady in Q3

    NEW YORK -- Venture-backed merger and acquisition activity remained stable in the third quarter of 2004 with 83 companies acquired, according to Thomson Venture Economics and the National Venture Capital Association.

  • Mergers & Acquisitions: Insurance implications to consider

    Risk management and insurance-related issues are critical aspects of any merger or acquisition. Unfortunately, many times these issues are overlooked and are not addressed until after a deal has been finalized.

  • Litigation pitfalls for venture firms

    Recent developments in litigation have been challenging the traditional structure and operations of venture capital and private equity funds.

  • Finding seed money is a venture

    I had such a good time at PitchFest'03 that I went back again this year. Under the slogan of "Be a VC and Buy a VC," (venture capitalist, for those outside the high-tech cosmos), this popular event gives entrepreneurs a showcase for their innovative new products or services.

  • Venture capitalists accelerate fund-raising in third quarter

    SAN FRANCISCO -- Venture capitalists raised $5.5 billion for future investments during the third quarter, continuing a recent upturn that reflects renewed optimism about the financial future for fledgling companies.

  • Targeted TV advertising catches interest of venture capitalists

    NEW YORK -- As the advertising industry worries about the effectiveness of traditional television advertising, venture capitalists are betting the 30-second spot has a bright future.

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