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SEC Gives VC and Smaller Private Fund Managers Limited Relief from Investment Adviser Registration




[Guest Post] By Keith S. Marlowe, Esq. Background Investment managers of private funds (“Private Fund Managers”) such as venture capital, private equity, real estate and hedge funds (i.e., funds not registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the “Act”)) have been greatly concerned about the regulations in the Dodd-Frank Act requiring such [...]

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Apparently, Early Stage Investors Aren’t Endangered – Quite The Contrary!




You may recall my earlier post from a few weeks ago entitled “Are True Early Stage Investors An Endangered Species?“  After laying down some background, I took the position that super-angel funds and incubators/accelerators (e.g., Y Combinator, TechStars, DreamIt), had the best chance of solving the early stage funding gap and that capital efficiencies and [...]

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Technically Philly: Friday Q&A – Gil Beyda of Genacast Ventures




Editor’s Note:  This post originally ran on Technically Philly and is re-purposed here with permission. Gil Beyda, originally from Los Angeles, has Dave Morgan to thank for bringing him to Philadelphia.  When Beyda and Morgan founded Real Media in 1995, they chose to locate the online ad serving company in Fort Washington because of the [...]

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Are True Early Stage Investors an Endangered Species?




I think we can all agree that early stage investing has changed significantly over the past 10 years and I don’t see it reversing any time soon.  And by “changed significantly” I mean it is increasingly difficult to raise the $100K – $2M necessary to move from the pre-seed stage (where you likely raised $10-$100K from friends and [...]

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Should you Take Money from a Strategic Investor?




The fact that anyone is offering you money is a good thing, at least in times like these.  But wipe the smile off your face and realize that you have some tough decisions ahead of you - you need laser focus!  Not all money is good money, or smart money for that matter.  This issue is not [...]

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Pennsylvania Budget Woes Hit Ben Franklin in the Chin




For those of you that don’t live in Pennsylvania, for the past five weeks or so the state has been operating without a budget.  Not that this is uncommon right now, but it hits harder closer to home.  Taking a direct hit from this (to the tune of up to a 60% slash in budget) [...]

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