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Executive Summary Venture capital in the U.S. continues to flow at historically high levels, largely driven by later stage deals, with total invested capital on pace through August for an all-time record in both the Southeast ($4.2B) and nationally ($70B). Exits have declined moderately, primarily due to lower corporate M&A activity, though the Southeast received… Read More

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By Emery Waddell and Travis Hanly Some argue the escalating hype surrounding initial coin offerings (also known more broadly as token sales) – viewed by many as a new alternative method of raising capital to traditional VC, crowdfunding and IPOs – is surpassing sustainable reality. Others are more bullish on the practice, suggesting the fundamental… Read More

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I’ve distilled my reactions to the recent MarTech Conference in San Francisco into a few, easily digestible points surrounding the marketing technology sector.

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In the early stages of scaling a business, it’s perfectly natural to cheer for each new sale with the same enthusiasm as the last. After all, new deals drive growth. Not to mention they put cash in the bank. A strong focus on top-line growth is critical, but it can be all too easy to fall… Read More

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I recently had the pleasure of hearing Jim Mckelvey – well known philanthropist, celebrated artist, accomplished author and, oh yeah… co-founder of Square – speak at a conference where he addressed the concept of timing with a particularly poignant analogy.

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