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Record Investment in European Venture Capital in 2013

2013 was a bumper year for small European companies with investors throwing record levels of capital at the region’s start-ups, data has shown.

Some €6.3 billion ($8.3 billion) was plunged into venture capital in the continent over the last 12 months, according to data monitor Preqin, marking a 37% increase on the €4.6 billion committed in 2012. The number of deals also rose by 8% to 1,352 from 1,250. This represented ...

Global angel and seed investment deals up by 375% in the last five years

Early stage venture capital investment has boomed globally over the past five years, according to investment tracking group Preqin, but follow-up series A funding has dropped slightly.

A Preqin report shows that the number of annual angel/seed venture capital investments has increased 375% between 2008 and 2012, while the number of annual series A financings has fallen by 5% across the same period.

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Nice guys Finnish first. An interview with Finnish angel investor Riku Asikainen

Finland is a small, Nordic country of 5.5 million people that consistently bats above its average, or should we say ski jumps above its height? Finland ranks fourth both on the Global Innovation Index published by Cornell University and on Bloomberg’s index of most innovative countries. Geektime caught up with Riku Asikainen, one of Finland’s prominent angel investors to try to crack the nut of the country’s hi-tech creativi...

Should you be an angel investor?

Angel investing — making large investments in young companies that most other lenders won’t touch — is getting hot.

But before putting your money behind a sizzling start-up, consider research by Harvard Business School senior lecturer Shikhar Ghosh.

His working papers, to be published in the coming months, indicate that some 75 percent of U.S. venture-capital-backed companies fail to return investor money.

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