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Is venture capital dead? No, but its beginning a new cycle

Howard Anderson, who teaches courses on early-stage companies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, founded or co-founded three venture capital funds. He was a self-described financial samurai. Now, hes hanging up his sword, declining to raise new money for his funds.

Theres too much venture money pursuing too few deals. Theres nowhere for all that money to go: we cant spend the m......

Full article >>> ed in 2002 and through most of 2003, but rebounded in 2004, when about $20 billion was invested. A similar pace is expected in 2005.

Whats happening today is long-term, reasoned investment, Heeson said.

Gone are the days when VCs announced they would raise $250 million for a fund but accepted $500 million or more, simply because the money was available. Heeson said venture capi......

Full article >>> may be yet to come, Heeson said. Investments made five years ago, at the peak of the venture boom, are only now starting to create the anticipated value.

Were sending the end of one cycle and the beginning of another, Heeson said. If thats true, the Howard Andersons of the VC world may someday wish they were still swinging a big sword.


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