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Shasta Ventures has yet to announce any investments, but that hasn’t stopped limited partners from lining up for its inaugural fund. The Menlo Park, Calif.-based firm currently is in allocation mode, and expects to soon hold a final close in excess of its $175 million target capitalization. If oversubscription for a first-time fund manager doesn’t […]
Vinod Khosla, one of the industry’s most respected technology investors, has warned of an impending nanotechnology “bubble” and criticized plans by venture-backed Nanosys Inc. to become the first publicly traded nanotech company. Khosla, a general partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, made the comments at the MIT/Stanford/UC Berkeley Nanotechnology Forum at Stanford University on […]
Vinod Khosla, one of the industry’s most respected technology investors, has warned of an impending nanotechnology “bubble” and criticized plans by venture-backed Nanosys Inc. to become the first publicly traded nanotech company. Khosla, a general partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, made the comments at the MIT/Stanford/UC Berkeley Nanotechnology Forum at Stanford University on […]
The search is on for a fund-of funds manager at the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS). Last week the pension fund issued an RFP asking qualified groups to submit proposals for a $100 million mandate to run its New and Next Generation Managers Program. In late February the Sacramento-based pension fund set aside $100 […]
The search is on for a fund-of funds manager at the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS). Last week the pension fund issued an RFP asking qualified groups to submit proposals for a $100 million mandate to run its New and Next Generation Managers Program. In late February the Sacramento-based pension fund set aside $100 […]
In a move certain to send shockwaves through the VC industry, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers this week sent a letter to its limited partners saying that it plans to reduce the size of its 10th fund from $1 billion to $800 million, according to two industry sources. As part of the arangement, Kleiner will […]
For more on the Kleiner decision — and LP pressure on firms like Accel, Redpoint and Benchmark — check out Monday’s print edition of Private Equity Week. In a move certain to reverberate through the VC industry, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers has informed its limited partners that it will likely call down 20%-25% less […]
The venture capital industry has seen it all in the recent past enormous enthusiasm for “anything dot com”, highly leveraged management buyouts (MBO) and management buy-ins (MBI) and the rush to exploit emerging opportunities. Almost by definition the venture capital (VC) industry is a disciple of change. If an attitude of “steady as she goes” […]
Switzerland’s Vontobel Group in August launched 5E Holding (5E), a quoted fund-of-funds targeting Central and Eastern Europe. 5E, which stands for Excellence in Eastern European Emerging Equity, seeks to raise CHFr 250 million to CHFr 350 million (ecu 150 million-210 million). The offer was scheduled to close at the end of August. 5E will seek […]
City of London Investment Group plc (City of London) aims to raise up to $200 million (ecu 180 million) for an emerging markets fund-of-funds. The Emerging Markets Special Opportunities Fund (EMSOF) will acquire interests both in hybrid funds – quoted vehicles which take stakes in both public and unlisted stocks in emerging markets – and […]
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