Venture capital

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The short-lived Bravo reality TV show Start-Ups: Silicon Valley had participation from venture capitalists in Silicon Valley. The sitcom Silicon Valley parodies startup companies and venture capital culture. Angel investor. Corporate venture capital. Deep tech. Enterprise Capital Fund—a type of venture capital fund in the UK. Equity crowdfunding. History of private equity and venture capital. Initial public offering (IPO). List of venture capital firms. M&A. Platform cooperative. Private equity secondary market. Private equity. Revenue-based financing. Seed funding. Social venture capital. Sweat equity. Venture capital financing. Vulture capitalist.

Startup company

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One of the most famous startup ecosystems is Silicon Valley in California, where major computer and internet firms and top universities such as Stanford University create a stimulating startup environment, Boston (where Massachusetts Institute of Technology is located) and Berlin, home of WISTA (a top research area), numerous creative industries, leading entrepreneurs and startup firms. Although there are startups created in all types of businesses, and all over the world, some locations and business sectors are particularly associated with startup companies.

Fairchild Semiconductor

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Fairchild Semiconductor International, Inc. was an American semiconductor company based in San Jose, California. Founded in 1957 as a division of Fairchild Camera and Instrument, it became a pioneer in the manufacturing of transistors and of integrated circuits. Schlumberger bought the firm in 1979 and sold it to National Semiconductor in 1987; Fairchild was spun off as an independent company again in 1997. In September 2016, Fairchild was acquired by ON Semiconductor. The company has locations in the United States at San Jose, California; South Portland, Maine; West Jordan, Utah; and Mountaintop, Pennsylvania.

Sand Hill Road

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Sand Hill Road, often shortened to just "Sand Hill", is an arterial road in western Silicon Valley, California, running through Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and Woodside, notable for its concentration of venture capital companies. The road has become a metonym for that industry; nearly every top Silicon Valley company has been the beneficiary of early funding from firms on Sand Hill Road. Its significance as a symbol of private equity and venture capitalism in the United States is compared to that of Wall Street and the stock market, and K Street in Washington, D.C. and political lobbying.

Angel investor

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Private equity. Revenue-based financing. Seed funding. Super angel. Venture capital. Venture funding. Vulture investor.

History of private equity and venture capital

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Although there had previously been certain instances of publicly traded private equity vehicles, the convergence of private equity and the public equity markets attracted significantly greater attention when several of the largest private equity firms pursued various options through the public markets. Taking private equity firms and private equity funds public appeared an unusual move since private equity funds often buy public companies listed on exchange and then take them private. Private equity firms are rarely subject to the quarterly reporting requirements of the public markets and tout this independence to prospective sellers as a key advantage of going private.

High tech

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High technology, or high tech (sometimes also called frontier technology or frontier tech), is technology that is at the cutting edge: the most advanced technology available. The opposite of high tech is low technology, referring to simple, often traditional or mechanical technology; for example, a slide rule is a low-tech calculating device.

Initial public offering

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Initial public offerings can be used to raise new equity capital for companies, to monetize the investments of private shareholders such as company founders or private equity investors, and to enable easy trading of existing holdings or future capital raising by becoming publicly traded. After the IPO, shares are traded freely in the open market at what is known as the free float. Stock exchanges stipulate a minimum free float both in absolute terms (the total value as determined by the share price multiplied by the number of shares sold to the public) and as a proportion of the total share capital (i.e., the number of shares sold to the public divided by the total shares outstanding).

Stock market

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A stock market, equity market or share market is the aggregation of buyers and sellers (a loose network of economic transactions, not a physical facility or discrete entity) of stocks (also called shares), which represent ownership claims on businesses; these may include securities listed on a public stock exchange, as well as stock that is only traded privately. Examples of the latter include shares of private companies which are sold to investors through equity crowdfunding platforms. Stock exchanges list shares of common equity as well as other security types, e.g. corporate bonds and convertible bonds. Stocks are categorized in various ways.

Sequoia Capital

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EQ Office

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In December 2014, the company sold its portfolio in Silicon Valley to Hudson Pacific Properties for $3.5 billion. In 2015, the company acquired the Willis Tower for $1.3 billion. In 2017, the company sold a property in San Jose, California for $82 million. The company also sold a two-building medical office campus in San Diego, California for $97 million. In June 2018, the company changed its name from Equity Office to EQ Office. 100 Summer Street. 1740 Broadway. 350 North Orleans. San Francisco Ferry Building. Wells Fargo Center (Minneapolis). Willis Tower.

Institutional Venture Partners

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Institutional Venture Partners (IVP) is a US-based private equity investment firm focusing on later-stage venture capital and growth equity investments. IVP is one of the oldest venture capital firms on Sand Hill Road founded in 1980. While Reid W. Dennis was an analyst at the Fireman's Fund Insurance Company starting in 1952, he started an informal network of screened individual investors (now called angel investors). In 1974, Dennis founded Institutional Venture Associates (IVA), funded by six institutions such as American Express. Burton J. McMurtry and David Marquardt, who had been involved with IVA, left and founded Technology Venture Investors, the first investor in Microsoft.

Battery Ventures

Founded in 1983, the firm makes venture-capital and private-equity investments from offices in Boston, Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Israel and London. Since inception, the firm has raised over $6.9 billion and is now investing its twelfth funds, Battery Ventures XII and Battery Ventures XII Side Fund, with a combined capitalization of $1.25 billion. Battery Ventures was founded in 1983 in Boston, Massachusetts by Rick Frisbie, Howard Anderson and Bob Barrett.

Regent, L.P.

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Regent, L.P. is a multi-sector private equity firm based in Beverly Hills, California. Many of Regent's investments have been in the software, technology, consumer products, retail and media space. Regent's first acquisition was in 2013, when the firm acquired the Rovi Entertainment Store over-the-top video platform from Rovi Corporation with an Austin, Texas-based investor. The firm later purchased the CinemaNow video business from Best Buy. Regent and its partners sold these businesses to FilmOn in 2015. In September 2013, the firm's partners acquired control of Skinit, a San Diego-based e-commerce company from private equity firm Ares Management.

Norwest Venture Partners

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San Jose Business Journal, April 17, 2006. Saving Yipes. Forbes, July 17, 2002. Old Money Chasing the New; Seeing Windfalls, Big Banks Finance Start-Ups Again. The New York Times, December 24, 1999.

H&Q Asia Pacific

Array Networks - Silicon Valley. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation (TSMC) - Taiwan. KSNET - Korea. Korea.

Robert F. Smith (investor)

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From 1994 to 2000, he joined Goldman Sachs in technology investment banking, first in New York City and then in Silicon Valley. He advised on over $50 billion in merger and acquisition activity with companies such as Apple, Microsoft, Texas Instruments, eBay, and Yahoo. He was the first person in the Goldman Sachs San Francisco office to focus solely on technology mergers and acquisitions. In 2000, Smith founded Vista Equity Partners, a private equity and venture capital firm of which he is the principal founder, chairman and chief executive.

Women in venture capital

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Diversity of Silicon Valley. Sexism in the technology industry. Women in computing.

NXP Semiconductors

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In September 2006, Philips completed the sale of an 80.1% stake in Philips Semiconductors to a consortium of private equity investors consisting of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR), Bain Capital, Silver Lake Partners, Apax Partners, and AlpInvest Partners. The new company name NXP (from Next eXPerience) was announced on August 31, 2006, and was officially launched during the Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA) consumer electronics show in Berlin. The newly independent NXP was ranked as one of the world's top 10 semiconductor companies.

Jon Rubinstein

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Member, Cornell Silicon Valley Advisors. Former director, Immersion Corp. Former member, Cornell Alumni Council. Former member, Consumer Electronics Association Board of Industry Leaders. Jon Rubinstein Appointed CEO of Palm, June 10, 2009. Apple, press release, October 14, 2005. USA Today, “Apple turns a profit – And a corner,” Oct. 17, 1996. Wall Street Journal, “Designing Duo Helps Shape Apple’s Fortunes” July 18, 2001. IEEE Spectrum 2008-09 "From Podfather to Palm's Pilot". The Engadget Show, Episode 019, March 28, 2011.

Paul Suni

Paul Suni is a Silicon Valley technologist, engineer, semiconductor device physicist and independent researcher. Since 1984, he has contributed to advancements in semiconductor electronics, photonics, digital imaging sensors and medical devices. In 2007, he dedicated himself to research concerning the scientific and philosophical foundations of technology and wellbeing. Suni was born in Helsinki, Finland.

Silicon Valley Bank

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Silicon Valley Bank, a subsidiary of SVB Financial Group, is a U.S.-based high-tech commercial bank. The bank has helped fund more than 30,000 start-ups. SVB is on the list of largest banks in the United States. The bank is also one of the largest providers of financial services to wine producers in Napa Valley. The company focuses on lending to technology companies, providing multiple services to venture capital, revenue-based financing and private equity firms that invest in technology and biotechnology, and also on private banking services for high-net-worth individuals, in its home market in Silicon Valley.

Kaye Scholer

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Represented leading private equity firm American Securities in its acquisition, from Morgan Stanley Global Private Equity, of Learning Care Group (US) Inc. in partnership with the Company's management team. Represented Omega Healthcare Investors, Inc. as the borrower in a $1.2 billion unsecured syndicated credit facility with Bank of America, N.A., as administrative agent, and Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, as joint lead arranger and sole book runner.

Bill Hagerty (politician)

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Bush, and then began a career in private equity, initially at Trident Capital in Silicon Valley. He was Mitt Romney's national finance chairman for Romney's 2008 presidential campaign. From 2011 to 2014, Hagerty served as commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development in the cabinet of Governor Bill Haslam, where he played a role in investments by Bridgestone, Calsonic Kansei, and Nissan in Tennessee. Hagerty has served on the boards of CyMed, NEW Customer Services, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Ryman Hospitality, Pinnacle Financial Partners, and R.J. O'Brien. Prior to his confirmation as U.S.

Goodwin Procter

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Goodwin Procter LLP (known as Goodwin) is a Global 50 law firm consisting of more than 1000 lawyers with offices in Boston, Cambridge, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Luxembourg, New York City, Paris, Santa Monica, Silicon Valley, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.. Goodwin focuses on complex transactional work and high-stakes litigation in matters involving financial institutions, intellectual property, private equity, real estate capital markets, securities litigation, white collar defense, technology and life sciences.