Pro-Rata Rights: Venture Capital Definitions

Pro-Rata Rights: Venture Capital Definitions

Pro-Rata rights are one of the most important rights investors in private companies enjoy. Just as is the case with share preferences, their true value is commonly misunderstood, as is their long-term effect on the entrepreneurs who provide them.
Entrepreneurs often don’t know about, or commonly misunderstand the implications of pro rata rights often raise friends & family and Seed rounds without providing this protection to their earliest investors. This can later create tensions among investors who are investing at various stages, and can make participation a living hell for the entrepreneur.

Global Funding Activity Shift: Early Warning Signs for Silicon Valley?

Global Funding Activity Shift: Early Warning Signs for Silicon Valley?

Is Silicon Valley’s and the San Francisco Bay Area software industry becoming less important to investors? Are there warning signs for economists and investors in the trends emerging this year? Perhaps. Over the next few posts we will detail a remarkable shift in investment activity globally, and within the United States. As in everything there is good news and bad news in the data, depending on the industry you are in, and where you are located.

Global Tech Hubs: Shanghai & Pudong

Global Tech Hubs: Shanghai & Pudong

The IT industry in China has mainly focused on building online applications, manufacturing high tech products, designing software, and working towards technological innovation. A large contributor to innovation has been Shanghai’s tech park, ZhangJiang Hi-Tech Park.