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Building technology companies, Forum

Eric Benhamou BGV Founder and General Partner shares his perspective on the fallacy of Unicorn hunting. These days, it is hard to escape the Unicorn fetish phenomenon in the world of Venture Capital. No self respecting VC blog would be complete without a few postings on the subject. This one captures the perspective shared by the partners in our firm, who sometimes obsess about their portfolio companies but hardly ever on Unicorn hunting. As a mental exercise, let us imagine that a venture firm, through a combination of skills, experience,SEE DETAILS

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Building technology companies, Forum

Eric Benhamou Founder and General Partner of BGV shares his perspective.  In her recent HBR post “Venture Capitalists Get Paid Well to Lose Money”, Diane Mulcahy offers a stinging indictment of the VC industry. In not so many words, she charges venture capitalists with the cardinal sins of gluttony by gulping fat fixed fees for a decade, and of sloth for delivering performance that fails to even match that of most public equity indices. While she does allow for the fact that a few firms demonstrate superior sustained performance, commensurateSEE DETAILS

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Anik Bose, BGV General Partner shares his perspective on the challenges faced by corporate development teams within large firms and the potential for partnering with VC firms. Corporate Venture groups have deployed more capital to US based startups in 2014 than any year since 2000 – $5.4Bn across 775 deals (Source: MoneyTree™ Report from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA)). Corporate Venture groups often invest to keep pace with technology changes and disruptions. Their objectives may include: Access technologies to grow existing businesses Identify emerging technologiesSEE DETAILS ...

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Anik Bose and Yashwanth Hemaraj from BGV share their perspective on the next wave of Enterprise IT Innovation. The democratization of knowledge is the acquisition and spread of knowledge amongst all workers, not just a fraction of highly educated workers. The printing press was one of the early steps in that journey. The creation of libraries during the industrial revolution was another, with the Internet raising the sharing of information and knowledge to unprecedented levels. BGV believes that the digital transformation of the enterprise will create a significant wave ofSEE DETAILS <span class="more-link...

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Cloud/SaaS/SDN, Forum, News, Portfolio

Hewlett Packard is very bullish on Network Functions Virtualization and they acquired the Israeli company to accelerate the “journey” of their clients to the cloud In the past, every time a telecom services provider like a cable company or Internet service provider wanted to upgrade their routers, load balancers or firewalls, they had to purchase new hardware. But in an age of increased network traffic and declining margins, telecom companies need to be more agile. As a result, they are increasingly moving away from hardware to virtual machines in theSEE DETAILS

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