Showing posts from April, 2016

Has Venture Capital finally arrived in Europe ?

Now that I'm back in London after 10 years working and studying in the USA, its fortuitous that my office is a stone's throw away from my Alma Mater, The London School of Economics. They have regular lectures and recently I decided to go back to attend one on Venture Capital in Europe. The LSE Finance Department invites me to these from time to time. There was quite an interesting bunch gathered in the Conference room, including my neighbour, a Consultant at KPMG specialising in due diligence accounting for Venture Capital. The host for the evening was Ulf Axelson, who is the Abraaj Group Professor in Finance and Private Equity at the London School of Economics and the director of the Financial Markets Group. LSE has just started a Master’s degree in Private Equity Which He now runs. Right away I learnt a new word - 'Decacorn' - it's like a Unicorn (Tech start-up that reaches the 'magical' $1 Billion valuation) but instead it reaches the even more magical …