9 Singapore companies make it to Forbes Asia’s Best Over A Billion list

Nine companies from Singapore have made it to Forbes Asia's inaugural Best Over A Billion list, which spotlights 200 top-performing listed companies across Asia-Pacific with revenues of US$1 billion (S$1.39 billion) or more. They are the Republic's Big Three banks - DBS Bank, OCBC Bank and United Overseas Bank - Wilmar International, CapitaLand, City Developments, Olam International, ASM Pacific Technology…

Opinion | Too much capital brings with itself too much distraction

In his book The Hard thing About Hard Things, Ben Horowitz, co-founder of venture capital (VC ) firm Andreessen-Horowitz, writes about his experience of raising $20 million venture capital for his two-month-old startup, LoudCloud, along with Marc Andreessen of Netscape fame. Though it was the summer of 1999, just at the precipice of the dot-com bust, the clouds of an…

WI Startup Funding Hit Record in 2018 as VCs Cut Bigger Checks

A record $300 million was invested in Wisconsin ventures last year, as maturing businesses pulled in larger funding rounds. But a continued decrease in the number of firms raising their first outside capital could signal trouble for the state’s pipeline of budding startups. Those are some of the key takeaways from the latest Wisconsin Portfolio, an annual report produced by…

TDK launches $50 million corporate venture fund for material science technologies

TDK announced that it has established TDK Ventures as a $50 million corporate venture capital fund to invest in early-stage startups in material science, energy and power, and related areas, such as semiconductors. These kinds of hardware companies are typically underrepresented in venture capital investments, which is why the company is seeking to bolster the field by applying its 85…

How to Drive Growth — With or Without VC Funding

Is venture capital funding becoming obsolete? As The New York Times reports, some entrepreneurs are starting to reject offers of funding, suggesting that founders are trending away from the traditional VC model. More than that, we're seeing leaders in the startup space outwardly express the need to shift focus away from VC funding. Bryce Roberts, co-founder of O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures,…

Venture Capital Desperately Needs More Governance

In any industry where individuals serve as professional fiduciaries, there are typically degree programs, mandated training, certification, continuing education, and oversight. This includes diverse fields like medicine, law, accounting, real estate, and so on. But not so in venture capital and private equity, which remain a “Wild West” where rule-breaking is a foundational principle. This philosophy can have enormous psychological…

What Every Startup Must Do to Get Investor Ready

Advances in technology have given way to a proliferation of new startups. So, when it comes time to begin looking for those elusive investor meetings, you’re competing against more startups to secure time with investors. This competitive buyer’s market also holds the potential to drive down valuations, and even what once was considered the typical funding round. So in a…