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Innovation in San Diego Creates Investment Opportunities

2014 has come and gone , but the benefits of a growth year are likely to carry on for some time in San Diego. According to Connect, a non-profit group that supports innovation , they counted 446 technology and life science start-ups in 2014 up from 426 companies in 2013 ( 1 ). Of these firms , Bio-tech got 62% of the $805 million investment capital dollars while software and medical devices got a third and fourth place in total investment influx . What does this say about San Diego? It says that San Diego has a budding bio-tech and software industry that should be supported by city policies , higher education , corporate training , and international promotion . Encouraging investment funds to find receptive companies seeking those investments for expansions puts money where it has the quickest and most efficient economic contribution . The Economic contribution comes from using the investment money to exp

Book Review: Learning from the Masters of Venture Capital and Private Equity

Venture capital and private equity are important components to societal investment. The book The Masters of Private Equity and Venture Capital by Robert Finkel delves into the concepts of what makes investment successful. Contrary to common knowledge the money is only one of the components while the factors of the market and the organization itself are equally important. Few want to invest their money in poorly run and sinking ships.  One of the biggest steps in venture capital success is learning from mistakes. There will be some companies you make significant money off of and there are some that you won’t be so lucky. The key, like most other things in life, are to continue to learn from mistakes. Whether you’re Edison or the Rockefellers the process is the same.  Investors often find a method to evaluate companies. They don’t just blindly pick some company and start pouring money into a deep hole. They use methods of analysis to ensure that the companies they are inter