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Venture Capital

January 3, 2018

The rise of robotics and artificial intelligence may seem at odds with multigenerational family businesses but Dr Ilian Iliev, managing director of EcoMachines Ventures, says a new pragmatism is forging exciting collaborations between the sectors.

The rise of robotics and artificial intelligence may seem at odds with multigenerational family businesses but Dr Ilian Iliev, managing director of EcoMachines Ventures, says a new pragmatism is forging exciting collaborations between the sectors.

August 4, 2015

Peer-to-peer lending is coming of age, thanks in part to innovative new technology and healthy returns for lenders, but is the time right for family offices to introduce this fledgling asset class to their portfolios? 

July 2, 2015

A pioneering survey examining the performance of impact investment funds, and comparing them with those that have no explicit social impact objective, has found market rate financial returns can be achieved, and in certain segments even exceeded.

A pioneering survey examining the performance of impact investment funds, and comparing them with those that have no explicit social impact objective, has found market rate financial returns can be achieved, and in certain segments even exceeded.

The new research from the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) validates industry advocates who say “doing good” while achieving financial returns is possible.

December 15, 2014

A chance discovery in a bookshop led Guy Spier to value investing – and a $650,100 lunch with Warren Buffett. CampdenFB found out how the investment philosophy led him down a different path – both as an investor and a person. 

Forget about bonds, forget real estate, forget venture capital. If Guy Spier were the principal of a €5 billion family office he would invest virtually everything in a handful of substantial – but undervalued – listed companies.

November 7, 2014

A British family office has invested venture capital in a food packaging technology that extends the shelf life of foodstuffs such as fish, allowing them to be shipped rather than air freighted.

A British family office has invested venture capital in a food packaging technology that extends the shelf life of foodstuffs such as fish, allowing them to be shipped rather than air freighted.

With the $12.6 million investment, led by Wheatsheaf Investments, BluWrap will increase the varieties of meat the technology can be applied to, including pork.

August 14, 2012

Not that long ago if you were a philanthropist you handed over money to somebody with good intentions and let them get on with it. But these days things are more complicated. A new generation of entrepreneurial, young people are shaking up the way giving works.

March 4, 2010

Clean technology has met with a mixed reaction from family offices to date, but is the tide now turning with many looking to diversify their portfolios?

Cleantech has been hailed the saving grace in the financial Armageddon of late. Once synonymous with visions of melting polar caps, today this sector is generating a buzz for all the right reasons, writes Fiona Bond.

January 1, 2005

Private equity money has always rung alarm bells for family businesses – no one wants to relinquish power to outsiders. But outside input can have myriad benefits, including scope for expansion and independent pension arrangements, writes Bob Reynolds

Private equity money has always rung alarm bells for family businesses – no one wants to relinquish power to outsiders. But outside input can have myriad benefits, including scope for expansion and independent pension arrangements, writes Bob Reynolds

Five years ago, the typical family business private equity deal was £10 million for 30% of the enterprise. Now, it is more usual to see venture capitalists paying £100 million for 100% of the business.
 

May 1, 2004

Around 1% of family businesses use venture capital as a source of funding, compared with more than 25% of non-family businesses. So how can venture capital be made more palatable to family firms, asks Tony Bogod

Tony Bogod is chief executive of the BDO Centre for Family Business. www.bdo.co.uk

Around 1% of family businesses use venture capital as a source of funding, compared with more than 25% of non-family businesses. So how can venture capital be made more palatable to family firms, asks Tony Bogod

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