Author Archives: Efraim Landa
Good health is the most valuable thing that any of us own; without good health all of the money, real estate and gold in the world has no meaning. It is therefore of paramount importance that each of us does everything possible in order to stay healthy and live a long life. When it comes to tips for living a healthy life there are a number of things that we can do on a daily basis in order to maintain a healthy weight, prevent cancer and prevent diabetes. Following these daily health tips will also help prevent other medical conditions and will help to improve your quality of life and increase your lifespan. Read the rest of this entry
What can venture capitalists expect for the last part of 2015? If the first two quarters are any indication it does not look too bad. However, that is not without some concern in key areas. Venture capital backed companies saw 1,819 deals in the first half of the year and raised over $32 billion. Globally, these figures were reflected with an impressive $59.8 billion. The first two quarters of 2015 were representative of about a 49% increase over the increases seen in the same two quarters of last year.
What is driving growth?
There were some very large deals in the first part of this year that drove funding trends worldwide. Presently, VC funded companies are on the rise and in the first half of 2015 there were over 100 mega rounds. Just the second quarter saw 61 deals that raised over $16 billion investment dollars. Driving this growth are lower interest rates. It is expected for this growth trend to continue throughout the remainder of the year since interest rates are remaining pretty much the same.
Another factor behind the trending growth is more participation in mutual funds, VC funding and hedge funds. Right now, the amount of available capital remains huge. Companies being backed with venture capital funding are staying private for longer periods of time and some of the best companies have a decent variety of funding options. These trends are also seen on a global basis and startups continue to reshape the markets across the board from hospitality to transportation and healthcare. Read the rest of this entry
The news about China’s economic woes is wide spread and it seems that the equity markets in China are along for the ride. This has been felt even in the stock markets in the US since investors like Efraim Landa can become concerned about what impact China’s economy may have on the economy on a global level. Plenty of negative influences are heard because of the upheaval.
Is China okay?
It’s rather obvious even to the casual observer that everything is not running perfectly in China. However, there should be some thought given to the economic growth in China and perhaps there is a different perspective from which to view it. In 2015, the GDP of China has been estimated at more than $11 trillion. This is not actually too bad when you compare them to others like Germany and Japan who are both closing in on the United States at 7% growth factors. This is an enormous amount of growth considering it’s not been done before. China’s economy has lots of prospects and investors who are patient will likely be rewarded eventually.
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No matter your stance on the great Bubble debate, 2014 was a relatively remarkable year for those involved in the venture capital industry. Overall there was an increase in investing, valuations and fundraising. There was also a huge trend for industries to consolidate. Last year, about 4% of the firms who raised any funds accounted for just less than half of all capital raised. This led many to think that the VC industry was beginning to decline and shrink. However, after much research, most VCs continue to be excited about how their opportunities are lining up especially when it comes to tapping into the upcoming transformative tech companies. Read the rest of this entry
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Everyone has stress, and one of the biggest stressors in life is work. Work is a necessary part of life, and undoubtedly there are a lot of good things about it. Working teaches responsibility and accountability. It keeps minds and hands busy. Work can teach teamwork. It can help you discover your talents and strengths. And, of course, it pays the bills. The downside to work, as we all know, is that it can cause stress in our lives. There have been numerous studies done in recent years that suggest stress can be a significant factor in some medical conditions. That’s why it’s important to get a handle on the stress you feel, especially at work. Work takes up a good deal of your life, and it’s vital to keep it in perspective, not allowing it to take over your life and cause undue stress. Here are some tips to reducing the stress you feel at work that will help to make your work life, and your home life, more enjoyable. Read the rest of this entry
The private equity market is showing great promise for 2015 and beyond. The choices for new ideas and business concepts are seemingly endless, the entrepreneurs are eager to get their start-ups running and the loan rates are relatively low. Investors have the potential to make huge profits from smart new tech companies that aim to make life easier for consumers. By focusing on a select group of start-ups, venture capitalists can expect to spend more money on fewer investments, but they can also expect a bigger return for their money. Read the rest of this entry
Last year brought many changes to the state of venture capital around the world. The fact is that fewer deals were actually made. The interesting part, however, is that the deals were made at a higher cost, showing an increase over that of 2013. That growth has continued in 2015, mainly in terms of tech companies. The market hasn’t come close to being saturated with new, inventive ways to save time, save money or enhance social media usage as we know it. These areas still show promise worldwide for the near future. Read the rest of this entry
If the venture capital market continues with last year’s trend, the outlook in the U.S. for the remainder of 2015 proves to be interesting. The trend is for investors to make fewer deals, but at a higher cost. The prices in VC market have gone up and we can expect to see more of that. Read the rest of this entry
The state of the global economy is very important to the venture capitalist like Efraim Landa. Over the last few decades there have been many changes in the VC market. There was a time when the venture capitalists was only interested in investing in their local businesses but over the last few decades as international options have become available, the VC market has continued to expand and to strengthen the global economy. Specifically many areas that were struggling have experienced some level of economic progress due partly to regulations which allowed for international investments. Just where does the global economy stand today? How serious was the latest recession and how has it affected the investment potential of VC firms around the world? Read the rest of this entry
Current Economic State in Europe
The European economy has experienced extreme economic trouble due to the recent worldwide economic crisis and has yet to embark on a recovery. The economy is expected to shrink in 2013 for the second consecutive year. The European Central Bank announced the region’s banks planned to repay less than half of expected amount of low-interest loans from last year and Moody’s Investors Service has downgraded Britain’s government bonds from its top AAA rating. While many countries around the world have suffered from the economic downturn, Europe has continued to struggle and has yet to show progress towards revival. Read the rest of this entry