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Discussion: Venture Capital

The importance of innovation for progress in an economical perspective of productivity and economic growth, but also in a general perspective for humanity. With perhaps greater ways of producing more food and energy at a lower cost and with less resources. A farmer with modified crops reaching a higher output at the same level of input – feeding more people without increasing the pressure of the immediate environment.

Venture capital provides a link between early R&D, basic research, new technology and success. Filling the gap for often small companies, possibly spin-off ideas from University research. These small and new innovative firms experience high costs of capital that can only partly be mitigated by the presence of venture capital as a market solution when Governments or other founding sources such as Prizes aren’t effective.

First a panel panel discussion on the history of venture capital education at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University. Panel includes: John Glynn, Charles Holloway, Franklin ‘Pitch’ Johnson, Peter Wendell. Recorded: May 14, 2012


Talk Title: Why Venture Capitalists Still Matter and Why We Need Women

Ann Winblad is the co-founder and a Managing Director of Hummer Winblad Venture Partners. Hummer Winblad Venture Partners (www.humwin.com) is a leading venture capital firm focused exclusively on software investing and manages over $1 billion in cumulative capital. Since Hummer Winblad Venture Partners’ inception in 1989 the firm has launched over 100 new software companies.

From a environmental perspective of innovation and venture capital by TED:

Talk Title: Climate for Innovation/Innovation for Climate

Rachel Pike works at venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson, where she invests in clean technology and mobile companies. Prior to joining DFJ, Rachel completed her Ph.D. in atmospheric chemistry at the University of Cambridge. During her time there, Rachel served as President of the Gates Scholars community, worked on a field campaign in Malaysia, and gave a short TED University talk on the scale of scientific research behind climate headlines. Previously, Rachel earned a B.A. in chemistry and a minor in African studies at Northwestern University. As an undergraduate, Rachel co-founded Fusion dance company, which has since become the largest dance company on campus. She also spent a year in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, where she gained experience working on a Bus Rapid Transit planning project as an assistant consultant.