VC falls further to 10-year minus 4.64% returns

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Despite the delusions of positivity in the media that stem from looking at Venture Capital numbers from a short-term perspective, long-term performance mitigated by fund diversification, syndication, fragmentation and collusion, Venture Capital performance 10-year returns managed to fall from a miserable -4.2% to a downright horrid -4.64% over the relevant period. Even worse is the vintage-year data provided by Cambridge Associates, which tracks VC fund performance based on the year in which the fund was raised.

Who are these Idiot Limited Partners and Idiot Entrepreneurs that keep going back to the same VCs and listen to their compass, like victims suffering from the Stockholm syndrome, and with our government in desperation greasing the skids to an economic model that does not work. The grand opportunity in Venture is to fix its economic model and reinvent Venture from the top to provide new access to an 80% greenfield of technology innovation that still lies ahead.

My new year’s prediction has again come true, in little over one month this time. Sadly.


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About Georges van Hoegaerden

Georges is a serial entrepreneur, venture catalyst, 4x CEO, board director turned innovation economist (by fate). His ideas have raised $14M in venture capital and produced over $100M in returns. More.