In 2013, hot startups were able to access capital from a wider variety of sources than ever before -- not just the prestigious venture capital firms of Sand Hill Road.
2013 was a turning point for venture capital.According to financial services firm Ernst&Young, global venture capital investment in 2013 increased 2 percent compared to 2012, to $48.5 billion. Meanwhile, economic conditions improved in many geographic markets due to increased levels of liquidity and a boost in investor confidence.The upshot: More investors are competing to invest in promising startups and entrepreneurs, especially outside the U.S.The most stunning shift was a cultural one. In 2013, hot startups were able to access capital from a wider variety of sources than ever before — not just the prestigious venture capital firms of Sand Hill Road. Angel investors started organizing and forming new funds, the crowdfunding movement took off, and corporate execs got into the innovation game by working closely with entrepreneurs.
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Via Marc Kneepkens