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Annual Venture Investment Dollars Increase 22% Over Prior Year, According to the MoneyTree Report

January 26, 2012 Comments off

Annual Venture Investment Dollars Increase 22% Over Prior Year, According to the MoneyTree Report (PDF)
Source: Pricewaterhouse Coopers and National Venture Capital Association

Venture capitalists invested $28.4 billion in 3,673 deals in 2011, an increase of 22 percent in dollars and a 4 percent rise in deals over the prior year, according to the MoneyTree Report by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), based on data from Thomson Reuters. The amount of venture dollars invested in 2011 represents the third highest annual investment total in the past ten years. Investments in the fourth quarter of 2011 totaled $6.6 billion in 844 deals, a 10 percent decrease in dollars and an 11 percent decrease in deals from the third quarter of 2011 when $7.3 billion went into 953 deals.

Double-digit increases in investment dollars in 2011 were spread across a number of industries, including the Clean Technology and Internet-Specific sectors. Investment dollars also increased across every stage of development category, with the exception of a 48 percent decrease in Seed Stage investments. First-time financings rose in 2011 compared to the prior year, however, fourth quarter investing did show a decline in both first-time dollars and deals when compared to Q3 2011.

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Balanced Cities Perform Best in 2011 Study of Finance Capitals from PwC and the Partnership for New York City

May 3, 2011 Comments off

Balanced Cities Perform Best in 2011 Study of Finance Capitals from PwC and the Partnership for New York City
Source: Pricewaterhouse Coopers

The finance and business centers of the future may not be the traditional capitals of global dominance, according to a new report released today by PwC and the Partnership for New York City. The fourth edition of Cities of Opportunity shows that in a more virtual and mobile world, well rounded cities with balanced economies and strong quality of life offer an attractive alternative: resilience during downturns and allure for skilled people who will build the future.

New York leads the 2011 study, which analyzes and ranks how 26 global centers of finance, business and culture perform across 10 key indicators. But it is followed closely in the top five by Toronto, San Francisco, Stockholm and Sydney — cities more notable for quality of life and balance than global business dominance.

Their performance is impressive: Toronto does broadly well, making the top five in seven out of 10 indicators; San Francisco also shows strong balance in its first year in the study, finishing in the top four in six out of 10 indicators; Stockholm ranks in the top three in half the indicators, including three number ones; Sydney climbs two places this year, finishing in the top three in two indicators.

While these cities cannot match the size or economic clout of longstanding commercial hubs like London, New York, Paris or Tokyo, their performance highlights a changing global dynamic. Modern cities are less dependent on geography and historic connections and more reliant on holistic approaches to attracting and keeping creative minds and cutting-edge businesses that will build the future with fresh eyes.

The traditional alpha cities — London, number six this year and first in economic clout, Paris, number eight overall and first in transportation and infrastructure, and Tokyo, number 14 overall — retain their power and allure. But they do not congregate at the top as might reflexively be assumed based on recent history. New York, despite finishing first, hardly dominates. It leads because of balanced performance across the indicators, likely a key to the city’s continued economic resilience, and outstanding performance in measures of intellectual capital, lifestyle assets and technology readiness.

The Cities of Opportunity key indicators and top three cities in each are:

  • Intellectual capital and innovation–Stockholm, Toronto, New York/San Francisco (tied for 3rd)
  • Technology readiness–New York, Seoul, Stockholm
  • Transportation and infrastructure–Paris, Chicago, New York
  • Demographics and livability–Stockholm, Sydney, Toronto
  • Economic clout–London, Paris, New York
  • Cost–Houston, Los Angeles, Chicago
  • Lifestyle assets–New York, Paris, London
  • Health, safety and security–Stockholm, Toronto, Chicago
  • Ease of doing business–Hong Kong, Singapore, New York
  • Sustainability–Berlin, Sydney, Stockholm

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UK — The economic impact of the Royal Wedding

April 29, 2011 Comments off

The economic impact of the Royal Wedding
Source: Pricewaterhouse Coopers

An extensive survey of UK adults reveals the economic impact of the Royal Wedding. PwC conducted the research as part of an ongoing project to monitor the economic impact of large events in the capital in the run up to the Olympic Games next year.

  • Some 550,000 people will experience the event in person in the Westminster environs, nearly a million plan to watch it in on big screen and over twenty million will favour the convivial experience of huddling round a television. Half a million will watch it on the internet and 51,000 will watch it on a mobile phone.
  • 295,000 Londoners travel into Central London to experience the event.
  • Time off: Over six million adults will be taking extra holidays to make the most of the confluence of Easter, the bank holidays and the Royal Wedding. Workers from London (17%) and the West Midlands (17%) being the most likely to do this, while employee from the South West (7%) and Scotland (9%) the least likely.
  • Economic benefit: PwC calculates the commercial benefit to London from visitors’ expenditure to be £107 million.

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