How the mathematics of venture capital has changed and what it means for start-up exits

Fascinating article about the role some of the big accounting firms – specifically mentioning our sponsor KPMG – are playing introducing strategically placed startups to corporate acquirers with commentary about the impact this might be having on the size of exits.

Floating on the stockmarket could fall out of vogue for start-ups backed by venture capital in favour of trade sales to incumbents, because of lower demand for massive exits.

Jeremy Colless, the managing partner of Artesian Capital Management, told a roundtable on innovation hosted by KPMG on Monday that the trade sale option was becoming more viable because “the mathematics for venture capital firms” had changed.


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