Why do we keep listening to VC as the barometer of innovation?
November 03, 2009 by GEORGES VAN HOEGAERDEN
It baffles me how the representatives in Congress keep listening to, and the media stays enthralled with the self-serving circumstantial excuses of Venture Capitalists (VCs) that also still manages to keep some Limited Partners (LPs, their bosses) tuned in. I predicted five years ago, with my declaration of sub-prime VC that Venture Capital was at the brink of disaster, so what is the hot news now?
VCs continue to demonstrate their lack of foresight as they only now, when the statistics of their performance are rolling in, seem able to “predict” their demise with remarkable accuracy. And that while foresight should be one of the most important traits of early stage investors. They still do not understand that an underperforming artificial market leads to one of two outcomes: cannibalization or replacement.
The VC benchmark
News to me is that one of Silicon Valley’s most renowned VC funds; Benchmark Capital is rumored to be the first and only VC firm scrambling to produce at least a 1x return on all of its funds. Is such best-of-the-worst really a crowning achievement to be proud of and listened to? Such top-quartile performance is not going to save the reputation of venture sector (even if it does Benchmark’s), which relies on the deployment high risk to promise high rewards. Read more.