Next Things First

Rob Coppedge on John Cook’s Venture Blog (TechFlash) by charlottegee
January 2, 2009, 1:00 pm
Filed under: economy, innovation, venture capital | Tags: ,


You can find Rob over on TechFlash, as a guest columnist for John Cook’s esteemed Venture Blog. Rob’s piece, titledGovernment should support the innovation economy,” provides a bit of the good, the bad and the ugly (but never fear … it ends on a somewhat positive note).

An (ugly) excerpt:

So, as we move into 2009, we expect the companies “waiting it out” will finally launch fundraising efforts—and the demand for capital will significantly outstrip the supply.

Angels won’t be able to keep up and the traditional venture community will remain focused on less risky deals and on reserving capital for existing portfolio companies. While I hope to be proved wrong, we [at Faultline Ventures] are predicting that these trends will lead to continued loss of early-stage jobs and the unwinding of early-stage businesses.

Worse, this will have a chilling on our Innovation Economy—shutting down a major engine of economic growth and job creation.

Check out the entire post to see how we might be able to uncover some of the good.

Posted by CharlotteGee


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