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Why The SBIC Doesn – t Work For Venture Capital Anymore – Feld Thoughts

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Why The SBIC Doesn t Work For Venture Capital Anymore

There are so many things wrong in the article I felt compelled to write about it. This isn t a knock on the writer (Alicia Wallace) I like Alicia and think she does a good job. Rather, it s an example of the difference between signal and noise in any kind of reporting around the VC industry.

I’m an investor in over 40 VC funds around the world (mostly in the US) and three of them are SBIC funds. Each of the SBIC funds were raised in the 2000 2002 time period. On paper, only one is in positive return territory as a fund, but the SBIC leverage is a substantial negative factor for the LP investors in that particular fund. And, in the other two, I don’t expect to ever see any of my capital back because of the SBIC leverage. Furthermore, I don t believe any of the GPs in any SBIC-backed fund would ever take money from the SBIC again.

So I’m speaking from at least a little experience albeit indirectly with the SBIC, as I ve never been a GP in a fund that had SBIC leverage.

The article starts off saying that “Matthew Varilek has traveled across the state, proselytizing the potential benefits of the Small Business Investment Company Program.” As a partner in one of the most visible VC firms in Colorado and an LP in many of the Colorado VC firms, I’ve never heard from Matthew or anyone from the SBIC. Matthew, if you really want to have a deep discussion about why the SBIC program isn’t effective for VC funds anymore, feel free to give me a shout. I’d be happy to meet with you.

Next, there is the wonderful PR quote about the SBIC that says “Since the program s inception, SBIC success stories include the funding of companies such as Apple, Costco and FedEx when they were burgeoning small businesses.” The SBIC was instrumental in the creation of the venture capital business. The Small Business Investment Act of 1958 helped catalyze many of the VC firms created in the early 1960s. When I first heard about VC firms in the late 1980s, and my first company (Feld Technologies) started writing portfolio management software for some Boston-based VC firms, many of them had funds with SBIC leverage, although even by the late 1980s this was changing and many of them had shifted away from the SBIC. If you want to see a fun quote on it, read A History of Silicon Valley which quotes:

“ …many venture capital pioneers think the SBIC program did little to advance the art and practice of venture investing. The booming IPO market proved the model of investing in new companies, as some SBICs cash out at attractive levels. SBICs did give a boost to early venture firms, and some like Franklin “Pitch” Johnson, profiled below, thought the new law made the US “see that there was a problem and that [venture investing] was a way to do something… it formed the seed of the idea and a cadre of people like us.” Bill Draper, the first West Coast venture capitalist, has been more blunt: “[Without it] I never would have gotten into venture capital. it made the difference between not being able to do it, not having the money.” Many believe SBICs filled a void from 1958 to the early 1970s, by which point the partnership-based venture firms took off. The US government, however, lost most of the $2 billion it put into SBIC firms.

So, while Apple, Costco, and FedEx benefited, the PR would be more credible if the SBIC was trumpeting iconic companies created after 1990 or even 2000, especially where the lead investors (rather than follow on investors) had SBIC capital.

Peter Adams, head of Rockies Venture Club, is quoted a few times. I like and respect Peter, so this isn t aimed at him, but rather at the clear lack of understanding of the capital dynamics around VC funds.

It looks really great on the surface, said Peter Adams, executive director of the Rockies Venture Club, a nonprofit aimed at connecting investors and entrepreneurs. Then when you dig into it, there were some problems. Adams, who has been involved in many of the meetings with the SBA and members of the investment community, said the greatest concerns voiced by investors and venture capitalists involved management team qualifications, investment track records and the addition of debt to the equation. No. 1 for us is they want a management team with multiple people that have track records in venture capital and have worked together as a team before, he said. I can see where they re going with it, but the VC industry in Colorado has been fairly decimated through the economic downturn.

Peter is right about the context, but has two fundamental things wrong here. First, the VC industry in Colorado wasn t decimated through the economic downtown. It was decimated because of lack of performance between 2001 and 2009, just like much of the rest of the VC industry around the US. There s nothing special about Colorado in this mix, and it has nothing to do with the economic downtown. This dynamic has been reported thousands of times so I don t need to go through it again, but we don t have to look back very far to hear the drum beat from the media, LPs, and everyone else about how VC is dead. And if you re curious, it wasn t too long ago that Silicon Valley was also dying .

The other problem here is the need of the SBIC to invest in a management team with multiple people that have track records in venture capital and have worked together as a team before. Any VC firm that fits this qualification is unlikely to have difficulty raising money in today s environment, and subsequently has no need for the SBIC leverage. And, more importantly, the only firms that will look for SBIC leverage are one s that don t have this, which is a classic adverse selection problem.

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The recession also then plays into requirements that the management team members have been involved in a meaningful number of successful exits during a four- to six-year period. From 2008 to 2013, that was not a good time for exits, Adams said.

Huh, what? At Foundry Group, our significant exits (at least 10x capital returned) since we raised our first fund in 2007 include AdMeld, Zynga, MakerBot, and Gnip. We ve had plenty of other exits, but these are the big ones. One of those companies, Gnip, is Boulder-based and another from our older funds (Rally Software) also generated a greater than 10x return for us. Techstars (which we helped start) have also had a steady stream of significant exits, including local Boulder companies like Filtrbox, GoodApril, and SocialThing. And then you ve got plenty of Boulder / Denver monsters on paper some in our portfolio (like SendGrid and Sympoz) and others like Zayo, Ping, Logrhythm, and Datalogix. Finally, if you look across the country, the exits have been awesome the past three years.

It keeps going. There s talk about the angel cliff (e.g. we need funds to invest between angels and VCs nope, been there remember gap capital not so effective) and the SBA rules and regulations (which I believe are toxic and inhibiting to a successful VC fund.)

One of the other problem is SBA and SBIC s behavior in governance of the fund. The paperwork is silly and the overhead is non-trivial. The control over distributions and negative incentives to hold or distribute capital often generates bad decisions when companies go public. And at least one close friend who is a partner in an SBIC fund has now found a new LP to buy out the SBIC so they could actually invest capital in their winners, rather than be limited by the SBIC s constraints on the amount of capital you can invest in any particular company.

The SBIC could be a powerful force for good in the venture capital industry. But it has to approach things very different and based on my experience with the SBA over the past decade, I don t see it happening unless there is real leadership somewhere in coordination with leaders in the VC industry. I m certainly willing to help, if only someone bothered to reach out to me.

UPDATE: It turns out my partner Seth Levine had met with Matthew a while ago. Seth said Your blog was right on and much of the type of thing I related to Matt and some senior guys he brought in. The gist of my conversation with them was pushing them to consider a different model that the current one basically led to lowest common denominator GPs and sub-optimal returns. Plus the SBIC leverage could be crushing. I don t think they have a ton of flexibility around this but they at least listened to the feedback. I m going to see a bunch of them in a few weeks I agreed to help judge a business plan competition they were hosting. Like you I m not a huge fan of the program as it has existed but I give the new guys some credit for both reaching out and trying to be proactive about thinking through this.

UPDATE 2: Matthew Varilek reached out to me and we are setting up a time to talk.


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110 Small Business Ideas With Low Investment Capital #small #business #consultant


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Small business ideas abound around us. Are you looking for small business ideas in Hindi or India? Perhaps you are in a different region. You may be looking for small business ideas in UK, Philippines or Nigeria. We have researched various small business ideas you can start with low investment. Before you continue reading this article, let me give you a hint that it is going to be a long list of small business ideas. However, for you to make most of it, you should not just rush the article by scrolling from the top to the bottom. Even if you are looking for a specific business idea, you may stumble on other good business ideas that may catch your interest. Perhaps a particular business idea does not appeal to you, that does not mean you should not read it. Who knows whether by reading it, something may spark up in you that will lead to the birth of your own new business idea. When looking for business ideas, you need to keep your mind open. Otherwise, certain opportunities may just be passing you by. Therefore, you should be willing to read to digest and not just to have a glance at the list of the business ideas. Or else, it will be like magical words; the more you look, the less you see.

A lot of people usually ask me; what are the most lucrative small businesses to start? This article may not be able to provide specific answer to this question because the most lucrative small businesses is relative. What is considered the most lucrative small business ideas in India may not be profitable small business ideas in UK. However, from the list of small business ideas covered on this page, you will be able to identify the one that will help you start your dreamed small business. Nevertheless, list of creative and unique small business ideas discussed in the next eighteen pages is broad enough to cover the enquiries we received. You need to be patient enough in order to digest it. For people that may be willing to read in detail, I have dedicated a page within this article to help the readers come up with small business ideas they can start almost immediately.

If you are looking for small business ideas with low investment capital, affiliate marketing is probably one of the quickest and cheapest small business ideas to start making money online. The reason is that, you don’t have to create any products yourself. Your task is to link up a buyer and a seller. You will be paid a commission on the sale that has been referred by you. In some cases, you don’t need to sell products to earn a commission. We have different affiliate programs and they use different payment terms. Examples are; Pay per sale, pay per lead and pay per click. It is good home business ideas for men and women. The advantages of affiliate marketing are numerous. Few are listed below:

  • It is cost effective as you don’t need to bother yourself about production costs.
  • The market is global
  • Becoming an affiliate is free
  • Both storage and shipping are taken care by the seller
  • The seller handles customer complaints for you
  • It can be run as a side business
  • You can run the business from home

Animal Feed Production

One of the lucrative small business ideas you can consider is animal feeds production. People eat meat, chicken, turkey and eggs every day. But before it gets to that level, there is need for rearing. All these livestock require feeds for them to grow. If you can formulate a diet that combines different feedstuffs that meet the energy and protein requirements of animal, animal feed production can be a good small business idea for you. Animal feed production can be operated as home business. However, you should ensure that you don t infringe the zoning rules governing your area. You should also ensure you obtain permits before you start the business. If you are searching for small scale manufacturing business ideas, animal feed production is a small scale business idea that can grow to become a big company. Because of the associated costs involved in production, it will be good if you can get the feed ingredients at good prices. Buying in bulk can make you enjoy discounts. However, this requires money except your suppliers are ready to sell to you on credit. Getting your formula for the mix of ingredient right will result to the production of feeds that are rich in protein, energy and vitamins. These are vital basic nutritional elements a good animal feed is expected to contain. You can sell your products through distributors, wholesalers or retailers. You can even sell directly to local farmers.

If you are good at child caring, babysitting can be among the list of small business ideas you can consider. Why should you consider this as a business idea? It is because of the unique advantages it has over other small business ideas. These include the following:

  • It is not seasonal
  • It is recessional-resistant
  • It is business idea you can start without investment
  • It is a good home business

Baby sitting is a good home business idea for women and teen. Nevertheless, it is important that you consider the responsibilities involved and the consequences before you start this business. As a babysitter, you will be responsible for a change of diaper, bathing and the safety of the baby. Therefore, you need to prepare yourself before hand. Also, you need to determine the kind of kids you will be comfortable with. Can you look after newborns or kids with special needs? It is important that you ask necessary questions before you accept a babysitting job. As a beginner, you can secure your first sitting job by telling people within your neighbourhood about your new business idea. Kids can be very playful and sometimes annoying. Therefore, you need to be an entertainer. You don t need to have all the skills required before you start the business, you will learn from parents and other babysitters as you go on.

If you are good at baking cake, bread or donuts, you will not only gain satisfaction, you can turn it into a money making venture. This is among small business ideas one can start as home business. There is growing need for baked products. Many people like eating freshly baked food but in actual fact, many of them don t know how or have time to bake it. Baking is one of the small business ideas with low investment capital. You don’t need extra capital to rent a space. It is flexible enough. However, except you already have the equipment needed for your new business idea, you will need to buy appliances like ovens, refrigerators, pans and other utencils. You can decide to run it as a counter service bakery where individuals can walk in and pick baked products. Alternatively, you can make it a specialty service. In this case, you need to specialise on a particular kind of baked product. If you can establish yourself as a specialty, people and bigger eateries will start contacting you for business. As your baking business begins to grow, you will need to start producing in larger quantity. If you want to sustain the growth, it is advisable that you don t compromise on quality. Also, getting adequate feedbacks from your customers will help you ensure that you are meeting their needs. As long as you maintain the quality of your products, people will continue to patronize you. Baking requires a lot of time both in production and marketing. Therefore, you need to know the right time you need to hire a staff to assist you. We classify baking among home based small business ideas for women.

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Please visit the SBIR Website as managed by SBA’s Office of Investment Innovation for complete and thorough details on the SBIR/STTR Programs.

Competitive Opportunity for Small Business:

SBIR and STTR are highly competitive programs that encourage small business to explore their technological potential and provide the incentive to profit from commercialization opportunities. By including qualified small businesses in the nation’s R D arena, high-tech innovation is stimulated and the United States gains entrepreneurial spirit as it meets its specific research and development needs.

These two programs target the entrepreneurial sector because that is where most innovation and innovators thrive. However, the risk and expense of conducting serious R D efforts are often beyond the means of many small businesses. By reserving a specific percentage of federal R D funds for small business, SBIR and STTR protect the small business and enable it to compete on the same level as larger businesses. This program funds the critical startup and development stages and it encourages the commercialization of the technology, product, or service, which, in turn, stimulates the U.S. economy.

Since its enactment in 1982, as part of the Small Business Innovation Development Act, this program has helped thousands of small businesses to compete for federal research and development awards. Their contributions have enhanced the nation’s defense, protected our environment, advanced health care, and improved our ability to manage information and manipulate data.

Eligibility:

Small businesses must meet certain eligibility criteria to participate in the SBIR or STTR programs. Complete details on eligibility can be found on SBIR.gov but in quick synopsis your small business firm should include:.

  • American-owned and independently operated
  • For-profit
  • Principal researcher employed by business
  • Company size limited to 500 employees

    The SBIR System:

    Each year, eleven federal departments and agencies are required by SBIR to reserve a portion of their R D funds for award to small business.

    • Department of Agriculture
    • Department of Commerce
    • Department of Defense
    • Department of Education
    • Department of Energy
    • Department of Health and Human Services
    • Department of Homeland Security
    • Department of Transportation
    • Environmental Protection Agency
    • National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    • National Science Foundation

    These agencies designate R D topics and accept proposals.

    Three-Phase Program:

    The SBIR and STTR Programs are structured in three phases:

    Phase I. The objective of Phase I is to establish the technical merit, feasibility, and commercial potential of the proposed R/R D efforts and to determine the quality of performance of the small business awardee organization prior to providing further Federal support in Phase II. SBIR Phase I awards normally do not exceed $150,000 total costs for 6 months.

    Phase II. The objective of Phase II is to continue the R/R D efforts initiated in Phase I. Funding is based on the results achieved in Phase I and the scientific and technical merit and commercial potential of the project proposed in Phase II. Only Phase I awardees are eligible for a Phase II award. SBIR Phase II awards normally do not exceed $1,000,000 total costs for 2 years.

    Phase III. The objective of Phase III, where appropriate, is for the small business to pursue commercialization objectives resulting from the Phase I/II R/R D activities. The SBIR program does not fund Phase III. Some Federal agencies, Phase III may involve follow-on non-SBIR funded R D or production contracts for products, processes or services intended for use by the U.S. Government.

    SBA Role:

    The US Small Business Administration plays an important role as the coordinating agency for the SBIR program. It directs the 11 agencies’ implementation of SBIR, reviews their progress, and reports annually to Congress on its operation. SBA is also the information link to SBIR. SBA collects solicitation information from all participating agencies and publishes it quarterly in a Pre-Solicitation Announcement (PSA). The PSA is a single source for the topics and anticipated release and closing dates for each agency’s solicitations.

    For more information on the SBIR Program, please visit http://www.sbir.gov .

    All of SBA’s programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.


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H.I.G. Private Equity

H.I.G. Private Equity funds focus on leveraged buyouts, equity, debt and other investments in small and mid-sized companies that can benefit from H.I.G.’s in-house operating professionals and expertise. H.I.G. has invested in and managed more than 200 companies worldwide since its founding in 1993, with combined sales in excess of $30 billion. H.I.G. has offices in the U.S. (Miami, New York, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Atlanta), affiliate offices in Europe (London, Hamburg, Luxembourg. Madrid, Milan and Paris) and affiliate offices in South America (Bogotá, Mexico City and Rio de Janeiro). For more information, visit www.higprivateequity.com .

WhiteHorse Capital

WhiteHorse Capital is the credit affiliate of H.I.G. Capital. WhiteHorse provides debt financing to middle market companies in the U.S. and Europe. WhiteHorse has a broad investment mandate and provides senior and subordinated debt for refinancings, growth capital, acquisitions, buyouts, and balance sheet recapitalizations. For more information, visit www.whitehorsecapital.com .

Bayside Capital

Bayside Capital is a credit oriented investment firm. Focused on middle market companies, we invest across several segments of the primary and secondary debt capital markets with an emphasis on long term returns. With eight offices throughout the U.S. and Europe and over 300 investment professionals to draw upon, Bayside Capital has the experience, resources, and flexibility required to provide capital solutions quickly, and the strategic and operational expertise to help support its investments. Bayside Capital invests through two separate groups:

Bayside Capital provides rapid access to debt and equity capital, in partnership with existing stakeholders, generally in time-sensitive or challenging situations requiring a creative solution.

Bayside Fixed Income trades in public and private debt instruments in the secondary market.
For more information, visit www.bayside.com .

H.I.G. Growth Partners

H.I.G. Growth Partners is the dedicated growth capital investment affiliate of H.I.G. Capital, a leading global private equity investment firm with $21 billion of equity capital under management. * We seek to make both majority and minority investments in strong, growth oriented businesses located throughout North America, South America and Europe. We will invest $5 million to $30 million in equity in a given company and target investments in profitable growth oriented businesses with between $10 million and $100 million in revenues. We consider investments across all industries, but focus on certain high-growth sectors where H.I.G. has extensive in-house expertise such as technology, internet and media, healthcare, consumer products and technology-enabled financial and business services.

As the growth equity investment group within the H.I.G. platform, we are uniquely positioned to add significant value to our businesses by leveraging over 300 of H.I.G.’s investment professionals and more than 250 investments across a wide range of industries and transactional dynamics. The H.I.G. family of funds includes private equity, growth equity, debt/credit, real estate and public equities. H.I.G. has U.S. offices in Miami, New York, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Atlanta, European offices in London, Hamburg, Luxembourg, Madrid, Milan and Paris as well as Bogotá, Mexico City and Rio de Janeiro in South America. For more information, visit www.higgrowth.com .

H.I.G. BioHealth Partners

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Global Star Capital – (Rich Cocovich) – Business Funding for all Sectors #global #star

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We Are the top intermediary agency and consulting firm in private funding.

We Service Commercial and Intellectual Property Projects.

We Handle Start-up Funding, Business Funding for Expansion, Business Acquisitions and Merger/Leverage Buyouts, Stage Two Growth, Bridge Loans, Sale Leaseback, Mezzanine Loans, Construction Loans, Land Loans, International Loans, Hard Money Loans, Alternative Collateral, Credit Lines, Refinancing Loans, Debt Loans Secured By Collateral.

Our Funding Source Facilitators range from our own Internal Company Lending to Private Individuals, Private Trust Funds, Hedge Funds, Private Investment Banking Companies, Direct Hard Money Lenders, Wall Street, Private Wealth Groups, Private Investment Societies, Long Time Funding Underwriters, Merchant Banks, Off-Shore Money Lenders, Private International Bank Lending and societies of specified Angel Investors.

We Work with solvent individuals who have projects ranging from $1,000,000 and up with NO MAXIMUM LIMIT. These projects can include, but are not limited to: Land Development, Commercial Property Development, Medical, Transportation, Technology, Energy, Alternative Energy, Bio Tech, Green Earth Projects, Business Growth Projects and most other sectors not listed.

Please Read the entire website to understand our philosophy, protocol, and process. Our etched in stone system and services are in extremely high demand. We will not rework our system or protocol. Governments, corporations and individuals world wide have all followed our protocol in assisting their goals for decades.

Countries from which we will consider projects from include: United States, United Kingdom, China, Italy, Japan, France, Germany, Spain, The Bahamas, Brazil, Panama, Singapore, India, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, Belize, Australia, Chile, Argentina, Greece, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Ireland, Scotland, Montenegro, Croatia, Poland, Romania, Indonesia, New Zealand, Russia, United Arab Emirates, Ghana, South Africa, Portugal, Aruba, Puerto Rico, Bermuda, Iceland, Netherlands, Thailand, Mongolia, Cameroon, Philippines, Bolivia, Peru, Guatemala, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Tahiti, Columbia, Malaysia, Qatar, Belgium, Grenada, Suriname plus Trinidad and Tobagoand and others by request, in fact we have done work in over 100 countries.

Global Star Capital welcomes all solvent project principals to begin their relationship with our firm by following the direction in the OUR PROCESS section of this website.


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Our Story

■ Founded by David Cotterman and Nicolas Ibanez who were introduced and mentored by Arthur Segel, a Harvard Business School professor and founder of TA Realty, a $15 billion US real estate investment firm

■ David Cotterman was previously a principal in the real estate group of MSD Capital (Michael Dell’s investment group), which has invested over $1 billion of equity in U.S. real estate

■ Nicolas Ibanez formerly headed the Real Assets Strategy for Drake Enterprises. Drake Enterprises is devoted to managing the capital that resulted from the sale of its main operating business in Chile to Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. in 2009 and 2014

■ In 2012, with Drake Enterprises as their anchor investor, started building an institutional team and infrastructure that could pursue a U.S. real estate investment strategy that has proven attractive over the long term – a value based approach in which they would buy assets at a fraction of their replacements costs, located in stable markets with limited new supply, while taking advantage of attractive long-term financing to produce strong cash flows for their investment partners

■ Drake Real Estate Partners has invested over $800 million of real estate from various investors across two investment funds, and it is now in the process of launching its third fund. It has invested across a variety of geographies and asset classes, including multifamily, industrial, office / medical office, self storage, retail, and hospitality

Strategy

Strategy

Cash flow generation is critical. Our entrepreneurial eye and our connectivity with local operating partners allows us to make something good even better.

Rather than relying on macroeconomic guesswork to drive decision making, we instead rely on resourcefulness, creativity, financial aptitude and local expertise to unlock latent value overlooked by others.

We are also astute enough to understand that sometimes the only thing that stands in between good and great is patience.

Philosophy

It is about generating shared value.
our investment process considers not only financial returns, but also the impact on our partners, our tenants, our communities, and our nation.

Philosophy

It is about generating shared value.
our investment process considers not only financial returns, but also the impact on our partners, our tenants, our communities, and our nation.

We also believe that investors should have unfettered access to the investment committee.

There are no secrets here.

Our investment platform is built on trust, ingenuity, and performance. Investors come to us because of our relationships and our commitment to fundamentally sound investment practices. Experience counts.

Most importantly, we are heavily invested in every one of our properties.

Investments

Investments

Multifamily

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HOSPITALITY

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Pay as you grow with PayPal Working Capital

Since we got PayPal Working Capital, every month has been our best month.

Frequently asked questions

How does PayPal Working Capital work?

PayPal Working Capital is a business loan with one affordable, fixed fee. You repay the loan and fee with a percentage of your PayPal sales. There are no periodic interest charges, monthly bills, late fees, pre-payment fees, penalty fees, or any other fees.

The process is easy:

  1. Select your loan amount. The maximum loan amount depends on your PayPal sales history.
  2. Choose the percentage of your PayPal sales that will go toward repaying your loan and fee.
  3. If approved, receive the funds in your PayPal account within minutes.
  4. Repay automatically with a percentage of each sale until your balance is paid in full. You can also make manual payments or even pay the loan in full without penalty.

Am I eligible to apply for PayPal Working Capital?

To be eligible to apply for PayPal Working Capital, you must:

  • Have a PayPal Business or Premier account for 3 months or more
  • Process at least $20,000 in PayPal sales annually if you have a Premier PayPal account or $15,000 in PayPal sales annually if you have a Business PayPal account
  • Pay off any existing PayPal Working Capital loan

What fees do I have to pay with PayPal Working Capital?

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What is the minimum repayment requirement?

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Smoke alarms fail to wake children – BBC News #capital #alarms


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Smoke alarms ‘fail to wake children’

Media caption In a trial, children responded better to an alarm with a woman’s voice

Forensic scientists and fire investigators have warned that smoke alarms may not wake children.

Research by Dundee University and Derbyshire Fire and Rescue found that of 34 children tested, 27 repeatedly slept through smoke detector alarms.

They have developed an alarm with a lower pitch and a woman’s voice, which issues a warning: “Wake up, the house is on fire.”

Prof Niamh Nic Daeid, a forensic scientist at Dundee, said: “Boys are especially hard to wake, and we think they will respond to a human voice.”

Standard smoke alarms have a frequency of around 3,000Hz, but the prototype has a lower pitch of 520Hz, to which young children are more likely to respond.

Image caption In this test blaze, the smoke alarm gave plenty of warning – but would it have woken a child?

Dave Coss, watch manager at Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service, got involved in the research after the deaths of six children in a house fire in Derby in 2012, which was started deliberately by their parents.

The children, aged five to 13, all slept through the sound of smoke alarms.

Mick Philpott was jailed for life for manslaughter, while his wife, Mairead, and an accomplice were sentenced to 17 years.

Mr Coss told me: “When we investigated this tragic case, we thought the children may have been incapacitated in some way and prevented from getting up, as all were found in their beds.”

He said that toxicology reports proved negative, so the only other option was that “the children didn’t respond to the smoke detector and just carried on sleeping”.

Mr Coss and Prof Nic Daeid conducted tests involving smoke alarms in the homes of 34 children aged between two and 13.

Each child was tested six times in their own home and were not warned that the smoke alarm was to be set off.

Twenty-seven children slept through the alarms on all six tests. Seven children, all girls, woke at least once.

None of the boys woke during the tests.

Image caption Melanie and Stuart have four boys and say only one has ever woken during a test of their standard smoke alarm

Among the children tested were the four boys of Melanie and Stuart Wilkins, who are aged three to 13.

Melanie is the niece of Mr Coss, who contacted her to help in the research.

Melanie told me that Jack, 13, Daniel, 10, Lewis, seven, and Oscar, three, had been repeatedly tested and had never woken up when she had activated the smoke alarm.

Experimental alarm

The BBC filmed at night with the Wilkins family. Daniel was the only child to wake up when Melanie set off the smoke alarm in the hall landing.

Smoke alarms are required to reach 85 decibels at 3m (10ft).

The portable speaker used to play the experimental alarm is not as loud, so in order to make a comparison Melanie needed to open the boys’ bedroom doors.

Image caption Melanie reassures her four sons after the prototype smoke alarm wakes them

When Melanie set off the new sound alert, all four boys woke up immediately.

She told me: “Your children are like gold, they’re the most precious things. I didn’t think in a million years that our smoke alarm would not wake them up.”

Melanie thought the voice recording of a woman’s voice was an excellent idea.

She said: “It’s like the voice of a parent that they are used to listening to day-in and day-out and maybe subconsciously that is what they hear when the alarm goes off.”

Researchers at Dundee say there are several theories they were exploring as to why standard smoke alarms may not wake children.

Rodney Mountain, from the University’s School of Medicine, said: “Children’s hearing ability, brain function, sleep patterns and stage of brain development is very different to adults.

“We are programmed to respond to human voices warning of danger, such as a mother’s voice shouting to warn a child.

“Children are not born pre-programmed for our modern world of danger warning sounds from digital beeps and sirens – they have to learn, recognise and interpret these sounds.”

Families needed

Some 500 families from across the UK with children aged between two and 16 are being sought to take part in a trial comparing standard smoke alarms with the new sound.

Prof Nic Daeid said: “Protecting our children in the event of fire is so fundamentally important that we want to involve parents and their children in expanding this research.”

The researchers said it was important the study did not undermine the need for every home to be fitted with smoke alarms, as these will wake adults and had a proven record in saving lives.

The Fire Industry Association, which represents manufacturers of smoke alarms, said it had done no specific research with a focus on children but there were different types of alarm available, such as vibrating pads that could fit under a pillow, for those with hearing problems.

The Chief Fire Officers Association said it was “crucial” that people tested their smoke alarms regularly, adding: “As this research does indicate that some children may not wake to the sound of a smoke alarm, parents, guardians and responsible adults should ensure that they prepare an escape plan which must account for this.

“Children must woken and evacuated as part of this plan.”

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Why The SBIC Doesn – t Work For Venture Capital Anymore – Feld Thoughts

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Why The SBIC Doesn t Work For Venture Capital Anymore

There are so many things wrong in the article I felt compelled to write about it. This isn t a knock on the writer (Alicia Wallace) I like Alicia and think she does a good job. Rather, it s an example of the difference between signal and noise in any kind of reporting around the VC industry.

I’m an investor in over 40 VC funds around the world (mostly in the US) and three of them are SBIC funds. Each of the SBIC funds were raised in the 2000 2002 time period. On paper, only one is in positive return territory as a fund, but the SBIC leverage is a substantial negative factor for the LP investors in that particular fund. And, in the other two, I don’t expect to ever see any of my capital back because of the SBIC leverage. Furthermore, I don t believe any of the GPs in any SBIC-backed fund would ever take money from the SBIC again.

So I’m speaking from at least a little experience albeit indirectly with the SBIC, as I ve never been a GP in a fund that had SBIC leverage.

The article starts off saying that “Matthew Varilek has traveled across the state, proselytizing the potential benefits of the Small Business Investment Company Program.” As a partner in one of the most visible VC firms in Colorado and an LP in many of the Colorado VC firms, I’ve never heard from Matthew or anyone from the SBIC. Matthew, if you really want to have a deep discussion about why the SBIC program isn’t effective for VC funds anymore, feel free to give me a shout. I’d be happy to meet with you.

Next, there is the wonderful PR quote about the SBIC that says “Since the program s inception, SBIC success stories include the funding of companies such as Apple, Costco and FedEx when they were burgeoning small businesses.” The SBIC was instrumental in the creation of the venture capital business. The Small Business Investment Act of 1958 helped catalyze many of the VC firms created in the early 1960s. When I first heard about VC firms in the late 1980s, and my first company (Feld Technologies) started writing portfolio management software for some Boston-based VC firms, many of them had funds with SBIC leverage, although even by the late 1980s this was changing and many of them had shifted away from the SBIC. If you want to see a fun quote on it, read A History of Silicon Valley which quotes:

“ …many venture capital pioneers think the SBIC program did little to advance the art and practice of venture investing. The booming IPO market proved the model of investing in new companies, as some SBICs cash out at attractive levels. SBICs did give a boost to early venture firms, and some like Franklin “Pitch” Johnson, profiled below, thought the new law made the US “see that there was a problem and that [venture investing] was a way to do something… it formed the seed of the idea and a cadre of people like us.” Bill Draper, the first West Coast venture capitalist, has been more blunt: “[Without it] I never would have gotten into venture capital. it made the difference between not being able to do it, not having the money.” Many believe SBICs filled a void from 1958 to the early 1970s, by which point the partnership-based venture firms took off. The US government, however, lost most of the $2 billion it put into SBIC firms.

So, while Apple, Costco, and FedEx benefited, the PR would be more credible if the SBIC was trumpeting iconic companies created after 1990 or even 2000, especially where the lead investors (rather than follow on investors) had SBIC capital.

Peter Adams, head of Rockies Venture Club, is quoted a few times. I like and respect Peter, so this isn t aimed at him, but rather at the clear lack of understanding of the capital dynamics around VC funds.

It looks really great on the surface, said Peter Adams, executive director of the Rockies Venture Club, a nonprofit aimed at connecting investors and entrepreneurs. Then when you dig into it, there were some problems. Adams, who has been involved in many of the meetings with the SBA and members of the investment community, said the greatest concerns voiced by investors and venture capitalists involved management team qualifications, investment track records and the addition of debt to the equation. No. 1 for us is they want a management team with multiple people that have track records in venture capital and have worked together as a team before, he said. I can see where they re going with it, but the VC industry in Colorado has been fairly decimated through the economic downturn.

Peter is right about the context, but has two fundamental things wrong here. First, the VC industry in Colorado wasn t decimated through the economic downtown. It was decimated because of lack of performance between 2001 and 2009, just like much of the rest of the VC industry around the US. There s nothing special about Colorado in this mix, and it has nothing to do with the economic downtown. This dynamic has been reported thousands of times so I don t need to go through it again, but we don t have to look back very far to hear the drum beat from the media, LPs, and everyone else about how VC is dead. And if you re curious, it wasn t too long ago that Silicon Valley was also dying .

The other problem here is the need of the SBIC to invest in a management team with multiple people that have track records in venture capital and have worked together as a team before. Any VC firm that fits this qualification is unlikely to have difficulty raising money in today s environment, and subsequently has no need for the SBIC leverage. And, more importantly, the only firms that will look for SBIC leverage are one s that don t have this, which is a classic adverse selection problem.

Then there s this:

The recession also then plays into requirements that the management team members have been involved in a meaningful number of successful exits during a four- to six-year period. From 2008 to 2013, that was not a good time for exits, Adams said.

Huh, what? At Foundry Group, our significant exits (at least 10x capital returned) since we raised our first fund in 2007 include AdMeld, Zynga, MakerBot, and Gnip. We ve had plenty of other exits, but these are the big ones. One of those companies, Gnip, is Boulder-based and another from our older funds (Rally Software) also generated a greater than 10x return for us. Techstars (which we helped start) have also had a steady stream of significant exits, including local Boulder companies like Filtrbox, GoodApril, and SocialThing. And then you ve got plenty of Boulder / Denver monsters on paper some in our portfolio (like SendGrid and Sympoz) and others like Zayo, Ping, Logrhythm, and Datalogix. Finally, if you look across the country, the exits have been awesome the past three years.

It keeps going. There s talk about the angel cliff (e.g. we need funds to invest between angels and VCs nope, been there remember gap capital not so effective) and the SBA rules and regulations (which I believe are toxic and inhibiting to a successful VC fund.)

One of the other problem is SBA and SBIC s behavior in governance of the fund. The paperwork is silly and the overhead is non-trivial. The control over distributions and negative incentives to hold or distribute capital often generates bad decisions when companies go public. And at least one close friend who is a partner in an SBIC fund has now found a new LP to buy out the SBIC so they could actually invest capital in their winners, rather than be limited by the SBIC s constraints on the amount of capital you can invest in any particular company.

The SBIC could be a powerful force for good in the venture capital industry. But it has to approach things very different and based on my experience with the SBA over the past decade, I don t see it happening unless there is real leadership somewhere in coordination with leaders in the VC industry. I m certainly willing to help, if only someone bothered to reach out to me.

UPDATE: It turns out my partner Seth Levine had met with Matthew a while ago. Seth said Your blog was right on and much of the type of thing I related to Matt and some senior guys he brought in. The gist of my conversation with them was pushing them to consider a different model that the current one basically led to lowest common denominator GPs and sub-optimal returns. Plus the SBIC leverage could be crushing. I don t think they have a ton of flexibility around this but they at least listened to the feedback. I m going to see a bunch of them in a few weeks I agreed to help judge a business plan competition they were hosting. Like you I m not a huge fan of the program as it has existed but I give the new guys some credit for both reaching out and trying to be proactive about thinking through this.

UPDATE 2: Matthew Varilek reached out to me and we are setting up a time to talk.


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