I interviewed Rik G Vandevenne, Director River Cities Capital Funds from Nth Carolina @NVCA Venturescape.  He spoke about River Cities Capital Funds who have about $500m under management & they’re investing in their 5th fund.  They invest in growth equity, health care (medical devices, health care services, health care IT) & IT companies (B2B software as a service). His background is in mechanical engineering & strategy consulting & he’s been a vc for a decade. He spoke about his perspectives on the changes that are happening for the venture industry.  Innovation happens nationwide & theres great innovation happening in some of the sectors they invest in outside of Boston & Silicon Valley. “The Rise of the Rest!”  Great entrepreneurs exist nationwide & the capital has started to shrink in those areas. Venture capital industry has shrunk 50% over the last decade but its more like 80% to 90% in Boston. They see that its a good opportunity to get to know entrepreneurs longer, to track them over time & invest later stage at some of the similar values that you might have when you’re taking a lot more risk & investing in early stage companies. Hopefully that will result in better returns over time & that’s what the overall asset class needs to continue to grow.   The pendulum will hopefully start to swing back the other way & people will see good returns & fund back into it.

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Pemo Theodore is a Media Publisher & Event Producer. She is Executive Producer of Smart Money Silicon Valley: Network with & Learn from Silicon Valley Investors! NoPanels: Engage Directly with Investors & Industry Leaders; VCHangout: hangout with Investors! & PitchPerfect Silicon Valley: Craft your Pitch & Slide Deck for Funding! & Silicon Valley TV: Broadcasting Silicon Valley to the World! & Avion Global: Launching Diverse Mobile & IOT Startups Globally! & VC Spotlight: Spotlight on Investors! & FinTech Week Silicon Valley. She video interviews venture capitalists & angel investors EZebis: Winning the Venture Game! She is based in Silicon Valley. She has been involved in online business for 10 years. She has been in small business for 39 years in Ireland, London, Canada & Australia. She also published a free ebook (the findings of 1 year research with vcs, angels & women founders) "Why are Women Funded Less than Men? a crowdsourced conversation" available on Scribd.

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