Foresight President Efrat Kasznik is a contributing author on the IAM (Intellectual Asset Management) Magazine, a leading global publication focusing on intellectual property. In the first of a series of blogs, Kasznik looks into the valuation trends of 2014.
Living In A Bubble: Valuation Trends to Watch in 2014
Just when it seemed as though start-up valuations had peaked in 2013, the year 2014 has started with an opening shot in the form of the reported US$3.2 billion acquisition of Nest Labs by Google. It now looks as if this year will bring about perfect-storm conditions, which will sustain the high-valuation trend. But are we in the midst of a ‘valuation bubble’? >> Full article here
The ‘Jumpstart Our Business Startups’ Act, otherwise known as the JOBS Act, hit another milestone with the recent lifting of the 80-year ban on solicitation. At our last count, there were over 1,000 crowdfunding platforms awaiting the US-wide equity crowdfunding ‘Title III’ SEC regulations, anticipated to be released in 2014. At the same time, reward-based crowdfunding is hitting all time records, with major players such as Indiegogo and Kickstarter helping startups raise millions of dollars. Over $2.7 billion has been raised in more than one million campaigns across all types of crowdfunding platforms in 2012, an increase of 81 percent over 2011. However, little has been written about the fundamental implications such campaigns have on intellectual property (IP) protection and on startup valuations, two areas that are critical to the survival of every startup.
You can read the entire article here on Venture Beat.
This is a guest post by Efrat Kasznik, President of the Foresight Valuation Group, and Mary Juetten, Chief Executive of Traklight.
Efrat Kasznik, president of intellectual property (IP) consulting firm Foresight Valuation Group and a lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, says troll activity in the cloud space is just beginning to see major growth.
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