Great power shifts to watch

Here are 10 trends to watch that will have a major impact going forward according to Thomas W. Malnight and Tracey S. Keys of IMD: 1. Social everything: New generations and their digital world stepping forward Social technologies are now a central part of everyday life and work. The social generations are reshaping companies from the inside, helping them to …

Public investment funds: The triumph of technocracy over democracy

Legacy institutions are broken. Frustration has grown around the inability of governmental bodies to manage investments. Concerns over the lacking performance amongst government-sponsored incubators and related organizations remain and stands in contrast to the high political priority to entrepreneurial activity (see here). Consequently, commercial organizations owned or controlled wholly or partly by the government (the ‘parastatals’) are spreading faster than …

The Triumph of Hope over Experience

Reports supporting the poor performance of the venture capital industry are queuing up. The most recent report (May 2012) from the Ewing Marion Kaufmann Foundation is no news, but scary reading: Venture capital (VC) has delivered poor returns for more than a decade. VC returns haven’t  significantly  outperformed  the  public  market  since the late 1990s, and, since 1997, less cash has been returned …