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YouTube: Silicon Valley Start-Up Lands Google Deal YouTube: Silicon Valley Start-Up Lands Google Deal

Brian Perry

“MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., October 9, 2006 - Google Inc.(NASDAQ: GOOG) announced to day that it has agreed to acquire YouTube, the consumer media company for people to watch and share original videos through a Web experience, for $1.65 billion in a stock-for-stock transaction.”

Russian VCs Need a New Model

Lawrence Wright

A key factor in the success of Russian venture capital funds is the adoption of the right model. So many VCs in Russia today seem to be taking a traditional portfolio management approach to investing. The conventional wisdom of this approach says that 8 out of 10 investments will fail. Using such an approach in Russia may yield even worse results, because quality deal flow is limited and the lack of real business angels in the market force investors to go upstream in the investment pipeline (to seed and start-up projects) in order to source their deals. These same VCs lack the skills and experience to develop the projects they need. But moreover, their basic model is wrong.


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