Recent VC and Private Equity Performance

Here’s a post from VentureBeat with recent Thomson Financial data on venture capital (VC) performance. Of note:

  • One year overall VC returns of 10.8% vs. ten and twenty year averages of 20.5% and 16.5%, respectively
  • Early stage VC performance of 2.9%, 5.5%, and -5.4% for one, three, and five years, respectively. (Wow, it’s getting harder to be an early-stage VC; the ten-year average is 38.3%.)
  • Late stage VCs are doing better, however: one year performance of 27.8% vs. ten and twenty year averages of 20.5% and 16.5%, respectively
  • One year private equity performance of 19% vs. ten and twenty year averages of 9.4% and 13.9%

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