Friday, December 21, 2007

Assessments of '07-'08 by Leading VCs

On January 8th, 2008, there’s a panel discussion at the historic Vilna Shul moderated by Scott Kirsner, Innovation Economy columnist from the Boston Globe that promises to be really interesting. The panel is entitled “The Venture Capital Industry: Looking Back on 2007 and Looking Forward to 2008” and draws on three VCs from the Boston-area: Larry Bohn, Managing Director, General Catalyst Partners, Jonathan Seelig, Managing Director, Globespan Capital Partners and Alan Spoon, Managing General Partner, Polaris Venture Partners.

My hope is that Scott asks the panel about the deals they did in 2007 and expect to do in 2008. Are there any singularly distinctive deals done last year? Which were the best deals of 2007 by way of return and other VC-metrics? Which deals are illustrative of Boston-area investments and reflect differentiation from what’s being done on the left-coast? Will there be a change in investments in 2008. What can we expect by way of industry (VC and entrepreneurial) trends? And, of course, which VC threw the best holiday party?

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