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Chapter 10. Venture Capital Funds > The Venture Capital Industry at the Dawn of...

The Venture Capital Industry at the Dawn of the Third Millennium

Introduction

As mentioned above, the venture capital industry is completely intertwined with the technology industry in general and the startup industry in particular. The main characteristics of the venture capital industry and the changes it is undergoing are, first and foremost, a result of the corresponding characteristics and processes experienced by the technology industry. Even typical local variables, such as political instability, have only a minor effect on this industry.

The 1990s have been characterized by an exceptional window of opportunity in the communications and Internet fields and in the industries which support them. This opportunity came from new technological capabilities in these areas which advanced the world in quantum leaps. These possibilities, which were not previously utilized by industry giants, created a large vacuum which naturally drew in entrepreneurs and technologists who established many companies, some of which became new global giants over the years (such as Cisco and AOL).


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