3 Things You Should Know About Small Business: July 17
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- What's happening in small business today?
1. Venture capital's return. It's not quite the dot-com bubble, but venture capital investing and deal-making is nearing levels not seen since 2001, according to Crain's New York Business.
Funding nationwide spiked 37% to $8.1 billion in the second quarter versus the first three months of the year, and increased 5% compared to the second quarter of 2011, says Crain's, citing CB Insights' 2012 Venture Capital Activity Report. The report said that 812 companies received funding, up 4% from a year earlier.
CB Insights tracks deals in a range of categories, including internet, mobile & telecommunications, healthcare and green technology.
The report also breaks down deals completed by state. With a 10% share of second quarter deals, New York continued to hold the No. 2 spot in venture capital deal volume behind California, which had a 45% share of the deals.
New York attracted the third-highest level of venture funding among states, as measured by total dollars invested, behind companies in Massachusetts and California.
2. Reasons why businesses fail. Under30CEO has a very entertaining article on the untold reasons why businesses don't succeed. For starters, many times business owners don't even recognize the reasons that caused failure. They assume the reasons are inadequate funding or bad location or underestimating their competitors, but what if it was something less obvious?
For instance, maybe they are focusing too much on short-term profits rather than building long-term value for the company. Or maybe the reason the business was started in the first place was to boost the owner's ego rather than filling a market demand.
Maybe the owner ignored bad customer feedback or maybe the owner received untruthful advice about the business from friends and family who don't want to share bad news. Or maybe "the owner is just a jerk," the article says.