Hispanic Venture Capital Update

Broad-based Latino Coalition Taking Careful Look at How the Potential Merger Would Impact Latino Community

Today the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, a coalition of the 37 preeminent national Latino organizations in the country, reacted to news of a proposed transaction between Comcast NBCUniversal and Time Warner Cable by signaling their intention to carefully study the proposal to assess how it will impact Latino consumers, small businesses and Hispanic inclusion throughout the proposed combination’s operations. In particular, NHLA looks forward to engaging the companies around a discussion of how the principles of their historic memorandum of understanding signed between Comcast NBCUniversal and Hispanic organizations including those represented by NHLA would be effectively strengthened and extended in a potential new company.

“Our coalition views the proposed merger between Comcast NBCUniversal and Time Warner Cable as a high priority for Latino organizations to address given the potential impact on Latino access to media and broadband,” stated Hector Sanchez, NHLA Chair. “We look forward to engaging these companies in a robust discussion about this transaction and how it will impact our communities.”

NHLA members plan to study the proposed transaction carefully and assess it is impact with respect to prominent Hispanic inclusion in board and executive positions, procurement, programming, employment, carriage and philanthropy. We will also assess how the proposed merger will impact affordability, quality of service, broadband adoption and customer service in general.

“Comcast NBCUniversal has a strong track record of engaging with the NHLA and many of its members,” stated Brent Wilkes, NHLA Vice Chair. “We look forward to engaging them around these important merger issues in the weeks and months ahead.”

Established in 1991, the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA) brings together Hispanic leaders to establish policy priorities that address, and raise public awareness of, the major issues affecting the Latino community and the nation as a whole. In 2013, NHLA launched the Latinos United for Immigration Reform campaign. For more information, please visit http://www.nationalhispanicleadership.org and http://www.LatinosUnited.org and follow @NHLAgenda.


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Posted On: Washington, D.C. February 15, 2014

What Races Are Latino?

I know that there is cuban and latin but what other races are considered latino?Thnks

Chosen Answer:

Latinos can be any race (European, Native American, African), but must be of Spanish and American cultural and linguistic heritage i.e. Mexican, Cuban, Dominican, Honduran, etc.
by: Love me, Baby
on: 27th January 11

Private Equity – A Modern History in Private-equity

Private equity is a term that has developed over the 20th Century during various boom and bust cycles, and with this came the terming of various asset classes – namely the various kinds of private equity investment. Under this broad heading two major sub sectors came about in the form of leveraged buyouts and venture capital.

The first era of the private equity age came about from 1946 through to 1981, which saw relatively low levels of private equity investment – where the term still did not mean a great deal to the vast majority of investors. What is known as the First Boom and Bust Cycle took place from 1982 to 1993, which saw a large increase in leveraged buyouts climaxing in the huge buyout of the RJR Nabisco. This occurred just before the leverage buyout industry collapsed in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

The second boom and busts cycle occurred from 1992 through to 2002, which came about after a series of events including the savings and loan crisis, trading scandals of an insider nature, the collapse of the real estate market and the recession of the early 1990s. The dot com bubble brought this period to an end – when it burst in the collective face of investors.

The third boom and bust cycle took place after the dot com bubble, and saw unprecedented levels of leveraged buyouts up until 2007, when , as we all know by now, things started to go badly wrong.

Over the years North American private equity has been substantially ahead of the European counterpart. The liberalisation of institutional investors in Europe has lead to the maturing of the European market – making it one of the leading private equity markets in the world.

As the recession shows signs of those illusive green shoots, this business is back on track.

Indeed, many would claim that a good time to get into private equity would have been very recently and indeed now. With so much upheaval in the markets, there have arguably been some very significant opportunities to be had, and many astute investors have grabbed the bull by the horn and made some serious killings.

There are of course numerous firms that help investors decide upon investment opportunities, as the whole business can sometimes be quite dauntingly complicated. These firms take into account a huge range of information, in many cases reducing the risk to investors a great deal.


Biotech Venture Capital Endeavours in Venture

Biotech- venture capital, these two go hand in hand. The amazing advances in the field of biotechnology has made it possible for a number of entrepreneurs to start out on their own. Biotechnology is the future of medicine and no one knows that better than the entrepreneurs of today. Therefore they have made it a point to actively seek out their fortune in the biotech industry.

Biotechnology Offers

Now, as is the case with all forms of business, one needs investors to set up a thriving business. It is not possible for a single man or sometimes, even a single company to finance a business, especially in the field of biotechnology where all the equipment required is so expensive. For biotech, venture capital firms have many, many opportunities.

Opportunities may be found in the fields of healthcare, medical instruments, life science and nutrition industries as well as medical information technologies.

Why invest in the biotech industry? This is because the venture capital industry has seen a growth of about 50% in just twelve months!

Biotechnology is a hot area to invest in because one can never tell when groundbreaking discoveries will be made, for the cure of killer diseases like cancer, HIV and even diabetes. In fact, even a successful therapy offers a great profit margin in these cases.

One of the most rapidly growing areas of the global pharmaceutical business is the anti-infective drug area. This finds many, many takers.

Why Venture Capital?

But, in order to convince investors, especially in the field of biotechnology, entrepreneurs have to do some very hard persuading, they have to prove that their product actually works through clinical trials, experiments etc. This is the hard part.

Is it any wonder that most privately owned biotechnology firms today, are dependent on the money which comes from venture capitals to fund their research and experiments? Of course, one comes across lucky firms which have entered into understandings or deals with large pharmas and thus can sustain their research, but as mentioned before, the money mainly comes from venture capitalists.

When you are starting out a biotech company, do remember to opt for venture funding because, the risk factor is a lot less for the entrepreneur. Investors put a lot at stake when they invest in new biotech companies because they are relatively unheard of and, since this industry is a very competitive one, one can never be too sure how long these new companies will survive.

Venture capital is a boon for most businesses, but especially so, if you have decided to step into the uncharted waters of the biotech industry. It is definitely an avenue that you must look to because, if your product is good, then you can easily achieve the high growth rates that form the necessary criterion for venture capital firms.

Who doesnt want path-breaking medical treatment? Plenty of people out there are willing to pay a whole lot for it too so when your forte is biotech, venture capital should be your means.


May someone please explain Fixed Income and Private Equities to me please?

I am 16 years old, and I am interested in the stock market. I own shares from several companies and have a basic understanding of how the stock market works. I want to get a degree in business and finance after high school, and then go into finance after University. So I would appreciate if some one who has some experience or has knowledge of them please explain both private equities and fixed income and how they work. BTW, I am from Canada if that makes any difference.

Chosen Answer:

Private equities are investments directly into privately-held companies, and not traded through the stock market. The investors are institutional investors (banks, hedge funds, venture capital companies, and so on) and wealthy private individual investors.
Fixed Income securities would be either bonds or preferred stock, which pay the investor a stated amount each period, and have precedence over common equities in the event of a re-organization. Convertible bonds and preferred stocks also have the fixed-income protection, but would generally yield less than the straight bonds or preferred stock, because they would have an opportunity to share in any appreciation in the common equity.
by: sandyaa
on: 24th July 10