How is the Sputnik launch connected to the invention of the Internet? What can we learn from the relationship of war and technological development? These are the kinds of questions that we asked when we set out to look at the History of Venture. Our goal was to create a database capturing the History of Venture in the tumultuous century starting with World War I, and thereby enable the study of individual events, of the relationships between events, and of the high-level insights that would emerge.
This research project placed in our hands an invaluable resource for studying venture and innovation and the factors impacting their success, and inspired much of the present issue of Coller Venture Review. We then put it at the disposal of researchers of Venture and History everywhere, along with our design considerations which are described in this issue.
The CIVHOV database reveals multiple insights, especially when you look across the sweep of the century for commonalities and interesting conclusions. These are shared in the article “Key Insights From a Century of Venture”. The database itself is shared here in two forms, a timeline and a data table; the full database can be accessed electronically by CIV community members on the CIV web site, and can inform your own research. Articles about specific cases of venture evolution in different locales – for example, the development of Apple and the growth of the Chinese venture capital market – complete this issue.
Read all about it – and accept our invitation to engage with the CIVHOV database by adding content and collaborating in our research.
Overview of the History Issue: Rationale and Content
by Prof. Yesha Sivan and Dr. Robyn Klingler-Vidra
Lessons from the Coller History of Venture Database
by Prof. Eli Talmor
What can we learn through a centurial (1914-2014) analysis of major events in venture?
History of Venture Database
The History of Venture (CIVHOV) database outlines a century of compelling events that impacted not only the world of venture, but the world as we know it.
by Ido Yavnai and Nathan Zeldes
How and why you choose the most important events from the past century
Riding the Next Bubble
by Prof. Dave Valliere
Explaining why bubbles in the venture ecosystem happen again and again.
Socially Connected Inventors and Technologies
by André Vermeij
How much did Steve Jobs drive Apple’s innovations? Analyzing the dynamic networks producing Apple’s edge from 1978-2014.
Do Giants Create Giants?
by Prof. Gary Dushnitsky
Google, Intel and Pfizer: the historic rise of corporate venture capital and its implications for the venture ecosystem.
A Regional Case Study
by Prof. Manhong Mannie Liu
Key developments in China’s venture capital market 1985-2015, and forecast for the future.
A Regional Case Study
by Linas Sabaliauskas
Before Skype was Skype: how public investors fueled the growth of the Baltic venture capital market, 1990-2014.