Recent Posts

The Trade-Off Between Ownership and Investment: Evidence from Equity-Crowdfunding Campaigns

Every entrepreneur raising equity from investors faces a fundamental trade-off between retaining greater ownership in the company versus raising more funds. Equity crowdfunding is a recent FinTech innovation, allowing entrepreneurs to raise funding from "crowd" investors who can individually invest in a campaign, in return for equity shares. In a guest post by Nir Vulkan (Oxford Business School), the researchers set out to try and understand what factors explain the decision of entrepreneurs to take overfunding.

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The Prize Model for Financing ALS Research

Prize4Life is a nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the discovery of treatments and cures for ALS. Prize4Life chose an unusual path for accelerating the way to a cure for ALS: the Prize Model, which allows it to invest not in the problem but in the solution. Why are prizes the best way to finance research? Read the answer in a guest post by Shay Rishoni

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The “Tech” Of Two Cities

Hong Kong and Shenzhen are located side by side geographically but have a very different history, grounded in two radically different socio-political systems. Hong Kong used to be an economic superstar in the region, while Shenzhen was described as a “sleepy border town” in southern China. The story is entirely different now when Shenzhen is comparable to, if it has not already outshone, its once proud neighbor. This surprising development begs an explanation, and this new article seeks to provide it.

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The Business Kibbutz

In the years 2012-2016 Jerusalem has experienced a technological renaissance, with an explosion of new startups founded, accelerators created, and VC funds established. This new article by players of the local venture ecosystem seeks to identify the contributing factors that have led to this renaissance. Read the article and the accompanying CIV City Case, from Issue 5 of Coller Venture Review.

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