VC funding for web reaches 10 year high

Venture capital investments continued to grow at a rapid clip during Q2 2011, with investments in Internet-specific companies rising to the highest quarterly level since 2001. But some industry experts are saying that the current level of VC activity may be unsustainable.

Is it time for a mobile TV comeback?

Qualcomm’s FLO TV may have flopped, but that doesn’t mean that consumers will ignore mobile TV forever: PricewaterhouseCoopers predicts that mobile TV subscription revenue will double over the next four years. And that money could be an indicator for a much bigger trend.

Piracy: Everybody Does It; Everything Should Be Free

Want to lure people away from pirate websites? Then be prepared to give them some free stuff. A new study from PricewaterhouseCoopers finds that most self-admitted pirates don’t mind ads, as long as they still get their content for free. VOD was much less popular.

For Tech Companies, M&A Provides Quick Exits

Unlike the technology IPO market, the mergers & acquisitions market continues to be on an upswing. PriceWaterhouseCoopers says that during the second quarter of 2010 there were 36 technology transactions worth $11.37 billion, versus the first quarter of 2010 when 34 deals totaled $18.96 billion.

VC Funding Heading Back to Pre-Bubble Levels

nullVenture firms were still shy about making investments in startups during the second quarter of 2009, and the industry as a whole will likely return to 1996 funding levels, with VCs investing between $11 billion and $14 billion for the year, according to the MoneyTree Report from PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association. Venture capitalists put $3.7 billion in 612 deals in the second quarter of 2009, a 42 percent drop in deals from the same period last year, and a 51 percent decrease in dollars, based on data provided by Thomson Reuters. Read More about VC Funding Heading Back to Pre-Bubble Levels