Small Cap Insight
To investors frustrated with being locked out of the pre-IPO market, business development corporations (BDC) such as Firsthand Technology Value Fund (SVVC)
offered potential for participating in the large IPO gains of hot
stocks. The reality hasn't reached the hype from back in 2012 when the Facebook (FB)
IPO blew up. Now over a year later and with Facebook soaring, one might
expect the stock to offer huge upside potential, but one glaring issue
The company is a publicly traded venture capital fund that
invests in technology and cleantech companies prior to an IPO. It is
run by well-known tech investor Kevin Landis that charges management
fees of 2% of gross assets and 20% of capital gains. The company
competes for investments with venture capitalists, accredited investors
and other public funds such as GSV Capital (GSVC) and Keating Capital (KIPO).
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