Rush by SWFs into Private Market Technology Gains Speed

November 19, 2014 by Loch Adamson

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Click here, or on the image above, to view a .pdf version of this infographic SOVEREIGN WEALTH FUNDS ARE TAKING a shine to technology — and they’re zeroing in on companies that choose to remain private and out of the public eye. Over the past six months, state-owned investors have poured a total of $2.8 billion into direct technology deals. That doesn’t include nearly $1 billion in notes and bonds issued by tech companies they snapped up. This development is notable because state-owned investors are allocating to high-risk start-ups and later-stage growth companies. It runs contrary to the conventional wisdom that such funds are risk-averse. It also speaks to a sea change in the capital markets. In a reverse of the technology boom of the early 2000s, when profitless start-ups helped fuel the dot-com bubble by prematurely selling their shares, later-stage companies are finding ways to delay their…

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