Safeguard Insights

March 29, 2017

When Is a Unicorn Really Worth $1 Billion?

In an era of ambitious startup valuations, it’s important to remember how difficult it is to grow and sustain a viable ‘unicorn’ – a company…

Posted by David Luk

September 20, 2013

Forever Young: Safeguard celebrates its 60th birthday with an enduring spirit of entrepreneurship

In 1953, the average cost of a new home was $9,550. Gas was 20 cents a gallon, and the average annual wage was $4,000. The…

Posted by John E. Shave III

July 24, 2013

Why VC Interest in Biotechnology Companies Jumped in the Second Quarter of 2013

The second quarter 2013 NVCA numbers came in, and while capital deployments in medical device companies declined 1 percent in both dollars and deals from…

Posted by John E. Shave III

April 12, 2013

How to Get Funding: 3 Ways Successful Entrepreneurs Close Deals Faster

When looking for investors, entrepreneurs used to have a tendency to sign with the first VC who came through the door with money. Today, that’s…

Posted by Stephen T. Zarrilli

February 11, 2013

The Most Essential Attribute You Should Look For in a Capital Provider

In evaluating prospective capital providers, savvy entrepreneurs have come to understand that while capital is their number one priority, there are other attributes they need…

Posted by Stephen T. Zarrilli

September 20, 2012

Life Sciences Entrepreneurship: How to Keep Pennsylvania Competitive

A recent article in Harvard Business Review pointed to the human genome as the next focus for diagnosing and treating diseases. The authors call for…

Posted by James A. Datin

August 10, 2012

Week in Review: VC Deployments and Deal Volume Grow by Double Digits in Q2 2012

Amidst the quarterly earnings over the past few weeks, you may have missed the NVCA’s second quarter 2012 report on venture capital performance. The report…

Posted by John E. Shave III

July 12, 2012

What health tech innovations will drive growth?

In the second quarter of 2012, the dollar value of venture capital deals was up, but the number of funds was down, according to data…

Posted by Gary J. Kurtzman, MD

May 31, 2012

Putting Growth Capital to Work in Philadelphia

On average, Safeguard Scientifics evaluates more than a thousand business plans each year—that’s 20 business plans per week. Last year, we chose to partner with…

Posted by James A. Datin

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