Recently, the venture-capital industry has begun giving money to Europe. Start up companies in places such as London and Paris are usually much cheaper than local companies, so large companies such as Microsoft can gain access to strong talent and innovative ideas for better deals than at home. Additionally, venture capital is relatively scarce in Europe, so startups are vying for US dollars to help them expand globally.
Recently, job cuts at large firms have brought employees from banks and consulting firms into the industry of technology. Many new firms are hungry for capital. As a result of the supply and demand of help, U.S. companies see European startups as being very affordable.
Berlin has been particularly popular for US investments and venture funding. In comparison to London companies, Berlin startups attracted .3 billion more euros than London companies.
Highland Capital partners with the most compelling start up companies who are developing innovative technologies to emerge into the massive markets. They are early investors who surround entrepreneurs from the beginning with both expertise and strategic guidance that is necessary to create the next generation of companies that are out to define categories.
James Dondero is the co-founder and the president of Highland Capital. Jim currently oversees Highland’s operations and investment strategies for both retail and institutional products. Jim has three decades of experience in credit markets, and is one of the original creators of the Collateralized Loan Obligation.
Funds that Jim has managed have received many accolades and awards during his long and successful career. This includes Morningstar’s designation of 5-stars for Global Allocation, as well as their #1 ranked equity fund in 2014. Additionally, Jim received the Lipper Award for his accomplishments with Floating Rate Opportunities in 2014.