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As China races ahead of UK, whats next?

Six years ago, when I joined Amadeus, I would have been incredulous if someone had told me that China will rank ahead of Israel and UK as the No. 1 overseas destination for U.S. Venture Capital by 2006

But that is exactly what this graph from last month’s print edition of Red Herring reveals.


…more interestingly, the investment sectors are getting increasingly sophisticated – and last year included sizeable investments in software and advanced materials/speciality chemicals (see graph below):


Whats next, I wonder?…Investment in Shenzhen overtaking Massachusettes and/or Bengaluru attracting more venture dollars than Texas?


See also, “Intel is going global, and as goes Intel, so goes the globe

UPDATE: Scott from Library House pointed me in the direction of this fascinating piece of research they did earlier this year: “Break for the border“…It looks at who is crossing borders to invest in Europe…Thanks Scott.

* Source and Copyright: “Venture Goes Global” by Sean Wolfe, in Red Herring, Issue 12th Mar ’07

April 17th, 2007 Posted by | China, Venture Capital in Asia | 2 comments


  1. I think the more interesting statistic would be average rate of return from each place. On that, I am guessing the US still beats China hands down.

    Comment by China Law Blog | April 22, 2007

  2. Good point…and I think you are right. I will keep an eye out if I come across these numbers.


    Comment by Shantanu | April 23, 2007

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