Venture Capital Taking On New Directions

Like any business must do to ensure they stay afloat is to cut costs without hurting it. The business of venture capital is an industry that is currently doing so. The Seattle Times indicated that more and more, U.S. venture capitalists are turning to European startup businesses rather than invest money into those in the U.S. or Asia. This change is not reserved for small businesses but company giants such as Intel and the technology mega-firm Microsoft whom continuously searches for start-up firms focusing on games to software engineering. Their main reason for going overseas is that the costs are less, plus the European businesses will do what it takes to entice the U.S. to win capital and obviously, startups want to grow.

When it comes to cutting costs the proper way, Highland Capital Management knows all about boosting profits for investors from techniques such as this. The company has compared the growth of capital to a unique science. Partnering with experienced professionals also is essential. Another task that Highland handles like a fine piece of art is U.S. CLOs in the way of Assets Under Management or AUM. This giant firm has monitored a large percentage of CDOs (collateral debt obligations) and CLOs nearing an excess of $30 billion. Its main offices in Dallas, Texas, they also understand the value of choosing the best team members to benefit the firm and clients.

One outstanding “team member” is James Dondero who actually created Highland Capital Management with Mark Okada. The two gentlemen originally merged together on Protective Life Insurance Corporation which had an emphasis on fixed income markets which involves a particular investment to allow the provider and borrower to offer payments that are fixed according to a schedule. Jim also is known as a trendsetter among his peers, particularly since he popularized Collateralized Loan Obligations (CLO).

Jim received an education from the University of Virginia where he earned his accounting and finance BS degree. When he is not focusing on institutional commodities and investment methods, Jim is eager to lend his hand to various charities. Just one of these is an event that takes place in November that raises money and brings attention to men’s health. The Brain Performance Institute in Dallas is an organization that also interests Jim, which recently added a new facility to enable research.