A more disruptive idea is to create a VC market. A market where people (users included) can invest in high risk/high growth businesses from an early stage. A market for Venture Capital would be far more disruptive than simply creating another form of the VC.
So how would the market work? A company would register with the market. The registration process would include the necessary due dilligence process that provides the basis for trust within the market. The company would then place a certain number of shares up for auction.
The auction process would work like this. Bidders bid not only a price but also an amount of shares they wish to buy at that price. At the close of the auction, the highest bidder pays the amount they bid and receives the corresponding number of shares that they bid for. If the highest bidder did not buy all the shares then the remain shares are offered at the final bid price to the other bidders.
An option is available where the total amount of a final bid (bid price for shares x the number of shares wanted) of losing bidders will be divided by wining bid price and they receive that number of shares. The shares that people purchase can then be traded within the market. The last traded price for a company's shares becomes the starting price if a company decides to do another round of funding.
Anyone can register to bid. The registration process for bidders is again a due dillegence process that provides the bid side trust for the market. There is no minium amount or number of shares that a registered bidder can bid for. If all they want is one share , then that is all the need to bid for.
A VC investment market opens up investment in high risk/high growth to anyone (Doc Searls and Dave Winer's users) businesses. A far greater number of businesses will be able to seek and receive VC funding than through the current method. The risk of any individual investor can be spread even further. It also brings competitive bidding to the process which will bring their own improvements to VC investment. Finally, it opens VC investment to the wisdom of the crowds which brings with it the possibility of better selection of great ideas.
I really think that a VC market will produce far greater disruption of the VC investment industry than the creation of a publicly traded VC fund as Dave Winer has proposed.
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