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Technology Viewpoint: Ventures in Cyberspace

Traders Magazine, December 1999

Clay H. Womack

The Internet has revolutionized retail investing. Now it is about to do the same thing for the venture capital industry. The forces at work are similar, but the effects may be even more far-reaching.

The Internet has changed the operation of the capital markets, bringing more competition and lower costs. Through financial web portals such as Yahoo!, the Motley Fool and others, individual investors can identify and evaluate investment decisions, using research tools that historically were available only to institutions. The result has been an enormous inflow of capital from individual investors, who operate independently of full-service brokers and other sources for investment advice.

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