PequotVentures exec trumpets Big Apple advantage

April 8, 2008

lenihan.jpgPequotVentures, the venture capital arm of hedge fund Pequot Capital Management, has shut down its Silicon Valley office and now operates only out of New York. Managing general partner Lawrence Lenihan said the contrarian move made sense because the plethora of venture capital operators in Silicon Valley forced PequotVentures to compete on price.

That’s not so true in New York, where there’s less competition on the fund side but lots of promising media and finance businesses, he told the Reuters Hedge Fund and Private Equity Summit on Tuesday.

New York is also looking like increasingly fertile ground relative to Boston’s once booming Route 128 corridor. Lenihan, who admits that as a New Yorker he may carry a certain bias, said that shuttle flights which once were packed with New York investors going to Boston to check out companies are now carrying many more Boston investors in the opposite direction.

“If you look at the deal flow and you look at the amount of companies that are being built, I think there’s been a noticeable slowdown in technology innovation in the Route 128 corridor,” he said.

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