While there's still a week left before Christmas, I think we have a winner in the annual holiday swag contest here at Network World: Tech venture capital firm Emergence Capital Partners has sent us a batch of sugar cookies made in the likenesses of the firm's partners.
In other words, things are going pretty darn well in tech startup land these days for a VC outfit whose investments include Yammer (a billion dollar-plus Microsoft acquisition in 2012), recent IPO Veeva Systems and 2014 IPO candidate Box.
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Emergence is heavily into startups that fall into categories such as SaaS, social and even "freemium" -- though it's avoiding companies that take a cookie cutter approach to the market.
So, these VCs do appear to be smart cookies, but we'll seek how the cookies crumble in the year ahead. Some market watchers fear we're headed for another bubble, with the size of funding rounds getting bigger and bigger of late. Recent numbers from PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association show that investments were at their highest quarterly level in Q3 since Q2 of 2011.
If Emergence has another good year, maybe Fortune Cookies will be arriving next holiday season.
P.S. The cookies shown here were made by David's Crazy Cookies in Hayward, Calif.