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Acknowledgements Introduction PART ONE Some deals that went badly wrong Associated Bitumen Sprayers Pty Ltd Rumentek Industries Pty Ltd Specialty Jewellery Australia Pty Ltd Some deals that went wonderfully right Austal Ships Limited Education and Training Australia Pty Ltd Cuppa Cup Vineyards Pty Ltd Datacraft Limited LookSmart Inc The twenty most important lessons - so far Reflections PART TWO Development of venture capital activity in Australia 1945 to 1970 1970 to 1984 1984 to 1990 1990 to 1999 The venture capital sector today and beyond Future directions A profile of the Australian Mezzanine Investments Group Appendix: Australia's Co-operative Research Centres

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Bill Ferris is regarded as one of the fathers of the venture capital industry in Australia. He formed the country's first venture capital company in 1970, having studied the emerging sector in the United States while completing his MBA at the Harvard Business School. Bill Ferris has been Chairman of both the Australian Trade Commission and the Australian Venture Capital Association and in 1990 was made an officer in the Order of Australia in recognition of his services to the export industry. Bill is now Chairman of the Asia Pacific Council of Macquarie University and a Director of the Australian Institute of Management. He is actively involved in the venture capital industry as executive chairman of Australian Mezzanine Investments Pty Ltd (AMIL). AMIL investments in companies such as Looksmart, Datacraft, Austal Ships, Cuppa Cup Vineyards and many others have yielded high returns and have created more than 50 millionaire entrepreneurs and executives as well as many thousan

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