GSV Capital Corp., was formed in September 2010 as a Maryland corporation. The Company completed its initial public offering in May 2011. The Company is an externally managed, non-diversified closed-end management investment company that has elected to be treated as a business development company under the Investment Company Act of 1940. It invests in the equity securities of what it believes are rapidly growing venture capital-backed emerging companies. It also invests on an opportunistic basis in select publicly-traded equity securities or certain non-U.S. companies that otherwise meet its investment criteria. Its investment activities are managed by GSV Asset Management, LLC, and GSV Capital Service Company, LLC. It has selected five sub-segments in which it targets companies for investment; social mobile, cloud computing and big data, internet commerce, sustainability, and education technology. The Company competes with specialty finance companies including late stage venture capital funds, private equity funds, other crossover funds, public funds investing in private companies and business development companies. The Company and its portfolio companies are subject to regulation by laws at the local, state and federal levels.