Firsthand Technology Value Fund Announces Year-End Distribution of $2.86156 Per Share

SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 24, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Firsthand Technology Value Fund, Inc. (Nasdaq:SVVC) (the "Fund"), a publicly-traded venture capital fund that invests in technology and cleantech companies, announced today a cash distribution to shareholders of $2.86156 per share. The distribution will be payable on December 11, 2014 to shareholders of record as of December 5, 2014.

The Fund distributes, on at least an annual basis, its net realized capital gains (realized gains minus realized losses), if any, for the year. The entire amount of this distribution represents long-term capital gains, primarily from our successful investment in Twitter (NYSE:TWTR). This is the second distribution to stockholders in the past 60 days and is expected to be the final distribution in 2014.

The Fund maintains a dividend reinvestment plan ("DRIP") that provides for the reinvestment of all distributions on behalf of its registered stockholders, unless a stockholder has elected to receive distributions in cash. As a result, when the Fund declares a distribution, stockholders who hold their shares directly with the Fund and have not previously "opted out" of the DRIP by the record date of the distribution will have their distribution automatically invested into additional shares of SVVC common stock. Stockholders who hold their SVVC shares through a broker are not enrolled in the DRIP, but may instruct their broker to reinvest distributions on their behalf. Although the Fund has a number of options to satisfy the share requirements of the DRIP, it currently expects that the DRIP plan administrator will acquire the shares through open market purchases of common stock.

About Firsthand Technology Value Fund

Firsthand Technology Value Fund, Inc. is a publicly-traded venture capital fund that invests in technology and cleantech companies. More information about the Fund and its holdings can be found online at www.firsthandtvf.com.

The Fund is a non-diversified, closed-end investment company that elected to be treated as a business development company under the Investment Company Act of 1940. The Fund's investment objective is to seek long-term growth of capital. Under normal circumstances, the Fund will invest at least 80% of its total assets for investment purposes in technology and cleantech companies.

CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS: This press release contains "forward-looking statements" as defined under the U.S. federal securities laws. Generally, the words "believe," "expect," "intend," "estimate," "anticipate," "project," "will," and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements, which generally are not historical in nature. Forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to materially differ from the Fund's historical experience and its present expectations or projections indicated in any forward-looking statement. These risks include, but are not limited to, changes in economic and political conditions, regulatory and legal changes, technology and cleantech industry risk, valuation risk, non-diversification risk, interest rate risk, tax risk, and other risks discussed in the Fund's filings with the SEC. You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are made. The Fund undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements made herein. There is no assurance that the Fund's investment objectives will be attained. We acknowledge that, notwithstanding the foregoing, the safe harbor for forward-looking statements under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 does not apply to investment companies such as us.

CONTACT: Heather Hohlowski Firsthand Capital Management, Inc. (408) 624-9525 vc@firsthandtvf.com

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