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November 03, 2021 Sign Up
Five articles every week, hand selected by the Flashpoint Investment Team, to make you smarter in the world of tech investments.

#1 HOW SEED FUNDING HAS EXPLODED IN THE PAST 10 YEARS

Seed-stage funding to startups has exploded in the past decade and become an asset class of its own. If that wasn’t obvious already, consider that in just the past few months, three of Silicon Valley’s largest and best-known venture firms—Andreessen Horowitz, Greylock and Khosla Ventures—all announced large new dedicated seed funds.

#2 THE GREAT COMPETITION TO GIVE AWAY MONEY

The Wall Street Journal has deemed it the “golden era of venture,” and it’s not hard to understand why. By almost any metric, life in the venture capital industry looks better than ever. “We're in record territories for everything,” said Jeff Clavier, the founder and managing partner of Uncork Capital, a seed-stage venture firm. 

#3 BIG-NAME U.S. TECH INVESTORS ARE MOOVING IN ON EUROPE

It comes after several European tech companies saw their valuations sky-rocket during the coronavirus pandemic. Online events platform Hopin saw its valuation soar to $7.75 billion within two years of its incorporation, Klarna was most recently valued at $46 billion. U.S. VC firms are flying staff out to Europe  as they look to find the next Spotify.

#4 VENTURE DEBT: LEVERAGE FOR ENHANCING VC RETURNS

As the American comedian Bob Hope once quipped: “A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don’t need it.” Any investment can be defined through a P/E multiple, and the return generated between entry and exit can be traced back to a change in the following four fundamental factors: revenue expansion, margin expansion, multiple expansion and leverage. 

#5 THE NEXT $1,000 BLN START-UPS WILL BE IN CLIMATE TECH

“It is my belief that the next 1,000 unicorns — companies that have a market valuation over a billion dollars — won’t be a search engine, won’t be a media company, they’ll be businesses developing green hydrogen, green agriculture, green steel and green cement,” Fink said Monday at the Middle East Green Initiative Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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