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November 17, 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 NO COUNTRY FOR WHITE MEN AS STATE STREET PUSH DIVERSITY

Staff  have to get special approval to hire a white man, rather than a woman or an ethnic-minority candidate. The policy is part of a drive by State Street to improve diversity within its middle and senior management. The multinational aims to triple the number of minority staff in senior roles by 2023, and executives’ bonuses will be lower if they do not meet the targets.

#2 INVESTING IN HUMANS IS THE FUTURE OF VC

For decades now, Sam Lessin has been ruminating on an idea: What if instead of investing in companies, you could invest in people? When he first tried as a young man to create a company based around this idea near the turn of the century, he admits, the world was not ready for such a proposal.  “People thought I was complete loony.”

#3 SEED INVESTORS: THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY

In the last two years, my cofounder and I have gone from only dreaming about raising money from investors to running the process — three separate times. 
Our angel, pre-seed and seed rounds came virtually one after the next, which means we’ve had the (sometimes dubious) pleasure of speaking with no fewer than 100 angels and seed-stage VCs across the UK, Europe and the US.

#4 'INVESTMENT AND INNOVATION ARM' OF THE AUTISM COMMUNITY

Christopher Male’s son was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in 2018, the long-time investor found himself in unfamiliar territory. In an effort to help his son, Male immersed himself in the topic and found what he described as an “incredibly fragmented and polarized community and marketplace, inadequate, antiquated solutions with hefty price tags and long wait lines.”

#5 FEMALE FOUNDERS CAN GET THEIR FAIR SHARE OF VC

VC investment has surged in 2021. Investment dollars for the 9m of 2021 have nearly doubled from 2020, according to The Q3 2021 PitchBook-NVCA Venture Monitor. While investment dollars have increased in startups with at least one female founder, their share of dollars in 2021—17.2%—hasn't reached the record set in 2018—18.5%—the year the #MeToo movement took off.

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