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July 07, 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 'CASCADING EFFECT’ OF LATE-STAGE CAPITAL

Capping off our dig into the early-stage venture capital market, we’re taking a quick look at Europe. Previously, The Exchange tucked into the United States’ early-stage market for startup capital, uncovering startups using abundant seed capital to get more done before raising a Series A, while others were using pedigree, team and market size to accelerate their first lettered raise.

#2 THE FUTURE OF VC IS DECENTRALIZED

VC is a relationship business and yet we shouldn’t forget that the relationships in VC are governed by numbers. The relationship between a VC and a founder is governed by the cash and equity. And the relationship between a fund manager and their LPs is governed by the terms in LPA: management fees, carry, minimum investment, GP

#3 TECH HAS AN AGEISM PROBLEM

Old in tech is 41. A survey from Indeed indicates that 82% of the tech workforce is 40 and under. Nearly half (46%) is 35 and under. This means that, unless you’re Gen Z, you’re closer than you think to being old—or you’re already there—and you need to have a plan. While you can’t automate your future, I do have a three-step process to help you stay relevant and get all the jobs.

#4 EUROPEAN UNIVERSITIES ARE THE NEWEST DEEP TECH HOTSPOTS

European universities have deep research talent that’s been nearly untapped by venture capitalists but that’s rapidly changing. While few unicorns have emerged from European universities there has been a steady, decade-long improvement, both in terms of entrepreneurial attributes at universities and university attitudes toward entrepreneurs.

#5 THE THRIVING BUSINESS OF ‘IKEA HACKING’

Last August, Alex Hernandez found herself in the market for a new piece of furniture. Holed up in her Miami studio apartment, the 31-year-old executive assistant had grown weary of her “cheap and basic-looking” Ikea couch. She shopped around online and found a new one she liked — but it was a designer brand that was out of her price range. So she opted for a makeover instead.

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