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November 10, 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 THE SECRET SOURCE FOR DEALS… DATING APPS

Rosie Wood is a (fictional) associate at the VC firm Mild Conviction. It’s a generalist, multistage fund with offices in London, Paris and Verbier. They’re not like normal VCs — they don’t need to do a ton of due diligence to decide on an investment. Instead, they’re simply looking for companies and founders that are pretty good.

#2 HOW INVESTMENT IN DEEP TECH CAN TACKLE CLIMATE CHANGE

We believe that VC has a vital role in finding, funding, and growing companies that create breakthrough solutions to otherwise intractable problems. For the last half-century, VC-funded businesses have been a pivotal source of transformative innovations. Now, it’s time to enlist the global innovation economy in the civilizational challenge of our era.

#3 U.S. VENTURE CAPITALISTS BET BIG ON EUROPEAN STARTUPS

American venture capitalists are investing record sums in European startups, setting themselves up to repatriate returns. By the numbers: European deal value with U.S. VC participation hit €50.8 billion over the first three quarters of 2021, per PitchBook. A record 21.2% of European deals in 2021 had at least one U.S. investor on board, up from 17% in 2020 and 15% in 2019.

#4 FOUR WAYS TO SHORT THE VENTURE CAPITAL MARKET

The fruits born of genius start-ups backed by VC can be seen everywhere – the way we collaborate by video, pay in instalments and access new, clean energy. VC financing allows entrepreneurs to bypass corporate bureaucracy and get products and services to market faster. It’s the most exciting industry to invest in, and it’s changing the world.

#5 CRYPTO ‘YIELD’ PRODUCTS ARE NOT BONDS

It’s not often that an investment can be compared both to safe, bog-standard bonds and to risky venture capital holdings. But that is currently happening with certain crypto asset schemes — as new developments in digital finance continue to bend old definitions. The debate around what purpose — if any — cryptocurrencies can serve within portfolios is changing.

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