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June 02, 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 CALM CAPITALISTS

A new generation of early-stage investment firms offers an alternative to traditional VC funds. "Calm funds" seek to work with company builders that choose to play a different way. Rather than shooting the moon by pursuing growth at all costs, calm founders look to build sustainable businesses that are "default alive," meaning they don't require capital injections to stay alive. 

#2 HOW TO RAISE SEED 

"Loyal is developing drugs to extend dog lifespan and healthspan. I’d put us in the incipient consumer bio category.  I raised the seed for an idea and deck. I did not have a co-founder, a team, and did not discover the science behind the company. I do have significant domain expertise, a specific and strong longevity network, and exceptional founder-market fit."

#3 THE LOUIS VUITTON STORY

Bernard Arnault had a famous sentence: "Dans 20 ans les gens n'auront peut-être plus d'iPhone mais ils boiront toujours du Dom Pérignon" or "In 20 years, people may no longer have iPhones, but they will still drink Dom Pérignon". So he went ahead and created the largest luxury conglomerate in the world, LVMH, that now made him the richest person alive. 

#4 THE PIED PIPER OF SPACS

In Silicon Valley, Chamath Palihapitiya, who has earned billions of dollars while tweeting things like “Im about to really fuck some shit up” to his 1.5 million followers, rarely requires identification beyond his first name. That’s in part because, in the past decade, he has spent significant time saying things in public that rich people aren’t supposed to say.

#5 HOW SOROS' EX RIGHT HAND INVESTS

Stanley Druckenmiller is widely considered one of the greatest investors ever. He helped Soros pull off one of the single greatest trades: In 1992, the pair “Broke the Bank of England” with a bet against the British Pound that netted a $1B pay day. Over more than 4 decades of investing, Druckenmiller has never recorded a down year.
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