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


"I have been consistently writing seed stage checks since 2005 so I trust my eyes and ears to tell you that prices are absolutely silly right now. The ascent to silliness seems to have happened overnight. I am seeing way too many startups without a full team or finished product raising 4 and 5 million rounds at $20 million."


Construction is one of the largest industries in the world creating $1.3 trillion of structure a year, and while everything around us seems to be disrupted by new technologies, construction remains highly undigitized compared with other sectors. This match between huge markets and room for new solutions have created a gap that many construction tech startups are trying to bridge. 



Family offices play a large role as Limited Partners (LPs) in emerging VC funds and also as co-investors in direct investments alongside venture capital funds. The average family office investment allocation into VC was 10% in 2020, and this year, that has increased to 24%. In a survey, all Family offices said they invest in emerging VCs and 20% invest exclusively in them. 


Deep tech is hindered by the current investment model: it is difficult to shift from laboratory (grant/ subsidy-based) to venture funding, VC funding is not enough and doesn't like risky assets that much anymore. Available capital mostly directed to Synthetic Biology, Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Materials, and dominated by US ventures.


There are not very many VCs in Europe who can say they’ve raised a fund while pregnant — or taken a significant amount of parental leave. And that, as Check Warner is discovering, makes it somewhat daunting — and difficult — for any VCs who are considering it. “There’s not a clear template to follow that’s tried and tested.”
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