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June 23, 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 COVID'S ENTREPRENEUR EXPLOSION

America’s unprecedented entrepreneurial explosion...in 2020, more than 4.3M people registered for new business applications. That’s nearly 840k more than 2019—a 25% jump. It’s a stark difference compared to the 2008 credit crisis, which saw an 8% drop. Every recession seeds a bumper crop of startups. As the maxim goes, necessity is the mother of invention. But this time it’s different. 

#2 THE UK HITS MILESTONE OF 100 UNICORNS

“Smashing through this milestone cements the UK’s place as one of the world’s top tech hubs. The government is backing our brilliant innovators and entrepreneurs by investing in world-class digital infrastructure and people’s skills, so that we can create hundreds of thousands of new jobs and level up opportunity across the country.

#3 IS VENTURE CAPITAL BAD FOR SOCIETY?

Now that we’ve seen how many stories actually play out, perhaps we customers ought to be a little more discerning. Maybe the next time we hear of a “disruptor” raising however many millions of dollars to “change the way we do xyz,” our first question should be: are you really innovating, or are you just temporarily lowballing the price of these services to win market share?  

#4 MAKING BAD NEWS TRAVEL FAST

If you’re only hearing positive things within a company, something is obviously wrong because something is always wrong, no matter the company. And as nice as it is to celebrate wins, it’s also just easier than talking about hard truths and times. But the latter are so much more valuable in the long run, especially as ways to accelerate learning across a team.

#5 THE APP THAT MONETIZED DOING NOTHING

A cathedral-like mountain towers above me; a lake laps at my feet; sunshine distilled through pine needles warms my skin. Close your eyes, a voice intones. Let your shoulders fall naturally and keep your chest open. Take a few full, deep breaths to settle into this moment, inhaling deeply and slowly releasing your breath, allowing any tension you may be holding to soften.

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