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December 15, 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 STATE OF EUROPEAN TECH 2021

On the good side it’s been a bumper year in the region. Private funding is triple last year’s record levels, and unicorns are springing up faster than ever before. Europe is cementing itself as a global B2B startups powerhouse and crypto is finally taking off. On the not-so-good side, women-founded startups received their lowest share of the spoils in five years.

#2 WALL STREET PANIC ABOUT SAAS COMPANIES 

Sometimes I wonder if the analysts on Wall Street, who I’m sure are smart people, understand how the technology industry works.
There is this persistent notion among investors that stocks that did well during the pandemic like Zoom, DocuSign and Okta will suddenly fade from our minds as soon as the pandemic subsides (if that ever happens).

#3 TALENT ACQUISITION ESSENTIALS FOR STARTUPS

When you’re building a startup team, especially in the early years, every hire is critical. And, so are the strategies and resources you put in place for recruiting. We’ve put together a list of the most important “must have’s” when deciding your talent acquisition strategy! If you’re already established with a foundational startup team in place, it might be a good time for a check-in again!    

#4 THE ‘ART’ OF VC STARTUP VALUATIONS IS A FORGERY

Venture capitalists frequently say that valuing startups is “more art than science.” If that’s true, then it’s absurdist art, because most seed-stage businesses have no value. In fact, seed-stage startups — companies that have not yet released a product, regardless of how many rounds they’ve raised — are probably worth less than zero using any rational valuation methodology.

#5 WHY THIS VC WANTS TO GET MORE WOMEN TO WRITE CHECKS

A few years ago, I was invited to attend an investor salon. It was a private event hosted by a founder and a handful of her current investors, and she told us about her company's mission in hopes that we guests might want to become investors too. I loved the product, the brand the founder was building and her plans for growth.

If you enjoyed this newsletter, forward it to a friend. If you are a startup with a founder from Central or Eastern Europe or Israel looking for financing, whether it is Seed, Series A or later, have a chat with our bot and we will get in touch!
 
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