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June 30, 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 WHAT YOU NEED TO UNLEARN TO SUCCEED IN VENTURE CAPITAL?

If you want to become a venture capitalist, there’s a good chance that the skills and abilities that propelled your success in your corporate career will turn out to be a liability. There are two distinct types of venture capitalists: financial venture capitalists, who are known as VCs, and corporate venture capitalists, or CVCs, who, as their name makes clear, are part of mostly large corporations. 

#2 DEAR EU, IT'S TIME TO GET A GRIP

The EU for all its lethargy, faults and fetishization of bureaucracy, is, ultimately, a good idea. It might be 64 years from the formation of the European Common Market, but it is 29 years since the EU’s formation in the Maastricht Treaty, and this international entity is definitely still acting like an indecisive millennial, happy to flit around tech startup policy. 

#3 CORPORATE INNOVATION IN THE ENTREPRENEURIAL AGE

Reality is that for all the progress that Europe's tech ecosystem has made in recent years (and it has made tremendous progress), it's for the most part just keeping pace globally as everywhere else has also moved forward by leaps and bounds. But there are worse positions to be in than keeping pace. Report by Dealroom and Sifted.

#4 TECH TRANSFER LESSONS FROM SILICON VALLEY

Groningen is the second startup city in the Netherlands, but can our startups compete on an international level? And can our scale-ups go on to grow into real unicorns? Angel investor and former Senior Product Manager for Google AI (Brain) Stef van Grieken shares a couple of insider tips from Silicon Valley, about how universities can play a central role in unicorn creation.

#5 THE JUNGLE AND CREATING YOUR OWN FUTURE

"We do not believe it will be easy for someone to compete under their own names anymore. In the “creator economy”, you have to be different and interesting. The only way to be different and interesting is to say controversial “in the grey/black area” stuff. That means it’s easier to do these things as an anon. Good luck posting jokes about escorts or “dank memes” under a corporate drone face. You’ll be fired instantly."

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