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Series F - Issue #37: The Future of Venture Capital

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November 26 · Issue #37 · View online

The Future of Venture Capital


👋🏻 Happy Sunday! I’ve had a very busy week this week (all will be revealed shortly) meaning this issue is a little lighter than usual. 
Still, there is plenty of good stuff to get through, so grab your coffee and settle down ☕️

Upsetting the Apple Cart 🍎
YouNow, a global video platform featuring mobile live streaming, has announced an ICO on CoinList. The offering for PROPS tokens will also be listed on Republic, a Reg CF crowdfunding platform, thus allowing both accredited and non-accredited investors to participated in the ICO. Both CoinList and Republic are related to the AngelList platform and share certain aspects of AngelList’s technology. The PROPS token sale will be the third project, following Blockstack and Filecoin, to be listed on the rapidly growing platform ~> First Ever Side-by-Side Reg D – Reg CF Initial Coin Offering Takes Place
New Funds and Models 💸
“A whole decade has passed since Seedcamp launched what was then the first pan-European accelerator, at times almost singlehandedly dragging the disparate European startup community into the same room. In those ten years, the pre-seed and seed investor has backed over 250 early-stage companies, most notably TransferWise, and has seen 22 exits in total. The Seedcamp model has also had to iterate considerably as the ecosystem has grown up around it” ~> Ten years on: Seedcamp outs new £41M seed fund and says it’s ready to invest in tokens
Vertically Speaking 📈
As Jeff Bezos’s juggernaut continues to grow, forward-thinking competitors are finding creative ways to succeed—and be what Amazon can never be ~> The Future Of Retail In The Age Of Amazon
Emerging Markets 🌏
Business in China today, however, is being led by innovation-obsessed execs like Ren Zhengfei, founder of Huawei Technologies, which last year filed more patent applications than any other company in the world. And Allen Zhang, who led the team that developed Tencent’s WeChat, the smartphone app that allows its 900 million users to chat, shop, pay, play, and do just about anything else. And Robin Li, CEO of Baidu, the Beijing-based search company, who has vowed to have autonomous vehicles ready for sale in China by next year ~> Why China Is Emerging as a Tech Superpower to Rival the U.S.
China’s enterprise-applications market has huge potential and is devoid of a dominant player ~> The Next Billion-Dollar Boom in Chinese Tech
Crypto-Crazy 🤑
The real-estate industry is taking its first steps in adopting cryptocurrencies and the technology that backs them in what could eventually produce important changes in the way property is bought and sold ~> Bitcoin Is Creeping Into Real Estate Deals
The technology behind Bitcoin could touch every transaction you ever make ~> Blockchains: How They Work and Why They’ll Change the World
Israel, one of the most active hubs of blockchain innovation, may see Draconian regulations that cut the path of ICOs for funding startups ~> Israeli Security Authority to Regulate ICOs, Complete Ban is One Option
Compelling Visions 🔮
We talk about backing individuals (and teams) when investing super-early, but what if we could literally do that? The man who sold shares of himself
Asset managers looking to shake up their businesses are skipping a generation of management, promoting leaders in their 40s who have a history of implementing bold strategies ~> Why Fund Firms Want Fresh Blood
Many venture investors fancy themselves as both trendspotters and trendsetters. But are VCs really that good at getting out ahead of the curve? Leaders vs. Followers: Can VC Investors Spot The Next Big Thing?
Silicon Valley lures unusual mix of prospectors, despite fears too much money is chasing too few good ideas ~> Cash Sloshes Into Venture Funds, Prompting Fears of Excess
Seedcamp shared their LP pitchdeck after closing their fourth fund ~> Seedcamp Fund IV Fundraising Deck
Decision making in venture capital often comes down to making data-informed, gut calls on business risks ~> How do VCs internalise startup risks?
VCs are at the forefront of technological disruption, funding many of the latest cutting edge productivity tools. But what tools are they using themselves to automate their own processes? What’s your VC’s Tech Stack? Results from a survey of early stage venture capital funds
Always Be Closing ☕️
Some of the best moments of my week are when I hear from you regarding stuff you liked, stuff you didn’t like etc. The fact people take time out of their day to provide feedback on this newsletter, means a lot and it is great to have “met” so many of you while doing this.
If we’ve yet to speak, then reach out to neil@thenordicweb.com or @neilswmurray
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