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Series F - Issue #46: The Future of Venture Capital

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February 18 · Issue #46 · View online

The Future of Venture Capital


👋🏻 Happy Sunday!
This is Series F, a (hopefully) insightful weekly curation of the latest developments dictating the future direction of the venture capital industry.
Curated by @neilswmurray

Upsetting the Apple Cart 🍎
“This Spring Betaworks will open the doors to the first “betaworks Studios” — a club for builders. This is a new company and a new way to experience betaworks.”
Why this matters?
- On the face of it, it’s a co-working space. However, in reality there’s much more to it than that. Ultimately betaworks is positioning betaworks studios as the physical space for builders to gather and meet each other, not a bad place for you to be running if you are looking to back and create new companies.
- “Combining a digital and physical space, Studios will be a place, a platform, for builders to flourish and stay ahead of the curves that matter to them” as well as betaworks no doubt…
- Most interestingly, it’s using the power of community to support and build their brand, dealflow and position of influence. Content used to be the holy grail of VC value-add, these days community is a much stronger play and one that we are seeing more and more.
Due Diligence 📚
1. Boost VC initially focused on Bitcoin, it has now expanded to include other verticals, such as VR, jetpacks, and space startups. Draper, who is a fan of science fiction and comic books, wants to nurture futuristic startups that aren’t part of an established market ~> Adam Draper’s Boost VC closes new fund to become the ‘Y Combinator of sci-fi startups’
2. Samir Kaji makes a case for Why a fundraising winter is coming for Micro-VC’s although I have to say that this is not a sentiment I’m hearing from the market right now (at least not in Europe)
3. Hype cycles are getting shorter and shorter and could change the optimal time for VCs to invest in companies ~> The Compression of the Hype Cycle
4. Interesting interview with Winter Mead, Principal of Sapphire Ventures, discussing the trends in the venture capital industry, changing LP appetite, emergence of new tech circles and the evolution of venture’s geographic footprint ~> Where is venture capital heading? The trends, views and hotspots
5. “I think Silicon Valley could be 10 to 20 times bigger if 80 percent of the companies were led better.” Lars Dalgaard is stepping down from his general partner role at VC firm Andreessen Horowitz to found his own investment firm. He sold his last company for $3.4 billion — now Lars Dalgaard will teach tech leaders to empathize
6. Turns out ICOs have more in common with VC after all 😝 ~> Attention, Founders: That ICO Is About To Dilute You, Too
7. Homebrew has raised their 3rd fund, declaring themselves seed phase (not seed round) investors, as the lines between rounds become increasingly blurred ~> Announcing Homebrew III: Finding our product-market fit
8. “Founder replacement, although it typically takes place among struggling startups, is beneficial on the whole” Contrarian research on What Happens to a Startup When Venture Capitalists Replace the Founder
Always Be Closing ☕️
All feedback and opinions welcomed: @neilswmurray or neil@thenordicweb.com
Through my Angel Fund, I invest in the most ambitious pre-seed Nordic startups. If you’d like to know more about the European or Nordic startup scene then I’d love for you to reach out. And if you know any companies you think I should be talking to, then don’t hesitate to let me know! 👍🏻
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