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Series F - Issue #47: The Future of Venture Capital

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February 25 · Issue #47 · 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.
It’s been a particularly busy week for me so I haven’t had done to properly dig into a story this issue, however, the links below are especially interesting this week, so that should more than make up for it! Enjoy!
Curated by @neilswmurray

Due Diligence 📚
1. Where a traditional venture capital firm might focus on helping companies find their markets and eventually exit well, the Alexa fund also promotes a cause ~> How Amazon’s Startup Fund Is Betting On An Alexa-Everywhere Future
2. Hunter Walk elaborated on the most interesting part of their new fund announcement that I highlighted here last week ~> For Fundraising, Seed is No Longer a Round, It’s a Phase 
3. While Jim Marshall of Silicon Valley Bank does a good job of explaining The changing face of seed investing
4. Yeah, about that threat to VC… ~> 46% of Last Year’s ICOs Have Failed Already
5. However, it turns out it is not as simple for VCs to just move pre-ICO ~> A New Headache for VCs: Getting Squeezed Out by Token Sales
6. We’ve long established that some venture capital firms are using machine learning to make their investment decisions. I feel like we’ve done this to death in the newsletter, but still, this piece gives a nice overview so I decided to include it ~> Here’s How AI Is Changing VC Funding
7. Another strong results-based + for more diversity in VC as new research suggests high-testosterone traders earn lower returns ~> Are alpha males worse investors?
8. Peter Teneriello argues that although venture capital may not be broken, its playbook needs to be revised ~> An Asset Class by Any Other Name
9. I liked this primer on Corporate VC vs VC: Corporate Venture Capital’s Priorities Differ From Institutional VCs (On that note, a friend of mine in corporate venture is looking for others in the field to spar with, so reach out if that’s you and I’ll connect you!)
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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