Friday, December 14, 2018

Taking stock: an open letter to the EU

More than 500 entrepreneurs, investors and employees of European start-ups have called for reforms of stock option rules in a bid to plug a perceived talent gap.

Independent floristry, a reblooming industry?

Floom is a start-up hoping to reverse the fortunes of indie florists. The company has just raised $2.5m in a seed funding round led by Firstminute Capital.

VC maven calls crypto “nuclear winter”… but remains bullish

One of Facebook's early backers, billionaire investor Jim Breyer, has said he believes cryptocurrencies are approaching a “nuclear winter”.

The real reason(s) why start-ups fail

A post-mortem analysis by CB Insights from earlier this year sheds light on the reasons why nascent businesses meet their demise.

A pitch perfect investment

Football's elite are promoting a new app that aims to bring them closer to their legion of worldwide fans. Otro launched this week with the backing of Lionel Messi and Neymar.

Skype co-founder wastes no time with new fundraising

The venture firm of Skype co-founder Niklas Zennstrom is rumoured to be in the market with a new fund 18 months after closing its fourth early-stage vehicle on $765m.

Europe v Silicon Valley: unhelpful comparisons

Europe's VC ecosystem is constantly compared to Silicon Valley. European managers, however, are more interested in doing things their own way.
venture debt

Less clunky: revamping venture debt

Some lenders are dipping their toes into the venture debt waters but many are finding it difficult to convince venture managers and portfolio companies to avail themselves of the product. How can that change?

Venture news from Real Deals: 22 November 2018

Welcome to the fifth edition of Real Deals’ venture newsletter, a pithy, perceptive round-up of the key deals, fundraisings and trends in the market.

Are unicorns rarer than we are led to believe?

A study has called into question the convention of reporting post-money valuations, which, its authors argue, has inflated the cohort of unicorns.
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