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: 10 January 2019

Welcome to the latest 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.

Yes, bus. Yes, ride sharing

French carpooling start-up BlaBlaCar has acquired the loss-making bus arm of SNCF, the country's national railway firm.

E-scooters: a race to the finish line

Swedish firm VOI Technology has designs on the e-scooters market in Europe. The startup has raised $50m in series A funding from Balderton Capital.

Lesara: balancing growth with profitability

The future of one of Europe's fastest growing tech companies, online fashion retailer Lesara, hangs in the balance after it filed for insolvency.

The fairer sex addresses unfair funding

Red Capital Partners has €50m to invest exclusively in high-growth tech companies founded or co-founded by women.
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