Market Analysis

Unpacking the UBS-Wealthfront deal

The $1.4 billion price tag for the UBS-Wealthfront deal matters because it could impact exit values for not only other startups but also hundreds of millions of dollars of invested venture capital.

More tech drama, please

A Twitter thread from Bolt CEO Ryan Breslow was good fun, and useful in bringing a bit of necessary combat back to tech.

3 views: How should founders prepare for a decline in startup valuations and investor interest?

The question under consideration this week: How should founders prepare for an eventual retreat in startup valuations and investor interest?

IBM shrugs off investor EPS concerns, sells growth story

Investors love a good EPS number. But for a company that is working to rebound, having a tight set of goals is hardly a sin.

Crypto pioneer David Chaum says web3 is ‘computing with a conscience’

We spoke with David Chaum about why web3 and blockchain are the future, and why we should be worried about the NSA reading our messages.

Venture capitalists fell in love with Europe last year

Amid this long-lasting startup era, 2021 may go down as the peak venture capital year, especially in Europe.

For the first time in 4 years, profitability beats growth

For the last decade, private company executives have all asked us the same question: “Do public market investors prefer profitability or growth?”

3 ways investors can assess the strength of an NFT opportunity

Talk of NFTs may be filling board rooms and news feeds, but their complex and new nature makes it hard for investors to determine which projects show promise, and which don't.

6 cloud trends to watch in 2022

2022 crypto predictions from Prime Trust CFO Rodrigo Vicuna

Even though DeFi, cryptocurrencies, blockchains, NFTs and a slew of other products came online in 2021, only about 1% of the world’s population has a unique crypto wallet.

Netflix’s dismal results are more evidence that the pandemic trade is over

The pandemic trade is coming apart, and Netflix is the latest company to suffer.

5 areas where VCs can play an outsized role in addressing climate change

Many climate unicorns are on the way, but current VC levels are dwarfed by the mind-boggling funding amounts that are needed to give humanity a fighting chance.

Inside Secfi’s 2021 state of stock options equity report

Record public exit activity is good news for founders and investors, but what about the employees who were granted stock options in those companies?

Changes to corporate investing rules could diminish China’s resilient venture landscape

Losing Chinese corporate venture capitalists entirely, and overnight -- which will not happen, mind -- would be sharply contractionary but not lethal.

Why Microsoft’s $2T+ market cap makes its $68B Activision buy a cheap bet

Wth a market cap just over $2 trillion, Microsoft has vast resources to invest in the most logical parts of its business.

The berserk pace of fintech investing outshines the global VC boom

It appears that what is true for the venture capital market is also true for the fintech market, but in a more exaggerated form. Fintech is like most venture, but simply more extreme.

500 Global’s Christine Tsai shares her 2022 VC predictions

After incredible growth in the past two year, all signs point to a continued abundance of opportunities for startup founders and investors in the year ahead.

Will quantum computing remain the domain of the specialist VC?

Despite all the buzz, quantum investments are still not mainstream: there were about 90 quantum investments in 2021.

Fintech and insurtech innovation in Brazil set to take off on regulatory tailwinds

In a country where many people are still unbanked, and queuing to pay bills is part of daily life, the impact of being able to pay anyone instantly can't be understated.

NFT volume, DAOs and the curious case of LooksRare

Let's talk about incentives and governance tokens to parse out what's up with LooksRare and the larger future of the financialization of everything.
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