Democratization of VCs and Investment Opportunities

The past decade has brought a lot of new investors to the playing field, myself included. I wanted to quickly jot down some of the trends I view to be catalysts and where the future may be moving towards. Not all are new as of 2020, but most are gaining steam. 1/ Venture Capital being… Continue reading Democratization of VCs and Investment Opportunities

Don’t talk to CorpDev – Part Deux

Corporate Development, Strategic Business Development, Corporate Business Development, or any other amalgamation - are likely all the same teams with small caveats. Traditionally, CorpDev’s mandate was to buy companies. That’s traditional. But it’s 2020 and we can all attest that business models have changed over the past years. These days CorpDev isn’t simply a team… Continue reading Don’t talk to CorpDev – Part Deux

Quick Backwards Valuation Methodology

There are a few ways to create a valuation when looking at a company to acquire regardless if you're an incumbent or scaling growth company debating your first acquisition. On the other hand, as a founder, you can have your FP&A team to run this as an exercise before you approach any potential acquirers or… Continue reading Quick Backwards Valuation Methodology

Navigating Termsheets

Termsheets are (1) used by founders raising capital and (2) investors looking to deploy capital. Most all termsheets are different in some slight way (unless you're using a SAFE or KISS note), they usually require lawyers, and all are time-consuming where neither party usually gets 100% of what they want. For a founder, it's about obtaining capital without giving… Continue reading Navigating Termsheets

First Virtual FinTech Conference

I attended my first fully virtual fintech conference two weeks ago.  It was spread across two days and was split into two, four hour blocks with breakout sessions and 1:1 meetings.  I wanted to pass a fact (or trend) that I took away from each day, as well as one from a founder I spoke… Continue reading First Virtual FinTech Conference

Likely a new HBS case study: Quibi

Is anyone else following Quibi (or even downloaded it)? I think it'll soon be a business school case study on what went wrong.  The team (Jeffrey Katzenberg / Meg Whitman) raised $1.75bn, recruited some big names for producing and staring (Steven Spielberg and Liam Hemsworth), and sold $150m of add inventory pre-launch. Some of those… Continue reading Likely a new HBS case study: Quibi

Venture Deals in 2020

Since the Coronavirus was labeled a ‘pandemic’ on March 11th, over 372 startups have laid off more than 39,000 employees. The latest big announcement being yesterday with Airbnb and 25% of their staff being cut (equating to 1,900 employees), even after they just took on $2bn in debt. Airbnb also cuts deep as it's a… Continue reading Venture Deals in 2020