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Very interesting article on how luck impacts on success – I remember a VC class during my MBA at Columbia, the professor once said: “VC is all about luck, but you can learn on how being lucky”.
Are maps the new platform? A detailed article from Bloomberg on how much maps are important in the new era of autonomous vehicles
As the Economist said “Data is the world’s most valuable asset” and this article is consistent with that statement
Thriving organisations should consistently assess themselves on “entrepreneurialism”. One step further would be talking about “Equity mindset” since equity is all that matters for founders: only a few times I see corporates (and consultants!) having “real” skin in the game of growth!
Why and how companies should tackle digital transformation programs? As Sprint’s Rob Roy says “Having a data-first mentality is a crucial first step, but then you need to put in place the processes and capabilities to be able to use the data”.
Many economics scholars have reported the stall in productivity. Specifically, McKinsey focuses on the “adoption barrier” that prevents large productivity increase
Yet another article that mentions how the independent consulting market is on the rise worldwide. There are clearly some real facts in here, but the potential is still much higher!
While I’m totally not convinced on Bitcoin as a store of value, I’m much more interested in seeing the development of Blockchain as distributed decentralised network, think to smart-contracts!
Foodtech is a rising trend worldwide, it will be nice seeing this map becoming full in the coming years!
Great work from AgFunder! These guys tracked $10bn worth of deals. Notably in a record year for this segment, the number of deals declined with a concentration effect which we have seen in other categories as well.
A detailed article on how VCs get valued by LPs; putting aside the technicalities, it’s always important to remember founders that VC investors are “founders” as well, they run a company, they have clients and they need to deliver results
What a nice story by Fredrik Cassel, indeed a Kauffman fellow; you can read key insights on dealflow scouting, founders selection and negotiation – many lessons from one of the best ever European deals!
AI is not just a “cool buzzword” that startup and innovation guru like mentioning. Here is how AI is changing contracts, what great productivity enhancement!
Bain & Co. long-term estimate on demography, automation and the future of work. With an ever-rising innovation-rate, the world in 2030 will be much different from the world now
McKinsey sheds some light on sales team and ROI from investing in sales/marketing-tech. What does a manager/company have to do to achieve a great ROI from investing in technology?
BCG founds a clear inverse link between complication and performance and suggests companies doing a benchmarking of their functions to avoid creating too much complexity.
Some practical insights for companies developing enterprise-products. How can your product get enough scale inside a big company?
Is there a connection between smart-homes and vegetable peelers? A long interesting article from Ben Evans (A16Z) with some strategic insights on how to create a winning platform
Another decision framework, this time for larger, $25m, B-type, deals. The VC “blackbox” isn’t that black, uh?
Fred Wilson offers a key insight on deal syndication: building companies require a large set of skills that a single VC usually doesn’t have and creating a large pool of investors is generally better than taking all the pie
What will 2018 bring to the technology industry? GP Bullhound 2018 predictions offer a lot of food for thought.
How does a VC decide to invest on a company or another? Here is Point Nine decision framework, insightful!
Here is the pitch deck of the most important VC fund in the world
Chris Janz of Point Nine Capital calls for the top of SaaS investing, that’s unusual (he created the industry in Europe!) but well documented with VC round data and a superb read overall.
GSV’s Li Jiang lists his 8 questions to entrepreneurs. I like the focus on timing (why now) and scalability with the known issue that not all companies need and should raise VC money; how often companies forget they can fund themselves with profits!
Alex Graham at TopTal sheds some light on VC portfolio strategy in a very detailed article. The power law is an incredibly interesting topic along with what do companies need to become these “rockets” able to return 100x or more!
Late stage vs. early stage VC investment. A data-driven post by Insead K with the open question on returns of recent mega VC deals. What could be the return of recent Softbank $500m deal on Improbable?
Competition in the VC industry and how to make it into “that” list by White Star Capital. All LPs hear from GPs about “proprietary” dealflow, but is it always true? How can you create such dealflow?
A complete report on AI (called at an inflexion point). I still see more PoC work that actual “hard money” spent on this, but surely this segment will be big in the near future with Fintech as candidate #1
The playbook to scaling sales by Omidyar Network – some simple rules that are only seldom applied to businesses looking to grow their top line.
Creating an innovation culture by McKinsey. A seminal article on what companies should “really” do to become innovative with some well know actions that companies can take to increase their “innovative” score.
Technologies to create the perfect data strategy by Bain & Co shed some light to practical approach on toots to develop a data strategy. Among those I favor the “data democratisation” and
A complete report on GDPR by Wired. Don’t think this really is a major trouble at organisations, but will love seeing the efforts for organisation to quickly show users what data they own and what users can do with these data