So many points of view about the venture ecosystem. Some panic, some optimism, some ‘wait and see’. Modern media likes to take sides but all of these sentiments are appropriate because more than one thing is happening. All at the same time. And many of them are good.
An average sports stadium can hold 50-100,000 fans. But teams have millions and sometimes billions of fans. What is the rue value of rights to stream games? This week Amazon bought UK Champions League rights. Can we expect more money to come for sports rights and who should own them?
Netflix announced 300 layoffs and Brex pulled the rug on its small business customers. But LocalGlobe raised $500m, InFarm announced to new farms and eBay bought NFT firm KnownOrigin. Making the right choices will help us all to live long and prosper. Web 3 seems to still be a good choice.
The Dark Ages describes a time when little or nothing changed. There was no progress. It needed the agricultural and industrial revolutions to break out from the dark. 2022 might seem dark but there is innovation all around us. Adapt or Die is this week’s theme. And unlike the dark ages, adaptation is an option. Content from @bgurley @samirkaji @sethlevine @geneteare @sequoia
This week sees a major shift from public to private investment, with UBS and Cathy Wood’s ARK weighing in. But what is the secret to unlocking private wealth growth? Content from @ArkInvest @UBS @join_EF @fpert041 and @geneteare from @crunchbasenews
34 new unicorns in May and three new decacorns. It’s the best time in 5 years to be a VC? But Tiger is down 52%, 15–20,000 tech workers have been laid off and Sheryl Sandberg is leaving Facebook. It’s a good news, bad news, week.
Another glut of writing seeks to understand what has changed in the economy, the public markets, and the startup world. As the old world dies the only important question is, what is being born? @nfx @sequoia @geneteare @crunchbasenews @signalrank
In Love in the Time of Cholera, the author tells a story of a world of plague, civil war, and mass murder, yet love still dominates the protagonist’s story. This week the continued collapse of the public market begs the question, are we still in love with investing in startups?
Terra’s LUNA token lost 99.99% of its value in a flash and UST, its stable coin, lost close to 80%. This is not supposed to happen. The FT disclosed Tiger Global may be down $17 billion as the tech stocks collapsed. Are crypto and unicorn investing dead?
Markets fell over 5% Thursday on the day Elon Musk announced he had raised $7 billion to help the purchase of Twitter. What are we to think? Bull market for tech, or bear market? Content from @danrose999 @elonmusk @mattturck @EricNewcomer @ttunguz @Samirkaji @sether