Category: Venture Capital

Investor Due Diligence. You Get What You Deserve.

Investor Due Diligence. You Get What You Deserve.

Why the venture community invested in kids running crypto exchanges is beyond me. If the venture firms that put money into FTX did an ounce of due diligence they would have passed on the deal. Did anyone ask to confirm bank deposits and customer reserves? Did anyone ask about customer trading records and associated reporting … Continue reading Investor Due Diligence. You Get What You Deserve.

META’s Downside Risk

META’s Downside Risk

Zuckerberg is an entrepreneur at heart, not an operator. Therein lies the problem. Our view is that as the macro environment continues to slow and as the original Facebook and Instagram platforms underperform, Zuckerberg will pull investment forward on his metaverse initiative. The metaverse is what interests Zuckerberg and that's where he will spend his … Continue reading META’s Downside Risk

VC Culture Ruins Companies

VC Culture Ruins Companies

The grow-at-all-costs venture capital culture of the past 20-plus years ruins companies. How? Far too much focus is placed on revenue growth at the expense of sound operations and profitability. Too many venture-backed companies grow at a pace that far outstrips those companies' ability to scale operations in a manner that supports growth. The result … Continue reading VC Culture Ruins Companies

Automating The IPO Process

Automating The IPO Process

Founded in 2017, Capital Markets Gateway ("CMG") is working to automate the IPO process, an effort that is long overdue. CMG was highlighted in today's WSJ. The firm's platform aggregates data from issuers, underwriters and investors and provides real-time information and analytics to users that otherwise would be aggregated, error checked and tabulated by hand. … Continue reading Automating The IPO Process

Link Variable Compensation To Desired Outcomes

Link Variable Compensation To Desired Outcomes

Too few CEOs fully leverage the power of variable compensation to drive desired employee behavior and outcomes Last week we discussed the AI CEO vs. the Cyborg CEO. Assuming we could build a CEO with perfect intelligence there remains the question of how that CEO should communicate with his/her direct reports and employee base so … Continue reading Link Variable Compensation To Desired Outcomes

RPA’s Day In The Sun

RPA’s Day In The Sun

Robotic Process Automation ("RPA") flirted with Tech stardom in 2018 and 2019 as a number of companies in the space received significant Technology press. UiPath's recent $750 million Series F round and its lofty $35 billion post-money valuation (Alkeon Capital and Coatue led the round), points the spotlight squarely on the space once again. Read … Continue reading RPA’s Day In The Sun