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May June 2020 VCJ
Proptech has grown by 160x over the last decade and appeared on course to continue maturing as the covid-19 epidemic hit. But the emerging sector is poised to survive a possible downturn.
Europe’s venture and startup ecosystem has made tremendous strides in the past decade, and a record amount of investment has produced a bevy of billion-dollar companies. When will institutional investors buy in?
Venture lending is seen as offering higher returns for higher risk. So why, against such a volatile backdrop, is fundraising surging ahead?
fire, match, sale, strike
Venture funds should sell for about 60 percent of their net asset value today versus about 78 percent of NAV in December, according to a poll by Setter Capital.
Proptech rising
From virtual tours to janitorial robots, several technological advancements could smooth the transition back to office work.
As more venture firms become accustomed to virtual pitches, they’re emphasizing reference checks and setting up multiple Zoom calls as a way to verify their investments and better get to know the founders.
Cambridge Associates recommends family offices to have a venture allocation of 15% to 20% and believes venture offers family offices a way to make money to pass down for years to come.
Series B
While early and late stage VC-backed businesses are poised to weather this period of uncertainty, companies at the Series B and C stages may be left behind.
The online provider of personal healthcare will likely not be doing a reverse merger with a SPAC soon, according to a venture source.
Is the security sector recession-proof? Perhaps so, given that investors point to a growing need for protection, especially for solutions that keep a remote workforce safe.
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