Post Tagged with: "innovation capital"

Golem and the ICO Ecosystem

Golem and the ICO Ecosystem

by November 17, 2016 at 1:00 am 0 comments

The Golem anthropomorphic figure The Golem deal beckons us to revisit the ICO market. Our recent coverage can be found in IPO or ICO or IEO (briefing on Colored Coins) and Transparency missing from the suppliers of Capital to Fintechs. Golem’s ICO is over. It raised 820,000 ETH (roughly $8.6 million) in a coupleRead More

IPO or ICO or IEO (briefing on Colored Coins)

IPO or ICO or IEO (briefing on Colored Coins)

by October 30, 2016 at 1:00 am 1 comment

Image source The new kid on the block is IEO (Initial Equity Offering). I coined that phrase because neither IPO or ICO fits. – IPO (Initial Public Offering) implies listing shares on a regulated Stock Market such as NYSE, Nasdaq, LSE, SIX etc.  – ICO (Initial Currency Offering) implies issuingRead More

Why did Allianz invest in Berlin InsurTech startup Simplesurance?

Why did Allianz invest in Berlin InsurTech startup Simplesurance?

by October 27, 2016 at 1:00 am 0 comments

image source According to leading VC and daily blogger since blogging began – Fred Wilson: “There are two kinds of corporate investments in startups; passive corporate VC arms and active strategic investments. The former is made by well established investment groups like Google Ventures, Intel Ventures, SAP Ventures, Comcast Ventures,Read More

Whatever Happened To… 11 Startups Graduating from Barclays Techstars 2 Years Ago

Whatever Happened To… 11 Startups Graduating from Barclays Techstars 2 Years Ago

by October 12, 2016 at 1:00 am 1 comment

Image source 2 years ago I attended the Barclays Techstars graduation day pitch in London. My report from then is here. I was excited and impressed, but knew the stats about startup survival rates. So I thought it would be interesting to do a Whatever happened to… followup post twoRead More

Fintech Unicorn pain as the public/private valuation inversion comes to an end

Fintech Unicorn pain as the public/private valuation inversion comes to an end

by September 28, 2016 at 1:00 am 0 comments

Image source # 6 on our Fintech Predictions for 2016:  The strange inversion we saw in 2015, when private companies were valued higher (on paper at least) than public companies, will end in 2016. The headlines will refer to Unicorpses.  This is happening now. It is happening in private unlessRead More

Elio shows that Crowdfunding wins when it focusses on real world innovation

Elio shows that Crowdfunding wins when it focusses on real world innovation

by September 7, 2016 at 1:00 am 1 comment

Image source Elio Motors is the poster boy for Reg A+ Crowdfunding in America and Reg A+ could fundamentally change how capital formation takes place. The Elio story shines a light on crowdfunding, but it also shows that Crowdfunding wins when it focusses on real world innovation. Traditional FinServ doesRead More

The VC business is finally being disrupted

The VC business is finally being disrupted

by August 18, 2016 at 1:00 am 1 comment

Image source VCs love to invest in technology and business models that disrupt the old established way of doing things. The irony that VC is now an old established way of doing things has not been lost on many people and the disruption of VC has been much forecast forRead More

Picking the Blockchain Winners From the Nexus Squared Pitchathon

Picking the Blockchain Winners From the Nexus Squared Pitchathon

by July 8, 2016 at 3:34 am 3 comments

Yesterday I attended the first Nexus Squared Demo Day in Zurich (with 8 ventures from 7 countries in Europe presenting).  I was hugely impressed by the overall quality of ventures presenting. I am giving ratings here, but even a low rating  would have done well in many pitchathons I have attendedRead More

The Daily Fintech Index Post-Brexit

The Daily Fintech Index Post-Brexit

by June 27, 2016 at 2:00 am 0 comments

EXIT is only celebrated in the VC world No matter what your stance or vote was before June 23rd, there is no celebration going on after the UK referendum. Brexit doesn’t qualify for me as a Black Swan event (others disagree), simply because it wasn’t unpredictable like the Swiss NationalRead More

Why I Am a Sceptic on Equity Crowdfunding for Retail Investors

Why I Am a Sceptic on Equity Crowdfunding for Retail Investors

by June 6, 2016 at 1:00 am 1 comment

Equity Crowdfunding is in the cambrian explosion phase, with three drivers being a)  the change in regulation in USA (Jobs Act) and b) the lack of high growth tech public stocks to invest in and c) the push by central banks globally to incentivise us all to take more riskRead More