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Top VCs Investing in the $100 Billion Creator Economy

“Creators are the new founders” “What is the creator economy? It’s defined as the class of businesses built by over 50 million independent content creators, curators, and community builders including social media influencers, bloggers, and videographers, plus the software and finance tools designed to help them with growth and monetization.” Signal Fire What is the creator economy? Prepandemic the creator economy was not a space that many investors were paying attention to, two years later there are barely any that aren’t. A lot has changed during this time, one of the driving forces being how Millennials and GenZ see their working futures. Even though remote work gave people a new sense of freedom and much-needed work-life balance, it also inspired many to rethink work completely. The verdict for many was…

Emerging Fund Managers You Want on Your Cap Table

What is an Emerging Manager “Rolling funds, the rise of solo capitalists, crowd syndicates and team-based seed funds all scream one thing in unison: venture capital is growing and getting unbundled at the same time.” TechCrunch   Emerging Managers are Venture Capital Fund Managers whose assets under management (AUM) range from $25 – $100M and have typically raised less than three funds. These types of managers are playing an important role in the ‘growing and unbundling’ of the Venture Capital landscape as they oftentimes focus on previously overlooked founders and markets. Emerging managers bring unique perspectives and experiences to the world of Venture Capital which is why startups should have a solid understanding of this type of investor as they start their fundraising journey.  How are Emerging Managers Different Than…

The 12 Best VC Funds You Should Know About

What is a VC Fund? A venture fund is capital that is ready to be deployed by the venture capital firm (or the management company). It’s a funding option that allows VC funds to buy equity in a startup. In turn, a startup gives up a percentage of their ownership with the hopes of growing their valuation and creating a successful exit for everyone on the cap table.  The Structure of a VC Fund  Capital for a venture fund comes from limited partners, which are generally much larger funds, and are looking to diversity their investing via venture capital funds.  Limited partners tend to be either university endowments, sovereign funds, family offices, pension funds, or insurance companies.  Then there’s a management company which is responsible for prospecting investments, collecting fees…

Impact Investors and Fund Managers to Know

Impact investments can be made across many different sectors and asset classes but target startups whose mission is to produce environmental or social benefits. These industries can include electric cars, renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, or affordable and accessible housing, healthcare, and education. Impact investing aims to target areas that are often missed by sustainability-themed approaches in an effort to tackle global problems as well as go after the underserved in the global economy. For each investment target, an SDG might invest in a range of companies that support that. For example, if the target is climate change their investments might go after green buildings and renewable energy. There is a growing focus of funds understanding the importance of embedding ESG practices into their investment thesis. Robeco defines ESG funds as…

Berlin Venture Capital Investors and Accelerators to Know

Over the last decade, Berlin has transformed into the Silicon Valley of Germany and become a hotspot for founders and venture capital, with over 500 startups and around 40,000 business registrations per year. The city is the perfect environment for entrepreneurs to start and scale their businesses. Favorable conditions include highly qualified international talent, lots of networking opportunities and a vibrant social scene, a high standard of living at a relatively low cost, and a very active VC scene. Some of the well-established startups that call Berlin home are Soundcloud, Zalando, GetYourGuide, Delivery Hero, HelloFresh, N26, Tier Mobility, and Grover- just to name a few.  Alternate funding opportunities, accelerators, and startup communities that are specific to Berlin Berlin government grants IBB BSS Accelerators and Incubators  entrepreneur first Antler SIB (Startup…

10+ VCs & Accelerators Investing in Underrepresented Founders

The underrepresented founder’s ecosystem has grown over the past several years but there are still systemic barriers in the industry. One of the most common arguments heard is that diversity hampers quality but the stats don’t support that, as Jeff Karoub explains “For example, women-founded startups, on average, have twice the return of male-founded startups. So, without systemic barriers, more money should be invested in women-founded startups.”.  Another barrier for underrepresented founders has been accessing resources including, personal wealth, education, and network. The more money someone’s family has the more likely they are to go to a prestigious university, be introduced to a network of people that can help further their career goals, and have financial support from their families as they bootstrap their business to start. If we help…

10+ VCs Investing in E-commerce and Consumer Products

In recent years there has been tremendous growth in e-commerce but through the pandemic the space was pushed to grow even more. Alone in 2021, 2.14 billion people shopped online which has caught the attention of VC’s and startups who are now exploring even more ways to take advantage of the boom.  “Elevate Brands, which acquires and operates Amazon fulfillment businesses, announced a refinancing and upsizing of its credit facility to $400 million, led by funds and accounts managed by BlackRock. This brings the company’s funding total to $590 million and will enable Elevate to scale its portfolio to 45 brands, from 32, this year.”, reported by Tech Crunch. Elevate’s funding was structured as a mix of debt and equity, which has become common for e-commerce companies raising large rounds…

15+ VCs Investing in the Future of Work

New work (or the “future of work”) is the concept for a new way of working in the digital and global age. Categories in the space don’t only include recruitment platforms and job boards but companies that are enabling a new way of working that in most cases is now remote. These categories include Messaging & Chat, Video Conferencing, Documentation & Knowledge, Virtual Office, Coworking Spaces, Productivity & Workspace, Collaborative Design, Project & Team Management, Collaborative Software Dev, and Team Analytics. As Pietro Invernizzi puts it “Almost every ‘sector-agnostic’ or ‘SaaS-focussed’ or ‘enterprise-focussed’ VC fund or angel with more than 10 portfolio companies is very likely to have a Future of Work company in their portfolio and be open to investing in the space. As Jason M. Lemkin would say:…

17 Travel & Tourism VC Investors that can Fund Your Startup

With a recovery in full swing within the travel and tourism industry, it’s time to get back to business to meet people’s wanderlust desires. Now that things are opening up again people are more excited than ever to travel and have experiences.  Julia Simpson, president and CEO of WTTC (The World Travel & Tourism Council) says “Our latest forecast shows the recovery significantly picking up this year as infection rates subside and travelers continue benefiting from the protection offered by the vaccine and boosters. As travel restrictions ease and consumer confidence returns, we expect a welcome release of pent-up travel and tourism demand.” Businesses have managed to survive through innovative new marketing tactics which encouraged people to travel locally and pivots to accommodate limitations. This is how Airbnb managed to…

10 VC Firms Investing in Web3 Companies

The term Web3 was coined by the co-founder of Ethereum, Gavin Wood, in 2014. People are all defining it a bit differently- at Coinbase they think of Web3 as “a trustless, permissionless, and decentralized internet that leverages blockchain technology.” Its defining feature and largest value driver is the ownership it gives users. The first version of the internet (Web 1) was “read-only”, Web2 is “read & write”, and now Web 3 “gives users full ownership over their content, data, and assets via blockchains. It empowers users to read-write-own.” Growing Interest in Web3 Web3 has recently been receiving more attention from investors with companies in the space reaching billion-dollar evaluations along with the want from people to have control and ownership of their personal data as well as have the ability…

15 Venture Capital Firms Investing in VR

The Extended reality (XR) industry which includes Agumentented Reality (AR), Virtual reality (VR), and mixed reality (MR) is changing the way we experience the world by creating an immersive experience in a virtual world (VR) or merging the real and virtual worlds together (AR).  Immersive technologies has become a focus for some of the largest tech companies and investors alike thanks to rapid advancements of AR and VR technology, increased popularity within gaming, and new innovations such as the introduction of the metaverse. These technologies are also now being developed for a wide range of uses, such as industrial, communication, training exercises, and gaming.  Statista forcasted the global AR, VR, and mixed reality (MR) market to reach 30.7 billion U.S. dollars in 2021, rising to close to 300 billion U.S.…

15 Direct to Consumer (D2C) VC Investors You Need to Know

D2C brands have disrupted the retail industry and proven success by offering products at a lower price through eliminating the middleman- as well as offering customers an experience and superior support that traditional retailers are unable to compete with. Along with this new business model, D2C brands are also capable of achieving rapid growth through a digital-first approach which explains why these companies are receiving higher valuations and more VC investments than your traditional retailer. As D2C companies reach out to investors it’s important to know that they focus on companies that can make a case for long-term success, beyond the pandemic eCommerce boom. Those that can create personalized customer experiences that are engaging through an innovative tech stack have been shown to be favored by investors.  Not to worry though,…

What even are NFTs?

NFTs are tokens that we can use to represent ownership of unique items. They let us tokenize things like art, collectibles, even real estate. They can only have one official owner at a time and they’re secured by the Ethereum blockchain – no one can modify the record of ownership or copy/paste a new NFT into existence. – ethereum.org What Even are NFT’s?! To make it easier to understand what an NFT (non fungible token) is it’s better to first explain each element. If something is non fungible it means that the item can’t be replicated and has qualities which are unique and specific to it. Crypto tokens are a type of cryptocurrency that represents an asset.  Even though NFT’s are digital tokens and held in a crypto wallet they…