Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Sergey Gribov is a Partner at Flint Capital , an early-stage venture fund that invests across Israel, USA and Europe. In 2021, American VC-backed companies raised $329.9 billion . This is a nearly 100% increase over the record-breaking $166.6 billion raised in 2020. On top of this, early-stage VC activity surpassed $80 billion for the first time, and annual exit values soared to more than $774 billion. This huge influx of funds led to skyrocketing startup valuations in 2021. However, as the end of the Covid-19 pandemic appears to be on the horizon, entrepreneurs and investors alike are wondering what the future holds. Can these sky-high valuations last? Is this investment frenzy sustainable, or should we brace for a crash? Fortunately, the answers to these questions paint a brighter picture than you might expect. How The Federal Reserve Influences The VC Market The U.S. Federal Reserve is … [Read more...] about Startup Valuations Now: Are We In A Bubble?
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Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Noosheen Hashemi is founder and CEO of January AI. The health tech sector is expanding rapidly, having received an infusion of capital at the start of the pandemic that is proving to be a new status quo . The outlook is promising for what continued digitization and technological innovation can bring when it comes to healthcare. And one of the most exciting things happening in the health tech space doesn’t require the design of new technologies or the development of new therapies; rather, it’s a smarter and more efficient way of leveraging what we already have: healthcare data. I’ve argued the benefits of individuals owning their own healthcare data in the past, and the points in favor are clear, from increased privacy to greater consumer choice. The larger question, then, is how such a paradigm can be implemented. How will health data be protected? The Interoperability and Patient Access Final … [Read more...] about How To Make Individual Healthcare Data Ownership A Reality
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Chief Operating Officer Mike Hoffman leads business transformation for scaled growth and client success at SBI Growth . Pent-up demand and accelerated growth expectations are leading many CEOs to take a hard look at whether an acquisition is the most effective way to achieve their goals. For companies that have built and grown effectively on their own, the unknowns of an acquisition can be daunting. However, with a strategic investment of time in finding the right acquisition and approaching the pre- and post-merger steps correctly, the rewards can far outweigh the potential risks. Minimize Risks Before Making An Acquisition The first step is to do your go-to-market diligence. Create a comprehensive view of the target’s revenue engine, its overall health and the levers that will drive measurable improvement and sustainable growth. Your checklist should look like this: • Assess the target’s … [Read more...] about Maximizing Growth Through Acquisitions
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Michel Kilzi is a serial entrepreneur, data intelligence expert with a vision to redefine the role of data as an asset. If there’s one thing that’s the talk of the town today, it’s the metaverse. A blend of virtual reality, augmented reality, sensorial tech and spatial computing, the metaverse promises to give us new experiences from our couches or cubicles. But the metaverse is not just some gaming space, sci-fi dream come true. Nor is it limited to tech companies—it is an entirely new economy. Even traditional firms, including restaurants like McDonald's and retailers like Nike , are preparing for the metaverse to become a space where you’ll be able to go shopping, play games, meet friends, attend concerts, work and generally build a virtual life. Since the metaverse is still in its infancy, there is no clear path to profitability for most businesses; everyone is scrambling to strike gold first. As we … [Read more...] about The New Virtual Economy Of The Metaverse
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin According to a survey commissioned by accountancy software company, Xero, many entrepreneurs are struggling with the psychological impact of navigating their businesses through the pandemic. Indeed, the emotional fallout is proving harder to deal with than the rather more prosaic but necessary task of getting their companies back on a sound financial footing. The question is, how can they best help themselves? Conducted by polling organization Opinium and the Centre for Economic and Business Research , 92 percent of small business owners have experienced mental health problems over the past two years. Perhaps more worryingly, 40 say that dealing with their psychological problems is likely to take longer than financial recovery. The psychological well-being of entrepreneurs is something of a perennial topic. Even at the best of times, the founders of small companies must make difficult decisions - affecting not just … [Read more...] about Entrepreneur Burnout: As A Report Highlights The Emotional Toll Of Covid, Should Founders Be Taking More Time Off?
This article is from Capital & Main , an award-winning publication that reports from California on economic, political, and social issues. After decades of decline in overtime pay, the Biden administration is considering action to sharply expand access in a time of high inflation. This is the fourth article of a four-part series examining the 40-year effort by big business and elected officials to deny Americans extra pay for extra work. advertisement advertisement With Americans struggling with inflation, workers’ advocates are banking on a White House that has promised to make millions more workers eligible for overtime wages that pay time and a half. Two presidents who made similar promises over the last 45 years failed to deliver, resulting in outdated federal overtime guidelines and underfunded labor enforcement. But during decades in which lawmakers and lobbyists cut away at overtime access, states like Washington and California … [Read more...] about How several states are taking the lead on restoring overtime pay