How has financial employment held up during the pandemic?

November 23, 2020

How has financial employment held up during the pandemic? Every now and then, we like to take a look at the performance of the financial industry compared to other brought industry groupings. Today’s look goes through October 2020 – the most recent month for which data are available. As background As background of the situation, […]

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Europe Still Loves Private Equity and Venture Capital

November 9, 2020

Contrary to what some might think, private equity and venture capital funding is still doing well across Europe in 2020. In a fascinating look, provided by private equity data provider Pitchbook and sponsored by fladgate, the view is almost too good to believe. Here’s a review of the finding. Deal Activity The first view of […]

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Reopening of Economies Has Europe Zooming in Q3

October 26, 2020

By most measures, the second quarter of 2020 is a quarter to lightly forget. Global economies shut their doors in fear of what the coronavirus meant for human health. Deal making in the private equity/venture capital (PE/VC) universe slowed as well, as firms put off potential funding steams and exit strategies. That slowdown changed on […]

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Not a Lot of Love for the Internet of Things During the Pandemic of 2020

October 12, 2020

In March of this year, the world went into lockdown. Then, the lockdown phase began to ease. We’re now well into the economic recovery – although, for some, it may not feel that way. One industry that has received considerable investment attention in recent years is the Internet of Things (IoT). This covers things like […]

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What happens post pandemic?

September 29, 2020

In an interesting look at what lies ahead, Deloitte, in cooperation with private equity data provider Pitchbook, released a look at the “Road to Next”. A review follows. Where we are now Before diving into the post-pandemic investing world, where are we now? The following has the deal value and deal count for expansion stage […]

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The Permanently Unemployed is Worth Thinking About

September 14, 2020

Last week, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported figures on what has become known as the permanently unemployed. These are individuals that – at least during this recession – start out being classified as temporarily let go to being classified as unlikely to return to their previous employer. The permanently unemployed figure stands at 3.4 […]

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European VC Valuations Continue to Zoom Through 2020

August 31, 2020

Heading into the global recession brought about by the highly contagious coronavirus, most investors were likely concerned about where valuations would head over the duration of the shutdown and subsequent reopening. Interestingly, in the case of European venture capital (VC), the answer is up, up, and more up. If there are perhaps two words to […]

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13 Million to Go

August 18, 2020

Last Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the American economy created 1,763,000 jobs in June. Judged by the equity markets, the gains were welcomed. The American economy has now been creating jobs for three straight months (May, June, and July) following two months of pure horror (March and April). Overall, total employment in […]

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Private Equity/Venture Capital Is Not As Bad As Some Might Think

August 4, 2020

Recently, private equity data provider Pitchbook released their Q2 2020 state of the venture capital (VC) / private equity (PE) markets. The report provides an interesting glimpse into the state of PE and VC leading up to and over the course of the coronavirus pandemic. Spoiler alert: The PE and VC universe is not as […]

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Predictions Versus Reality in Private Equity 2020

July 20, 2020

Private equity data provider Pitchbook is out with a fascinating look at their 2020 predictions versus reality so far. The predictions made by Pitchbook were likely not much different that most private equity forecasters. As such, here’s a look at expectations versus reality. Forecast #1: The median pre-money valuation for seed-stage companies will eclipse $8.5 […]

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