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Many in the tech industry quickly noticed the novel coronavirus threat and reacted correctly. Like the outflow of talented employees from very pricey office real estate in expensive and troubled cities such as San Francisco, less has been prepared for its outcome.

And some actually seem ready for the Black Lives Matter protests that have followed George Floyd’s death. This was probably the easiest to see, though, given how much structural racism appears in cities up and down the main corridors of Silicon Valley.

Today, the combination of politics, pandemics and protests almost feels like a market crash for the industry (excluding and correcting multiple revenues). Most every company is now fundamentally rethinking where it will be located and who will be hired – no matter how well it is doing.

Some, such as Google and Thumbacut, have been caught in the awkward position of backing diversity efforts as part of an epidemic cut before making a statement in support of protesters, as Megan Rose Dicke covered this week on TipsClear. But it is also an epidemic that helps concentrate, as Arlan Hamilton of Backstage Capital tells him:

It is like the world and country that black people have a front-row seat to witness, take and feel at all times. And this before they were seeing something of it, but they were seeing it protected by us. We were shielding it from some of them … It’s like a VR headset that the country is forced to be due to Kovid. It’s just on their face

Today, a new investigation is being done on how technology is used in policing. It is raising fresh questions about who wants to become a VC and who is under renewed pressure to deliver to the industry. It is shedding light on solutions that companies can build internally, such as this list from BLCK VC on Additional Crunch.

With police reforms currently in the national debate, some of the most promising solutions are local. Property tax reform, pro-housing activism and permanent funding for homeless services are direct ways to address the long history of discrimination for the tech industry where the modern tech industry began, Catherine Bracey of TechEquity writes for TipsClear. These changes are also what many think will make the Bay Area a more vibrant place for everyone, including any startup and any tech employee of any tech company (see: The Owl’s Pit Vomit Anarchists How to lead).

Something to think about as we move forward to our next topic – the ongoing wave of technological departure from SF.

Where will the VC now follow the founders?

In this week’s Employee Survey, we re-inspect the remote-first clutter of the main centers of the tech industry. Danny Crichton has inspected some of the places the patriarch has left for the city, and thinks that means major changes are underway:

“Are VCs Leaving San Francisco? Based on everything I’ve heard: Yes. They are leaving for Nappa, departing for Tahoe, and otherwise gorgeous outdoor beauty exists in California. It is ill-conceived for San Francisco’s (and indeed, South Park’s) future as the patriarch’s oasis.

But centripetal forces are strong. Of VC Will Re-forming circles elsewhere, because they have the same need for market intelligence that they always have. The new, new location may not be San Francisco, but I would be shocked to see the human migration pattern that it is not in some outskirts of the Bay Area.

And then he says this:

For vice-chancellors – if the new central node is once in Napa and is the new “place of being” – that may be relatively more permanent. Nevertheless, the patriarchs follow the founders, even if it takes time for them to recognize a new balance of power. It took years for most VCs to recognize that the founders did not want to work in the South Bay, but now almost every venture firm has an office in San Francisco. Where the founders go, the patriarch will follow. If it remained SF, its future as a startup hub would continue after a brief hiatus.

It is true that another farming community in the region once became a startup hub, but that person had a major research university, and lots of cheap housing at the time if you were allowed to. But Nappa could not be the next Palo Alto as it forms today as a fully fledged retirement community, Danny.

I am already on record to say that between the ongoing funding and innovative desirability for innovative tech works for anyone moving from big cities, college cities in general will become more important in the tech world . But I am going to add a side condition that cities will return in fashion with the types of startups that VC wants to return. As an exhibit A, I would like to present Jack Dorsey, who started a courier dispatch in Oakland in 2000 and studied fashion and massage therapy after the dot-com bubble. After a few years in San Francisco, his success with Twitter inspired many founders to move forward.

Creative people like him are drawn to the larger, creative environments that cities can offer, regardless of what the business establishment thinks. If the public and private sectors can learn from the many mistakes of recent decades (see last item), who knows, perhaps we see a more equal and flexible kind of boom in the current core of technology.

Insurance provider Lemonade’s files for the IPO refresh the common refreshing taste

There are probably some amazing decorations here, but it’s been a long week, and the numbers speak for themselves. Lemonade sells insurance to renters and homeowners online, and managed to reach a private valuation of $ 3.5 billion before filing in public on Monday – common stockholders still own a majority of the cap table.

Danny crunched the number on an extra crunch from the S-1 to generate the table, including what appeared to be an unusual breakdown. Usually, as you almost certainly already know, by the time of a good liquidity event, investors own more than half. “So what was the magic with lemonade?” He wonders. “One piece of the puzzle is that the founder of the company, Daniel Schreiber, was a multi-time operator who first created Powertom Technologies as the company’s president. The second piece is that Lemonade Insurance has been created in the market, which Can be meticulously crafted financially and gives investors a rare repeat business model for valuation. ”

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Adoption of enterprise product roadmap for epidemic

This week our investor for Extra Crunch covered the space industry startup opportunities, and saw how venture investors are assessing the impact of the epidemic. Theresia Gov of Acker Capital, explaining how two of their portfolio companies have reflexed in recent months:

A common theme while joining our founders for these strategy sessions was that many prioritized long and long-term projects where product features could better fit the needs of their customers during these times. One such example in our portfolio is Petabetti (whose product is called Rapsody) has accelerated the development of its software capabilities that enable it to provide telehealth services to veterinarians. Rapsody has also included key features that enable a contactless experience when telehealth is not sufficient. These include functionality that allows customers to check-in (virtual waiting rooms), sign documents, and bring their pet (patient!) To the vet for a person’s check-in while their car’s comfort and safety Enable payment from. .

Another such example would be PredictHQ, which provides demand intelligence to enterprises in the travel, hospitality, logistics, CPG, and retail sectors, in all areas that have experienced significant changes in demand for their products and services (either positive or negative ) saw. PredictHQ has the strongest global datasets on real-world events. Epidemics and all ensuing restrictions and, loosening of the restrictions falls under the category of real world events. The company, which also has several global offices, was able to incorporate dynamic COVID government responses on a hyperlocal basis by geography, and equip its customers (eg, Domino’s, Qantas, and First Data) with up-to-date trunks. Will help Understanding staffing needs along with demand planning and forecasting.

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From Alex:

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TipsClear’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines.

After a very busy week on the show we are here with our regular Friday episodes, which means lots of venture rounds and digging into new venture capital funds. Thankfully we had a whole troop in our hands: Danny “Okay, you see” Crichton, Natasha “Talk to me post-pandemic” Mascarenhas, Alex “Shout a lot” Wilhelm and, behind the scenes, Chris “The Dad” Gates

If you haven’t done it yet, be sure to check out our IPO-focused equity shot from early this week and join the current question:

  • Instacart raises $ 225 million. The round, not unexpected, values ​​the $ 13.7 billion on-demand grocery delivery startup – a large sum, and one that would make it difficult for a well-known company to sell itself in the public markets. Despite this, COVID-19 gave the company a huge updraft, and it invested capital on it.
  • Pando raised $ 8.5 million. We often cover goals on equities that are a little clearer. Mother in law, that type of thing. Pando is not that. Rather, it is a company that wants to let small groups of individual pools take over and allow for more equal results in an economy that rewards external success.
  • Athena Raises $ 2 Million. Anti-harassment software is a lot of fun as a dentist today, but it probably shouldn’t be. Natasha told us about the company through, and its pricing. I am clearly very sharp on Ethena. Homebrew, Village Global and GSV participated in the financing program.
  • Vendre raises $ 4 million. Vendre wants to help companies cut their SaaS bills through their SaaS-esque product. I tried to explain it, but it might have suppressed it a bit. This is good, I promise.
  • Facebook is joining the CVC game. This should not be a surprise, but we were not even sure who Facebook wanted the money for.
  • And, finally, Collab Capital is raising a $ 50 million fund to invest in Black Founders. According to our reporting, the company is on track to close to $ 10 million in August. फंड कितनी तेजी से अपने पूर्ण लक्ष्य को बंद कर सकता है, यह कुछ ऐसा है जिस पर हम नजर रखने जा रहे हैं, यह देखते हुए कि यह बहुत जल्द बहुत कठिन हो सकता है।

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