Venture Capital according to Mark Suster, Berlin’s Moped postmortem and more. SXPLR’s curated picks

Category: Ecosystem

Every week hundreds of articles and stories are published about startups, Venture Capital and investment trends in general. However, finding the ones that are worth reading is a hassle and most people don’t have time to browse through countless of sites and apps to find good stories.

To help our readers with this, we’ve decided to regularly publish a compilation of interesting articles related to the world of startups and investors. Feel free to share in the comments any other stories that you think are interesting and worthy of people’s time.

  • Seedcamp’s Carlos Espinal said in our interview with him that Venture Capital is evolving. To highlight those changes, Mark Suster of Upfront Ventures wrote a very interesting article on the topic. You can also watch his explanation of these changes in this video and don’t miss all of his slides.
  • It seems pretty clear by now that technology companies are waiting more and more to go public. There’s enough capital in the private sector to help and grow startups, thus the delay in IPOs. CB Insights claims that companies are raising more pre-IPO money than ever before, and they explain why this is happening.
  • Employees and personnel are key aspects in the day to day operations of a company. Amid increase competition, finding the right talent for your startup is not always easy and, in certain areas such as Silicon Valley, London or even Berlin, it can be challenging. If you’re interested in the topic read Tomasz Tunguz article on how to retain your startup’s best employees.
  • Last week Y Combinator held its first Startup School session in Europe, in the city of London. Entrepreneurs like Patrick Collison, Adora Cheung or Ian Hogarth shared the lessons they’ve learned while building companies such as Stripe, Homejoy or Songkick, respectively. You can read all of the comments from those in attendance here.
  • Moped was once one of the highlights of the Berlin ecosystem. The company founded by Schuyler Deerman raised $1 million in seed funding with the intention of becoming a force in the messaging sector. But things didn’t go as planned and Moped had to close before selling its assets to 6Wunderkinder. In a very humbling and sincere post, Deerman explains how he felt during the process and the lessons learned. Make sure to check his new startup, Sidestage.
  • European startups tend to concentrate on their local markets, although this is changing fast. When expanding, most companies consider the US as their first option, in what could be considered as a limited view of the world. Asia, for example, is a land full of opportunities for certain startups and in Rude Baguette they explain why.
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