2023

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The Twenty Year Itch: My Last VC Investment Out of Brooklyn Bridge Ventures

This is going to be BIG.

Sometime in the next few weeks, I’ll complete my next investment. It will be the 105th deal out of Brooklyn Bridge Ventures, the firm I started back in September 2012, and it will be the last deal I’ll be making out of my third fund. It will also be my last venture capital deal. I think it’s important in this era of building audiences and living in public to acknowledge that no one actually needs to explain the reasons why they’re making career moves or leaving a company.

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Maloney Op-Ed in Financial Times: “A power grab against private equity threatens the US economy”

American Investment Council

Today, the Financial Times published the following op-ed from AIC President & CEO Drew Maloney discussing how FTC Chair Lina Khan’s aggressive and misguided regulatory agenda threatens the growth and stability of the US economy by unfairly targeting productive private equity investments. Maloney also highlighted private equity’s essential role in directly employing 12 million Americans, building better businesses, and strengthening the retirements of millions of retirees.

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Stop Betting Against America

A Wealth of Common Sense

There’s this guy on Twitter, Paul Fairie, who does these threads using old newspaper clippings to show how the stuff we worry about today is the same stuff people have been worrying about for decades. There was one called a brief history of we are raising a generation of wimps. Every older generation thinks this (and will always think this…it’s called progress).

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Slowing U.S. Economy, State by State

The Big Picture

We spend way too much time trying to predict the future (especially this time of year). Rather than engage in futility, let’s look at the coincident indexes in all 50 states over the past 3 months, via the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia (October 2023). Note: I have been occasionally eyeballing this map since 2008 , and it does a good job of showing the overall trend of the economy (on an obvious lag).

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Private equity resorts to buying back companies after IPO flops

Financial Times M&A

EQT, Cinven and General Atlantic among those involved in take-private deals for businesses floated two years ago

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12 Reasons You Need a Business Plan

Entrepreneur - VC

In the new book "Write Your Own Business Plan," business expert Eric Butow breaks down how a solid business plan can save your startup during those tough early days.

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24 Things I Believe About Investing

A Wealth of Common Sense

Here are some things I believe about investing. 1. I believe simple beats complex. The problem is simple is much harder to implement because complex will always sound more intelligent and appealing. 2. I believe the timing of buy or sell decisions matters less than your holding period. Picking tops and bottoms is for the lucky and the liars. Patiently holding onto your investments is more important for most investors than.

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Private equity firms pivot away from traditional buyouts

Financial Times M&A

Blackstone and Apollo executives talk up scope to expand into private credit and infrastructure investing

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Dollars Are For Spending & Investing, Not Saving

The Big Picture

“I need the US Dollar to be a store of value between the time I make it until I spend it, invest it, pay my taxes with it, or give it away. It does that splendidly.” 1 Today, we’re going to look at a perennial (un)favorite #chartfail. To be more precise, I want to discuss the type of chart that reflects a fundamental misunderstanding of the nature of money, currency, spending, investing, and taxes.

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Cardano Blockchain to Blow The Crypto Market

FinSMEs

In the last few years, the Cardano blockchain gained solid positions in the blockchain market. The key factors of Cardano’s success are the special scientific development process and the wide list of companies working on Cardano blockchain. Cardano has gained popularity through such companies as crypto exchanges, wallets, trading platforms, and node providers, which give […] The post Cardano Blockchain to Blow The Crypto Market appeared first on FinSMEs.

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The Broker Who Saved America

The Reformed Broker

You know Hancock and Washington and Franklin and Jefferson. You might even know Greene and Knox, Henry and Hale. And we know you know Hamilton, pretty tough to escape that one these days! But it is very unlikely that you know the name Haym Solomon. This is unfortunate, because he’s the guy who arranged financing to keep the Continental Army alive during its darkest days, finding the money to keep the revolution goin.

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20 topics for your financial blog

Investment Writing

If you feel frustrated by coming up with topics for your financial blog, the journalist’s five Ws and one H can help. Below I share a list of 20 topics inspired by the five Ws and one H. As you brainstorm topics, think about how you can solve problems for members of your target audience. This will make your posts relevant to them. For help with this, read “ WHAT PROBLEM does this blog post solve for them?

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Digital Realty and Blackstone Announce $7 Billion Hyperscale Data Center Development Joint Venture

Blackstone News

JV will deliver approximately 500 megawatts of IT capacity across three Tier 1 metros in Europe and North America Austin, TX and New York – December 7, 2023 – Digital Realty ( NYSE: DLR ), the largest global provider of cloud- and carrier-neutral data center, colocation and interconnection solutions, and Blackstone Inc. (NYSE: BX) announced today that Blackstone-affiliated funds led by Infrastructure, Real Estate and Tactical Opportunities have agreed to establish a joint venture with Digital Re

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Generative AI, SEO, and what leaders should know: Google search in the future

Insight Partners

SEO and content are two of the most important marketing channels used by Insight’s portfolio and forward-looking founders are starting to ask us questions about the impact of generative AI on search results. Our team has been researching the topic, and we believe the impacts will be significant. GenAI will have a transformative effect on users’ search experience, and there will be myriad second-order impacts of that change in the scaleup ecosystem.

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ESG ratings: whose interests do they serve?

Financial Times: Moral Money

Regulators and politicians are focusing on the accuracy, transparency and potential for conflicts of interest with sustainability scores

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Beyoncé's Request to Fans Sparks a Surge in Sales for Small Businesses, Turning Side Hustles Into Major Money-Makers

Entrepreneur - VC

Beyoncé celebrated her birthday by urging fans to wear silver to her concerts during Virgo season. The request sparked a surge in sales for many small business owners. Read more about the Renaissance World Tour's economic impact, here.

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How to Optimize Your LinkedIn Headline

Indigo Marketing Agency

Your LinkedIn headline is a 120-character “hook” that appears right under your name on your profile and in search results. Similar to a newspaper or magazine headline, yours should be catchy, interesting, and easy to read. Your headline is your opportunity to capture interest and invite users to learn more about you. You may not realize that headlines show up along with your name during an active search, meaning that as I type into the LinkedIn search bar, profiles and their corresponding headli

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Rich Author, Poor Readers

A Wealth of Common Sense

Robert Kiyosaki wrote one of the most-read personal finance books of all time — Rich Dad, Poor Dad. I read it early on in my career. It never really did it for me but I can see why people latch onto the allegory he shares about learning the right financial habits. It’s a good thing to get people interested in personal finance because no one teaches you this stuff.

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Private equity M&A set to whittle sector down to 100 ‘next-generation’ firms

Financial Times M&A

Split between managers that can raise money and those that cannot will lead to consolidation, predicts Partners Group CEO

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Retail Lobby: “We Lied About Organized Theft”

The Big Picture

No, “ nearly half ” of $94.5 billion in retail inventory losses in 2021 was not “attributable to organized retail crime.” That line is just another in a long series of falsehoods put forth by the professional b *s at the National Retail Federation. Here’s Reuters : “The main lobbying group for U.S. retailers retracted its claim that “organized retail crime” accounted for nearly half of all inventory losses in 2021 after finding that incorrect data was used for its analysis.

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Alias Technologies Raises $3M In Seed Funding

FinSMEs

Alias Technology, a San Francisco, CA-based applied AI company creating social media applications leveraging generative media and multi-modal AI systems, raised $3M in Seed funding. The round was led by Khosla Ventures, and joined by Next Coast Ventures, Maveron, Peter Thiel, Joe Lonsdale, and WS Investments, among others. The company intends to use the funds […] The post Alias Technologies Raises $3M In Seed Funding appeared first on FinSMEs.

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120,000

The Reformed Broker

Just wanted to take a moment to recognize the incredible work my media and research teams have been doing to propel The Compound channel past 120,000 subscribers this month. And that 120k is just a fragment of the audience because almost everything we do on video is also on the audio podcast channels too. For those who are new to what we’re doing at the Compound YouTube channel each week, below is the schedule of w.

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Junior analyst’s lawsuit against top bank puts Wall Street hours on trial

Financial Times - Banking

Kate Shiber says Centerview Partners improperly fired her over sleep requirements necessitated by mental illness

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Rover Agrees to be Acquired by Blackstone in $2.3 Billion Transaction

Blackstone News

$11.00 Per Share Purchase Price Represents 61% Premium Over 90 trading-day VWAP SEATTLE, November 29, 2023 – Rover Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: ROVR) (“Rover” or the “Company”), the world’s largest online marketplace for pet care, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by private equity funds managed by Blackstone (“Blackstone”) in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $2.3 billion.

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How to Build a Kitchen (and Why)

Mr. Money Mustache

Well, looks like it has happened again. Since the last time we spoke, I got sucked into building my 17th(?) kitchen, and I have finally emerged from its messy yet addictive grasp as I stand here at the new breakfast bar, typing this report to you. Why am I so hooked on this strange pastime? And more importantly, why am I so excited to tell you about it, when most MMM readers probably don’t have house building at the top of their list of life priorities?

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European ESG funds face fossil fuel showdown after French ruling

Financial Times: Moral Money

France’s stipulation for its sustainable ISR label could lead to billions of euros of divestments by pan-European vehicles

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12 Leadership Skills That Will Kill Your Company

Entrepreneur - VC

Businesses are fragile. In fact, only 25% of new businesses survive 15 years. Why do small businesses fail? There are many reasons that a company might fail, including a lack.

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Is It Too Late to Buy Polestar Automotive Stock?

The Motley Fool

Polestar Automotive (NASDAQ: PSNY) hasn't impressed investors since its public debut last June. The electric vehicle maker went public by merging with a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), and its stock opened at $12.98 on the first day. But today Polestar's stock trades at about $4. Like many other SPAC-backed EV makers, Polestar drove away the bulls by overpromising and underdelivering.

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This is Why You Stay the Course

A Wealth of Common Sense

Last year was one of the worst years ever for financial markets. Call it recency or loss aversion or some other Daniel Kahneman bias but for some reason, our brains are hard-wired to assume big losses will be followed by additional losses (just like we assume big gains will be followed by additional gains).1 The thing about big losses in the stock market is sometimes they are followed by big losses…but sometimes t.

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Adani seeks to sell stake in cement business for $450mn to reduce debt

Financial Times M&A

Indian group has sought lenders’ approval for disposal as it tries to boost investor confidence after fraud claims

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Cancelling Michael Lewis

The Big Picture

“If you want to read a moral condemnation of crypto theft, you can get that anywhere. You go to Michael Lewis for character and story.” – Matt Levine Michael Lewis’s new book “ Going Infinite: The Rise and Fall of a New Tycoon ” came out this week. I got a copy earlier after signing an NDA that I would not disclose anything about it until after the publication date, which was Tuesday, October 3rd.

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Duckbill Raises $33M in Seed and Series A Funding

FinSMEs

Duckbill, a Boston, MA-based maker of an execution engine that gives people a personal assistant combined with AI’s efficiency, raised $33m in seed and Series A funding. The round was led by Forerunner Ventures, with participation from Greycroft Partners, Inspired Capital, General Catalyst, G9 Ventures, Red Antler, uture Back Ventures by Bain & Company and […] The post Duckbill Raises $33M in Seed and Series A Funding appeared first on FinSMEs.

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The AI Bubble of 2023

The Reformed Broker

“When I see a bubble forming I rush in to buy, adding fuel to the fire. That is not irrational.” – George Soros, 2009 I’ve spent 25 years watching, trading and investing in the stock market. The repetition of patterns is amazing. In every generation we see new bubbles, which form when a new innovation comes along and everyone gets excited about the future.

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Americans Have Never Been Wealthier & No One is Happy

A Wealth of Common Sense

Every three years the Federal Reserve puts out a report that summarizes the changes to family finances in the United States. I know averages, aggregates, medians and such never tell the entire story but directionally this stuff can be helpful in terms of understanding where things stand. Let’s dig in. Real median net worth for U.S. households was up a stunning 37% from 2019-2022.

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