Tag: medical innovation

In the News: Hollywood Happy Ending to Coronavirus Horror?

Movie theaters are closed, but the spirit of Hollywood lives on in our over-optimistic approach to the coronavirus. This is not a movie, and COVID-19 was not made in Hollywood. It will not be defeated in 100 minutes by a raven-haired heroine and a gruff old scientist pulled out of retirement. This disease will be with us for the foreseeable future and, as Bill Gates and others have warned, the next pandemic is out there, waiting to pounce. Check out my thoughts on how the VC community can pull together, back the startups on the frontlines, and drive us to a ‘Hollywood happy ending’ together, in my latest Investors on the Frontlines LinkedIn Newsletter, which you can subscribe to receive regularly here. As I recently told Crowdfund Insider, the massive dislocation of work, home, and leisure created by the pandemic is ushering in a changed world. This new era needs a fresh generation of technological solutions and presents a major opportunity for venture investors to help innovators move fast and fix things. Read the full interview.  As an example...

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In the News: An alternative way to go public is heating up beyond recognition

Beyond Meat and Lemonade were the best performing IPO debuts of 2019 and 2020 thus far – both companies in which OurCrowd had the privilege to offer our investors before they went public. We are proud to be counted among those who have supported these impactful companies, and look forward to taking part in the journeys of more promising companies in the future. Speaking of going public – I predict that the special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) market will roughly double this year and become an accepted alternative way for growth companies to go public by merging into the SPACs. As we see from Bill Ackman’s $4 billion SPAC, the market for these kind of structures has heated up beyond recognition. As stated in CNBC, “…SPACs are growing in popularity. So far this year they’ve have raised more than $12 billion, according to Dealogic, putting the dealflow on track to surpass 2019′s record total of $13.5 billion.” Watch more on the SPAC boom, on CNBC. Top Tech News Congrats to two OurCrowd portfolio companies on their raises which we...

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