Happy Money

Following a recent recommendation, I read Happy Money by Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton. The book explores the age-old question: can money buy happiness? The answer – in a nutshell – is yes, but it depends on how you spend it. (more…)

Introducing “What Vocap is Reading”

If you are like us, you consume a lot of content (books, blogs, podcasts, etc.) that is directly or indirectly related to personal or professional development, but you find it challenging to consistently internalize the insights to the extent that they guide your behavior in the long term. (more…)

State of VC – Southeast Spotlight

Executive Summary

Venture capital in the U.S. continues to flow at historically high levels, largely driven by later stage deals, with total invested capital on pace through August for an all-time record in both the Southeast ($4.2B) and nationally ($70B). Exits have declined moderately, primarily due to lower corporate M&A activity, though the Southeast received a significant bump from PetSmart’s $3.4B acquisition of Chewy. The bright spot of exit ac... Read more

Initial Coin Offerings: A Brief Primer and Key Considerations

By Emery Waddell and Travis Hanly
Some argue the escalating hype surrounding initial coin offerings (also known more broadly as token sales) – viewed by many as a new alternative method of raising capital to traditional VC, crowdfunding and IPOs – is surpassing sustainable reality. Others are more bullish on the practice, suggesting the fundamental concept has long term staying power, regardless of current market c... Read more