10 Most Essential Slides from 2019 Meeker Report

Brief Context: I have a tremendous amount of respect for the time and thought that goes into crafting this annual report. Virtually no one in the industry does it better than Mary Meeker and team, which is why I set aside time each year to read the memo end-to-end. This year, I attempted the nearly impossible task of distilling the 334 pages down to just my 10 most essential slides. Read more

A Few Notes on Priming the Acquisition Pump

We’ve been enjoying listening to Harry Stebbin’s The Twenty Minute VC podcast.  As the name suggests, VC:20 features 20 minute interviews with a variety of prominent thought leaders in the venture capital world.  Past guests include Fred Destin from Accel, Sam Altman from Y Combinator, and Jason Lemkin from SaaSter, among others.  A few weeks back, Harry had Emilie Choi, Head of Corporate Development for LinkedIn, ... Read 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