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Lower Valuations Explained: Should Entrepreneurs Care?

“Morgan Stanley marked down it’s Flipkart participation[1]”, “Fidelity slashes down more startup valuations[2]”, “VCs say they’ll be more careful with new investments[3]” and the list goes on and on and on. Opinions bounce around the Internet like lights of a mirror, and when content aggregators, AMAs, blogs and newsletters all republish the same articles about the market change,…

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85% of Italian Startups Struggle to Break € 100,000 Annual Revenues

The number of Italian startups keeps on growing. According to the official register for innovative startups (startup innovative, in Italian) provided by the Chamber of Commerce (CoC), the number crossed the 5,000 mark in Q4 2015. But what’s the health of these companies? Are they active? What’s the average turnover? What’s the average time required…

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Crowdfunding Platforms Serve As Information Brokers

In the previous post, we explained how VC funds and crowdfunding platforms can partner up. In this post, we will analyze how this collaboration can be established and what the unique advantages  for VC funds are. Starting from the description of the investment process of VC funds, it is important to stress that these organizations…

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Crowdfunding: Information Broker for Early-Stage Venture Capital Funds

In the previous post we analyzed the advantages that associations of Business Angels, namely Business Angel Networks (BANs), may enjoy by creating strategic partnerships with crowdfunding platforms. The combination leads to the birth of what Harrison and Mason (2002) call the “second” generation of BANs. In this post we extend the analysis to the second,…

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Crowdfunding: Why Business Angel Networks are Inefficient

The Second Generation of Business Angel Networks (BANs) In the previous article I have discussed some empirical research that proved the existence of a limited exposure of Business Angels to promising projects. I used this fact to support my thesis about the need of a centralized online marketplace that will benefit not only entrepreneurs but…

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Crowdfunding: Business Angels and the Lack of Suitable Investment Opportunities

Business Angels’ Limited Exposure Business Angels (BAs) are the major providers of investment capital at seed, early-stage and startup stage (Harrison and Mason, 2000). Having such an influential role, those that are officially recognized as such are usually well known in entrepreneurial environment. They are part of BANs and other associations that foster networking and…

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Crowdfunding: The Emergence of Online Investing

Online investing is a new trend in venture capital industry that has arisen in recent years. It started from the belief that a gap exists between demand side (startups, capital seekers) and offer side (seed and early stage investors). Along with the soaring digitalization of economy, online platforms aiming at connecting such demand and supply were…

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Drivers in Investment-Based Online Crowdfunding

In one of our previous posts, I outlined both the theoretical potential of investment-based crowdfunding as well as the possible reasons underlying its delay compared to the consumption-based model. In this paragraph I first summarize the measures that can boost online investment propensity into bullet-points and later describe each one individually. Key factors Offset information asymmetry…

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Investment-based Crowdfunding: Why People do NOT Invest Online

Lots of hyped articles about crowdfunding can be found online. Is everything they describe nonsense? No, definitely not but they do need some backup for their claims and that’s what this article provides: an approach on crowdfunding motivations from a scholarly perspective. So what are exactly the reasons for online equity investments or alternatively, ordering…

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3 Competitive Advantages that set European Startups Apart

This article was originally posted on Medium here. European startups raised $6,9 Bln in the first half of 2015, 86% more compared to last year. BlaBlaCar, Adyen, Delivery Hero etc. made headlines with their large financing rounds and IPOs. And the total worth of European unicorns got to 110Bln at the start of 2015. Europe…

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