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Vowels are out, however VC danger is in

Good day and welcome again to Equity, PJDM’s enterprise capital-focused podcast (now on Twitter!), the place we unpack the numbers behind the headlines.

The complete Fairness crew was readily available to debate the present enterprise capital market, inquisitive about how risk-on, or risk-off issues actually are right this moment. Danny, Natasha and I framed the dialog round plenty of information objects from the week, together with:

  • Wrkfrce has launched, and we needed to talk extra about the way forward for area of interest media, bringing The Juggernaut’s own recent round, and the Quartz shakeup into the dialog.
  • And on the media entrance — at all times a dangerous enterprise capital investing area — Spotify has snapped up another podcasting company, this time paying $235 for Megaphone. Our take? A string of small exits in all probability received’t encourage VCs to tackle extra danger within the house (Hunter Stroll stated the identical factor here.)
  • Turning to danger extra typically, I requested Natasha to weigh in on the earlier-stages of the enterprise market, and Danny on its later tranches. There’s nonetheless a number of cash, however it seems extra centered on chasing winners than bolstering or supporting less-obvious startups.
  • That market will not be slowing a risk-on transfer in the direction of extra enterprise capital gamers, as the Spearhead news confirmed a brand new focus for the agency to put money into rising fund managers.
  • And there’s nonetheless loads of danger tolerance in remote-work options like Hopin, which just raised $125 million at a $2+ billion valuation. We’re torn on the spherical, however Danny likes it and he’s a former VC.
  • And we wrapped with a chat about upcoming IPOs, and the recent SoftBank results. If DoorDash, Airbnb and others are going to go this yr, they should go quickly. Thus far, no cube.

It was a busy week, regardless of the month. Count on extra of the identical subsequent week.

Lastly, don’t neglect that our personal Chris Gates is reducing Fairness movies out of each episode that you will discover over on YouTube. He does an amazing job and it’s nice to be on video, in addition to audio platforms.

Fairness drops each Monday at 7:00 a.m. PDT and Thursday afternoon as quick as we will get it out, so subscribe to us on Apple PodcastsOvercastSpotify and all of the casts.

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Alex Wilhelm