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  • US PE deals top $787B as industry shatters records across the board

    Oct 12, 2021

    The US private equity industry is storming through 2021, smashing records as investors take advantage of a bullish climate and remain undeterred by the possibility of inflation and interest rate hikes.

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  • How Sweden became the Silicon Valley of Europe

    Aug 26, 2021

    As Klarna’s billionaire founder Sebastian Siemiatkowski prepares to stage one of the biggest-ever European fintech company listings, a feast of capitalism, he credits an unlikely backer for his runaway success: the Swedish welfare state.

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  • What’s New In Gartner’s Hype Cycle For Emerging Technologies, 2020

    Aug 23, 2020

    Gartner Hype Cycle For Emerging Technologies, 2020 published earlier this year has been summarized in the recent Gartner blog post, 5 Trends Drive the Gartner Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, 2020.

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  • What early stage investors really care about

    Apr 27, 2020

    These days, when fundraising has become even more tricky, it is crucial that entrepreneurs get into the investor mindset if they are to increase their chances of success.

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  • How could COVID-19 change AR/VR’s future?

    Apr 25, 2020

    COVID-19 is impacting the lives of billions. Early-stage technology markets like virtual and augmented reality are trivial by comparison. However, AR/VR companies are dealing with knock-on effects both positive and negative. This analysis explores the potential future for AR/VR in the context of the silent cyclone we’re all going through.

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  • AI startups raised $6.9 billion in Q1 2020, a record-setting pace before coronavirus

    Apr 15, 2020

    AI startups continued to outpace the overall U.S. venture capital market in the first quarter of 2020.

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  • Most LPs Not Planning to Adjust Private Market Allocations Amid Market Turmoil

    Apr 7, 2020

    Many VC investors came into 2020 under allocated into the asset class. They want to wait until the market stabilizes to assess if portfolios need to be rebalanced.

    More than two-thirds of about 400 LPs polled by PitchBook responded that they are not planning to change their allocation percentage to private market investments over the next six months, said James Gelfer, senior strategy and lead venture analyst at PitchBook.

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  • PitchBook Analyst Note: COVID-19, the Impact on Private Markets

    Mar 16, 2020

    This analyst note assesses what’s in store for PE and VC firms in the wake of recent market volatility and an impending economic slowdown.

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  • Google launches TensorFlow Quantum, a machine learning framework for training quantum models

    Mar 11, 2020

    Google today announced the launch of TensorFlow Quantum, bringing together machine learning and quantum computing initiatives at the company. The framework can construct quantum datasets, prototype hybrid quantum and classic machine learning models, support quantum circuit simulators, and train discriminative and generative quantum models.

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  • Why More Entrepreneurs Are Moving Away From Major U.S. Startup Hubs

    Feb 23, 2020

    For the past two years, Inc. has partnered with Startup Genome to document this migration in its annual Surge Cities list, which ranks the 50 best places to start a business in the U.S. The rise of Austin, which has been No. 1 on the list two years in a row, is but one example of an emerging hub that’s quickly becoming a beacon for founders.

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  • Issue 23 - The European VC market is so hot it may skip its summer holiday

    The startup market is having a moment around the world, but few regions can brag as much as Europe when it comes to venture capital investment.

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  • Issue 23 - Azafran INSIGHTS Rapid-fire Video Podcast

    Hosts Matt Bauer and Megan Burns welcome special guest Paul Martin, founder and CEO of Azafran Fund I portfolio company, tagSpace.

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