Inside Iyin Aboyeji’s plan to build charter cities for African tech

African cities, particularly sub-Saharan ones, have the fastest global urban growth rate. But with challenges around overcrowding, congestion, infrastructure, power and poor governance, these cities are maxed out in what they can provide to the average African living in urban environments. Some experts think charter cities offer a solution. They are granted a special jurisdiction […]

Crossover investors are turning their focus to public stocks, says crossover investor

A lot of public market investors began elbowing their way into the world of venture-backed startups roughly a decade ago, and the ripple effects have been obvious. Think faster funding rounds across the board, higher valuations, and venture firms that have raised increasingly bigger funds rather than cede territory to their newer rivals. Of course, […]

European, North American edtech startups see funding triple in 2021

Rhys Spence Contributor Share on Twitter Rhys Spence is head of research at Brighteye Ventures, a European edtech-focused fund, where he works with portfolio companies to help address priorities, with a focus on internationalization and HR. More posts by this contributor What we can learn from edtech startups’ expansion efforts in Europe The 2021 edtech […]

Here’s how far VCs have lowered revenue expectations for seed through Series B

New data from Kruze Consulting shows just how much the venture capital fundraising market has changed for startups in the last few quarters. Kruze, which provides accounting, tax and venture capital-related services to private tech companies, has access to hard data regarding startup performance. Healy Jones, vice president of financial planning and analysis at Kruze […]

Why Black female CEOs lead 50% of the companies in our portfolio

Sharon Vosmek Contributor Share on Twitter Sharon Vosmek is the CEO of Astia and managing partner of the Astia Fund. One thing is for certain as 2022 kicks off – there are billions of dollars worth of opportunities ripe for investment that include women leaders. Astia alone considered $3.024 billion in 2021 representing 1,103 companies, […]

Compound aims to be a one-stop-shop for tech employees to manage their finances

Jordan Gonen and Jacob Schein had both worked in the tech industry for a few years when they realized they lacked a clear understanding of their own finances. Like many other tech employees, the two software engineers held equity in startups they had worked for, cryptocurrency investments, and other illiquid assets. They wanted to track […]