“I am sure that in estimating every man’s value either in private or public life, a pure integrity is the quality we take first into calculation, and that learning and talents are only the second.” — Thomas Jefferson

In the Venture Capital world it has always been said that it is the people who are important because they are the ones who build the companies. It is their ideas that are executed according to their vision and experience.

Hampton Creek, a company founded in 2011 by Josh Tetrick, offers health and nutritional alternative plant-based products that are egg substitutes. In…


“The key to making acquisitions is being ready because you really never know when the right big one is going to come along.”- James McNerney

In May 2020, Verizon (telecommunications company) acquired BlueJeans Network, a video conferencing company, for approximately USD-$-500mm. BlueJeans was founded in 2009 and raised USD-$-175mm in 6 rounds from investors such as ESO fund, Battery Ventures, New Enterprise Associates, among others. In 2020, more than 1,500 M&A transactions were carried out for a value of more than USD-$-149bn. This is an example of one way VC funds can exit from an investment.

Entrepreneurs build a startup…


“You can’t solve a problem at the same level that it was created. You have to overcome it at the next level” -Albert Einstein

In 1939 Hewlett Packard founded its offices in Silicon Valley, during the 60s companies such as AMD and Nvidia were founded there. Later in the 70s Silicon Valley saw the birth of Atari, Apple, and Oracle and by the end of the 90s it was home to companies such as Yahoo, PayPal, and Google, becoming the world capital of technology and innovation. Some characteristics that have driven the development of Silicon Valley are the capacity for…


“Stressful modern living has increased demand for nutritious foods that are easy to prepare, as well as indulgent treats that provide relaxation and enjoyment. Mental health is on the agenda and is no longer taboo.”- Lu Ann Williams, Fi Europe 2019.

Snacks have been a fundamental part of human nutrition since ancient times. In their origins, food remains were consumed between meals, as well as fruits such as apples, grapes, figs, etc. The famous and traditional potato chips as we know them today date back to 1817, with its first recipe appearance in Dr. William Kitchiner’s Apicius Redivivus; or, the…


“Knowing when to exit a trade is much harder than entering a trade” -Nial Fuller

2020 was a great year for some investors who saw exits from their investments in startup. For example, at the end of 2020 Postmates (food delivery company) was acquired by the giant Uber for +USD$2.6bn, this transaction was made with the aim of expanding Uber’s presence in the food delivery market while its transportation business was severely affected by the pandemic. …


“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars and see yourself running with them.” Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

Venture Capital is very dynamic, despite the pandemic, entrepreneurs continued to disrupt the market and with the support of Venture Capital funds, who have the ability to see opportunities in uncertain times, they managed to close around 22 thousand investment rounds of Venture Capital globally for an amount of 300 billion dollars. This amount is 4% higher than the amount collected in 2019.

The origin of all these transactions has different ways, most of them originate through the “Demo Days” of incubators…


“If you’re going to the Middle East to look for oil, you can skip Israel. If you’re looking for brains, look no further. Israel has shown that it has a disproportionate amount of brains and energy.” — Warren Buffet

Waze, founded by Uri Levine, Ehud Shabtai and Amir Shinar in Israel in 2008, is a social traffic and navigation platform that disrupted the mobility sector globally, and in June 2013 the company announced its acquisition by Google for USD$1.3bn. Just as Google did with this transaction, there are many multinational corporations and technology companies that seek to acquire startups founded…


Venture Capital is about capturing value between the startup phase and the public company phase” — Fred Wilson, Union Square Ventures

All Venture Capital funds seek that the companies in their portfolio have a liquidity event to be able to perceive the real returns of their portfolios. The investors of the VC funds, the Limited Partners, are aware of the life horizon of their investments, since in an average fund the period of exits occurs between year 5 and 10 of the investment vehicle, and they generally seek returns that are above the industry average, and preferably in the first…


“The plastic problem is different (to other problems), because it can be absolutely be fix with the science that exists today” Dr. Jennifer Leroy, CTO at Novoloop

They’re everywhere. Only the computer from which these lines are written is about 23% plastic. The window is no exception, its aluminum frames coated in plastic. The car that crosses the street, the advertising banner, the runners’ sneakers and the dog leash.

Since 1869 that John Wesley Hyatt invented the first synthetic polymer, our history and economic development have been related to the research and development of new plastics. Its use has allowed…


“A first time fund is acceptable, but not a first time investor” — Mahendra Ramsinghani, Secure Octane Investments

The world of Venture Capital is a numbers game where the funds with the most complementary teams, the best access to opportunities and the greatest tools to support their portfolio companies have been the big winners. Of the nearly 2,000 Venture Capital firms in the United States, only 5.6% have more than USD$1bn of assets under management, with the main players in the market being firms such as a16z (Andreessen Horowitz), Lightspeed Partners, Sequoia Capital, Bessemer Venture Partners, New Enterprise Associates (NEA)…

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