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Are the founders shortsighted in fundraising mode? when it comes to working with Chinese hedge funds?

Runa Capital’s Asia Business Development Manager Denis Kalinin studied data from iTjuzi, a database of Chinese venture capitalists, and found:

“… Chinese funds invested around $ 250 billion in 2020 (three times more than the figure reported on Crunchbase). This figure puts Chinese venture capital investments just 30% below those of US funds, but three times more than those of UK funds and 12.5 times more than those of German funds. “

The pandemic, geopolitical tensions, and other factors led many Chinese hedge funds to cut their international investments, but that’s largely “because during COVID, China’s economy recovered much faster than other countries.” Kalinin writes.

His analysis covers multiple angles: Chinese investments in Europe are catching up with those in Asia and the United States, half of China’s top cross-border investors are CVCs, and investors are particularly interested in fintech, deep tech, and digital health in this moment.

“Chinese investors can bring value to foreign startups, but you need to study their experience and how it can be useful to you.”

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It’s a provocative question: if remote teams are becoming the norm, tech hubs are decentralizing, and investors are comfortable cutting checks after a Zoom call, how important is doing business as a startup within the US? ?

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Toast looks towards $ 18 billion valuation in next IPO

Toast released an anticipated IPO price range of $ 30 to $ 33 a share on Monday, and Alex Wilhelm delves into the S-1 / A filing to “better understand how to value vertical SaaS startups pursuing a business approach of payments and SaaS. “

Is the restaurant software startup worth the $ 18 billion valuation you’re looking for?

3 keys to pricing early-stage SaaS products

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Every founder launching an enterprise software startup has to find the “right” pricing model for their products.

It’s a consequential decision: per seat licenses are easy to manage, but what if customers prefer a concurrent licensing model?

“Early pricing discussions should focus on the buyer’s perspective and the value the product creates for them,” says Yousuf Khan, partner at Ridge Ventures, who previously served as CIO.

“Of course,” he notes, “self-assessment is difficult, especially when you’re asking someone else to pay you for something you’ve created.”

Is India’s BNPL 2.0 Ready To Revolutionize B2B?

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Indian family businesses are undergoing a digital transformation that is creating new e-commerce opportunities; Smartphones have replaced paper records and a new government-backed instant payments system is altering the way value is exchanged.

But rather than importing legacy credit systems, buy now pay later systems are the “next step in solving the digital B2B puzzle,” writes Anubhav Jain, co-founder and CEO of Rupifi.

What to do with Freshworks’ first IPO price range

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Freshworks, which develops and offers a variety of business software tools, set an IPO price range of $ 28 to $ 32 a share on Monday, meaning its valuation could reach nearly $ 10 billion, writes Alex Wilhelm. .

“Freshworks’s initial public offering appears to be fairly reasonably priced as is, although a boost to its price range is not out of the question if public market investors decide they are optimistic about its future growth prospects. We just don’t see a dramatic rise. “

ish about its future growth prospects. We just don’t see a dramatic rise. “

Here’s what your BNPL startup could be worth

The multi-million dollar exits of Japanese startup Paidy (to PayPal) and Australian company Buy now, pay later Afterpay (to Square) “provided strong market proof that what BNPL startups are building has value beyond the simple. operating results, “writes Alex Wilhelm in The Exchange.

Break down the value of Afterpay, Paidy, and Klarna using a simple metric: What would you pay for $ 1 of BNPL GMV?

3 methodologies for automated detection and capture of video game highlights

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Live streaming of video games is booming.

Twitch averages nearly 3 million concurrent viewers; by comparison, on the night of the 2020 U.S. presidential election, CNN’s live stream averaged 1.1 million.

The most successful streamers use their ad revenue and sponsorship money to hire video editors and social media teams to look good, but new automated tools are giving part-time streamers the ability to highlight their best moments. too.

Have ‘The Privacy Talk’ With Your Business Partners

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A data breach costs a business an average of $ 3.8 million, notes Marc Ellenbogen, Foursquare’s general counsel, in a guest post, adding to a “concrete financial incentive to have The Privacy Talk.”

What is it?

“It is the conversation that goes beyond the written and publicly published privacy policy and delves into the ethical approach of a customer, vendor, supplier or partner,” he writes.

If you think the talk doesn’t apply to you, think again.

Advanced driver assistance systems: technology generated by the micromobility policy

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In an effort to “assure local administrations that micromobility is safe, compliant and a good thing for cities,” scooter operators are “implementing technology similar to advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) generally found in automobiles, “writes Rebecca Bellan.

She looks at how technology could help prevent unwanted behavior and explores the cost to scooter operators and the opportunities for startups.

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