1/ "Gross margin was the defining characteristic of successful IPOs, and direct listings certainly made a splash last year." https://tomtunguz.com/the-health-of-the-us-venture-market-in-2020/ …
I've written about the benefits of high gross margins. https://25iq.com/2017/02/04/gross-margin-for-fun-and-profit-involves-beer-and-music-streaming/ … But below the gross margin line costs can kill too
2/ "Investors deployed $117B in 2019 up from $106B in 2018. This market has grown 20% over the last five years. Q4 2019 saw meaningful dip from Q3, but it's too early to say whether it's an aberration, or the beginning of a longer-term trend."
3/ Compare the size of the VC-based funding market to the size of bond markets and you can see why people say VC punches above its weight:
"In 2018, the total amount of U.S. investment-grade debt increased by about 3% to $6.7 trillion as of Jan. 1, 2019" https://www.spglobal.com/en/research-insights/articles/u-s-corporate-debt-market-the-state-of-play-in-2019 …
4/ How much capital can VC absorb before returns fall below the opportunity cost of capital for a marginal limited partner?
Fred Wilson on that: https://avc.com/2009/04/the-venture-capital-math-problem/ …
Bill Gurley: "VC has long been a trailing indicator to the NASDAQ. Venture capital is a cyclical business.”
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