IVCA Feature: Fourth Quarter News Focused on Venture Capital and Private Equity

IVCA Feature: Fourth Quarter News Focused on Venture Capital and Private Equity

September 30, 2020

In this exceptionally unusual year – and that could be an understatement – we tomorrow we begin the fourth quarter. In normal times, it would be a bellwether for measurement and a look into the year to come. The pandemic and the issues of 2020 have changed all that. Here are six online articles (and two podcasts) to help navigate the fourth quarter, including issue insights into the first through the third quarters.
 
Techstars.com, Important Dates on Techstars Chicago Accelerator
 
Updates on the Upcoming Class of 2021 and an Interview with Managing Director Neal Sáles-Griffin: "As founders, we’re at the forefront of solving meaningful problems in the world."
 
READ MORE: https://www.techstars.com/accelerators/chicago 
 
SVB.com, ’Venture and the Pandemic’
 
An overview blog by Bob Lee: “We have an immensely complicated story, one that has evolved rapidly since SVB’s State of the Markets Q2 report released in April. Against this backdrop, we took a very current look at the role of venture capital in the story.”
 
READ MORE: https://www.svb.com/blogs/bob-blee/venture-and-the-pandemic 
 
FT.com, ‘Private Equity Steps in Where Others Fear to Tread During Pandemic’
 
The Financial Times in a recent article: “The top 10 ranking Private Equity groups by deal count have announced deals worth a total of more than $40bn since the beginning of March, according to FT analysis using figures from data provider Refinitiv – even as economists predict the worse contraction since the Great Depression of the 1930s.”
 
READ MORE: https://www.ft.com/content/912929f7-7366-45d0-90ce-4467b9fec7f0 or if you don’t have a subscription type “private equity pandemic” in a search engine.
 
 
JPMorgan.com, ‘Life Sciences in a Changing World: Startup Outlook Through 2020’
 
“Life sciences startups have always been on a mission to improve human health through innovation. The global impacts of the COVID-19 crisis have made the importance of that work clearer than ever. Whether its work directly relates to virus relief efforts or not, every startup in this industry has felt the impact of the crisis.”
 
READ MORE: https://www.jpmorgan.com/commercial-banking/insights/life-sciences-in-a-changing-world 
 
WPEN.org, ‘Triago Quarterly: PE's Big Challenge is the Economy-Market Divide’
 
From the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, a PDF with four insightful articles from mid-summer: “Gain insights from The Triago Quarterly, a report from our corporate sponsor, helping GPs and LPS with global fundraising and private equity portfolio management activities for over 25 years.”
 
READ MORE: https://www.wpen.org/article.html?aid=1016 
 
Council.Forbes.com, Podcast Episode 68: ‘Venture Capital and the Pandemic’
 
Key Takeaway: “VC investors play a role in advising their portfolio companies as to how to think about unintended consequences of their products and technologies.”
 
LISTEN HERE: https://councils.forbes.com/podcast/venture-capital-and-the-pandemic (35 minutes)
 
 
Dechart.com, Podcast: ‘Private Equity Outlook - Current Trends and Moving Forward
 
“In the inaugural episode of our new ‘Committed Capital’ podcast series, we discuss with our panel of private equity professionals the outlook for private equity from a global perspective for the remainder of 2020, focusing on fund-raising and deployment of capital, investment theses, deal structures, and debt financing.”
 
LISTEN HERE: https://www.dechert.com/knowledge/onpoint/2020/7/committed-capital---private-equity-global-broadcast-series--priv.html  (32 minutes)
 
 
Pitchbook.com, ‘What is Our Responsibility in this Struggle?’
 
“For investors and companies they back, the answer likely will depend on what mandate or mission their organizations set for themselves. In the data-obsessed times we work in, metrics take priority but key performance indicators on societal issues don't come easily to a lot of companies. That's especially true for most private-capital investors (excluding groups like social impact funds) with a mandate to maximize their ROI.”
 
READ MORE: https://pitchbook.com/news/articles/investors-responsibility-in-struggle-racism-inequality