Archive for November 2015

The End Of The Startup Gold Rush, Absurd Burn Rates And Tourist VCs

The End Of The Startup Gold Rush, Absurd Burn Rates And Tourist VCs

In 15 years as a venture capitalist, I’ve seen just about every market condition you can imagine. I started at Insight Venture Partners in 2000 at a time when the stock market was experiencing historic highs and tech companies were receiving massive private and public valuations. Capital markets were flush, startup burn rates were rampant, [...]

Perspectives 2016: No growth, no gain?

Perspectives 2016: No growth, no gain?

2016 s’annonce comme une année de croissance modeste, marquée par la première hausse des taux des Fed funds depuis 2007. Alors que les Etats-Unis sont les plus avancés dans le cycle de reprise, l’Europe et le Japon amorcent tout juste une phase d’expansion. De son côté, la Chine – qui poursuit sur la voie des [...]

Foreign real estate investment into Africa increasing

Foreign real estate investment into Africa increasing

Africa’s growth cities attract increased foreign real estate investment, says Knight Frank

In the first of a series of research bulletins (based on Knight Frank’s 2015 Africa Report released earlier this year) it reports that increased numbers of international investors are exploring opportunities in African real estate markets, attracted by the continent’s startling economic and demographic growth [...]

14 Predictions for 2016 From the Brightest Minds in Finance

14 Predictions for 2016 From the Brightest Minds in Finance

Some of the top financial experts warned us of recessions and crisis, while others shared their tips for finding yield.

Watch for a Worldwide Recession

Photographer: Chris Goodney/Bloomberg
Ruchir Sharma, head of emerging markets equity and global macro, Morgan Stanley Investment Management
“We are now just one big shock away from a global downturn, and the next one seems most [...]

Square’s disappointing IPO shows the risk of overvaluing tech unicorns

Square's disappointing IPO shows the risk of overvaluing tech unicorns

FIVE years ago the odds of being able to pay with a credit card at a street stall or coffee stand in America were next to zero. Nowadays, though, cash seems slightly déclassé at hipster cafes and fancy farmers’ markets. That is thanks largely to Square, a six-year-old firm which handles credit-card payments for 2m-odd [...]

These are the 21 richest American entrepreneurs under 40 — and they all have one big thing in common

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Forbes has released its first ever list of the richest American entrepreneurs under 40 years old, and it’s completely dominated by the tech industry in California.
Of the 40 entrepreneurs they looked at, a full 34 made their money in tech, with 33 living in California. They included those who were either born in the [...]

France : taux d’imposition de 62,7% (Paying Taxes 2016). La France se classe au 87ème rang de ce classement mondial

France : taux d’imposition de 62,7% (Paying Taxes 2016). La France se classe au 87ème rang de ce classement mondial

Le taux d’imposition total moyen sur les entreprises en France a baissé grâce au CICE, selon le classement « Paying Taxes » de PwC et de la Banque mondiale.

Selon la dernière étude « Paying Taxes 2016 » de PwC et de la Banque mondiale, qui mesure notamment le taux d’imposition total moyen pour une entreprise [...]

The Global African Investment Summit 2015 to showcase Africa’s global competitiveness

The Global African Investment Summit 2015 to showcase Africa’s global competitiveness

Top-level representatives from Uganda, Ghana, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Liberia, Mauritius and Benin are coming together for The Global African Investment Summit 2015 (TGAIS) in London on December 1-2 to highlight Africa’s diversity, its vast natural wealth, human capital, as well as its dynamic future.
The Republic of Uganda has pursued a series of [...]

The 5,000-year history of interest rates shows just how historically low US rates are right now

The 5,000-year history of interest rates shows just how historically low US rates are right now

The Federal Reserve continues to keep its benchmark interest rate target pegged to a range of 0% to 0.25%, which is where it has been since December 2008.
That’s low.
Interestingly, rates aren’t just low within the context of American history.
They also happen to be at the lowest levels in the 5,000 years of civilization.
Citing a speech by Bank [...]

Les mini-réseaux, véritable possibilité d’accès à l’électricité pour 620 millions d’Africains ?

Les mini-réseaux, véritable possibilité d’accès à l’électricité pour 620 millions d’Africains ?

En Afrique, les mini-réseaux pourraient représenter l’espoir pour les quelques 620 millions de personnes qui en sont privées, d’accéder à l’électricité. En effet, la chute du prix des énergies renouvelables a ouvert de nouvelles perspectives au continent, indiquent les experts.
Selon Francesco Starace, numéro un de la plus grande compagnie électrique italienne, Enel SpA, l’Afrique suivrait [...]