All blogs tagged Trends
Our Perspective on the Growth of ClimateTech InvestingAccording to a PitchBook report, global investors closed as many climate-focused funds in 2021 as were raised during the previous five years combined. Alumni Ventures Managing Partner Matt Caspari and Partner Erik Hammer spoke with Venture Capital Journal to discuss the influx of capital VCs are deploying into ClimateTech. They shared their thoughts on the profitability of climate-focused startups, consumer demand for sustainability, and the lessons investors and entrepreneurs alike have learned from companies like Tesla.
3 Barriers to VC That Have Been BrokenThere are a number of smart reasons to consider adding venture capital (VC) to your investment mix. VC can play an important role in a sophisticated wealth-building strategy, yet it’s still missing from the majority of investors’ portfolios. If you’re one of the 10+ million accredited investors in the U.S., it is easier than ever to start investing in high-growth startups. In our conversations with potential investors, we’ve found that many misperceptions persist about VC investing. Here we’ll share with you the top three, with the goal of busting these myths once and for all.
Key Healthtech Trends and Venture OpportunitiesThe past few years have fundamentally reshaped the healthtech space. Increasing healthcare costs have spurred demand for new approaches to healthcare. The vertical encompasses products and services utilized outside of conventional treatment centers like hospitals and doctors’ offices. Consumers and patients are increasingly embracing preventative and personalized care through new self-monitoring products and innovative services. Spurred on by the global pandemic and an array of new, transformative technologies, entrepreneurs and investors are surging into the healthtech space.
Emerging Trends in the Blockchain SpaceBlockchain has become one of the fastest-growing venture opportunities for investors. The technology offers transparency, data immutability, and decentralized ledgers with applications across many different industries. Startups and established companies alike are utilizing this revolutionary tech to introduce true digital ownership and scarcity in digital spaces.
Sustainable Aviation: Getting to Carbon NeutralIn this video, Ron Levin of The Yard Ventures (AV’s fund for the Harvard community) is joined by sustainable aviation expert Robin Riedel to discuss the road to improving the environmental impacts of air transportation. Robin is a Partner at McKinsey & Company and an MIT alum.
Growth Drivers Powering Our New Castor Ventures FundWatch a snippet of our presentation on Castor Ventures’ perspective on exciting growth drivers attracting significant venture capital investments. Having a framework to assess investment opportunities and identify long-term value creation is key.
AI Trends to Watch with Alumni Ventures' AI FundArtificial intelligence is one of the most impactful technologies shaping the world today. Since its founding, Alumni Ventures has invested in a wide variety of AI-focused companies across all stages and AV’s AI Fund will invest in ventures focusing on AI, Machine Learning, big data, and related technologies.
How Venture Capital is Creating Meaningful ImpactInvestors and consumers alike turn to diverse teams from a wide variety of backgrounds to address some of the largest problems facing society. Historically, diverse founding teams have earned a 3.26x median return — 30% higher than homogenous teams. And even amid the pandemic, the majority of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) focused funds outperformed the S&P 500 in early 2021.
AI Trends in Established and Emerging SectorsArtificial intelligence is one of the most impactful technologies shaping the world today. Since its founding, Alumni Ventures has invested in a wide variety of AI-focused companies across all stages. From serving personalized ads to guiding autonomous vehicles on public roads, AI is used to solve some of the most challenging problems facing virtually all industries. The invaluable nature of AI has led to sustained demand from both startups and enterprise customers looking to enhance or augment their existing products. The result is a space in which profitable exits and billion-dollar valuations regularly occur, leading to increased liquidity for investors. Our team identifies promising AI opportunities for our investors through Alumni Ventures’ internal network of ~50 experienced investment professionals and external community of more than 600,000 subscribers. We’ve identified key trends across several established and emerging sectors that we’re following as we source promising AI opportunities.