There's an interesting opinion piece on TechCrunch by Jon Evans called "After the end of the startup era." In this piece, Mr. Evans argues that the golden age of the startup may be over, and in its place is a new world where big companies rule. He asserts that many of the developing technologies (AI, hardware, self-driving cars, AR/VR and cryptocurrencies) favor large companies with talent, data and money available to develop these expensive and complex technologies. It's an interesting piece.
In the Reuters article "SoftBank's big checks are stalling tech IPOs," author Heather Somerville explores the impact of deep-pocketed investors on the IPO market. As deep pools of capital are available to companies, it delays a traditional reason for companies to go public. SoftBank, which closed a $93 billion investment fund in May, has made some significant investments in companies such as WeWork, which provide these companies with capital so they don't have to go public. In addition, along with the big checks comes big valuations, and there is some concern that these companies would not achieve the same valuation in the public markets.
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