I am a founder and CEO at SignalRank, a data driven technology company. I publish a weekly newsletter – That Was The Week – on Substack. The posts here are pulled from it. I also have a video podcast with Andrew Keenthat accompanies it each week. You can see the full catalogue on AnchorSpotify , Youtubeand Apple Podcasts. And I am a regular guest on Steve Gillmor’s The Gillmor Gang.

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Cash For Creators? It’s happening

By Keith Teare • Issue #265 • View online This week Facebook announced a one billion dollar budget for enticing creators to use its platforms. The New York Times said Venture Capitalists are looking to invest in creators. Cash for creators is finally here it seems Contents Editorial First a shout out to @mariamatloub. She is a subscriber and clearly a design-aware person. She noticed how appalling my front page designs were and sent me fonts and a template to improve the look. You can find Maria on Telegram for all your design needs. Thank you, Maria. There is more content than normal this week,

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Startups IPO. Why Not VCs?

The End of the Artisan VC? By Keith Teare • Issue #27 • View online Another Venture firm announced plans to become a publicly listed company this week. Nic Brisbourne’s Blackrock-backed Forward Partners is the fund in question. So, can VCs become publicly listed companies? Contents Editorial It’s a little early to call it a trend, and it seems to be primarily focused in London, but more VC firms are choosing to become public companies. The latest is Nic Brisbourne’s Forward Partners, a UK-based seed-stage investor. They are following in the steps of Draper Espirit, which has been public for

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2021 — 199 Unicorns so far

By Keith Teare • Issue #26 • View online 2021 has seen 199 private valuations over $1 billion. The year has 7 months still to run. In response to this wealth creation angels, seed funds, venture funds, and growth-stage investors are changing the rules of the game. Content Editorial This was not a slow news week. First. 199 unicorns minted in five months. The highest previous year, 2018, saw 178. IPOs are popping left and right. Even SPACs seem back on track. And the stock markets reached record all time highs in the past week. The creation of wealth drives behavior. And in

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Regulation and Free markets — Which Works Best?

By Keith Teare • Issue #25 • View online This week Amazon said no to Google’s new tracking tech, FLOC. Microsoft launched an app store that takes zero from developers. Brave, the startup browser, launched a search engine competitor. Do free markets challenge Google and Apple better than Governments could? Contents Editorial While Lina Khan has started her new role at the FTC and begun to appoint people to see through her agenda, Congress, or at least the House committee responsible, has allowed six anti-trust measures to proceed to the next stage. Meanwhile, Apple faced a full-frontal assault on its

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Killing Innovation — Is Big Bad?

Lina Khan’s rapid elevation from student paper writer to head of the US Government’s corporate regulation authority is a worrying signal that the Democratic Party has lost the plot on innovation and technology. Far from killing innovation, the US technology leaders are the heroes of it. Content Editorial Lina Khan is 32 and her claim to fame is that she wrote a paper in 2017, while still a student, called Amazon’s Anti-Trust Paradox. According to reporting in NPR: The paper went viral in some influential circles and led some to call her the leader of the progressive movement known as

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Mixed Signals

Global technology is creating a new class of companies valued over $100B. But who is winning and who is losing, and how can we ensure the benefit is evenly spread? By Keith Teare • Issue #23 • View online Content Editorial Elad Gil is one of the World’s angel investors and a “helper of startups”. His LinkedIn profile says: Entrepreneur, operating executive, and investor or advisor to private companies such as AirBnB, Airtable, Coinbase, Flexport, Gusto, Instacart, Opendoor, Optimizely, PagerDuty, Pinterest, Square, Stripe, Wish. Co-Founder and Chairman at Color Genomics. Was CEO of Color from 2013 to fall 2016. Previously, was the VP

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What is Happening in Venture Capital?

By Keith Teare • Issue #22 • View online Are Micro VCs eating the startup world, or is it Tigers? Content Editorial No apologies for the apparent similarity of my recent newsletter themes. The changes in Venture Capital are exercising my mind, and reading, a lot recently and this newsletter is the sum of my weekly reading. Tracking the evolution of startup investing is an important signpost of the near future. And a lot is happening in that space. This week Forbes claims that the “crop” of Micro-Funds are “punching above their weight” while also indicating that there are fewer

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Who Are The Next Disruptors?

By Keith Teare • Issue #21 • View online CNBC chooses the most disruptive companies each year. This year’s top 50 have been revealed. Who’s in and who’s out? Content Editorial CNBC’s annual disruptors list is a trailing indicator of what is hot in the world of startups. It is way too late for normal venture investors to benefit from the news and usually too early for public markets to focus on them. But for the companies, it is a right of passage to significant amounts of private capital. Here is this year’s list in an Airtable Database I made:

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Finding Unicorns

By Keith Teare • Issue #20 • View online 2021 has been a good year so far for technology startups. 166 unicorns have been minted already, more than all of 2020. But how do you find a unicorn? Contents Editorial It has been a very hard few weeks for almost every asset class. Stocks, SPACs, The US $, Bitcoin and DOGE coin, but not for startups. The famous Gené Teare (at least in this newsletter) writes in CrunchBase News that 2021 has already seen 166 private companies surpass $1 billion in valuation, and become unicorns. It is only May and

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Venture Capital is Changing…Again

That Was The Week 2021, #19 By Keith Teare • Issue #19 • View online Back in the day, Venture Capital was simple. Raise a fund, pick the best startups and invest in the A round, follow on at the B and C, when revenue gets to a certain point (a variable) go and do an IPO, possibly preceded by a mezzanine round. Exit and go again. Not any more. Contents Editorial A more personal editorial this week. Back in the day, Venture Capital was simple. Raise a fund, pick the best startups and invest in the A round, follow on at the

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