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Rev1 Weekly Recap | Innovation and VC

Rev1 Weekly Recap

What we’re reading this week.

We’re discussing four articles divided into two categories this week. First, venture capital is more nuance than the headlines lead people to believe. While there is still opportunity within VC, that’s not the only way to build a startup. Second, there is a surprising opportunity for disruption in places you wouldn’t expect.

Alternative Exits: The Rise of Secondary Deals in Venture Capital

Pitchbook puts together a great analysis of the somewhat recent surge in the market for venture-backed secondary offerings. More frequently than ever, and at higher price-tags, venture capital firms are buying equity from other investors in various large-scale startups. It begs the question: is this even venture capital? At a certain point, it starts to look a lot like traditional private equity. There are also some pretty incredible examples provided in this analysis, as well as a list of reasons for such changes in the VC marketplace. 

Bootstrapping vs. Venture Financing

This is a great blog post that highlights the pros and cons of a startup’s decision to either bootstrap or raise venture funding. The author, Rob May, gives his personal story about how he decided how he would support his company, Talla. This is a must-read for prospective entrepreneurs so that they can make their decision on how their company will be funded with eyes wide open.

 Why Are We Still Teaching Reading the Wrong Way?

This New York Times opinion piece, while not directly related to the startup ecosystem, breaks down why the process of teaching reading is broken in our school systems. The article states, “more than six in 10 fourth graders aren’t proficient readers. It has been this way since testing began. A third of kids can’t read at a basic level.” This alarming statistic highlights that some of the most established practices in our society could use disruption. Literally the most important thing you first learn to do in school is not being done effectively. Just because something has been done a certain way for a very long time doesn’t mean it is right. 

What’s Next for Podcasting

If you are anything like us, you love to listen to podcasts. The magic of podcasts and other audio content is that they actually give you your time back since you can be listening while commuting or doing chores around the house. This post delves into the current state of the podcast industry and how it can evolve as it matures. It is hard to believe given how long podcasts have been in the mainstream, but the industry is still very much in its infancy and there are still a lot of questions that remain unanswered around distribution and monetization.

If you are a entrepreneur, venture capitalist, or someone working in a corporation looking to innovate — the things that seem so cemented in society have room for improvement. You might be surprised in which industries are still open to disruption.

What are you reading this week? Let us know.

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