The Wall Street Journal's Maureen Farrell and Bullpen Capital's Duncan Davidson join Paul Vigna and Stephen Grocer to talk what's in store for investors and companies looking to go public in 2017, and whether the IPO market is poised to heat up in the coming year.
On the heels of the announcement by the U.S. Depository Trust Clearing Corporation’s (DTCC) transitioning a central part of its financial infrastructure onto a blockchain, the premier post-trade market infrastructure for the global financial services industry that processes trillions of dollars, many are wondering what it means for the blockchain market’s future.
Eric Wiesen, a General Partner at early-stage, post-seed venture fund Bullpen Capital that invests in technology companies, says that although the “hurdle to adoption still remains high” the DTCC’s decision “validates the blockchain approach for core financial markets – not just fringe markets.”
One of the big HR startup stories of the last year has been the trials and tribulations of Zenefits, but news coming out today from another company in the space shows that there is still a lot of opportunity in the industry with the right approach.
Namely, a New York-based SaaS HR firm that focuses on mid-sized (100 to 1,000 employees) companies offering an all-in-one human resources platform, payroll and benefits services, today announced that it has raised $50 million, closing out a Series D totalling $80 million, which Namely said was the biggest round for an HR startup in 2016 amid some $2.5 billion in funding in a very fragmented market
Cincinnati startup catalyst Cintrifuse invested in a Silicon Valley venture fund that has stakes in big-name companies. Cintrifuse's Early Stage Capital Fund, also known as the Syndicate Fund, invested in Menlo Park, Calif.-based Bullpen Capital. The nature of Cintrifuse's investment in Bullpen was not disclosed.
“We believe that the largest limitation to any company with international ambitions is no longer technological – it’s human,” says Jake Jolis, cofounder and CEO of online language-learning platform Verbling. “Companies that want to successfully strengthen their international business aren’t limited by how equipped their computers are, but rather by how equipped their people are..."
Hundreds of investors reviewed pitches from Airbnb, Instacart, and Uber when these companies were nascent startups and chose, ignominiously, to pass. But even great investors can miss big opportunities. It’s part of the profession. Investors can misread the market, misjudge the founders or simply believe an opportunity is overpriced...