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This week, cryptocurrency trade platform Coinbase introduced that it’s launching its personal NFT platform to tackle OpenSea, an present NFT platform. Some techies aptly identified that each Coinbase and OpenSea are backed by Andreessen Horowitz, resulting in questions round aggressive conflicts that would come up from having a shared investor (it’s unclear if a16z ever bought its shares in Coinbase after it went public).
As we mentioned on Fairness this week, the concept of getting aggressive corporations throughout the similar portfolio feels uncomfortable. It may impression how open every firm is with its traders, and, as we noticed with Hinge Well being, can trigger pressure if there’s an overlap in advisers. It’s a good argument.
However, is it simply me, or does aggressive battle sound considerably inevitable? As enterprise companies develop, particularly an establishment like a16z, the concept that no portfolio corporations in booming sectors like fintech or crypto overlap in imaginative and prescient feels unrealistic. Clubhouse, one other a16z-backed firm, was met with a whole wave of rivals after its debut — and I joked then that it’s solely a matter of time till one of many agency’s portfolio corporations pivots to social audio, too.
In a world of fast deal-making and booming subsectors, aggressive battle will proceed to develop. Imitation holds startups to a better commonplace. If a startup can copy your concept, and completely win based mostly off of that, a shared investor is probably going not your downside. Positive, there must be some processes in place to be sure that your board member isn’t sitting in conferences along with your closest competitor, however, past excessive circumstances, the road is blurring on what ought to represent conflicts.
I’m being harsh, however that’s my first response. Your competitor can all the time eat your lunch, however within the nice OpenSea, possibly that simply means it’s time to swim a bit deeper.
A fund for, and by, South Asian feminine entrepreneurs
As a South Asian feminine, I used to be amped to see the rising fund supervisor world get a brand new inflow of my folks this week. Neythri Futures Fund introduced that it has closed a $10 million fund with investments from main South Asian women and men.
Right here’s what you want to know: The fund, per founding managing companion Mythili Sankaran, introduced collectively 200 traders, with 90% South Asian girls and, right here’s the kicker, 70% first-time traders. It was constructed on AngelList, which has been engaged on a collection of SaaS instruments for enterprise capitalists.
More cash, much less issues:
ClassPass has stepped off the treadmill and onto a brand new monitor
ClassPass was acquired by Mindbody in an all-stock deal that truly bought half of TC employees actually excited. ClassPass, for many who don’t know, helps fill exercise lessons with customers, whereas Mindbody supplies the software program that helps health facilities and boutique outlets higher run their enterprise.
Right here’s what to know: It felt sensical and sensible, two phrases that must be related to acquisitions.
By combining forces, the Mindbody/ClassPass entity has the chance for big progress. ClassPass studios that aren’t utilizing a reserving software program — Lanman says it’s about one-third of the studios on ClassPass — will now have the possibility to enroll with Mindbody.
Mindbody’s consumer-facing enterprise could have the possibility to double down on their expertise by signing up for a ClassPass subscription and get entry to these studios. And, after all, gyms and studios that use Mindbody for à la carte bookings could possibly be upsold to ClassPass, as effectively. — Jordan Criminal
When M&A goes away:
A story of two journey tales
This week on Fairness, the TechCrunch workforce checked out how two travel-focused startups have pivoted and rebounded their approach by the pandemic. Whereas one startup selected to concentrate on versatile residing, one other determined to go the fintech route.
Right here’s what to know: TripActions went from $0 in income to $7.25 billion in valuation. How? Nicely, as Mary Ann studies, TripActions leaned into the very nascent fintech product that it launched a month earlier than the pandemic hit, giving it progress and a approach to help prospects by expense administration. The information reminds us all that each startup, ultimately, is a fintech firm.
Fintech & pals:
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