Hello and welcome back to Equity.
This is a special, if somewhat bittersweet episode. It marks the final official podcast with our own Danny Crichton, who is off to other pastures in short order. Danny stepped in when we lost a host a few years back, and has been both a staple and a pillar of the show since. We're going to miss the ever-loving heck out of him.
But the show must go on, so we spent this episode discussing issues core to our remit: The venture capital market, startups and the interplay between each.
This time 'round we tackled the very small topic of whether today's pace of venture capital investment is sustainable, and whether the current structure of venture capital funds will survive. It was the right time to do so, given that:
Tiger is reloading with even more capital. Danny noted that its rising asset base is a good indicator of just where things are today.
Venture capital is at all-time highs. Natasha and Alex riffed through the numbers, noting just how crazy things have become.
And as we were collecting our notes, Sequoia announced (after Primack scooped them) that they are revolutionizing their firm into a new sort of vehicle.
We also discussed the unicorn traffic jam, which gave Alex a chance to jump atop his favorite hobby horse one more time.
With more money than ever bouncing around startup-land, the question of whether the sums, and their resulting valuations, make any sense is a conversation that we are not done with. But we hope that after this short podcast, you are at least up to speed.
Bon voyage, Danny. We love you. And a regular shoutout to the folks who have helped host Equity in the past: Kate Clark, Katie Roof, Matthew Lynley and Connie Loizos. You are very much still in our hearts.
Here's to the next few million downloads!