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Venture capital is an investment for many

“Only suitable for professional investors”, “a little too risky for the private individual”. Often, when we talk about venture capital as a possible category of investment, these characteristics are emphasized. In reality, a venture capital fund tends to create a diversified portfolio that greatly reduces the risk in the medium term. And the final return, in the long term, pays off the risk incurred. With the added value of this asset class of financing the growth of the country and young and innovative companies. VC and investment in single startups
In fact, investment in venture capital is often confused and / or assimilated to investment in individual startups, or worse, judged in its short-term performance. In the first case, in fact, and unlike a fund, which normally selects between 10 and 20 companies, a commitment to one or a few companies and without having significant financial resources exposes the investor to an important risk of losing part if not all of the capital. In the second case, however, the so-called J Curve is not taken into account: a VC manager takes the first 2-4 years to select new investments. At the end of that same period, it chooses within the portfolio companies those that will have the greatest opportunities for growth and therefore for returns, devaluing the others. In this sense, therefore, there is a first period in which in fact only the management costs and the devaluation of the less performing investments will be seen. While the performance will be seen in the medium term, how to say… Rome was not built in a day! The combination of these two effects has often led, especially in Italy, to hastily assess venture capital investments, thus attributing judgments of excessive risk and / or limited upside: but as we have often said, in fact, venture capital is a “patient” capital, at least in terms of returns. But let’s try to give substance to these theses, filling them with numbers. Let’s start with performance. The European Investment Fund (EIF) in the period between 2007 and 2014 provided about 10% of all capital reached to European VC companies (€ 1 for every 18 invested in start-ups). Well, the EIF conducted an analysis on a sample of around 3,600 of its investments made between 1996 and 2015. The result over one year seems to be not very advantageous: the rate of return of the VC funds in which the EIF invests is ’11, 43%, and therefore contrasts with the rates reached by the most famous indices of the equity market: 14.87% for MSCI and 17.7% for the S&P 500. But in the long term, which is the peculiar horizon of the investment in start-ups, the EIF beats everyone: the return on investment is 8.52%, compared to 5.97% for the MSCI and 7.51% for the S&P 500. The EIF also notes that 70% of the exits are at a loss, 8% break even and only 20% of the total events are profitable and liquid. But, on the other hand, he points out that 4% of the exits made the investment more than 5 times: and this 4% generates about 50% of the aggregate return. These numbers are not random. They follow the so-called power law, that is the rule according to which in a basket of companies in which to invest there must be one – or a group – whose expected return is higher than that of all the others. The unicorn that alone does the work of the team. So is it worthwhile to invest in venture capital in Italy? Yes, because the venture capital fund manager’s approach is precisely to seek balanced portfolios and also suitable for less aggressive risk profiles. For example, use a process that follows the asset allocation model practiced by asset management companies with traditional products. It is good to keep in mind that the venture capitalist has on his side a broad and articulated vision of a market (that of startups and innovative SMEs) to which the investor is unlikely to have access. With P101, for example, we study thousands of companies every year, which are often monitored over time before being the subject of an investment, and we select the best ones based on the market moment, the underlying ideas, the people, the fundamentals on which they base and precisely also on the basis of their contribution and weight within a portfolio that we always try to balance.

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New OnePlus 9RT: Specs, launch date, colors revealed

OnePlus hasn’t said how much RAM the 9 RT will feature, however Geekbench has shown that it will sport 12GB of RAM. However, an 8GB variant will almost certainly be available.

Shenzhen [China]: The OnePlus 9 RT’s launch date and specifications have been revealed by OnePlus ahead of its official announcement.

According to GSM Arena, the OnePlus 9 RT will go on sale in China on October 13, or next week.
Although the new OnePlus smartphone will be unveiled in China first, it is expected to make its way to India as well. In India, the OnePlus 9 RT has yet to be announced.

The Snapdragon 888 SoC will power the OnePlus 9 RT, which will be paired with LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage. It will have a 120Hz E4 screen and a 4,500mAh battery that will charge at 65W. The primary camera on the 9 RT will be 50 megapixels.

OnePlus hasn’t said how much RAM the 9 RT will feature, however Geekbench has shown that it will sport 12GB of RAM. However, an 8GB variant will almost certainly be available.

The phone maker also revealed that the 9 RT will be available in two colour options: black and grey, and that pre-orders will begin on October 13 in China, with the first sale on October 19.

We’re still four days away from the launch, so expect more information regarding the OnePlus 9 RT in the days leading up to it.

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Meaning of CEO, COO, CFO, CIO, CTO and CMO: Calling each executive by name

The adoption of business terms and technicalities from English-speaking organizations is increasingly widespread, and acronyms that describe executive positions are often favorites when used by those responsible for the areas of the company. The use of acronyms such as CEO, COO, CIO, CTO and CMO has become widespread, both in more traditional organizations such as startups and other technology-based companies.

But what is the meaning of these acronyms?

If we pay careful attention to its definition, we will see that the meaning of CEO and the rest of the management figures of companies are much simpler than you thought.

What is the CEO of a company?

The CEO of a company is the acronym corresponding to the acronym for Chief Executive Officer, which in Spain we usually know as CEO or Executive Director. He is the head of administrative management and direction in the company.

Who is the COO?

It comes from the Chief Operating Officer and can be translated as Director of Operations or Chief of Operations, responsible for the daily operations of the company such as production, logistics, etc.

What does CFO stand for in English?

CFO is the abbreviation for Ch IEF Financial Officer. In our business culture it corresponds to the Chief Financial Officer and his responsibility is the economic and financial planning of the company based on the objectives established by the board of directors, generally made up of those responsible for each area that we are analyzing in this post.

What is the CIO of a company?

It comes from the acronym for Chief Information Officer. Their role is attributed to the person responsible for the company’s information technology systems and usually falls into different professional profiles depending on the organization’s structure. Thus, the position of CIO may be the counterpart of the systems manager, although there is ambiguity in its implementation and it is often confused with the CTO, which we explain below.

What does the acronym CTO stand for?

It is the abbreviation of Chief Technology Officer and it is usual to give it the same treatment as the system manager in an erroneous way by many companies. The main difference is that while the CIO is responsible for the company’s information services at the process level and from the planning point of view, the CTO is the technical person in charge of the development and correct operation of the information systems from the point of view of execution.

What is a CMO in a company?

It corresponds to the acronym of Chief Marketing Officer and its translation in our business language is that of Marketing Director as the head of sales and product development, among other functions.

Its application in practice is different according to the structure of each organization, and there may be various combinations in the hierarchy of these executive positions. In general, the meaning of CEO of the company falls on the highest part of the organization and has as subordinates the executives responsible for each area, who report directly to this CEO to make his decisions. However, in other organizational models, the position of CEO held by its president as the visible image in communication and public relations of the company, delegating the highest decision-making authority to the COO.

The meaning of CEO extends

This definition nomenclature of executive positions in companies does not end here. Many of these terms did not exist a few years ago, and the increasing specialization of departments in large organizations gives rise to new positions, which after the meaning of CEO and the other positions that we have seen evolve into new figures such as the CSO (Chief Science Officer), CCO (Chief Commercial Officer), CLO (Chief Legal Officer) among many other definitions of executive positions.

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Coworking: Need or Opportunity?

Many times when it comes to undertaking we see that there are a great multitude of impediments that stop our initiative.

One of the most obvious, especially in times of crisis, is financing. That is why a work modality called coworking has proliferated in Spain for a few years. But what is coworking?

The foundation of coworking is to bring together professionals from different fields in the same space where they can develop their activity, which means significant cost savings. In other words, it’s like having roommates with whom you share expenses.

Surely, you have heard a friend talk about a coworking space, collaborative work, cost savings, … So far great, but the philosophy that underlies this type of work is even broader. The work tends to be increasingly multidisciplinary and many times, as entrepreneurs , we cannot cover the requests of a potential client.

We are going to put an example. Let’s imagine that we are a freelance professional specialized in Online Marketing and we have several accounts as a Community Manager.

As you are self-employed, but you are not motivated either by being in your pajamas all day locked at home listening to music, or worse, some gossip program that they give in the morning on TV – not to mention going to work in a library where the WIFI is slower than on your first Smartphone – you decide to try a coworking space where you have all the comforts for a small price and from which you can always “run away” if things don’t go well for you.

One fine day comes the opportunity to create a Social Media plan for a company. Within this Plan the creation of a corporate blog, the creation of videos,… to which you obviously answer: “no problem!” Is contemplated, since it is an opportunity that you cannot miss.

Once you dismiss the client, you sit in your chair and a cold sweat starts to run down your forehead thinking “now how do I do all this?”

From its programming, database creation, corporate identity creation … to the creation of promotional videos and a long etcetera.

Suddenly you raise your head like a meerkat in the African savannah and you see Nika, that nice girl who is a web designer and a little further on you see Alfon, that “compi” with whom you go out for beer on Fridays when you finish ” currar ”and it turns out that in addition to working as an illustrator, he has a hobby which is making videos, especially for his friends, and on top of that, it’s really good!

Et voilá! You already have a fully qualified team to carry out your project… and who knows if a future company. This idea is what underlies the coworking philosophy : Being able to create flexible collaborative environments that adapt to the needs of projects or clients.

Obviously, cooperative work has its advantages and disadvantages. Creating a multidisciplinary team for a project can be complicated, since managing the team is not an easy task when the participants do not share a mutual philosophy or common goals. Therefore, it is important to create a team that complements each other both on a human and professional level, and above all that wants to move the project forward.

From my own experience, if you want to develop your own project and do not have funding , it is better to make it very clear to the participants the delivery times and what their role in the team is. Otherwise, you will end up spending more time trying to coordinate people than working directly on your project.
“Luck is what happens when preparation and opportunity meet and merge.” Voltaire

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