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Pandemic, Future of Work & the Current Fundraising Environment
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Pandemic, Future of Work & the Current Fundraising Environment

By Jason Corsello on May 25, 2020 As a data-driven investor, we constantly track data. Fundraising data. Market data. Economic data. Over the last month, one question persists —how will COVID-19 affect venture capital fundraising particularly in the Future of Work? We decided to look at our data to understand VC fundraising over the last month and compare last month’s data with the same period last year. We also wanted to analyze a full year of data to compare year-over-year trends. The early indications suggest the fundraising environment has NOT changed as a result of the pandemic. In fact, as you see the data below, if you compare fundraising in Future of Work companies in April 2019 vs. April 2020, it was actually up 40% year over year. Please keep in mind a few consid...
Diversity & The Future of Work — We Can No Longer Sit on the Sidelines!
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Diversity & The Future of Work — We Can No Longer Sit on the Sidelines!

Over the last 48 hours, I have watched technology CEOs, industry executives, and leading VC firms voice their outrage by the killing of George Floyd and decry racism in America. Many of their companies have made official statements and even provided financial support towards nonprofits supporting racial injustice. I admire their efforts but frankly I think they can, and should, be doing even more to go beyond the platitudes and philanthropic donations to create more impactful change. As leaders of people and organizations, those same executives can stand up to racism by the examples they create in their own companies. I’m encourage by CEOs like Ken Frazier, Merck CEO, who spoke eloquently yesterday on CNBC about equality and companies opportunity to create change. He leads by example...
Infor Announces Strategic Partnership with Sinfo One for Italian Food & Beverage Sector
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Infor Announces Strategic Partnership with Sinfo One for Italian Food & Beverage Sector

Infor, a global leader in business cloud software specialized by industry, today announced a partnership with Sinfo One, a consultancy and system integration company with more than 35 years of experience in managing international projects aimed at supporting companies through digital transformation processes in the Italian food & beverage sector. The collaboration stems from their shared values ​​such as a strong focus on industry solutions and a continuous drive for innovation, the adoption of cloud paradigms, and optimal user experience, which derives from great attention to customer satisfaction. The partner agreement is based on an offer of solutions designed to overcome the specific business challenges of the food industry, which includes: • Infor CloudSuite Food & Beverage an...
Gender Diversity & Future of Work Companies — We Can Do Better!
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Gender Diversity & Future of Work Companies — We Can Do Better!

Gender Diversity & Future of Work Companies — We Can Do Better! Since launching the Future of Work Global Index earlier this year, we have been pouring through the publicly available data on the companies within the index. Who are the outliers and why? What makes the strong performers unique? What are some unique metrics about the segment itself? When we launched Acadian Ventures last year, we created our core investment thesis. “Diverse Companies Win” emerged as an important theme for our fund. As I was looking at the financial performance of the index companies, I was also curious to better understand diversity — in particular gender diversity — across the companies. Do companies that focus on workforce productivity, performance, and progression “walk the walk” when it comes to...
Pandemic, Future of Work & the Current Fundraising Environment
Business

Pandemic, Future of Work & the Current Fundraising Environment

By Jason Corsello on May 25, 2020 As a data-driven investor, we constantly track data. Fundraising data. Market data. Economic data. Over the last month, one question persists —how will COVID-19 affect venture capital fundraising particularly in the Future of Work? We decided to look at our data to understand VC fundraising over the last month and compare last month’s data with the same period last year. We also wanted to analyze a full year of data to compare year-over-year trends. The early indications suggest the fundraising environment has NOT changed as a result of the pandemic. In fact, as you see the data below, if you compare fundraising in Future of Work companies in April 2019 vs. April 2020, it was actually up 40% year over year. Please keep in mind a few consid...
Diversity & The Future of Work — We Can No Longer Sit on the Sidelines!
Business

Diversity & The Future of Work — We Can No Longer Sit on the Sidelines!

Over the last 48 hours, I have watched technology CEOs, industry executives, and leading VC firms voice their outrage by the killing of George Floyd and decry racism in America. Many of their companies have made official statements and even provided financial support towards nonprofits supporting racial injustice. I admire their efforts but frankly I think they can, and should, be doing even more to go beyond the platitudes and philanthropic donations to create more impactful change. As leaders of people and organizations, those same executives can stand up to racism by the examples they create in their own companies. I’m encourage by CEOs like Ken Frazier, Merck CEO, who spoke eloquently yesterday on CNBC about equality and companies opportunity to create change. He leads by example...
Infor Announces Strategic Partnership with Sinfo One for Italian Food & Beverage Sector
Business

Infor Announces Strategic Partnership with Sinfo One for Italian Food & Beverage Sector

Infor, a global leader in business cloud software specialized by industry, today announced a partnership with Sinfo One, a consultancy and system integration company with more than 35 years of experience in managing international projects aimed at supporting companies through digital transformation processes in the Italian food & beverage sector. The collaboration stems from their shared values ​​such as a strong focus on industry solutions and a continuous drive for innovation, the adoption of cloud paradigms, and optimal user experience, which derives from great attention to customer satisfaction. The partner agreement is based on an offer of solutions designed to overcome the specific business challenges of the food industry, which includes: • Infor CloudSuite Food & Beverage an...
Gender Diversity & Future of Work Companies — We Can Do Better!
Business

Gender Diversity & Future of Work Companies — We Can Do Better!

Gender Diversity & Future of Work Companies — We Can Do Better! Since launching the Future of Work Global Index earlier this year, we have been pouring through the publicly available data on the companies within the index. Who are the outliers and why? What makes the strong performers unique? What are some unique metrics about the segment itself? When we launched Acadian Ventures last year, we created our core investment thesis. “Diverse Companies Win” emerged as an important theme for our fund. As I was looking at the financial performance of the index companies, I was also curious to better understand diversity — in particular gender diversity — across the companies. Do companies that focus on workforce productivity, performance, and progression “walk the walk” when it comes to...
Pandemic, Future of Work & the Current Fundraising Environment
Business

Pandemic, Future of Work & the Current Fundraising Environment

By Jason Corsello on May 25, 2020 As a data-driven investor, we constantly track data. Fundraising data. Market data. Economic data. Over the last month, one question persists —how will COVID-19 affect venture capital fundraising particularly in the Future of Work? We decided to look at our data to understand VC fundraising over the last month and compare last month’s data with the same period last year. We also wanted to analyze a full year of data to compare year-over-year trends. The early indications suggest the fundraising environment has NOT changed as a result of the pandemic. In fact, as you see the data below, if you compare fundraising in Future of Work companies in April 2019 vs. April 2020, it was actually up 40% year over year. Please keep in mind a few consid...
Diversity & The Future of Work — We Can No Longer Sit on the Sidelines!
Business

Diversity & The Future of Work — We Can No Longer Sit on the Sidelines!

Over the last 48 hours, I have watched technology CEOs, industry executives, and leading VC firms voice their outrage by the killing of George Floyd and decry racism in America. Many of their companies have made official statements and even provided financial support towards nonprofits supporting racial injustice. I admire their efforts but frankly I think they can, and should, be doing even more to go beyond the platitudes and philanthropic donations to create more impactful change. As leaders of people and organizations, those same executives can stand up to racism by the examples they create in their own companies. I’m encourage by CEOs like Ken Frazier, Merck CEO, who spoke eloquently yesterday on CNBC about equality and companies opportunity to create change. He leads by example...