Feb 24, 2018

Andreessen Horowitz invests in digital custody startup Anchor Labs

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Andreessen Horowitz has invested in Anchor Labs, a stealthy startup planning to provide digital asset custody, according to multiple sources. The startup is raising up to $17 million in Series A funding, according to a Delaware filing from December that Axios obtained from Lagniappe Labs, though it's not clear whether the round has closed yet and who else participated.

Hot commodity: Anchor Labs opted to raise funds after acquisition talks with Coinbase didn't end in a deal. In November, Coinbase unveiled its own plans to provide custody services to institutional investors.

  • Digital asset custody is becoming the next big topic on the investment side of digital tokens because it’s a critical requirement for institutional investors.

Similar to what real estate tech company Compass did for its recent $450 million fundraise, Anchor Labs' Delaware filing includes language that will require approval from a majority of preferred shareholders if it wants to create, issue, or sell digital tokens.

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Private equity returns fell behind stocks over the past decade

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U.S. private equity returns fell just below S&P 500 returns for the 10-year period ending last June, according to a report released Monday morning by Bain & Company.

Why it matters: Private equity markets itself as beating public markets over long-term time horizons, and usually providing an illiquidity premium to boot. These new performance figures not only dent such claims, but provide fresh ammunition to critics of public pension investment in private equity funds.

Why Apple may move to open iOS

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Apple may finally allow iPhone owners to set email or browsing apps other than Apple's own as their preferred defaults, according to a Bloomberg report from last week.

The big picture: Customers have long clamored for the ability to choose their preferred apps, and now Apple, like other big tech companies, finds itself under increased scrutiny over anything perceived as anticompetitive.