Day: November 2, 2022

Visualized: The Biggest Donors of the 2022 U.S. Midterm Elections


This post is by Marcus Lu from Visual Capitalist


largest donors of the U.S. midterm elections

Visualized: The Biggest Donors of the 2022 U.S. Midterm Elections

This year’s midterm election is expected to set a new spending record, with over $9 billion being raised. This is significantly higher than the previous record of $7 billion, which was set in 2018.

According to a recent analysis by the Washington Post, $1 billion of these funds can be attributed to the top 50 donors. In typical Visual Capitalist style, we’ve illustrated this data to provide you with better insight.

Overview of the Data

The following table lists the top 10 individual donors of the 2022 midterm elections.

RankNameAffiliationTotal Donation (USD millions)
#1George SorosDemocrat$129
#2Elizabeth & Richard UihleinRepublican$70
#3Kenneth GriffinRepublican$66
#4Jeffrey YassRepublican$48
#5Sam Bankman-FriedDemocrat$39
#6Stephen SchwarzmanRepublican$33
#7Timothy MellonRepublican$33
#8Larry EllisonRepublican$31
#9Peter ThielRepublican$30
#10Patrick & Shirley RyanRepublican$27

Sorting this top 10 donor list by party, we can see that $168 million was raised for the Democrats, and $338 million for the Republicans.

Continue reading below for some interesting background info on all 10 of these individuals. Net worth values were gathered from Forbes on November 1, 2022.

George Soros (Net worth: $7B)

George Soros is a Hungarian-born American billionaire, widely known for his philanthropical efforts and for “breaking” the Bank of England. He has had an illustrious career as a hedge fund manager, founding Soros Fund (Read more...)

Visualized: The Biggest Donors of the 2022 U.S. Midterm Elections


This post is by Marcus Lu from Visual Capitalist


largest donors of the U.S. midterm elections

Visualized: The Biggest Donors of the 2022 U.S. Midterm Elections

This year’s midterm election is expected to set a new spending record, with over $9 billion being raised. This is significantly higher than the previous record of $7 billion, which was set in 2018.

According to a recent analysis by the Washington Post, $1 billion of these funds can be attributed to the top 50 donors. In typical Visual Capitalist style, we’ve illustrated this data to provide you with better insight.

Overview of the Data

The following table lists the top 10 individual donors of the 2022 midterm elections.

RankNameAffiliationTotal Donation (USD millions)
#1George SorosDemocrat$129
#2Elizabeth & Richard UihleinRepublican$70
#3Kenneth GriffinRepublican$66
#4Jeffrey YassRepublican$48
#5Sam Bankman-FriedDemocrat$39
#6Stephen SchwarzmanRepublican$33
#7Timothy MellonRepublican$33
#8Larry EllisonRepublican$31
#9Peter ThielRepublican$30
#10Patrick & Shirley RyanRepublican$27

Sorting this top 10 donor list by party, we can see that $168 million was raised for the Democrats, and $338 million for the Republicans.

Continue reading below for some interesting background info on all 10 of these individuals. Net worth values were gathered from Forbes on November 1, 2022.

George Soros (Net worth: $7B)

George Soros is a Hungarian-born American billionaire, widely known for his philanthropical efforts and for “breaking” the Bank of England. He has had an illustrious career as a hedge fund manager, founding Soros Fund (Read more...)

Partner Meeting: What founders should do when deals aren’t getting done, China’s 20th National…


This post is by MPD from @MPD - Medium


Partner Meeting: What founders should do when deals aren’t getting done, China’s 20th National Congress and what it means for the global economy, Q3 earnings start to roll in, OFAC sanctions in crypto, and should you have a co-founder

On this week’s Partner Meeting episode we cover the following topics:

  • What founders should do when deals aren’t getting done
  • Q3 earnings start to roll in
  • China’s 20th National Congress and what it means for the global economy
  • OFAC sanctions in crypto
  • Business Lesson: should you have a co-founder?

Listen via your preferred platform here.

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Very Important and Hard to Teach


This post is by Collab Fund from Collab Fund


The most important decisions in your life may be whether to marry, who to marry, and whether to have kids. But none of those topics are taught in school. They’re hardly even discussed. How could they be? They aren’t problems you can distill down to an equation, or even a broad principle.

People have different personalities, goals, experiences, and levels of chance and serendipity, all of which make universal truths hard to find and difficult to teach. No matter how smart the world becomes, the best answer will always be, “You’ve got to figure it out for yourself.”

A lot of things work like that. Some of the most important topics are the hardest to teach, and real world experience is the only school.

A few others:

How to get along with people you disagree with.

How to respect the views of people who’ve had different life experiences than you.

How to recognize that your own views would be different if you were born in a different country or era.

How to recognize and appreciate luck.

How to deal with regret.

Where to live.

How to advertise your skills and accomplishments without being insufferable.

How to avoid being swayed by bullshit and charlatans.

How to manage the balance between confidence and ego, recognizing that you might be unique but you’re not special.

How to accept your own faults without guilt.

How to be curious about fields that have nothing to do with your career.

How to change your mind, especially (Read more...)

Very Important and Hard to Teach


This post is by Collab Fund from Collab Fund


The most important decisions in your life may be whether to marry, who to marry, and whether to have kids. But none of those topics are taught in school. They’re hardly even discussed. How could they be? They aren’t problems you can distill down to an equation, or even a broad principle.

People have different personalities, goals, experiences, and levels of chance and serendipity, all of which make universal truths hard to find and difficult to teach. No matter how smart the world becomes, the best answer will always be, “You’ve got to figure it out for yourself.”

A lot of things work like that. Some of the most important topics are the hardest to teach, and real world experience is the only school.

A few others:

How to get along with people you disagree with.

How to respect the views of people who’ve had different life experiences than you.

How to recognize that your own views would be different if you were born in a different country or era.

How to recognize and appreciate luck.

How to deal with regret.

Where to live.

How to advertise your skills and accomplishments without being insufferable.

How to avoid being swayed by bullshit and charlatans.

How to manage the balance between confidence and ego, recognizing that you might be unique but you’re not special.

How to accept your own faults without guilt.

How to be curious about fields that have nothing to do with your career.

How to change your mind, especially (Read more...)

Ranked: Gen Z’s Favorite Brands, Compared with Older Generations


This post is by Avery Koop from Visual Capitalist


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Gen Z’s Favorite Brands, Compared with Older Generations

Generation Z’s favorite brands, in absolute terms, aren’t wildly different from preferences of other generations, with Walmart, Google, and Netflix ranking high. But when it comes to the brands that do the best with Gen Z compared to their elders, the list shakes up dramatically.

This ranking uses consumer preference data from Morning Consult to show which brands are favored considerably more by Gen Z when compared to the general public. A brand’s rank is determined by the difference in favorability between Gen Z’s survey responses and the average of all U.S. adult respondents.

Note: Gen Z is the generation born between 1997-2012. Favorability in this ranking is measured using the share of a generation who said they have a “very” or “somewhat” favorable opinion of said brand.

Brands Preferred by Gen Z

Compared to Millennials, Gen X, and Boomers, who may not care as much for these 20 brands, Gen Z—currently between 9-25 years old—loves them. Let’s dive in:

RankBrandFavorability DifferenceU.S. Adult Favorability (Read more...)

How Gold Royalties Offer Inflation-Resistant Gold Exposure


This post is by Niccolo Conte from Visual Capitalist


The following content is sponsored by Gold Royalty

How Gold Royalties Offer Inflation-Resistant Gold Exposure

As rising inflation has increased the operational expenses of gold mining companies, gold royalty companies have emerged as an inflation-resistant alternative for investors seeking exposure to the precious metal. 

Without exposure to rising wages, fuel, and energy costs, gold royalty companies are able to maintain strong profit margins that are often more than double those of gold mining companies.

This infographic sponsored by Gold Royalty is the first in a two-part series and showcases exactly how royalty companies naturally avoid inflation, along with the superior profit margins that come as a result.

Inflation’s Dampening Effect on Gold Mining Profits

Since mid-2021, inflation has become a constant risk-factor for investors to keep in mind as they manage their portfolio. Every energy fuel has risen in price over the last year alongside wage increases around the world, greatly impacting the expenses of material production and refining.

Gold mining is no exception, and while operational costs have risen, gold’s price has actually decreased slightly over the same time period, further impacting gold mines’ profitability and margins.

CommodityPrice change since the start of 2021
Coal+372%
Gasoline+72%
Diesel+53%
Electricity+24%
Gold-13%

The impact of inflation can’t be understated when it comes to mining operations, which require large amounts of machinery, electricity, and people.

Along with (Read more...)

Q3 2022 Stormy Seas Ahead?



The Q3 2022 Pitchbook-NVCA Venture Monitor report highlighted some of the changes the venture capital marketplace is undergoing. Tightening monetary policy at home combined with war and economic instability abroad are expected to have near to medium-term impacts on the availability of capital, talent, commodities, and productive capacity across the world economy. The U.S. venture capital industry is subject to the same economic winds, but while the market has contracted somewhat from the heights of 2021, it is still performing well above historical norms.

However, there are potential challenges facing the venture capital industry on other fronts. Particularly domestic government action, monetary policy and investment trends, and foreign geopolitics.

Domestic Government Action

Over the past year, Congress has passed three significant pieces of legislation to modernize the U.S. economy — the Bipartisan Infrastructure Package, the CHIPS and Science Act, and the Inflation Reduction Act. These bills all provide incentives for VC participation, and if authorizing language and appropriated funds are managed effectively in the upcoming Congress, they could be transformative for various U.S. industries, including cleantech, semiconductors, and life sciences. More troublingly, there are a variety of regulations currently under consideration by the Executive Branch which could saddle venture-backed companies with uniquely onerous regulations when compared with larger companies in the market. Hopefully, Washington will prioritize strengthening the nation’s innovation ecosystem.

Monetary Policy and Investment Trends

As the Federal Reserve has sought to bring post-pandemic inflation under control by raising interest rates, there has been extensive anxiety (Read more...)

Your Attention Please…


This post is by Howard Lindzon from Howard Lindzon


The ‘attention economy‘ has been around now for a few years.  

I really liked this tweet from Amjad Masad that got me thinking about ‘attention’:

We have seen this the most over the years with politicians and fundraising, but now we are starting to see it more with content creators on the web.

I wrote a few weeks ago that Apple killed growth and caused inflation. The inflation I was talking about was customer acquisition which goes to Amjad’s point that it has become much harder to just raise capital and turn it into attention.

The attention/capital equation is something I think about more each day as I invest in early stage companies.