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The 4 Tools Making Capital More Abundant Than It’s Ever Been

The 4 Tools Making Capital More Abundant Than It’s Ever Been

Nothing accelerates technological innovation like cash. Lots and lots of cash. More bucks means more Buck Rogers.

More cash means more people building, experimenting, failing, and eventually driving breakthroughs.

In December 2017, I wrote about the abundance of capital accumulating around the world. We’ve seen so much development in this space in Q1 2018 alone that it deserves an update.

This past decade, and in the decades ahead, we will experience an unprecedented era of capital abundance that will massively accelerate innovation and fund crazy ideas and moonshots.

Where is all this cash coming from? I’ll highlight four areas:

  1. Crowdfunding
  2. Venture funding
  3. Initial coin offerings (ICOs)
  4. Sovereign wealth funds and mega funds

Let’s dive in.

The Rise of Crowdfunding

At the low end of capital abundance is crowdfunding, a peer-to-peer network where any person can present their product or service to the world and ask for funding.

Funding can come in the form of a loan, an equity investment,…
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