Global North America 

Will Chinas coronavirus-related trends shape the future for American VCs?

Rocio Wu is a venture partner at F-Prime Capital who focuses on early-stage investments in software/applied AI, fintech and frontier tech investments. For the past month, VC investment pace seems to have slacked off in the U.S, but deal activities in China are picking up following a slowdown prompted by the COVID-19 outbreak. According to PitchBook, “Chinese firms recorded 66 venture capital deals for the week ended March 28, the most of any week in 2020 and just below figures from the same time last year,” (although 2019 was a…

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Global North America 

Major UK takeaway chains start to reopen

Three major takeaway chains in the UK have announced limited reopening programmes after closing during the coronavirus lockdown. Burger King, KFC and Pret A Manger have or will open certain restaurants around the country for delivery only. Government guidelines state that while restaurants and pubs have to close, they can prepare food for collection or delivery. The chains had decided to temporarily close as the lockdown took effect. ‘Lifting spirits’ Burger King is to reopen four restaurants: two in Bristol, one in Coventry, and one in Swindon, with a pared-down…

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