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The Neymar Vortex

Mario Gabriele
The Generalist
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  • Neymar, the heir apparent to Ronaldo and Messi, is stuck between a rock and a hard place
  • Neymar joined Paris Saint-Germain in 2017 for a $263mm transfer fee
  • Thus he became stuck in the Neyman Vortex: his sky-high valuation meant he traded opportunity for money

The Neymar Vortex in Tech

  • That very same dynamic befalls many young tech companies as well - a high valuation forces startups to either "catch up" or become efficient enough to not need outside capital
  • Fintech company Brex raised a $100mm Series C for a $2.6bn valuation
  • Half a year earlier Brex raised $125mm for a valuation $1.1bn valuation
  • This rapid increase in valuation was not due to intrinsic growth, but an increase in TAM
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