We split this episode into two parts: in this, the first part (9A), we discuss the broad implications of COVID-19, the short-term and long-term implications, how this is the “end of the world, as we know it”, but why there are many reasons to be hopeful about the future to come (recorded on April 16th).
Look out for the second part of this episode (9B), where we will be focusing on the impact of COVID-19 in the Venture Capital and Start-up ecosystems.
Section 1 - COVID-19 - “the end of the world, as we know it” (02:36)
Section 2 - What the future holds (05:53)
Section 3 - Economic impact (12:03)
Section 4 - Long term impact of COVID-19 (18:41)
Bertrand Schmitt, Tech Entrepreneur, co-founder and Chairman at App Annie, @bschmitt
Nuno Goncalves Pedro, Investor, co-Founder and Managing Partner of Strive Capital, @ngpedro
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Nuno: In today's episode, we will be discussing the impact of COVID-19 and the pandemic. Specifically, we will go through an introduction. We are recording this on April 16th so the numbers that we have today, we will also talk about what the future holds.
We will be sharing the opinions of several people that we've been reading as well as our own opinions. We will be discussing the core assumptions economically and how the world is supposed to recover from this. We will discuss the longterm impact of COVID-19 in our own view, and how do we expect to be exiting this pandemic?
We will talk about the impact to venture capital firms in their own fundraising, in their own operations. We will discuss the impact on startups, how and where they play, their markets, their operating models, the complexities that they're going through. And finally, we will finish with the impact on board of directors and governance in these companies. We will, be splitting this episode into two so that it is more digestible. We will not be talking about the scientific ramifications of COVID-19, we are not experts in that space and therefore we will stay away from those discussions.
Bertrand a difficult start to this episode, it is the end of the world as we know it. The REM song is a little bit happier than this, but in some ways it is the end of the world as we know it.
Bertrand: But it is not the end of the world. Hopefully, we are going to grow back. It's definitely tough times. As of today, we have more than 2 million cases, confirmed. Close to 150,000 dead. It's really, really, big numbers. It's amazing the change in society that have happened over the past few weeks, few months, since early January, since it was starting from Wuhan in China. Expanded to China, and then expanded step by step to the rest of the world. We saw Europe, we saw US, and many other countries are going to get even more impacted from South America to Africa.
It's an event like you have every 50 or 100 years. So, it's a very, specific moment in time and, a surprising timing for us launching our podcast. Nuno?
Nuno: It's been an interesting, and by interesting, obviously we can't really minimize the tragedy of what is going on. The stress that is basically affecting all our infrastructure hospitals, food supplies, the effect that we're having in our own lives as people are locked down, they're sheltered in place.
So in this episode, although we will talk about a lot of things that we hope to be hopeful about and more positive about, we did want to start in this more somber note of acknowledging all the deaths and all the people that have been affected dramatically by t...