Changing World: HomeSharing

April 21, 2019 In 2017, my family and I drove up to Montreal in Canada to watch the Formula 1 Grand Prix. We had a lot of fun, and my daughters loved the fact that we had “our own house” in Canada. We stayed at an AirBnB apartment and not only saved money but had […]

Somar’s Mission

March 2019 Somar’s Mission In celebration of our upcoming 3rd anniversary, we would like to elaborate on our mission at Somar, which we have illustrated below (Fig. 1). We will use this, and the following two letters to delve deeper into our core pillars. We believe that Somar offers a very compelling way for investors […]

Changing World: Streaming TV

April 14, 2019 Growing up in Portugal, every weekday I waited until 5PM for the TV programming to start on one of only two available channels. I would get 30 minutes of cartoons. There were breaks for advertising and no VCRs. On weekends, I got 2 hours of cartoons+ starting at 10AM. It was not […]

Changing World: Cloud Computing

April 7, 2019 Cloud computing has grown at more than 20% for about a decade and presents an impressive illustration of growth at scale. Despite now being a massive $100+ billion market, it is still predicted to grow at double digit rates for many years in the future. It is a step change improvement in […]

Changing World: Social Influence

March 31, 2019 Social media and social media influencers are emerging as a very powerful and efficient channel to market and promote brands. This month we witnessed a watershed moment of this phenomenon: social media influencer Kylie Jenner became, at the age of 21, the world’s youngest self-made billionaire through launching her own brand of […]

Changing World: Litigation Finance

March 24, 2019 Litigation finance is emerging as an important tool for both plaintiffs and law firms to fund expensive, yet promising ongoing litigation cases. It bridges an important gap between rising costs (for example due to large electronic discovery costs) and plaintiffs’ demand for funding and risk sharing, pushing back against the traditional risk-free […]