我們也開始追求利潤了。上個月，Trinity Venture 的帕特里西婭·納卡什就指出私募資本市場已經掉轉方向，不計代價追求增長。現在，公開市場參與進來并直接指出增長的代價已經太大。她在《財富》最具影響力的商界女性峰會上表示：“私有資本市場從一個極端走向另一個極端，本身就是錯誤。”（財富中文網）
The latest financier to get on the “pivoting to profit” bandwagon? Goldman Sachs’s CEO David Solomon. After years and years of companies pursuing revenue growth at all costs and putting profit on the backburner, Solomon is the latest to have the epiphany that profit matters.
Stung by Uber and WeWork, Solomon told Bloomberg that “it’s important for people to grow, but there’s got to be a clear and articulated path to profitability.” He added that he thinks there’s a little more market discipline coming into play.
Goldman Sachs lost $267 million on public equity investments such as Uber, Avantor, and Tradeweb Markets. Its stake in WeWork fell by $80 million after the company’s failed IPO plan. Last quarter was Goldman’s worst performance in more than three years.
Solomon said: “The monetary policy that has been ramping around the world has basically forced people out on the risk curve, has forced people to look for other ways to drive returns, and one of the things they’ve been chasing is growth and to some degree growth at all costs. The market here is speaking and telling people here, let’s rein that in a little bit.”
Solomon used WeWork as a signifier that capital markets were functioning properly. I’ve been writing about this way before the WeWork implosion. In an April column, I pointed out that investors are willing to overlook profitability so long as there’s a promise for long-term growth. In response, one Term Sheet reader wrote:
“There has to be an inflection point when a company swings to profitability, typically by wielding pricing power in a winner-take-all market, or at least continues inching closer to it. If you don’t have that, you don’t have a business. Plain and simple.”
Oh, and we’ve swung. Trinity Ventures’ Patricia Nakache said last month that the private markets have swung way out toward growth at all costs. Now, public markets have weighed in and resoundingly said that this has gone too far. “It’s a mistake in private markets to go from extreme to extreme,” she said at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit.