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Investor Cohort Funding Through The Pandemic

From Crunchbase News: Alarm bells were sounded in March this year that companies needed to get ready for a changed business environment and prepare for an 18-month runway, with no expectations of being able to raise funding. It became apparent quite quickly that while some companies had their markets wiped out overnight (especially in travel, recruiting and[…]

These are the biggest winners and losers in Softbank’s portfolio

From b2b Thinknum:  SoftBank ($TYO:9984) has seen it all. Perhaps solely responsible for the trend of inflating loss leaders to become decacorns, SoftBank has had an undeniable influence on the behaviors of VCs and investors across the globe. With a hand in the pocket of some of the largest tech startups in the world, SoftBank[…]

Social Finance SoFi a new type of financial services firm

From Zero Hedge: While many have never heard of Social Finance or SoFi, it’s valued at $8 Billion USD which puts it not exactly at the bottom of the list.  Now that companies like Palantir, Airbnb, and many others have filed for IPO; investors are looking further down the line at companies like SoFi that[…]

Venture Capital Funnel Shows Odds Of Becoming A Unicorn Are About 1%

From CB Insights: Anecdotally, it’s known that most startups fail. But looking at the data, we can see the hard truth in the numbers and better understand where in the funding lifecycle startups begin to lose traction. We followed a cohort of over 1,100 startups from the moment they raised their first seed investment to[…]

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Private Unicorn Board Now Above 600 Companies Valued At $2T

From Crunchbase: Now that we are halfway through 2020, we thought it would be a good time to check in and report on the latest unicorn data. Leading industries for new unicorn companies this year include education–with four new unicorns; Quizlet, Udemy, ApplyBoard, Course Hero–and software service companies, including Notion (workplace collaboration), Figma (design collaboration), and Podium (local customer communication). Software services and online education[…]

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Biotech Startup Aims to Make Use of Humanity’s Genetic Outliers

From Bloomberg.com 5/28/2020: The Sherpa people living at high altitudes in Nepal and the Himalayas have a genetic trait that puzzles and fascinates scientists. They’re able to lead healthy, active lives with blood oxygen levels far below what most humans need to function properly. Where other people in high altitudes have adapted to boost their[…]

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Covid Is Accelerating the Rise of Faux Meat

From Wired 5/20/2020: The supply chain for traditional meat is buckling, and plant-based alternatives from companies like Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat are filling the void. As with toilet paper and cleaning products, you probably didn’t fully appreciate meat until the coronavirus pandemic snatched it away. The distribution infrastructure that normally gets plenty of beef,[…]

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Silicon Valley Invents “The Free Lunch” – The Doordash-Pizza Arbitrage

Authored by Ranjan Roy via The Margins substack, If capitalism is driven by a search for profit, the food delivery business confuses the hell out of me. Every platform loses money. Restaurants feel like they’re getting screwed. Delivery drivers are poster children for gig economy problems. Customers get annoyed about delivery fees. Isn’t business supposed to[…]

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Sequoia Capital Warns Of “Black Swan” As Covid-19 Outbreak Persists

From Zero Hedge: Sequoia Capital, a top Silicon Valley venture capital firm, issued a “black swan” warning on Thursday about the Covid-19 outbreak. In a memo to Sequoia founders, employees, and CEOs of its portfolio companies, it provided “guidance on how to ensure the health of their business while dealing with potential business consequences of the[…]

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Surviving The Unicorn ‘Winter’

Authored by Mark Jeftovic via Guerilla-Capitalism.com, The theme for today’s post is from Scott Galloway’s (@profgalloway on Twitter) “Casper Should Not Go Public” post on Medium, which he wrote in response to the news that Casper, a mattress company I had never heard of, had filed to go public, having lost $73.4 million on $250.9 million revenues in[…]

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