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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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How well do you know your founder?

12/1/2019 – (PreIPOSwap.com) – New York, NY — The WeWork fraud has given us all a moment to reconsider our policies on how to spot a fraud.  Obviously, it wasn’t only Softbank that was tricked into thinking that WeWork was a strong, serious company.  Industry professionals are not only beholden to rules, they are required[…]

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This year’s disappointing IPO class is causing a ‘reckoning’ among private investors

From CNBC: KEY POINTS The disappointing IPO season has led some to question the lofty valuations of late-stage private companies ahead of their public debuts. Fred Wilson, a VC at Union Square Ventures in New York, wrote a blog post over the weekend that said even though many of these companies use tech, they don’t[…]

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We Work Fraud Exposed

(PreIPOSwap — 9/26/2019) New York, NY —  We get asked often about fraud in Private Equity as it’s an Over the Counter (OTC) market and not exchange traded.  Our answer is the classic answer – the majority of the risk lies in the underlying asset, i.e. the stock you’re buying, not the secondary market counterparty. […]

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Sustainable Investing as a Strategy

PreIPOSwap.com – 9/19/2019 — The world is becoming unstable, volatile, and scary. Being sustainable isn’t a do-gooder philosophy.  The reason Ponzi schemes blow up is because they aren’t sustainable.  Sustainable means solid, consistent, over the long term.  So when someone uses the phrase, be aware of the connotations and varied interpretations on what sustainability really[…]

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