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The Most Recent Startup Investments Over $250 Million In 2019

From Crunchbase January 23, 2019 2018 was the year supergiant VC deals became a nearly everyday occurrence. Equity funding rounds of $100 million or more dominated the global VC market, accounting for a vanishingly small percent of total deal volume, but accounting for 56 percent of the total dollar volume. Here’s the thing about these supergiant VC[…]

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For Silicon Valley’s Startups, The Bill Is Finally Coming Due

From Zero Hedge 1/22/2019: Silicon Valley startups like Hustle, an ad-messaging company that spent lavishly on things like on-tap kombucha and arcade games for employees, are learning the hard way that party is coming to an end and the bill is finally due. Earlier this month, the company announced mass layoffs according to the WSJ . This depressing[…]

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Jeff Bezos convinced 22 investors to back his new company Amazon in 1994. Their returns? Mind-boggling

From South China Morning Post December 2018: A group including family and friends each got 1 per cent of Bezos’ firm in return for US$50,000 – and an astonishing 14 million per cent return now makes each of those original shares worth US$7bn. He failed to convince 38 of them, and 24 years later some[…]

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Uber, Lyft IPOs to mint next batch of Bay Area millionaires

From CNET December 2018: Along with sourdough bread, impossibly steep hills and the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco is known for having more billionaires than any US city west of the Mississippi. Seventy-four to be exact. That’s not to mention the nearly 150,000 millionaires that live in the Bay Area. And those numbers are about to multiply. If[…]

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How Ashton Kutcher And Guy Oseary Built A $250 Million Portfolio With Startups Like Uber And Airbnb

Forbes March 2016 Eight and a Half X: TV star Ashton Kutcher and Madonna manager Guy Oseary teamed with billionaire Ron Burkle to turn $30 million into $250 million with investments like Uber and Airbnb. Liberty Media is betting $100 million the duo can do it again–on their own. (Photos: Tim Pannell for Forbes). Ashton[…]

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What was Microsoft IPO price vs. 20 years later?

Atlanta, GA (PreIPOSwap.com) – 12/18/2018 Microsoft (MSFT) is a company that many geeks love to hate.  Windows glitches and patches, embarrassing moments in tech history – yet Windows is the dominant computing platform not only for PCs but for Server environments and many other systems.  Yeah, they missed the internet, they lost out on Blockchain[…]

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How Much Do CEOs of Tech Companies Make Pre-IPO?

This post is adapted from the blog of Craft, a Priceonomics Data Content Platform customer. Does your company have interesting data? Become a Priceonomics customer. *** There have been a flurry of IPOs in 2018, many for companies in the Technology sector. Previously, we looked at the compensation of Fortune 100 company CEOs and we were curious to see how[…]