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BlockFi Raises $350M Series D, Coupang Prices IPO, And More

From Crunchbase news: BlockFi valued at $3B after $350M Series D Financial services company BlockFi, which provides zero-fee trading and crypto-based interest accounts, announced $350 million in Series D funding, co-led by Bain Capital Ventures, DST Global, Pomp Investments and Tiger Global, to give the company a $3 billion valuation. Additional backers in the round include Valar Ventures, Breyer Capital, Susquehanna Government Products, Jump Capital and Paradigm.[…]

SEC Approves NYSE Direct Listing Proposal

From Crunchbase News Dec 23 2020  The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has approved the New York Stock Exchange’s proposal to allow companies to raise capital in a direct listing. In a direct listing, a block of shares isn’t sold to investors at a set price, as it is with a traditional IPO (you can read more about[…]

Edgard & Cooper Bags $26M To Expand Fresh Pet Food Business

From Crunchbase News: Consumers are becoming more aware of their pets’ dietary requirements and overall health as they spend more time with furry (or nonfurry) companions during the pandemic. Edgard & Cooper, based in Belgium, is one of Europe’s pioneers in offering fresh pet food options and has raised 22 million euros (approx. $26 million)[…]

VCs Say Lessons From COVID-19 May Push Funding, Dealmaking Past Political Uncertainty

From Crunchbase News: While the nation awaits the results of the presidential election, lessons learned early in the year from the COVID-19 pandemic and the “new normal” it created could push the tech sector past any political uncertainty. “There is ‘scar tissue,’ if you will, from March, as it caused a lot of companies to[…]

Vision Fund Executives Abandon Ship As SoftBank’s Masa Son Plots Comeback

From Zero Hedge: Ever since Vision Fund chief Rajeev Misra told Bloomberg that SoftBank’s second “Vision Fund” might instead be formulated as a “SPAC” instead of another VC fund, we’ve pretty much been waiting for the next shoe to drop over at the Vision Fund. Miraculously, SoftBank’s shares have recovered, and talk of giving a WeWork[…]

Unicorn Update: New Research & IPOs – Just, DJI, Affirm, Dataminr, SpaceX, Impossible Foods and more

From Gracia Group: SPACEX SpaceX gets FCC approval to bid in $16 billion rural-broadband auction https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2020/10/spacex-gets-fcc-approval-to-bid-in-16-billion-rural-broadband-auction/ IMPOSSIBLE FOODS “Impossible Foods Is Gaining on Beyond Meat. What That Means for the Stock” https://www.barrons.com/articles/impossible-foods-gaining-beyond-meat-room-for-more-than-one-winner-51602685246 AFFIRM “Max Levchin’s Affirm Confidentially Files for U.S. IPO” https://www.reuters.com/article/us-affirm-ipo-idUSKBN26T389 BETTER “Better.com in Talks to Raise $100M at $4B Valuation: Report” https://www.housingwire.com/articles/better-com-in-talks-to-raise-100m-at-4b-valuation-report/ CLOVER[…]

SoftBank’s Vision Fund Plans SPAC, Vows It Is Not Behind Nasdaq Melt-up

From Zero Hedge: SPACs (it stands for Special Purpose Acquisition Vehicle) raised a ton of money over the summer as the craze that seemingly started with Bill Ackman and Chamath Palihapitiya (already on his third SPAC). It’s already drawing in big-name celebrity investors (Shaq is in the process of launching one), which might evoke unflattering parallels to the ICO[…]

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Third Point Reveals New Stake In Snowflake

From Zero Hedge: With both old and new Wall Street flooding into the recently IPOed cloud darling Snowflake, which among other investors also sported none other than Berkshire Hathaway (although in light of Warren Buffet’s aversion to IPOs, it has been widely speculated that Berkshire’s $250MM investment in SNOW was the work of Buffett’s two[…]

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JPMorgan builds a new team to trade pre-IPO giants – CNBC

From Seeking Alpha: JPMorgan Chase (JPM +0.7%) is putting together a new team to match sellers and buyers in the growing market for private company shares, CNBC reports, citing Chris Berthe, JPMorgan’s global co-head of cash equities trading. He’s brought in Andrew Thuhill, a senior vice president from trading platform Forge Global, to lead the new team.[…]

LevelX levels the playing field for investors

From Zero Hedge: COVID has created a situation where millions of people are quarantined at home.  Some are under lockdown rules, others have been laid off; and some have decided it’s just better to stay at home. This has caused huge surges in business that can be done online, and one of those businesses is trading. […]