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SpaceX plans to spin off its Starlink satellite internet business

From Engadget : SpaceX chief Elon Musk declared years ago that the company won’t go public until its Mars vehicle is regularly flying people to the red planet. You might get the chance to own a piece of the company earlier than that, though: According to Bloomberg, SpaceX is thinking of spinning out Starlink, its space internet business, and[…]

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Hospital-Disinfecting Robots: Xenex Sees Surge In Orders As COVID-19 Pandemic Escalates

From Crunchbase News: As COVID-19 spreads across the world, hospitals have become ground zero for the virus. It can be challenging for all the surfaces in a hospital room to be thoroughly disinfected when that room is being cleaned and prepared for the next patient. This poses obvious health risks, especially during a pandemic. One company has[…]

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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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The Distribution Of Series A Deal Size In The US

From Crunchbase News February, 2020: You wouldn’t be wrong for believing that venture capital is just a big bowl of alphabet soup. GPs invest the money of LPs. Performance is measured by metrics like TVPI, DPI and IRR. In pitches, founders and their funders may talk up low CACs and high LTVs. And with 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[…]

Fintech’s next decade will look radically different

From Tech Crunch December, 2019: The birth and growth of financial technology developed mostly over the last ten years. So as we look ahead, what does the next decade have in store? I believe we’re starting to see early signs: in the next ten years, fintech will become portable and ubiquitous as it moves to[…]

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BrewBike Conservation Labs and more – weekly deal roundup

From Crunchbase News Nov 17 2019: BrewBike Espresso, cold brew, regular ol’ drip—the Crunchbase News team are equal opportunity coffee consumers. Although the coffee maker in the corner of the office brews a mean cup, there’s still something special about going to a coffee shop. But what if the coffee shop came to you? For[…]

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Fintech Unicorn Bill.com Files For $100M IPO

From Crunchbase News, November 2019: Payment software company Bill.com is aiming to raise $100 million in an initial public offering, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Founded in 2006 by René Lacerte, Bill.com is known for its cloud-based business payments and software platform focused on the SMB market. Customers include accounting firms and a number of[…]

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Venture Capital news – food waste, ghost, hempster

From Crunchbase News October 25, 2019: Hello and welcome back to Last Week In Venture, the weekly rundown of deals which may have flown under your radar. There are plenty of companies operating outside the unicorn and public company spotlight, but their stories are worth sharing. In them, we find current trends and get a glimpse[…]

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SoftBank CEO Admits “Embarrassed, Flustered” By Track Record After WeWork Implosion

From Zero Hedge 10/7/2019: SoftBank Group CEO Masayoshi Son says he is “embarrassed and flustered” by his track record after the valuations of WeWork and Uber plunge, in an interview with Nikkei Business magazine on Monday morning. “The results still have a long way to go and that makes me embarrassed and impatient,” said Son.[…]

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