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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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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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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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Palantir to seek at least $26 billion valuation in fundraising push

From CNBC: Palantir Technologies is targeting a valuation of at least $26 billion in a private fundraising round, the first for the Peter Thiel-backed data analytics startup in four years, according to sources. Palantir was valued at roughly $20 billion in its last private fundraising round in 2015. Palantir, whose customers range from global banks[…]

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Where Do Startups Live The Longest?

From Crunchbase News, September 13, 2019: A startup’s job is to move fast and make things. If it takes outside investment from venture capitalists, it’s also under the mandate to grow quickly and eventually find an exit. After all, they have investors to answer to. For VCs, eventual liquidity arrives through one of several routes.[…]

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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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