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Bill Ackman’s New “The Simpsons”-Inspired Investment Raises $4BN In “Largest IPO For A SPV”

From Zero Hedge: Bill Ackman’s “The Simpsons”-inspired “blank check” investing vehicle, known as “Pershing Square Tontine Holdings”, is set to raise between $3 billion and $4 billion during its upcoming IPO after Ackman increased the size of the offering by $1 billion. The deal, which will be the largest-ever IPO by a special purpose vehicle,[…]

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Uber Agrees To Buy Postmates For $2.65BN In Stock After Losing Battle For GrubHub

From Zero Hedge: After failing to convince GrubHub’s millennial managers that a tie-up would be the best bet for the publicly traded takeaway rival to Uber’s fast-growing Uber Eats, Uber has moved on to ‘Plan B’, and agreed to buy Postmates in a $2.65 billion all-stock deal. Uber Eats head Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty is expected to[…]

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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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Palantir to File IPO in Weeks For Possible Fall Debut

From Bloomberg: Palantir Technologies Inc., the secretive big-data firm, plans to file to go public in the coming weeks and could start trading as early as the fall, according to people familiar with the matter. The Palo Alto, California-based company is preparing to register an S-1 filing confidentially with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission,[…]

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CNBCs Jim Cramer: Pandemic led to the greatest wealth transfer in history

From CNBC: Key Points The coronavirus pandemic has produced “one of the greatest wealth transfers in history,” CNBC’s Jim Cramer said. “The bigger the business, the more it moves the major averages, and that matters because this is the first recession where big business … is coming through virtually unscathed,” the “Mad Money” host said. “I[…]

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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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BeeHero smartens up hives to provide ‘pollination as a service’ with $4M seed round

From Tech Crunch news: Vast monoculture farms outstripped the ability of bee populations to pollinate them naturally long ago, but the techniques that have arisen to fill that gap are neither precise nor modern. Israeli startup BeeHero aims to change that by treating hives both as living things and IoT devices, tracking health and pollination progress practically[…]

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Payments Startup Marqeta’s Valuation Jumps to $4.3B With New $150M Funding Round

From Crunchbase News May 2020: Marqeta brought in a round of $150 million in fresh capital from an undisclosed investor, valuing the company at $4.3 billion, the company announced Thursday. The new valuation is a sharp increase from the Oakland, California-based company’s last funding round in 2019. At the time, the modern card issuing platform was valued[…]

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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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