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How SpaceX is prospering in the year of the coronavirus pandemic

From The Hill.com  SpaceX’s Elon Musk must count himself lucky that commercial space is considered an “essential industry” while the coronavirus pandemic ravages the world. The designation has allowed SpaceX to not only survive but to prosper as the company continues its efforts to open the space frontier, both in partnership with NASA and alone. NASA SpaceFlight[…]

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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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Will The Coronavirus Impact Investment In Startups And Tech?

From CB Insights 2/4/2020: To get a sense of how coronavirus could impact startup financing in Asia, we analyzed how virus outbreaks have impacted private market funding in the past. Yesterday, the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared the new coronavirus outbreak a public health emergency of international concern. Although the virus, which originated in[…]

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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[…]

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Beyond Meat Barfs After Burger King Cuts Impossible Whopper Price On Slowing Sales

From Zero Hedge: Beyond Meat hit a session low of $119, last down about 7% in the last hour of the session, after CNBC reported Burger King slashed the price of the Impossible Whopper following declining sales. Shares of Beyond Meat have surged more than 80% since the start of the year, news of declining fake meat[…]

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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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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