Pre-IPO Sector – News Update – Week of 4/15/2019:

Last week, Uber filed its S1 for its upcoming IPO.

Udacity laid off 20% of its workforce to restructure its operations.

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UBER

“Uber IPO Filing Shows Growth Leveling Off”

UDACITY

“Udacity Restructures Operations, Lays off 20 Percent of its Workforce”

Pre-IPO Sector – News Update – Week of 4/8/2019:

Last week, Kabbage raised $700 million in debt to fund its SMB loans.

Pinterest set its price range of $15-17 per share for its upcoming IPO.

WeWork purchased Managed by Q, a platform used to hire on-demand service workers, to add support services for its customers.

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KABBAGE

"Kabbage Raises a Record $700 Million in Debt for its SMB Loans Platform"

PINTEREST

"Pinterest Sets IPO Range at $15-17, Valuing it at $10.6B vs Previous Valuation of $12.3B"

WEWORK

"WeWork Acquires $249 Million Office-services Startup Managed by Q as it Goes After Larger Business Customers"

 

Pre-IPO Sector – News Update – Week of 4/1/2019:

Last week, Lyft raised $2.34 billion and was valued at $24.3 billion in its IPO.

Airbnb invested between $100-200 million in OYO rooms. 

Palantir was awarded a $800 million army contract to assess movements, terrain, and weather in remote areas using its Distributed Common Ground System.

Uber purchased Careem, a Middle Eastern ride sharing service, for $3.1 billion.

WeWork generated $1.8 billion in 2018 which represents a 103% increase compared to its 2017 revenue. The company's net loss increased to $1.9 billion in 2018.

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 AIRBNB

"Airbnb to Invest $100-200 Million in India's OYO - Source"

CASPER

“Mattress Startup Casper Valued at $1.1B with New Funding”

LYFT

“Lyft Was Valued at $24.3 Billion in its IPO, and Raised More Than it Planned”

PALANTIR

“Palantir has Won an $800 Million Contract with the US Army to Build a System that Helps Soldiers Fighting in Remote Areas”

TOAST

"Toast, the Restaurant Management Platform, has Raised $250M at a $2.7B Valuation"

UBER

"Uber Buys Rival Careem in $3.1 Billion deal to Dominate Ride-hailing in Middle East"

WEWORK

"WeWork says Revenue More than Doubled Last Year to $1.8 Billion, but so did its Net Loss"

 

Pre-IPO Sector – News Update – Week of 3/25/2019:

Last week, Pinterest and Zoom filed to go public.

Glossier, UiPath, Rent the Runway and Opendoor raised new funds. Glossier's valuation increased to $1.2 billion after the company raised $100 million. Following its $400 million funding round, UiPath's valuation surpassed $7 billion. Rent the Runway's valuation increased to $1 billion after the company raised $125 million. Following its $300 million funding round, Opendoor's valuation increased to $3.8 billion.

Wish generated $1.9 billion in revenue in 2018.

Peloton was sued by music publishers for $150 million for using unlicensed music.

Robinhood acquired MarketSnacks, a financial podcast and newsletter, to enhance its news coverage and increase discovery within its platform.

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GLOSSIER

“Glossier Triples Valuation, Enters Unicorn Club With $100M Round"

Opendoor

"Opendoor Raises $300M On A $3.8B Valuation For Its Home Marketplace"

Peloton

"Music Publishers Sue Peloton For Using Unlicensed Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake Songs"

Pinterest

"Pinterest Is Growing, But Not As Fast As Twitter Or Snap Were When They Filed Their Ipos"

Rent the Runway

"Rent The Runway Hits A $1 Billion Valuation"

Robinhood

"Exclusive: Robinhood Made Its First Acquisition Ever — And It’s A Financial Newsletter"

Wish

"Meet The Billionaire Who Defied Amazon And Built Wish, The World’s Most-Downloaded E-Commerce App"

UiPath

"Robotics Process Automation Startup Uipath Raising $400M At More Than $7B Valuation"

Zoom

"Hot Video Meeting Startup Zoom Filed To Go Public, And It's Profitable"

Pre-IPO Sector – News Update – Week of 3/11/2019:

Last week, 23andMe expanded the scope of its product offerings to include a Type 2 diabetes test.

Airbnb purchased HotelTonight, the popular last minute hotel booking app, to expand its business in the hotel vertical.

Grab's valuation increased to $14 billion after the company raised $1.46 billion.

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23ANDME

"23andMe Plans New Genetic Test on Risk of Getting Diabetes"

AIRBNB

“Airbnb To Buy HotelTonight As It Pushes Deeper Into Hotel Booking Business"

GRAB

"Grab is Now Valued at $14 Billion after Landing $1.46 Billion From SoftBank’s Vision Fund"

Pre-IPO Sector – News Update – Week of 3/4/2019

Last week, Lyft filed its S1 for its upcoming IPO.

Medallia's valuation increased to $2.4 billion after the company raised $70 million.

SpaceX successfully launched its first test flight of its unmanned Dragon vehicle.

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LYFT

"Lyft, No. 2 In Rideshare Market, Offers Financial Details For Upcoming IPO"

MEDALLIA

"Sequoia-backed Medallia Raises $70M at a $2.4B Valuation"

SPACEX

"SpaceX and NASA Launch Is First Step to Renewed Human Spaceflight"

Pre-IPO Sector – News Update – Week of 2/25/2019

Last week, DoorDash's valuation increased to $7.1 billion after the company raised $400 million.

Lime hired Ted Tobiason as its first CFO. Tobiason recently worked as a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley, Managing Director at Deutsche Bank and the Head of Technology Equity Capital Markets at Bank of America.

Ola received $92 million from Sachin Bansal, Flipkart's co-founder.

Pinterest filed documents to go public.

SoFi launched its SoFi Invest product offering which allows its customers to invest actively or automatically with no-fees.

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DOORDASH

“DoorDash Raises $400M Round, now Valued at $7.1B”

LIME

“Lime Hires its First CFO"

OLA

"Flipkart Co-founder Sachin Bansal Invests Rs 650 Crore in Ola"

PINTEREST

"Pinterest Files Confidentially for IPO"

SOFI

"SoFi Launches SoFi Invest and Eyes Additional Lending Products"

Pre-IPO Sector – News Update – Week of 2/18/2019:

Last week, Uber reported that the company generated $11.3 billion in revenue and posted an adjusted net loss of $1.8 billion in 2018.

Didi Chuxing posted a net loss of 10.9 billion yuan ($1.6 billion) in 2018. The company was planning to lay off 15% of its workforce in 2019.

DoorDash was raising $500 million at a valuation of more than $6 billion.

Opendoor raised roughly $200 million at a $3.7 billion valuation.

Peloton was interviewing banks for its upcoming IPO.

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DIDI CHUXING

"China’s Didi Reportedly Lost a Staggering $1.6 Billion in 2018"

“China Ride-hailing Giant Didi to Lay off 15 Percent Staff this Year: source”

DOORDASH

“"DoorDash Said To Be Raising $500M At $6B+ Valuation"

OPENDOOR

“ Opendoor Files to Raise Another $200M at a $3.7B Valuation, Documents Show”

PELOTON

"Peloton Interviews Banks for IPO"

UBER

"Uber's Growth Slowed Dramatically in 2018”

Pre-IPO Sector – News Update – Week of 2/4/2019

Last week, Stripe's valuation rose to $22.5 billion after the company raised $100 million from Tiger Global.

Lime was raising $400 million at a $2 billion valuation.

Juul generated more than $1 billion in revenue in 2018.

Slack surpassed 10 million daily active users.

Pinterest hired Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan to lead its IPO.

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JUUL

"Altria Says Juul Sales Skyrocket to $1 Billion in 2018"

LIME

"Scooter Startup Lime Is Raising $400 Million at $2 Billion Valuation"

PINTEREST

"Pinterest Taps Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan to Lead IPO: Sources"

SLACK

"Slack Passes 10 Million Daily Active Users"

STRIPE

"Stripe Rides the Online Payments Boom to a $22.5 Billion Valuation"

Pre-IPO Sector – News Update – Week of 1/28/2019

Last week, 23andMe received FDA approval for its genetic cancer test.

Airbnb acquired Gaest, a company that assists professionals in renting locations for meetings, to expand its presence in the business market.

Buzzfeed laid off 15% of its workforce in an effort to restructure and consolidate its business.

SpaceX completed its first test flight of its manned Dragon prototype.

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23ANDME

“23andMe Has a New Genetic Cancer Test. But the Results Don't Tell You the Whole Story”

AIRBNB

“Airbnb Expands into Meeting-space Rentals after Snapping up Danish Startup"

BUZZFEED

"BuzzFeed to Cut 15% of Staff in New Round of Layoffs"

SPACEX

“SpaceX Revs Its Engines As It Gets Closer To Crewed Flight”

 

Pre-IPO Sector – News Update – Week of 1/21/2019:

Last week, Zoox hired Aicha Evans as its new CEO. Evans previously was Intel's Corporate Strategy Officer.

Rubrik's valuation increased to $3.3 billion after the company raised $261 million to expand its product offerings into security and compliance.

Palantir generated $900 million in revenue in 2018.

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PALANTIR

“Palantir’s 2018 Revenue Said To Exceed Prior Forecast, Approaching $1B”

RUBRIK

"Data Management Startup Rubrik Gets $261M at a $3.3B Valuation as it Moves into Security and Compliance"

ZOOX

“ Robo-Taxi Startup Zoox Hires Intel Exec Aicha Evans As New CEO Robo-Taxi Startup Zoox Hires Intel Exec Aicha Evans As New CEO”

Pre-IPO Sector – News Update – Week of 1/14/2019:

Last week, Bird was raising an additional $300 million as an extension of its most recent funding round.

Ola's valuation increased to $5.7 billion after the company raised $75 million.

Postmates' valuation increased to $1.85 billion after the company raised $100 million.

Slack was considering a direct listing as its debut in the public market.

SpaceX fired 10% of its workforce to become a leaner company.

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BIRD

"Scooter Startup Bird is Reportedly Raising $300 Million with Assistance From Financial Giant Fidelity"

OLA

"Uber’s India Rival Ola Nears $6 Billion Valuation Ahead of Huge Funding Round"

POSTMATES

"Postmates Adds $100 Million In Funding As Food Delivery Co. Prepares For Potential IPO"

SLACK

"Slack Eyes a Direct Listing"

SPACEX

"SpaceX Layoffs Include 577 Positions at California Headquarters"

Pre-IPO Sector – News Update – Week of 1/7/2019:

Last week, Adaptive Biotechnologies signed a $300 million deal with Genentech to develop personalized cancer treatments. Adaptive Biotechnologies may receive more than $2 billion from Genentech if certain milestones are met.

Didi Chuxing is introducing protection insurance and credit services within its app for both its passengers and drivers.

Livongo appointed Lee Shapiro as its CFO. Shapiro was on the Board of Livongo since its inception and previously served as Chair of its Audit Committee.

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ADAPTIVE BIOTECHNOLOGIES

“Adaptive Biotechnologies Signs Blockbuster Deal With Genentech For Personalized Cancer Treatments Worth Up To $2 Billion"

DIDI CHUXING

"Didi Launches Lending And Insurance As New Regulation Threatens To Lower Driver Numbers"

LiVONGO

"Livongo Names Lee Shapiro Chief Financial Officer"

Pre-IPO Sector – News Update – Week of 12/31/2018:

Last week, Grab increased the size of its Series H round to $5 billion, up from its original $3 billion target.

Carta’s valuation increased to $800 million after the company raised $80 million.  

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CARTA

"A Company That Came up with a Clever Solution to Startup Stock-Options Just Raised $80 Million at a Near $1 Billion Valuation"

GRAB

“Grab Raises Fundraising Target to $5B as Southeast Asia’s Ride-hailing War Heats Up"

Industry News Update – Week of 12/24/2018:

Last week, Juul sold 35% stake to Altria Group for $12.8 billion. Following this deal, Juul's valuation rose to $38 billion.  

Livongo hired Zane Burke as its new CEO. He previously worked 18 years at Cerner Corporation where he was the President of the company for the past 7 years.

Pinterest was having preliminary discussions with bankers to select its underwriters for its upcoming IPO which could happen as early as April 2019.

SpaceX's valuation rose to $30.5 billion after the company raised $500 million to develop its Starlink satellite network.

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JUUL

“Juul Labs Gets $12.8 Billion Investment From Marlboro Maker Altria Group"

LIVONGO

“Livongo Names Zane Burke Chief Executive Officer"

PINTEREST

“Pinterest is Talking to Bankers and has Hired a Key Exec as it Readies Itself for a 2019 IPO"

SPACEX

"SpaceX Raising $500 Million, Pushing Valuation to $30.5 Billion: Report"

Industry News Update – Week of 12/17/2018:

Last week, Tencent Music raised $1.1 billion in its IPO and was valued at $21.3 billion.

Niantic was raising $200 million at a $3.9 billion valuation.

After raising $250 million, Plaid was valued at $2.65 billion.

Basis is shutting down following regulatory concerns related to its stable coin project.

Shortly after launching its zero-fee checking and savings account feature with a 3% interest rate, Robinhood decided to rebrand the feature since the company is working with regulators regarding its SIPC coverage.

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BASIS

"Basis, Backed With $133 Million From Top VCs to Build a Price-stable Cryptocurrency, Says it’s Shutting Down and Returning the Money"

NIANTIC

“Niantic Reportedly Raising $200M at $3.9B Valuation"

PLAID

"Plaid Raises $250 Million, now Valued at $2.65 Billion"

ROBINHOOD

"Robinhood Backtracks on Checking and Savings Accounts After Regulatory Concerns"

TENCENT MUSIC

"China's Tencent Music raises nearly $1.1 billion in U.S. IPO"

Industry News Update – Week of 12/10/2018:

Last week, Lyft and Uber filed documents for their IPO confidentially.

Looker's valuation increased to $1.6 billion after the company raised $103 million.

Slack hired Goldman Sachs as its lead underwriter for its upcoming IPO.

Human Longevity's valuation fell by roughly 80% to $310 million after the company planned to raise $25 million in its latest funding round.

Machine Zone (MZ) hired Dan Nash as its CFO. Nash was previously the Managing Director and Head of Internet Investment Banking at Wells Fargo and the Director of Internet Investment Banking at Merrill Lynch.

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HUMAN LONGEVITY

“Genomics Startup Human Longevity’s Valuation Falls 80%"

LOOKER

"Looker Snags $103 Million Investment on $1.6 Billion Valuation"

LYFT

"Lyft Files Confidential Plans for an IPO"

MACHINEZONE (MZ)

"Dan Nash Joins MZ as Chief Financial Officer"

SLACK

"Slack Said to Tap Goldman Sachs to Lead IPO"

UBER

"Uber Files Confidentially for IPO"

 

Industry News Update – Week of 12/3/2018:

Last week, Robinhood hired Jason Warnick as its CFO. Warnick previously held various finance roles at Amazon over the past 20 years and begin his career at Deloitte as an auditor.

Chargepoint raised more than $200 million to expand its electric vehicle (EV) charging network.

SoFi cut 7% of its staff to restructure its mortgage department as the company no longer wants to underwrite mortgage loans directly.

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CHARGEPOINT

“ChargePoint Raises More Than $500M; Profit Pressure Will Start"

ROBINHOOD

"Robinhood Hires Amazon Veteran as CFO — a Key Step in its Path to Eventual IPO"

SOFI

"SoFi Is Cutting 7% of Staff and Will Revamp Its Ailing Mortgage Unit"

Industry News Update – Week of 11/26/2018:

Last week, Coupang's valuation increased to $9 billion after the company raised $2 billion.

Airbnb appointed Dave Stephenson as its new CFO. Stephenson previously held numerous positions at Amazon, was the President and CFO at Big Fish Games and worked in finance and engineering roles at Procter and Gamble.

BlackBerry stated that it would acquire Cylance for $1.4 billion to bolster its autonomous vehicle software.

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AIRBNB

"Airbnb Poaches Another Amazon Exec to be its CFO"

COUPANG

“Coupang, Korea's Answer to Amazon, Raises $2 Billion, Mints New Billionaire"

CYLANCE

“BlackBerry to Buy Cybersecurity Firm Cylance for $1.4 billion”

Industry News Update – Week of 11/19/2018:

Last week, WeWork’s valuation increased to $45 billion after the company raised $3 billion from Softbank.

Rocket Lab raised $140 million in its Series E funding round. Following this round, the company was valued at $1.41 billion.

Airbnb disclosed that the company generated more than $1 billion in revenue in Q3 2018.

Uber earned $2.95 billion in revenue and suffered a net loss of $1.07 billion in Q3 2018.

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AIRBNB

"Airbnb Booked More Than $1 Billion in Third Quarter Revenue"

ROCKET LAB

"Rocket Lab Reports $140M in Fresh Funding, Cementing Space Unicorn Status"

UBER

“Uber Revenue Slows as Quarterly Loss Surges to $1.1 Billion"

WEWORK

"SoftBank Boosts WeWork Valuation to $45 Billion"