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Peter Thiel: Need to Rethink Tariffs in Light of Trade Deficit With China; SF Sucks, Bitcoin Rocks
PayPal cofounder Peter Thiel in a wide-ranging interview on President Trump’s trade tariffs, China’s economy, technology regulations and his outlook for bitcoin. [REITs] Check out our H2 hedge fund letters here. Peter Thiel: Need To Rethink Tariffs In Light Of Trade Deficit With China Peter Thiel On Leaving Silicon Valley For Los Angeles Billionaire investor Peter Thiel argues Silicon Valley
Four Questions These VCs Ask Before Every Tough Conversation
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No one likes difficult conversations at work, but everyone has them eventually–some people more often than others. For venture capitalists, tough conversations come with the territory; their jobs require them to tell founders they aren’t cutting it, that they’re getting removed from their companies, or that it’s time to close down their startups and halt their dreams. Here are a
Report: Peter Thiel Maybe Made a Killing By Betting Big on Volatility
It turns out Peter Thiel might have a little extra cash on hand to help him settle into his new home in Los Angeles. The billionaire PayPal co-founder and early Facebook investor, who is ditching Silicon Valley for L.A., made a bet at the end of last year through Thiel Macro - which manages his fortune - "tied to the
Blue Apron Loses 15% of its Customers; Its IPO is Still a Disaster
Two of the most hyped public offerings last year in the tech space were Snap Inc. and Blue Apron (which is only tangentially a tech company, but it's on Nasdaq so we'll go with it) - and neither went very well. Snap quickly fell below its IPO price, while Blue Apron fell below the price of one of its meals.
HK Conglomerate Backs British Healthtech Startup
Healthtech fundraising may have been a little quiet this month, but that doesn’t mean there hasn’t been some big ones going on in the background. According to their website, British healthtech AI startup Medopad has scored $28 million for the first close of its Series A round. It plans to raise $120 million over the next few months through equity
How Startups Can Improve Their Odds of Becoming a Unicorn
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In 2017, we showed that 57 startups were able to achieve unicorn status – a rare designation that is reserved only for privately-held startups valued at $1 billion or more. While this number may seem high, unicorns are still quite the rarity. In the U.S. alone, there are currently 19,550 venture-backed startups vying for those same massive valuations. At the
Video: Jess Lee Partner at Sequoia Capital Talks @Google
Jess Lee is a partner at Sequoia Capital. Previously, she held leadership positions at Google and Polyvore. While at Google, Jess was a product manager for Google Maps. Jess joined Polyvore as a product manager in 2008 after providing their co-founder with feedback on issues with the website. She was later named VP of Product, an honorary co-founder, and ultimately
Drake's Whiskey Brand is About to Go Public
Are you the biggest Drake fan in the world? Or, have you never listened to a Drake song in your life? Well, your aptitude with the oeuvre of the Grammy-award winning, platinum selling recording artist really doesn't matter if you like aged bourbon whiskey - or spirits in general - or are just looking to diversify your portfolio with a
Dropbox Has Confidentially Filed For an IPO
File-sharing company Dropbox Inc. has confidentially filed for an initial public offering with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Bloomberg reports. The San Francisco-based company, which was founded in 2007, is valued at $10 billion, according to Bloomberg. JPMorgan Chase and Goldman Sachs will reportedly lead the expected listing. Dropbox's IPO would be closely watched by Wall Street - not only
Report: VCs Are Cutting Off Meal-Kit Delivery Startups
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Blame it on Blue Apron. Or, maybe it's HelloFresh's fault. Or, it could be any of the 100-plus meal-kit startups that have launched in the past five years. Whatever the case, it appears that investors have decided they would much rather spend their money elsewhere this year, according to a new report in the Wall Street Journal. The disastrous IPO