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Recurring Revenue: The Rise of an Asset Class | by John Street Capital | Medium

In June we wrote a piece entitled This Time It’s Different: Maybe? where we highlighted the outperformance of Cloud / SaaS stocks vs. the broader market, while noting that within the sector, public…

Something big is about to happen in the housing market — FORTUNE

The end is near for the mortgage forbearance program and the foreclosure moratorium. Here's what it means for the housing market.

Homeschooling surges across U.S., sparked by pandemic fallout

Although the pandemic disrupted family life across the U.S. since taking hold in spring 2020, some parents are grateful for one consequence: They’re now opting to homeschool their children, even as schools plan to resume in-person classes. The specific reasons vary widely. Some families who spoke with The Associated Press have children with special educational […]

Choosing Your North Star Metric

Multi-Stage Portfolio Construction with Monte Carlo

Guest post by Michael Palank (MaC Venture Capital) and Anubhav Srivastava (Tactyc) Readers can view this post in an interactive Tactyc model here. Earlier this year, Tactyc and MaC Venture Capital released an interactive seed-stage portfolio construction calculator, which serves as a high-leve

The World's Most Valuable Startups — Chartr: Data Storytelling

The world's most valuable startups. What are they, and where are they? The podcast boom. Podcasts had a really good 2020, despite the lack of a commute. Nokia. We chart the rise and fall of Nokia — once king of mobile phones.

The Pricing of Private Assets: Mutual Fund Investments in ‘Unicorn’ Companies by Björn Imbierowicz, Christian Rauch :: SSRN

This paper analyzes valuation dynamics of ‘Unicorn’ companies, that is, privately held venture capital-backed companies with a valuation of at least $1 billion.

Hamilton Lane | Q4 2020 & Year-End Valuations

The whipsawing observed in listed markets over the course of 2020 made for some of the most eagerly anticipated year-end private markets valuations in recent memory.

Term Sheet | Newsletters

Our daily brief on deals and dealmakers.

Y Combinator Top Companies List

The top Y Combinator companies of all time by valuation.

The quest for the investment Holy Grail — an index of everything

Benchmark providers seek to capture the performance of the entire market, from bonds and equities to private assets

"The Index Of Everything" - Indexers Are Closing In On 'The Holy Grail' Of Passive Investment

ZeroHedge - On a long enough timeline, the survival rate for everyone drops to zero

Rental Prices Broke Records in 44 Cities Last Month

As the inventory shortage forced more people to rent, the national median rental price jumped 8.1% from a year ago, realtor.com® reports.

SoftBank rewrote the VC rules. Now it’s Tiger’s turn.

Both Tiger Global and SoftBank have upended VC thinking by paying high prices and moving quickly on deals. But Tiger’s lighter touch could be helping it win deals.

How Big Tech got so big: Hundreds of acquisitions

For decades Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google gobbled up their competition to become behemoths of the tech industry, which has drawn attention from Congressional leaders and other critics who claim they’ve stifled innovation in the industry.

What David Swensen gave to Yale

Remembering an investment officer who cared.

List of Unicorn Startups & Markets | CB Insights

Discover the 700+ private companies with billion-dollar valuations, across artificial intelligence, e-commerce, fintech, and more, in this market map.

Ikea's House of Horrors

Earthsight investigation reveals Ikea, the world's largest furniture retailer, for years sold children's furniture linked to vast illegal logging in protected forests in Russia

Do Global Stocks Outperform US Treasury Bills? by Hendrik Bessembinder, Te-Feng Chen, Goeun Choi, K.C. John Wei :: SSRN

We study compound returns to nearly 62,000 global common stocks during the 1990 to 2018 period, documenting that the majority, 56% of US stocks and 61% of non-U

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Startup Concepts - A Junior VC

Startup concepts in a comic book format. Improve your startup vocabulary with real-world examples and curated resources.  Created by Chetan and Keshav. Credit to our friend Vaibhav Domkundwar for nudging us to do this. Please leave any suggestions you may have at the end! #31 – What are NFTs? #30 – Valuation across Stages #29 – Bootstrapping vs. Raising Funds #28… Read More »Startup Concepts

A Warning for ESG Investors: Your Data Might Be Letting You Down

ESG Bond Sales Sprint to $1 Trillion as Investors Force Change

Flexible Staffing for Local Work | Instawork

Instawork connects local businesses with proven hourly workers for temp, temp-to-hire shift work.

Frontier launches with $2.8M round by NFX, to let low-skilled job candidates book their own interview – TechCrunch

Frontier, which bills itself as a “new kind of vertically integrated jobs marketplace” launches today with a $2.8 million investment round led by NFX in the U.S., and backed by London’s firstminute Capital, FJ Labs, Cyan Banister, Ilkka Pannanen, Alex Bouaziz, Liquid 2 and several other funds and angels.

State Of Venture Q2’21 Report - CB Insights Research

Download the CB Insights State Of Venture Q2'21 Report to read about the huge quarter for global & US funding, exits, IPOs, valuations, and more

CalPERS Reports Preliminary 21.3% Investment Returns for Fiscal Year 2020-21; Strong Returns Trigger Reduction in Discount Rate to 6.8%

CalPERS today reported a preliminary 21.3% net return on investments for the 12-month period that ended June 30, 2021.

Global Venture Funding Hits All-Time High In First Half Of 2021, With $288B Invested

Global venture capital funding in the first half of 2021 shattered records as more than $288 billion was invested worldwide, Crunchbase numbers show. That’s up by just under $110 billion compared to the previous half-year record that was just set in the second half of 2020.

Rent prices are soaring as Americans flock back to cities

Large rent increases and bidding wars on rentals are the new norm in some parts of America as reopening comes with big price hikes.

The goal of community is not engagement

I've spoken about visions and not ideas in the past and how important it is to work towards and believe in something greater than one specific idea or p...

Global Asset Management 2021: The $100 Trillion Machine

In a uniquely tumultuous year, assets under management worldwide showed strong overall growth, passing a major milestone along the way.

Global Venture Funding Uses Momentum From 2021’s First Quarter to Hit Record Highs in Second Quarter

Global funding for startups had its highest quarter in a decade, hitting $156 billion

Preserving Trees Becomes Big Business, Driven by Emissions Rules

California launched a market in forest preservation with its cap-and-trade regulations. Now energy giants such as BP are expanding their investments in a bet that it is about to become more lucrative.

Wells Fargo tells customers it’s shuttering all personal lines of credit

Wells Fargo CEO Charles Scharf has been forced to make hard decisions during the pandemic, offloading assets and deposits and stepping back from some products.

Employees in Iceland Start Working Four Days a Week

Researchers announced an “overwhelming success” of four-day week trials in Iceland

Lululemon to launch resale program for 'like new' products

Retail industry news, voices and jobs. Optimized for your mobile phone.

Poll: San Francisco Residents Consider Relocating As Crime Worsens, Quality Of Life In A Decline

As San Francisco tries to bounce back from the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, crime and homelessness now rank among the highest levels of concerns among local residents, many who are contemplating relocating, according to a...

Tracker: NIL Policies by Institution

Links to all known institutional-level NIL policies.

Analysis: When do electric vehicles become cleaner than gasoline cars?

You glide silently out of the Tesla (TSLA.O) showroom in your sleek new electric Model 3, satisfied you're looking great and doing your bit for the planet.

Name, image and likeness — the many ways college athletes can make money

The world of college sports changed like we've never seen before as the clock struck midnight July 1.

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Mobile browser extensions are coming to Safari ... - on Twitter

Mobile browser extensions are coming to Safari this fall. They already exist for Android. Chrome is only a matter of time. Watch this space. 👀

Embedded Lending

This post is the first in a series of SciFi Theses. In this series, we will share ideas for companies that we at SciFi think should be built.

Selling Equity vs Product: “It’s a Dessert Topping and a Floor Wax!” | by Ignition Partners | Medium

When a NewCo is founded (let’s assume this is an enterprise SAAS company), the CEO often assumes multiple departmental lead roles: VP of Sales, VP of Product Management, CFO, web site designer…

Perspective | If sports is a game, why do its lessons last a lifetime?

For athletes, the dignity is in the risk they take, not the mistakes they make.

Brands Can Now Work With College Athletes. What Are the Rules?

Beginning July 1, thousands of American college athletes will be able to cash in on their name and image for the first time. Fashion labels are already lining up to tap star players for branded content, endorsements and product deals.

Brandon Wimbush & MOGL Empower Athletes to Monetize their NLI

Following the Supreme Court’s unanimous vote in favor of college athletes in NCAA v Alston this past week, it is clear that things are changing in college athletics.

Stanford Launches Cardinal Connect - Stanford University Athletics

Stanford Athletics announced, Wednesday, the launch of Cardinal Connect, a new campus program designed to help Stanford students capitalize on Name, Image and Likeness

NCAA clears student-athletes to pursue name, image and likeness deals

The NCAA's board of directors has suspended the organization's rules prohibiting athletes from selling the rights to their names, images and likenesses.

What We Learned Doing Fast Grants - Future

We launched an abnormally fast source of emergency science funding during COVID-19. The results revealed flaws in current science funding models.

Gopuff Acquires rideOS to Accelerate Innovation, Expand Best-In-Class Experience to Customers Around the World

rideOS will enable Gopuff to innovate faster, power multi-modal deliveries, and reduce delivery times as the company continues to expand rapidly

Benjamin Gordon on LinkedIn: Bringg nabs $100M at a $1B valuation for a last-mile delivery platform | 24 comments

The supply chain world just welcomed its latest unicorn. Congratulations to Bringg and its outstanding team, which is building the market leader in last-mile... 24 comments on LinkedIn

‘Store-Hailing’ Startup Robomart Launches Fleet of Mobile Mini-marts in West Hollywood

“Store-hailing” startup Robomart announced today that they are launching their first fleet of mobile mini-marts in West Hollywood, California. The new store fleet is initially made up o…

Transform 500 ETF (ticker: VOTE) - Engine No. 1

Your money has more power than you think. If we can harness the power of investors, we can transform our economy. Engine No. 1 was purpose-built to create value by driving positive impact. With the Engine No. 1 Transform 500 ETF (ticker: VOTE)

WSJ News Exclusive | Twilio, Asana to List on Long-Term Stock Exchange as ESG Push Continues

The exchange hopes to be a signal to investors of which companies have sustainable practices.

Startup Studios as arising Asset Class

A new month which calls for a new, insightful webinar at StudioHub! This time, we had the pleasure of talking to George Bandarian, Founding Partner of Untapped Ventures, a Startup Studio based in LA focusing on building and investing in the New Future of Work.

The Teamsters Announce Coordinated Nationwide Project to Unionize Amazon - VICE

In an official resolution obtained by Motherboard, one of the country's most powerful unions has declared an unprecedented effort to unionize Amazon.

Teamsters: Amazon an ‘existential threat’ to workers, must be unionized

The announcement, coinciding with Amazon’s annual sales bonanza Prime Day, comes in the wake of a stunning defeat for the labor movement and its progressive allies.

What I Learned About Startups by Collecting 30,000 Data Points | by Ali Tamaseb | May, 2021 | Medium

Data, startups, entrepreneurship, success, failure, book, Super Founders, study, unicorn, billion-dollar

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Non-dilutive capital and high-touch support for some of the most inspiring Black founders in the US.

Shopify Seeks to Challenge Amazon Through Deals With BuzzFeed, Other Sites

Shopify, which has become a major force in e-commerce by providing online tools to merchants, is rolling out a new service that will allow content publishers to link to merchants in the Shopify network in exchange for a cut of transaction revenue, according to people familiar with the situation. ...

The economy isn’t going back to February 2020. Fundamental shifts have occurred.

A new era has arrived of greater worker power, higher housing costs and very different ways of doing business.

How college athletes like a Notre Dame QB will be cashing in after Supreme Court NCAA decision

Former Notre Dame QB Brandon Wimbush built an internet business for college athlete endorsements as the Supreme Court, states, and Congress rule on pay.

Why We Need to Stop Over-apologizing

Nine ways to reclaim the power of “I’m sorry” for when it’s truly necessary.

Macy Gray Says "It's Time" For A New American Flag That Represents "All Of Us" In Juneteenth Op-Ed

On Saturday, singer Macy Gray published an op-ed calling for a redesign of the American flag.

NCAA president Mark Emmert tells schools to act on NIL or he will

Mark Emmert wrote in a memo Friday that if the NCAA's more than 1,200 member schools cannot pass NIL legislation by July, he would take action.

What to know about name, image and likeness and how it will affect the NCAA

Name, image and likeness (NIL) bills will begin to go into effect July 1.

Student Athletes Turned Entrepreneurs With The MOGL App

What if student athletes were able to take their name image and likeness and turn a profit? Our guests today are here to show you just that. Welcome back to ...

Spotlight on Ayden Syal — Next Gen HQ

CEO & Co-Founder of MOGL, a platform that will revolutionize college athletics. Sports and life enthusiast.

NCAA rushing a name, image, likeness rule as its power over college athletics is quickly diminishing

Now more than ever, the NCAA is vulnerable of becoming irrelevant as an administrative body

Bevo’s Daily Roundup: Texas governor signs name, image and likeness bill into law

Plus: Bijan makes a preseason All-Big 12 list

Ryan Day testifies in favor of Ohio name, image, likeness bill

Ohio State head football coach Ryan Day was in front of the Workforce and Higher Education Committee Tuesday testifying in favor of Senate Bill 187. SB 187 would allow college athletes in Ohio to earn compensation from their name, image, and likeness (NIL). The bill was introduced by Sen. Niraj Antani, R-Miamisburg, on May 24. The bill unanimously passed out of committee Tuesday and will now head to the full Senate.

MOGL x Downtown South Bend Event Recap

MOGL partnered with Downtown South Bend to get ready for game weekend and increase vitality in the downtown area!To learn more about how you can connect with...

Event Recap: MOGL x Orlando North Seminole County

MOGL partnered with ONSC to provide incredible access to three Orlando Pride soccer players: Carrie, Bridget, and Jordyn. MOGL continues to be successful in ...

NCAA president Mark Emmert tells schools to act on NIL or he will

Mark Emmert wrote in a memo Friday that if the NCAA's more than 1,200 member schools cannot pass NIL legislation by July, he would take action.

Former Notre Dame Quarterback Wimbush Builds Online Social Agency MOGL

Brandon Wimbush, former starting quarterback for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Central Florida Knights, is co-founding a new online agency looking to build a social network between athletes and companies looking for promotional representatives and brand ambassadors.

Alston Fallout: Mogl’s Plan to Help All Student-Athletes Navigate the Emerging NIL Landscape

[1] It is no longer a matter of “if” student athletes will eventually be able to get compensated for their name, image, and likeness (NIL) – it is a matter of when. Several states have already introduced or passed legislation that will permit student-athletes to be compensated for their name, image and likeness. [2] For example, Florida’s NIL legislation will go into effect on July 1, 2021; California and Colorado on January 1, 2023. [3] The NCAA is waiting until after the Supreme Court decision

Brandon Wimbush Always Had a Vision

Former Notre Dame and UCF quarterback Brandon Wimbush is pushing the NIL conversation forward and empowering college athletes with MOGL.

How former Notre Dame QB Brandon Wimbush wants to help athletes profit from name, image and likeness

Brandon Wimbush is too smart to put a dollar value on the hypothetical scenario.

Take It From the Star QB: You Can Be a Bench Player and Still Partner With Brands

Take it from the BMOC: Former Notre Dame QB Brandon Wimbush's startup, MOGL, is working in the emerging NIL space.

University of Utah, BYU roll out name, image and likeness plans as possible NCAA legislation looms

The University of Utah and BYU both introduced their plans for name, image, and likeness their respective athletic departments

What Does NCAA’s Abandonment Of TPA Concept Mean For Its NIL Legislation?

The NCAA has notified TPA finalists it will no longer fill that role. What does that mean for potential NIL legislation from the NCAA?

BlackRock Acquires Baringa's Climate Change Scenario Model - ESG Today

BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, announced today an agreement with business and technology consultancy Baringa Partners to acquire Baringa’s Climate Change Scenario Model, and to integrate the model into BlackRock’s Aladdin Climate technology. Understanding the potential impact of climate change, and the transition to a low carbon economy, on investments and portfolios is an […]

Stack Capital Group Inc. Files Preliminary Prospectus for Initial Public Offering of Units

/CNW/ - Stack Capital Group Inc. ("Stack Capital") is pleased to announce that it has filed today a preliminary prospectus (the "Preliminary Prospectus") with...

Democracy and the Epistemic Commons

Democracy cannot function without an epistemically healthy public sphere that makes it possible for democratic self-government to achieve successful outcomes, maintain its legitimacy, and avoid runaway concentrations of power in society.

Terraformation gets $30M to fight climate change with rapid reforesting – TechCrunch

Every startup is trying to fix something, but Terraformation is tackling the only problem that must matter to all of us: climate change. This is why it’s in such a big huge hurry. Its mission — as a “forest tech” startup — is to accelerate tree planting by applying a startup-y operational philosophy of scalability […]

Frank Launches to Give Workers a Discreet Place to Take Collective Action | Built In Chicago

Frank requires users to vouch for each new members in order to prevent company management from spying on private discussions.

Food Delivery's New Competitor: Multifamily Operators - Shadow Ventures

An analytical breakdown of Amenify’s expansion to connect Commercial/Ghost Kitchens with thousands apartment communities in major markets.

Home services platform Thumbtack raises $275M on a $3.2B valuation to double down on home management – TechCrunch

On the heels of making an acquisition in December of home management startup Setter, Thumbtack — one of the pioneers in the home services gig economy — has raised a big round to double down on the model. The company has raised $275 million, money that the company plans to use to build out a […]

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SPARKL Reusables promotes reuse and provides zero-waste services to companies, municipalities, food vendors and their customers. Individuals can access Sparkl's reusable containers at events and food vendors throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Related keywords: Sparkl SF Bay, sparklsfbay, Sparkl Reusables, GO Box, GO Box SF Bay, Spark social, Take Out, To Go, Containers, Zero Waste, Climate Action Goals

This Plastic Phone Case Could Biodegrade Within 2 Years

Most plastics take hundreds of years to decompose. This one harnesses the power of hungry microbes.

Home | Treet Resale

Secondhand shopping is rapidly becoming the way Gen Z and Millenials prefer to shop. It’s also one of the most promising paths toward reducing our environmental impact. Treet helps you participate in the future of shopping while becoming more sustainable in the process.

The 3 Hour (Remote) Brand Sprint

Adapting Google Venture's Brand Sprint methodology for a remote-first world.

The Elusive Green Consumer

People say they want sustainable products, but they don’t tend to buy them. Here’s how to change that.

Montana State University faculty and students push for stronger climate action

A decade has passed since Montana State University addressed its plan to combat climate change, despite a plan to review and update progress regularly. And while sustainability work has continued