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Chinese podcasting and audio content app Lizhi debuts on Nasdaq

Chinese podcasting and audio content app Lizhi debuts on Nasdaq Lizhi, one of China’s biggest audio content apps, is debuting on Nasdaq today under the ticker symbol LIZI. It is the first of its major competitors, Ximalaya and Dragonfly, to go public (though Ximalaya is expected to also list in the United […]

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CrowdStrike’s CEO on how to IPO, direct listings and what’s ahead for SaaS startups

CrowdStrike’s CEO on how to IPO, direct listings and what’s ahead for SaaS startups A few days before Christmas, TechCrunch caught up with CrowdStrike CEO George Kurtz to chat about his company’s public offering, direct listings and his expectations for the 2020 IPO market. We also spoke about CrowdStrike’s product niche — […]

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Airbnb’s New Year’s Eve guest volume shows its falling growth rate

Airbnb’s New Year’s Eve guest volume shows its falling growth rate Hello and welcome back to our regular morning look at private companies, public markets and the gray space in between. It’s finally 2020, the year that should bring us a direct listing from home-sharing giant Airbnb, a technology company valued at […]

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Grading the final tech IPOs of 2019

Grading the final tech IPOs of 2019 As the holiday slowdown looms, the final U.S.-listed technology IPOs have come in and begun to trade. Three tech, tech-ish or venture-backed companies went public this week: Bill.com, Sprout Social and EHang. Let’s quickly review how each has performed thus far. These are, bear in […]

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Chicago’s Sprout Social prices IPO mid-range at $17 per share, raising $150M

Chicago’s Sprout Social prices IPO mid-range at per share, raising 0M On the heels of Bill.com’s debut, Chicago-based social media software company Sprout Social priced its IPO last night at $17 per share, in the middle of its proposed $16 to $18 per-share range. Selling 8.8 million shares, Sprout raised just under […]

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Why Bill.com didn’t pursue a direct listing

Why Bill.com didn’t pursue a direct listing Bill.com went public today after pricing its shares higher than it initially expected. The B2B payments company sold nearly 10 million shares at $22 apiece, raising around $216 million in its IPO. Public investors felt that the company’s price was a deal, sending the value […]

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Bill.com’s IPO pricing is good news for unprofitable startups

Bill.com’s IPO pricing is good news for unprofitable startups Business-to-business payments company Bill.com priced its IPO today at an above-range $22 per share. The firm, selling 9.82 million shares in its offering, will raise around $216 million at a roughly $1.6 billion valuation. The company’s IPO pricing comes during a modestly uncertain […]

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Africa e-tailer Jumia’s shares fall 4% day after IPO lockup expiration

Africa e-tailer Jumia’s shares fall 4% day after IPO lockup expiration Shares of Africa focused e-commerce company Jumia dropped 4% the day after the lockup period expired for its April IPO on the New York Stock Exchange. The lockup provision prevents major shareholders — namely those who purchased equity pre-public listing — […]

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How Peloton made sweat addictive enough to IPO

How Peloton made sweat addictive enough to IPO It makes lazy people like me work out. That’s the genius of the Peloton bicycle. All you have to do is velcro on the shoes and you’re trapped. You’ve eliminated choice and you will exercise. Through a succession of savvy product design choice I’ll break […]

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The We Company reportedly will put its public offering on hold

The We Company reportedly will put its public offering on hold The We Company, parent company of the short-term real estate property management and development company WeWork and other We-related subsidiaries, is reportedly shelving its plans for an initial public offering. The company’s plans for a public offering have been hampered by […]

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