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Morgan Stanley’s ‘Teflon banker’ talks direct listings (and much more)

Morgan Stanley’s ‘Teflon banker’ talks direct listings (and much more) After landing a seemingly endless string of coveted deals for his bank, Morgan Stanley, Michael Grimes has been dubbed “Wall Street’s Silicon Valley whisperer.” Morgan Stanley has served as the lead underwriter for Facebook, Spotify and Slack. Grimes, a banker for 32 […]

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Michael Grimes, “Wall Street’s Silicon Valley whisperer,” says direct listings are “absolutely” more efficient than IPOs

Michael Grimes, “Wall Street’s Silicon Valley whisperer,” says direct listings are “absolutely” more efficient than IPOs Michael Grimes has been called “Wall Street’s Silicon Valley whisperer” for landing a seemingly endless string of coveted deals for his bank, Morgan Stanley. In more recent years, it has served as the lead underwriter for […]

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Sam Altman’s bet against Slack

Sam Altman’s bet against Slack Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week Kate and Alex broke the discussion into two main themes. The first dealt with early-stage companies, and the second, as you can imagine, later-stage affairs. Don’t worry, we […]

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Slack investor Index Ventures backs Slack competitor Quill

Slack investor Index Ventures backs Slack competitor Quill Slack created a new solution for workplace communication, one copied by many, even Microsoft. But the product, which is meant to help individuals and businesses collaborate, has been critiqued for sending too many notifications, with some claiming it’s sabotaged workplace productivity. Quill, a startup […]

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Slack announces new features to help ease app integration pain

Slack announces new features to help ease app integration pain As Slack has grown in popularity, one of the company’s key differentiators has been the ability to integrate with other enterprise tools, but as customers use Slack as a central work hub, it has created its own set of problems. In particular, […]

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SoftBank reportedly preps a package to take control of WeWork parent company

SoftBank reportedly preps a package to take control of WeWork parent company SoftBank Group, the multi-billion dollar Japanese technology conglomerate and investment firm, has put together a  bid that would save WeWork parent company We Co., just weeks before the co-working real estate company’s imminent collapse, The Wall Street Journal reports. With […]

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New Vector scores $8.5M to plug more users into its open, decentralized messaging Matrix

New Vector scores .5M to plug more users into its open, decentralized messaging Matrix New Vector, a European startup founded in 2017 by the creators of an open, decentralized communications standard called Matrix to drive adoption and grow an ecosystem around an alternative messaging protocol for instant messaging and VoIP apps, has […]

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CEO David Krane suggests GV could sell the rest of its Uber stake at the end of its lockup period next month

CEO David Krane suggests GV could sell the rest of its Uber stake at the end of its lockup period next month Today at TC’s Disrupt show in San Francisco, we took the stage with David Krane, a longtime veteran of Google who who took the reins as CEO of its venture […]

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Ally raises $8M Series A for its OKR solution

Ally raises M Series A for its OKR solution OKRs, or Objectives and Key Results, are a popular planning method in Silicon Valley. Like most of those methods that make you fill in some form once every quarter, I’m pretty sure employees find them rather annoying and a waste of their time. […]

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Slack co-founder Cal Henderson and Spark Capital’s Megan Quinn are coming to Disrupt SF

Slack co-founder Cal Henderson and Spark Capital’s Megan Quinn are coming to Disrupt SF If there was one company at the top of everyone’s mind this year, it was Slack. The now-ubiquitous workplace messaging tool began trading on the New York Stock Exchange in June after taking an unusual route to the […]

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