It was a wild week for IPOs. Now, one company is taking a time out. Roblox is delaying its initial public offering until next year after the video game maker decided it would be too difficult to price its shares, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday night.
Not since the days of Y2K, GeoCities, and eToys.com have initial public offerings garnered such unbridled enthusiasm from investors.
When DoorDash and Airbnb went public this week, their stock prices shot up on the first day of trading, soaring 86% and 113%, respectively. And the average IPO this year has seen a 41% first-day return.
The IPO market has notched other staggering figures this year as well, with nearly 430 deals, the most since 2000, and $US160 billion in deal value, an all-time high, according to data from Dealogic.
The dynamics fuelling this frenzy are nuanced. But as retail traders fight over small allocations of popular, high-growth stocks and momentum chasers follow in their wake, market valuations are inflating and some experts are throwing around the “bubble” word again.
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Keep reading for a deep dive on the rapid rise and fall of Coatue’s much-hyped quant fund; a look at how peak-pandemic bets on Airbnb are paying off; and to learn why Steve Schwarzman launched Blackstone TV â€” and doesn’t see it getting cancelled any time soon.
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Billionaire Blackstone founder Steve Schwarzman started ‘Blackstone TV’ to help connect with employees during the pandemic
From Bradley Saacks:
Steve Schwarzman, the billionaire founder and CEO of private-equity giant Blackstone, revealed his way of increasing transparency at the firm during the pandemic.
He launched what he dubbed “Blackstone TV” â€” a weekly update from Schwarzman and his management team that every Blackstone employee is invited to watch.
He plans to continue it, even when the pandemic has passed and employees have returned to the office.
“We are not going to get cancelled,” he said.
From Alex Morrell and Bradley Saacks:
Coatue Management, a secretive hedge fund run by the billionaire Philippe Laffont, has had a wave of departures from its vaunted data-science team.
The team, run by a young partner named Alex Izydorczyk, had its internal quant fund shut down this summer
Business Insider spoke with more than 20 sources â€” including 10 ex-employees as well as investors, vendors, and hedge-fund recruiters with firsthand knowledge of the firm â€” about the rise and demise of Coatue’s quant fund.
What’s next for Betterment now that its founder is stepping away from running the robo-advisor pioneer
From Rebecca Ungarino and Dan DeFrancesco:
Betterment’s new CEO is replacing founder Jon Stein at a super-competitive moment for the robo-advisory industry.
Sarah Kirshbaum Levy, a former ViacomCBS executive, will be tasked with growing Betterment’s brand and drawing in new customers from legacy wealth managers that dwarf it in size.
While candidates for Stein’s role largely felt confident in the brand, some had concerns around the general business model of robo-advisors, a source familiar with the process said.
One analyst we spoke with said he sees Betterment as a possible acquisition target rather than headed for an initial public offering, while Levy told the Wall Street Journal that an IPO was in its future.
From Carter Johnson:
The world of fashion, in many ways, is about standing out. So it’s fitting that Chidi Achara, who has worked with brands like Cole Haan, Levi’s, and Hugo Boss, will be focused on doing just that for fintech Stash.
Achara has big plans for the startup he joined in September as its first chief creative officer. He’s tasked with engineering and leading a rebranding effort aimed at helping Stash stand out from a crowded field of rivals.
Launched in 2015, Stash is a finance app that offers retirement, bank, investment and custodial accounts for a monthly subscription cost. The New-York based fintech raised $US112 million in Series F funding in April, and has enjoyed considerable growth throughout the pandemic.
From Dakin Campbell:
In April, just weeks after the raging coronavirus pandemic threatened to shut down the US economy, Silver Lake Partners and Sixth Street Partners made a bold bet.
The two private-investment firms together lent $US1 billion to Airbnb, the home-sharing company that was then watching its revenue plunge as people around the world stopped travelling. The loan came with a lofty coupon of about 10% and an equity kicker in the form of warrants that converted into one share apiece at less than $US30.
The following month, Silver Lake bought a slug of common shares off of Belinda Johnson, the former chief operating officer of Airbnb who now sits on its board, for more than $US27 million.
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Legal and accounting tech
- Here’s the 13-page pitch deck that Contractbook, which wants to take on legal tech giants like DocuSign, just used to raise $US9.4 million from investors like Bessemer Ventures
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