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Airbnb nears IPO as Asana and Palantir land their direct listings

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The going has not always been easy but the tech IPOs keep coming. Airbnb itself is almost here, in what is likely to be the eventual stock market listing of this dramatic year. After the pandemic prompted mass layoffs for the short-term rental marketplace, it has managed to make up all of the lost ground to pre-pandemic projections, TechCrunch and others have reported. Now, bulletin is spilling out that it could seek to raise up to$ 3 billion at a $30 billion valuation.

The US presidential election in a month, Trump’s positive COVID-1 9 diagnosis, and various other world events have yet to stop the tech IPO momentum.

This past Wednesday, Palantir and Asana both choosing to articulated a very limited number of shares up for sale directly instead of working with a bank to pre-sell portions to favored patients, following in the direct-listings footsteps of Spotify and Slack.

Palantir, which is continuing to get political scrutiny around its government data businesses, and Asana both finished the first few days of trading without any popping be talking about for initial public investors( although other things have been impacting marketplaces in the same time frame ). However, both companies have already turned billions of paper fund rounds into liquid money that can start going back to the employees and investors, as intended. And now, each can sail the high seas of public groceries with a smaller, friendlier group of stockholders than numerous, many other public companionships have.

We’ve been flood Palantir in great detail recently, but Asana’s admittance equips a broader task for the many aspiring SaaS startups out there.

Dustin Moskovitz, who has retained a huge amount of authority as a cofounder/ investor, told Danny Crichton for Extra Crunch that more than 40% of the task-focused work management provider’s revenue is now coming from outside of North America, with ongoing rise, high-pitched purchaser love and big consolidations with other SaaS providers. The ensues augurs well for other SaaS companies considering direct indices, as Alex Wilhelm analyzes for EC πŸ˜› TAGEND

Asana grew 63% in the six months dissolving July 31, 2020, compared to the same period of 2019, though that growth rate decelerated to around 57% when exclusively looking at the most recent quarter and its historical analog. Good growth then, if slow-witted. And Asana’s gross boundaries were good and improvement of, coming in at 86% in the six months pointing July 31, 2019, and 87% in the same period of 2020. But the company’s net losses were rising in gross and relative terms at the same time. In the six months objective July 31, 2020, Asana lost $76.9 million, up from $30.5 million in the same period of 2019. And, the company’s 77% net loss as a percent of incomes in the two parts ending in July of 2020 was up from a 50% loss during the same period of the preceding fiscal year. Asana also devoured more money this year than last year, with its operating currency burn emerge from $13.1 million during the six months intent July 31, 2019 to $40.3 million in the same period of 2020.

And hitherto, from a invoke price of $21, appraising the company at around$ 4 billion on a amply diluted basis, shares of Asana have risen to $ 25.14 at the open of trading this morning( though Asana lost various points today thanks to general market pogrom ). Current market trackers importance the company at $3.86 billion.

Now, on to Airbnb!( And likewise, Datto !)

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Pandemic upsides arrive for cannabis, mental health issues and language memorize

As the world tries to make sense of fresh Q3 data, we took a closer look at a few fresh startup directions. First, the cannabis market seems to be as strong as you’d expect. Matt Burns caught up with a range of weed-tech benefactors, investors and commentators, who shared almost entirely good information for the emerging area. Here’s a highlight from Andy Lytwynec, VP, Global Vape Business at Canopy Growth, the cannabis holding company for a variety of symbols, including the vaporizer preferred by your self-medicated correspondent πŸ˜› TAGEND

Lytwynec points to Storz& Bickle as a barometer of sortings in guessing the effects of COVID-1 9. The German-based vaporizer company ensure an uptick in marketings, as reported in Canopy Growth’s latest quarterly report. The company reported a 71% grow during the first quarter ending on June 30. The financial report pointed to Storz& Bickel’s increased auctions and spread stretch as a primary intellect for the increase.

Just try getting a permutation for that representative you tragically undermine at the start of quarantine. And don’t fall for that fake substance on Amazon or you’ll be huffing plastic. Anyway…

Alex likewise checked in on mental health funding, which were already coming into their own before the pandemic. The first half of the year was the sector’s biggest yet, with a focus on remote therapy, virtual coaching and feeling alleviation, although Q2 was down slightly from Q1. More, from Extra Crunch πŸ˜› TAGEND

Investors are putting dollars to be employed in 2020 to further the emergence mental health issues startups managed in 2018 and 2019. Per the CB Insights dataset, in Q1 and Q2 2020, these startups visualized 106 rounds worth $1.08 billion. In the year-ago period, the relevant figures were 87 rounds worth $750 million.( Unlike some subcategories of wellness startups that CB Insights detailed, mental health issues upstarts has gone far enough regular VC volume to impel year-over-year comparisons rational .)

In a different area of tech-powered mind improvement, Duolingo is now on track to smack $180 million bookings, chief executive Luis von Ahn tells Natasha Mascarenhas for EC. While the language-learning company has witnessed utilization rise from 30 million to 42 million monthly active useds this year, it merely reaches coin from 3% of them( those who want to pay to avoid seeing ads, get download access, and other features ).

The future of transportation

From Kirsten Korosec, our citizen mobility expert and host of our next occurrence πŸ˜› TAGEND

If you’re interested in tech, transport and startups — of course “youre gonna” — you should draw our next happen a priority. And it’s coming up in just a few days. TechCrunch is hosting TC Sessions: Mobility 2020 on October 6& 7, a virtual incident that will bring together the best and brightest thoughts working on automated vehicle technology, shared micromobility and electrification. We’ll speak to onetime Tesla co-founder and CTO JB Straubel about his new venture Redwood Materials, the CEOs of EV outsiders Polestar and Lucid Motors, Formula E motorist Lucas di Grassi about a brand-new kind of scooting contest( hint, scooters !), early stage-investors from Trucks VC, Hemi Ventures and Maniv as well as Uber’s director of plan for metropolitans Shin-Pei Tsay, to reputation a few cases. Plus there will be a dedicated networking occasion, a lurch nighttime on October 5 and a virtual expo. There are a variety of ticket prices to meet your budget, including one for students. But I’m also here bearing gifts: Startups Weekly books can get 50% off the full premium at this association. If you’d just like to check out the startups expo portion, Startups Weekly books can get in free with this link.

Photographer: Anindito Mukherjee/ Bloomberg via Getty Images

Top Indian app makes participate global platform disobedience

Manish Singh, our contribute reporter submerge Indian startups, has been bursting news on the growing dissent against app stage plans. It’s getting epic πŸ˜› TAGEND

More than 150 startups and firms in India are working to form an alliance and toying with the relevant recommendations of propelling an app accumulation to cut their trust on Google, five people very well known the matter told TechCrunch.

The list of industrialists includes high-profile words, such as Vijay Shekhar Sharma, co-founder and chief executive of Paytm( India’s most valuable startup ); Deep Kalra of traveling ticketing firm MakeMyTrip; and executives from PolicyBazaar, RazorPay and ShareChat. The flourishing listing of benefactors carried deep concerns about Google’s “monopolistic” hold on India, home to one of the world’s largest startup ecosystems, and discussed what the hell is alleged was unfair and inconsistent enforcement of Play Store’s guidelines in the country.

Their effort comes daylights after a small group of conglomerates — including Epic Games, Spotify, Basecamp, Match Group and ProtonMail — forged their own coalition to stres Apple and Google to make changes to their marketplace rules.

“Where else do these dollars disappear ?”

Danny interviewed SF-based Index Ventures collaborators Nina Achadjian and Sarah Cannon about the latest trends in startup fundraising. Here’s a key part about the macro vogues, that likewise explains why all those tech IPOs continue to happen( and do well ):

TechCrunch: Given the amount of fund flowing into venture these days, have you noticed any LPs starting to pull back from world markets?

Cannon: They’re not drawing back. In fact, it’s like, “Could you potentially take more quotum? And what do “youre thinking about” these other grain directors? ”

I think the behavior that I’ve got my mind around this is, where else would these dollars lead? What are the alternatives for the dollars that are rushing into tech? I don’t know the latest digits, but it was something like 40% of stock exchange returns are actually concentrated in Apple[ and FAANG ]. And then we’re seeing IPOs perform the same.

We’re in a world pandemic that could easily cause[ another] recession. A bunch of industries like airlines and travel have more showing. Tech is just relatively most attractive. So if the interest rates are low, which they are, and[ economists] have said that they’re going to be low for the next decade, then you’re going to have lots of capital chasing returns.

Across the week


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How Twilio well-developed its own conference platform

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Extra Crunch

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9 VCs in Madrid and Barcelona discuss the COVID-1 9 epoch and look to the future

Spain’s startup ecosystem: 9 investors on remote duty, lettuce shoots and 2020 directions

Healthcare financiers should prepare for an upcoming VC/ PE bubble


From Natasha πŸ˜› TAGEND

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s VC-focused podcast( now on Twitter ! ), where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines.

This week, Alex is on a much-deserved vacation( but not from Twitter, it seems) so Danny Crichton and I chit-chat through the story and happenings of the week. Somehow we winded our practice through the latest tech dissensions, passed Chris Wallace a shout out and conclude with some fund rounds. I’ll be out next week so don’t miss me too much, but expect the entire Equity team to be back full-speed in mid-October. Thanks, as always, to our farmer Chris Gates for his calmnes and diligence.

Now, onto a sneak peek of what we got into πŸ˜› TAGEND

Moderation continues to be the root of all problems. We got into the anti-semitic comments “thats been” spewed on Clubhouse, and what that means for the future of the audio-only platform. As Danny so eloquently employed it: if Clubhouse is having moderation troubles even with an exclusive invite-only user base, the problem will grow. We likewise talked about Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong’s blog post, which triggered a debate between us on whether tech companies can even choose to not be political. For the record, Black Lives Matter is not a political statement. It’s a human account. Read this op-ed for more. I wrote a piece about how a new program wants to be the Y Combinator for rising money managers . The whole “YC for X” model frequently establishes me flatten my attentions, but listen to hear why I’m actually confident and optimistic on programs like these taking off within tech. Silver Lake lent a$ 2 billion “long-term” hedge fund backed by Abu Dhabi to its tech investment toolkit . The strategy is a signal to privately backed startups, and potentially a slap in the face to SoftBank. For a rapid edtech record, I caught up with Duolingo’s CEO this week in one of his rare press interviews . Luis von Ahn interpreted the app’s surge in reserves, and there’s one key metric we pull out to noodle over. Danny illustrated Gusto’s latest product launch with, wait for it, Gusto. In all seriousness, he creates up interesting one about the future of fintech feeling more full-suite, and free. Funding round babble continued when we unpacked Lee Fixel’s recent investment in India’s Inshorts . Finally, we ended with LiquidDeath,which is not the word of a booze recreation, but instead the refer of a startup that has successfully attracted millions in venture capital for mountain irrigate.

And with that, we will be back next week. Vote like your life depends on it, because it does.

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