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Theodore Schleifer / Recode:
How Sequoia, Accel, and Y Combinator ended up with their current stakes in Dropbox; source: YC sold about 50% of its holdings around the time of the Series B   —  Here's how a few investors — Sequoia, Accel and Y Combinator — managed to score huge, even if not equal, paydays.
Mar 26, 2018, 2:55 AMIn context
Theodore Schleifer / Recode:
Coinbase hires Emilie Choi, who did 40+ deals during her tenure as head of M&A at LinkedIn, as its VP of corporate and business development   —  A cryptocurrency company could do some fairly outside-the-box acquisitions.  —  Coinbase, the cryptocurrency trading platform …
Mar 5, 2018, 11:40 AMIn context
Theodore Schleifer / Recode:
DoorDash raises $535M Series D led by SoftBank, sources say at a post-money valuation of $1.4B, and says it will increase its headcount by 250 to ~800 this year   —  The challenge for the company will be to stay disciplined even as it sits on a huge stockpile of dollars.
Mar 1, 2018, 9:25 AMIn context
Theodore Schleifer / Recode:
How Spotify shareholders TPG and Dragoneer used convertible debt notes, which entitled them to more shares if listing was delayed, to force listing by July 2   —  A three-part play in a debt drama.  —  Spotify solved a messy debt problem posed by two of its shareholders in recent months …
Feb 28, 2018, 3:55 PMIn context
Theodore Schleifer / Recode:
Andrew Chen, ex-head of growth at Uber, joins Andreessen Horowitz as a general partner, a week after Lars Dalgaard left a16z to start his own fund   —  Notable: The firm still doesn't have any female general partners.  —  Andreessen Horowitz has plucked the head of growth at Uber and turned …
Feb 15, 2018, 11:40 AMIn context
Theodore Schleifer / Recode:
History of estimated Uber valuations, including the latest $1.25B financing round from SoftBank in January; sources: Uber was valued at $72B in Waymo settlement   —  That's the new claim in the settlement agreement between Uber and Waymo.  —  How much a company is worth is always a bit of an artificial question in Silicon Valley.
Feb 9, 2018, 10:20 PMIn context
Theodore Schleifer / Recode:
SoftBank's technology funds, the $100B Vision Fund and $6B Delta Fund, have already invested ~$40B of their $106B target; Vision Fund has invested in 26 firms   —  They said it couldn't be done.  —  Longtime Silicon Valley hands are still aghast that an investing firm can find …
Feb 7, 2018, 6:10 AMIn context
Theodore Schleifer / Recode:
Dog-walking app Wag accepts $300M in deal expected to give SoftBank 45% of the company and says cofounder Josh Viner will step aside as CEO   —  Hilary Schneider, a former top Yahoo executive, is the new CEO.  —  The dog-walking company Wag is replacing its CEO as it prepares to accept …
Jan 30, 2018, 11:20 AMIn context
Theodore Schleifer / Recode:
Sources: a16z and USV, who have cryptocurrency experience, are passing on Telegram's ICO; firms newer to crypto like KPCB, Sequoia, and Benchmark are investing   —  The investors are not who you'd expect.  —  Some of the most prominent investors in cryptocurrency are passing …
Jan 26, 2018, 8:35 PMIn context
Theodore Schleifer / Recode:
Delaware judge permanently dismisses Benchmark suit against Travis Kalanick, after all parties agree it should be dismissed   —  The former Uber CEO has one less thing to worry about.  —  Benchmark's controversial, explosive lawsuit against Travis Kalanick is officially history.
Jan 25, 2018, 1:33 PMIn context

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