Blog Article | Rohit Kulkarni
Posted: October 10, 2018

Anaplan IPO: Cloud analytics unicorn hopes for strong Wall Street debut Friday

Anaplan, an enterprise software maker focused on cloud-based planning tools, will go public on Nasdaq Friday under the aptly named ticker symbol PLAN. Privately valued at $1.41 billion, the company raised priced its IPO at $15 to $17 per share from $13 to $15 per share. The new IPO price values Anaplan at up to $2.06 billion, or 46 percent higher than its private valuation.

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Blog Article | Rohit Kulkarni
Posted: October 8, 2018

Private Growth Equity Outperforms Public Markets Again In Q2 2018

SharesPost Private Growth Index Reports best Q/Q growth since 2H:2015

In second quarter of 2018, the SharesPost Private Growth Index, which tracks valuations for 106 private growth firms, increased 13.7 percent to 145.56 from 128.04 from the previous quarter. By comparison, the S&P 500 was moderately up 2.9 percent whereas the Dow Jones U.S. Technology Index increased 6 percent during the same period.

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Blog Article | Thomas Lee
Posted: October 1, 2018

Airbnb’s plan to offer shares to hosts shows gig economy under stress

In 2015, author Steven Hill’s “Raw Deal” hit book stores.

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Blog Article | Thomas Lee
Posted: September 24, 2018

Study after study debunks open office plans. So why is WeWork such a big hit?

WeWork recently became the largest private occupier of office space in Manhattan, an impressive feat given that the company only started 8 years ago. WeWork offices now take up more than 5.3 million square feet in one of the most expensive commercial real estate markets in the world.

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Blog Article | Thomas Lee
Posted: September 19, 2018

Mary Meeker’s exit from Kleiner Perkins shows Wall Street/Silicon Valley clash

Silicon Valley has always had an uneasy relationship with Wall Street. The former produces founder-driven startups that prizes growth, idealism, and independence. The latter prizes earnings, returns, and transparency.

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Blog Article | Rohit Kulkarni
Posted: September 18, 2018

Pinterest Survey Highlights: Full Steam Ahead for a 2019 IPO

Wall Street’s love-hate relationship with social media companies has been pretty evident this year. After climbing 91 percent this year, Twitter shares dropped 34 percent on recent Q2 earnings. Facebook shares have dropped 20 percent twice this year, and remain the laggard in the legendary FANG group of stocks. Snap shares, which once traded at $27 per share, are dipping into single digit territory.

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Blog Article | Rohit Kulkarni
Posted: September 14, 2018

SurveyMonkey down round IPO presents a possible buying opportunity for high risk investors

SurveyMonkey is finally pulling the trigger. The nearly 20-year old unicorn, which pioneered Internet polls on everything from consumer brands to politics, recently said it will go public on NASDAQ under the ticker SVMK.

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Blog Article | Thomas Lee
Posted: September 12, 2018

Musicians make sweet music as top investors in tech unicorns

What is it about musicians? When they are not tearing up the stage, they have proven quite adept at investing in emerging growth firms.

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Blog Article | Rohit Kulkarni
Posted: September 8, 2018

$10 million? Whatever. The normal in VC financing is $100 million plus.

The verdict is in: Mega primary financing rounds in private tech companies are the now the new normal as the Private Tech Growth asset class continues to flourish.

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Greg Brogger

Greg Brogger is the CEO and Founder of SharesPost, Inc. He founded SharesPost in early 2009 to bring transparency, efficiency and scale to private securities transactions.
Rohit Kulkarni
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Rohit Kulkarni

Rohit is the Managing Director, Private Investment Research for SharesPost Research LLC. Prior to joining SharesPost, Rohit was a Vice President, Senior Analyst at RBC Capital Markets.
Thomas Lee
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Thomas Lee

Thomas Lee is the Senior Writer at SharesPost. He was previously a business columnist at the San Francisco Chronicle. Lee has written for the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and Seattle Times. He is author of “Rebuilding Empires” (St. Martin's Press), his book on the future of big box retail in the digital age.
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Sven Weber

Sven Weber is a managing director of SharesPost’s SEC-registered investment advisor, SP Investments Management, LLC and responsible for the management of SharesPost investment vehicles. Sven is also the president and a trustee of the SharesPost 100 Fund.
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