Blog Article | Rohit Kulkarni
Posted: December 7, 2018

Crypto Market Observations: Crypto Winter Continues Through November 2018

SharesPost Token Index down 71 percent since inception, yet “less worse’ than ETH

The downward trend in the overall crypto market has continued through November. The bitcoin cash fork event during mid-November and the beginning of a regulatory crackdown on Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) appear to have sparked the high volatility and negative sentiment amongst crypto investors. The SharesPost Token Index which tracks the top 15 tokens by marketcap and has decreased from 57.51 to 28.52, a 50.4 percent decline, during the month of November 2018. This dive compares to the moderate, 2.5 percent, gain seen during the month of October. Benchmarking the Index to popular cryptocurrencies Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH) paints a similar story to the large value cut for the month. The Index underperformed both by roughly 13 and 7 percent respectively.

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Blog Article | Thomas Lee
Posted: November 16, 2018

Could tech workers in Silicon Valley unionize? They could wield extraordinary power if they do

In the face of a 20,000-employee walkout, Google recently said it would end mandatory arbitration of sexual misconduct claims, a decision that has since spread to private unicorns as Airbnb said it will follow suit. Uber and Lyft already did so last year.

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Blog Article | Thomas Lee
Posted: November 14, 2018

Private firms are attracting more capital because they are more innovative

Investors in recent years have been shifting their cash from the public to private markets: Since 2014, private IPOs, or mega financing rounds in which companies raised at least $100 million, have raised 3 times more capital than public tech IPOs, according to data from Pitchbook and University of Florida business professor Jay Ritter.

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Blog Article | Rohit Kulkarni
Posted: November 7, 2018

Mid-Term Election Takeaways: Stay invested. Outlook for the Innovation Economy Remains Bright

Yesterday’s election results were largely in line with Wall Street consensus expectations. Most importantly, there were no big surprises. Accordingly, the market responded to the Democratic takeover of the House and the Republican gains in the Senate with 545-point surge in the Dow, one of the biggest one-day gains of 2018.

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Blog Article | Rohit Kulkarni
Posted: November 7, 2018

SharesPost Token Index Outperforms ETH & BTC In October

Bonus: Observations On The 10-Year Anniversary of Bitcoin

The SharesPost Token Index increased 2.5% from 55.23 to 56.62 during October 2018. This compares to 4%, 26%, and 20% declines in July, August, and September of 2018. By comparison, the popular cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin and Ethereum, shed 4% and 14% respectively during October.

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Blog Article | Rohit Kulkarni
Posted: November 7, 2018

Four reasons why crypto insiders think better days are ahead

As part of our “feet on the street” approach to research, we talked to a lot of Crypto ecosystem stakeholders in recent weeks – from Crypto startups to investors, from Blockchain lawyers to big tech Crypto experts. The two common questions emerged again and again: When will the Crypto Winter end? What factors would prompt the turnaround?

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Blog Article | Thomas Lee
Posted: October 30, 2018

The opening salvo between Uber and Amazon: restaurant deliveries

You knew it was coming.

In recent years, the two would-be combatants have been warily circling each other, testing each other’s defenses, not willing to directly engage. The company that perfected and dominated e-commerce vs. the company that invented the on demand workforce economy.

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Blog Article | Thomas Lee
Posted: October 29, 2018

Yale University’s move into cryptocurrencies signals institutional shift toward asset class

Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway really doesn“t like cryptocurrencies. The Warren Buffett of Yale University clearly believes the opposite.

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Blog Article | Rohit Kulkarni
Posted: October 25, 2018

New SharesPost Token Index Highlights Opportunity For Long-Term Crypto Investors

Strong 2017 Followed by the 2018 Crypto Winter Creates an Attractive Entry Point

The emergence of cryptocurrencies and Blockchain tokens promises to fundamentally remake the private capital market. In 2017, the total value of tokens grew to $37.7 billion, a nearly 19,000 percent increase over the prior year. Companies and investors raised over $6 billion last year through initial coin offerings, a mark they have already matched this year, with still another quarter to go. To appreciate the rapid growth of token sales, consider that U.S. startups (i.e., seed and Series A) in 2017 raised an estimated $8 billion using traditional private placement.

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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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