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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Blog Article | Rohit Kulkarni
Posted: October 25, 2018

Token Index Q&A with Rohit Kulkarni

SharesPost recently launched its SharesPost Token Index. We sat down with Research Director Rohit Kulkarni to discuss the new index.

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Blog Article | Thomas Lee
Posted: October 23, 2018

Why retailers should challenge tech giants for smart device acquisitions

There was a time not so long ago when a consumer electronics maker would develop a great product or two, go public, and expand across the country and then the world. Think Apple with its Macintosh computers or Eastman Kodak with its Brownie cameras.

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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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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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