India: Funding rounds are revenue after all

India: Funding rounds are revenue after all

  The tag line for this site is “True Fact: Funding rounds are not revenue”, except in India, where a new tax code law has deemed that funding rounds that take place “at above fair value” are indeed income. The new rule applies to startups that have undergone a down round. If the preceding round was not from a VC firm registered with the Indian securities regulator (in other words it was from an angel…

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Glassdoor CEO redefines down-round as “modest up round”.

Glassdoor CEO redefines down-round as “modest up round”.

In a $40 million dollar funding round at a lower share price (a.k.a “a down round”) Glassdoor CEO went on record to say “We view this as a slight up round” (I guess you can add diluting shares to inflate market cap to the alchemical bag of tricks in this wonderful New Economy). Still, with shares down 6.3% in this round, they are still clobbering their publicly traded Unicorn peers such as LinkedIn and Yelp….

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Bay area biotech StemCells to wind down.

Bay area biotech StemCells to wind down.

They were working on a spinal chord treatment but their clinical trials have failed. Bay area biotech “StemCells” (I was surprised they didn’t “invest” in the .com version of their name) which was publicly traded  will wind down operations. They are hoping to see what can be salvaged for investors and skirt a 100% loss. At their peak: $74 million market cap. Now, not so much. ($6 million) They also raised 32 million in two…

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Violin Memory posts 20M+ quarterly loss (again…and again…)

Violin Memory posts 20M+ quarterly loss (again…and again…)

Publicly traded memory maker Violin Memory (VMEM) has posted another quarterly loss in excess of $20M (this is the third or fourth in a row), begging TheRegister to wonder aloud “can they avoid a trainwreck?” Keep in mind, the market cap of the entire company is $36M, which means they are successively putting up quarterly losses worth roughly 2/3 the company’s market cap. This, after 7 funding rounds totalling $187M, their Series D valued them at…

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Bids for Yahoo several Billions short of expectations

Bids for Yahoo several Billions short of expectations

We’ll file this one under “down rounds” given that not long ago Yahoo spurned a $45 Billion offer from Microsoft, early bids for Yahoo are coming in the 2 or 3 billion range .Remember, Yahoo recently bought Tumblr for presumably $1 billion  (does that mean all that “value added” by the acquisition has made Tumblr the entire company?).  

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Hub Nation & The Scandal of Money

Hub Nation & The Scandal of Money

I just finished reading Dan Lyon’s “Disrupted”. I devoured it in a little over 2 days and took frequent breaks to email various friends and colleagues (many of them tech CEOs of non-unicorns, go figure) that they had to read it. The story of Lyon’s tumultuous ride at Hubspot, a tech unicorn which has never shown a profit, and will probably never show a profit didn’t tell me anything I didn’t already know. It didn’t…

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