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How to Objectively Measure the "Fundability" of Your Startup

This is going to be BIG.

Sorry, you can’t. The decision to fund a company is a combination of a lot of human factors—an assessment of one group of humans by another group of humans, fraught with apples-to-oranges comparisons. Yet, everyone’s got an opinion about how a company measures up, especially the founder. ( If you want mine, I’m doing a little consulting now. ) So, how do you know what truth is?

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Massive Bankruptcy News Crushes EV Stocks

The Motley Fool

Electric vehicle (EV) stocks cratered this week after Fisker filed for bankruptcy. The troubled automaker never got off the ground after a promising vehicle was plagued by poor software. While a failure doesn't say much about the other operators in the industry, it doesn't bode well for the market's willingness to fund EV losses long-term. According to data provided by S&P Global Market Intelligence , EV makers Faraday Future Intelligent Electric (NASDAQ: FFIE) fell as much as 26.9% and VinFast

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Market Concentration

The Big Picture

A quick break from book authorship to share a fascinating set of data and charts, via Sam Ro. In his weekly missive, Sam points to some amazing charts from Global Financial Data. They are based on historical data that looks at 200 Years of Market Concentration. You might be surprised at the findings. As the chart above shows, there are long periods of market concentration.

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CampusAI Raises $10M in Pre-Seed Funding

FinSMEs

CampusAI, a Warsaw, Poland-based AI learning skills startup, raised $10M in pre-seed funding. Backers included angel investor Maciej Zientara. The company will use the funds to develop its platform and to enter 10 new markets with plans to acquire 200,000 customers. Founded in 2023 by Aureliusz Górski, CampusAI is an AI learning and collaboration platform that […] The post CampusAI Raises $10M in Pre-Seed Funding appeared first on FinSMEs.

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My All-Time High in Savings

A Wealth of Common Sense

I track all of my savings and investments on Excel. Guess I’m old school and, yes, kind of a personal finance dork. I can’t help it. It’s nothing fancy. Just a collection of the holdings in our various accounts along with some simple calculations — net worth, annual retirement contributions, asset allocation, how much we’re saving each year, etc.

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Boeing Races to Catch SpaceX in Orbit -- But Has It Already Lost?

The Motley Fool

The International Space Station (ISS) orbits the Earth at an altitude of 250 miles. That doesn't sound like much. You can drive 250 miles in a cheap sedan in about four hours or take an hour-long flight (if that). It's taken Boeing (NYSE: BA) five years to reach the ISS, however. And when they finally arrived, they found SpaceX already got there four years ago.

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Layer3 Raises $15M in Series A Funding

FinSMEs

Layer3, a developer of an identity and distribution protocol, raised $15M in Series A funding. The round, which brought the total amount to $21.2M, was led by ParaFi & Greenfield Capital, with participation from Electric Capital, King River, Immutable, Lattice, Tioga, LeadBlock Bitpanda Ventures, Amber, Stateless, and GD1. The company intends to use the funds to expand operations and its development efforts.

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Morgan Lewis adds partner in New York

Private Equity Wire

Global law firm Morgan Lewis has appointed Leonora Shalet as a global private investment funds partner, based in New York. In her new role, Shalet will advise investment funds and advisers on fund structuring, formation and ongoing operational needs. Shalet has previously advised on US and offshore credit funds, hedge funds, perpetual funds, hybrid funds, funds-of-funds, private equity funds, growth equity funds and managed accounts.

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3 Lesser-Known Social Security Rules You Should Be Aware Of

The Motley Fool

Social Security is simple, right? You work. You retire. You collect your benefits. Simple -- until it's not. The reality is that plenty of things about the popular federal program are more complicated. Here are three lesser-known Social Security rules you should be aware of. Image source: Getty Images. 1. Social Security's "do-over" Some people might think that once they begin collecting Social Security retirement benefits before their full retirement age (FRA) , it's an irrevocable decision.

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Blackstone Real Estate and MRP Group Increase Price of All-Cash Tender Offer for Terrafina

Blackstone News

NEW YORK & MEXICO CITY — Blackstone Real Estate and MRP Group, a developer, owner and operator of real estate in Mexico, today announced that a Mexican trust formed by their affiliates has increased the price of its tender offer for up to 100% of the outstanding real estate trust certificates of Terrafina (BMV:TERRA 13) by Ps.1.00 per certificate to a purchase price of Ps.39.50 per certificate.

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Tinybird Raises $30M in Series B Funding

FinSMEs

Tinybrid, a Madrid, Spain- and NYC-based provider of a real-time data platform for data and engineering teams, raised $30M in Series B funding. The round was led by Balderton Capital, with participation from existing investors including CRV and Singular Ventures. The company intends to use the funds to accelerate its growth, enhance its product offerings, […] The post Tinybird Raises $30M in Series B Funding appeared first on FinSMEs.

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Permira’s Golden Goose postpones Milan IPO amid market volatility

Private Equity Wire

Golden Goose Group, the Italian luxury sports brand owned by British private equity firm Permira, has postponed its much-anticipated Milan stock market listing just a day before the IPO was set to be priced, according to reports. Golden Goose announced on Tuesday that it was delaying the IPO due to a “significant deterioration in market conditions” following recent European parliament elections and the announcement of a general election in France.

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Forget Intel: 2 Tech Stocks to Buy Instead

The Motley Fool

Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) has become a stock to watch in recent months. The company's hyperfocus on artificial intelligence (AI) and chip manufacturing has potentially spelled out a bright future for it. However, with its negative $12 billion in free cash flow -- along with quarterly revenue and operating income that have plunged 35% and 112%, respectively, since 2021 -- it could take many years for Intel to regain a leading position in tech.

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The Top 50 Lower Middle Market Industrials Investors & M&A Advisors [2024]

Axial

Axial is happy to release its 2024 publication of the Top 50 Lower Middle Market Industrials Investors and M&A Advisors: a list that features Axial’s 50 most active and sought-after members who worked on in transactions across various industrials sectors over the past 12 months (full methodology below). Industrials has always been a leading industry for deal flow on the Axial platform, and Q1 of 2024 was no exception.

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Substrate Closes $8M Seed Funding

FinSMEs

Substrate, a NYC-based AI infrastructure startup, raised $8M in Seed funding. The round was led by Lightspeed Venture Partners, with participation from South Park Commons, Craft Ventures, Guillermo Rauch (Vercel), Immad Akhund (Mercury), Will Gaybrick (Stripe), and others. The company intends to use the funds to expand its market for inference solutions and bring modern […] The post Substrate Closes $8M Seed Funding appeared first on FinSMEs.

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Antares Capital closes $400m CLO

Private Equity Wire

Antares Capital has closed its third broadly syndicated loan collateralised loan obligation, Orion CLO 2024-3, securing $400m. Antares launched its first BSL CLO, CLO 2023-1, with $450m in October, and the second, CLO 2023-2, at the end of last year, also at $450m. Last March, Antares appointed Apex Credit Partners’s Andrew Stern as managing director, portfolio manager and trader for its liquid credit platform, which builds on its private credit CLO platform established in 2017.

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5 Biggest Small Business Owner Regrets

The Motley Fool

Image source: Getty Images Starting a business is exciting, and a higher percentage of business owners say they're very satisfied with their work compared to people in traditional jobs. But being responsible for your business's success means you have to make all the decisions -- and some of them will inevitably be the wrong call. So, how can small business owners reduce some of their regrets?

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Supply & Demand in the Stock Market

A Wealth of Common Sense

A reader asks: You guys have recently quoted Slock in two podcast episodes that Private Equity Companies, those with over 100 million dollars in revenue make up 87 percent of that category versus only 13 percent of publicly traded company fall into the 100 million in revenue category, and that number is only increasing. With that said, is this ONE of the reasons stock prices seem to continuously increase.

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FairNow Raises $3.5M in Seed Funding

FinSMEs

FairNow, a Mclean, VA-based provider of AI governance software, raised $3.5M in Seed funding. The round was led by Somen Mondal and Shaun Ricci. The company intends to use the funds to expand operations and its development efforts. Led by CEO Guru Sethupathy, and COO Lisa Goldman, FairNow provides enterprises with a governance platform that […] The post FairNow Raises $3.5M in Seed Funding appeared first on FinSMEs.

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Searchlight and Ares commit £500m to RSK Group

Private Equity Wire

UK environmental consulting and engineering service provider RSK Group is set to receive a £500m preferred equity investment from a consortium led by Searchlight Capital Partners and Ares Management. The investment will contribute to the execution of RSK’s 2030 global strategy, which includes both organic growth initiatives and the continuation of its acquisition strategy, according to a company statement.

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2 Stocks That Could Turn $1,000 Into $5,000 by 2030

The Motley Fool

Investing is all about putting money to work now that you hope will be worth more later. It's OK to dream big -- say, of a fivefold increase in six years -- but you have to pick the right stocks. What stocks can turn $1,000 today into $5,000 come 2030? Two names I like are Carnival (NYSE: CCL) and Roku (NASDAQ: ROKU). Let's take a closer look. 1. Carnival You might think that the world's largest cruise line operator is an odd bet to be a five-bagger by 2030, but there are a few factors that coul

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Chasing the Biggest Stocks

A Wealth of Common Sense

The stock market looks a lot like the wealth profile in this country — the rich keep getting richer. That richness can be expressed in a couple of different ways. First up is market cap. The biggest stocks are a lot bigger than the others: Corporations in the S&P 500 aren’t evenly distributed. In fact, the top 25 companies in the S&P 500 are as big as the rest of the index combined.1 The biggest sto.

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DataMesh Closes New Funding Round

FinSMEs

DataMesh, a Singapore-based provider of industrial metaverse platforms, raised an undisclosed amount in New funding. Backers included KDDI Open Innovation Fund 3, and Singtel Innov8. Led by Jie Li, Founder and CEO, DataMesh is focused on the development of industrial metaverse platforms committed to providing integrated solutions for enterprises through digital twin, XR (Extended Reality), AI, […] The post DataMesh Closes New Funding Round appeared first on FinSMEs.

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Hargreaves Lansdown backs £5.4bn private equity takeover

Private Equity Wire

The board of Hargreaves Lansdown, the UK’s largest investment platform, has said it is willing to “unanimously recommend” a £5.4bn takeover offer from a consortium of private equity firms led by CVC Capital Partners, according to a report by the Financial Times. In a press statement, Hargreaves Lansdown confirmed it has requested an extension for the private equity firms to formalise their offer beyond the original deadline set for Wednesday, in accordance with UK takeover regulations.

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1 Unstoppable Vanguard ETF to Buy With $600 During the S&P 500 Bull Market

The Motley Fool

Nvidia (NASDAQ: NVDA) stock has soared 181% so far in 2024, and its current market capitalization of $3.3 trillion now accounts for 7% of the entire value of the S&P 500. As a result, Nvidia alone is responsible for one-third of the 15.7% gain in the index this year. Simply put, investors with no exposure to the largest U.S. technology stocks -- especially those developing artificial intelligence (AI) -- have missed out on significant returns in 2024.

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A buyout gone wrong creates fireworks in the private credit market

Financial Times M&A

Lenders are considering their options at Pluralsight, a distressed company owned by private equity firm Vista Equity Partners

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Enveda Biosciences Raises $55M in Funding

FinSMEs

Enveda Biosciences, a Boulder, CO-based biotechnology company using AI to translate nature into new medicines, raised a new financing round of $55m to add to its $119m combined Series B and B1. New investors Premji Invest, Lingotto Investment Fund, Microsoft, and The Nature Conservancy participated in the round alongside existing investors Kinnevik, True Ventures, FPV, […] The post Enveda Biosciences Raises $55M in Funding appeared first on FinSMEs.

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Vivriti AM launches $240m private credit fund for Indian SMEs

Private Equity Wire

Vivriti Asset Management will launch a new private credit fund aimed at investing in small and medium-sized enterprises in India, according to a report by Bloomberg. In a joint interview with Bloomberg and The Hindu Business Line, Vineet Sukumar, founder and managing director of Vivriti, said that the Chennai-based private credit firm plans to raise up to INR20bn ($240m) for its Diversified Bond Fund Series II, its third such vehicle.

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Forget Eli Lilly, Buy This Magnificent Biotech Stock Instead

The Motley Fool

Nearly everything is going right these days for Eli Lilly (NYSE: LLY). Sales and profits have been soaring. So has the share price, jumping more than 50% year to date after a 59% gain in 2023. Lilly now ranks as the biggest healthcare company in the world. The drugmaker has more room to grow, with its obesity drug Zepbound and a U.S. approval for Alzheimer's disease drug donanemab likely on the way.

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KKR buys owner of European music festivals in £1.3bn deal

Financial Times M&A

US buyout firm to acquire UK group behind festivals including Germany’s Wacken Open Air and Cornwall’s Boardmasters

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Molten Industries Raises $25M in Series A Funding

FinSMEs

Molten Industries, an Oakland, CA-based company that converts natural gas into clean graphite and hydrogen, raised $25M in Series A funding. The round was led by Breakthrough Energy Ventures (BEV), with new participation from Sozo Ventures, Mark Heising, and Steelhead Capital. Existing investors also participated in the round, including Union Square Ventures, 50 Years, J4 […] The post Molten Industries Raises $25M in Series A Funding appeared first on FinSMEs.

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Advent International exits ship management company V Group

Private Equity Wire

A consortium led by Western Europe-focused private equity firm STAR Capital has agreed to acquire V Group, a provider of technical management and marine services to fleet owners and operators in the maritime industry, from US private equity firm Advent International. The transaction is expected to complete this autumn. Aditya Bindal, Partner at STAR, highlighted V Group’s “strong brand and leading position in a highly fragmented market” and described it as “a natural leader” in the services t

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Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Is the Pickax of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Gold Rush. Is There More Upside?

The Motley Fool

If you've been an investor for a while, you've likely heard the phrase "picks and shovels" when referring to a company. This moniker is given to a business that may not pursue a trend directly. Instead, it's giving its clients the tools they need in their efforts. When it comes to the artificial intelligence (AI) gold rush, there are a few picks-and-shovels companies that are excelling.

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Buyout firm Carlyle to build Mediterranean oil and gas group

Financial Times M&A

Ex-BP boss Tony Hayward will run group after buyout firm acquires assets in Italy, Egypt and Croatia from Energean

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