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The TikTok Political Debate Is Over, Bar the Shouting

The political debate about TikTok is all but over, with the sell-or-ban bill now virtually assured of becoming law, judging by its progress in the Senate today. Once the formalities are over, we’ll see TikTok or its users file a legal challenge, which could delay implementation. Even so, the final passage of this legislation is momentous. The warnings...

Wed Apr 24, 2024 03:10
ByteDance Investors’ Waiting Game

Most venture capitalists often see themselves as long-term investors. Those who backed ByteDance, the world’s most valuable venture-backed company, have had plenty of opportunity to test that credo. After pouring $8 billion into TikTok’s parent company, and sometimes buying more shares from other shareholders, these investors have seen the chances of...

Wed Apr 24, 2024 02:40
Threads Offers Creators $500 to Post About ‘Positivity’

Since Threads’ launch last summer, creators have grumbled to me about the lack of money-making opportunities or clear reasons for them to spend time posting on Instagram’s text-focused sister app. Threads is now trying one obvious route: paying them (a little) to post. Instagram invited some creators this month to join a challenge focused on posting...

Wed Apr 24, 2024 00:18
How Amazon’s Equity-for-Spending Deals Have Evolved

Amazon must have quite the investment portfolio by now. Thanks to its status as a giant tech conglomerate, Amazon often gets a chance to buy equity in its suppliers at a deep discount. Over the years, it has accumulated interests in companies providing everything from autonomous vehicle technology to air freight, according to public company filings....

Tue Apr 23, 2024 20:47
Recap: The New Tech IPO Landscape

With layoffs, shake-ups, and surprising stars, the tech initial public offering market has been volatile lately as it rebounds from a particularly dry period. But will that rebound continue? And when’s the best time for companies to go public? As part of the Private Capital Conference, Jessica Lessin, CEO and founder of The Information, explored smart...

Tue Apr 23, 2024 19:19
AI Investors Turn Their Attention—And Deep Pockets—To Robotics

If you’re anything like me, you may have found your jaw dropping at our scoop this morning that Skild, a young startup building an AI-powered brain for robots, is raising nearly $300 million from Lightspeed Venture Partners, Coatue Management and other investors at a whopping $1.5 billion valuation despite the fact that it has yet to generate any revenue.Perhaps...

Tue Apr 23, 2024 18:27

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