Author: Alex Wilhelm

Equity podcast: Uber’s big discount, more money for Pokémon, and Jeff Bezos is worth how much?

TECHCRUNCH Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-themed podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week Katie Roof and Alex Wilhelm were joined by Heather Hartnett of Human Ventures. It has been a surprisingly newsy November, so we narrowed ourselves to just a few topics: Uber, Niantic, Meetup, and Jeff Bezos’ checking account. First up, Uber. We know that we’ve spent a lot of time on the Uber saga in recent months. We’re not enormous fans of the fact, frankly, but as long as the world’s most valuable private tech company founders, we’ll talk about it. This week,...

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Unpacking Lyft’s projected financials

TECHCRUNCH Alex Wilhelm Contributor Alex Wilhelm is the editor-in-chief of Crunchbase News and co-host of Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast. More posts by this contributor: Last Friday, Bloomberg reported a sheaf of Lyft’s financials that paint a reasonably-sharp picture of the ridesharing company’s past and expected business performance. The short version, as you certainly expected, is that Lyft is growing quickly and loses money. The company, as you certainly expected, also expects to keep expanding its revenue while slowing its losses, eventually turning in an adjusted profit. Inside of the numbers, however, are a host of interesting factoids for us to play...

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Equity podcast: Roku’s on a tear, and Snap had an awful week

TECHCRUNCH  Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week Katie Roof, Matthew Lynley and Alex Wilhelm dug into the recent earnings run and talked through what’s coming next in the IPO pipeline. We were joined by Heidi Mayon from Gunderson Dettmer, the perfect company this week to help us… Read...

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Big tech goes five for five

TECHCRUNCH Alex Wilhelm Contributor Alex Wilhelm is the editor-in-chief of Crunchbase News and co-host of Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast. More posts by this contributor: As October came to a close, three of the five largest American tech companies beat earnings expectations. The quarterly results of Amazon, Microsoft, and Alphabet were impressive, with each firm bringing in both more revenue and profit than analysts had expected. And, as we explored at the time, the companies managed to come up with their wins in unique fashion. And so it goes this time around. Since then, Facebook and Apple reported their own results,...

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How big tech just keeps getting bigger

TECHCRUNCH After the bell on Thursday, a trio of major tech companies released their earnings reports en masse. And the results were strong, with each firm beating both revenue and profit expectations set by Wall Street. In unison Friday, the reporting firms, Microsoft, Alphabet and Amazon rallied to fresh highs. Their competitors that round out our collection of the biggest technology firms from the United States, a collective we loosely call the Big 5, also performed strongly on the day. That news broke on Friday that the US economy performed with confidence in the third quarter likely didn’t hurt. That the biggest...

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The United States’ share of global early-stage capital slips again

TECHCRUNCH Alex Wilhelm Contributor Alex Wilhelm is the editor-in-chief of Crunchbase News and co-host of Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast. More posts by this contributor: Tech hubs tend to generate material wealth for their workers and the countries that house them. Historically, Silicon Valley has served as the de facto hub for tech. But that is under assault from markets both domestic and abroad. Hotspots in China, India, Latin America and Europe are showing increasing maturity and growth. Which market is a leader or laggard matters. Happily, we’re working — as we speak — on our Q3 report. It...

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Live from Disrupt SF: Equity talks Slack, Lyft and flying cars

TECHCRUNCH Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s weekly venture capital-themed podcast where we work to unpack the numbers lurking behind the news. This week we have a special episode for you all. We recorded live from Disrupt San Francisco, right in the middle of the main floor. From the front, this is what it looked like: Teamwork! It was our second-ever live show. Thanks for everyone who came over to listen and watch. We’ll rustle up some chairs next time. Also, the lack of heckling was a serious disappointment. Try harder next time! On a more serious note, there...

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A look back in IPO: Apple, the early PC purveyor

TECHCRUNCH Alex Wilhelm Contributor Alex Wilhelm is the editor-in-chief of Crunchbase News and co-host of Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast. More posts by this contributor: To wrap up our series of looks into the IPOs of tech’s Big 5, we turn to Apple. Being the first of five to go public, what can we learn from Cupertino’s debut? Apple’s 1980 public offering came more than half a decade before Microsoft’s 1986 IPO, eras of technology before Amazon’s 1997 flotation, Google’s 2004 IPO or Facebook’s 2012 public market kick-off. Heading back in time as we are, we lack readily accessible S-1 documents that the younger entrants to the group have posted. Instead, in our look back at Apple’s IPO days, we’ll deal with the firm’s IPO prospectus (similar to our Microsoft jaunt). So what was Apple’s story as it raced to the public markets? Apple back then When you think about Apple today, you probably conjure up the image of an iPhone, or an iPad, or your hatred of iTunes. Given how successful the company’s current product cycles have been, it’s almost too easy to forget that there was an Apple before the iPod. However, back in 1980, there was no such mix of consumer gadgetry pouring out of Cupertino. Apple sold computers. From its prospectus, here is how Apple described its personal computer business: The Company’s principal product is the Apple II personal computer system. Apple II...

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