Month: March 2018

Dropbox: The company everyone wants to kill

March 12, 2018

“Now, you don’t need to go to Dropbox to do all the functions that they have,” says Santosh Rao, who tracks Dropbox as head of research at Manhattan Venture Partners. “You can live without Dropbox.” That doesn’t mean Dropbox is doomed, but Rao says the company’s opportunity may be closer to Twitter (TWTR) than Facebook (FB). “It doesn’t have the mass appeal of a Facebook, but I think in a niche market, it has its presence,” he says.

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Music streaming service Spotify files for public listing in filing that highlights data analysis

March 8, 2018

The odds are in favor of Spotify’s listing succeeding, said Santosh Rao, the head of research at Manhattan Venture Partners, which has acquired shares of the company sold in the private secondary market. “If this is a successful listing, I can see Airbnb doing it, Uber doing it,” Rao said. “But Uber and Airbnb are much bigger scale.”

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Spotify Files for Direct Listing, a Unique Step to Go Public

March 8, 2018

The odds are in favor of Spotify’s listing succeeding, said Santosh Rao, the head of research at Manhattan Venture Partners, which has acquired shares of the company in the secondary market. “If this is a successful listing, I can see Airbnb doing it, Uber doing it,” Rao said. “But Uber and Airbnb are much bigger scale.”

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