May 28, 2021
Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase almost reached a $100bn market cap on its first day of trading on the Nasdaq in April. Since then, the stock has plummeted in line with the broader fall of cryptocurrencies, losing more than 40% of its value compared to its public debut. However, Coinbase has recovered slightly on the stock market after JP Morgan Chase initiated coverage and said that the stock can rebound more than 60%, driven by continued growth of the cryptocurrency market.
Despite the recent downturn, the support of heavyweights like JP Morgan Chase have prompted speculation about which cryptocurrency-related companies that might go public next. Back in April, Santosh Rao, Head of Research at Manhattan Venture Partners, a merchant bank that was one of Coinbase’s early investors, said that Coinbase’s debut would be a precursor for other players in the crypto space to go public.Read Article
May 7, 2021
The biggest crypto-related company to go public so far was Coinbase, and it has provided a “template that other companies will follow”, as explained by Santosh Rao, head of research at Manhattan Venture Partners. Although many are of the opinion that the price of crypto companies’ shares will be strongly tied to the price of cryptocurrencies or to the crypto market cycles, crypto industry IPOs are clearly becoming a reality.Read Article
April 29, 2021
What we saw was a definite stance and some support from the Fed chair, says Santosh Rao, Head of Research, Manhattan Venture Partners.Read Article
April 15, 2021
Santosh Rao, the head of research at Manhattan Venture Partners, believes a $100 billion valuation for Coinbase is reasonable. Manhattan Venture Partners was an early investor in Coinbase, Palantir, Draft Kings, and more.Read Article
April 6, 2021
Netflix (NFLX) is keeping up with tradition and spending big money on new content.
Late last week, several reports cited the streamer spending upwards of $450 million to secure the rights of the next two sequels for “Knives Out” — one of 2019’s biggest its. If confirmed, the deal would be one of the largest movie streamer deals in history.
The first film cost $40 million to make, and brought in over $311 million globally at the box office. Director, writer and producer Rian Johnson, as well as star Daniel Craig, are both signed on to return for the next installments.
“It’s not a question of spending — they have to,” Santosh Rao, head of research at Manhattan Venture Partners, told Yahoo Finance in an interview.Read Article
February 23, 2021
Santosh Rao, head of research at Manhattan Venture Partners, says that this year, “you’re seeing a lot more funding for a smaller set of high growth companies in innovative sectors.” With interest rates expected to stay low for the foreseeable future, “VC funding is going to be very strong; liquidity is going to be very high, so the money is going to flow into these companies,” argues Rao.Read Article
November 3, 2020
Santosh Rao is head of research at Manhattan Venture Partners, an investment management firm. He spoke to CGTN Europe from New York about Friday’s tech results.Read Article
October 20, 2020
Reclassifying drivers as employees would mean Uber and Lyft will most likely cut down service, especially in more rural and less-profitable areas, Manhattan Venture Partners’ Rao said. The number of hours drivers can work will be limited, and the flexibility of the job will be gone, Rao said.
“So the drivers are going to lose because they’re going to have less hours, and the passengers are going to lose because they’re not going to have service as they have now,” Rao said, adding that the costs of rides will also go up.Read Article
September 9, 2020
I do not think that we are done with the market and there is no recession. It is kind of disconnected and does not need to carry over to other countries. It is more specific to the US. The US markets after pulling back will consolidate and go back up.Read Article
August 5, 2020
Representatives from some of the largest venture capital funds in the Midwest and the U.S. have been assembled to judge Startup Wisconsin Pitch at Summerfest Tech in September.
The judges selected for the competition are Rashaun Williams, general partner at Manhattan Venture Partners; Allison Weil of Chicago’s Hyde Park Venture Partners; Craig Schedler of Northwestern Mutual Future Ventures, the venture arm of Milwaukee-based Northwestern Mutual, and Girish Ramachandra of Wipfli and Hyde Park Angels in Chicago.Read Article
June 15, 2020
Santosh Rao, head of research at Manhattan Venture Partners, which focuses on pre-IPO companies, says the recent flurry shows pent-up demand for new offerings. He thinks that the appetite is likely to remain strong for enterprise software firms like Databricks, Datastax, and Palantir, which he says could come public in the next 12 to 18 months.
One note of caution: Rao warns that the IPO market tends to shut down when the VIX —a measure of market volatility—goes north of 20 or 30. On Thursday, the indicator spiked above 40 for the first time since late April.Read Article
March 13, 2020
It is just starting to get worse as Trump is now addressing the coronavirus situation. We do not have New York in full-fledged lockdown yet, but it looks like it is on its way there and the markets are reeling with uncertainty.
There is definitely a demand shock. There is a lot of news flow also and WHO has announced that it is a pandemic even though we knew that it was there. The market took another leg down. There is so much cross-current.
February 18, 2020
“One of the big fears is we don’t know how bad the China coronavirus effects are. Is it going to be beyond China, the impact? So we don’t know that at this point. Every time it looks like it is contained, we get more news that it’s not. So I think that’s what’s causing some confusion there and that could be one of the reasons why the bond market is doing so well because people are saying we don’t want to take the risk.”
A Reuters poll of economists predicts the world’s second-biggest economy will slow to its weakest quarterly growth since the financial crisis over a decade ago.Read Article
February 18, 2020
Coronavirus is infecting businesses.
It’s not just the wedding industry at risk. Electronics supply could be hit as well, including iPhone production.
“It’s everything: consoles, laptops, phones,” Santosh Rao, head of research at Manhattan Venture Partners, told Marketplace.
TV production could be next, Rao adds, as well as video game releases, since China supplies a significant amount of game development.Read Article
February 13, 2020
It’s been a month since China announced the death of the first victim of the new coronavirus. The outbreak has since infected more than 44,000 people and spread far beyond China.
Federal Reserve Chairman Jay Powell told lawmakers on Capitol Hill this week that he’ll be watching for the virus’s impact on the U.S. economy.
Santosh Rao, head of research at Manhattan Venture Partners, said coronavirus has the potential to disrupt the electronics supply chain.Read Article
February 7, 2020
Planning to list on the NYSE today under ticker “CSPR,” Casper has priced its initial public stock offering at $12 a share, down from an earlier range of $17 to $19. That values the company at around $500M, down from the $705M it valued itself at last week, and a significant hit for the mattress company that once prided itself as a unicorn. “The days of growth at any cost are over,” said Santosh Rao, who researches IPOs for Manhattan Venture Research. “You either have to be profitable, or take a haircut.”Read Article
February 6, 2020
“The days of growth at any cost are over,” said Santosh Rao, who researches IPOs for Manhattan Venture Research. “You either have to be profitable, or take a haircut.”Read Article
February 5, 2020
The new round of funding brings Turo’s total funding to $500 million, and adds Manhattan Venture Partners and Allen & Co as investors in the company. Through Manhattan Venture Partners, Fitzgerald, 2 Chainz, NBA players Victor Oladipo, Langston Galloway, and Thad Young, and NFL players Dee Ford, Tyrod Taylor, Malcolm Jenkins, and Clint McDonald are now shareholders in the company.
Manhattan Venture Partners is somewhat known for bringing a celebrity touch to private company funding rounds. The VC firm has an “All-Star Fund,” that helps celebrities and athletes invest in private companies.Read Article
February 4, 2020
While the fast-growing company has repeatedly said it has no plans to seek a market listing, Santosh Rao, head of research at Manhattan, notes that the fintech space “has been buzzing with activity”, with consolidation the name of the game.
In Manhattan’s recent Venture Bytes monthly report, Mr Rao highlights a number of fintech-focused “megadeals” that have taken place over the past 12 months. These include Fis’s $43 billion (€39 billion) deal for Worldpay, Fiserv’s £22 billion (€26 billion) acquisition of First Data, and Global Payments $21.5 billion purchase of TSYS.
January 22, 2020
When news broke in September that SoftBank-backed WeWork was pulling its doomed IPO, a chill ran across the capital markets.
Mere days before, entertainment and talent agency Endeavor had also pulled its IPO. In December, following disappointing growth, SoftBank sold back its nearly 50% stake in late-stage dog-walking startup Wag Labs to the company. And according to reports, pizza startup Zume was in talks with SoftBank to raise another funding round in late 2019, but the deal fell apart in December (the company subsequently laid off hundreds of workers in January).Read Article
January 22, 2020
IPO watchers expect the 2020 market to be front-half loaded due to a big second-half event: the presidential elections.
“In an election year, IPO issuance is traditionally strong in the first two quarters, slow in the third quarter, then picks up in the end of the fourth quarter,” said Santosh Rao, head of research at Manhattan Venture Research.
“My best guess is the biggest names will try to come out well before the election,” he said.Read Article
January 14, 2020
Privately held start-ups have typically not been keen to see employees enter contracts backed by their shares and options. But Andrea Walne, a partner at Manhattan Venture Partners, said with more than a dozen groups now offering financing tied to start-up stocks and options, she hoped a marketplace would develop. “Companies have been leaning far too much on their inability to provide financial and tax advice as a cop out to supporting employees with their stock options,” Mrs Walne said.Read Article
January 13, 2020
Santosh Rao of Manhattan Venture Partners, says both China and the US need the trade deal and it will be a step in the right direction for the global economy. In an interview with ETNOW, he said nothing can derail the US markets in 2020 unless a huge macro event takes place.Read Article
December 31, 2019
Stripe surpassed Airbnb as the most valuable private company in 2019 thanks to a valuation of $35 billion as of a September 2019 funding round. The company sits in the hot intersection of payments and software, working with companies such as Lyft, Uber and Glossier on payment processing, payouts to contractors and card issuing. E-commerce sales are picking up, and Stripe “does the back end for those kinds of businesses,” riding the rising tide of the online economy, said Santosh Rao, head of research and a partner at Manhattan Venture Partners.
The company has been expanding geographically and adding new enterprise capabilities as it goes up against companies such as PayPal Holdings Inc. PYPL, -0.31% , Square Inc. SQ, +1.20% and Adyen NV ADYEN, +0.00% . Though co-founder John Collison told CNBC earlier this year that the company had “no plans” for an immediate IPO, the company still cracks Rao’s short list. A Stripe spokesman reiterated in an email that there are “no plans” for the company to go public.
There are two other fintech names on Rao’s list: Klarna, which powers installment-payment options and nabbed a $1.4 billion valuation on the private market back in 2014, and Toast, which makes payments products for restaurants and fetched a $2.7 billion private valuation in early 2019.Read Article
December 16, 2019
Investors are also betting that food delivery service Postmates, trading app Robinhood and mattress seller Casper could make waves if they debut on Wall Street.
“2020 could be a good year for the IPO market. There is a tremendous pipeline. IPOs are not broken but the bar has changed. Before there was no bar,” said Santosh Rao, head of research at Manhattan Venture Partners, in an interview with CNN Business.
“Investors are now more demanding and want sustainable business models,” he added.
Rao is bullish on the prospects for Airbnb and Postmates if they go public next year. He’s also keeping a close eye on Postmates rival DoorDash, payments company Stripe, Big Data giant Palantir and Chinese ridesharing firm Didi.
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