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Watch a Shape-Shifting Robot Prowl the Big, Bad World

Meet DyRET, a doglike machine that can lengthen its four legs on the fly. That’s not to creep out humans, but to help ramblin’ robots of all stripes.
Source: Wired

The UK Is Secretly Testing a Controversial Web Snooping Tool

The country passed its Investigatory Powers Act in 2016. Now, its building what could be the most powerful data collection system used by any democratic nation.
Source: Wired

Stripe’s epic new valuation and the value-capture gap between public and private markets

Well, it happened.

Over the weekend, Stripe announced the closure of its widely reported new round of capital. The $600 million round values the payments and banking software company at $95 billion, near the top end of the valuation range at which the company was said to be raising funds back in November 2020.


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Sadly, despite being bigger than most public companies in revenue terms, and now in possession of a valuation on a par with some of the world’s leading public companies, Stripe is still being coy with growth metrics. As part of its announcement, Stripe provided a few new notes on its recent scale that we’ll unpack, but we’re more left to read the entrails of a modest metrics sacrifice at this stage of the company’s growth.

But what is The Exchange for, except to dig into the numbers, no matter how vague?

Today, let’s examine the company’s newly shared growth results, compare them to what we knew previously, and see if we can suss out why Stripe could be worth $95 billion today, and presumably more when it does float.

New money, same questions

Stripe’s new $600 million investment values the company at $95 billion. As a reference point, Roblox is worth around $38 billion and closed 2020 out on a run rate of around $1.24 billion.

Gaming companies and payments companies are very different, but Roblox’s number gives you a taste of what a company needs to generate in revenue terms in one part of the public markets.

Stripe is likely far larger than Roblox in revenue, but weaker in terms of gross margins. Keep that lens in mind as we remind ourselves of Stripe’s known numbers, ending with what we learned from its latest disclosures:


Source: TechCrunch

Airtable is now valued at $5.77B with a fresh $270 million in Series E funding

Airtable, the no-code relational database that has amassed a customer base that spans 250,000 different organizations, has today announced the close of a $270 million in series E funding. The valuation comes out to $5.77 billion post-money, more than doubling its valuation from September, when it raised $185 million in Series D funding.

This latest round was led by Greenoaks Capital, with participation from WndrCo, as well as existing investors Caffeinated Capital, CRV, and Thrive.

The company says it plans to use the funding to accelerate the development of its enterprise product and growing the team. Also of note: Founder and CEO Howie Liu told Forbes that he was approached by Greenoaks, rather than actively seeking funding.

Airtable is a relational database that many describe as a souped up version of Excel or Google Sheets. Being such, and having the infrastructure to support an app ecosystem on top of that, means that this no-code tool can actually be used to write software. In other words, the use cases are nearly infinite, and so is the potential customer base.

Greenoaks Capital partner Neil Mehta basically said as much in the press release:

We believe Airtable is chasing a massive opportunity to become the ‘residual’ software platform for every bespoke and custom use case that is either performed manually today or structurally underserved by rigid third-party software. By equipping business users with fundamental software primitives that can be assembled together into powerful business applications, Airtable has become central to its users’ everyday workflows but at the same time is scalable and extensible enough to support incredibly complex enterprise use cases like ticketing, content management, and CRM.

Airtable has raised a total of $617 million since inception, according to Crunchbase.


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Source: TechCrunch

Best cheap Dell laptop deals and sales for March 2021

We’ve sorted through the big online retailers to bring you the best Dell laptop deals and sales available right now.
Source: Digital trends

Huge Amazon sale includes Echo Show 8 for $75, newest Echo Dot for $35 – CNET

Plus: Get three free months of Deezer Premium music streaming.
Source: CNET

Twitter fixes weird bug that restricted accounts for posting the word 'Memphis' – CNET

The city in Tennessee had an odd weekend on social media.
Source: CNET

The most common Google Hangouts problems and how to fix them

Having trouble making or receiving calls? Or can’t seem to send a message on Google Hangouts? Here are the most common Hangouts problems and how to fix them.
Source: Digital trends

4 things you need to know before you buy a standing desk – CNET

Considering a standing desk? Keep these four things in mind.
Source: CNET

How to claim work expenses on your 2021 taxes – CNET

Rules are different for corporate employees and the self-employed. Here’s everything you need to know about the home office deduction and other business expenses.
Source: CNET

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