Andrey Andreev bán cổ phần của chủ sở hữu Bumble cho Blackstone, Whitney Wolfe Herd hiện là CEO của doanh nghiệp ứng dụng hẹn hò $ 3B – TechCrunch


Bumble, ứng dụng kết nối và hẹn hò phổ biến và có lợi nhuận được xây dựng dựa trên đặc điểm của phụ nữ gọi các bức ảnh về cách kết nối và phát triển, đã tạo ra một thỏa thuận cho sự độc lập của chính nó, và người sáng lập của nó, Whitney Wolfe Herd, sắp ra nó là giám đốc điều hành của một đế chế hẹn hò thậm chí còn lớn hơn.

Andre Andreev, người sáng lập Badoo, công ty gây tranh cãi ở London, sở hữu một loạt ứng dụng hẹn hò và là người ủng hộ và xây dựng chính của Bumble, đang bán toàn bộ cổ phần của mình trong MagicLab, công ty sở hữu cả Bumble và Badoo (và các ứng dụng hẹn hò khác), đến Blackstone. Anh ta sẽ rời khỏi công việc kinh doanh trong quá trình và Wolfe Herd, người sáng lập Bumble, trở thành CEO của toàn bộ công ty, giữ lại phần lớn cổ phần của cô trong quá trình kinh doanh. Chúng tôi hiểu rằng cổ phần là khoảng 19%.

Thỏa thuận này định giá Bumble và doanh nghiệp rộng lớn hơn – có lãi – ở mức 3 tỷ USD.

Blackstone cũng sẽ đầu tư vào công ty như một phần của thỏa thuận.

Giao dịch này là một thời điểm cực kỳ quan trọng và thú vị đối với Bumble và nhóm các thương hiệu và thành viên nhóm MagicLab. Blackstone là đẳng cấp thế giới trong việc tối đa hóa thành công của các công ty do doanh nhân lãnh đạo, mang đến một cơ hội to lớn. Chúng tôi rất vui mừng được xây dựng chương tiếp theo với họ, ông Wolfe Herd nói trong một tuyên bố. Tôi rất vinh dự được đảm nhận vai trò CEO của tập đoàn. Tôi sẽ cố gắng dẫn dắt nhóm với sự tập trung đầu tiên dựa trên giá trị và nhiệm vụ, cùng một mục tiêu cốt lõi đối với Bumble kể từ khi tôi thành lập công ty năm năm trước. Chúng tôi sẽ tiếp tục hướng tới mục tiêu hiệu chỉnh lại các chuẩn mực giới và trao quyền cho mọi người kết nối toàn cầu, và bây giờ với tốc độ nhanh hơn nhiều với đối tác mới của chúng tôi.

Bumble liên tục nằm trong top 10 ứng dụng phong cách sống ở Hoa Kỳ, theo dữ liệu của App Annie. WSJ báo cáo rằng Bumble hiện có khoảng 75 triệu người dùng, mặc dù số liệu của Apptopia có phần bảo thủ hơn một chút: nó lưu ý rằng tổng số lượt tải xuống của Bumble là khoảng 52 triệu, trong khi doanh thu mua trong ứng dụng trọn đời là khoảng 335 triệu đô la. Tháng 3 năm 2019 là tháng tốt nhất từ ​​trước đến nay đối với doanh thu IAP với 14,1 triệu đô la và trong sáu tháng qua, Bumble đã đạt trung bình 1,5 triệu lượt tải mỗi tháng, Apptopia tựa Adam Blacker nói với TechCrunch. (Số liệu tải xuống không có bao gồm các đăng ký dựa trên web.)

Nhưng trong khi Bumble đang phát triển với một clip lành mạnh – ngoài việc có lãi, MagicLab đã tăng trưởng doanh thu 40% mỗi năm – giao dịch đã vượt qua thời kỳ hỗn loạn ở cấp độ công ty cho công ty.

Gần như đúng một năm trước, Andre Andreev đã nói về một IPO tương lai cho Badoo ở Hoa Kỳ, niêm yết trên Nasdaq. Công ty lớn hơn vào thời điểm đó cũng bao gồm ứng dụng Badoo cùng tên, hiện có 450 triệu người dùng, cũng như một số người khác nhắm mục tiêu vào các cộng đồng cụ thể hơn (ví dụ: người lớn tuổi) và hoàn toàn mong đợi kiếm được 400 triệu đô la trong doanh thu năm 2018.

Trong bức tranh lớn hơn đó, Bumble dễ dàng là viên ngọc cao cấp trên vương miện, đặc biệt là trong thị trường tầm nhìn cao của Hoa Kỳ, nơi Badoo đã hy vọng được liệt kê.

Badoo trước đó đã từ chối lời đề nghị trị giá 450 triệu đô la cho Bumble from Match (một số người đã báo cáo rằng Match có thể đã cung cấp tới 1 tỷ đô la trở lên cho nó) – một sự thay đổi kỳ lạ trong một câu chuyện dài giữa hai người. (Tóm lại: Match là công ty sở hữu Tinder và đã bị khóa một loạt các vụ kiện khác nhau với Bumble: Wolfe Herd trước đây là đồng sáng lập của Tinder và bị bỏ rơi trong hoàn cảnh khắc nghiệt. Andreev đã gặp Wolfe Herd và sau đó tiếp cận cô ấy bắt đầu Bumble dưới cánh của mình sau sự ra đi đó.)

Trong khi một IPO táo bạo là một triển vọng thú vị, mọi thứ đã trở nên tồi tệ hơn vào mùa hè này, khi một cuộc trưng bày ở Forbes đã vẽ một bức tranh ảm đạm về sự lầm lạc và nhếch nhác ở công ty mẹ, đứng đầu là một nhà lãnh đạo lập dị và xiên xẹo muốn chiếu, và chắc chắn không phải là hình ảnh sẽ đọc tốt trên Phố Wall.

Tiết Chúng tôi rất vui mừng khi đầu tư vào MagicLab, công ty tiên phong trong ngành hẹn hò trực tuyến đang phát triển nhanh chóng. Họ có một đội ngũ tài năng cao và bộ nền tảng mạnh mẽ, bao gồm Bumble, được xây dựng dựa trên cam kết hòa nhập và trao quyền cho phụ nữ, ông Jon Korngold, người đứng đầu Blackstone Development (BXG) cho biết. Sự hợp tác này là một ví dụ hoàn hảo về khả năng sử dụng quy mô, chân trời đầu tư dài hạn và nguồn lực hoạt động sâu rộng của Blackstone để giúp các doanh nhân tận dụng các cơ hội tăng trưởng chuyển đổi để tạo ra các nhà lãnh đạo ngành toàn cầu theo thời gian.

Như với Wolfe Herd và Blackstone, Andreev không đề cập đến khía cạnh này của câu chuyện trong tuyên bố bán hàng của mình, thay vào đó tập trung vào việc thu hồi vốn đầu tư của mình để thúc đẩy xây dựng nhiều ứng dụng hơn trước.

Cấm Blackstone đã mang đến cho MagicLab một cơ hội tuyệt vời để phát triển hơn nữa các thương hiệu và nền tảng, và tôi tin rằng Blackstone sẽ đưa MagicLab lên một tầm cao mới về tăng trưởng và mở rộng. Tôi vô cùng tự hào về công ty và về cách chúng tôi kết nối hàng triệu người trên khắp thế giới, anh nói. Ngay tại MagicLab, tôi đã rất vui khi được làm việc với một số doanh nhân giỏi nhất và tài năng nhất. Mục tiêu của tôi bây giờ là đảm bảo quá trình chuyển đổi suôn sẻ và thành công trước khi tôi bắt tay vào một dự án kinh doanh mới nhằm tìm kiếm các nhà lãnh đạo sáng tạo với những ý tưởng mới và thú vị. Tôi biết ơn tất cả sự hỗ trợ của các đối tác và nhân viên của tôi trong nhiều năm qua vì chúng tôi không thể có được đến thời điểm này mà không có họ. Tôi chúc MagicLab và Blackstone mọi thành công.

Wolfe Herd đã bảo vệ Badoo và Andreev thông qua báo chí xấu, nhưng bây giờ với việc thoái vốn, dường như có nhiều trò chơi hơn với nỗ lực giải thoát Bumble khỏi mối quan hệ đó.

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TRỰC TIẾP: Chris Cox, Cựu Giám đốc Sản phẩm, Facebook, trong cuộc trò chuyện với Lauren Goode của WIRED & # 039;

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TRỰC TIẾP: Chúng tôi đang sống cùng Chris Cox, cựu Giám đốc sản phẩm, Facebook, từ hội nghị thượng đỉnh # WIRED25 của chúng tôi trong cuộc trò chuyện với nhà văn cao cấp WIRED Lauren Goode.

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Gửi bởi DÂY vào thứ Sáu ngày 8 tháng 11 năm 2019

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Đối với những gì đặc biệt khiến anh ấy rời đi, Cox giải thích rằng, đó là một thứ gì đó mà tôi cảm thấy muốn dành thêm 13 năm cho truyền thông xã hội. Mark và tôi thấy mọi thứ hơi khác một chút. . . Tôi suy nghĩ chúng tôi vẫn điều tra u00a0như một công nghiệp làm sao làm bạn thăng bằng bảo vệ các riêng tư của người dân thông tin tiếp tục u00a0đến giữ Mọi người an toàn, leo Cox nói.

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Về việc liệu tiến tới tiền mã hóa có phải là một phần của điều đó hay không, ông nói rằng ông nghĩ rằng tiền mã hóa là tuyệt vời: và điều đó mang đến sự bảo vệ rất lớn, nhưng ông lưu ýt chắc chắn làm cho một số trong những điều đó phức tạp hơn về sự riêng tư so với sự cân bằng an toàn. Ông đã bổ sung cho các nỗ lực của Facebook trên mạng để xây dựng các cách bắt các diễn viên xấu ngay cả khi họ được bảo vệ bằng mã hóa. Điều đó bao gồm các sáng kiến ​​về kiến ​​thức kỹ thuật số ở Brazil và Ấn Độ trước các cuộc bầu cử và cung cấp các hệ thống chuyển tiếp để gửi thông tin nghi vấn cho người kiểm tra thực tế. Tôi nghĩ rằng có những ưu và nhược điểm với các hệ thống này và tôi không phải là người khó tính với bất kỳ ai trong số họ, ông Cox nói và lưu ý rằng những gì Facebook đang xây dựng là cộng hưởng với những gì mọi người muốn.

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Cox đã được hỏi về cuộc tranh luận lớn về việc Facebook có nên cho phép quảng cáo chính trị hay không. Chúng tôi nghĩ rằng quảng cáo chính trị có thể tốt và hữu ích. Nó thường ủng hộ và đối đầu với những người đương nhiệm. Tuy nhiên, khi kiểm tra thực tế, ông nói, một người hâm mộ lớn, ngay cả khi Facebook không áp dụng điều đó vào quảng cáo chính trị. Anh ấy đã lưu ý rằngTôi suy nghĩ các Công ty Nên điều tra điều tra vi mô nhắm mục tiêu. . . nếu như ở đó hàng trăm của biến thể được chạy của các sáng tạo sau đó u00a0nó là khó khăn đến được của bạn cánh tay xung quanh những gì được cho biết. Ông cũng ủng hộ cho nhiều bối cảnh hơn trong giao diện người dùng phân biệt quảng cáo chính trị. u00a0

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Chris Cox phát biểu tại Wired25

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Dự án tiếp theo của Cox

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Kể từ khi rời Facebook, Cox đã gia nhập ban cố vấn của một nhóm có tên Từ viết tắt, đang giúp xây dựng chiến dịch và công nghệ nhắn tin cho các ứng cử viên tiến bộ. CúcĐiều này một khu vực Ở đâu của tôi nhận thức cái đó các cấp tiến đã phía sau trên, bật các có khả năng đến phát triển, xây dựng sử dụng như một đội cơ sở hạ tầng cái đó giúp bạn một tốt cử tri tập tin, làm thế nào để phát triển, xây dựng nhắn tin - u00a0chỉ căn bản chính trị trong 2019.

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Wired liền Lauren Goode hỏi liệu anh ta có đang tự sắp xếp mình với những người cấp tiến, có lập trường chính trị hay không và liệu anh ta có thể làm điều đó khi còn ở Facebook không. CúcChắc chắn rồi Không phải, Cox Cox trả lời. Cúc tại sao cái đó Tôi suy nghĩ khi nào bạn là người trong một rất u00a0cao cấp vai trò tại một nền tảng, bạn có nhiệm vụ trung lập hơn nhiều trong chính trị của mình.

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Sau đó, ông đã đưa ra một tuyên bố táo bạo được kích hoạt bởi sự độc lập của mình. Tôi nghĩ Trump không nên làm tổng thống của chúng tôi. Một điều khác tôi quan tâm rất nhiều ngay bây giờ là biến đổi khí hậu và anh ấy sẽ không giúp chúng tôi ở đó.

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Điều đó dẫn đến việc Cox thảo luận rằng anh ấy cũng đang làm việc để tư vấn cho startup San Francisco Phòng thí nghiệm hành tinh, đang sử dụng hình ảnh vệ tinh để theo dõi biến đổi khí hậu. CúcCác tầm nhìn nghĩa là thuộc to be đến xây dựng những nhỏ, trong khoảng giàycái hộp-kích thước vệ tinh với hệ mặt trời bảng điều khiển bảng điều khiển cánh một đội tàu của họ trong không gian, thực tế-thời gian hình ảnh các Trái đất."

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Với dữ liệu đó, Cox giải thích bạn có thể theo dõi các vụ cháy rừng, phá rừng, nhà máy điện than, khí metan và hơn thế nữa. Sau đó, "Bạn có thể khởi đầu đến Góp phần đến đang có một Sức khỏe hệ thống, Ở đâu bạnvề cơ bản hình ảnh các Trái đất mỗi giờ, sau đó bạn là người tạo ra một số công cộng dữ liệu bộ với công cụ cái đó phích cắm vào phán quyết nhà sản xuất, ngân hàng, bảo hiểm các công ty, nhà hoạch định chính sách, nhà đầu tư, nhà báo, sinh viên

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Khi được hỏi về trách nhiệm của công nghệ lớn trong việc giải quyết vấn đề biến đổi khí hậu, Cox cho biếtTôi suy nghĩ tại các rất ít nhất nó là chế tạo một lời cam kết đến được carbon-nví dụ

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Acronym và Planet Labs Các công việc liên kết với nhau, vì Cox tin rằng dữ liệu khí hậu chứng minh sự cần thiết của một người mới trong Phòng Bầu dục. Trong khi Cox didn thảo luận về nó trên sân khấu, Wired đã liệt kê anh ta là một phần của Tập đoàn Shasta, là phương tiện riêng của Coxiên để đóng góp cho các dự án này. Tuy nhiên, anh ấy chưa sẵn sàng để thành lập một công ty đầy đủ của chính mình trong chính trị và khí hậu. CúcTôi là người vẫn vì thế trẻ u00a0tại điều này cánh đồng cái đó Tôi don lồng đủ sự tự tin trong của tôi sở hữu tâm thần mô hình của các thế giới.

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Cox kết luận rằng bằng cách khai thác các nhân viên của công ty lớn và các trưởng nhóm chú ý nhiều hơn đến biến đổi khí hậu,Tôi làm suy nghĩ công nghệ có thể chì. lu u00a0

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Các bài phát biểu tạo động lực của Chris Cox, là tâm điểm của định hướng nhân viên mới của Facebook. Nhưng sau 14 năm ở mạng xã hội, giám đốc sản phẩm đã rời đi vào tháng 3 giữa lúc có một sự thay đổi điều hành và kế hoạch mới của Facebook để ưu tiên quyền riêng tư bằng cách chuyển sang mã hóa ứng dụng nhắn tin của mình. Không có chi tiết về các dự án tiếp theo của anh được tiết lộ. Hiện nay (…)

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Từ chính thức đã được đưa ra từ chính quyền liên bang về một nguyên nhân tiềm ẩn của căn bệnh bí ẩn ảnh hưởng đến người dùng vape: Vitamin E acetate, một hóa chất được tìm thấy trong một số sản phẩm vaping đã được chứng minh là tồn tại trong phổi sau đó rất lâu. Phát hiện này được gọi là một cuộc đột phá của người Viking nhưng khác xa với từ cuối cùng về tình huống này.

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Đáng buồn thay, tình trạng này đã cướp đi sinh mạng của ít nhất 39 người và hơn 2.000 trường hợp đã được báo cáo chung từ mọi tiểu bang trừ Alaska. At present the only advice offered has been to stop vaping altogether.

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Trong một buổi hội thảo trên phương tiện truyền thông, những người đứng đầu cuộc điều tra từ Trung tâm Kiểm soát và Phòng ngừa Dịch bệnh đã giải thích cơ sở để chỉ ngón tay vào Vitamin E acetate. Các chất đã được trích dẫn là một vấn đề có thể sớm nhưng chỉ có thử nghiệm gần đây đã xác định nó là một nghi phạm trung thực, nhóm nghiên cứu giải thích.

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Các mẫu được lấy từ phổi của 29 nạn nhân của tình trạng này được gửi đến từ 10 tiểu bang khác nhau và vitamin E acetate được tìm thấy trong tất cả chúng. “These findings provide direct evidence of vitamin E acetate as the primary site of injury within the lungs,” said Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the CDC .

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Mặc dù cô ấy đồng ý rằng bằng chứng này là một bước đột phá của người Viking, nhưng cô ấy lưu ý rằng hiện tại nó chỉ là một tương quan finding u2014 more research is required to establish quan hệ nhân quả, cụ thể là cơ chế gây hại, mặc dù các công việc khác đã được thực hiện trong lĩnh vực đó.

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Nghiên cứu trước đây không phải CDC cho thấy rằng khi hít phải vitamin E acetate, nó có thể ảnh hưởng đến chức năng phổi bình thường, cô nói.

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Một số điều quan trọng cần lưu ý rằng những phát hiện này không loại trừ các hợp chất hoặc thành phần có thể khác có thể gây ra những tổn thương phổi này, cô tiếp tục. Có thể có nhiều hơn một nguyên nhân gây ra dịch.

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Quan trọng không kém là các số liệu thống kê liên quan đến các nguồn của các chất trong câu hỏi. Như đã đề cập trước đó trong cuộc điều tra, một tỷ lệ lớn những người mắc phải tình trạng này đang sử dụng các sản phẩm THC, và cụ thể là những sản phẩm được mua thông qua các kênh không được kiểm soát như các đại lý đường phố.

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Vitamin E acetate có thể đã được thêm vào cho mục đích chủ yếu là cắt sản phẩm, Schuchat đã đề cập để trả lời câu hỏi trong cuộc gọi.

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Điều đó có thể được thực hiện cho mục đích bất hợp pháp, hoặc mục đích lợi nhuận, pha loãng các vật liệu, làm cho nó trông đẹp và có lẽ không phải sử dụng nhiều THC hoặc các hoạt chất khác, cô nói.

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Other potentially dangerous chemicals have been identified in vape products when heated and aerosolized, including many that even the creators might not have predicted.

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Biết một thủ phạm tiềm năng không phải là vấn đề cốt lõi, đó là hóa chất này (có lẽ trong số những thứ khác) đã tích tụ trong nhiều tháng hoặc nhiều năm trong phổi của những người sử dụng vape thường xuyên. Điều trị là một dòng nghiên cứu song song, nhưng biết ít nhất một chất chịu trách nhiệm sẽ hữu ích.

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The CDC’s previous advice still stands, the officials noted: They advise avoiding vaping altogether, as there are very few controls at present over which ingredients are allowed in vape products, and what must be declared on the packaging, or indeed whether those declarations are in any way accurate.

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Every startup is a story and every startup’s success depends — on some level — on how well they can either tell that story or get that story told.

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Will this be as poorly attended as SF Disrupt and essentially a series of agendaed and scripted press conferences?

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To learn more about the next wave of consumer startup investment outside Silicon Valley, Iu2019m speaking to leading B2C-focused investors in various hubs about the trends they’re excited about right now.u00a0

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Consumer health and banking startups were recurring areas of interest, and there’s a sense that apps and product brands which provide a deeper sense of community are an untapped opportunity.

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Rebecca Kaden, Partner at Union Square Ventures

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At USV, we are focused on opportunities that broaden access by leveraging technology to increase value and decrease cost in big buckets of consumer spend. In doing so, we are looking for ways to make products and services previously available to a select segment available to many more. In particular, we have been investing in areas of consumer health where the delivery mechanism not only makes the care more convenient but also more affordable and higher quality; products and platforms in financial services that change the traditional underlying model to drive financial health for a mass customer; and opportunities that create new access to education both for kids and lifelong learners.u00a0

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Within each of these segments, I’ve been very interested in how new communities are forming inside products–users that come for a specific offering are forming allegiance and increasing engagement by interacting with other users. I think that is a trend we will only see accelerate.

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David Tisch, Founding Partner at BoxGroup

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People are bored on their phones, not of their phones. I am most excited to meet founders working on consumer apps that bring happiness and fun to a mass consumer audience, as I continue to believe we are in the early days of mobile and the app store is not dead.

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These apps may look like a game, they may be a game, or they may be a new feed, but TikTok, Twitch, HQ, Yolo and other Snap app kit apps, Tinder and others have shown consumers want new apps, the barrier for adoption and retention isu00a0 just very high. All apps and games have a half-life, creating something with a very long one is really hard, but the demand is sitting on the phone scrolling thorough feeds, waiting for some new fun. We are excited about apps that allow people to interact with others in different ways, in new worlds, using new hardware, or new interfaces.

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With the rise of the sober curious movement, we invested in Kin Euphorics, offering consumers a sexy option to an alcoholic drink, creating a social experience around a non-alcoholic beverage that doesnu2019t exist in the market today. With beer sales decreasing five years in a row, brands like Heineken are offering alcohol-free alternatives catering to this growing audience.

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With the decline of religion, we have seen the rise of what we call the u201crise of the alternate community.u201d Consumers are looking for ways to connect online and offline based on specific interests. Examples of this in our portfolio include The Wonder, a membership model for familyhood, Peanut, a social network for modern motherhood, and Co-Star, an astrology app.

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Recently, I shared the responses from several London-based investors; today, we spoke to eight of New Yorku2019s top consumer VCs:

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Consumer health and banking startups were recurring areas of interest, and there’s a sense that apps and product brands which provide a deeper sense of community are an untapped opportunity.

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Rebecca Kaden, Partner at Union Square Ventures

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At USV, we are focused on opportunities that broaden access by leveraging technology to increase value and decrease cost in big buckets of consumer spend. In doing so, we are looking for ways to make products and services previously available to a select segment available to many more. In particular, we have been investing in areas of consumer health where the delivery mechanism not only makes the care more convenient but also more affordable and higher quality; products and platforms in financial services that change the traditional underlying model to drive financial health for a mass customer; and opportunities that create new access to education both for kids and lifelong learners.u00a0

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Within each of these segments, I’ve been very interested in how new communities are forming inside products–users that come for a specific offering are forming allegiance and increasing engagement by interacting with other users. I think that is a trend we will only see accelerate.

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David Tisch, Founding Partner at BoxGroup

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People are bored on their phones, not of their phones. I am most excited to meet founders working on consumer apps that bring happiness and fun to a mass consumer audience, as I continue to believe we are in the early days of mobile and the app store is not dead.

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These apps may look like a game, they may be a game, or they may be a new feed, but TikTok, Twitch, HQ, Yolo and other Snap app kit apps, Tinder and others have shown consumers want new apps, the barrier for adoption and retention isu00a0 just very high. All apps and games have a half-life, creating something with a very long one is really hard, but the demand is sitting on the phone scrolling thorough feeds, waiting for some new fun. We are excited about apps that allow people to interact with others in different ways, in new worlds, using new hardware, or new interfaces.

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Anu Duggal, Founding Partner at Female Founders Fund

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With the rise of the sober curious movement, we invested in Kin Euphorics, offering consumers a sexy option to an alcoholic drink, creating a social experience around a non-alcoholic beverage that doesnu2019t exist in the market today. With beer sales decreasing five years in a row, brands like Heineken are offering alcohol-free alternatives catering to this growing audience.

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With the decline of religion, we have seen the rise of what we call the u201crise of the alternate community.u201d Consumers are looking for ways to connect online and offline based on specific interests. Examples of this in our portfolio include The Wonder, a membership model for familyhood, Peanut, a social network for modern motherhood, and Co-Star, an astrology app.

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Recently reelected, Indonesian President Joko Widodou00a0announced a desire to move the nation’s capital from Jakarta to the East Kalimantan region, citing environmental concerns, the most exigent of these being the fact that Jakarta is literally sinking due to the uncontrolled extraction of groundwater. Widodo said he wished to separate Indonesiau2019s government from its business and economic hub in Jakarta.

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However, what would a move from Jakarta do to Indonesiau2019s burgeoning startup economy?

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Shifting administrative governmental hubs

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According to Widodo, studies have determined that the best site for the proposed new capital is between North Penajam Paser and Kutai Kertanegara, both located in East Kalimantan. The basis of this selection is due to studies highlighting the regionu2019s relative protection from natural disasters, especially when compared to other regions. This would definitely be a benefit for the governmental heart of Indonesia, ensuring continuous administrative functions in a disaster-prone region. Other governments have separated administrative centers from their economic hubs with varying degrees of success, with some examples being Brazilu2019s creation of Brasu00edlia, as well as Koreau2019s projected move from Seoul to Sejong.

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What is most interesting to note from prior examples is that these newer branched-out cities are non-surprisingly, heavily government-centric. In Brasu00edlia, roles tied to the government make up nearly 40% of all jobs, while in Sejong, a lack of facilities like public transit and commercial mall space cause many to commute into Sejong for government work, instead of permanently settling in the area. Given the semi-undeveloped nature of East Kalimantan, these anecdotes are quite troubling if the government is actually moving to North Penajam Paser or Kutai Kertanegara.

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These facts raise the question of economic impacts of such governmental moves. In fact, one may even opine that while these moves do allow for governmental growth, ultimately, they may hurt the country economically due to a divestment between both government and economic hubs. In this specific instance, it is most important to analyze the impact of such a move on Indonesiau2019s startup economy, as the nation is one the worldu2019s leaders in startup growth.

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Indonesiau2019s startup economy

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Indonesia has emerged as a startup hub within Southeast Asia in recent years, with its population of over 260 million marking it as the worldu2019s fourth-most populous country. Additionally, Indonesiau2019s mobile-first population has enabled the full embrace of the internet era, with 95% of all internet users in Indonesia connected to the web via a mobile device.

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Similarly, startup growth has boomed in the island archipelago, with several Indonesian-based unicorns disrupting local, regional, and global economies. Softbank-backed ecommerce giant Tokopedia is currently in talksu00a0for a pre-IPO funding round, while emerging super-app Gojek controls significant portions of the ride-sharing industry in Asia, simultaneously expanding intou00a0separate industriesu00a0to include digital payments, food delivery, and evenu00a0video-streaming. Additionally, online travel portal Traveloka (in which Expedia has a minority stake) has recentlyu00a0entered the financial services space, furthering its impact within Asia. These specific examples of high-growth startups demonstrate a population hungry for innovation, further driving the developing startup economy.

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The crowded landscape of programs teaching non-technical people to become software developers has been a proving ground for a new model of education financing: income share agreements (ISAs). With an ISA, students avoid paying tuition upfront or taking out private loans, instead paying a percentage of their income for a time after graduation after they’re earning a minimum income.

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The model aligns education providers with students’ career outcomes, and one startup is staking a claim to be the leader in the space; Kenzie Academy, a year-long program with a physical campus in Indianapolis u2014 and a student body that’s 66 percent online u2014 announced a partnership with Community Investment Management (CIM) earlier this week that provides $100 million in debt to cover the operating costs associated with students who defer payment through ISAs.

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Kenzie co-founder and CEO Chok Ooi says that core to Kenzie’s mission is the goal that its graduates “can stay in the heartland and attract more jobs so that someone coming out of the Midwest no longer has to move to Silicon Valley or New York to have a successful career in tech.” This $100 million is one of the largest commitments yet to financing ISAs and Kenzie is using it to recruit a more diverse population of students who may not be able to afford tuition or qualify for student loans otherwise.

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I interviewed Ooi to understand how Kenzie differentiates itself from competitors, how it has iterated its model to improve retention and job placement and how he expects the ISA market to evolve over the next couple years. Here’s the transcript of our conversation, edited for length and clarity:

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Eric Peckham: The landscape of software developer training programs is crowded. Where did you see an opportunity to do something different, and how do you position Kenzie relative to others in the market?

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Chok Ooi: My co-founder came from Galvanize, so we observed firsthand the proliferation of tech and coding boot camps. These are typically short-term, three-to-five month programs and they tend to do well serving people with college degrees. I would say that they are disrupting the masters’ program space. We saw a major gap in programs that serve a much larger demographic of people who are much earlier in their development. People who never went to college, or did a little bit of college and dropped out, or just never had a professional work experience. A three-month training is insufficient to get them to a point where they could land a technical job and be successful.

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We saw an opportunity to bring high-quality tech education to the American heartland that is 12 months in length. For about two-thirds of our students, this is their first post-secondary credential training.

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We are giving them not just the technical skills, but elements from a traditional four-year college as well, like critical thinking, problem-solving and communication skills.

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Compared to those other bootcamps or training programs, is Kenzie targeting different job outcomes for its graduates?

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We did a survey of our students that asked them to name the top five tech companies they desired to work for. None of the Silicon Valley companies made the list other than Salesforce. Indianapolis is the second largest Salesforce office outside of San Francisco. The rest of the companies our students named were companies like DMI and Zylo that people in Silicon Valley don’t hear about but are doing very well in the Midwest. Their friends work there. They’re a fabric of the community. If we really want to create job opportunities for the rest of America, we cannot adopt the Silicon Valley mindset.

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Kenzie Academy co-Founder and CEO Chok Ooi.

Kenzie Academy co-founder and CEO Chok Ooi.

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So how do you evaluate technical aptitude and critical thinking in the admissions process? What’s that process look like, and how has it evolved over the last couple of years? What have you learned in order to make that more effective?

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Prior to founding Kenzie, I started a company nine years ago called AglityIO. The model for AgilityIO was similar to companies like Andela. We were trying to solve the talent crunch in the Bay Area by recruiting and training people with the raw talent in Vietnam. Today, that company works with Google, Uber, NerdWallet, Meetup.com and 150 other tech companies. So Iu2019ve experience in developing processes to identify raw talent in this context.

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As people are doing the online assessments, we collect data points of how long it takes for them to solve the problem, what their different decision points are and things like that. Then as they get enrolled in Kenzie, we continue to collect attendance data, grades, and then placement data and use that to look at success and failure cases. We constantly refine our assessment.

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Are you seeing any particular pattern or cluster in the applications youu2019re receiving or the candidates youu2019re accepting in terms of prior field of employment or aspect of their background?

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These projects often focus on machine learning and artificial intelligence, and since Microsoft is on a mission to infuse all of its products with more AI smarts, it’s no surprise that it’s also seeking ways to integrate Microsoft Research’s innovations into the rest of the company.

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Across the board, the company is trying to find ways to become more innovative, especially around its work in AI, and it’s putting processes in place to do so. Microsoft is unusually open about this process, too, and actually made it somewhat of a focus this week at Ignite, a yearly conference that typically focuses more on technical IT management topics.

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At Ignite,u00a0Microsoft will for the first time present these projects externally at a dedicated keynote. That feels similar to what Google used to do with its ATAP group at its I/O events and is obviously meant to showcase the cutting-edge innovation that happens inside of Microsoft (outside of making Excel smarter).

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To manage its AI innovation efforts, Microsoft created the Microsoft AI group led by VP Mitra Azizirad, who’s tasked with establishing thought leadership in this space internally and externally, and helping the company itself innovate faster (Microsoft’s AI for Good projects also fall under this group’s purview). I sat down with Azizirad to get a better idea of what her team is doing and how she approaches getting companies to innovate around AI and bring research projects out of the lab.

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“We began to put together a narrative for the company of what it really means to be in an AI-driven world and what we look at from a differentiated perspective,” Azizirad said. “What we’ve done in this area is something that has resonated and landed well. And now we’re including AI, but we’re expanding beyond it to other paradigm shifts like human-machine interaction, future of computing and digital responsibility, as more than just a set of principles and practices but an area of innovation in and of itself.”

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Currently, Microsoft is doing a very good job at talking and thinking about horizon one opportunities, as well as horizon three projects that are still years out, she said. “Horizon two, we need to get better at, and that’s what we’re doing.”

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It’s worth stressing that Microsoft AI, which launched about two years ago, marks the first time there’s a business, marketing and product management team associated with Microsoft Research, so the team does get a lot of insights into upcoming technologies. Just in the last couple of years, Microsoft has published more than 6,000 research papers on AI, some of which clearly have a future in the company’s products.

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Securing a green card can feel overwhelming for people in Silicon Valley who were born in India and China. But with the right help and guidance from a skilled immigration attorney, the process can be simpler, smoother and more successful.

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Limits written into existing immigration laws on both the number of green cards issued each year, as well as the number of green cards available based on country of origin, leave some waiting half a century or more for a green card, with people from India and China facing the longest wait times for employment-based green cards.

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In this fiscal year, which ended on October 31, 226,000 family-sponsored green cards and 141,918 employment-based green cards were available. And the per-country cap, which is the maximum number of green cards available to individuals born in a particular country, was 25,754.u00a0

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Although these U.S. laws pose an extra challenge for people born in countries with the highest demand for green cards, if you were born in India or China, there are some things you can do to mitigate this wait.

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The EB-1 green card is considered the u201cfirst preferenceu201d for those who’ll receive offers for employment-based green cards. It offers three unique and accelerated sub-paths:u00a0

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Các EB-1A green card for extraordinary ability does not require an employer sponsor or even a job offer, which means itu2019s one of the few self-petition green cards. To demonstrate eligibility,u00a0you must be able to show you have extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics and that you and your work have received national or international acclaim.u00a0

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Individuals who apply for the EB-1A do not need to obtain labor certification (as required of employers). That means the process is simpler and can be much faster than typical employment-based green cards. Also, an individual applicant may have more flexibility to change jobs than if an employer applied on their behalf.

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Các EB-1B green card for outstanding researchers and professors requires an employer to sponsor you. Candidates for the EB-1B green card must demonstrate great achievements in their academic field.u00a0

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And finally, the EB-1C green card for multinational managers and executives enables an employer to bring an executive or manager who has been working abroad over to the U.S. to live and work. The EB-1C candidate must have worked outside the U.S. for the employer for at least one year.

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This Cato Institute analysis estimates individuals born in China and India face waiting eight and nine years, respectively, for an EB-1 green card.u00a0Despite the small and growing backlog for EB-1 green cards for individuals born in China and India, it still remains one of the quicker options.
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Andrey Andreev, the founder of Badoo, the controversial London-based company that owns a series of dating apps and was the main backer and builder of Bumble, is selling his entire stake in MagicLab, the company that owned both Bumble and Badoo (and other dating apps), to Blackstone. He will step away from the business in the process, and Wolfe Herd, Bumble’s founder, becomes the CEO of the whole company, retaining much of her stake in the business in the process. We understand that stake is at about 19%.

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The deal values Bumble and the wider business — which is profitable — at $3 billion.

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Blackstone also will be making an investment in the company as part of the deal.

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“This transaction is an incredibly important and exciting moment for Bumble and the MagicLab group of brands and team members. Blackstone is world-class at maximizing the success of entrepreneur-led companies, which presents a tremendous opportunity. We are very excited to build the next chapter with them,” said Wolfe Herd in a statement. “I am honored to take on the role of CEO of the group. I will strive to lead the group with a continued values-based and mission-first focus, the same one that has been core to Bumble since I founded the company five years ago. We will keep working towards our goal of recalibrating gender norms and empowering people to connect globally, and now at a much faster pace with our new partner.”

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Bumble is consistently in the top 10 of lifestyle apps in the U.S., according to App Annie data. Các WSJ reports that Bumble now has some 75 million users, although Apptopia’s figures are a little more conservative: it notes that aggregated, lifetime downloads of Bumble are about 52 million, while lifetime in-app purchase revenue is about $335 million. March 2019 was its best month ever for IAP revenue with $14.1 million, and over the past six months, Bumble has averaged 1.5 million downloads per month, Apptopia’s Adam Blacker told TechCrunch. (The download figure doesn’t include web-based signups.)

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But while Bumble has been growing at a healthy clip — in addition to being profitable, MagicLab had revenue growth of 40% annually — the transaction caps off a tumultuous time at the corporate level for the company.

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Almost exactly a year ago, Andrey Andreev had been talking about a future IPO for Badoo in the U.S., listing on Nasdaq. The bigger company at the time also included the eponymous Badoo app, which itself now has 450 million users, as well as a number of others targeting more specific communities (for example, older people), and it was altogether expecting to make some $400 million in revenues in 2018.

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Within that bigger picture, Bumble was easily the high-profile jewel in the crown, especially in the high-visibility market of the U.S., where Badoo had hoped to list.

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Badoo prior to that had reportedly turned down a $450 million offer for Bumble from Match (some have reported that Match might have offered as much as $1 billion or more for it) — a strange twist in a long saga between the two. (In brief: Match is the company that owns Tinder and had been locked a series of different lawsuits with Bumble: Wolfe Herd had previously been a Tinder co-founder and left under acrimonious circumstances. Andreev had previously met Wolfe Herd and then approached her to start Bumble under his wing in the wake of that departure.)

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While a bold IPO was an interesting prospect, things took a turn for the worse this summer, when an expose in Forbes painted a bleak picture of misogyny and sleaze at the parent company, headed by an eccentric and oblique leader — not the image that Bumble wanted to project, and definitely not the image that would have read well on Wall Street.

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“Weu2019re excited to invest in MagicLab, which is a pioneer in the fast-growing online dating industry. They have a highly talented team and strong set of platforms, including Bumble, which was built on a commitment to inclusion and female empowerment,” said Jon Korngold, head of Blackstone Growth (BXG), in a statement. “This partnership is a perfect example of Blackstoneu2019s ability to use its scale, long-term investment horizon, and deep bench of operational resources to help entrepreneurs take advantage of transformational growth opportunities in order to create global industry leaders over time.u201d

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As with Wolfe Herd and Blackstone, Andreev does not address this aspect of the story in his statement on the sale, focusing instead on making a good return on his investment to fuel building more apps ahead.

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“Blackstone presented MagicLab with a great opportunity to further develop the brands and platform, and I am confident Blackstone will take MagicLab to the next level in terms of growth and expansion. I am incredibly proud of the company, and of how we have connected millions of people around the world,” he said. “At MagicLab, I have had the pleasure of working with some of the best and most talented entrepreneurs. My aim now is to ensure a smooth and successful transition before I embark on a new business venture in search of innovative leaders with new and exciting ideas. I am grateful for all the support of my partners and employees over the years as we couldnu2019t have gotten to this point without them. I wish MagicLab and Blackstone every success.”

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Wolfe Herd defended Badoo and Andreev through the bad press, but now with the divestment, it seems that there was more at play with a bid to extricate Bumble out of that relationship.

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