Zirra’s Daily Tip
January 18, 2017
Welcome to the first edition of Zirra’s Daily Tip! With this easy to digest daily update, we hope to bring you various helpful tips including tricks on how to evaluate companies, which startups to keep your eye on, and what is happening in the industry that you can’t miss.
When investigating a company on LinkedIn, check the Premium Insights tab to see how much a company’s workforce has increased or decreased for any period of time over the past two years. Look what happened to Lyft’s total employee count over the past two years:
Deal Flow Watch
Coursera is a popular company among our customers. It is part of the “Big Three,” a name commonly used to refer to the three leading massive open online course providers, all of whom launched their services in 2012 and have been constantly compared against one another. The Big Three is comprised of Coursera, edX, and Udacity.
News you can’t miss
Appsflyer to a post-money valuation of $250-300 million, arming it with enough cash to compete with rivals Kochava and Adjust, and allowing it to acquire marketing analytics small startups. And yet, Appsflyer will still have to beef up management, expand into Asia, and improve its offering in marketing analytics. Read here for Zirra’s deep analysis on Appsflyer – you won’t find it anywhere else.
HPE to acquire data-storage startup SimpliVity for $650 million in cash, a steep discount to the startup’s most recent $1 billion valuation [Wall Street Journal]
How Zoom CEO Eric Yuan turned frustration into a $1 billion valuation in six years [Forbes]
NEA seeks to raise $3 billion fund, the largest since 2007 [VentureBeat]
Hyperloop Transportation Technologies plans to connect all of Europe, starting with the Czech Republic [TechCrunch]
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Know of a company that we should highlight? Are you that company? Maybe you have a new piece of news. Contact us with any and all tips, and see if they make it on the Zirra Daily Tip.