Weekly Update #129: Pre-IPO Themes of 2016

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Hello Investors,
Happy 2016! The public markets are already off to a rocky start, with the S&P down 1.5% on its first day of trading. 
Themes for 2016
In no particular order, I'd like to share what I believe will be topics of discussion this year as it relates to pre-IPO tech companies:
  • Will private tech companies be willing to have an IPO at a lower share price than their last private round?
  • Will the cash-rich tech companies (Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon) go on a spending spree for private tech companies?
  • Will the RAISE Act pave the way for simpler secondary transactions?
  • Will AdTech and E-Commerce companies make a comeback?
In other news...
The growing Consumer Electronics Show has recently become a show for startups. No longer is the attention on large companies such as Samsung making their product debut in this show. Instead, young startups are showing off their new wearables and smart home tech products. 
Tom Tunguz, a VC at Redpoint Ventures (NextDoor, Twilio, Sonos, Stripe), looks at Seed and Series A level investment data as a leading indicator for which sectors will capture the most venture capital investment in 2016.
GM is investing $500 million in Lyft to develop self-driving cars (The Verge)
The auto-maker is part of a reported $1 billion funding round for Lyft.
EquityZen compiled a list of our top content from 2015. Happy New Year!
Phil Haslett | Founder & Head of Investor Relations | EquityZen 
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