Equity podcast: The Uber saga, delayed IPOs and just what is an ICO?


Hello and welcome back to , a social experiment regarding how many acronyms an audience can endure before passing out. Each week we dive into the world of venture capital, looking to understand exactly what’s going on behind the money.

This week , , and myself — — were joined by , a partner on the corporate team of , where he represents a number of venture-backed firms including Airbnb and Github.

But before we could bring Angus on, we had Uber to get through. The ridesharing company wouldn’t leave us alone this week, as per usual, dropping a sheaf of news items since the last time we came together.

Let’s see: Uber has a new CEO, after he . Also, the Benchmark lawsuit is . Oh, and one of Uber’s early investors when writing a comical memo at 4 am. That’s not all: Uber is apparently curious about foreign bribes. And, the company’s new CEO wants to inside the next 18 to 36 months.

But nothing much, really.

With the help of Angus, we then chewed through the dynamics that are keeping a host of private companies private, looking backwards through time to understand how the market got to be where it is today. And, to cap things off, we , discussing , , and just how trustworthy they may be.

All that and we got to bring up signaling risk. Hit play, and let’s go!

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