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- Bumble went public. The app’s shares surged upon opening on the Nasdaq, giving Bumble a market cap of over $8 billion.
- Exclusive: Bumble’s IPO turned Whitney Wolfe Herd into a self-made billionaire. Wolfe Herd, 31, also rang the Nasdaq opening bell with her 1-year-old son in her arms.
- Pinterest’s stock price rose on rumors of a Microsoft acquisition. Pinterest shares rose 5% on Thursday after a Financial Times report revealed Microsoft tried to buy the social media firm.
- Clubhouse is under fire for asking for your contact book. The practice is ethically dicey, since it may expose people to harassers or other toxic acquaintances.
- Protesters vandalized Robinhood’s headquarters. Robinhood security said people threw dog feces and harassed its guards, Menlo Park PD told Insider.
- Robinhood is opening 2 new offices. The firm is opening new offices in New York and Seattle.
- Uber will consider accepting bitcoin. CEO Dara Khosrowshahi told CNBC: “Just like we accept all kinds of local currency, we are going to look at cryptocurrency and/or Bitcoin in terms of currency to transact.”
- Exclusive: Public.com is raising $200 million at a $1.5 billion valuation. Tiger Global is leading the major funding round into the Robinhood competitor.
- Clubhouse is hiring. The company behind the app, Alpha Exploration Co., only has about a dozen employees but plans to double headcount with its $100 million in funding.
- Exclusive: How tech investor DN Capital landed an $8 billion winner with Auto1. DN Capital invested in the user car marketplace in 2013, and stuck with it through to IPO earlier this month.