The Ticker

PayPal co-founder and Affirm CEO Max Levchin makes a gesture while speaking on the show “Closing the Bell.”
PayPal co-founder and Affirm CEO Max Levchin. Photo: John Lamparski/Getty Images

Welcome to The Ticker, a series that examines everything you need to know about companies going public.

Today, Affirm will discover the value of patience.

Originally slated to go public in late 2020, Affirm, the financial services company created by PayPal co-founder Max Levchin that lets customers “buy now, pay…


The Ticker

The Airbnb iOS app download page is displayed on the Apple App store.
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Welcome to The Ticker, a series that examines everything you need to know about companies going public.

More than 12 years since its founding and less than nine months after the first U.S. lockdown order, Airbnb is slated to go public. …


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Welcome back and a Happy Thanksgiving to those that celebrated yesterday.

Last week’s brought 5 new ideas, including the “Strava of Cooking,” which was most popular in this straw poll. To vote for your favorite idea this week, just hit the button below. …


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J. Paul Getty had a simple formula for success: “Rise early, work hard, strike oil.”

His life seemed to follow precisely that pattern. In 1914, his father gave a 22-year-old J.P. $10,000 to buy land and grow the family’s holdings. He picked a spot in Haskell, Oklahoma, and promptly hit…


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Hara Masahiro looked out the window, turning the same problem over again in his mind.

Why couldn’t he solve it?

He’d come so far. To fail now…well, it was a heartbreaking thought. The city passed the grey, drab window of his commuter train, pulling him back toward the office and…


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WHO IS THIS FOR?

  • Founders. Peter Thiel talked about the value in building a “cult” at your startup. What does that mean? And how might you take it further? The secret in creating a truly resistant organization may require building a religion.
  • Investors. Scott Galloway often talks about backing “unregulated…

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The upshot: VCs are looking to capture talent earlier and earlier. This has created opportunities and complications for new founders.

Olivia Moultrie receives the ball with her back to goal, just past the halfway line. In a fluid motion, she turns, brings the ball into stride, and with an…


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In 2014, I tried to start a bank.

Perhaps if I tell you the other ideas I considered, you’ll get a sense of how prepared I was for this effort.

  • A “fun” weather app. I was very light on the particulars of what would make it enjoyable.
  • A review site…

Mario Gabriele

Tech from idea to IPO at readthegeneralist.com. Investing in chaotic-good founders at charge.vc

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