Devmate automates unit tests for faster, easier software development

Developers create some pretty awesome software. Before the end user ever sees it, though, the coding goes through plenty of testing. Unfortunately for the software developer, this can be a time-consuming process. Many testing solutions use white box techniques, which can result in correct lines of code being marked as incorrect and require developers to spend extra time double checking the code. Luckily, devmate can help.

Devmate, by Automated Software Testing GmbH, is an easy-to-use test code generation tool created to help developers deliver better code every day. Devmate automates unit tests, enabling developers to generate test code from test cases with a simple push of a button. The model editor allows developers to focus on requirements, inputs, and expected outputs. The result is well structured, readable and state-of-the-art test code of the target testing framework.

To use devmate, developers simply install the software on their computer. It doesn’t require users to upload the code, so they’re free to work within their own secure network environment. Unlike other testing solutions that use white box techniques, devmate uses black box techniques that check the code to see if specifications have been met and only reports the errors. Devmate reduces error feedbacks, improves test coverage and offers safer refactoring.

Features

Devmate includes a variety of features to help software developers save time and improve the quality of their software.

  • State-of-the-art test methods: devmate supports ISTQB and ISO standards.
  • Languages support: devmate supports C# and plans to support Java in the near future.
  • Generation of test models from code: with just a couple clicks, devmate automatically parses developed code and creates a new test model.
  • Seamless integration: devmate integrates with Visual Studio 2019, opening in the form of a tab that can be placed and moved.
  • Complex datatypes: devmate supports primitive data types (float int, boolean, etc.) and complex data types (class, maps, and array).
  • Automatic unit test code generation: devmate automatically generates unit test code that is data driven, readable, and well structured. It dramatically reduces the need for manual testing.
  • Support of object-oriented programming: devmate supports most major programming constructs used in object-oriented programming.
  • Code repository: All test data and test cases are saved in the development environment, so there’s no need to an external database.
  • AI-powered recommendation systems: devmate uses AI to make modeling test cases easier.

With devmate, developers get code coverage as well as practical test cases that help validate that their code meets the necessary requirements.

Subscription Options
Devmate offers a free version that you can download and use for up to 10 test models per week. For more test models and other helpful features, they offer a Basic subscription option, Startup subscription option, and Company subscription option.

Interested?
Don’t spend more time than necessary running unit tests. With devmate, you can quickly and easily create test cases and generate test code. Devmate even says it can accelerate test case creation by up to 50%, saving developers time and effort. You can check it out for yourself at devmate.software.

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[Morphisec in PR Newswire] Morphisec Makes Replacing Antivirus Easier Than Ever By Launching Morphisec Guard 5.0

Morphisec, a leader in cloud-delivered endpoint and server security solutions, today launched version 5.0 of Morphisec Guard, its replacement for legacy and next-generation antivirus (NGAV) tools that are increasingly ineffective against unknown and zero-day attacks. Morphisec Guard 5.0 utilizes the company’s patented Moving Target Defense technology to protect against these types of advanced attacks and combines it with enhancements for native security controls of Windows 10, so businesses don’t have to pay for what they already have. This powerful combination provides a more effective and lower-cost alternative to other endpoint security stacks.

Read more on PR Newswire here.

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Metigy gets $20 million AUD to make online marketing easier for SMEs

David Fairfull, CEO and co-founder of Metigy

David Fairfull, CEO and co-founder of Metigy

Metigy, a marketing platform created to help small businesses automate more of the decision making in their online ad campaigns, has raised a Series B of $ 20 million AUD (about $ 14.6 million USD). The new funding, led by returning investor Cygnet Capital, will be used to grow the Sydney, Australia-based startup’s international customer base, especially in the United States and Southeast Asia. Other participants in the round included Regal Funds Management, OC Funds, Five V Venture Capital and Thorney, plus returning

Founded in 2015, Metigy is currently used by about 26,000 businesses and has channel partnerships with Google and Optus. About 44% of its customers are in Australia and New Zealand, while 26% are in Southeast Asia, and 22% are in the United States. The startup has raised AUD $ 27.1 million (about USD $ 19.9 million) in total.

Co-founder and chief executive officer David Fairfull told TechCrunch Metigy was created because “half of SMEs fail in the first two years and marketing is one of the top two reasons for this. It’s a global issue and a paradigm that can be changed by harnessing technology.”

Fairfull and other members of Metigy’s founding team previously worked at We Are Social, a global creative agency. While there, they “spotted an opportunity to give small businesses access to the same data and strategic insights” as larger marketing teams.

Marketing platform Metigy's Command Center

Marketing platform Metigy’s Command Center

Metigy’s platform gives more support to small or inexperienced marketing teams by using real-time data from their online advertising channels to create a livestream of recommendations. For example, it will tell marketing teams if they should start posting more content right away, use more hashtags or schedule more posts. The platforms also predicts what posts will result in the most conversions, helping companies decide how to spend their advertising budget.

For example, one of Metigy’s customers, parking app Share with Oscar, used Metigy to analyze what was trending on social media when members of the Royal Family visited Sydney. As a result, Fairfull said they were able to generate 2,700 customer engagements by spending about AUD $ 10 (about USD $ 7).

Other social marketing platforms like Hootsuite and Sprout Social are “essentially process solutions that help make the marketer more efficient,” said Fairfull. “However, if you don’t understand marketing, then all this process efficiency won’t help you gain results.”

Metigy is focusing on the United States and Southeast Asia because of the large number of SMEs there. By 2022, there is expected to be 30 million SMEs in the U.S. “On top of this, success in marketing technology is often benchmarked by success in the U.S., so expanding in this region adds credibility,” Fairfull added.

But in terms of volume, Southeast Asia offers a more promising market. “The real growth opportunity for us though is in Southeast Asia, where there is expected to be 150 million SMEs across the 11 markets by 2022,” Fairfull said. But the majority of them don’t have large marketing teams or access to the kind of ad technology that larger companies do. Companies in the region also tend to be more price sensitive, Fairfull added, so artificial intelligence and machine learning-based technology helps lower the cost of software like Metigy to an attractive price.

 

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Gretel announces $12M Series A to make it easier to anonymize data

As companies work with data, one of the big obstacles they face is making sure they are not exposing personally identifiable information (PII) or other sensitive data. It usually requires a painstaking manual effort to strip out that data. Gretel, an early stage startup, wants to change that by making it faster and easier to anonymize data sets. Today the company announced a $ 12 million Series A led by Greylock. The company has now raised $ 15.5 million.

Gretel founder and CEO Alex Watson says that his company was founded to make it simpler to anonymize data and unlock data sets that were previously out of reach because of privacy concerns.

“As a developer, you want to test an idea or build a new feature, and it can take weeks to get access to the data you need. Then essentially it boils down to getting approvals to get started, then snapshotting a database, and manually removing what looks like personal data and hoping that you got everything,”

Watson, who previously worked as a GM at AWS, believed that there needed to be a faster and more reliable way to anonymize the data, and that’s why he started Gretel. The first product is an open source, synthetic machine learning library for developers that strips out personally identifiable information.

“Developers use our open source library, which trains machine learning models on their sensitive data, then as that training is happening we are enforcing something called differential privacy, which basically ensures that the model doesn’t memorize details about secrets for individual people inside of the data,” he said. The result is a new artificial data set that is anonymized and safe to share across a business.

The company was founded last year, and they have actually used this year to develop the open source product and build an open source community around it. “So our approach and our go-to-market here is we’ve open sourced our underlying libraries, and we will also build a SaaS service that makes it really easy to generate synthetic data and anonymized data at scale,” he said.

As the founders build the company, they are looking at how to build a diverse and inclusive organization, something that they discuss at their regular founders’ meetings, especially as they look to take these investment dollars and begin to hire additional senior people.

“We make a conscious effort to have diverse candidates apply, and to really make sure we reach out to them and have a conversation, and that’s paid off, or is in the process of paying off I would say, with the candidates in our pipeline right now. So we’re excited. It’s tremendously important that we avoid group think that happens so often,” he said.

The company doesn’t have paying customers, but the plan is to build off the relationships it has with design partners and begin taking in revenue next year. Sridhar Ramaswamy, the partner at Greylock, who is leading the investment, says that his firm is placing a bet on a pre-revenue company because he sees great potential for a service like this.

“We think Gretel will democratize safe and controlled access to data for the whole world the way Github democratized source code access and control,” Ramaswamy said.

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This UK startup aims to make homeownership easier by digitalising the mortgage experience; raises €292.6M

The word “mortgage” can be a scary word; usually being associated with other scary words such as debt, and expenses. There’s another alarming word that comes to mind when we talk about a mortgage, and that’s frustration. The frustration you experience when you try to apply for a mortgage, and then there’s the long turnaround time. All this makes the experience of procuring a mortgage quite harrowing. However, UK-based Molo aims to change this. 

It aims to make this process fast and transparent, and it has raised £266M (approx €292.6M). 

Molo Raises €292.6M

Molo claims to be UK’s first, fully-digital mortgage lender. It has raised a further debt and equity funding of £266M (approx €292.6M) in its Series A round. The capital raise comes after the first tranche of £10M (approx €11M) for the Series A round that closed in January 2020.

The investment was led by global financial services firm Macquarie Group (Macquarie) and Patron Capital, a pan-European institutional investor focused on property-backed investments. The equity round was led by Yabeo, an international VC firm, and supported by existing shareholders Andenes Investments, GPS Ventures, among others. SpecFin Capital advised Molo.

The raised capital will be used to accelerate the company’s growth through additional online lending and investment in its proprietary technology and new product propositions, with an aim to achieve Molo’s vision of making homeownership easier for everyone.

About Molo

London-based Molo was founded in 2017 by Francesca Carlesi and Leo Grunstein. It was launched in the UK at the end of 2018 as the first fully digital (the first player to offer mortgages underwritten fully online), direct to consumer, mortgage lender. It leverages a proprietary tech platform to deliver simpler and faster online, paperless, buy-to-let mortgages.

Molo uses a unique combination of automated decisioning and human expertise, that integrates with its partners’ systems including Experian (a consumer credit reporting company) and Rightmove (an online real estate portal) to deliver faster and more transparent mortgage loans directly to its customers.

Its vision is to make homeownership easier for everyone and this includes plans to offer residential mortgages in the future, in addition, to buy to let.

According to the company, it has experienced significantly higher volumes of online mortgage applications post COVID-19, which point to the growing popularity of digital lending and the convenience of its digital model. Molo claims that in August and September alone, its pipeline of buy to let mortgage applications exceeded £500M (approx €550M).

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Dear Sophie: Is it easier and faster to get an O-1A than an EB-1A?

Here’s another edition of “Dear Sophie,” the advice column that answers immigration-related questions about working at technology companies.

“Your questions are vital to the spread of knowledge that allows people all over the world to rise above borders and pursue their dreams,” says Sophie Alcorn, a Silicon Valley immigration attorney. “Whether you’re in people ops, a founder or seeking a job in Silicon Valley, I would love to answer your questions in my next column.”

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Dear Sophie:

Is it easier and faster to get an O-1A extraordinary ability visa than an EB-1A extraordinary ability green card? What are the pros and cons of each?

—Outstanding in Oakland

Dear Outstanding:

Thanks so much for your timely questions about the extraordinary ability visa and green card. The short answer to your first question is yes, the O-1A visa is generally easier and faster to get than an EB-1A green card. In fact, I once helped a client get an O-1A approved in three days — of course, that was before the COVID-19 pandemic.

We recently launched “Extraordinary Ability Bootcamp,” a new, 15-module online course that takes a deep dive into the O-1A extraordinary ability nonimmigrant (temporary) visa, the EB-1A extraordinary ability green card, the EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver for exceptional ability) and what it takes to file a successful application in each category. Check my podcast where I discuss the Bootcamp in more detail. Register for the Extraordinary Ability Bootcamp and use code DEARSOPHIE for 20% off the enrollment fee.

In general, the requirements for a green card, which enable its holder to live permanently in the U.S., are more stringent than those for nonimmigrant visas, which only allow a temporary stay in the U.S. And U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) typically takes longer to process green card petitions than nonimmigrant visa petitions. Moreover, the U.S. imposes numerical and per-country caps on the number of green cards issued each year, which means some green card categories for people born in some countries, such as India and China, face long waits. Only a few visas have an annual cap (like the H-1B), but the O-1A visa is not one of them.

That said, the EB-1A has one of the shortest USCIS processing times, compared to other employment-based green cards. Also, EB-1A petitions are eligible for premium processing, which requires USCIS to make a decision on a petition within 15 days (whether it is “calendar” days or “business” days is currently in flux!). The I-140 petition can be adjudicated quickly in a few weeks, but for somebody whose priority date is “current” on the Visa Bulletin, the determining factor for how long a green card takes is often the I-485 processing time in the local field office. Recently that’s been taking about 1.5-2 years for interviews in the Bay Area.

Meanwhile, nonimmigration visa petitions can face delays for a number of reasons, but a delay happens most often when USCIS responds to a petition with a Request for Evidence (RFE). An RFE is a written notice from USCIS seeking additional evidence to make a decision on a case. During the past few years, the number of RFEs issued by USCIS for both visas and green cards has increased substantially.

Last month (September 2020) USCIS extended its policy of giving petitioners an extra 60 calendar days to respond to certain USCIS notices, including RFEs, intent to deny, revoke, rescind and terminate due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. For any of these notices dated between March 1, 2020, and January 1, 2021, a timely response will be considered 60 days after the date listed on the notice. Whether you want to take advantage of this extra time is a conversation to have with your attorney, based on the strength of your pending petition and the urgency of getting an approval.

As you probably know, the O-1A visa is for individuals who have achieved national or international acclaim and have risen to the top of their field in the areas of science, education, business or athletics. The EB-1A enables individuals who have achieved substantial international or national success in their field due to their extraordinary talent to live permanently in the U.S.

Here’s a summary of the pros and cons of the O-1A and the EB-1A:

O-1A NONIMMIGRANT VISA

(Temporary Stay)

EB-1A GREEN CARD

(Permanent Residence)

Pros

  • Easier standard than EB-1A.
  • A change of status can be processed by USCIS in a few weeks.
  • Eligible for premium processing.
  • Unlimited extensions possible.
  • Does not require an LCA or PERM.
  • No annual cap.
Pros

  • Possible to self-petition without an employer sponsor or job offer.
  • I-140 is eligible for premium processing.
  • Green card: Allows you to permanently remain in the U.S.
  • Does not require an LCA or PERM.
  • Five years after green card can apply for citizenship.
Cons

  • Requires employer or agent sponsorship.
  • Requires job offer or itinerary of gigs.
  • Individuals cannot self-petition.
  • Might require union letter or advisory opinion.
  • Not a green card (permanent residence).
Cons

  • Multiyear process.
  • High evidentiary standard.
  • Annual numerical and per-country caps exist.
  • Backlog for people born in India and China.
  • Under a presidential proclamation issued in April, green cards not currently being issued at Consulates.

Keep in mind that like the EB-1, the EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) green card does not require an employer sponsor. However, the eligibility requirements for the EB-2 NIW are less stringent than for the EB-1A. For individuals born in India and China, the downside to the EB-2 NIW green card is that they face a much longer wait compared to the EB-1A. Unlike the EB-1A, premium processing is not available for EB-2 NIW petitions.

Remember, U.S. embassies and consulates are not processing green cards so you should try to apply for a green card while you remain in legal status in the U.S. Otherwise, you may have to return to and stay in your home country for a while.

Still, getting a visa or green card abroad remains possible. I recommend working with an experienced immigration attorney to discuss which options best match your accomplishments, goals and timing. Remember, you can sign up for Bootcamp and use code DEARSOPHIE for 20% off the enrollment fee to get qualified!

All my best,

Sophie


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Sophie’s podcast, Immigration Law for Tech Startups, is available on all major podcast platforms. If you’d like to be a guest, she’s accepting applications!

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5 Ways to Make Budgeting and Strategic Borrowing Easier

Over the nearly 40 years I’ve either owned or otherwise worked in a small business, I’ve observed that even businesses that might not be considered “seasonal” in the traditional sense ebb and flow over the course of the year, creating times when capital becomes tight and the cash flow pinch can cause an otherwise healthy business to struggle. In today’s world, small business budgeting and borrowing are more important than ever. I use these two words together intentionally, because I believe there is a synergy there for business owners who take a strategic approach to capitalizing their businesses.

A reactionary approach to a small business’ need for capital can satisfy a short-term need or meet an unanticipated shortfall, but might not help the business grow. We see evidence of this by the failure rate of small businesses in our country. Of the 30 or so million small businesses in the United States, those that survive the first few years are far too few; and only 40 percent of small businesses are even profitable. What’s more, the most common reason for business failure is a lack of adequate cash. In fact poor cash flow causes 84 percent of the business failures in the U.S.


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Can you anticipate your business cycle?

This probably sounds like a gross oversimplification, but anticipating your business cycle is what the most successful small business owners are able to do to recognize when a peak season ebbs and they need to accommodate for an anticipatable lag in income. This enables business owners to be more strategic and less reactionary to the business’ ebb and flow.

Having spent nearly half of my career in seasonal small businesses, I came to appreciate (and anticipate) the seasonality of what I was doing and the need to plan for the times when I knew cash would be tight. But, we still needed to keep the doors open to prepare for the surge of business that was coming in with the seasonal tide.

During the peak season, it’s far too easy to forget that it’s not going to last forever and to become cavalier in managing cash. I’ve been there myself and understand. I had to learn the hard way that it takes discipline to invest in saving when revenues are fat so you can keep operations going (and even invest in the business) during a lean season. I also came to appreciate this budgeting restraint even more at the end of the slack season.

Depending on the nature of your business, budgeting could also include a lot more than your cash flow. Many businesses reduce staff during an “off season” or may reduce their business hours. We couldn’t do that, but we would invest in projects to keep busy during the slower seasons. That was when I painted our building, upgraded facilities, or attacked major renovations—provided I had anticipated the season and had prepared to make the investments.

Being strategic allows you to invest when you have the time, but maybe not the cash flow. It also enables you to avoid the seasonal “crisis borrowing” that takes place in many small businesses to bridge from one season to another.

Don’t get me wrong, borrowing to bridge the seasons can be a good strategy—provided it’s a strategy and not a reaction. I’m a big advocate of strategic borrowing because it’s easy to make poor decisions when you’ve got to borrow to meet payroll or pay your lease.


Related: Are Business Loans More Affordable Now Due to the Pandemic?

Five ways to make budgeting and strategic borrowing easier

It’s much easier to talk about being more strategic, but it’s a lot more difficult to actually do it. Anticipating the business cycle is only the first step.

Here are five things that will make taking a strategic approach to budgeting and borrowing easier:

  1. Create the plan: You don’t need to wait until the first of the year to create a strategic 12-month plan; you can do it now. Plan for those times when you expect revenue to be tight and decide what you will do to compensate when cash is flush. Will you set aside a percentage of profits to tide you over, or borrow to fill the gaps? Planning now will make it easier to execute at the time that best fits your situation, rather than reacting to the drop when it happens.
  2. Stick to the plan: Creating a plan doesn’t do anything if you don’t take action. I don’t think that means you follow the plan regardless of what happens. If situations change, you may need to adjust (or pivot) a little, but make sure you consider the costs of deviating from the plan and compensate for the changes.
  3. Set goals and measure: Make sure you stay on top of your cash flow goals and consult with your accountant or another trusted financial advisor if you need help setting goals or ideas on how to achieve them. We tend to impact the things we pay the most attention to, so establishing goals and measuring performance against those goals will help you achieve them—even your cash flow goals.
  4. Stay on top of your accounts receivable (AR): Don’t let a day go by without being engaged in your accounts receivable. I know for many small business owners, accounting isn’t their thing, but if you’re going to be strategic with your budgeting and cash flow, you have to be diligent here. It doesn’t take long for an overdue invoice to have lost all profit, and too many of them will start your business on the slog to going out of business. In my view, your AR is every bit as important as generating sales.
  5. The rainy day is on the way: Whether or not your strategy for the year includes borrowing, setting aside a percent of profits for a rainy day is just a good idea. There are a lot of unexpected business expenses that can easily be addressed if you have a little extra cash in the bank. Some of the smartest business owners I know regularly set aside some of their profits to ensure they have at least three- to six-months of operating expenses stashed away in the bank.

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I’ve discovered over the years that good advice doesn’t always have to be new advice. Taking a more strategic approach to budgeting and borrowing will help you become less reactionary and help you build a strong and healthy business that will outlast your small business peers who ignored this advice.

Let us know what you’re doing to be more strategic and how it’s helped your business.


This article originally appeared on Nav.com by Ty Kiisel

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Lokalise raises $6 million to make it easier to localize your product

Meet Lokalise, a Latvian startup that focuses on translation and localization of apps, websites, games and more. The company provides a software-as-a-service product that helps you improve your workflow and processes when you need to update text in different languages in your product.

The company just raised a $ 6 million funding round led by Mike Chalfen, with Andrey Khusid, Nicolas Dessaigne, Des Traynor, Matt Robinson and others also participating.

When it’s time to ship an update, many companies waste time at the last minute as they still need to translate new buttons and new text in other languages. It’s often a manual process that involves sending and incorporating files with long lists of text strings in different languages.

“As a matter of fact, the most popular tools used in localisation processes are still Excel and Google Sheets. Next come internally-built scripts and tools,” co-founder and CEO Nick Ustinov told me.

Lokalise is all about speeding up that process. You can either manually upload your language files or integrate directly with GitHub or GitLab so that it automatically fetches changes.

You can then browse each sentence in different languages from the service. Your team of translators can edit text in the Lokalise interface. As a web-based service, everybody remains on the same page.

Image Credits: Lokalise

Some productivity features let you collaborate with other team members. You can comment and mention other people. You can assign tasks and trigger events based on completed tasks. For instance, Lokalise can notify a reviewer when a translation is done.

When everything is completed, you can use Lokalise to dynamically deliver language files to your mobile apps using SDKs and an API, or you can simply upload to an object storage bucket so that your app can fetch the latest language file from a server.

If you’re a small company and don’t have a team of translators, Lokalise lets you use Google Translate or a marketplace of professional translators. It works with Gengo or Lokalise’s own marketplace. There are some built-in spelling and grammar features to help you spot the most obvious errors.

“Most customers work with internal or external individual translators or language service providers (LSPs) directly,” Ustinov said. “The SaaS product generates 90% of our revenue — the revenue breakdown between the SaaS product and the marketplace of translation services is 90%/10%.”

The startup now has 1,500 customers, such as Revolut, Yelp, Virgin Mobile and Notion. It currently generates $ 4 million in annual recurring revenue.

Overall, Lokalise solves a very specific need. It is probably overkill for many companies. But if you ship often and you have customers all around the world, it could speed up the process a little bit.

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A faster, easier, cheaper way of going public

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast (now on Twitter!), where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines.

This is the fourth episode of the week, pushing our production calendar to the test. Happily we’ve managed to hold it together amidst the news deluge that the last few days have brought. It was a good week for our scheduling change, with the main episode of the show coming to you on Thursday afternoon versus Friday morning.

Change is good.

But unchanging this time around was our hosting lineup, with Natasha Mascarenhas and Danny Crichton and myself yammering with Chris Gates on the mix. Here’s what we got into:

  • The CEO of TikTok is out, bids are swirling, and whom will wind up owning a piece of all of TikTok’s global operations is not clear. Walmart is in the mix, apparently, which feels very 2020.
  • The New York Stock Exchange has gotten approval from the SEC for a new type of direct listing, one in which the company going public can sell a bloc of shares during the normal price discovery process. This means that all the banker-faff of setting a price and roadshowing to various investor groups could be going the way of the buffalo.
  • About time, maybe? That was our take after reading this Bill Gurley note and the latest SEC news.
  • But while the direct listing world is getting more interesting, the SPAC world is taking flight. Desktop Metal is going public via a SPAC which is all sorts of fascinating. A younger, Boston-based unicorn going public in this manner is eye catching!
  • And then two funding rounds, the first from Finix, which can’t stop adding to its Series B. And Mural, which raised the largest Series B we can recall.

And with that, we’re all going to bed. We’re tired. No more news, thanks!

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