After taking 5 consecutive service days off from my work laptop– and to shout at my individual laptop while losing video games on Dominion online— I am back. I missed you. And while The Exchange’s routine columns were off today (Friday aside, which you can read here), there’s still a hell of a lot to discuss.

A brand-new site. If you click here, you’ll be taken to a sortable list (spreadsheet? database?) of start-ups with Black creators. Called The Black Founder List, it’s an excellent possession and tool.

For folks like myself with a research and reporting focus, the list’s sortability of business established by Black business owners by market, phase and gender focus is fantastic. And, for investors, it should supply potential dealflow. Do you compose great deals of Series C checks? The Black Creator List has 23 Series B start-ups with Black creators. Or if you choose Series D checks, there are 11 Series C startups with Black founders to check out.

Who is writing the most checks to Black creators? Amongst the leading names are M25, a midwest VC group, Techstars Boston and a variety of angels.

The site was compiled by similar team that TechCrunch highlighted previously this year, when their data collection work concerning Black creators was more spreadsheet than app. Please point your thanks for the brand-new resource to Yonas Beshawred, Sefanit Tades, James Norman and Hans Yadav.

The Black Founder List also has an information submission button, so if you discover a missing name, add it. I desire the information set to be as robust as possible, as, I reckon, it will show an excellent reporting resource. And public data like this prevents particular reasons from the investing class.

Market Notes

  • I missed a lot today that I was anticipating, including the Asana and Palantir IPOs. For fuller thoughts, head here. Summaries follow:
  • Asana’s direct listing and resulting evaluation and suggested revenue multiples make its direct listing a win for the business, and the design. If other SaaS companies have the capability to raise ample pre-debut money, possibly the direct listing is not as dead as it appeared a couple of months ago when SPACs stole its spotlight, and the majority of business were pursuing conventional IPOs regardless.
  • Palantir’s direct listing did not feel hot until it dropped some strong profits assistance. With that, its direct listing went fine in spite of its cosmically comical ballot structure. Seeing Palantir’s higher-ups attempt to snuff public input while still offering a thin patina of democracy made me believe more about Russia or Texas than a operating democratic system.
  • Looking ahead, Airbnb is said to be searching up $3 billion for its own IPO. Airbnb had to take on a lot of costly cash when its organization collapsed in the early COVID days. It wished to direct list. Now it’s going to money in a huge stack during its launching.
  • Great. More capital > > less capital.
  • Staying with our late-stage theme, when I left, Root was said to be pursuing an IPO, and when I came back, Roblox is now likewise tipped to be plotting with the general public markets. (Root’s IPO in the wake of the effective Lemonade debut made good sense. Insurtech is hot.)
  • The news should not be a surprise; Roblox’s design has actually found cachet with young gamers and has actually found a fantastic method to generate income at the very same time. With a mix of Legos and video game design and Minecraft, maybe it’s not a surprise that the company is doing well.
  • Reuters reports When it goes public, that Roblox might be worth $4 billion. I believe it.
  • Datto is going public. Ron and Danny have the details here.
  • And I talked with a few Accel financiers, the juicy bits from which you can discover here.

Sundry and numerous

  • Draper Esprit, a Europe-focused venture capital fund that trades on the London Stock market, raised ₤ 110 million this week. Esprit is an enjoyable store to track (I’ve known its denizen James because his LSE days), because it’s more transparent than a lot of VC companies than you’re familiar with thanks to its structure.
  • According to the firm’s release, its share sale was “oversubscribed.” has more.
  • Mobile app invest grew to $29.3 billion in Q3, driven by 36.5 billion installs, per SensorTower. Profits was up 32% year-over-year.
  • Uber offered $500 million worth of Uber Freight to a PE firm.
  • As noted, tech stocks had a bad September, however simply how bad might surprise you.
  • And I covered Noyo’s Series A prior to I left, with the post increasing on Monday.
  • In other words, Noyo is doing the hard work to build APIs to connect the world of health insurance. It’s a substantial, tough job.
  • The $12.5 million was “led by Costanoa Ventures and Glow Capital. Prior financiers Core Innovation Capital, Garuda Ventures, the Webb Investment Network, Precursor Ventures and Homebrew upped their financial investment in the new round.”
  • (I can’t shake the idea that there’s something in the middle of the no-code/low-code boom, and start-ups providing more of their products via APIs rather of as handled services. And please do not state mashups, we left that phrase behind ages earlier.)
  • I missed the window for officially commenting on the Coinbase culture dustup– the Equity crew did discuss it while I was AFK– so I will merely share this thread as my $0.02.
  • Also, read this from Eileen Burbidge on TechCrunch worrying the exact same matter. It’s excellent.

Routine early morning Exchange columns return Monday early morning. It’s excellent to be back.

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Article curated by RJ Shara from Source. RJ Shara is a Bay Area Radio Host (Radio Jockey) who talks about the startup ecosystem – entrepreneurs, investments, policies and more on her show The Silicon Dreams. The show streams on Radio Zindagi 1170AM on Mondays from 3.30 PM to 4 PM.