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Awaiting the Uber IPO, first trade may not happen until afternoon

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Scott Clemens of Brown Brothers Harriman along with Yahoo Finances Alexis Christoforous, Jared Blikre and Brian Sozzi discuss the Uber IPO.

Uber (UBER) faces its first test of whether it can transition from Silicon Valley unicorn to a publicly traded company while winning over a skeptical, volatile market.

The ride sharing giant’s stock, which priced at $45 on Thursday, is set to begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) Friday, with the first trade indicated to be between $46-$48 per share, according to Yahoo Finance’s Ines Ferre. Late last month, Uber lowered the preferred range of its IPO to a maximum of $50.

However, the exact timing remains uncertain — and the first print may not even happen before noon.

In an interview with Yahoo Finance, NYSE COO John Tuttle said the first trade “could take a while,” with investor demand set to determine whether it will open above or below its $45 per share pricing.

“I think a lot of things go into pricing an IPO. Market conditions and how two comparable companies perform in the market are two variables that are considered,” Tuttle said. That comparable company he’s referring to is ride-hailing competitor Lyft (LYFT).

Also, it may take some time for the IPO’s managers to allocate shares — all factors that Tuttle said Uber’s investing team “took into consideration when pricing the deal last night.”

Uber’s offering is the most eagerly anticipated of a wave of technology IPOs expected to hit markets this year. Yet the company has become the victim of circumstances beyond its control, with markets being roiled by fears of a U.S.-China trade war.

Meanwhile, Lyft’s disappointing stock debut has clouded Uber’s prospects. Lyft’s maiden voyage as a public company in March immediately hit rough shoals: The stock opened near $90, but quickly sank to a low of $52.78.

Lyft’s experience — combined with the fact that virtually none of the tech unicorns are profitable at this juncture — is adding to Uber’s challenge. The company burned through $1 billion in the first quarter of 2019, Uber recently revealed in a regulatory filing, and has yet to chart a path toward making a profit.

“Reading the S-1 filings of these companies has been an eye-opening experience,” analysts at Bernstein noted last month.

Ride sharing accounts for just a sliver of U.S. vehicle miles traveled, which “is simultaneously the bull case and bear case here for these companies. Bulls on mobility services can claim almost limitless potential for penetration upside,” Bernstein said.

However, “Uber and Lyft each took almost a decade to get to their present scale, are seeing growth slow, and incinerate cash at impressive rates while showing modest operating leverage,” the firm added — all of which matters now that both have to report their business conditions on a regular basis.

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lol!! Only an idiot would buy their stock! They exploit & rip off drivers globally. A set up for failure.

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Founder/CEO Lessons from 2000 & 2008 Applied to 2020 with Twilio and BVP | SaaStr Software Community

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During uncertain times,

During uncertain times, founders are responsible to adapt, make hard decisions and prioritize what's mission-critical to survive. In this deep-dive conversation, Twilio CEO and co-founder Jeff Lawson and Byron Deeter from Bessemer Venture Partners share their personal experiences navigating the last two recessions and the implications for founders today—from managing costs to generating revenue in a SaaS business. As a first time CEO, Jeff rode the dotcom rollercoaster from paper riches to total wipeout, then had the vision to found Twilio during the recession of 2008 and build it into the massive public cloud company that it is today. Byron was also a first time founding CEO in the 2000 recession and had to navigate customer bankruptcies and employee layoffs before successfully selling his business. He then served on a number of boards as a Partner at Bessemer Venture Partners during the 2008 crash and has invested in over 40 cloud companies during his tenure. Together Jeff and Byron will share the insights they've gained over their decade-long partnership and friendship, and the advice and best practices for entrepreneurs as we enter into the COVID induced recession of 2020.

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How to retain your stock and Twilio gains regardless of what happens to the market

25 views | 19 Jun. 2020

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Video is only for educational purposes. Please refer to disclaimer in the channel.

Please note the current Put option for TWLO is trading at $10.60, clarifying it as in the video we used a different number

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