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Share this chart Editor's Remarks: At what point does a startup graduate into a fully-fledged multinational? Once it reaches a $50bn valuation, perhaps? Not in the case of Uber, which is valued at an estimated $68bn and still labelled by many as a startup. In any case, the San Francisco-based company reported net losses of $2.8bn in 2016 due largely to its aggressive expansion into over 70 countries. On the flip side, it reported net revenues of $6.5bn, which was higher than Yahoo, Twitter, Snapchat or Airbnb. Furthermore, the significant number of Chinese players in the above chart shows th


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Share this chart Editor's Remarks: The early rise in startup funding deals has begun to decline amidst concerns that India is on the precipice of experiencing its first investment bubble. The downturn has claimed some noteworthy victims, such as PepperTap, a grocery delivery app financed by Sequoia Capital, and Indian unicorn Zomato. PepperTap has shut down delivery operations and moved into the logistics market, while Zomato has laid off 300 of its staff. Perhaps this industry crash is a much-needed wake-up call, as money has been funnelled into these technology startups without much thought. I


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Trader's remarks: Traditionally, private companies dream of going public but many of those companies want valuations that no IPO investor would swallow. Also, only a third of the tech companies that went public in 2015 are trading higher than their IPO price, meaning that many investors are already feeling some pain in their portfolios and are unwilling to take on new risk. So rather than taking a cut in price, Unicorns have decided to hibernate in the private market, where some continue to get inflated valuations.


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Trader's remarks: Last year, LinkedIn’s revenues were almost $3bn but it recorded a net loss of $166m. Most of its income is from the “talent solutions” division, which charges recruiters to advertise jobs and use the company’s data. LinkedIn’s horizontal platform of professionals across various disciplines has helped it create a unique breeding ground for software-as-a-service (SaaS) businesses. For instance, the company can build specialised tools that cater to the need of recruiters and other companies. With Microsoft, it can now forge a strong partnership leveraging on each other's strengths.


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Snapchat is currently one of the hottest social media platforms, really targeting the lower age band of millennials through its facilitation of short videos from both celebrities, friends and selected organisations. The likes of Gary Vaynerchuck claim Snapchat’s potential is still underestimated as the app actively captivates attention from its users, as opposed to the passive nature of traditional social media. Snapchat continues to attract major brands from Vice Media to Pepsi to provide content for the app at premium prices, and their current valuation of $16bn makes the bid of $3bn by Facebook some time b


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Trader's remarks: Tech companies spend billions of dollars on research and development annually. On average, the technology industry spends 10% of its revenues on R&D. The two biggest areas of R&D investments currently are in Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality. However, the correlation between R&D spending and innovation is not clear as success is not guaranteed. Companies need to strike the right balance between retaining profits and R&D spend to increase confidence amongst its shareholders. Hence, R&D spending alone is a bad predictor of future stock performance.


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Trader's remarks: Bitcoin is a digital asset and a payment system invented by Satoshi Nakamoto, who published the invention in 2008 and released it as open-source software in 2009. The system is peer-to-peer and transactions take place between users directly, without an intermediary. The reason for the current positive interest is still unclear, but it is probably related to the launch of a piece of code that is set to improve the number of transactions the bitcoin network can handle at one time.


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Trader's remarks: The rise of Facebook in the last decade has been incredible. It's Like button has been so popular that it is now widely copied by most other social engagement platforms. Recently Facebook launched Reactions, an extension of the Like button, to give users more ways to share their reaction to a post in a quick and easy way, whether they are sad, serious, funny or happy. It will be interesting to see whether these added features get as popular as the Like button.


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Trader's remarks: Since its inception in 2003, Tesla has pushed the development of electric cars at a rate unmatched by any mainstream manufacturer. Over the years, with niche cars like the Roadster, high-end electric saloons like the Model S and it's recently launched Model 3, Tesla has come a long way. Tesla is now ramping up production, promising to build a combined 500,000 vehicles over the next two years. Despite plans for massive growth, the electric car maker is still operating at a loss. Profitability and mass adoption will be the next significant challenges for the company.


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Trader's remarks: Battered wearable camera maker GoPro recently posted sales that plunged about 50% from the prior-year period. GoPro is looking to the upcoming release of its drone camera as a possible catalyst for growth release of which has been pushed back several times. The delay, along with a terrible revenue decline, highlights the uphill battle that GoPro faces as it attempts to grow its sales and income again.


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