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Private Equity Shops are Going on a Startup Spending Spree, Says Pitchbook

A new Pitchbook report shows that private equity shops are snapping up an interesting alternative investment. Flush with dry powder, PE shops have been snapping up VC-backed startups, according to a report from Pitchbook. 

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Artificial Intelligence: Lt. Gen. Jack Shanahan, Pentagon’s AI Chief to Retire
January 31, 2020

The Pentagon is due to announce today the retirement in summer of Lt Gen Jack Shanahan, the first Director of the Pentagon’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Centre (JAIC), says C4ISRNET. In…

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Private Equity: Unigestion Boosts New Fund, Aviva Investors Launches High Yield Fund
January 31, 2020

Unigestion, a Swiss-based PE firm, has launched a new Luxembourg-domiciled fund. Its Unigestion Secondary V will focus on secondary opportunities and deals below 50 million euros. “Unigestion follows a rigorous…

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Private Equity: Apollo Global Management Reports Earnings
January 30, 2020

Apollo Global Management earnings arrived this morning. Apollo reported fee-related earnings of $0.59 per share for the quarter and $2.19 per share for the full year. That is a gain…

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Real Estate: Catalyst Opportunity Funds Completes Three Projects
January 30, 2020

Catalyst Opportunity Funds, an investment firm focused on Opportunity Zone investments, has completed investments for its first three projects. Catalyst’s initial developments will convert underutilized real estate into high-impact office,…

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FinTech: Digital Lending Platform LendUp Notches Up $2B in Loans
January 30, 2020

Ethical online lender LendUp announced Thursday its achievement of having disbursed aggregate loans worth $2 billion on its platform. Founded in 2012, the company’s main goal is to help anyone…

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Artificial Intelligence: AI Joins Battle Against Skin Cancer
January 30, 2020

Artificial intelligence (AI) is helping in the diagnosis of skin cancers such as melanoma. It’s early days yet, but artificial intelligence is proving to be a promising resource in the…

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Venture Capital: Melinda Gates’ Incubation Firm Pivotal To Invest $50M for Women’s Equality in Tech
January 30, 2020

Over the next five years, Melinda Gates’ Pivotal Ventures, an investment and incubation company, will invest $50 million to create more opportunities in the tech sector for women. Last year,…

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Liquid Alternatives: CI Investments Floats Three Liquid Alt ETFs in Modernization Drive
January 30, 2020

CI Investments Floats Three Liquid Alt ETFs in Modernization Drive. The ETFs will trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange. The new ETFs from CI Investments are a take on the…

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Digital Assets: Swiss Ski Resort Zermatt Goes Crypto; Will Accept Taxes in Bitcoin
January 30, 2020

Swiss Ski Resort Zermatt Goes Crypto; Will Accept Taxes in Bitcoin. A curious mayor and the precedents from other municipalities trigger the move. Inspired by Swiss Municipality Zug, which started…

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The DailyAlts Playbook” The Return of Coronavirus, New Ponzi Schemes, and the State of Tesla Shorts.
January 30, 2020

The U.S. markets are deep in the red Thursday as markets address the ongoing coronavirus crisis in China. The Dow shed 222 points on news that the death toll in…

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