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July 10, 2020
The lending artist formerly known as Quicken Loans has filed to IPO, calling themselves “Rocket Companies”. Walgreens is quitting medical school and pursuing a $1B investment in 700 doctor’s offices instead. And Kroger’s figured out a surprise strategy to boost sales of its own plant-based meat brand: Stick it next to real meat.
July 9, 2020
Some sneaky sleuthing on a Twitter job posting indicates that Twitter may be whipping up paid subscription… for something. Walmart whips up an anti-Amazon version of Prime called Walmart+, coming this month. And our “Almost Unicorn of the Day” is Perfect Day, which snagged $300M to make milk that’s neither plant-based, nor animal-based. But tastes exactly like milk.
July 8, 2020
Dunkin’s boldest move yet is cutting out 450 gas station locations because it wants to upscale its brand (fancy coffee). Sunrun is merging the #1 and #2 solar companies because the industry needs a leader. And Under Armour is trying to sell the fitness app it splurged half-a-billion dollars on 5 years ago (it did nothing with it).
July 7, 2020
Harley shares surged 7% because its new CEO is turning the company into Puma (in a good way). Warren Buffett is making his first big corona-conomy bet by buying up Dominion Energy, a natural gas pipeline company. And Chipotle launches a virtual farmers market for its suppliers so you can DIY some barbacoa at home.
July 6, 2020
Techie insurance startup Lemonade IPO’d Thursday and its stock doubled. That’s actually an unfair problem with finance. Tesla became Earth’s most valuable car company — and then backed it up that milestone with an awesome report. And Walmart is turning 160 of its parking lots into drive-in movie theaters, but it’s not just about kindness and smiles.
July 2, 2020
Last pod before the July 4th holiday (celebrated on July 3rd by Wall Street). Liquor legend Constellation just acquired Gary Vaynerchuk’s 1-year-old wine startup because it wants to go direct to consumer. Alibaba’s Freshippo stores make Amazon’s most innovative ecommerce look primitive. And YouTube TV just pulled a move straight outta the cable playbook: Jack up prices. We think the Great Price Reckoning may be coming.
July 1, 2020
Athleisure icon Lululemon splurges $500M to acquire Peloton-ish in-home workout startup Mirror. Fresh off its acquisition breakup with Grubhub, Uber is looking to rebound with Postmates instead. And Netflix will stream $100M of its cash into black community banks to fix the bank desert hole in the financial system. $LULU $UBER $NFLX Here’s a Robinhood Learn article, authored by Nick and Jack (What is an ETF): https://bit.ly/3gfhd48 Here’s Robinhood’s Newsfeed, accessible if you download the Robinhood app and set up an account: Snackspodcast.robinhood.com
June 30, 2020
Coty Cosmetics shares popped on word it’s snagging 20% of Kim Kardashian’s beauty brand. Facebook is facing its second ever #DeleteFacebook moment, except this time it’s coming from its most important stakeholder: Advertisers. And Under Armour is trying to cancel the biggest college apparel deal in history. It’s a sign of how far UA has fallen.
June 29, 2020
The latest major IPO is America’s 3rd largest grocer, but we think Albertsons looks less like a grocery chain and more like a finance company. Ford is redesigning America’s most popular car, and the new F-150 pickup tells us where the truck industry is going. And Big Bank stocks are making big moves like they got the keys to Mom and Dad’s house for the weekend.
June 26, 2020
Darden Restaurants has reopened 91% of its restaurants like Olive Garden, but the restaurant industry has a takeout booze problem. Google’s new news app will completely change the business model for the news industry. And Slack just whipped up an actual email killer. Talk with us about today’s episode on Listen App today at 2:30 pm PT. ListenApp.co.  Use VIP code “tboy”.
June 25, 2020
Starbucks just announced a plant-based partnership with Impossible Foods in the US, which is awkward because Starbucks already has a relationship with rival Beyond Meat. Gatik’s delivery obsession with “the middle mile” reveals how the shipping industry looks a lot like your golf game. And the recent surge in coronavirus cases highlights how COVID-19 data is economic data. Financial News Curator: https://grnh.se/459f4b871us Snacks Editor: https://grnh.se/b82c83271us
June 24, 2020
The Apple Worldwide Developer Conference is both a mouthful and Apple’s biggest day of the year, so we break down the stories that matter for you. Since there are no real live sports happening, EA Sports is really “in the game” during COVID-19. And TJ Maxx is enjoying the “revenge shopping” vibes among Americans.
June 23, 2020
Virgin Galactic shares popped on word of its 2nd business line: space tourism to the International Space Station. Hey (real name) is trying to fix email forever, but first it’s taking on Apple and its infamous App Tax. And Canva is our “Unicorn of the Day” for hitting $6B while making you look sharp on social media.
June 22, 2020
Twitch is kicking the Streaming Wars up a notch on behalf of its owner, Amazon: It’s going after cable’s live sports (and Apple and Google may follow). Airport icon Clear knows you’re not traveling so it’s pulling off its biggest pivot in a decade. And Carmax now has competition from Vroom and Carvana, so we’re looking at differentiation strategies.
June 19, 2020
Spotify shares surged over 10% on word they signed Kim Kardashian and Batman to exclusive podcasts. McDonald’s slimmed 100 items off its menu, and it’s loving how the slimmer menu strategy feels. And Carnival’s earnings reveal how it’s surviving in a corona-conomy “pause” for the cruise industry.
June 18, 2020
Beyond Meat’s early adopters didn’t care about price, but everyone else does. So it’s launched an “affordable” bulk pack to get beyond them. Dow Inc. (not “The Dow”) is okay making filthy materials because it says they make Tesla possible. And Uber is teaming up with the public transportation it’s historically always crushed — we’re calling it UaaS (“Uber-as-a-Service”).
June 17, 2020
You thought Hertz was dead when it went bankrupt last month, but now it’s issuing $500M in new stock — we’re looking at how that’s possible. Apple wants to be both the referee and a player in its App Store, and the implications are huge for the great platforms of tech. And BP thinks its oil is worth $17.5B less than it last told us, so being honest about COVID’s impact on its biz.
June 16, 2020
iRobot is the only robot company that’s WFH right now, but we’ve got a bold idea for its next move: Sell yourself. Shopify shares surged on word it is partnering with Walmart for an unprecedented rebel alliance against the Amazon empire. And Airbnb just whipped up “Project Lighthouse” to fix racism on its platform — We think the entire gig economy could use that.
June 15, 2020
Because you’re doing delivery for everything your body consumes, Instacart and Doordash just raised mega fundraising rounds (sorry, you can’t invest in them yet). Adobe wants to make sure Gen Z uses “Photoshop” as a verb, so it just launched a freaky new photo-filtering app. And travel stocks’ latest plummet has made them 2020’s case study in risk/reward.
June 12, 2020
That recovery rally hit a hard Wall Street wall, so we’re looking at why the Dow plummeted 7% for its worst day in months. Chewy is enjoying the current puppy-palooza, but it’s more focused on its anti-Amazon tactic: customer service. And in 1 day we just saw 2 opposite approaches to doing biz in China — Zoom’s way (censor) and a scrappy podcast startup’s way (don’t-censor).
June 11, 2020
Scotts Miracle-Gro is enjoying the pimp yo’ lawn life, but we’re more focused on its other green side hustle. Grubhub was supposed to be acquired by Uber, but now it’s ditching for a European lover. And not-quite-Unicorn-of-the-Day Wave snags $30M to make virtual concerts a thing you take seriously.
June 10, 2020
While you’re buying online, fancy furniture retailer Restoration Hardware is tripling-down on the physical world — it’s launching hotels. IBM is actually abandoning its entire facial recognition division on worries it could become a weapon of racial oppression. And put Millennials and Gen-Z aside for a sec — we just got data on what the little kids are watching (hint, we’re calling them Gen T now).
June 9, 2020
Thor Industries’ sales of Winnebagos over the last month show how vacations have changed. DocuSign is thriving in the corona-conomy, but we’re focused on how e-signatures are just the top of the fun funnel of its true business. And Wahed raised a fresh $25M to scale its shariah-compliant investing product, taking Islami-Fintech to 130 more countries.
June 8, 2020
Remember eBay? Shares just hit an all-time high, but we think we know how they can keep the mojo going. Germany’s support for electric cars like Volkwagen’s is showing what 21st century investment in infrastructure looks like. And the May Jobs Report pretty much shocked everyone who read it, so we jumped into the little black book of hiring/firing (congrats, dentists).
June 5, 2020
Don’t call it Zoom — ZoomInfo is the biggest tech IPO of 2020, so we’re looking at why it jumped 70% on its first day of trading. Nikola is trying to take on Tesla, but it’s really a cult stock right now. And American Airlines’ latest data encouraged investors big time, because they love forward-looking data.
June 4, 2020
The biggest IPO of 2020 is Warner Music, which just surged 20% on Day #1 of trading. Campbell Soup is thinking your corona-conomy soup-binging is (shockingly) here to stay post-virus. And AMC theaters used a moment of honesty to admit it actually may not survive unless movies come back fast.
June 3, 2020
Shoe rivals Adidas and Allbirds are teaming up on a sustainable sneaker that’s completely redefining what “competition” means. The latest walkouts at Facebook reveal how unique the “Zuck-ocracy” governing style of the social network really is. And even though the travel industry is hit the hardest in the corona-conomy, Vacasa is our “Unicorn of the Day” for because it’s just the slightest bit different from Airbnb. $FB, $ADDYY, $TWTR
June 2, 2020
Turns out Kylie Jenner isn’t quite a billionaire — that messed with Coty Cosmetics stock, but reveals a powerful truth about public vs. private companies. Zynga just shockingly dropped $1.8B to make the biggest tech acquisition in Turkish history, so we’re looking at how Zynga saved itself in the past years. And Neou just raised money as the “Netflix of fitness,” but we’re thinking it needs a different model for the at-home workout megatrend world.
June 2, 2020
Turns out Kylie Jenner isn’t quite a billionaire — that messed with Coty Cosmetics stock, but reveals a powerful truth about public vs. private companies. Zynga just shockingly dropped $1.8B to make the biggest tech acquisition in Turkish history, so we’re looking at how Zynga saved itself in the past years. And Neou just raised money as the “Netflix of fitness,” but we’re thinking it needs a different model for the at-home workout megatrend world.
June 1, 2020
Williams-Sonoma isn’t just living the pimp yo’ crib megatrend — it’s revealing who’s enjoying it the most. Our “Almost Unicorn Of The Day” is MasterClass, which just hit an $800M valuation, but the fundraise highlighted that virtual reality is missing its moment. And you’re probably not shocked that consumer spending dropped last month, but you should be shocked how much Americans are suddenly saving up.
May 29, 2020
Chipotle’s stock has doubled in the corona-conomy because it’s literally been through its own personal pandemic before. You’ve probably seen the political drama going on between Twitter and the president, but we’re focused on the business side: Why isn’t Twitter’s stock down like 20%? And sports betting apps like DraftKings are living their best life… even though there are no live sports. So we’re looking at how that is humanly possible.
May 28, 2020
Zoox had the biggest ambitions in mobility: self-driving, electric, robo-taxis. But now it may sell out to become Amazon’s delivery boy. Instagram’s latest move to share ad revenue with influencers is the first big Zucking of YouTube. And our “Unicorn of the Day” is Apeel, which hit a billion-dollar valuation (thanks to Oprah money) to be the anti-aging serum for your fruit bowl.
May 27, 2020
Small step for man, giant step for Elon Musk’s SpaceX, as it takes its first human customers to space. Amazon is making moves to invest in local news and sports podcasts because it wants to make “The Audio Wars” a thing. And stocks are up as the economy reopens, but this kinda feels like an “umbrella” situation.
May 26, 2020
The mythical Millennial pure-play stock: Elf Cosmetics’ stock jumped 16% on word it figured out how to beat the corona-conomy. We found the latest Dongle-gate from Apple — and it means you may have to splurge on AirPods. And HBO Max debuts tomorrow, so we’re looking at how the latest streaming species is more meal than bite.
May 22, 2020
Walk on in to the Ford Factory! Actually, don’t — it just closed down right after reopening because a worker tested positive, making it a metaphor for our economic reopening. MakeSpace snagged $55M of VC funding to try to *not* be “the Uber for storage.” And we just finished the biggest week of retail earnings, so we whipped up a 7-question test to determine if companies are winning or losing in the corona-conomy.
May 22, 2020
Walk on in to the Ford Factory! Actually, don’t — it just closed down right after reopening because a worker tested positive, making it a metaphor for our economic reopening. MakeSpace snagged $55M of VC funding to try to *not* be “the Uber for storage.” And we just finished the biggest week of retail earnings, so we whipped up a 7-question test to determine if companies are winning or losing in the corona-conomy.
May 21, 2020
Fresh after the first wave of corona-conomy trends, we’re predicting the next megatrend: Pimping yo crib, Lowe’s style. Social network Clubhouse launched this year and just hit a $100M valuation… with only 1,500 users. And Facebook’s newest product transforms instagram from digital magazine to digital department store (so who got Zuck’d this time?).
May 20, 2020
The biggest podcast in the world just went exclusive with Spotify, making it the biggest punch yet in the battle for your ears (Joe's now an orchid in Spotify's gated garden). Walmart’s earnings reveal what happens when one business is made “essential” and its competition is deemed “non-essential.” Someone’s going to win the COVID-19 vaccine race — Moderna is the $30B biotech company whose good trial results just excited markets.
May 19, 2020
Even though IPOs are basically not happening, Peet’s Coffee is about to do one because… coffee — they think it’s recession-proof. Startup-obsessed Softbank is the least profitable company in the world right now (cough, WeWork/Uber, cough), so it’s having a tech garage sale. And Detroit’s Big 3 carmakers have re-opened factories, so we’re looking at why that’s the most milestone-y moment of the corona-conomy (FYI, 3M Americans work in auto).
May 18, 2020
Facebook needs to spice up its messaging game, so it’s splurging $400M to control your gif game: Buying Giphy. McDonald’s whipped up a 59-page playbook on how to reopen its restaurants post COVID-19. And remember Luckin Coffee’s $310M fraud last month? It’s pivoting its core biz because it’s more tech than latte.
May 15, 2020
Data from Lululemon shows it’s uniquely found balance in the coronaconomy for extremely specific reasons. Smile Direct Club should be the Peloton of oral care, but it simply hasn’t been. And Sleeper is the “not-quite-Unicorn of the Day” after raising $20M from Andreessen Horowitz to finally fix fantasy sports.
May 14, 2020
Google’s secret Loon project just graduated to deliver wifi via balloon globally (and we’re thinking it’s a potential rare double-profit-puppy). Pizza ordering platform Slice is doing the opposite of all the delivery apps — it’s all about pizza-nomics (the unique economic principles of pizza joints). And while the world is straight-up WFH right now (Work From Home), we’re looking at the publicly-traded companies that are straight-up WFW (Work From Work).
May 13, 2020
New work update from Twitter: You don’t have to come back. Ever. Grubhub stock jumped over 30% on word Uber Eats wants to buy it, calling a Delivery Wars mafia truce. And Vroom is our “Unicorn of the Day” as it plans to IPO its online car sales (aka ecomm cars).
May 12, 2020
After a year of just chilling, Bitcoin is back and demanding your attention with a once-every-four-years event: “The Halvening.” Elon threatened to move his car company outta Silicon Valley, so we’re looking at Tesla vs. The State of California. And a tabloid with PFWTM (people familiar with the matter) reported that Amazon may be interested in acquiring AMC movie theaters… so we break down this fantasy acquisition.
May 12, 2020
After a year of just chilling, Bitcoin is back and demanding your attention with a once-every-four-years event: “The Halvening.” Elon threatened to move his car company outta Silicon Valley, so we’re looking at Tesla vs. The State of California. And a tabloid with PFWTM (people familiar with the matter) reported that Amazon may be interested in acquiring AMC movie theaters… so we break down this fantasy acquisition.
May 11, 2020
Uber stock rose 18% last week despite an earnings report soaked in blood. Match’s earnings reveal how Tinder has fallen behind, but it’s trying to make it up to everyone with video chat and trivia. And the worst monthly jobs report ever has us comparing what’s happening in the actual economy with what’s happening on Wall Street (spoiler: totally different).
May 8, 2020
Peloton is now worth twice as much as Planet Fitness, so we’re looking at the leading indicators that revealed how that could happen. Costco suffered its first sales drop in 11 years and it’s about to face the family budget gauntlet. And Nintendo profits surged 41% last year, but it’s struggling to develop more games while working from home.
May 7, 2020
Disney’s so big that its latest earnings report is a microcosm of the entire corona-conomy. Beyond Meat’s goods are so expensive, it just made a profit — but probably shouldn’t have. And we’re looking at Pinterest shares, which plummeted 12% because investors are wondering when your escapism pinning will make them some money.
May 6, 2020
Uber splurges $170M into Lime — Uber got the better end of the deal as Lime is desperate. Every streaming company is its own species in the Streaming Wars, but NBC may have just solved one of the industry’s Achilles heels. And Wayfair stock has surged (get this) 580% (no joke) in just the last month (seriously), so we’re looking at the signs from back in March that this could have happened.
May 6, 2020
Uber splurges $170M into Lime — Uber got the better end of the deal as Lime is desperate. Every streaming company is its own species in the Streaming Wars, but NBC may have just solved one of the industry’s Achilles heels. And Wayfair stock has surged (get this) 580% (no joke) in just the last month (seriously), so we’re looking at the signs from back in March that this could have happened.
May 5, 2020
Berkshire Hathaway’s annual shareholder day featured Warren Buffett pounding a 6-pack of coca-cola, and then admitting 1 huge stock mistake. J. Crew became the 1st big national retail brand to file for bankruptcy, but we’re not blaming the corona-conomy. And Quibi’s facing a legal drama that they could probably turn into a Quibi show.
May 4, 2020
Amazon shares dropped 8% after CEO Jeff Bezos told the world he’s just not into profits right now. Victoria’s Secret was supposed to be acquired by a private equity firm this week, and it’s all coming down to one dramatic line in legalese. And Clorox’s earnings report didn’t shock us — but its implications on a fad versus a trend did.
May 1, 2020
Tesla’s profit surprise got overshadowed by Elon’s anti-everything rant, so we’re comparing him to Zuck. Microsoft’s sales surprised investors, but we noticed its passive aggressive ripping on a new enemy. And behind-the-scenes app design software Figma hits a $2B valuation, because software’s not eating the world, apps are.
April 30, 2020
We listened in on Spotify’s earnings — shares jumped 12% even though you’re not commuting and now love audio meditation. Boeing’s earnings update is a case study in how cash flow is a science, and cash burning is an art. And fresh after we told you Universal Pictures’ “Trolls 2” would change movie math, the movie theaters just responded with the most aggressive open letter we’ve ever seen.
April 29, 2020
Shopify does everything behind the scenes so brands can have their own ecommerce sites, but they just launched an app to take on Amazon. High Times is the NY Times of weed, but it just acquired a chain of 13 cannabis dispensaries. The new Trolls sequal wasn’t just adorable — its direct-to-streaming pivot may change movie industry math forever.
April 28, 2020
All your grocery delivery powered Instacart’s 450% growth, so we’ve come up with a plan for their first profit. Volkswagen decided to reopen the world’s biggest car factory, but it’s got a chicken/egg problem. And Nestle’s earnings reveal more about pets than they do about humans — an accelerated trend.
April 27, 2020
If you were impressed by Chipotle’s surge in online sales, you’ll be blown away by Domino’s. The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) just snagged $320B in more funding from Congress, but publicly traded companies are about to get shamed over it. And sports betting app DraftKings decided, ‘what the heck, let’s go public’ — even though there are literally no live sports to bet on right now (except Russian table tennis).
April 24, 2020
Ben & Jerry’s owner Unilever announced earnings that reflect the product hoarding and usage habits of the entire world (we know you’re not showering). Raytheon snags a nuclear-tipped stealth cruise missile deal that reveals what the defense industry is facing in a corona-conomy. And Gilead’s COVID-19 treatment just had disappointing results from a leaked report — markets react accordingly.
April 23, 2020
Netflix’s corona-conomy subscriber surge wasn’t a surprise — what shocked us was how much (and whether it can last). AT&T’s earnings report confirms our Snacks takeaway from a month ago: It’s facing a triple-whammy of accelerating trends. And while the restaurant industry is hit hard, Chipotle’s CEO made moves that popped the stock 12% Wednesday.
April 22, 2020
Beyond Meat and Oatly oat milk wanted to hang out in China, so they’re hitching a ride and hanging out at Starbucks’ house there. Local news is feeling more financial pressure than ever as local ads dry up — we have two ideas for how it can be saved. And DuPont is the oldest company we’ve ever covered on Snacks Daily, but its pivot is totally fresh.
April 21, 2020
We noticed Uber snagged a nearly $1B government contract that no one is talking about. The price of a barrel of crude oil was $140 when we were in college — and it just plummeted 200% in one day to cost less than your lunch (spoiler: Negative prices may become a thing). And gaming is having such a moment right now, Facebook Gaming lets you live stream your Fortnite to Facebook.
April 21, 2020
We noticed Uber snagged a nearly $1B government contract that no one is talking about. The price of a barrel of crude oil was $140 when we were in college — and it just plummeted 200% in one day to cost less than your lunch (spoiler: Negative prices may become a thing). And gaming is having such a moment right now, Facebook Gaming lets you live stream your Fortnite to Facebook.
April 20, 2020
The most refreshingly ambitious project of the next decade should’ve been Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency, but now it just looks like a weird version of Venmo. AMC theaters stock surged 31% after showing off all its cash, though Thanksgiving is its expiration date. And markets surged Friday on word drugmaker Gilead has a COVID-19 treatment that works — and how this went down sounds like a movie script.
April 17, 2020
While you were mid-Zooming, rival Blue Jeans was just acquired by Verizon — but we hope it can stay focused on being a “one and only” business. Amazon’s new strategy is all about reversing its old one — it wants you buying less. And BlackRock’s profit puppy takes a really tiny fee on an enormous ocean of money.
April 16, 2020
Apple decided to announce a new iPhone, but the surprise is in the pricing strategy. The airlines finally got their $25B government bailout, and that means you’ll own part of Delta, United, JetBlue, and the whole flying gang. And our “Maybe Unicorn of the Day” is Aaptiv, which claims to be “the Netflix of Fitness,” but we think it’s really “the Spotify of Fitness.”
April 15, 2020
Big bank earnings season just kicked off, and JP Morgan is yelling a bankruptcy warning throughout the land. The Streaming Wars are enjoying primetime love, but Roku’s latest numbers prove it’s truly the platform of the people. And startup Thrasio just hit a $750M valuation in less than 2 years by hunting down and eating up Amazon-trepreneurs.
April 14, 2020
In the world of fast food, Dunkin’ is 100% focused on a franchise business model — a strength and a weakness in specific economic moments. Rivals Google and Apple are shockingly working together on a new project to end COVID-19 by looking how close you are (literally) to the virus. And we’re seeing how states and cities could go bankrupt because their own business model is kind of like small businesses.
April 13, 2020
We just got fresh download numbers from Quibi and Disney+ — and it reveals how they’re completely different species of streaming. Oil prices surged on a Saudi/Russia kumbaya moment, but it highlights how little control Exxon has over its profits. And Google’s drone delivery startup, Wing, just saw usage double because it’s doing what it always was supposed to do.
April 9, 2020
Away Luggage is sadly laying off staff because you’re not traveling right now (and don’t need their suitcases), but the extent of benefits and way they announced it reveal a major change in HR strategy. Airbnb is raising $1B debt and Slack's raising $750M to get through the corona-conomy, but the 2 different paths reflect 2 different situations. The stock market’s recovery could look like a “V”...or a “U”...or an “L” — we’re breaking down all the options alphabetically.
April 8, 2020
Uber’s latest “Work Hub” moves are making it the ultimate default job board for the gig economy. The Olive Garden revealed shockingly big sales declines (and 1 huge sales increase), but we think its future is in emulating clothing retail with omnichannel sales. Lear probably made the seat in whatever car you’re driving in — and it’s also whipped up a blueprint for every company’s post-corona-conomy back-to-work plans.
April 7, 2020
Warren Buffett noticed something in airport data from the TSA that made him rethink his airline investments, so we’re looking at the smart money’s moves. Constellation Brands’ liquors are having a corona-conomy moment, but we’re more fascinated by the powerful slide #12 in its earnings deck. And we’re comparing JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon’s experience from the ‘08 financial crisis to the current one — because he’s the last big bank chief still around from the days of Lehman Brothers.
April 6, 2020
WeWork was supposed to get a $3B lifeline from its biggest investor this month, but that just got cancelled because its core business model is a public health risk. The surge in video game demand from companies like Sony in the corona-conomy actually marks an evolution in the term “social media.” And Google’s latest Big Data project could help rebrand the whole Big Tech industry.
April 3, 2020
China’s Luckin Coffee lost $5B in value in 5 minutes on word the company made up its numbers last year. YouTube pulls a Facebook-on-Snapchat and copies TikTok because it wants mobile video. And Marlboro-owner Altria is being told by the government it should reverse that whole Juul investment it made — because it was really a collusion deal.
April 2, 2020
Attend our 1st ever LIVE “Snacks Break” virtual event @ 3pm EST on Friday 4/3 by registering at rbnhd.co/snacks-break — We’ll be whipping up our 3 mega takeaways on the corona-conomy. On today’s pod… Carnival Cruises was already facing a no-one-is-cruising-right-now moment — but now its Panama corporate citizenship is messing with its desperate bailout needs. HBO just made a critical hire for CEO of Warnermedia during the most important month for streaming of the year. And McCormick spices dipped 2% after its earnings because it’s facing what we’re calling the “seesaw situation” in the corona-conomy
April 1, 2020
We haven’t had an Amazon story during the entire corona-conomy — now it’s facing its crunch moment. Zoom became the most popular free app in the world, but now it’s facing its 1st major privacy investigation. And our “Unicorn of the Day” is ride-share under-puppy Via — it just raised $200M for AI-powered busses in the strangest timing for a ride-share investment yet.
March 31, 2020
Fresh after shutting down in February, HQ Trivia has been resurrected during this crucial moment for stay-at-home apps — and the announcement came via push notification. Cal-Maine is the largest egg producer in the country and it’s having a moment right now (eggs are essentially essential). And Johnson & Johnson shares jumped 8% on word it may be leading the race-for-a-corona-cure.
March 30, 2020
It’s been one year since Lululemon set an intention known as its “Power of Three” — and sticking to its 5-year plan has become pure corporate leadership in the coronaconomy. Startup “Fast” raised a new round of financing from Stripe to solve online shopping cart anxiety, but its real power is as a Big Tech outsider. And Nike’s earnings report reveals a valuable Wall Street strategy: Be a “close talker.”
March 27, 2020
Fresh after the latest two-trillion-dollar stimulus package, we got news of the red wedding week for American workers — 3.3M filed for unemployment last week. E-scooter legend Lime already pulled out of 99% of the cities it scoots around in, but a new fundraise could drop its valuation by 80%. And you’d think Target is living its best life right now, but a surprise report reveals that its profit puppies are getting no love.
March 26, 2020
Stocks popped (again) because the economic rescue bill finally passed the Senate, so we put the $2T spending total into a spreadsheet for you. Twitter and Facebook are enjoying bandwidth-breaking usage, but they’re about to face the ad-pocalypse of 2020. And workout platform ClassPass is launching virtual workouts — 1 year after they first tried the same exact thing and failed.
March 25, 2020
Businesses like Ford and 3M are entering phase they haven’t hit in decades: War Effort mode. The Harry’s Razors innovation arm whipped up its 2nd startup — a direct-to-consumer cat brand called Cat Person that’s changing direct-to-consumer. And marijuana companies faced an oversupply problem pre-coronavirus, but quarantines may be their cure.
March 25, 2020
Businesses like Ford and 3M are entering phase they haven’t hit in decades: War Effort mode. The Harry’s Razors innovation arm whipped up its 2nd startup — a direct-to-consumer cat brand called Cat Person that’s changing direct-to-consumer. And marijuana companies faced an oversupply problem pre-coronavirus, but quarantines may be their cure.
March 24, 2020
Constellation Brands brews Corona lagers in Mexico, but its $1.4B investment in a new facility there now isn’t happening, so the stock dropped 12%. Despite all its reporting right now, the New York Times took a break to acquire Audm — doubling its content in 1 move. And the US response to coronavirus is now facing a Robert Frost style “Two Paths” moment: Officials may start weighing the economy vs. human lives.
March 23, 2020
We predict that the Corona-conomy is accelerating trends, including contactless payments, subscriptions, and cord-cutting. Universal Studios is going direct-to-consumer with its latest movies, which questions the whole must-be-in-theaters-first-for-90-days thing. And Airbnb promised investors and employees it would IPO this year, but now it’s got to make a careful calculation as its bookings plummet: Side with guests or hosts?
March 20, 2020
Even though ride-hailing has plummeted in the corona-conomy, Uber’s CEO announced the company has $10B of cash, food delivery, and some side hustle ideas. Media consumption is surging while you work from home, and Netflix’s business model may put it above its media rivals. Ford’s touching its $13B loan as part of an anti-treat-yo-self plan, but that’s more of a problem for its bank.
March 19, 2020
While it looks like nearly every stock has fallen, Walmart shares just hit a record high — we repeat: Record high stock price during this crisis. Apple just issued a subtle press release for new products that basically admits 1 big failure. And Starbucks has a couple billion dollars in extra cash, so it decided to treat itself… to more stock… of itself.
March 18, 2020
Lyft is worth 1 Lyft, but 1 Lyft is now worth less than $6B, so we’re wondering who may buy it (the whole company). Toilet paper sales have surged for Kimberly Clark, but the front-loaded demand now may not help its future sales. And the latest update in the government’s COVID-19 response is a nearly $1 Trillion stimulus package that completes a policy trifecta.
March 17, 2020
To rescue financial markets from pandemic ruin, The Fed took drastic measures Sunday — but it’s already used up its major tools. To help people figure out testing for COVID-19, Google’s deployed “Project Baseline”, which is like Healthcare.gov but for disease screening. And private businesses are making “flattening the curve” possible with pro-social distancing policies.
March 16, 2020
Despite your work-from-home lifestyle right now, office IM’ing service Slack announced a quarter that didn’t live up to expectations, because work software habits take time. Direct-to-patient half-icorn Ro has a new strategy: Launch pharmacies so it can vertically integrate your healthcare experience. And with the sudden end of the bull market, we’re looking at the history and reality of market cycles in the USA.
March 13, 2020
The worst day for markets since 1987’s Black Monday. We’re looking at why the stimulus keg from the government didn’t save stocks. Virus-testing company Lab Corp is now facing the moment it’s been waiting for (but it’s stock is still down). And Direct-to-Consumer startups and stocks have been having a different kind of moment, so we’re looking at Casper/Brandless/Harry’s/Outdoor Voice’s CAC problem (“customer acquisition cost”).
March 12, 2020
Another wild market drop has us officially in a “bear market”, and there’s chatter about a bailouts, so we’re looking at the last bailout and when/why they actually should happen. Pepsi splurged to buy Rockstar Beverages because you’re not a beverage these days unless you’re a “functional” beverage. And word leaked about Apple’s “Project Seymour” — a workout-guiding app that Peloton has a problem with (because it’s a problem for Peloton).
March 11, 2020
Dick’s Sporting Goods used a tech-ish tactic to realize that its gun ban helped profits and its CEO’s values. Stitch Fix shares dropped 25% because the latest data shows its early adopters are losing enthusiasm. And the “Unicorn of the Day” is Grove Collaborative — it’s already focused on sustainability products, but its latest move promises a sustainable package future.
March 10, 2020
First we learned that Russia and Saudi Arabia are in a fight about oil markets — it’s caused the biggest drop in stock prices since 1991. Investors weren’t thrilled (coronavirus drama + oil market drama = not good), so they sent stock prices down a shocking 7% within minutes of Monday’s trading. But it didn’t stop NBC from breaking up financially with Snapchat
March 9, 2020
Burlington Coat Factory is going against the trend in retail: it’s ending its ecommerce to focus on physical stores. Mobile video streaming pre-icon Quibi has now raised $1.75B — and you can’t even use it yet. And LaCroix-fighting Spindrift just snagged another $29.8M — it’s differentiator is real fruit.
March 6, 2020
Carnival Cruises’ has a hat trick of profit-crushing drama — but we found the perfect analogy for the travel industry’s current coronavirus struggles. GM has whipped up a fresh electric car battery that goes 400 miles, but we’re looking at whether Americans even want electric cars to begin with. And underwear brand Aerie is carrying its parent company, American Eagle, on its back. #HYHYSD
March 5, 2020
Campbell Soup shares jumped 9% because even the CEO was shocked that soup is making a comeback. United Health didn’t announce earnings or a new product — the stock popped 11% because of Super Tuesday (it’s all about policy risk). And you know H&M for whipping up fast fashion, but its latest business line wants rivals to love its supply chain.
March 4, 2020
Alphabet’s self-driving car division, Waymo, grabbed $2.25B in outside funding for the first time as it adds 5 new godparents. Honeywell doesn’t just make charming thermostats — the historic company is now building (allegedly) the world’s most powerful supercomputer. And the Federal Reserve acts like the economy’s Batman, but the latest/shocking interest rate move had the opposite effect that it intended.
March 4, 2020
Alphabet’s self-driving car division, Waymo, grabbed $2.25B in outside funding for the first time as it adds 5 new godparents. Honeywell doesn’t just make charming thermostats — the historic company is now building (allegedly) the world’s most powerful supercomputer. And the Federal Reserve acts like the economy’s Batman, but the latest/shocking interest rate move had the opposite effect that it intended.
March 3, 2020
Twitter shares jumped 8% on word an activist investor is trying to push CEO Jack Dorsey out of his role at Twitter (because Jack is also the CEO of Square). Panera whips up a coffee subscription that fits our formula for subscription power (not subscripturation). And Bird scooters decides it also wants to be in payments, so it’s launching a way for you to buy food...via Bird.
March 2, 2020
Context is king, so we’re looking at the market’s decline last week — the worst since the financial crisis. Chipotle is powered by menu items lately, and we noticed they whipped up viral attention on TikTok — but we’re skeptical of the numbers. And Thyssenkrupp is the German elevator company that just sold its elevator biz — just like another elevator company did.
February 28, 2020
Beer-glomerate AB InBev dropped 9% as coronavirus stops China from socializing, but we’re focused on how Bud Light is losing market share in the US. After a week of plant-based meat partnerships and uncouplings, Beyond Meat’s earnings sent the stock down 9%. And Square shares jumped 4% because its Cash App is powering profits.
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