March, 2024

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Accenture to acquire Udacity to build a learning platform focused on AI

TechCrunch: M&A

Accenture announced today that it would acquire the learning platform Udacity as part of an effort to build a learning platform focused on the growing interest in AI. While the company didn’t specify how much it paid for Udacity, it also announced a $1 billion investment in building a technology learning platform it’s calling LearnVantage. […] © 2024 TechCrunch.

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House to Consider Capital Formation Bills

JD Supra: Mergers

On March 5, 2024, the House will consider capital formation related legislation, H.R. 2799. This was originally introduced in April 2023 and reported out in July 2023. It is comprised of 19 separate bills. The House Financial Services Committee heard testimony on these bills in 2023, access my testimony on several of these bills.

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Inside Amira Yahyaoui’s Claims about Mos, a Student Aid Start-Up

The New York Times: Banking

Amira Yahyaoui, a human rights activist, promoted the success of her student aid start-up, Mos. Some of her statements do not add up, according to internal data and people familiar with the company.

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Fundstrat’s Tom Lee sees small-cap benchmark Russell 2000 surging by 50% in 2024

CNBC: Investing

The Fundstrat head of global research told CNBC's "Last Call" the environment on Wall Street is shaping up to be a positive one for small cap stocks.

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Navigating the Future: Generative AI, Application Analytics, and Data

Generative AI is upending the way product developers & end-users alike are interacting with data. Despite the potential of AI, many are left with questions about the future of product development: How will AI impact my business and contribute to its success? What can product managers and developers expect in the future with the widespread adoption of AI?

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Former Twitter Executives Sue Elon Musk for $128 Million

The New York Times: Mergers, Acquisitions and Dive

The plaintiffs, including Parag Agrawal, the former chief executive, are asking for severance after they lost their jobs during Mr. Musk’s 2022 takeover of the company.

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Nikon buys film camera maker RED

TechCrunch: M&A

Ever heard of Oakley Sunglasses? The guy who founded that – Jim Jannard – became a billionaire after selling a lot of sunnies, then went on to found RED digital cinema, one of the first major digital cinema camera brands. Today, Nikon announced that Nikon Corporation has announced its agreement to acquire the camera manufacturer, […] © 2024 TechCrunch.

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Cracking The Code: Navigating VMware's License Shift

JD Supra: Mergers

In a historic announcement, Broadcom Inc. unveiled its ambitious plan to purchase VMware, a technology giant, in May 2022. However, in November 2023, Broadcom released a barrage of announcements regarding VMware licensing and its channel partners, which not only shook the tech sector but also put VMware's clients into a state of profound confusion and fear.

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China’s Exports Surge Are Drawing a Global Backlash

The New York Times: Banking

Increasing overseas sales of manufactured goods are helping China’s economy and creating employment, but countries from Europe to South Asia may lose jobs.

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Blackrock says bitcoin will be a good portfolio diversifier despite its recent rally with stocks

CNBC: Investing

Robert Mitchnick, BlackRock's digital assets lead, discusses what bitcoin correlations and risk mean for investors' portfolio construction.

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Predictions You Can Rely On: How Data Drives Successful Financial Forecasting

Speaker: Robbie Bhathal, Founder & CEO, and Matthew Acalin, Head of Credit Intelligence

In today's volatile financial environment, how confident are you in your company’s financial forecasting? To get the most accurate cash predictions that will lead to long-term financial survival, real-time data is critical. Innovative cash management strategies can lead to better credit opportunities, more sustainable growth, and long-term financial prosperity.

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Forced to Change: Tech Giants Bow to Global Onslaught of Rules

The New York Times: Mergers, Acquisitions and Dive

For years, Apple, Google, Meta and others operated unfettered. But new laws and regulations have finally compelled them to make major shifts to their products and businesses.

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Premier American Uranium Bolsters Its Leadership in the Industry with the Acquisition of American Future Fuel and Welcomes Renowned Uranium Expert Colin Healey as CEO

Global Newswire by Notified: M&A

TORONTO, March 20, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Premier American Uranium Inc. (“PUR” or “Premier American Uranium”) (TSXV: PUR) and American Future Fuel Corporation (“ AMPS ” or “ American Future Fuel ”) (CSE: AMPS, OTCQB: AFFCF, FWB: K14, WKN: A3DQFB) are pleased to announce that they have entered into an arm’s length definitive agreement (the “ Arrangement Agreement ”) on March 19, 2024, pursuant to which Premier American Uranium will acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Amer

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Redis switches licenses, acquires Speedb to go beyond its core in-memory database

TechCrunch: M&A

Redis, the popular in-memory data store, is switching away from the open source three-clause BSD license. Instead, in a move that is clearly aimed to prevent the large cloud providers from offering free alternatives to Redis’ own hosted services, Redis will now be dual-licensed under the Redis Source Available License (RSALv2) and Server Side Public […] © 2024 TechCrunch.

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Healthcare & Life Sciences Private Equity Deal Tracker: WindRose Acquires CardioOne 

JD Supra: Mergers

WindRose Health Investors has announced its acquisition of CardioOne. CardioOne, founded in 2023 and based in Houston, is a management services partner and technology platform designed for independent cardiology practices.

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How Embedded Analytics Gets You to Market Faster with a SAAS Offering

Start-ups & SMBs launching products quickly must bundle dashboards, reports, & self-service analytics into apps. Customers expect rapid value from your product (time-to-value), data security, and access to advanced capabilities. Traditional Business Intelligence (BI) tools can provide valuable data analysis capabilities, but they have a barrier to entry that can stop small and midsize businesses from capitalizing on them.

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New York Starts Distributing Debit Cards to Migrants, Despite Uproar

The New York Times: Banking

New York City officials on Monday began handing out debit cards to migrant families to pay for food and baby supplies at grocery stores.

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These cheap stocks will outperform in a pullback or a continued rally, says Evercore ISI

CNBC: Investing

Evercore ISI shared its latest list of 'emotional rescue' stocks, or names that could outperform in two distinct market backdrops going forward.

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BNY Mellon names new head of fixed income and equities EMEA and head of US fixed income

The TRADE

BNY Mellon has made two key senior managing director hires into its fixed income and equity sales and trading businesses. Bianca Gould has been appointed head of fixed income and equities EMEA, based in London. Gould joins BNY Mellon after three years at RBC Capital Markets where she previously served as co-head of equities electronic sales and trading.

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Unlocking Education: The Rise of Education Savings Accounts (ESAs)

Tyton Partners

As the notion of “school” and “good education” continue to evolve, the flow of money from state governments is also undergoing a potentially significant transition. The spotlight is on the ascent of Education Savings Accounts (ESAs), which allocate a portion of state funds designated for a child’s public school education into a specialized account controlled by parents.

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Embedding BI: Architectural Considerations and Technical Requirements

While data platforms, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and programming platforms have evolved to leverage big data and streaming data, the front-end user experience has not kept up. Holding onto old BI technology while everything else moves forward is holding back organizations. Traditional Business Intelligence (BI) aren’t built for modern data platforms and don’t work on modern architectures.

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With Affinity acquisition, Canva should be able to compete better with Adobe’s creative tools

TechCrunch: M&A

Canva, the high-flying Australian design and visual communication startup, announced today it was acquiring Affinity (formerly Serif), a creative tools company based in the U.K. Bloomberg reported that the deal was worth several hundred million pounds (approximately $380 million U.S.), and the company confirmed to TechCrunch that the number was accurate.

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When Private Equity Came for the Music Industry

The New York Times: Mergers, Acquisitions and Dive

Private equity is cannibalizing the music industry by buying up old hits and pushing them back into our cultural consciousness.

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U.S. Park Service Says to Leave Your Cash at Home, but Some Object

The New York Times: Banking

Complaints have been mounting on social media, and now a group has filed a lawsuit, as the service has continued rolling out policies against accepting cash to enter federal parks.

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U.S. consumer plays in China are more than coffee and iPhones. Stocks to watch

CNBC: Investing

While Starbucks has warned of price competition in China and Apple tries to drum up momentum with a new store, other U.S. brands are seeing growth in the country.

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How to Leverage AI for Actionable Insights in BI, Data, and Analytics

In the rapidly-evolving world of embedded analytics and business intelligence, one important question has emerged at the forefront: How can you leverage artificial intelligence (AI) to enhance your application’s analytics capabilities? Imagine having an AI tool that answers your user’s questions with a deep understanding of the context in their business and applications, nuances of their industry, and unique challenges they face.

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Reliability and access to dark pool liquidity the main priorities for the buy-side when it comes to selecting algo providers

The TRADE

When it comes to selecting an algo provider, ease of system use, reliability and quality of technical support was the top consideration for asset managers across both sides of the Channel in 2023 – 71% in the UK and 73% in Continental Europe – according to a Coalition Greenwich report. Jesse Forster The next most important priority was access to dark pool liquidity, with 73% of UK respondents and 61% of those in Continental Europe highlighting it as a key factor in selection processes.

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Capstone’s John Dearing Shares Thoughts as Part of Strategic Growth White Paper

Successful Acquisitions

Capstone’s John Dearing Shares Thoughts as Part of Strategic Growth White Paper Capstone Partner John Dearing provided expertise and insight for a recent white paper published by America’s Credit Unions’ CEO Council. Leveling Up: Leadership Through Asset Size Growth examined ways to potentially increase credit union asset size through both organic and inorganic growth.

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Lensrentals acquires BorrowLenses

TechCrunch: M&A

Lensrentals, a titan in the online rental service for photo, video, audio and lighting equipment, has announced its acquisition of BorrowLenses, a key competitor in the space of photographic and video equipment rentals, TechCrunch has learned exclusively. It’s a competitive space in a commodity market, where neither brand has an obvious edge over the other. […] © 2024 TechCrunch.

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What to Know About the TikTok Ban Legislation

The New York Times: Mergers, Acquisitions and Dive

The House plans to vote on Wednesday on a bill that would force TikTok’s Chinese parent to sell the popular social media app.

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Embedded Analytics Insights for 2024

Organizations look to embedded analytics to provide greater self-service for users, introduce AI capabilities, offer better insight into data, and provide customizable dashboards that present data in a visually pleasing, easy-to-access format. To better understand the factors behind the decision to build or buy analytics, insightsoftware partnered with Hanover Research to survey IT, software development, and analytics professionals on why they make the embedded analytics choices they do.

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Japan Raises Interest Rates for First Time in 17 Years

The New York Times: Banking

Higher inflation and rising wages suggest that the country’s economy can grow without such aggressive stimulus from the central bank.

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Ron Insana's new firm aims to bring AI-powered trade ideas to individual investors

CNBC: Investing

The firm, called iFi AI, launches Wednesday and will use AI models to help generate projected returns for stocks over various time periods.

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People Moves Monday: BNY Mellon, BlackRock, Tourmaline Partners and more…

The TRADE

BNY Mellon made two key senior managing director hires into its fixed income and equity sales and trading businesses. Bianca Gould was appointed head of fixed income and equities EMEA, based in London. Gould joined BNY Mellon after three years at RBC Capital Markets where she previously served as co-head of equities electronic sales and trading. Elsewhere, Kathleen Kinsella joined BNY Mellon as head of US fixed income sales, based in New York.

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