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Aquifer Tech Snapshot: Week of July 6-10

Updated: Sep 25, 2020

Joe Biden announces a $700B “Buy American” campaign.

Democratic candidate Joe Biden has a $700B proposal to bolster the American manufacturing and technology sectors.

The U.S. entered into a recession in February 2020, and roughly 26 million Americans are on unemployment benefits.

Biden proposes a $400B in government spending for U.S. goods and services, and $300B in R&D for U.S. technology. Biden has not released how he plans to procure such funding, which may be an indication of deficit spending in order to ultimately save the U.S. economy.

Dozens of large companies have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Gyms (24 Hour Fitness, Gold’s Gym), Entertainment (Cirque Du Soleil, CMX Cinemas), and Retail (J. Crew, Neiman Marcus, JCPenney) companies filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, due to a decrease in demand stemming from shelter-in-place policies set by state governments. Though bankruptcy is a financial restructuring of a company’s assets and affairs, it does not necessarily equate to going out of business. So what can we learn from this? It is vital for companies to invest in a strong finance team that can manage financial assets for the long haul.

Elon Musk is now richer than Warren Buffet.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is now the 7th richest person in the world after Tesla’s stock (TSLA) rose 500% over the past 12 months, with a market value of $286.5B. Tesla is now the most valuable auto company in the world, but they have competition.

Rivian, a Michigan-based company designing fully electric pickups and SUVs that will rival Tesla and other carmakers, secured an additional $2.5B in funding from T. Rowe Price Associates, Amazon, Blackrock, Soros Fund Management, Baron Capital Group, and others.

Karana, a Singapore-based startup raised $1.7M in seed funding to launch a pork substitute product made from jackfruit. With pork being the most consumed meat product in Asia, Karana aims to leverage plant-based products from nature to sell to restaurants and retail stores.

Paige, a cancer research startup that is applying AI to better understand cancer pathology, closed Series B at $70M, with investments from Goldman Sachs and Healthcare Venture Partners. They assert the investment will be used for hiring talent, expanding partnerships with biopharmaceutical companies, and R&D.

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