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The Information’s 411 — Hype Smoothie

Compared to a few years ago, there’s a lot more skepticism today within the tech and finance worlds around startups. All those concerns came to a head this week in a pair of stories we did that touched on themes we’ve been following closely.

The first was Alfred’s deep dive into the methods mutual funds and other public market investors use to determine the value of their private company holdings. He came on the show to explain the different formulas the valuation teams use to determine the ongoing value of their holdings—and how those methods provide some transparency into broader market sentiments.

Then Cory joined to talk about why tech talent is shifting from startups to stable giants like Facebook and Google. It’s made recruiting tougher for companies with billion dollar plus valuations, like Instacart.

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