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Shares of Samsara, which sells hardware devices and cloud-based software for helping companies manage large fleets of vehicles, closed up more than 7% in their first day of trading after the six-year-old startup raised $805 million in its IPO. Samsara’s debut, while solid, seems a bit subdued for a cloud startup that has $500 million in subscription revenue and close to 70% annualized growth....

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Startup makers of electric vehicles were one of the biggest beneficiaries of the SPAC party of 2020–21—and that fete is now well and truly in the hangover phase. At least a dozen EV startups have gone public since 2020, mostly by merging with a special purpose acquisition company, with grand ambitions to reinvent the way people and freight moved around. Now, at least...
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‘I’m Licking My Chops. I Know It’s Going Down’: The Pissed-Off Crypto Traders Who Predicted—and Profited From—the FTX Implosion
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Where Google Has Grown
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