Maria Montero

Lyft is going public, Uber's Bird, the tech scene and Utah trade tensions

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch's venture capital focused podcast, where we unpacked the numbers behind the headlines.

This week we had Connie Loizos in the studio together with Kate Clark, myself and a special guest. The special guest was appropriate as it was a special episode. Why Because this is our 100th episode, a milestone that probably would have seemed like a stupid idea when we started the show.

This week, our first guest, the founder of SaaStr and the venture capitalist. Jason Lemkin returned at the show. When it first appeared, we talked about Elon Musk. This time it was sharing liquidity, sharing M&A and more.

Unfortunately two of our founding members (Katie Roof and Matthew Lynley) are elsewhere when we reach 100 shows, but a big shout out to them for their work. Hugs and thanks to Chris Gates for producing Equity with a rare mix of kindness and patience. Material appreciation to TechCrunch Henry Pickavet and Yashad Kulkarni for approving and guiding the project so far, and a great round of appreciation for Connie Loizos, Danny Crichton and Kate Clark to join the hosting crew.

Finally, thanks to you for continuing with us. Millions of downloads, successful and unsuccessful live shows, and three episode numbers later, we're still here!

All right, enough self-congratulation. Let's talk technical AND money.

This week we had a short list of topics to discuss. The first of which was Lyft Now publicly known, but the private IPO. The company is going public about going public while keeping private on the same issue.

In any case, Lyft's decision to go public should mean it is the first to go out. Uber It will go public second. The company to attend the request is not very clear. In the past, it was thought that the first Uber and Lyft to go public would be exposed to pressure on prices from their still private competitor. But this is at the bottom of the carpool saga, and with both companies still so unprofitable, that may not be the case.

Uber may be buying scooters independently, so your IPO may not be in sight. Yes, reports indicate that the company may be playing Duck Hunt because it could be targeting Bird. With an M&A weapon? This analogy is not good.

If Uber buys Bird, Say, does that mean Lyft buys Lime? Although Uber is a Lime investor? Place your bets.

Below we review the technological scene in Utah, the well-known Silicon Slopes . The 2018 of the region has been great. Podium went up and posted big revenue growth figures. Pluralsight and Domo went public. And more recently, Weave raised $ 37.5 million. It is a great year for the state. My opinion is that it is no longer on the rise. Our guest agreed.

And finally, Kate led us through the Huawei fiasco. The company's CFO has been detained in Canada for what MSNBC calls "US extradition." This at a time when the American Prime Minister is speaking in his barrel about trade. The stock market is concerned. Maybe we should be too.

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