Last pod before the July 4th holiday (celebrated on July 3rd by Wall Street). Liquor legend Constellation just acquired Gary Vaynerchuk’s 1-year-old wine startup because it wants to go direct to consumer. Alibaba’s Freshippo stores make Amazon’s most innovative ecommerce look primitive. And YouTube TV just pulled a move straight outta the cable playbook: Jack up prices. We think the Great Price Reckoning may be coming.
Athleisure icon Lululemon splurges $500M to acquire Peloton-ish in-home workout startup Mirror. Fresh off its acquisition breakup with Grubhub, Uber is looking to rebound with Postmates instead. And Netflix will stream $100M of its cash into black community banks to fix the bank desert hole in the financial system. $LULU $UBER $NFLX
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Coty Cosmetics shares popped on word it’s snagging 20% of Kim Kardashian’s beauty brand. Facebook is facing its second ever #DeleteFacebook moment, except this time it’s coming from its most important stakeholder: Advertisers. And Under Armour is trying to cancel the biggest college apparel deal in history. It’s a sign of how far UA has fallen.
The latest major IPO is America’s 3rd largest grocer, but we think Albertsons looks less like a grocery chain and more like a finance company. Ford is redesigning America’s most popular car, and the new F-150 pickup tells us where the truck industry is going. And Big Bank stocks are making big moves like they got the keys to Mom and Dad’s house for the weekend.
Darden Restaurants has reopened 91% of its restaurants like Olive Garden, but the restaurant industry has a takeout booze problem. Google’s new news app will completely change the business model for the news industry. And Slack just whipped up an actual email killer.
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Starbucks just announced a plant-based partnership with Impossible Foods in the US, which is awkward because Starbucks already has a relationship with rival Beyond Meat. Gatik’s delivery obsession with “the middle mile” reveals how the shipping industry looks a lot like your golf game. And the recent surge in coronavirus cases highlights how COVID-19 data is economic data.
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The Apple Worldwide Developer Conference is both a mouthful and Apple’s biggest day of the year, so we break down the stories that matter for you. Since there are no real live sports happening, EA Sports is really “in the game” during COVID-19. And TJ Maxx is enjoying the “revenge shopping” vibes among Americans.
Virgin Galactic shares popped on word of its 2nd business line: space tourism to the International Space Station. Hey (real name) is trying to fix email forever, but first it’s taking on Apple and its infamous App Tax. And Canva is our “Unicorn of the Day” for hitting $6B while making you look sharp on social media.
Twitch is kicking the Streaming Wars up a notch on behalf of its owner, Amazon: It’s going after cable’s live sports (and Apple and Google may follow). Airport icon Clear knows you’re not traveling so it’s pulling off its biggest pivot in a decade. And Carmax now has competition from Vroom and Carvana, so we’re looking at differentiation strategies.
Spotify shares surged over 10% on word they signed Kim Kardashian and Batman to exclusive podcasts. McDonald’s slimmed 100 items off its menu, and it’s loving how the slimmer menu strategy feels. And Carnival’s earnings reveal how it’s surviving in a corona-conomy “pause” for the cruise industry.
Beyond Meat’s early adopters didn’t care about price, but everyone else does. So it’s launched an “affordable” bulk pack to get beyond them. Dow Inc. (not “The Dow”) is okay making filthy materials because it says they make Tesla possible. And Uber is teaming up with the public transportation it’s historically always crushed — we’re calling it UaaS (“Uber-as-a-Service”).
You thought Hertz was dead when it went bankrupt last month, but now it’s issuing $500M in new stock — we’re looking at how that’s possible. Apple wants to be both the referee and a player in its App Store, and the implications are huge for the great platforms of tech. And BP thinks its oil is worth $17.5B less than it last told us, so being honest about COVID’s impact on its biz.
iRobot is the only robot company that’s WFH right now, but we’ve got a bold idea for its next move: Sell yourself. Shopify shares surged on word it is partnering with Walmart for an unprecedented rebel alliance against the Amazon empire. And Airbnb just whipped up “Project Lighthouse” to fix racism on its platform — We think the entire gig economy could use that.
Because you’re doing delivery for everything your body consumes, Instacart and Doordash just raised mega fundraising rounds (sorry, you can’t invest in them yet). Adobe wants to make sure Gen Z uses “Photoshop” as a verb, so it just launched a freaky new photo-filtering app. And travel stocks’ latest plummet has made them 2020’s case study in risk/reward.
That recovery rally hit a hard Wall Street wall, so we’re looking at why the Dow plummeted 7% for its worst day in months. Chewy is enjoying the current puppy-palooza, but it’s more focused on its anti-Amazon tactic: customer service. And in 1 day we just saw 2 opposite approaches to doing biz in China — Zoom’s way (censor) and a scrappy podcast startup’s way (don’t-censor).
Scotts Miracle-Gro is enjoying the pimp yo’ lawn life, but we’re more focused on its other green side hustle. Grubhub was supposed to be acquired by Uber, but now it’s ditching for a European lover. And not-quite-Unicorn-of-the-Day Wave snags $30M to make virtual concerts a thing you take seriously.
While you’re buying online, fancy furniture retailer Restoration Hardware is tripling-down on the physical world — it’s launching hotels. IBM is actually abandoning its entire facial recognition division on worries it could become a weapon of racial oppression. And put Millennials and Gen-Z aside for a sec — we just got data on what the little kids are watching (hint, we’re calling them Gen T now).
Thor Industries’ sales of Winnebagos over the last month show how vacations have changed. DocuSign is thriving in the corona-conomy, but we’re focused on how e-signatures are just the top of the fun funnel of its true business. And Wahed raised a fresh $25M to scale its shariah-compliant investing product, taking Islami-Fintech to 130 more countries.
Remember eBay? Shares just hit an all-time high, but we think we know how they can keep the mojo going. Germany’s support for electric cars like Volkwagen’s is showing what 21st century investment in infrastructure looks like. And the May Jobs Report pretty much shocked everyone who read it, so we jumped into the little black book of hiring/firing (congrats, dentists).
Don’t call it Zoom — ZoomInfo is the biggest tech IPO of 2020, so we’re looking at why it jumped 70% on its first day of trading. Nikola is trying to take on Tesla, but it’s really a cult stock right now. And American Airlines’ latest data encouraged investors big time, because they love forward-looking data.
The biggest IPO of 2020 is Warner Music, which just surged 20% on Day #1 of trading. Campbell Soup is thinking your corona-conomy soup-binging is (shockingly) here to stay post-virus. And AMC theaters used a moment of honesty to admit it actually may not survive unless movies come back fast.
Shoe rivals Adidas and Allbirds are teaming up on a sustainable sneaker that’s completely redefining what “competition” means. The latest walkouts at Facebook reveal how unique the “Zuck-ocracy” governing style of the social network really is. And even though the travel industry is hit the hardest in the corona-conomy, Vacasa is our “Unicorn of the Day” for because it’s just the slightest bit different from Airbnb. $FB, $ADDYY, $TWTR
Turns out Kylie Jenner isn’t quite a billionaire — that messed with Coty Cosmetics stock, but reveals a powerful truth about public vs. private companies. Zynga just shockingly dropped $1.8B to make the biggest tech acquisition in Turkish history, so we’re looking at how Zynga saved itself in the past years. And Neou just raised money as the “Netflix of fitness,” but we’re thinking it needs a different model for the at-home workout megatrend world.
Williams-Sonoma isn’t just living the pimp yo’ crib megatrend — it’s revealing who’s enjoying it the most. Our “Almost Unicorn Of The Day” is MasterClass, which just hit an $800M valuation, but the fundraise highlighted that virtual reality is missing its moment. And you’re probably not shocked that consumer spending dropped last month, but you should be shocked how much Americans are suddenly saving up.
Chipotle’s stock has doubled in the corona-conomy because it’s literally been through its own personal pandemic before. You’ve probably seen the political drama going on between Twitter and the president, but we’re focused on the business side: Why isn’t Twitter’s stock down like 20%? And sports betting apps like DraftKings are living their best life… even though there are no live sports. So we’re looking at how that is humanly possible.