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Twilio shops, Uber and Lyft IPO scuttlebutt, and Instacart raises $600M

Hello and welcome back toEquity, TechCrunchs venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines.
This week we had the Three Excellent Friends (Connie Loizos, Danny Chrichton, and Alex Wilhelm) on hand to kick things about with Scale Venture Partners own Rory ODriscoll.
As Ive written the last few weeks, what a pile of news weve had recently. And like the last few episodes, we had to pick and choose what to drill into. This week: Twilio-Sendgrid, Palantir, Uber, Lyft, and Tencent Music IPOs, Instacart, and Saudi Arabia.
In order, I think? First, we tackled the weeksbiggest venture-themed M&A: Twilio buying SendGrid. Keep in mind that they are both recent IPOs; Twilio went out in 2016, and SendGrid in 2017.
The $2 billion-ish all-stock transaction is effectively Twilio using its rich market cap (rich in terms of its revenue and profit multiples) to snag anobvious (though intelligent) extension of API-powered communications toolset.
Next up we dug into the chance that Palantir is worth $41 billion. Spoiler: It isnt. Then we chatted the two other recently-floated IPO valuations for Uber ($120 billion) and Lyft ($15 billion). They probably make more sense, depending a little on how you add and then divide.
All that and we also touched on the recent delay in the Tencent Music IPO, a profitable company.
Then we riffed through the Instacart round ($600 million more at a $7.6 billion valuation; wow), and re-touched on Silicon Valleys currently least popular dinner party topic: how much Saudi money has recently gone to work powering tech startups.
A big thanks to you for not only sticking with Equity for so long, but also for making it quite literally as popular as it has ever been. Its super fun to have the biggest crew with us every week that weve ever had.
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