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Bloom Energy, a Sunnyvale, Calif.-based fuel cell company that provides on-site power generation to large facilities, reportedly has restarted its IPO process and could list in the second quarter.

Why it's a big deal: Because Bloom is a survivor, albeit one with nearly $1 billion in venture funding and some unexpected help from the Trump administration. Most other capital-intensive "cleantech" startups from the early aughts failed, leading VCs to largely abandon the sector (including some of Bloom's own backers, like Kleiner Perkins).

Bonus: I'll be very interested to see Bloom's financials. After I reported them back in 2012, based on a leaked document, the company stopped providing regular reports to most of its investors.

More from The Wall Street Journal: "The company put its IPO plans on hold after a federal subsidy for alternative energy systems was allowed to expire. [Bloom]... received welcome news in February, when President Trump signed a budget deal that restored the tax credit. It can now sell its units for about 40% more per unit than it could last year, as tax credits offset part of the price."

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White House senior adviser Cedric Richmond told "Axios on HBO" that it's "doable" for President Biden to make first-term progress on breaking down barriers for people of color, while Congress studies reparations for slavery.

Why it matters: Biden said on the campaign trail that he supports creation of a commission to study and develop proposals for reparations — direct payments for African-Americans.

Cyber CEO: Next war will hit regular Americans online

Any future real-world conflict between the United States and an adversary like China or Russia will have direct impacts on regular Americans because of the risk of cyber attack, Kevin Mandia, CEO of cybersecurity company FireEye, tells "Axios on HBO."

What they're saying: "The next conflict where the gloves come off in cyber, the American citizen will be dragged into it, whether they want to be or not. Period."

Cedric Richmond: We won't wait on GOP for "insufficient" stimulus

Top Biden adviser Cedric Richmond told "Axios on HBO" the White House believes it has bipartisan support for a stimulus bill outside the Beltway.

  • "If our choice is to wait and go bipartisan with an insufficient package, we are not going to do that."

The big picture: The bill will likely undergo an overhaul in the Senate after House Democrats narrowly passed a stimulus bill this weekend, reports Axios' Kadia Goba.

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