Nov 8, 2017

Compass is now a real estate tech unicorn

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Compass, a New York-based online platform for real estate purchases and rentals, has raised $100 million in Series E funding led by Fidelity at a $1.8 billion post-money valuation. Existing shareholders include Peter Thiel's Founders Fund and Joshua Kushner's Thrive Capital.

Bottom line: The valuation looks rich for what appears to be a real estate version of Casper or Blue Apron, companies that use software to augment, rather than disrupt, traditional (and profitability-challenged) business models. Particularly given that quasi-rival RedFin, which appears to have similar revenue, has a public market cap of $1.74 billion (albeit with a decade's head start, which likely is a key differentiator for Fidelity).

Go deeper with Bloomberg's Lizette Chapman: "It employs more than 2,000 agents, who take a percentage of the selling price and gives 15% to 30% to Compass. It lures the industry's top talent with lavish signing bonuses and specializes in high-margin, luxury homes in upscale, coastal markets. The much-touted technology is, according to several agents, not that different from what other brokers provide."

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Trump indulges Wall Street with Milken pardon

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Donald Trump loves Wall Street shenanigans. Companies owned by him have declared bankruptcy six different times, and he was once sued alongside Mike Milken for participating in a scheme to artificially inflate junk-bond prices.

Driving the news: Trump pardoned Milken this week, with an official statement positively gushing over Milken's role in developing the wilder side of fixed-income capital markets.

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Catch up on today's biggest news:

  1. Roger Stone sentenced to 40 months in prison
  2. Top NSC official reassigned to Energy Department amid "Anonymous" fallout
  3. Morgan Stanley to buy E*Trade in $13 billion deal
  4. Coronavirus slams companies' 2020 sales projections
  5. Black activist group gives its first presidential endorsement to Elizabeth Warren

Coronavirus kills 2 Diamond Princess passengers and South Korea sees first death

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. U.S. numbers include Americans extracted from Princess Cruise ship.

Two elderly Diamond Princess passengers have been killed by the novel coronavirus — the first deaths confirmed among the more than 600 infected aboard the cruise ship. South Korea also announced its first death Thursday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed more than 2,100 people and infected over 75,000 others, mostly in mainland China, where the National Health Commission announced 114 new deaths since Wednesday.

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