Oct 12, 2017

Magic Leap raises big new funding round

Illustration courtesy of Magic Leap

Augmented reality startup Magic Leap is raising upwards of $1 billion in new venture capital funding, according to a Delaware regulatory filing unearthed by CB Insights. It would be Series D stock sold at $27 per share, which is a 17.2% bump from Series C shares issued in the summer of 2016.

Bottom line: Magic Leap still hasn't come out with a commercial product, having repeatedly missed expected release dates. But investors must still like what they see down in Ft. Lauderdale, given that they keep plugging in more money at increased valuations.

Digging in: Multiple sources tell Axios that the deal is closed, although we do not know exactly how much was raised. The Delaware filing is only a stock authorization, which means the Florida-based company may actually raise less. Bloomberg had reported last month that Magic Leap was raising $500 million at around a $5.5 billion pre-money valuation, with new investors expected to include Singapore's Temasek Holdings. One source suggests the final numbers should be close to what Bloomberg reported.

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Here's the growing dilemma for 2020 Democrats vying for a one-on-one showdown with frontrunner Bernie Sanders: Do they have the guts — and the money — to first stop Mike Bloomberg?

Why it matters: Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren all must weigh the costs of punching Bloomberg where he looks most vulnerable: stop-and-frisk, charges of sexism, billionaire entitlement. The more zealous the attacks, the greater the risk he turns his campaign ATM against them.

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Average economic growth under President Trump has outpaced the growth under Barack Obama, but not all of his recent predecessors.

Why it matters: GDP is the most comprehensive economic scorecard — and something presidents, especially Trump, use as an example of success. And it's especially relevant since Trump is running for re-election on his economic record.

Coronavirus cases rise as 14 American evacuees infected

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's NHC; Note: China refers to mainland China and the Diamond Princess is the cruise ship offshore Yokohama, Japan. Map: Danielle Alberti/Axios

14 Americans evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship tested positive for the novel coronavirus before being flown in a "specialist containment" on a plane repatriating U.S. citizens back home, the U.S. government said early Monday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 1,770 people and infected almost 70,000 others. Most cases and all but five of the deaths have occurred in mainland China. Taiwan confirmed its first death on Sunday, per multiple reports, in a 61-year-old man with underlying health conditions. Health officials were investigating how he became ill.

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