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Photo: Opendoor

Opendoor, a San Francisco startup that buys and sells homes, has raised $325 million in new funding led by General Atlantic, Access Technology Ventures, and home-builder Lennar.

Bottom line: Opendoor says that it's on track to purchase more than $2.5 billion worth of homes this year — up from a $1.3 billion run rate last October. But it doesn't disclose data on homes sold, and Opendoor's ability to profitably offload is viewed as a major risk factor.

Co-founder and CEO Eric Wu tells Axios that the staggering amount of equity funding ($645 million up to date) is to fuel company growth, not purchase new homes, which it finances via debt.

The deal: General Atlantic, Access Technology Ventures and Lennar co-led the round, and were joined by fellow new investors Andreessen Horowitz, Coatue Management, 10100 Fund, and Invitation Homes. Return backers include Norwest Venture Partners, Lakestar, GGV Capital, NEA, and Khosla Ventures.

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Biden's inauguration signals a great American reset

President Biden prepares to walk the abbreviated parade route in front of the White House after the inauguration. Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images

President Biden had exited his Cadillac with the new "46" license plates and was strolling a short stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue toward his new home when he spotted "Today" show weather legend Al Roker.

The big picture: Biden dropped Jill Biden's hand — no warning — and trotted over to the delighted Roker. POTUS gave Roker a fist bump and said, "Gotta keep doing this!" It was a very Joe moment in a day that was designed to signal a return to normality in a turbulent America.

Chuck Schumer is now majority leader as 3 new Democratic senators are sworn in

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is officially Senate majority leader after the inauguration of Vice President Kamala Harris and the swearing-in of new Sens. Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), Jon Ossoff (D-Ga.) and Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.).

Why it matters: With a 50-50 Senate, Schumer will control a narrow majority with Harris as the tie-breaking vote. Democratic control of the Senate is crucial to President Biden's agenda, from getting his coronavirus relief proposal passed to forgiving student debt.

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QAnon faces the music

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

Supporters of former President Donald Trump who thought he was about to stop the inauguration, seize power and crush his enemies were left blinking in the sunlight Wednesday as President Biden took the oath of office.

Why it matters: It's an inflection point for anyone who realizes they've been strung along by QAnon and related strands of pro-Trump magical thinking. They could either retreat from conspiracy theories or tumble deeper down the rabbit hole.