On Thursday, January 20th, Axios business editor Dan Primack and Axios Pro health tech reporter Erin Brodwin, retail reporter Richard Collings, and fintech reporter Ryan Lawler interviewed top business leaders to kickstart the Axios Pro Launch, featuring SoftBank Vision Fund CEO Rajeev Misra, Google Chief Health Officer Dr. Karen DeSalvo, Authentic Brands Group Founder, Chairman & CEO Jamie Salter, and Affirm Founder & CEO Max Levchin.
Axios Chief Business Officer Fabricio Drumond outlined Axios Pro’s mission to provide in-depth coverage on deal-making news across the retail, fintech and health tech sectors, with plans to expand into additional verticals later this year.
Rajeev Misra analyzed recent patterns in increasing private market valuations, how his investment business changes in response to market trends, and remaining competitive while exercising price discipline.
Dr. Karen DeSalvo highlighted how lessons learned have informed changes in her business decisions, what “integration” across platforms and partners means in practice, and the process of integrating acquisitions into existing core products.
Jamie Salter described how the pandemic is affecting retail, why his company chose private equity investment over going public, and three key strategies to get the best value out of brand acquisitions.
Max Levchin highlighted his company’s recent experience going public, trends in the fintech space surrounding public and private valuations, and his company’s success with the “buy now, pay later” concept.
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