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Number Crunch

Blank-check companies are running out of viable companies to acquire

An illustration featuring the Number Crunch logo next to the text “370: The number of SPACs, or blank-check companies, that are actively looking for a target company to merge with and take public. Source: CNBC” over a background of a blank check.


Off Brand

The rebel boot persisted — even when no one was wearing shoes

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The Ticker

What you need to know about the buy-now-pay-later startup founded by PayPal veteran Max Levchin that went public today

PayPal co-founder and Affirm CEO Max Levchin makes a gesture while speaking on the show “Closing the Bell.”
PayPal co-founder and Affirm CEO Max Levchin. Photo: John Lamparski/Getty Images


Illustration: Maria Chimishkyan


Its valuation doubled and then doubled again in an IPO bonanza. But is it just a well-timed flash in the pan?

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The Ticker

In 2008, few believed the startup could convince people to open their homes to strangers. In 2020, they’re counting on it to rescue the travel industry.

The Airbnb iOS app download page is displayed on the Apple App store.
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Money Talks

A boom in blank-check IPOs is setting off alarms, but they solve a very real problem for some companies

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Illustration: Pablo Delcan

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