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Tencent Music Entertainment Set to List on Hong Kong Stock Exchange in Coming Days

It has been reported that Tencent Music Entertainment will be performing a secondary listing in Hong Kong in the coming days.

China’s TME, home to three of the country’s leading music streaming services; QQ Music, Kugou and Kuwo.

The secondary listing plan was announced by TME Executive Chairman Cussion Pang alongside the firm’s Q4 2021 and FY 2021 results.

This will be a very big listing for the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

“We are pursuing a secondary listing on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange through a listing by way of introduction (which is a direct listing without any offering of new shares), subject to regulatory approvals,” said Pang.

It will be interesting to see in the coming year if TME also decides to keep their NYSE listing or whether they decide to pull out of the US market.

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Business Music

Kobalt Sells to Francisco Partners (Private Equity) – Loss for Independent Music Industry

It was announced a few days ago that Kobalt has sold to private equity firm – Francisco Partners.

The acquisition was price around $750 million and Francisco Partners acquired 90% of Kobalt. The remaining 10% will be split between Matt Pincus’s MUSIC, plus Dundee Partners and also Willard Ahdritz (founder of Kobalt). (Pincus will join the Board of Kobalt post the deal closing.)

Kobalt has always been the poster child of the independent music industry for music publishing rights. It’s a huge shame to see them sell to private equity instead of trying to push on further and remain an independent firm.

Over time it will be interesting to see if Francisco Partners decides to hold on to Kobalt or look to further offload the assets as they appreciate in value.

Either way… Kobalt has had amazing success over the years and its great to see them in a position where they could potentially grow even further.

p.s. Im very bullish on AMRA

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Business Tech

Private Investing vs Public Investing = Tale of Failed IPOs

I posted this on Twitter, but thought I would also share on here as it really showed the difference between private investing and public investing.

Some companies that have market caps less than the total money they have raised:

Bird ($120M mkt cap vs $1.2B raised)

Wish ($810M mkt cap vs $2.9B raised)

WeWork ($2.8B mkt cap vs $16.2B raised)

Lyft ($5.1B mkt cap vs $7.3B raised)

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Cash App Marketing Strategy – Bring in the Hip Hop Culture

I came across this post by – Dan Runcie (Trapital). Great read and started to make a lot of sense in combination with Square (Cash App owners) also buying Tidal.

Research also via – Ark Invest – https://ark-invest.com/articles/analyst-research/squares-cash-app-twitter/

For years, Cash App lagged behind Venmo. But that was before it teamed up with rappers as influencers. Here’s how hip-hop helped Cash App become a $73B+ business.

When Cash App launched in 2013, it was very buttoned-up.

Users needed phone numbers or emails to transfer money. There was no social element. It lost money with every new sign-up.

But in 2015, Cash App introduced $cashtags. In 2017, it followed up with Bitcoin trading just before it hit its first $20k high. The timing was perfect.

With its crypto users generating 3x more revenue than non-crypto users, Cash App wanted to double down on its influence.

At the time, Cash App started getting more shoutouts in rap songs. The company wasn’t sure why, but Block, Cash App’s parent company, locked in on one of the more successful influencer campaigns in recent years.

In May 2018, Cash App teamed up with Lil’ B. That August, Travis Scott came on board. And in December of that year, Snoop Dogg was its newest partner.

With Cash App as a sponsor, these artists gave away $100-$500 to fans who posted their $cashtag under their posts.

Cash App’s hip-hop influencer giveaways worked for four reasons:

1. Low customer acquisition cost (CAC)

2. Free money is always an easy sell

3. This was the first time hip-hop fans were the target audience for a financial service

4. It built on its existing popularity

Let’s break those down.

1. Low CACs

ARK Invest had a great breakdown on how Cash App’s hip-hop influencer tactics drop its CAC to be as low as $20 per user.

As a comparison, traditional banks spend $925 per user.

2. Free money is an easy sell

In 2019, the company spent an estimated $60k on Cash App Fridays, an investment that paid for itself many times over. Cash App Fridays became an awareness-building tactic in itself.

3. Reaching different customers

Cash App’s user base is strongest in the South and the Midwest of the US, which aligns with the regions where many hip-hop fans live.

Historically, these regions also get ignored by traditional banks.

By targeting these areas, Cash App took an approach opposite to most startups who instead focus on their “early adopter” coastal elite networks in NY, SF, LA, and DC.

Unlike Venmo, which relied on Ivy League students and alumni for initial growth.

4. Built on existing popularity

Cash App has now been name-dropped by 200+ hip-hop artists.

Sponsoring artists to give away hundreds of thousands led to more peer-to-peer transactions, which attracted more of its most profitable demographic, Bitcoin investors.

Cash App leaned into its popularity even more when it launched Cash App Studios in 2021 to bankroll artists and other creatives.

Cash App has achieved every modern brand’s dream: To become part of the ‘culture’ without appropriating it.

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Business Finance

Paula Volent: US is in a Bear Market!

Paula Volent sat down with David Rubenstein to talk about the US economy and stocks now being in a Bear Market.

Paula Volent is now the chief investment officer of Rockefeller University.

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Business Music

Beggars Music Group Financials for 2021 – Revenues up 29.7% Year on Year

Beggars Music Group had a strong 2021 (as they have just released their numbers in a filing on UK Companies House).

Beggars Group generated GBP 79.98 million in 2021 – which was up 29.7% year on year.

This figure includes Beggars’ share of various joint venture businesses including XL Recordings, Matador and Rough Trade, in each of which Beggars owns 50%.

Beggars is a huge player in independent music market and it’s great to see that they are still growing strong and getting a strong slice of the market.

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Business Tech

How Dharmesh Shah Built a $90,000/Month App Side Hustle In 48 Hours

Im a huge fan of Dharmesh Shah – who is the CTO of Hubspot. Dharmesh loved Wordle so much that he build an app that was based off the popular game but with some key twists. Its a great story and really worth watching him explain this in the above video.

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Business

Creating a Brand is Hard and It Takes at Least 5 Years!

The other day we official launched RouteNote Create under the RouteNote umbrella.

RouteNote Create was originally intended to be a standalone product – but I learnt a lot about starting a brand over the past 12 months and it is getting harder and harder with time to build meaningful brands online. The landscape and places you need to be visible are getting larger and larger and it’s very difficult trying to keep them all up to date and heading in the same direction with the same branding, tone of voice and message.

Note to self – If you are going to build a brand – then make sure it focuses on a new customer type and expect it to take at least 5 years to really show fruit!

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Business

Im Tired of YouTube Investment “Gurus”

There are so many investment “gurus” on YouTube and it simply just feels like this is now a step above a used car salesman!

Here is a very good example – Investment Advice! When he simply just adds his money into a very basic Vanguard ETF based off the S&P500.

This is probably as far as it gets from someone who should actually be giving investment advice!

What you really should be watching is video interviews from Warren Buffett – and then also spending a huge amount of time reading and working out your own way to value companies and their intrinsic value.

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Business Finance Tech

Fidelity Investments Slashing Valuations on Reddit, Stripe, Bytedance and Instacart

It seems like private market valuations for startups are getting slashed because of overall economic outlooks. In the past few months we have seen heavy declines in the public markets and now the private markets are following behind.

Fidelity Investments is cutting some of its portfolio company valuations.

  • Reddit valuation is down by more than a third.
  • Stripe valuation is down by about 13%
  • Bytedance valuation is down by 13%
  • Instacart is valued at half of its value from last year.

These are only private valuations inside of Fidelity and this was back in April – so its expected that these valuations have dropped even more since then.

It’s a tough time economically for everyone!

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Business Video

Why Dont More People Invest Like Warren Buffett?

This pretty much sums up his whole approach in about a 1 minute video.

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Business Cryptocurrency Tech

Coinbase Very Close to Acquiring Brazils Largest Crypto Exchange – Mercado Bitcoin

Report came out today that Coinbase (COIN) is currently in talks to acquire 2TMM, owner of Mercado Bitcoin, Brazil’s largest crypto exchange.

Mercado Bitcoin has reached 3.2 million customers in 2021, of which 1.1 million were added last year, with a trading volume of $7.1 billion in 2021.

Why it matters:

This gives Coinbase a very strong position in a market in which they have been struggling to gain traction. Brazil and South America overall is going to be a very important market in future for cyptocurrencies.

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Business Cryptocurrency

Katie Haun – Launches Haun Ventures with $1.5 billion in Capital to Invest in Crypto Startups

Katie Haun (who was previously at a16z as the head of their crypto investments division) has started her own venture firm focused on the crypto market and has raised $1.5 billion.

The capital, the largest ever for a solo female founder-led venture, is split across two funds, with the first $500M tranche set out for backing early-stage startups. The remaining $1B “accelerator” fund will focus on late-stage well-established firms across Web3.

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SWIFT Network Restrictions Could Cripple Russia in the Ukraine War

I came across this information about SWIFT network posted the other day. This could have a very big impact on the Russian and Ukraine war and instead of trying to put it in my own words I thought I would repost it.


Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Western governments have dropped heavy sanctions on Russian banks, companies, and elites—including President Vladimir Putin himself.

But they’ve yet to move forward with what’s been called the “nuclear option”: banning Russia from using SWIFT.

What is SWIFT?

Belgium’s Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications (SWIFT) runs a messaging service that facilitates transactions across 11,000+ financial institutions globally. Think of it as the “Gmail of global banking.”

Entities in every country except North Korea use SWIFT to shuffle trillions of dollars’ worth of funds across borders. And Russia is a SWIFT power user—as a major supplier of energy and other goods, it ranks sixth globally for payment messages sent on SWIFT. So if Russia were cut off from SWIFT, “the nation would essentially be severed from much of the global financial system,” the NYT wrote.

Thing is, not everyone’s prepared for that

While the UK and Ukraine are trying to boot Russia from the global group chat, the US and some EU nations are a little more hesitant. Here’s why:

  1. They’re not ready to go full James Franco in 127 Hours. Their citizens still use Russian energy to keep the lights on, so shutting down Russia’s Gmail account would essentially force financial communications onto a janky platform like 1990s-era AOL, resulting in a colossal headache for everyone involved.
  2. Another worry for the US is how blocking Russia from SWIFT would impact the dominance of the US dollar in the longer term. The US enjoys many benefits from the dollar’s status as the world’s reserve currency, and US officials are concerned that booting Russia from SWIFT would spur Moscow to join up with Beijing and develop alternative payment systems (on the blockchain, for instance) that undermine the dollar.

Of course, workarounds to SWIFT already exist, which is another reason why some sanctions experts say that blocking SWIFT access is an overrated tool for punishing Russia. You could do it, but you might be creating more problems for yourself in the process.

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Business Cryptocurrency

OpenSea Launches OpenSea Ventures – Investing in Startups around the NFT Ecosystem

Opensea have just announced their own Venture fund, Opensea Ventures. The fund will seek investments in startups working in domains such as NFTs, DeFi, blockchain, and others. OpenSea co-founder Alex Attalah will lead the venture fund. 

The fund will focus on startups that produce NFTs, create NFT protocols, produce blockchain and metaverse games, and develop NFT analytics. 

This seems like a natural next step to build out an ecosystem fast and potentially tie down some assets for exclusive sale in the Opensea platform.

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Business Tech

Apple Will Allow iPhones to Accept Contactless Payments by NFC

Apple is reportedly going to allow iPhones to start accepting contactless payments. This is huge news!

It will dramatically affect any card company and how they collect their fees – as well as companies like Square and other POS services.

Apple has reporting been working on this service since 2020, when it purchased a Canadian startup called Mobeewave. Mobeewave’s technology only needs an app and the phone’s NFC to work.

I expect that Apple will roll out such a service as part of Apple Pay.

Game changer!

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Business Cryptocurrency Tech

China Blockchain Services Network to Launch NFT Minting and Marketplace Service in China

It has been announced that China’s state-backed Blockchain Services Network (BSN) will soft launch infrastructure for NFTs in China.

BSN said the infrastructure, known as BSN-Distributed Digital Certificates (BSN-DDC), would offer “a diverse, transparent, credible and reliable” one-stop-shop for businesses to mint and manage their own NFTs without relying on cryptocurrencies, which are banned in China.

This will be a very interesting experiment from the Chinese Government as the vast majority of NFTs in the world at the moment are based off the Ethereum network.

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Business Cryptocurrency Tech

Does Audius Pay Artists, Musicians and Record Labels for Streams?

No.

Audius has been live for over 3 years now and it is still yet to have a full payment system for artists and record labels.

Audius provide tokens to 5 top artists each week, but that has little to no value for any artist that is going to use their platform with the hopes of reaching more fans and making money from their music.

This feels like it is a completely dead project – even though they have over $1 billion stakes in the platform with a market cap of now less than $500 million.

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Business Cryptocurrency Tech Video

Best Blockchain, Cryptocurrency and NFT Explanation Videos I Have Seen – Well Worth the Watch

This has to be one of the most interesting Blockchain, Cryptocurrency and NFT video I have ever seen. It runs through a huge amount of topics and structures and explains them in a very simple way.

After watching the video – there are some points that stand out as great points and others which are kind of irrelevant.

Even after the first 10 minutes there are points in which the previous financial bubble seems to be the exact same structure as what is occuring with NFTs at present. Interesting.

However, this is REALLY WORTH THE WATCH

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Business Sports Video

On Running – Is This the Sports Version of Allbirds? Already Triple The Size of Allbirds

I came across On Running when Roger Federer invested in the company. I have done a bit of research into the founder and the company in the past and they seem to be driving in the right direction on all fronts.

On Running is listed on the NASDAQ market in the US under the ticker – ONON. The company is already selling over $650 million worth of shoes per year (which is three times larger than Allbirds at approximately $250 million).

This videos provides a good breakdown of the company, its founder and its history.

Im very bullish on On. It has a lot potential and could move into many markets.