🛍 The largest SPAC merger ever

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 by Robinhood Snacks | Disclosures
_When you don't have a $2K workout mirror_

When you don't have a $2K workout mirror

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Stocks hit all-time highs yesterday (again). Inflation jumped higher than expected in March, but investors shrugged that off to focus on recovery.

1. Super-app Grab is going public in the biggest SPAC merger ever

SPAC at it again... Singapore-based Grab is going public on the Nasdaq by merging with a SPAC (a public company that exists only to acquire others... and then become them). Grab will notch a ~$40B valuation, making it the largest SPAC merger in history. It'll also be the largest US equity offering by a Southeast Asian company. Grab started as a ride-hail platform, but now it's a claaassic Super-app...

  • Super-app: Think Uber, DoorDash, Venmo, and Amazon... all in one. Grab is the top ride-hail and delivery app in Southeast Asia, and offers digital wallets and financial services.
  • Swiss army knife: Book a car, order a salad and floss for home delivery, pay for coffee in-store, send money, and buy insurance...all in Grab.

You can leave the chat... but you can't leave the app. Mega-apps like Grab are widely used in Asia (the convenience factor is next-level). But along with that convience comes a 360° insight into your daily life: A single app can know what you’re buying, where you're going, who you’re dating, what you’re chatting about, and your Bulldog's entire life story (think: Google X 10).

  • China is leading super-app innovation with WeChataka: the app for everything. Other notable Chinese mega-apps: Alipay, Alibaba, and Baidu. The question isn't "what can they do?" but "what can't they do?"

The future of apps is unified... Grab's massive SPAC highlights the value in mega-app platforms. And American companies have been leaning deeper into super-app territory: Facebook unified its payment tools, launched shopping in Insta, and integrated messaging across its apps. Uber launched food delivery, e-scooters, and public transit. And food delivery apps like DoorDash have expanded into "delivery everything." All-in-one platforms are a goldmine for advertisers, and super convenient for users. But that comes at a cost: bigger privacy and regulatory concerns.


YouTube on, mat out, Target mirror up... For many of us, it's the go-to setup for home workouts. Not for Tempo: the AI-powered home gym company just raised a muscular $220M in funding.

  • Tempo Studio: This $2.5K contraption looks like a giant iPhone mixed with a West Elm cabinet — sleek. It includes "over $1K of premium weights" inside (#flex). But when it's off, it looks like furniture.
  • Smart tracking: Tempo captures your movements as you lift and squat through classes, while its AI "coach" gives you instant feedback on-screen.

Equinox is paging you... Home fitness companies were corona-conomy thrivers. Tempo says it grew 10X last year. Mirror, a $1.5K fitness screen that doubles as a mirror, was acquired by Lululemon for a whopping $500M. Peloton's 2020 sales nearly doubled from 2019 (and its stock nearly 6X'd in a year).

  • With vaccines rolling out and gyms reopening, you'd think Tempo's customers would be part way to SoulCycle by now. Some might expect home fitness to shrink.
  • Not VC investors: Tempo isn't the only one raising big $$$. Tonal, another expensive workout screen company, raised $250M just last month.

Work(out)-from-Home is here to stay... At least, in part. People have become conditioned to their home workout routines. Going back to commuting, searching for parking, and sweating in public would be a change of habit. And with restrictions still in place at gyms, many are choosing to sweat from the comfort of their homes. According to a recent McKinsey study, 68% of people who worked out at home during the pandemic plan to stick with it. Venture capital investors seem to believe this, too.

What else we’re Snackin’
  • Vax: The FDA asked states to temporarily halt using J&J's Covid vax after six people in the US developed a rare blood-clotting disorder.
  • Unstitched: Stitch Fix stock dropped on news that its founder Katrina Lake is stepping down as CEO. She’s staying involved as exec chair.
  • Epic: Fortnite-maker Epic games raised fresh cash at a huge $29B valuation (and it still has beef with Apple).
  • Warned: China's regulator warned WeChat-owner Tencent and dozens of others to stop using banned practices, after fining Alibaba $2.8B.
  • iRSVP: Apple is expected to drop new products at its April 20 press event, including new iPads (and possibly AirTags).
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