Rideshare giant Lyft set its IPO price per share at $72 ahead of its NASDAQ debut this morning, raising $2.3 billion at a $24 billion valuation. This is the largest technology IPO since Snap, which was valued at $33 billion when it went public in 2017.
In cloud startup news Microsoft this week released patents to 500 startups as part of an expansion to its Azure IP Advantage program. In an effort to help prevent Azure users from experiencing patent theft, Microsoft is protecting customers qualified startups within the LOT network (whose members include Lyft, Amazon, Netflix, and other giants) who are building IoT solutions.
Elsewhere in the world of cloud computing, AWS announced that it will build a Latin American Infrastructure in Colombia. The location will be aimed at teaching 2,000 students about cloud computing as well as deliver data, videos and applications at high speeds to end users.
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Continue reading below for more on Lyft’s IPO, Microsoft’s patent protection program and AWS’s new location in Colombia.
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In the News…
Lyft Sets IPO Price
Lyft priced shares in its initial public offering at $72 this morning, the high end of the range, valuing the company at $24 billion.
The 32.5 million shares issued began trading today under the ticker LYFT. Over the past two years Lyft has added 17% of the total US market to its share, now capturing 39% with Uber as its biggest competitor, according to the S-1 filing. Early investors include Floodgate, K9 Ventures, Mayfield Fund, and Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund. Lyft’s President, John Zimmer, stated “Investors were excited to be part of this story because they saw there is a massive shift coming from owned vehicles to transportation as a service.”
Uber is expected to release its S-1 filing and go public next month.
Microsoft Launches Patent Protection Program
Microsoft announced a new initiative offering Azure users patent protection from trolls.
Customers using Azure to build IoT solutions have access to 10,000 patents as a resource protecting against intellectual property lawsuits. Microsoft will also be donating 500 patents to LOT Network startups, an organization which includes companies like Amazon, Facebook, Google, SAP, Lyft and Uber among the nearly 400 member businesses. This network was created to offer companies patent protection by way of access to a vast library of patents from member companies as well as additional sources.
Microsoft CVP and Deputy General Counsel Erich Andersen stated of the program, “The LOT Network is really committed to helping address the proliferation of intellectual property lawsuits, especially ones that are brought by non-practicing entities, or so-called trolls.”
AWS Opens Latin American Location
Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced this week that it will open an infrastructure location in Colombia to train 2,000 students in cloud computing.
Jeffrey Kratz, AWS’ General Public Sector Manager for Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada, stated that the company will partner with Colombia’s public technical education institute to train students in cloud technology. In addition to the public initiative, as AWS’ fourth Latin American location, the infrastructure will help deliver data, videos and applications to end-users at higher speeds. According to Kratz, Amazon is aiming to support the development of digital infrastructure to help entrepreneurs build large-scale projects.
Amazon is reportedly planning to continue to invest in Colombia.
Until Next Week,
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