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See the pitch deck that landed this Y Combinator startup more than $3 million in funding before they took the stage at the accelerator’s famed Demo Day

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Glide, a startup that automatically turns spreadsheets into functional mobile apps, announced $3.6 million in seed funding on Tuesday.  First Round Capital led the round, which was secured before the Glide team pitched at Y Combinator’s Winter 2019 Demo Day. Glide cofounder David Siegel told Business Insider that his team used the same deck they...
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Wall Street pros and everyday investors have dramatically different views on the market. Here’s why the chief strategist at Charles Schwab says that could spell deep trouble for stocks.

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Data suggests that there’s a growing split between some of the most experienced investors on Wall Street and the least. According to statistics from SentimenTrader, hedge funds and institutional investors are growing more pessimistic about stocks while retail investors are getting more optimistic. Liz Ann Sonders, chief investment strategist for Charles Schwab, says that when...
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Best Western rolled out a new boutique hotel in 2018 that promotes modern design and wellness. I spent $112 on a room in Kentucky — and it exceeded my expectations in more ways than one.

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GLo is Best Western’s new boutique hotel brand, focused on “hip” design and wellness amenities. The first Best Western GLo opened in Texas at the end of 2018, and seven more have opened in 2019. I spent a night at a Best Western GLo on a recent work trip to Lexington, Kentucky, in a $112-a-night king...
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Beyond Meat’s CEO isn’t selling any of his shares anytime soon — and thinks the company could grow to be worth $40 billion

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Beyond Meat CEO Ethan Brown told Bloomberg news that he’s focused on the long term and isn’t selling his shares anytime soon after their recent sell-off. The stock rose as much as 8% Wednesday, following a 24% single-day plunge spurred by the expiration of the company’s post-initial public offering lockup period. Investors concerns that increased...
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Investors are demanding to trade hundreds of bonds by the bundle, fueling an arms race among Wall Street giants who want a piece of the action

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Credit portfolio trading has exploded in 2019, according to Wall Street executives. Investors are flocking toward the tool, and trading firms can facilitate it, as a way to exchange large, diverse bundles of bonds all at once with the help of algorithms and ETFs. Wall Street’s top fixed-income trading banks have experienced enormous growth in...
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Open Banking 101: How Financial Institutions Can Take Advantage of a Global Movement

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Open banking, which has been implemented in the U.K., involves sharing customers’ financial information electronically and securely, but only under conditions that customers approve. Open banking forces lenders to offer a digital “fire hose” of data that any third party can use to get standardised access — provided the startup is registered with the UK...
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Sundar Pichai, Marc Andreessen, and other Silicon Valley leaders paid tribute to late Sequoia Capital founder Don Valentine

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Sequoia Capital founder Don Valentine died on Friday at age 87, the firm said. Valentine was widely considered one of the preeminent figures in Silicon Valley’s tech industry, and his firm is one of the most successful and most enduring venture firms today. Valentine was known for asking aspiring founders “Who cares?” in response to...
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Southwest is making it harder to earn the Companion Pass in 2020 — here’s how to adjust your credit card strategy

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Southwest offers its most frequent flyers the Companion Pass. This benefit lets you bring a friend or family member along on all Southwest flights, for only the cost of taxes and fees. Earning the Companion Pass has historically required earning 110,000 qualifying points or completing 100 qualifying flight segments in a year, but starting in...
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