Good morning. It’s a cold begin to February right here in New York, the place an excessive nor’easter is anticipated to dump a foot of snow on town as temperatures hover within the higher 20s.
Equally, the maelstrom round Robinhood and the so-called memestocks (ahem, GameStop) continued swirling over the weekend.
The inventory buying and selling app has drawn criticism and (unproven) accusations of collusion with institutional traders over its pausing the shopping for of shares in firms together with GameStop and AMC final week. And in what felt like a weird collision of some multiverse, Tesla CEO Elon Musk spoke with Robinhood CEO Vlad Tenev on Clubhouse late Sunday over Robinhood’s choice.
It began out as a Good Time present interview of Musk himself, although Tenev’s entry quickly turned Musk into the interviewer. “Did one thing shady go down right here?” the Tesla CEO requested at one level.
Tenev denied any shadiness and, when requested why Robinhood had paused shopping for, blamed his clearinghouse, the Nationwide Securities Clearing Corp., for ramping up its wanted collateral to about $3 billion on account of higher volatility and focus in sure securities. That quantity was later negotiated down, Tenev mentioned, to about $1.4 billion.
Musk additionally requested about Robinhood’s relationship to the market maker Citadel Securities. In a precursor to what’s going to probably be his response to Washington’s scrutiny of the connection, Tenev responded: “There was a rumor that Citadel and different market makers pressured us. And that’s simply false.”
It’s been a battle to seek out precision within the meteorological forecasts: Nationwide and native information websites instructed something between 4 inches to almost twenty-two toes of snow. It’s additionally laborious to guess how the blustery winds from each public opinion and Congress will impression Robinhood in the long run.
However for now, within the many levels of this GameStop saga, Clubhouse and its large investor—Andreessen Horowitz—are certainly feeling the wind in their sails. The interview of Musk and subsequent dialog with Tenev introduced within the crowds (no matter if it was, to an extent, deliberate): 5,000 listeners and over 121,000 views on this one livestream.
A16z led each Clubhouse’s Sequence A and B and is making an attempt to construct out its personal media empire. The newest Clubhouse dialog reveals a glimpse of not solely the app’s potential, but in addition the enterprise agency’s technique for constructing it out.
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