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Ted Livingston, CEO of messaging app Kik, spoke on stage at TechCrunch’s event in Shenzhen, China on Tuesday. Moderator Jon Russell asked him about why the company is doing an initial coin offering (ICO), a newly popularized method of fundraising.

As the U.K. began negotiating its so-called Brexit from the European Union on Monday, Germany's startup ecosystem is getting a major nod in the form of one of the year's most anticipated IPOs, Delivery Hero.

Snap, the company that runs Snapchat, opened on the New York Stock Exchange this morning at $24 per share. At that price, the company had a valuation of $33.6 billion,Investors Business Dailyreported. There was a large volume of shares being traded — more than 105 million, in fact.

Big news emerged from M&A land earlier this morning, when travel search giant Skyscanner revealed it had been acquired by one of China’s biggest online travel companies, Ctrip, in a deal worth £1.4 billion (USD$1.74 billion).

You often hear about the knockdown, drag-out debates, between CEOs and their investors about when a startup ought to go public, or indeed whether it should at all. During the recent past (as in the past 18 months), it was common to hear the argument that going public was too onerous for fast-growing startups. Far better to raise more money in the private markets than be subjected to public market strictures, the logic went — and, pushed to its extreme, why ever go public at all?

Many startup employees receive stock options from their employers as an incentive for helping the company launch and achieve success. Stock options allow employees to buy shares of their company's stock at a fixed price -- called the strike price. When employees exercise this option to buy, they pay the strike price regardless of the shares' actual market value at the time.

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Headquartered in Boston, Mitra Biotech supports personalized oncology therapy selection and drug development. Mitra, founded in 2010, maintains a significant research and laboratory presence in Bangalore, India. Mitra’s CANScript provides personalized responses to cancer care treatments. It recently raised $27.4 million in Series-B funding co-led by Sequoia India and Washington-based Sands Capital Ventures, and with participation from Boston-based RA Capital Management and existing investors Accel Partners and Tata Capital Innovations Fund.

Snap, the company formerly known as Snapchat, is reportedly looking to raise up to $4 billion when it files paperwork for its initial public offering (IPO). In doing so, the company could have a valuation of between $25 billion to $35 billion.

High growth is almost always cause for celebration, especially among company leaders and their investors. But no matter how well a business scales for expansion, some things get ignored. And those little things can quickly become big problems. Like indirect tax compliance. Growing companies face more tax risk (and scrutiny) that any other business.

Shanhai Capital has led a consortium to acquire Analogix Semiconductor for more than $500 million. The chip company makes semiconductors that enable high-resolution displays.