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Champion Breweries Plc (CHAMPB.ng) HY2016 Interim Report

first_imgChampion Breweries Plc (CHAMPB.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Beverages sector has released it’s 2016 interim results for the half year.For more information about Champion Breweries Plc (CHAMPB.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Champion Breweries Plc (CHAMPB.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Champion Breweries Plc (CHAMPB.ng)  2016 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileChampion Breweries Plc is an established brewery in Nigeria manufacturing Champion Lager Beer and Champ Malta as well as a selection on non-alcoholic beverages. The company also brews and packages products under contract to Nigerian Breweries Plc. The main brands in its product portfolio are Champion Lager Beer and Champ Malta. Champ Malta is a flavoured beer with a golden colour and distinct aroma. The company has undergone a number of name changes; established as South East Breweries Limited, the name changed to Cross River Breweries Limited and thereafter to Champion Breweries Limited which was later changed to Champion Breweries Plc. In 2011, Consolidated Breweries acquired a 57% equity stake in Champion Breweries which was originally held by Montgomery Ventures Inc (Panama). In 2013, Raysun Nigeria Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Heineken, purchased Consolidated Breweries and now holds a majority equity stake in Champion Breweries Plc. The company’s head office is in Akwa Ibon state, Nigeria. Champion Breweries Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Pittsburgh parish marks its role in radio history

first_img A section of the January 2, 1921, bulletin of Calvary Episcopal Church, Pittsburgh. The service was the first-ever to be broadcast on the brand new medium of radio.[Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh] It was the first Sunday in 1921. While Pittsburgh’s Calvary Episcopal Church started its day in typical fashion with Holy Communion and Morning Prayer, it would later hold an evening service unlike anything that had ever taken place before.“An interesting arrangement has been made for tonight’s service,” Calvary’s then rector, the Rev. Edwin Jan van Etten, wrote in the parish bulletin. He noted that the International Radio Company (part of Westinghouse Electric) had installed wireless equipment in the church, and that the hymns and sermon to be preached by his associate, the Rev. Lewis Bliss Whittemore, would be “flashed for a radius of more than a thousand miles through space!”Thus, Calvary came to host and officiate the first religious service ever broadcast to the world.Westinghouse’s KDKA radio station had just become the first in the country to begin broadcasting a mere two months earlier. And it had never originated a program outside of its own studios until that night at Calvary.Calvary’s weekly presence on KDKA would last for more than 40 years. The station’s “clear-channel” license allowed it to broadcast at 50,000 watts on a frequency that was not shared with any other station. That meant its programs could be heard in much of the eastern and central United States, and if atmospheric conditions were right, well beyond.Calvary’s national prominence grew, as did the profiles of its clergy. Whittemore would later become Bishop of Western Michigan. Van Etten headed to Boston to serve as dean of the cathedral. He was succeeded by the Rev. Arthur Kinsolving, himself a former dean and future bishop. Calvary would attract rectors from the likes of the Rev. Sam Shoemaker, who helped established Alcoholics Anonymous, and in more recent times, the Rev. Dr. Harold T. Lewis. The current rector, the Rev. Jonathon W. Jensen, was the dean of Trinity Cathedral in Little Rock.Notable guests would also grace Calvary’s pulpit over the years. The church has hosted several presiding bishops, former Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey, and the Nobel Peace Prize winner, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu of South Africa.On Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021 – exactly one hundred years plus one day after that groundbreaking Evening Prayer – Calvary commemorated its role in broadcast history. The 11 a.m. Eucharist featured the music played during its 1921 inaugural broadcast and Jensen preached about the anniversary.Just as it did a century ago, Calvary’s service went out to the entire world, although this time using the modern technology of live streaming over the Internet. Calvary has been streaming its services and parish life regularly since the onset of the Covid pandemic, and the church is now permanently equipped with five video cameras that are fully integrated with the audio system.The Jan. 3 commemoration can be accessed through the parish website at www.calvarypgh.org/live or on its Facebook page www.facebook.com/CalvaryEpiscopalChurch.Additional material, including the full Jan. 2, 1921 service leaflet, appears in the December edition of Calvary’s newsletter, Agape. 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Join The Apopka Voice team: Sales Manager needed

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your comment! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 The Anatomy of Fear TAGSDigital Sales ExecutiveOffice ManagerThe Apopka Voice Previous articleApopka Burglary ReportNext articleFaster emergency responses? There’s an app for that… Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Bring your digital sales savvy to The Apopka Voice The Apopka Voice is expanding.In just over two years our innovative online news site has published over 4,600 articles, has over 5,800 Facebook likes and averages between 40,000-50,000 unique visitors per month.The Apopka Voice serves as the premier provider of daily local news in the Apopka community. Our content is timely and relevant and our online readers are engaged, loyal visitors.And now we are looking for a digital sales manager who wants to expand with us. We want you to build a business.Your role at The Apopka Voice will be to:Develop strategic advertising and marketing solutions that meet the unique needs of each clientAct as a digital marketing consultant to local businessesBuilding and maintain relationships with new and existing clientsMeet and exceed monthly sales goalsBuild a sales teamThe right person for this role will have:Strong and collaborative presence to work as a partner to any businessDemonstrated success in business developmentThe ability to adapt to our unique product and digital strategiesA thorough understanding of digital advertising (display, rich media, push e-mail, native, SEM, SEO and social media, etc.).Preference is given to candidates with a thorough understanding of the Apopka business market and to digital ad sales experienceWith experience, this can be a salary plus commission opportunity that is a full-time position. Part-time commission based positions are available as well. Experience is preferred, but not necessary. We are an equal opportunity employer.Call 407/437-5654 or email your resume to [email protected] to set up an interview. Please enter your name here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address herelast_img read more

Quade Cooper no-look kick ahead sets up try on Toulon debut

first_imgSunday Nov 8, 2015 Quade Cooper no-look kick ahead sets up try on Toulon debut Quade Cooper had a quiet World Cup but took center stage again yesterday as he made his debut for powerhouse European outfit, Toulon. Cooper impressed with his usual tricks, which included setting up this lovely try with a neat no-look dab through.Cooper guided his new team to an emphatic 58-8 win over Montpellier in his first Top 14 showing on Saturday. It wasn’t all plain sailing though, as he also threw a loose pass that resulted in an intercept try for Julien Malzieu.It was Montpellier’s only try of the day, while former Reds flyer Lachie Turner scored a brace, with the second of his two coming from this very neatly executed grubber through by Cooper.Winger Josua Tuisova picked up a hat-trick, as Cooper enjoyed some space to free up the backs while the likes of Matt Giteau, Drew Mitchell, Bryan Habana and Frederic Michalak watched on.“I’m very excited to be here and to start off with a win like that you can only dream of,”  Cooper told AFP. “Personally I’ve been in some big games, but that was very special.”“As a team we had ambitions and the goal to go out there and win with a bonus point. The way we went about that was to play a hard game at the start and then use the backs. I’m not saying it was a surprise but it was something we worked all week to achieve.”Cooper touched on being disappointed to only play one game for the Wallabies at the World Cup, as the form of Bernard Foley kept him off the park.“I was disappointed not to play more at the World Cup. I’d been training for 12 weeks to play games so I was keen to come here as soon as possible to play.“It was very special to experience my first game for Toulon in an atmosphere that is unique.”Former Northampton Saints lock Samu Manoa scored his first try for the club, while former England flanker Steffon Armitage also crossed as Toulon racked up eight tries in total.You can see the try here, and below that, a short compilation of Cooper’s highlights on debut and then a full highlights wrap from the match.credits: bucks tv, rugbyxv, bowserx4ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Great Tries Related Articles 26 WEEKS AGO Incredible athleticism for sensational try… 26 WEEKS AGO ARCHIVE: Suntory score amazing try to upset… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: All 12 tries from EPIC Bristol-Clermont… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyWrinkle Remedy Stuns TV Judges: Forget Surgery, Do This Once DailySmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Charity Commission warns charities of diary fundraising scams

first_imgCharity Commission warns charities of diary fundraising scams The Commission’s report will shortly be available for download at no charge from its Web site. Tagged with: Trading The Charity Commission has warned trustees to tread warily before allowing publishing companies to use their charity’s name in marketing activities.The warning follows the Commission’s investigation into publishing companies which say they will fundraise on behalf ofspecific charities, usually by selling advertising in a diary, calendar or other publication. The Commission’s report, “Charities and publishing companies”, shows that some companies charge up to £700 for advertising space “but pass as little as 6% on to the charity.”The Commission is also concerned that some publishing companies use overly aggressive and even illegal selling tactics, which can tarnish the reputations of the charities that they claim to be supporting. Advertisement  24 total views,  1 views today Howard Lake | 6 December 2003 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

CFPB vs. PHH—An Unexpected Conclusion

first_img Tagged with: BCFP Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection CFPB Mick Mulvaney PHH Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Share Save Related Articles Home / Daily Dose / CFPB vs. PHH—An Unexpected Conclusion Subscribe Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago CFPB vs. PHH—An Unexpected Conclusion Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Previous: 500 Days in the Housing Industry Next: Calidant Capital Partners with Five Star Institute Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago After spending several years working its way through the court system, on Thursday the legal battle between PHH Corp. and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ended in a way few would have anticipated when it began back in 2015. BCFP Acting Director Mick Mulvaney officially dropped the case against PHH, stating in a two-page legal filing that the company had not, in fact, violated the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA).RESPA holds that lenders and servicers cannot receive kickbacks for loans. PHH stood accused of taking kickbacks from mortgage insurers, and in 2014 a judge hit the company with a $6 million fine. Then-CFPB Director Richard Cordray overruled that decision in 2015, ordering PHH to instead pay $109 million. PHH sued, with part of its argument hinging upon claims that the structure of the CFPB was itself unconstitutional. This past January, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit dismissed the fine against the CFPB but found that the bureau itself was constitutionally sound.In Mulvaney’s legal filing this week, the BCFP Acting Director wrote, “PHH did not violate RESPA if it charged no more than the reasonable market value for the reinsurance it required the mortgage insurers to purchase, even if the reinsurance was a quid pro quo for referrals.”In a statement, PHH said, “We are extremely gratified to have this matter fully resolved as a result of Acting Director Mulvaney’s decision to dismiss this case. Today’s Order is consistent with our long-held view that we complied with RESPA and other laws applicable to our former mortgage reinsurance activities in all respects.”Mulvaney’s action followed a joint statement issued by BCFP Enforcement Director Kristen Donoghue and a team of Bureau attorneys on Tuesday of this week. That statement recommended that Mulvaney drop the case, stating, “Enforcement Counsel and Respondents have conferred, and have agreed to recommend dismissal of this administrative proceeding. Accordingly, Enforcement Counsel and Respondents respectfully request that the Acting Director proceed to dismiss this matter.”In February 2018, Ocwen Financial Corporation announced it was buying PHH for $360 million. The deal is expected to close in the second half of 2018.Ron Faris, President and CEO of Ocwen, said at the time, “We are very pleased to announce the proposed acquisition of PHH, a leading non-bank servicer. PHH is a high-quality servicer with complementary capabilities and business lines to Ocwen, making it a great strategic match for us. In addition to providing significant scale benefits, this transaction gives us the opportunity to migrate to their existing BlackKnight LoanSphere MSP servicing platform more quickly and with less risk than had we just implemented the system ourselves. We are also excited by the opportunity to welcome the PHH employees to the Ocwen family and by the opportunity to bring our industry-leading and innovative loss mitigation capabilities to existing PHH servicing customers currently struggling with their mortgage payments.” The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days agocenter_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago About Author: David Wharton BCFP Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection CFPB Mick Mulvaney PHH 2018-06-07 David Wharton Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago  Print This Post Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago June 7, 2018 4,033 Views David Wharton, Managing Editor at the Five Star Institute, is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, where he received his B.A. in English and minored in Journalism. Wharton has over 16 years’ experience in journalism and previously worked at Thomson Reuters, a multinational mass media and information firm, as Associate Content Editor, focusing on producing media content related to tax and accounting principles and government rules and regulations for accounting professionals. Wharton has an extensive and diversified portfolio of freelance material, with published contributions in both online and print media publications. Wharton and his family currently reside in Arlington, Texas. He can be reached at [email protected] The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Journal, News, Servicing Sign up for DS News Daily last_img read more

No Irish submissions to EU consultation on potential pylon health risks

first_img Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry It’s emerged that no submissions have been made from Ireland to a major EU consultation on the possible health implications of pylons.Speaking after a meeting with EU Health Commissioner Tonio Borg, North West MEP Jim Higgins said he was told there had been a total of three submissions made to the study, none of which were Irish.The closing date for submissions is mid April, and Jim Higgins is urging people to make submissions.He says given that pylons are a contentious issue from West Donegal right down to the Comeragh Mountains in Waterford, and it’s surprising there have been no submissions from this country………..[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/jhiggspylons.mp3[/podcast] Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire WhatsApp Google+ Pinterest By News Highland – March 21, 2014 Pinterest Previous articleMc Conalogue says FF are positive ahead of pre-election Ard FheisNext articleLuke “Ming” Flanagan to contest EU Election in Midlands North West News Highland Facebook 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North center_img Facebook Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Twitter Twitter News 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic No Irish submissions to EU consultation on potential pylon health risks WhatsApp Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Donegal Garda Division in ‘chronic situation’ ahead of Christmas

first_img Facebook Google+ Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Twitter Donegal Garda Division in ‘chronic situation’ ahead of Christmas Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApp Community Enhancement Programme open for applications By News Highland – December 22, 2017 Homepage BannerNews Twittercenter_img Serious concern has been raised over a lack of basic equipment in the Donegal Garda Division to carry out duties this Christmas and their consequent safety.The Milford District alone is down three cars this year with no van since 2014 while a Garda van in Buncrana has not been replaced ahead of the festive season.There is also concern over the fact that not a single 4×4 vehicle has been dispatched to Gardai in Donegal.The GRA Representative Brendan O’Connor says the system in place is not delivering for the county:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/brendfghgfhfangra.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsApp Previous articleTen people waiting for a bed at LUHNext articleLetterkenny families living in fear of their homes being flooded News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Pinterest Facebook Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Google+ Pinterestlast_img read more

Abernathy: Lifelong effort for justice, equality

first_img Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Email the author Skip Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson The opening ceremony of the 15th Annual Leadership Conference at Troy University this weekend will feature Juanita Jones Abernathy as the keynote speaker at 6:15 p.m. Friday at Sartain Hall.As the widow of Dr. Ralph Abernathy, who was a close associate to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Juanita Abernathy became pivotally involved in the civil rights movement from the inception of the Montgomery bus boycott. For much of her life, her work has taken her throughout the world working for justice and equality for all.“We are extremely honored to have Juanita Abernathy as the keynote speaker for our 2016 Leadership Conference,” said Shelia Jackson, public relations director for the City of Troy, which is conference co-sponsor with Troy University. “She is a dynamic and thought provoking speaker. She captures the spirit of the African American fight for freedom and human dignity. Juanita Abernathy as touched people all around the world with her massage of hope, empowerment and justice for all.” Published 3:00 am Tuesday, February 2, 2016 Abernathy: Lifelong effort for justice, equality By Jaine Treadwell Tickets may be purchased online at troy.edu/leadershipconference or by calling the Troy Tourism and Public Relations Office at 334-670-2283 or on site at 113 North Market Street in Troy. Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day By The Penny Hoardercenter_img Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthRemember Them? I’m Sure Their New Net Worth Will Leave You SpeechlessbradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Jackson said Abernathy’s work and personal sacrifices during the civil rights movement have connected her to a lifelong struggle for human rights, not just in the United States but also around the world. Abernathy is a native of Uniontown. She attended elementary and high school at Selma University, a boarding school in Selma. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business education at Tennessee State University. Abernathy has been successful in several entrepreneurial ventures and held a top position in Mary Kay Cosmetics for nearly 20 years.Abernathy continues to volunteer her time for numerous civic and religious organizations. She serves on the board of directors and as secretary for the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, on the board of trustees of the Morehouse School of Religion and on the board of directors for the Ralph David Abernathy Towers and Ralph David Abernathy Foundation. She served on the board of director and as treasurer of the Fulton County Development Authority, on the board of directors of the Atlanta-Fulton County League of Women Voters and is a former member of the Citizen Panel Review Board for the Development of Family and Children’s Services.Tickets for the 2016 Leadership Conference on Feb. 5 and 6 at Troy University are $30 for the weekend and include the closing luncheon on Saturday and a reception from 6 until 8 p.m. on Friday at the Johnson Center for the Arts. The reception features the artwork of Darrius Hill from Birmingham. Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Sponsored Content Print Article Latest Stories You Might Like The Winner Messenger photo/submittedH&R Block is putting the “fun” back in Refund Season. Azabia Whatley, the first local winner of the H&R… read more The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Book Nook to reopenlast_img read more

Compass stock drops, Better.com gets SoftBank investment

first_imgSoftBank makes a Better offerMortgage lending startup Better.com is now valued at $6 billion, after a $500 million investment from SoftBank. The Japanese tech giant bought shares from existing investors, reported the Wall Street Journal.Better, which launched in 2014, streamlines mortgage originations by pre-approving borrowers and lowering costs. It was valued at $4 billion after a $200 million funding round in November 2020 that sparked IPO rumors.Thanks to the hot housing market, Better facilitated $25 billion in loans in 2020 and $14 billion in the first quarter of 2021, reported CNBC. Sources told TRD said it generated $800 million in 2020 revenue, up 10 percent year over year.Notwithstanding the IPO buzz, Better’s CEO Vishal Garg was accused last year of mismanaging investor funds and creating a hostile work environment at the startup, according to Forbes. Yet according to the WSJ, SoftBank gave all of its voting rights to Garg “in a sign of its eagerness” to back the startup. Can you hear me now?Haven’t had internet issues this year? Lucky you.For those who have been plagued by problems, a New York City startup focused on large-scale connectivity in commercial and residential just raised $50 million.Gigstreem, founded in 2017, offers “ubiquitous” WiFi, meaning buildings operate on a single network instead of a dozens of accounts that form a patchwork of connectivity. The investment will allow Gigstreem to expand from six to 15 markets this year. CEO Joel McIntyre said Gigstreem has 200 commercial customers, including Related, SL Green and Vornado.According to McIntyre, it costs several hundred thousand dollars to install a block of underground fiber in New York City. Gigstreem’s network, in comparison, is a mesh of fiber and wireless installed on rooftops at a cost of around $7,000 per building. “We’re moving away from the idea that it costs millions to put a network in the ground,” he said.Proptech sees greenReal estate is facing a climate reckoning, and proptech VCs are lining up green funds.Last month, Toronto’s Greensoil Proptech Ventures launched a $100 million fund to focus on sustainable real estate. Fifth Wall, which launched a $200 million climate tech fund in February, said Ivanhoé Cambridge committed $85 million across four funds. And London-based VC firm 2150 has a $237 million fund to invest in green building startups, reported Bisnow. (Last year, A/O proptech, another London-based VC, announced a $297 million fund for startups targeting climate change.)“The business of doing real estate ain’t the same in the future as it was in the past,” Fifth Wall’s Brendan Wallace said in an interview with TRD. “Being a real estate company will mean being a science investor. That is a massive mental leap.”  Click here to join the thousands of knowledgeable readers who subscribe to Future City.  Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink “They have literally hired a group of Adam Neuman-era WeWork bros to lead the company forward.”— Knotel founder Amol Sarva  New state of MyndFor the past five years, property management startup Mynd has given mom-and-pop landlords software to manage rental properties. Now, it’s targeting institutional investors who are betting on the burgeoning single-family rental market.“Our vision is to help investors make more data-driven decisions and deploy their capital more intelligently,” CEO Doug Brien said.Mynd, founded in 2016, closed a $41.5 million Series C in June. Wells Fargo led the round, with Canaan Partners, Lightspeed Venture Partners and Jackson Square Ventures. The startup said it manages 7,000 units worth $1.4 billion in 24 markets.To help the company pivot, Mynd is beefing up its C-suite. Garret Albert, former vice president of finance at One Medical, is joining as CFO. Alejandro Ayestarán, a former exec at car sales startup Shift Technologies, has been tapped as chief business officer. And David Zanaty, a former Opendoor exec, is joining as chief real estate officer. Clelia Peters, president of Warburg Realty and a venture partner at Bain Capital Ventures, is joining the board.Small bytes📈 Hospitality startup Sonder is in talks to go public with blank-check company Gores Metropoulos II Inc.🧡 Redfin made it official with RentPath, completing the $608M acquisition on April 5.💰 Rick Caruso’s L.A.-based real estate firm will accept Bitcoin rent payments in its retail and commercial properties.📖 Book deal alert! Compass’ Robert Reffkin’s “No One Succeeds Alone” comes out in May.📢 Opendoor tapped Shannon Hodes, a former GoDaddy and Sirius XM exec, as vice president of sales and support.📢 Pacaso, a second-home startup valued at $1B, hired David Willbrand as chief legal officer.🚧 Shanghai-based RoboticPlus.AI, a construction tech startup, raised $20M.🚧 Curri, a construction tech logistics company, raised $6M.🤖 Gryps, a construction startup automation to organize emails and documents, raised $1.5M. Tags Compass stock shocksCompass finished its first full week as a public company with a bitter taste of the public market.Its stock closed at $17.31 per share, down 14 percent from its closing price of $20.15 on April 1, its first day of trading. The shares are now lower than the target price of $18 set before the IPO.The VC-backed brokerage downsized the public offering in the days leading up to its NYSE debut. Initially it priced shares between $23 and $26, working out to a $10 billion valuation. Compass’ market cap is now $6.7 billion.The long-awaited IPO was still a watershed moment and a payday for top investors, executives and agents. (Compass also set aside 7 percent of the offering, or 1.75 million shares, for agents.)SoftBank, the firm’s top shareholder, owns 132.4 million shares valued at $2.3 billion, according to filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. That includes 4 million additional shares SoftBank purchased on April 6 for $72 million. Robert Citrone’s Discovery Capital holds 33.5 million shares worth $579.9 million, down from $675.5 million a week ago.Co-founder Ori Allon holds more than 19 million shares worth $328.9 million, down from $344 million. On the day of the IPO, CEO Robert Reffkin held 8.6 million shares, though he’s in line for 25.8 million more in the coming years. On April 6, Reffkin also purchased 411,111 more shares for $7.2 million. As of Friday, his shares are worth $156 million. CTO Joseph Sirosh holds 4.2 million shares. They are worth $72.7 million, down from $84.6 million. Share via Shortlink SPAC sparkle fades?A top securities regulator is the latest to sound an alarm over the SPAC frenzy.John Coates, acting director of the SEC’s corporate finance division, said there are “some significant and yet undiscovered issues,” with SPACs, reported the Wall Street Journal.Last month, regulators began an inquiry into SPACs, focusing on how banks underwrite risk. Previously, they warned investors not to be lured to SPACs by celebrity involvement alone.Although new filings are slowing, investors are still piling into blank-check firms. As of April 9, 306 SPACs have gone public, raising $98.9 billion, according to SPACInsider.Meanwhile, Fifth Wall Ventures has launched a second SPAC. The VC fund, which has $1.7 billion under management, is looking to raise $150 million. In February, it raised $345 million for its first SPAC. Several of Fifth Wall’s portfolio companies are going the SPAC route. Opendoor went public with a SPAC last year; Doma and Hippo are following suit.When real estate tech pays off2020 was a good year for Zillow and eXp Realty. So good, in fact, that top execs Rich Barton, Lloyd Frink and Glenn Sanford made the Forbes billionaire list.Barton and Frink, who co-founded Zillow in 2004, joined the list with net worths of $2.2 billion and $1.4 billion, while eXp founder Sanford and his wife, Penny, joined with a net worth of $1.8 billion.As of April 7, Zillow’s stock was trading around $140 per share, more than three times its price a year ago. The company generated $3.3 billion in revenue last year as the housing market soared. Virtual broker eXp’s revenue hit $1.8 billion, up 84 percent, with a record $31 million in profits in 2020.STAT OF THE WEEK$125BGlobal VC investments during Q1, up 94% YOY, per Crunchbase Future CityProptechTechnologylast_img read more