16 Minutes on the News #16: Direct Listings NYSE SEC; Vaping Apps & Apple, CBD & FDA

This is the 16th episode of 16 Minutes, our news show where we cover the top headlines, the a16z Podcast way: what’s real / what’s hype; why they matter from our vantage point in tech.

This week, we cover the following news (in conversation with Sonal Chokshi):

  1. NYSE & SEC back and forth over direct listings — The NYSE recently proposed allowing companies to raise capital during direct listings (currently, they’re different than IPOs in that there is no offering); the SEC rejected it; and they just filed a new proposal… but beyond this news and these artifacts, what’s the bigger picture when it comes to other structural factors involved here? — with Scott Kupor.
  2. vaping apps & Apple; FDA & CBD — two recent moves: Apple banning 181 vaping apps from its app store, FDA issuing warning letters against 15 companies with products that have CBD in them; what’s our quick take on the blurring lines between these two seemingly different bits of news? — with Vijay Pande.

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