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Kevin Dowd

Senior Financial Writer

Kevin Dowd wrote The Weekend Pitch newsletter for PitchBook, covering startups, buyouts and the rest of the private market.

A native of the Pacific Northwest, he’s an alumnus of the University of Washington with a degree in creative writing and journalism. He enjoys books and basketball and, most especially, books about basketball. He feels uncomfortable writing about himself in the third person.

Articles by Kevin Dowd

10 big things: PE, NFTs and investing in sports scarcity

Investments in rugby and sports trading cards join massive debuts from Roblox and Coupang, crypto mega-rounds and more in our recap of the week.

10 big things: Instacart leads a delivery gold rush

Investors can’t get enough of delivery startups, which joins Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, casinos, psychedelics and more in our recap of the week.

9 big things: Coinbase takes crypto to Wall Street

Coinbase has formally filed for a direct listing, which joins Paul Ryan, Lucid Motors, telecom transactions and more in our recap of the week.

9 big things: Alden Global, Facebook and the future of news

Alden Global’s latest controversial newspaper acquisition joins a comedy troupe, Mars, dot-com startups and more in our recap of the week.

10 big things: Social media’s next generation

Reddit, Bumble, Clubhouse and other red-hot apps join truck tech, SPAC rainmakers, flying taxis and more in our recap of the week.

10 big things: A VC-backed bet on teen sports superstars

Overtime’s plans for a league to showcase basketball influencers joins Robinhood, Jeff Bezos and new VC mega-deals in our recap of the week.

11 big things: The seismic saga of GameStop and Robinhood

One of the strangest weeks in Wall Street history joins a potential WeWork SPAC, Clubhouse, and roundball ROI in our recap of the week.

9 big things: The race to build the next Tesla

Billions in new funding for Rivian and Cruise join flowers, founders, vape pens, cruise ships and more in our recap of the week.

10 big things: Affirm leads a feeding frenzy for fintech

Affirm’s massive IPO and a host of other fintech happenings join pets, politics, music rights, edible insects and more in our recap of the week.

10 big things: The remarkable rise of Roblox

Roblox’s new $29.5 billion valuation and looming IPO join a SPAC deal for SoFi, a herd of new unicorns and more in our recap of the week.

The rise of tech, the decline of oil and more private equity charts from 2020

IT investments are more prominent in US private equity than ever before, plus four other significant trends from the year that was.

9 big things: Silicon Valley’s race to space

A look at the current state of play for VCs investing in space joins fast cars, fast planes, hacks, SPACs and more in our recap of the week.

9 big things: The surreal IPOs of Airbnb and DoorDash

A pair of incredibly lucrative IPOs join the future of Facebook, Uber’s exit from autonomous driving, Bob Dylan and more in our recap of the week.

8 big things: SPACs meet GP stakes in a $13B mega-deal

Dyal Capital and Owl Rock Capital are eyeing a $13B deal, joining Salesforce, Slack, Airbnb, DoorDash and more in our recap of the week.
M&A

Salesforce strikes biggest deal yet in $27.7B pact to buy Slack

Salesforce has agreed to buy Slack for $27.7 billion in cash and stock, marking its largest acquisition yet and adding a major new piece to its suite of business software offerings.

11 big things: Airbnb, Roblox lead a Bay Area IPO blitz

A bevy of Bay Area IPOs from consumer-facing unicorns joins edtech unicorns, Amazon Pharmacy and more in our recap of the week.

10 big things: VC’s many visions for the future of mobility

New developments on air taxis and hyperloops join DoorDash’s looming IPO, a pair of gambles from Apollo and more in our recap of the week.

8 big things: Is Proposition 22 the future of the gig economy?

A major ballot victory for gig-economy companies joins Ant’s adjourned IPO, telecom talks, a potential new unicorn and more in our recap of the week.

11 big things: Whoop’s wearables win over sports stars

Kevin Durant and Patrick Mahomes helped make Whoop a unicorn, which joins chip deals, earnings updates and more in our recap of the week.

10 big things: Quibi’s collapse and ‘Billion Dollar Loser’

Quibi’s shutdown and a new WeWork book join futuristic food deals, intrigue at NEA, shrinking SPACs and more in our recap of the week.

11 big things: A female founder takes on PE’s patriarchs

Suzanne Yoon and Kinzie Capital Partners join Adam Neumann’s latest deal, a SoftBank SPAC, trouble for tycoons and more in our recap of the week.

9 big things: 2020’s SPAC-tacular keeps getting crazier

The SPAC train keeps on rolling, which joins Instacart’s new funding, Morgan Stanley mega-deals and a quartet of new unicorns in our recap of the week.

10 big things: A VC-backed breakthrough in nuclear fusion

Game-changing new research from MIT and Commonwealth Fusion Systems joins anti-activism, direct listings and more in our recap of the week.

10 big things: Sharks are circling Nikola and Quibi

A founder’s resignation at Nikola and sale talks at Quibi join a record-breaking SPAC, marketing mega-deals and more in our recap of the week.

Microsoft bets $7.5B on Bethesda in latest pandemic boost to video game valuations

Microsoft’s planned takeover of the company behind titles such as “The Elder Scrolls” and “Fallout” comes two months before the launch of the tech giant’s newest Xbox consoles.

11 big things: A $70B blizzard & Wall Street’s pop culture

Snowflake’s incredible IPO and a string of other highly profitable debuts join fintech mega-deals, fitness fundings and more in our recap of the week.

9 big things: The LTSE, the NYSE and the future of IPOs

The growing crop of alternatives to the traditional New York IPO joins Nikola, TikTok, JC Penney and more in our recap of the week.