WeWork: A Pre-IPO Alternative Data Analysis

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Most investors will have heard that co-working company WeWork plans to go public this fall. Its tequila-swigging, surfer dude CEO Adam Neumann makes renting office space sound like a spiritual movement. Despite WeWork’s staggering losses, the company has been privately valued at $47 billion and is looking to raise over $3.5 billion, which would make it the second-largest U.S. IPO this year. So will WeWork be 2019’s most impressive unicorn, or an Icarus that falls disappointingly from blue-sky grace? It depends on who you consult. Alternative data analysis Typical alternative data sources paint a rosy picture for WeWork: app downloads…...

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Samantha Monk Samantha Monk is Meltwater veteran who is currently overseeing the company's Fairhair.ai business line in EMEA. As such she is responsible for finding new ways to monetise Meltwater's data: the largest corpus of news articles and social media posts in the world, enriched with NLP to detect sentiment in 16 different languages, and structured around entities. She is currently working closely with Meltwater's engineering and product teams to explore the application for this unique dataset in finance: for short term trading, for private equity due diligence and ongoing investment monitoring, for credit reporting and for identifying risk and high-growth opportunities around small private companies. Before her current role, Samantha led Meltwater sales and client success teams in Boston, Buenos Aires, Edinburgh and London. In her free time, she maintains a Twitter account (@samantha.monk) focused on providing up to date news around artificial intelligence and machine learning.