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Executive Summary

Reported Holdings as of July 31st, 2020:

  • Reporting holders marked up private portfolios 7.6% in July, with a better than 4:1 advance-decline ratio. Positive momentum grew this second consecutive month of gains, with July’s move higher outpacing June’s 3.5% appreciation.
  • Sentiment up:
  • Sentiment down:

ZX Market Update since July 31st, 2020:

  • Demand for late stage private companies grew in September, with ZX bid volume outstripping ZX ask volume almost 2:1.
  • September ZX transactions priced from a 0% discount to a 26.5% premium to most recent financings.

Heat Map: July 31st, 2020 Reporting Period


Appreciation/Depreciation of All Reported Holdings1


Average Mark-Up/Mark-Down Across All Reported Holdings2

This report is based on data reported by 218 funds. Many holders of private company shares do not report their holding values and are thus not included in this report’s dataset. Further, many venture-backed private companies are not held by any reporting funds and are thus not included in this report. As such, this report should not be construed as providing a complete picture of shareholder sentiment or venture-backed private company performance.

1 Dollar-weighted return on all reported holdings
2 Equal-weighted mark-up or mark-down across all reported holdings

Notable Adjustments to Individual Positions

Largest % Mark-Up
Rent the Runway
Largest % Mark-Down
Trend Reversal - Positive3 (# = consecutive prior qtrs marked down or flat)
Trend Reversal - Negative4 (# = consecutive prior qtrs marked up or flat)
Oscar Health
ZX Firm Bids at Greatest Premium to Latest Reported Median Holding Value5
Didi Chuxing
ZX Firm Offers at Greatest Discount to Latest Reported Median Holding Value5
Rent the Runway
Bolt Threads

3 Trend Reversal – Positive reflects an individual holding marked up after consecutive quarterly periods marked down or flat
4 Trend Reversal – negative reflects an individual holding marked down after consecutive quarterly periods marked up or flat
5 Premium and Discount agnostic to share class


Reported holdings appreciated 7.6% in this July 31st, 2020 reporting period, marking the second consecutive period of gains following several months of losses that coincided with the onset of the current recession. The 7.6% move higher was both larger in magnitude than June’s 3.5% gain and broader in scope, with more than 4 companies advancing for every decliner. The gains occurred despite large mark-downs from individual funds in JUUL ($100.53-$100.58/share) and Lime ($0.02/share).

UiPath ($18.57-$18.60/share) led gainers with the largest average mark-up, followed by Reddit ($49.73/share), Taboola ($34.03/share), and GitLab ($26.41/share). Lime, Zenefits ($1.91/share), 23andMe ($10.45/share) and WeWork ($7.03-$7.05/share) saw the period’s largest average mark-downs.

On an absolute dollar basis, Reddit contributed the largest appreciation to portfolios, followed by Ant Financial ($7.02-$10.46/share), SpaceX ($269.85-$270.02/share), and Taboola. JUUL, Lime, Palantir ($4.65-$5.75/share), and 23andMe ($10.45/share) contributed the largest dollar losses. Dataminr provided interestingly divergent data points, being both marked up and down by more than 30% by different holders.

23andMe, Databricks ($48.00/share), Oscar Health ($4.55/share) and Tanium ($10.31-$11.40/share) all saw negative reversals, marking the first time they have been marked down by individual funds in the last 6 months. SoFi ($15.57/share) saw a positive reversal for the first time in 3 years. Positive reversals were also seen in Allbirds ($10.17-$10.33/share), Starry ($1.43/share), and Compass ($123.41-$126.38/share).

ZX Market Updates Since Reporting Date

Demand for late stage private companies grew in September, with ZX bid volume outstripping ZX ask volume almost 2:1. ZX transactions priced from a 0% discount to a 26.5% premium to most recent financings, representing the first time in 2020 that no transactions occurred at a discount to the most recent primary financing levels. Both data points support the observation that we are operating in a sellers market.

On average, ZX Firm Buy Orders sit at a 2.3% premium to July 31st median holding values, brought down by bids in Didi Chuxing ($35.07-$52.44/share). Other notable bids include Airbnb ($65.43-75.85/share) and SpaceX ($269.85-$270.02/share), which are being bid at 48.6% & 18.5% premiums to their July median holding levels, respectively. ZX Firm Sell Orders are being offered at a 39.4% average discount to July 31st median holding values. Reddit, SoFi and Rent the Runway ($21.53-$24.44/Share) represent the largest discounts to median holding value at -55.8%, -42.2% and -30.4% respectively.

What is a ZX Firm Order?

ZX Firm Orders are unique to ZX. A ZX Firm Order (Offer or Bid) is a form of contract accepted on ZX, that allows a buyer or seller to contractually commit themselves to trading at the terms of an order ticket should a bona fide counterparty be presented, or pay a fee set to 10% of the notional value of the transaction should they fail to transact. Zanbato developed the concept of a Firm Order for private stock trading to solve for frequent frustration that parties often hold themselves out as buyers or sellers, but then pull out of transactions when counterparties are presented.


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