Snowflake (NYSE: SNOW) shares were listed on the New York Stock Exchange this week. On its first day of trading, the share price popped higher to more than double. The cloud data warehousing firm had the largest software initial public offering (IPO) on record, valuing it at around $70bn – more than five times the private market valuation it reached in February.

Snowflake shares were priced at $120, after being revised higher twice this month. On the first day of trading, the share price climbed to over $300, and finished the day up 112% at $255.

Early investors of Snowflake shares include Salesforce and Berkshire Hathaway. The investment by the conglomerate run by Warren Buffett is interesting. Buffett rarely gets interested in technology startups that are not yet profitable, and tends to opt for more mature companies.

Snowflake’s IPO comes at a similar time to several technology IPOs. It … Read more

Nonprofit and education organizations alike have had their work cut out for them this year. With so many challenges hitting so quickly, it can feel like a non-stop effort just to stay in place. So first, let me say this: Thank you, to our nonprofit and our education customers. We see you on the front lines, working tirelessly in a time when nothing is certain. It’s because the work you do is so important that the public is as invested in keeping your mission going as you are.

In a post-pandemic world, donor trust is paramount.

Donors are always evaluating where their donations can make the most impact. In the landscape of COVID-19, the trust between an organization and its donors has become more important than ever. Donor trust has always been mission-critical, but in today’s rapidly shifting environment it has become mission-imperative. So how can you earn … Read more

The demand for pharmaceutical companies’ stocks has surged dramatically. AstraZeneca (LSE:AZN) shares have been no exception. Investor enthusiasm was fuelled by hopes of a new Covid-19 vaccine. But isn’t the AstraZeneca share price already too high? 

Why did the AstraZeneca share price rally?

On Monday, the pharma giant resumed phase 3 vaccine trials. As we all know, the company’s stock has been surging in recent months. That’s because people expect AstraZeneca to develop a Covid-19 vaccine. But is the future so bright for AstraZeneca and its vaccine?

Quite recently the FDA said AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine trial in the US is still pending. That’s because the FDA is unsure if there is a big safety issue or not. So, many questions remain. Phase 3 vaccine trials don’t mean the vaccine will be available tomorrow. What’s more, the FDA’s investigation also suggests there are still many regulatory hurdles. That’s why the AstraZeneca … Read more

Long before Covid-19, college students faced a myriad of challenges in maintaining mental wellness: increasing academic pressure, ballooning student debt and unrelenting pressure to succeed — half of all students report incapacitating levels of stress, while 33 percent don’t return for their sophomore year. Perhaps most eye-opening is that suicide has climbed to the second leading cause of death among college populations. Given those challenges, now on steroids thanks to Covid-19, Cactushttps://www.cactusinc.com/ — along with in-house tech startup, Grit Digital Health — have revised and added Covid-19 related content to their ground-breaking Nod app.

Created in partnership with client Hopelab, Nod is designed to help college students form and maintain meaningful social connections and combat loneliness on campus. Nod is available for free and can be downloaded in the Apple and Google Play stores. 

Joe Conrad, Cactus Founder and CEO, notes that when campuses began to close, it became … Read more

How Madera Unified School District is Protecting its Community

To say back to school looks different this year would be an understatement. School and district leaders have been working tirelessly over the past few months to prepare for a safe school year. And Madera Unified School District — a California school district with over 20,000 students and 2,200 staff — is leading the way to protect and support its community while keeping learning front and center.

Guided by a powerful vision of setting the standard for hard work, creativity, and resiliency with a fearless drive to continuously improve, Madera Unified’s leadership team collaborated closely with local health officials to develop comprehensive back-to-school plans. Once they knew students would start the year with distance learning, they worked to bring teachers and staff back in person safely to conduct live, virtual lessons from their classrooms.

“A big sticking point for our leadership … Read more