Amazon Under the Antitrust Microscope, Car Industry Semiconductor Supply Chains No Longer Work and Enable Bags $45M for B2B Rebate Management Platform
Amazon Under the Antitrust Microscope
In his recent 6,800-word executive order, President Biden directed federal agencies to take 72 measures to foster competition and prevent big tech companies from crushing smaller rivals. While Amazon.com Inc. and other digital giants were not explicitly named, there is little doubt where the focus of antitrust regulators and lawmakers is being directed.
“The American information technology sector has long been an engine of innovation and growth, but today a small number of dominant internet platforms use their power to exclude market entrants, to extract monopoly profits and to gather intimate personal information that they can exploit for their own advantage,” said Biden.
Of all the measures currently under consideration, the one with the greatest potential to impact Amazon is the Ending Platform Monopolies Act. If enacted, it could force technology companies to sell off business units that give them leverage over competitors. In theory, this could force Amazon to sell off a business unit like Fulfillment by Amazon on the basis that the delivery service puts Amazon Marketplace merchants at Amazon’s mercy when it comes to fulfillment.
Hopefully, the intense scrutiny will force Amazon to self-regulate, forestalling more heavy-handed government regulation.
What stood out to us? Self-regulate? Ha! Forestalling government regulation? Ha!
Bosch Says the Semiconductor Supply Chains in the Car Industry No Longer Work
Bosch, the world’s largest car-parts supplier, believes semiconductor supply chains in the automotive industry are no longer fit for purpose as the global chip shortage rages on.
In the past, semiconductor supply chain issues have been quietly managed by the automotive industry. However, Harald Kroeger, a member of the Bosch management board, believes demand is only going to increase with the rise of electric and autonomous vehicles.
To that end, Bosch has built a new €1B ($1.2B) semiconductor plant in Dresden - the capital of the German state of Saxony and one of Europe’s biggest semiconductor clusters - over the last two years and production started last month.
Kroeger said he expects the chip shortage to extend “way into 2022” adding that he hopes demand remains stable. “We need to ramp up supplies so we can fulfil that demand,” he said.
What stood out to us? The Chip in highest demand is Estrada.
Enable Bags $45M for B2B Rebate Management Platform
Enable, a startup developing a cloud-based software tool for business-to-business rebate management, announced a $45M Series B funding round. Including the new round, the company has raised a total of $62M, which includes a $13M Series A raised in 2020.
The company, which started in the U.K. and moved to San Francisco in 2020, was co-founded by Andrew Butt and Denys Shortt in 2015 (fully launched in 2016). Enable’s technology automates how distributors and manufacturers create, execute and track rebates. Traditionally, these types of trading programs have been a common industry practice that distributors rely on as a way to turn a profit.
Since raising its Series A last year, the company has grown its North American operations to 60 people, tripled revenue and more than tripled its customer base. The new funding will be used for product innovation and building sales and go-to-market teams.
What stood out to us? The fairy godmother of tech startup funding strikes again.
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