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Website Builder Webflow Hits $4 Billion Valuation As It Nears $100 Million Revenue – Forbes

Webflow’s founders are chief experience officer Sergie Magdalin, CEO Vlad Magdalin and chief technology Bryant Chou.

Vlad Magdalin says he’s been getting odd looks at Starbucks in recent weeks when he tells the baristas his first name. But he has no reservations about the war in Ukraine initiated by the man who shares that name—the day the invasion began, Magdalin renounced his dual Russian citizenship. Webflow, the website-building startup of which he is CEO, is no longer doing business in Russia. A number of Ukrainian relief efforts, too, have launched using its “no code” tool that allows anyone to create a professional website without having coding skills.

It’s amid this “surreal” backdrop that Magdalin, who is of part Ukrainian, part Russian heritage, is announcing a new funding round for his company. “You kind of have to give yourself permission to hold both realities,” he says. Webflow said Wednesday that it raised $120 million in a Series C round led by Y Combinator Continuity, with participation from existing investors including CapitalG and Accel. The round raises the San Francisco-based startup’s valuation to $4 billion and comes as it is on track to hit $100 million annual recurring revenue within a month.

Webflow was founded in 2012 by Magdalin and his brother Sergie—religious refugees who moved from Russia as children—as well as their friend Bryant Chou. After narrowly avoiding bankruptcy in its early days, the company capitalized on growing buzz in “no code” software and were accepted into Y Combinator’s accelerator. But after taking $2.9 million in seed funding in 2014, the trio chose to hunker down and bootstrap the company until it became self-sustaining. “I was freaked out about this idea of venture capital coming in to destroy companies,” says Magdalin, who by 2019 had led Webflow to profitability and more than $10 million in annualized revenue.

When he raised his Series A round that year, Magdalin devised what he calls “a social contract” that any prospective investor had to agree to in order for him to accept their money.

It stipulates in writing that they must agree to prioritize Webflow’s mission and its employees above its revenue. “Sometimes I’d share that thing with investors up front and I’d never hear from them again,” Magdalin says. Those who agreed are beginning to see the rewards of their conviction. Webflow now has more than 200,000 customers and is starting to see new streams of revenue from bets that it took years ago—investing in things that don’t generate revenue right away is a core tenet of the mission Magdalin speaks of in his contract.

One example is a tool for users to create animations. While the feature is not a necessity for most people launching a website, Magdalin says that over time, Webflow saw an uptick of new customers who discovered it as a result of the animations, which include a badge labeled “Made in Webflow.” The startup is also starting to see accelerated growth in its business selling to enterprise companies like Univision and PwC. Over the course of last year, revenue in this segment grew to $8 million from about $1 million, Magdalin says.

The new funding will go toward more product development on long-term bets, Magdalin says. He sees Webflow growing in two to three years into a “no code” tool not only to build websites, but also software applications. “We want to turn any knowledge worker into a potential developer so that they are developing software, but they don’t necessarily have to know how to write the code to do it,” Magdalin says. “Websites are our beachhead to expand into that larger space.”

Webflow is also setting aside $10 million from the new round for grants to users creating resources or holding events to help other people use Webflow. The company now has 400 employees and $335 million in total capital raised; enough of the money from past funding rounds is still in the bank, Magdalin says, that the company can self-sustain for at least four years. In the event of an extended market downturn, the new capital can help Webflow survive or strengthen itself through business acquisitions, says Rowghani, who is joining the board as part of the raise. Magdalin says there are no plans to take the company to an IPO anytime soon, and his new investor affirms that he shouldn’t feel any pressure to rush despite competitors like website builder Wix and e-commerce company Shopify already being public. “There are certain companies where they become huge simply because the [total addressable market] is huge,” Rowghani says. “One of the nice things about this market is that we don’t have to worry that much about competition.”

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A 12-Week Money Course Helped Me Raise My Net Worth

“I am here. I am capable. I am wealthy.”
So goes the benediction at the start of every Factora Wealth Circle meeting, held over Zoom since the pandemic but headquartered in Austin. Factora, a women-led company that teaches personal finance in a tangible way, hosts Wealth Circle, a live, online course and community, for 12 weeks, twice a year. Sessions meet every other week on Wednesday nights, with homework in between.

I decided to attend earlier this year after a fellow writer from grad school tipped me off to the program. Now, a month out from my “graduation,” my net worth has increased 29% from when I enrolled.

I sit with my camera on, mic muted, amongst hundreds of other women. Our expressions range from fascination to exhaustion to epiphany. That’s just how it goes when personal finance is the topic du jour.

Our host, Allegra Moet Brantly, Factora’s founder and CEO, finishes the benediction with a bright smile and eager eyes. Looking around the Zoom room, it’s fascinating to consider what brought us all here, to a sort of financial confidence bootcamp for women. As Moet Brantly begins, I pull out my notebook and text my partner to bring me a bar of chocolate as the words “compound interest” in deep burgundy flicker onto the screen. It’s going to be a long night.
“It’s dangerous to find ourselves on auto-pilot,” cautioned Moet Brantly as slides in our third session demonstrated timeless financial principles, like paying yourself first and putting an end to trading time for money. The course also suggested repurposing mindless spending as investing, emphasizing increasing one’s investment rate instead of stressing over the small stuff.

Over the course of the class, I increased my own savings rate from a very auto-pilot-esque 10% to something closer to 30%. The trick for me? Labeling buckets in my high-yield savings account with short-to-mid-term goals. It turns out, when I can see my money’s redirection from Net-a-Porter to a house fund, it feels more satisfying.

Twice during each Wealth Circle, the group was split into random breakout rooms. Here, with little to no context beyond the rectangles on our screens, we shared real numbers, without shame. In one breakout session, we shared our net worths, numbers ranging from the negatives to upwards of a million. Then, we shared our net worth goals. I went first, apprehensive to speak a number higher than I’d ever imagined possible. I watched as the entire group smiled back, nodding, and then proceeded to each offer a number higher than my own. There was something coven-like and moving to feel a group of women encourage me to dream bigger.

But Factora’s not built on dreaming. It’s grounded in straightforward, if not simple, investing principles, like focusing on time in the market over timing the market. The conversation around assets highlighted just how personal things can get in the world of personal finance. As a 26-year-old in Brooklyn, owning property has always been a pipe dream, at best. A sound investment, to me, was a great pair of walking shoes and an unlimited subway card. Hearing women older than me, during breakout groups and as examples during lectures, inspired me to bring a level of creativity to accumulate assets. Sure, buying my apartment might not be my next step, but it was freeing to imagine what might be.

“Money creates opportunity. When you have more money, you’ll have more money and decision-making,” said Moet Brantly during our fourth session on real estate investments. Instead of investing in a home, I took the time to set aside an emergency fund with six months of living expenses. Was it a “sexy” investing move with massive payoff or worthy of bragging about at brunch? No, but it was a way of empowering myself toward decision-making from a place of security and stability.

The changes I’ve made thanks to Wealth Circle haven’t been drastic or dramatic. They’ve been small-scale shifts in the way I think about money, which is a tool toward greater freedom and more choice in the way I live my life.

By the last time we recited the benediction, I found myself believing the three sentences I spoke: “I am here. I am capable. I am wealthy.” Even though it was 8 PM in New York City, I was there. Thanks to my recent hiring of a CPA to sort out my freelancing taxes, I was capable. And because of my newfound confidence in investing, I was wealthy.

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Rueda Empire signs $3.7 million deal to further its music career

Three albums and 3.7 million dollars are the basis of the agreement signed in Los Angeles on May 4 to boost Rueda Empire’s musical career. Following the success of the urban artist’s second album, Inefable, this new contract ensures the production and distribution of the artist’s material for the next three years.

It was with great joy that the artist signed this agreement on the eve of the Mexican Heritage holiday, which was a very symbolic moment for him. He assures that doing so on this date is a good omen for his musical career.

Rueda Empire will release his next album this summer, in which he has been working for months in collaboration with Nahuel Lion, from the Canary Islands. On this album, the artists fuse Latin rhythms with urban music such as trap and reggaeton.

The interpreter of “Tú no sabes de eso”, “Quédate”, “Solo amigos”, “Cómo me curo”, among other songs, continues to reap success in his musical career and hopes to continue making his audience dance with good music, contagious rhythms and modern melodies.

To stay up to date with everything that happens in Rueda Empire’s career subscribe to his YouTube channel where he makes all his releases. You can also find him on Spotify and Instagram as @rueda_empire.

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Opinion | Virginia uses tax money in wrong way to lure Washington Commanders stadium – The Washington Post

Localities in the D.C. area are jockeying to land the new stadium planned by the Washington Commanders. But there are a right way and a wrong way to deploy taxpayer dollars in pursuit of it. Maryland is going about it the right way. Virginia is not. The jury is out on the District of Columbia.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, made clear that the state would offer no money to help billionaire Daniel Snyder build a stadium to replace Landover’s FedEx Field, which the Commanders plan to vacate in 2027. He got no pushback from lawmakers in Annapolis, who passed a bill authorizing up to $400 million in borrowing — not for a new stadium but to tear down FedEx Field and, more to the point, kick-start a shiny new development in the wasteland nearby. That would help avoid an economic body blow to the local economy should the Commanders leave, and help transform nearby Largo into a plausible downtown for the surrounding locality, Prince George’s County. It would get a $16 million amphitheater, civic plaza, public market, library and other amenities near Metro’s eastern terminus for the Blue and Silver lines.

That’s a smart way for Maryland to tell the Commanders: Hey, we’ll be happy if the team stays put — and we’re willing to upgrade the neighborhood — but we’re not in the business of building stadiums for billionaires who can afford it on their own. What’s more, another National Football League team, the Los Angeles Rams, just won a Super Bowl at SoFi Stadium, their home field, which owner Stan Kroenke built with $5 billion in private funds. If the Rams owner can make do without milking taxpayers, so can Mr. Snyder.

Unfortunately, that lesson seems lost on Virginia. Although no deal has been finalized by state lawmakers in Richmond, they seem prepared to kick in as much as $350 million in state tax revenue for a new stadium for the Commanders. That’s a good deal for Mr. Snyder but not for Virginians.

Granted, it’s much less than the $1 billion in taxes the state originally seemed willing to earmark for the team. Granted, too, Virginia is the most populous state in the nation without a big-league sports franchise; it might be suffering from a case of franchise envy as it gazes across its borders at North Carolina, Tennessee, Maryland and D.C., all of which have plenty. But that is no excuse for profligacy in service to a very rich man.

D.C., for its part, isn’t really in a position to compete for the moment — the federal government owns the only plausible location for a new arena, at the current site of RFK Stadium, and Congress doesn’t look ready to pass legislation to sell it to the city.
Congress’s reluctance is rooted at least partly in justified concerns about Mr. Snyder, the Commanders and the team’s culture, which have been the subject of investigations into sexual harassment and, most recently, financial impropriety over allegations that the team hid and withheld revenue-sharing funds from the NFL. Those probes should serve as a warning: Mr. Snyder and his team are not worthy of public money.

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