Jeff Bezos Steps Down As Amazon CEO and UFC Teams Up With Crypto.com in This Week’s Business and Crypto Roundup

Many brands are starting to see a recovery despite the challenges initially brought on by the pandemic. Some businesses, especially ones that focused efforts on expanding e-commerce ventures, have even seen profits rise even higher than before.

HYPEBEAST has rounded up the top business and crypto stories of the week so you can stay in-the-know about trends across industries.

Business

1. Soho House is eyeing a valuation of $3.21 billion USD

The private members club is planning its U.S. initial public offering. Parent company Membership Collective Group Inc. is planning on selling 30 million shares of its Class A common stock at a price between $14 and $16 USD a piece on the New York Stock Exchange.

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2. Businesses can now buy TikTok’s winning algorithm

Tiktok‘s parent company ByteDance is selling the tech behind its popular apps to other companies. A new website called BytePlus offers the tools and services used to power the Beijing-based company’s best-selling apps.

3. Russia and France are feuding over rights to the word champagne

Russia has been using the term “shampanskoye” to refer to a range of locally produced sparkling wines since the Soviet era. Meanwhile, France has closely guarded the term “champagne” to refer only to wines produced in the Champagne region in northeast France for decades.

4. Longtime Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has finally stepped down

Jeff Bezos had helmed the company since its founding in 1994. He is now the Executive Chair while former Amazon Web Services head Andy Jassy takes over as CEO.

5. Levi Strauss & Co. announced its financial results for the second quarter

The company said it “significantly exceeded our expectations on revenue, adjusted gross margin and adjusted EBIT.” Net revenues for the company were up 156 percent compared to the second quarter of fiscal 2020.

Crypto

1. FaZe Clan members have been tied to a cryptocurrency pump-and-dump scheme

According to reports, four members of the Esports group participated in a crypto project named Save the Kids, which promised to donate a percentage of profits from its KIDS token to various foundations. The price of the altcoin subsequently crashed by 90 percent.

2. The UFC has teamed up with cryptocurrency marketplace Crypto.com

According to CNBC, the reported 10-year, $175 million USD partnership marks the biggest sponsorship in UFC history. Crypto.com will have logo placement on UFC apparel worn by athletes during competition, as well as by corner staff in the octagon.

3. A Tribe Called Quest is not involved in any NFT royalties auction

Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Q-Tip both confirmed that A Tribe Called Quest is not involved in the previously-announced NFT sale with Royalty Exchange. The NFT sale supposedly allowed owners to collect sound recording royalties from ATCQ’s first five studio albums.

4. SZA is releasing her first-ever round of NFTs

The limited-edition collection commemorates her recent live performance highlights. Each NFT can be purchase with an American Express card for $100 USD each.

5. An NFT of Banksy’s ‘Spike’ is up for auction

Valuart is set to auction off a 1:1 NFT inspired by the original “Spike” artwork by Banksy. For this release, Spike is recreated as a CGI artwork that floats across the universe as it heads to its rightful home — Earth.
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