Bloomberg Technology 03/07/2024

Bloomberg Technology 03/07/2024

Market Trends

  • The market rally is being driven by AI, with the Nasdaq leading the gains.
  • The dollar is weakening against most major currencies as investors anticipate rate cuts from the Fed and the ECB.
  • Bitcoin is pushing higher, continuing its recent rally.
  • The Philadelphia Semiconductor Index reached a record high, with chipmakers seeing strong gains.

Apple and Tech Companies

  • Apple is facing scrutiny from the EU over its App Store policies, with regulators investigating its decision to block Epic Games from opening a third-party app store.
  • Spotify has also raised concerns about Apple's practices, feeling that they will still be charged excessive fees despite the new EU regulations.
  • Apple has reportedly scaled back its ambitions for its electric car project, with concerns about profitability and manufacturing challenges.
  • Broadcom is set to report earnings after the bell, with investors expecting strong numbers.
  • Broadcom is expected to report $11.8 billion in revenue for the quarter, a 30% jump year-over-year, with most of the growth coming from AI.
  • Investors will be looking for an update on Broadcom's progress towards its goal of 5% of total chip sales coming from AI.
  • Unlike NVIDIA and AMD, Broadcom is less of an AI pure play, which could provide some insulation if AI demand cools down.
  • NVIDIA's stock has reached a record high, but some key executives have recently sold significant amounts of their shares.

AI and Regulation

  • Diversity in workforces is crucial for building AI models and creating responsible AI policies.
  • Credo AI helps companies determine whether their AI is reliable and responsible by providing alignment, testing, and understandable outcomes for diverse stakeholders.
  • More intentional regulation and enforcement mechanisms are needed to ensure companies are using AI responsibly.
  • Artificial intelligence (AI) will play a significant role in the upcoming elections, providing voters with information and media tailored to their preferences.
  • The key challenge lies in ensuring that voters have access to accurate and reliable information before making critical decisions that impact democracy.
  • The US government has taken steps to address AI safety and benchmarking through an executive order, but more funding is needed to support these initiatives.
  • The EU AI Act, which goes into effect this month, prioritizes European citizens' rights and will have a significant impact on organizations globally.

Tech Policy and Trade

  • SK Hynix is investing over $1 billion in South Korea to expand and improve its chip manufacturing capabilities, focusing on advanced chip packaging for AI and high-bandwidth memory.
  • The US government is pressuring its allies to further tighten trade restrictions on China's access to semiconductor technology, aiming to plug loopholes in previous export controls.
  • The House Energy and Commerce Committee is considering legislation that would require TikTok's Chinese parent company, ByteDance, to sell the platform within 165 days due to national security concerns.
  • TikTok argues that such legislation curtails free speech and the right to access the platform, citing First Amendment challenges.

Funding and Investment Trends

  • Venture dealmaking declined overall in 2023, but female founders still managed to secure a record share of the total deal value, raising a significant amount of funding.
  • The funding for companies with no women representation is significantly lower compared to companies with female representation, with a difference of hundreds of billions of dollars.
  • The number of companies engaging in female-founded companies is decreasing due to the challenging conditions and higher standards set by investors.
  • Larger companies are holding onto a larger share of the funding, while female-founded companies are showing resilience and attracting additional capital.
  • Sectors such as healthcare and climate tech are showing resilience in terms of funding, while AI is a prominent vertical that managed to attract more capital in 2023 compared to the previous year.
  • The majority of female-founded companies have at least one female founder, while companies with only women founders represent a much smaller percentage of the total funding.
  • The gender breakdown of check writers, who determine whether a company gets funded, is heavily male-dominated, which can have implications for female founders pitching to mostly male investors.


  • Palantir's shares are rising ahead of their conference, where CEO Alex Karp will speak.
  • Palantir is focusing on expanding its commercial customer base and has made progress in this area.
  • The CEO of Palantir, Alex Karp, expressed frustration about how business is done in the US, particularly regarding the perception of software as esoteric and self-serving.
  • Palantir's Titan project represents a logical extension of their successful MAVEN project, aiming to establish US dominance on the battlefield by combining the best of American software with hardware providers.
  • Karp highlighted the need for institutions to internalize the idea of using the best software available, even if it comes from commercial sources, rather than relying solely on PowerPoint presentations.
  • Despite reports of

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