Deep Dive on the Aurora + RTPY SPAC Deal w/ Chris Urmson and Michael Thompson

by | Oct 12, 2021

Aurora CEO Chris Urmson and Reinvent’s (RTPY) Michael Thompson join David Drapkin to talk self-driving technology, why Aurora is setup for success, and the overall SPAC market.

Aurora / Reinvent just announced their shareholder vote on the deal is happening on November 2nd.

Reinvent Technology Partners Y (RTPY), is a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) led by LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman and Zynga founder Mark Pincus.

More on Aurora: https://aurora.tech/
More on Reinvent: https://www.reinventtechnologypartners.com/

Discussion Details

  • Overview of Aurora and its technology, partnerships
  • Why public now vs. an additional private round
  • Why Reinvent, process of finding a SPAC
  • Sponsor alignment with public shareholders
  • Keys to success as a public company
  • 2023 Truck launch and go-to-market strategy
  • Why Aurora vs. a GM or Waymo?
  • Valuation in context vs. Peers and latest raise?
  • Telling Aurora’s story to the public
  • Capital structure of the company post close
  • Reinvent as a SPAC sponsor – picking SPAC targets
  • Future of the SPAC market from a sponsor perspective
  • Biggest Risk for Aurora
<a href="https://www.boardroomalpha.com/author/draps/" target="_self">David Drapkin</a>

David Drapkin

Spent his formative years at Goldman Sachs and now embraces the start-up life in NYC. A long suffering Oakland (Las Vegas) Raiders fan and graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Semi-professional go-kart racer waiting for his shot.

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