Avalara, a Seattle-based sales tax automation cloud startup, closes up 87% on its first day of trading, after raising $180M in its IPO at $2B+ valuation (Alex Konrad/Forbes)

Alex Konrad / Forbes: Avalara, a Seattle-based sales tax automation cloud startup, closes up 87% on its first day of trading, after raising $180M in its IPO at $2B+ valuation  —  Forbes Staff Covering venture capital, software and startups  —  Wall Street’s lovefest with cloud computing companies continued … from Techmeme https://ift.tt/2JRAk7T

Metafilter considers subscription-based and community-funded models as it discloses that it’s running at an $8,000/month deficit in financial update (Josh Millard/MetaTalk)

Josh Millard / MetaTalk: Metafilter considers subscription-based and community-funded models as it discloses that it’s running at an $8,000/month deficit in financial update  —  Important site updates, folks:  —  1. The site is running at a significant deficit and we urgently need to make that up. from Techmeme https://ift.tt/2JQG5PV

AlphaPoint raises $15M Series A from Novogratz’s Galaxy Digital to help build cryptocurrency exchanges, digitize assets like gold and real estate via blockchain (Michael del Castillo/Forbes)

Michael del Castillo / Forbes: AlphaPoint raises $15M Series A from Novogratz’s Galaxy Digital to help build cryptocurrency exchanges, digitize assets like gold and real estate via blockchain  —  Forbes Staff I cover enterprise adoption of blockchain and cryptocurrency. … Famed hedge fund trader and bitcoin evangelist … from Techmeme https://ift.tt/2JTBImU

Silk Road Ross Ulbricht’s alleged right-hand man, Roger Thomas Clark or Variety Jones, extradited to US after being in custody in Thailand for 2.5+ years (Cyrus Farivar/Ars Technica)

Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica: Silk Road Ross Ulbricht’s alleged right-hand man, Roger Thomas Clark or Variety Jones, extradited to US after being in custody in Thailand for 2.5+ years  —  Roger Thomas Clark had previously told Ars: “They don’t have shit on me.”  —  The Department of Justice announced Friday … from Techmeme https://ift.tt/2LSePRy

US-based Semiconductor Industry Association says that some US companies may end up paying tariffs on their own products because of Trump’s $50B tariffs on China (Jay Greene/Wall Street Journal)

Jay Greene / Wall Street Journal: US-based Semiconductor Industry Association says that some US companies may end up paying tariffs on their own products because of Trump’s $50B tariffs on China  —  Semiconductor trade group says complex supply chain means Trump’s levies will hit U.S. businesses from Techmeme https://ift.tt/2JMkPuE