#36: SPACs and COVID Winners with Shift Technologies Co-CEO, George Arison


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Happy new year! We kick 2021 off on the Razor's Edge by looking at a couple of the biggest trends from 2020 – COVID market distortions and SPACs. Our guest is George Arison, Co-CEO of Shift Technologies, an online used car seller. Used cars were a surprisingly hot market in 2020, in part spurring Shift to move up their calendar to go public by a year. They went public via a SPAC. So our conversation centers on the two topics; how wild was 2020 and how do you plan for the following year; and why go public with a SPAC and what was that like?

Topics Covered
  • 2:30 minute mark – Background on George and on Shift
  • 7:30 – Where does the value add or competitive advantage come in?
  • 12:00 – What the “value” part of the used car market looks like
  • 14:15 – How Shift interacts with/competes with dealers
  • 18:00 – What 2020 has looked like for Shift
  • 29:00 – How the go-public plan shifted for Shift in 2020
  • 33:00 – The SPAC fit and the questions raised
  • 37:00 – What do SPAC negotiations look like?
  • 40:00 – Surprises in the public market
  • 43:30 – Planning for 2021 after the COVID rush
  • 49:00 – What about the COVID hangover

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