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Despite economy, General Catalyst announces $2.3 billion in commitments across three funds

General Catalyst, the 20-year-old venture firm that has been bulking up in recent years, announced this morning that it has secured $2.3 billion in capital commitments across three funds: a $600 million early-stage fund, a $1 billion growth fund for companies with $10 million-plus in annual revenue and a $700 million “endurance fund” to back large companies doing more than $100 million in sales, as reported earlier in Forbes. It’s an impressive amount for the firm, which last closed a $1.4 bi...
Tags: Softbank, Funding, Tech, Venture Capital, Silicon Valley, Airbnb, General Catalyst, Nea, Forbes, COLUMBUS Ohio


General Catalyst just announced $2.3 billion in new capital commitments across three funds

General Catalyst, the 20-year-old venture firm that has been bulking up in recent years, announced this morning that it has secured $2.3 billion in capital commitments across three funds: a $600 million early-stage fund, a $1 billion growth fund for companies with $10 million-plus in annual revenue and a $700 million “endurance fund” to back large companies doing more than $100 million in sales, as reported earlier in Forbes. It’s an impressive amount for the firm, which last closed a $1.4 bi...
Tags: Softbank, Funding, Tech, Venture Capital, Silicon Valley, Airbnb, General Catalyst, Nea, Forbes, COLUMBUS Ohio


Leading VCs discuss how COVID-19 has impacted the world of digital health

In December 2019, Extra Crunch spoke to a group of investors leading the charge in health tech to discuss where they saw the most opportunity in the space leading into 2020. At the time, respondents highlighted startups in digital therapeutics, telehealth and mental health that were improving medical practitioner efficiency or streamlining the distribution of care, amongst a variety of other digital health markets that were garnering the most attention. Where top VCs are investing in digital h...
Tags: Health, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Science, Funding, Medical, Tech, Policy, Mental Health, Healthcare, Venture Capital, Biotech, Telemedicine, Diagnosis, Kleiner Perkins


Now might be the perfect time to rethink your fundraising approach

Russ Heddleston Contributor Share on Twitter Russ is the co-founder and CEO of DocSend. He was previously a product manager at Facebook, where he arrived via the acquisition of his startup Pursuit.com, and has held roles at Dropbox, Greystripe, and Trulia. Follow him here: @rheddleston and @docsend More posts by this contributor What to expect when pitching European VCs First mover advantage: Does it matter...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Column, Entrepreneurship, Funding, San Francisco, Tech, Fundraising, Venture Capital, Private Equity, Silicon Valley, Trulia, Russ, Russ Heddleston, Coronavirus, COVID-19


It looks like Brandon Middaugh is heading up the $1B Microsoft climate fund

Earlier this year, Microsoft made waves in the corporate community by coming out with one of the most ambitious and wide-ranging strategies to reduce carbon emissions from the company’s operations. Part of that plan was a $1 billion fund that would invest in climate change mitigation technologies — specifically focused on decarbonization. At the time, details were scarce, but it looks like the strategy is becoming a little more clear, with details beginning to emerge about who will be running...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Microsoft, Climate Change, Funding, Environment, Tech, East Coast, Mid Atlantic, Middaugh, Brandon Middaugh, Cloud Energy


Leading VCs discuss how COVID-19 is impacting real estate & proptech

Several months ago, we surveyed more than 20 leading real estate VCs to learn about what was exciting them most in the real estate tech sector and hear their opinions on proptech trends like co-working, flexible office space and remote office space. Since we published our survey, COVID-19 has flipped the real estate sector on its head as more companies move toward mandatory remote work, retail businesses are forced to temporarily shut their doors and high-traffic properties thin out. Suddenly, t...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Real Estate, Funding, Tech, Venture Capital, Real Estate Tech, DreamIt Ventures, Thomvest Ventures, VC Survey, Andrew Ackerman, Urban-x, Urban.us, Stonly Baptiste, Micah Kotch, RET Ventures


DataGuard, which provides GDPR and privacy compliance-as-a-service, raises $20M

Watchdogs have started to raise the issue that new working practices and online activity necessitated by the spread of the coronavirus pandemic are creating new sets of privacy, security and data protection challenges. Today a startup is announcing a growth round of funding to help online businesses navigate those issues better. DataGuard, a Munich-based startup that provides “GDPR-as-a-service” — essentially a cloud-based platform to help those doing business online ensure that they are complia...
Tags: Security, Startups, TC, Europe, London, Privacy, Funding, Americas, Tech, Service, Munich, SaaS, Gdpr, David Klein, Recent Funding, Coronavirus


Plastiq raises $75M to help small businesses use credit cards more

When Eliot Buchanan tried to use his credit card to pay his Harvard tuition bill, the payment was rejected because the university said it doesn’t accept credit. Realizing the same problem exists for thousands of different transactions like board, rent and vendor payments, he launched Plastiq. Plastiq helps people use credit cards to pay, or get paid, for anything.  Plastiq today announced that it has raised $75 million in venture capital in a Series D round led by B Capital Group. Kleiner Per...
Tags: Startups, Softbank, Funding, Tech, Harvard, Alibaba, Payments, Kabbage, Buchanan, Fundbox, Plastiq, B Capital Group, Recent Funding, Eliot Buchanan, Buchanan Plastiq, Fundbox Similar


Online marketplace OfferUp raises $120M, acquires top competitor letgo

OfferUp, a top online and mobile marketplace app, announced this morning it’s raising $120 million in a new round of funding led by competiting marketplace letgo’s majority investor, OLX Group, and others. As a part of the deal, OfferUp will also be acquiring letgo’s classified business, with OLX Group gaining a 40% stake in the newly combined entity. Other investors in the new round include existing OfferUp backers Andreessen Horowitz and Warburg Pincus. The funds will be put towards continu...
Tags: Google, Fundings & Exits, TC, Mobile, Ecommerce, Apps, Marketplace, Funding, America, Selling, Tech, E-commerce, Online Shopping, Andreessen Horowitz, North America, Buying


SecondNature raises $16.4M for “healthy home” subscription products, like air and water filters

After a confusing trip to the store to purchase an air filter back in 2012, two N.C. State University students, Thad Tarkington and Kevin Barry, came up with the idea to make this routine home maintenance purchase a subscription-based business. The following year, their startup FilterEasy had a few hundred subscribers. Fast forward to now, and that service — now called SecondNature — has grown its customer base to hundreds of thousands by expanding beyond its original direct-to-consumer model to...
Tags: Health, Wellness, Home, Startups, Funding, Tech, Subscription, Ardmore, UNC, Kevin Barry, Merv, Homeowner, N C State University, Mann Hummel, Home Health, Thad Tarkington


Humio announces $20M Series B to advance unlimited logging tool

Humio, a startup that has built a modern unlimited logging solution, announced a $20 million Series B investment today. Dell Technologies Capital led the round with participation from previous investor Accel. Today’s investment brings the total raised to $32 million, according to the company. Humio co-founder and CEO Geeta Schmidt says the startup wanted to build a solution that would allow companies to log everything, while reducing the overall cost associated with doing that, a tough pro...
Tags: Startups, TC, Enterprise, Funding, Tech, Michigan, Devops, Aruba, SCHMIDT, Dell Technologies Capital, Humio, Geeta Schmidt, Deepak Jeevankumer, Logging Tools, Accel Today, Netlify Bloomberg


Espressive lands $30M Series B to build better help chatbots

Espressive, a four-year-old startup from former ServiceNow employees, is working to build a better chatbot to reduce calls to company help desks. Today, the company announced a $30 million Series B investment. Insight Partners led the round with help from Series A lead investor General Catalyst along with Wing Venture Capital. Under the terms of today’s agreement, Insight founder and managing director Jeff Horing will be joining the Espressive Board. Today’s investment brings the total rai...
Tags: Startups, TC, Cloud, Enterprise, Funding, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Image Recognition, Company, Calhoun, NLP, Chatbots, Jeff Horing, Insight Partners, Pat Calhoun


Where top VCs are investing in D2C

If you’re looking for toothbrushes, skin-care face masks, mattresses, glasses or even socks, there’s a digitally-native, direct-to-consumer (D2C) company or two that can help you out. And thanks to smart digital marketing, the cult followings that ensue and the economics of e-commerce, D2C has changed how we relate to consumer goods (while attracting a waterfall of investment dollars). Globally, D2C startups have raised between $8 billion to $10 billion in known venture capital across more than ...
Tags: Google, Fundings & Exits, Startups, Facebook, Ecommerce, Funding, Fundraising, Kickstarter, Venture Capital, Retail, Alexis Ohanian, Casper, Northzone, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Shopify, Accel Partners


Cazoo, the used-car sales portal, raises another $116M

The rapid spread of the coronavirus pandemic has put a freeze on many in-person sales and transactions for goods and services, so in what might be a sign of the times for funding in the startup world, today a company in the UK that’s been building a portal to carry out car sales in the virtual world is announcing a large fundraise. Cazoo, a startup modelled on the Vroom/Beepi-type model that buys in used cars and then sells them online and delivers to your door, today is announcing that it has r...
Tags: Amazon, Ecommerce, Europe, UK, Funding, Tech, Netflix, Alex, Car Sales, Silver Lake, Alex Chesterman, Cazoo, Vroom Beepi, Alex Chesterman Founder CEO of Cazoo, DMG Ventures, Manuel Lopo de Carvalho


Hospital droid Diligent Robotics raises $10M to assist nurses

28% of a nurse’s time is wasted on low-skilled tasks like fetching medical tools. We need them focused on the complex and compassionate work of treating patients, especially amid the coronavirus outbreak. Diligent Robotics wants to give them a helper droid that can run errands for them around the hospital. The startup’s bot Moxi is equipped with a flexible arm, gripper hand, and full mobility so it can hunt down lightweight medical resources, navigate a clinic’s hallways, and drop them off fo...
Tags: Health, Fundings & Exits, Startups, Hardware, Funding, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Hospital, Robots, Robotics, True Ventures, Cto, Georgia Tech, National Science Foundation, Johnson Johnson, Dallas TX


Quantum Machines raises $17.5M for its quantum orchestration platform

Quantum Machines, a Tel Aviv-based startup that is building both hardware and software to operate quantum computers, today announced that it has raised a $17.5 million Series A funding round. The round was led by Israeli tech entrepreneur Avigdor Willenz, who, among other companies, co-founded Habana Labs and Anapurna Labs and sold them to Intel and Amazon respectively. and Harel Insurance investments. TLV Partners and Battery Ventures also participated in this round. TLV Partners also led...
Tags: Amazon, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Knowledge, Funding, Tel Aviv, Tech, Intel, Player, Emerging-technologies, Battery Ventures, Quantum Computing, TLV Partners, Avigdor Willenz, Recent Funding


Female-led Robin Games raises $7 million to combine lifestyle content with fantasy gaming

As a former Jam City executive, Jill Wilson led teams behind some of the top-grossing gaming franchises, like Cookie Jam and Panda Pop. Now she’s running her own startup, Robin Games, where a team of mostly women is working to create a new niche in mobile entertainment they’re calling “lifestyle gaming.” As the name implies, the idea is to create a mobile gaming experience — in this case, fantasy gaming — that’s more like the sophisticated and stylish lifestyle content that’s popular today. Robi...
Tags: Mobile, Gaming, Apps, Games, Funding, Lifestyle, Tech, Mobile Gaming, Wilson, Cookie Jam, Jam City, Hearst Ventures, Jill Wilson, Robin Games, Supercell Playfish, Wilson Robin Games


Female-led Robin Games raises $7M to combine lifestyle content with fantasy gaming

As a former Jam City executive, Jill Wilson led teams behind some of the top-grossing gaming franchises, like Cookie Jam and Panda Pop. Now she’s running her own startup, Robin Games, where a team of mostly women is working to create a new niche in mobile entertainment they’re calling “lifestyle gaming.” As the name implies, the idea is to create a mobile gaming experience — in this case, fantasy gaming — that’s more like the sophisticated and stylish lifestyle content that’s popular today. Robi...
Tags: Startups, Mobile, Gaming, Apps, Games, Funding, Lifestyle, Tech, Mobile Gaming, Wilson, Cookie Jam, Jam City, Hearst Ventures, Jill Wilson, Recent Funding, Robin Games


Venture investment in esports looks light as Q1 races to a close

Hello and welcome back to our regular morning look at private companies, public markets and the gray space in between. Today we’re taking a look at the world of esports venture capital investment, largely through the lens of preliminary data that we’ll caveat given how reported VC data lags reality. That phenomenon is likely doubly true in the current moment, as COVID-19 absorbs all news cycles and some venture rounds’ announcements are delayed even more than usual. All the same, the data we do ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Gaming, Funding, Tech, Fundraising, Venture Capital, Esports, Extra Crunch


Y Combinator-backed Kosh is a neobank for blue-collar workers in India

Dozens of startups have stepped up in India in recent quarters to improve banking experience for millions of users and businesses in the country. As a result, tens of thousands of people who could not get a loan or a credit card from a bank can now secure both from fintech startups. But this push to bring financial inclusion to everyone still has many areas to cover. Blue-collar workers, for instance, are still facing challenges in availing some basic banking services. Kosh, a Y Combinator-backe...
Tags: Travel, Google, Android, Y Combinator, Asia, India, Funding, Bangalore, Online Lending, Noida, Goel, Kosh, Kosh a Y Combinator, Aayush Goel, Sahil Bansal, NiYO Solutions


Around is the new floating head video chat multitasking app

You have to actually get work done, not just video call all day, but apps like Zoom want to take over your screen. Remote workers who need to stay in touch while staying productive are forced to juggle tabs. Meanwhile, call participants often look and sound far away, dwarfed by their background and drowned in noise. Today, Around launches its new video chat software that crops participants down to just circles that float on your screen so you have space for other apps. Designed for laptops, A...
Tags: Travel, Google, Social, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Apps, Video, Enterprise, Funding, Godaddy, Facebook Messenger, Video Chat, Ryan Hoover, Garry Tan, Credo Ventures


Spectro Cloud launches with $7.5M investment to help developers build Kubernetes clusters their way

By now we know that Kubernetes is a wildly popular container management platform, but if you want to use it, you pretty much have to choose between having someone manage it for you or building it yourself. Spectro Cloud emerged from stealth today with a $7.5 million investment to give you a third choice that falls somewhere in the middle. The funding was led by Sierra Ventures with participation from Boldstart Ventures. Ed Sim, founder at Boldstart, says he liked the team and the tech. ...
Tags: Startups, TC, Cloud, Enterprise, Developer, Funding, Tech, Cisco, SIM, Kubernetes, Sierra Ventures, Fu, BoldStart Ventures, Ed Sim, Boldstart, Spectro Cloud


YC-backed EduRev wants to democratize online learning in India

As edtech startups emerge and expand in India, millions of students in the country now have an additional option to choose from when they prepare for competitive exams. But despite the proliferation of cheap Android handsets and availability of some of the world’s cheapest mobile data plans, online learning platforms in India are struggling to appeal to the masses because their offering is too expensive for many. EduRev, a Y Combinator-backed startup (W20), thinks it can address this. The three-...
Tags: Android, Startups, Y Combinator, Asia, Education, India, Funding, Tech, Netflix, Yc, Satija, EduRev, Kunaal Satija


HashiCorp soars above $5B valuation in new $175M venture round

The rise of the cloud over the past decade has forced software developers and DevOps engineers to completely rearchitect the modern web application, ensuring scalability, performance, and security. That’s a really painful proposition when done manually, which is where HashiCorp comes in to play. The company’s suite of products helps everyone in the tech workforce from IT admins to software developers operate in the cloud (mostly) effortlessly and natively. The company’s products have long garner...
Tags: Startups, Cloud, Enterprise, Funding, Tech, HashiCorp, Greylock, Nomad, Vault, Franklin Templeton, Franklin Templeton Investments, Recent Funding, Armon Dadgar, Mitchell Hashimoto, IVP HashiCorp, David McJannet


To make locks touchless, Proxy bluetooth ID raises $42M

We need to go hands-off in the age of coronavirus. That means touching fewer doors, elevators, and sign-in iPads. But once a building is using phone-based identity for security, there’s opportunities to speed up access to WIFI networks and printers, or personalize conference rooms and video call set-ups. Keyless office entry startup Proxy wants to deliver all of this while keeping your phone in your pocket. “ The door is just a starting point” Proxy co-founder and CEO Denis Mars tells me. “We’re...
Tags: Security, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Mobile, Apps, Y Combinator, Hardware, Enterprise, Privacy, Funding, Tech, Mars, Kleiner Perkins, Silicon Valley Bank, Sdk


n8n, a ‘fair code’ workflow automation platform, raises seed from Sequoia as VC firm steps up in Europe

When concerns about the novel coronavirus — and subsequent changes in activity — are not bringing productivity to a halt (and perhaps especially in times of needing to be as efficient as possible), one of the bigger IT trends has been a push to streamline how people work by creating better integrations between the different apps that they use. Today, a startup out of Berlin, Germany is announcing seed funding to help it enter the fray of those that are helping make those integrations happen seam...
Tags: Startups, TC, Facebook, Asia, Europe, UK, London, Microsoft, Developer, China, Germany, Berlin, Funding, US, Tech, Silicon Valley


Heartbeat Health raises $8.2M to improve cardiovascular care

While you’ve probably spent a lot of today thinking about the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s worth remembering that other health issues aren’t going away — and that heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States. Heartbeat Health is a startup working to improve the way that cardiovascular care is delivered, and it announced today that it has raised $8.2 million in Series A funding. Dr. Jeffrey Wessler, the startup’s co-founder and CEO, is a cardiologist himself, and he told me th...
Tags: Health, Fundings & Exits, Startups, Europe, New York, Funding, US, Tech, Lerer Hippeau, Wessler, 406 Ventures, Optum Ventures, Recent Funding, Max Ventures, Heartbeat Health, United States Heartbeat Health


Doing deals through Zoom? These investors have some tips

Investors are turning to remote-only meetings to combat COVID-19, which was officially declared a pandemic yesterday . The novel coronavirus is already spreading via community contact in the Bay Area; an employee of South Park Cafe, a popular hub for techies and venture capitalists run by the credit card startup Brex, tested positive this week. The spot is a few hundred feet from a number of high-profile venture capital firms, including Kleiner Perkins. But for many remote-friendly ventu...
Tags: Work, Money, Funding, Tech, Fundraising, Venture Capital, Kleiner Perkins, Bay Area, South Park Cafe, Geoff Lewis, Bedrock, Astia, Elizabeth Yin, Brex, Extra Crunch, Turner Novak


Men’s at-home health startup Vault takes in $30 million from Tiger Global

Vault, an at-home healthcare practice specializing men’s medicine has announced the raise of $30 million in funding from Tiger Capital Group, Declaration Capital and Redesign Health to reach more potential patients and expand to more areas beyond New York, Florida, Tennessee and Texas, where it currently offers treatments. Founder and CEO Jason Feldman, who formerly headed Amazon’s Prime Video Direct and Global Innovation teams before launching Vault last summer, told TechCrunch his startup a...
Tags: Health, Amazon, Startups, TC, Florida, New York, Texas, Funding, Tech, Ceo, United States, Tennessee, Healthcare, Erectile Dysfunction, Hormones, TechCrunch


Superpeer raises $2M to help influencers and experts make money with one-on-one video calls

Superpeer is giving YouTube creators and other experts a new way to make money. The startup announced today that it has raised $2 million in pre-seed funding led by Eniac Ventures, with participation from angel investors including Steven Schlafman, Ankur Nagpal, Julia Lipton, Patrick Finnegan, Justin De Guzman, Chris Lu, Paul Yacoubian and Cheryl Sew Hoy. It also launched on ProductHunt. The idea is that if you’re watching a video to learn how to paint, or how to code, or about whatever the t...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Media, Funding, Tech, Eniac Ventures, Cheryl Sew Hoy, Recent Funding, Superpeer, Devrim Yasar, Koding, Yasar



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