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Pace launches out of private beta with a plan to scale virtual group therapy

One in five people have a mental health illness. Pace, a new startup founded by Pinterest and Affirm executives, wants to pay attention to the other four in that statistic. “Nobody is perfectly mentally healthy all the time,” said Jack Chou, Pace co-founder. “It’s a non-existent idea, everyone is sort of swimming in between being clinically mentally unhealthy and perfectly mentally happy.” While diagnosable mental health conditions might get an individual medication or therapy, those that live i...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Pinterest, Tech, Mental Health, Meyer, Talkspace, Sdk, Coa, SPAC, Nellie, Maveron, Lyra Health, Chou, Hunter Walk


The first rule of BookClub? No boring book clubs.

Book clubs can be magical. Bring together a group of friends, tear apart a book and all of a sudden the words have a second, paperless, life. But what if the author could join in the banter? Imagine riffing with Roxane Gay, debating with Ta-Nehisi Coates and eavesdropping on The experience would resemble that of an epilogue, but one reserved exclusively for your friend group. For those intrigued, a new Salt Lake City startup wants to talk. BookClub launched today to bring author-led book clubs...
Tags: Startups, TC, Hollywood, Tech, Salt Lake City, Gordon Ramsay, Oprah, Facetime, Ta Nehisi Coates, Blake, Roxane Gay, David Blake, Maveron, Eric Sharp, GSV, Degreed


Thirty Madison raises $47 million for its direct to consumer treatments of hair loss, migraines, and indigestion

Thirty Madison, the New York-based startup developing a range of direct to consumer treatments for hair loss, migraines, and chronic indigestion, has raised $47 million in new financing. After last week’s nearly $19 billion merger between Teladoc and Livongo, remote therapies and virtual care companies are all the rage among the healthcare industry and Thirty Madison’s business is no exception.  An indicator of just how important these companies are to the future of the healthcare business can...
Tags: TC, New York, Articles, Tech, Healthcare, Healthcare Industry, Madison, Northzone, Telemedicine, Partner, Polaris Partners, Cove, Maveron, Ro, Johnson & Johnson, Keeps


Valence, the site dedicated to increasing economic opportunity for the Black community, raises $5.25 million

Valence, the Los Angeles-based online community dedicated to increasing economic opportunity for the Black community, has raised $5.25 million in financing as it looks to continue to expand its network for Black professionals in all fields. The timing for the investment is critical as the country reckons with the implications and effects of systemic racism. In no field is the under-representation of Black professionals more deeply felt than the tech industry, where lack of diversity can have pro...
Tags: Startups, TC, Softbank, Los Angeles, Tech, Diversity, Silicon Valley, Upfront Ventures, Greylock, Ggv Capital, Valence, Primus, Maveron, Hans Tung, Kobie Fuller, Techcrunch Include


Wave opens the door for musicians looking for a ‘metaverse’ beyond Fortnite

About two years before a recording of Marshmello took to a pixelated stage in Fortnite to make untold millions of dollars in virtual merchandise sales and usher in a new era of digital entertainment, the Los Angeles-based startup Wave brought DJs into virtual reality to play shows for audiences around the world. At the time, the company’s mission to bring artists to larger audiences through technology and virtual worlds seemed like a letter from the future — a playground for avant-garde visual a...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Japan, Jay Z, China, Los Angeles, Tech, Epic, Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, John Legend, Alex Rodriguez, Kevin Lin, Travis Scott, Tony, Warner Music Group


Fast-growing Madison Reed is eyeing men’s hair next; “We’re going to blow the doors off that market”

Amy Errett’s company, Madison Reed, sells in-home care color. It may not sound like a glamorous business but, as it turns out, it’s a very durable one, done the right way. Not only has the seven-year-old outfit been slowing chipping away at the dominant personal care giants like L’Oreal that have long controlled what’s currently a $30 billion market, but during one of the most dramatic economic downturns of the past century, it has been attracting new customers for whom a salon has not been an o...
Tags: Startups, TC, Washington, Atlanta, Unilever, Walgreens, Dallas, Miami, Houston, True Ventures, Denver, Madison Reed, Comcast Ventures, Maveron Ventures, Northern California, Oreal


The Guild, which turns apartments into short-term rentals, has nabbed $25 million in Series B funding

The Guild, a nearly four-year-old, Austin, Texas-based startup that turns apartments into comfortable short-term accommodations for business and other travelers, has landed $25 million in Series B funding from some of its earlier investors, including Maveron and Convivialite, along with real estate companies like the Nicol Investment Company, which owns some of the buildings in which The Guild has units. The 171-person company — started by two University of Texas grads who met in 2015 through...
Tags: Startups, TC, Real Estate, Tech, Nashville, Expedia, Austin Texas, Guild, University of Texas, Sonder, The-guild, Maveron, Recent Funding, McKinsey Google, Nicol Investment Company, Lyric Domio


Professional network for women Elpha raises seed funding

As slow-moving LinkedIn leaves rooms for startups to flourish, Elpha aims to create a tailored online network for women in tech. The company is not only a graduate of Y Combinator but was conceived of behind the scenes of the San Francisco accelerator program. Cadran Cowansage, the co-founder and chief executive officer of the startup, was a software engineer at YC from 2016 to early 2019. It was during that stint that she created Leap, a tool meant to help her and her colleagues communicate....
Tags: Startups, Y Combinator, San Francisco, Linkedin, Tech, Venture Capital, Tracy Chou, Jessica Livingston, Yc, Justin Kan, Kabam, Geoff Ralston, Maveron, Webflow, Michael Siebel, Lambda School


Venture capitalists ‘like and subscribe’ to influencers

Danielle Bernstein is just 27 years old, but she’s been running her own business for 10 years. First it was street-style photography, then came the launch of her popular fashion blog WeWoreWhat. Next she took to Instagram, a new social media platform that quickly became the most effective tool in a blogger’s toolkit. With new followers — today her account, @weworewhat, has 2.2 million — came opportunities to monetize her influence. She created and launched an overall brand and a swim collection,...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, London, Instagram, La, New York City, Los Angeles, Tech, Venture Capital, Harry Potter, Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers, Silicon Valley, Warner Bros, Rebecca Minkoff, Influence


Newly launched pet health startup Gallant wants you to bank your dog’s stem cells for $990

With $11 million in funding and a mission to open up the doors of regenerative therapies to dogs across the nation, the Los Angeles based startup Gallant is now opening its doors for the first time. The company was founded by DogVacay founder and chief executive Aaron Hirschhorn after seeing his own pet’s struggle with debilitating illness and knowing firsthand that regenerative medicine and stem cell therapies could help. “I struggled with debilitating chronic back pain for more than a decade, ...
Tags: TC, Biology, Los Angeles, Tech, Stem Cells, Rover, Illness, Black, Biotechnology, Emerging-technologies, Dogvacay, Life Sciences, Gallant, Maveron, Linda Black, Science Inc


Shoe companies Rothy’s and Steve Madden are at each other’s throats

In August, after receiving a cease-and-desist letter from the venture-backed shoe startup Rothy’s, shoe giant Steven Madden filed a pre-emptive lawsuit asking a federal court to rule that its Rosy Flat shoes don’t copy design elements of the Point ballet flat that Rothy’s began selling soon after its 2016 launch. More, it asked that seven related patents that Rothy’s has been issued — and that Rothy’s accused Madden of infringing — be declared invalid. Now, Rothy’s is batting back again, today f...
Tags: TC, Nordstrom, Tech, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Forerunner Ventures, Madden, Steve Madden, Maveron, Lerer Hippeau, OESH, Allbirds, Steven Madden, Rothy, Rothy's, Birdies, Bianca Gates


Early learning company Lovevery pockets $20 mln

Lovevery, an early learning company, has secured $20 million in Series B funding. The investors included Maveron, GV, Reach Capital, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and Collaborative Fund. Source: Press Release
Tags: Trends, Maveron, VC Deals, Lovevery


Maveron led Series A round for Tempest

Tempest, a virtual program changing how individuals access recovery, has raised $10 million in Series A financing. Maveron Capital led the round. Source: Press Release
Tags: Trends, Maveron, VC Deals, Maveron Capital


Startup says ‘Sober is the new black’

Maveron, Slow Ventures and Female Founders Fund have invested $10 million in a startup that claims it’s carving a new path to sobriety. Tempest offers a $647 eight-week virtual “sobriety school” to help people, particularly women and “historically oppressed individuals,” get sober. The program is led by the company’s founder and chief executive officer Holly Whitaker, who conducts weekly video lectures and Q+As for participants. Offering their expertise as part of the package is marriage a...
Tags: Health, Startups, New York, India, Tech, Venture Capital, World Health Organization, Random House, Series A, Slow Ventures, Female Founders Fund, Tempest, Whitaker, Syracuse University, University of Buffalo, Maveron


Allbirds, Everlane investor Maveron turned away more than $70M for its latest fund

Maveron, a venture capital fund co-founded by Starbucks mastermind Howard Schultz, has closed on another $180 million to invest in early-stage consumer startups. The capital represents the firm’s seventh fundraise and largest to date. To keep the fund from reaching mammoth proportions, the firm’s general partners said they turned away more than $70 million amid high demand for the effort. “It takes discipline to do something different from the rest of the herd, but we know that we’re not in the ...
Tags: TC, Finance, Softbank, Tech, Venture Capital, Howard Schultz, Starbucks, Andreessen Horowitz, Everlane, General Assembly, Schultz, AUM, Maveron, Dan Levitan, Natalie Dillon, Wertheim Schroder Co Schultz


Startups Weekly: Will the Seattle tech scene ever reach its full potential?

Greetings from Seattle, the land of Amazon, Microsoft, two of the world’s richest men and some startups. I’m always surprised the Seattle startup ecosystem hasn’t grown to compete with the likes of Silicon Valley — or at least Boston and New York City — since the dot-com boom. Today, it’s the strongest it’s has been due to the successes of companies like the newly minted unicorn Outreach, trucking business Convoy and, of course, the dog walking startup Rover. But the city still lags behind, ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Startups, Lyft, Uber, Utah, Japan, Microsoft, Finance, Boston, New York City, San Francisco, Chief executive officer, Tech, Economy, Venture Capital


Microbiome testing service uBiome puts its co-founders on administrative leave after FBI raid

The microbiome testing service uBiome has placed its founders and co-chief executives, Jessica Richman and Zac Apte, on administrative leave following an FBI raid on the company’s offices last week. The company’s board of directors have named John Rakow, currently the company’s general counsel, as its interim chairman and chief executive, the company said in a statement. Directors of the company are also conducting an independent investigation into the company’s billing practices which is bei...
Tags: TC, Y Combinator, Biology, Tech, Light, Fbi, Microbiology, Andreessen Horowitz, Seattle, Citizen Science, General Counsel, OS Fund, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Kapor Capital, Ubiome, Jessica Richman


USV closes on $450M for new funds, adds two partners

Union Square Ventures, a venture capital firm known for early bets in Twitter, Etsy and Tumblr, has $450 million in capital commitments to plow into the next generation of technology startups. The capital, which comes in just above the $429 million USV filed to raise earlier this year, is divided across two new funds: $200 million for its 2019 Core Fund and $250 million for the 2019 Opportunity Fund. The two funds are larger than their predecessors, which both closed on $175 million in 201...
Tags: Startups, Twitter, Etsy, Finance, Tech, Investment, Companies, USV, Venture Capital, Tumblr, Union Square Ventures, Fred Wilson, Munson, Grossman, Nick Grossman, Maveron


Caterina Fake is known for her trend-spotting; here’s some of what she’s chasing now

Roughly a year ago, entrepreneurs Caterina Fake and Jyri Engeström decided to form a traditional venture outfit called Yes VC. Fast forward, and the duo has nearly closed on $50 million for their debut fund, including backing from Supercell founder Ilkka Paananen, former Etsy CEO Chad Dickerson and the family office of Nokia Chairman Risto Siilasmaa. That investors would want to invest alongside them isn’t surprising. Fake famously co-founded the photo-sharing site Flickr, which sold to Yahoo, b...
Tags: Google, TC, Facebook, Yahoo, Etsy, California, Nokia, San Francisco, Tech, Indiana, Rome, Kickstarter, Silicon Valley, Seattle, Fake, Elise


Millennials are bringing astrology back into the mainstream with this popular iPhone app — here's how to use Co-Star to see who you're compatible with

Astrology has become an increasingly popular fascination among millennials, even generating memes. One such app that's benefited from the craze is Co-Star, which provides hyper-personalized horoscopes to its millions of users. Here's how the app works, and how you can use it to check your so-called compatibility with friends and love interests. Visit BusinessInsider.com for more stories. Millennials have been accused of killing everything from beer to Applebee's to fabric softener, but astrol...
Tags: Trends, Atlantic, Silicon Valley, Applebee, Maveron, Aspect Ventures, Co Star, Chani Nicholas, Co Star Using


Eargo raises $52M for virtually invisible, rechargeable hearing aids

Eargo wants to become the ultimate consumer hearing brand. The company’s small and virtually invisible direct-to-consumer hearing aids, which come in an AirPods-style chargeable case, are designed to help destigmatize hearing loss. One month after revealing its newest product — the Eargo Neo ($2,550), which can be customized remotely via the case’s Bluetooth connectivity — the startup has closed a $52 million Series D, bringing its total raised to date to $135 million. The latest round of ...
Tags: Health, Startups, Bluetooth, Australia, Insurance, Chief executive officer, Tech, Venture Capital, Medicare, Charles, Hearing, Hearing Loss, Nea, Medicare Advantage, Maveron, Eargo


It’s a new era for fertility tech

Women’s health has long been devoid of technological innovation, but when it comes to fertility options, that’s starting to change. Startups in the space are securing hundreds of millions in venture capital investment, a significant increase to the dearth of funding collected in previous years. Fertility entrepreneurs are focused on a growing market: couples are choosing to reproduce later in life, an increasing number of female breadwinners are able to make their own decisions about when and ho...
Tags: Health, Startups, Y Combinator, Instagram, Berlin, Softbank, US, San Francisco, Linkedin, Tech, Paypal, Venture Capital, Women's Health, Glow, Sequoia Capital, Max Levchin


Two Chairs nabs $7M for its client-therapist matching app and brick-and-mortar clinics

The future of healthcare isn’t entirely digital. For encounters as intimate as the client-therapist dynamic, a face-to-face relationship is still key. For those able to afford tech-enabled therapy services, Two Chairs, a San Francisco-headquartered mental healthcare business, may be of interest. The startup believes in the power of in-person therapy, as opposed to the new variety of affordable digital tools meant to replace or coexist with therapy services. Today, the company is announcing a $7 ...
Tags: Health, Startups, Funding, San Francisco, Tech, Mental Health, Healthcare, Venture Capital, Silicon Valley, Palantir, Cowboy Ventures, Series A, Bay Area, Therapist, Alex Katz, Katz


How Holistic Design Can Help Break Stigmas Around Therapy

Therapy as a component to health and wellness is something the world at large is gradually warming up to, and many emerging companies are seeing the opportunity for improvement through design and consumer research. A new mental health company called Two Chairs (which recently received Series A funding from Maveron, a consumer-focused investment group that invests in socially conscious companies such as Everlane and Allbirds) is betting that therapy won’t just be something people seek in desperat...
Tags: Design, Entrepreneurship, Social Impact, Everlane, Bay Area, Alex Katz, APA, Katz, Maveron, Design Business, Servic, Two Chairs


Pro.com raises $33M for its home improvement platform

Pro.com is basically a general contractor for the age of Uber and Prime Now. While the company started out as a marketplace for hiring home improvement professionals, it has now morphed into a general contractor and serves Denver, Phoenix San Francisco, San Jose and Seattle. Today, Pro.com announced that it has raised a $33 million Series B round led by WestRiver Group, Goldman Sach and Redfin. Previous investors DFJ, Madrona Venture Group, Maveron and Two Sigma Ventures also participated. We...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Uber, Real Estate, Microsoft, Oregon, Finance, Funding, San Francisco, Tech, Ceo, Portland, San Jose, Portland Oregon, Seattle


Union Square Ventures secures $429M across two new funds

New York-based venture capital firm Union Square Ventures (USV) has submitted paperwork to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission indicating a $429 million fundraise across two new vehicles. Founded in 2003 by Fred Wilson (pictured) and Brad Burnham, USV has supported high-flying companies including Twitter, Tumblr, Etsy and, more recently, Carta and Coinbase. The firm has only added four people to its partnership in its 15-year history. Most recently, Rebecca Kaden joined from ...
Tags: New York, China, Softbank, US, Tech, USV, Donald Trump, Union Square Ventures, Fred Wilson, Wilson, U S, U S Securities and Exchange Commission, Carta, Maveron, Vision Fund, Union Square Ventures USV


TrueFacet, which sells pre-owned, authenticated watches and jewelry, is raising a $10 million round of funding

The secondary luxury goods market has been growing wildly in recent years, with more shoppers opting to both sell their lightly used luxury goods like clothing and jewelry for cold hard cash, as well as buying the pre-owned, authenticated, luxury goods of others. One of the biggest beneficiaries of the trend is The RealReal, a nearly eight-year-old shopping destination for the growing population of people who might not be willing or able to purchase a new Hermes Birkin bag but are willing to buy...
Tags: TC, New York, Germany, Tech, SEC, Silicon Valley, Truefacet, Menlo Park, Redwood City, Atlanta Ga, Hermes Birkin, Maveron, Founders Co, Freestyle Capital, Raymond Weil, Roberto Coin


Dolls Kill is raising up to $15 million for its edgy fashion brand made for ‘misfits’

When founder Bobby Farahi met Shaudi “Shoddy” Lynn, it was at a rave in L.A. Farahi has said he was immediately drawn to the fashion sense of Lynn, who was a DJ at the time; she, meanwhile, might have appreciated the business acumen of Farahi, who had already sold a broadcast monitoring service called Multivision to a rival company. As Farahi told Inc. magazine several years ago, the couple, now married, decided to try their hand at business together, calling it Dolls Kill and selling foxtail ke...
Tags: Startups, Ecommerce, London, Kentucky, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tech, SEC, Nasty Gal, Motel, Boohoo, Lynn, Haight, L A Times, Fairfax Avenue, Inc


Keeps parent company Thirty Madison raises $15 million to fight male pattern baldness

Thirty Madison, the healthcare startup behind the hair loss brand Keeps, has brought in a $15.25 million Series A co-led by Maveron and Northzone. The company provides a subscription-based online marketplace for men’s hair loss prevention medications Finasteride and Minoxidil. Keeps sells these drugs direct-to-consumer, working with manufacturers to keep the costs low. On Keeps, a subscription of Minoxidil, an over-the-counter topical treatment often referred to as Rogaine, is $10 monthly. A sub...
Tags: Health, Google, Startups, Medicine, Funding, Tech, Chemistry, Healthcare, Venture Capital, Madison, Telemedicine, Erectile Dysfunction, Roman, Connie Loizos, Maveron, Hair Loss


Thirty Madison inks $15.25 mln Series A

Thirty Madison, which is “rebuilding the healthcare experience for modern consumers,” has secured $15.25 million in Series A funding. Maveron and Northzone led the round with participation from other investors that included Greycroft, Steadfast Venture Capital, First Round, ERA, HillCour and Two River. Source: Press Release
Tags: Trends, Healthcare, Northzone, Maveron, VC Deals