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A look at Birdies, the popular slipper shoe startup that just raised $8 million more from investors

Jan 17

Bianca Gates is a first-generation American, her parents having immigrated to the U.S. from Latin America. As such, she says, after waitressing her way through college at UC Irvine, she was expected to get a safe job with a 401(k) plan and to live with her pa…

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Resolute Ventures sticks to its knitting with $75 million fourth fund

Jan 16

Resolute Ventures, an early-stage firm with offices in San Francisco and Boston, just closed its fourth fund with $75 million. It’s an almost shockingly conservative amount of capital in today’s era of big-is-better funds. And with valuable companies like the…

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Lance Amstrong just wrote his first check as VC

Jan 16

Lance Armstrong revealed last month that an early investment in Uber — courtesy of a $100,000 check that he funneled into the company in 2009 through Lowercase Capital — “saved” his family from financial ruin after evidence surfaced in 2012 that he used perfo…

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Riding the RV revolution, Outdoorsy fuels up with $50 million in fresh funding

Jan 15

Outdoorsy is building for the road ahead. The three-year-old company, which connects customers with underused RVs and other trucks big enough to camp in overnight, just raised $50 million in Series C funding led by Greenspring Associates, with participation f…

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WeWork gets into the food business, backing the superfood startup of big wave surfer Laird Hamilton

Jan 11

WeWork CEO Adam Neumann has been described as an avid surfer, one who has been known to grab his board and go, both in the Hamptons in Long Island, where he reportedly owns a home, as well as in Hawaii. Maybe it’s no surprise then that WeWork is now also inve…

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PeakSpan Capital just closed on $265 million more to fund business software companies

Jan 10

PeakSpan Capital, a four-year-old, Burlingame, Ca.-based venture firm, has closed its second fund with $265 million in capital commitments, according to a new SEC filing that shows that 68 investors were involved in the fundraise. That’s a meaningful jump in …

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Mayfield, among the oldest venture firms, gets a new partner as it celebrates 50 years in the business

Jan 10

Venture firms can come and go, as anyone who lived through the boom and bust of the late ’90s internet bubble can attest. Some firms have staying power, however, and among these is Mayfield, founded 50 years ago, just ahead of Kleiner Perkins and Sequoia Capi…

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Tiger Global just invested $18 million in Olo, a low-flying ordering platform for more than 50,000 fast-casual restaurants

Jan 9

Few outside of the food service industry know about Olo a 13.5-year-old, New York-based mobile and online ordering platform for 250 restaurant chains, from Applebee’s to Cheesecake Factory, Chipotle to Denny’s, and Jamba Juice to Chili’s. Tiger Global has bee…

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Bowery Valuation raises $12 million more to automate the real estate appraisal process

Jan 8

Bowery Valuation, a New York-based company that we told you about last year, has raised $12 million in Series A funding for its tech-enabled real estate appraisal platform. The 3.5-year-old raised the capital from Corigin Ventures, Camber Creek, Navitas Capit…

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For SoftBank, no majority stake in WeWork as it scales down talks from a new $16 billion investment to $2 billion

Jan 7

Several weeks after it was reported by the WSJ that two of the biggest investors in SoftBank’s massive Vision Fund vehicle were cool on its planned $16 billion investment in the coworking company WeWork, those plans have changed radically, says the Financial …

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Marc Andreessen: audio will be “titanically important” and VR will be “1,000” times bigger than AR

Jan 6

In a new a16z podcast with the venture firm’s founders Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz, there’s a lot to enjoy, from Andreessen’s TV recommendations to Horowitz’s secret to excellent barbecue. (It’s pretty much just “time,” as you might imagine.) More usef…

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Served a summons via tweet? It just happened to one allegedly elusive VC

Jan 5

Jonathan Teo, long a Bay Area venture capitalist, might be regretting having a Twitter account tonight. The reason: it was used to serve a summons to Teo by the law firm Baker Curtis & Schwartz, which represents a former employee of the early-stage venture fi…

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FloWater just raised $15 million to put bottled water out of business

Jan 4

FloWater, an eight-year-old, Burlingame, Ca.-based company that sells reusable water bottle refilling stations that produce purified water, has raised $15 million in its first major round of funding, it quietly announced last month. Bluewater, a Swedish compa…

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Elon Musk is sticking with SpaceX board member Steve Jurveston, shows new SEC filing

Jan 3

Several weeks ago, the WSJ reported that SpaceX, Elon Musk’s rocket company, was set to raise $500 million from earlier shareholders and the Scottish money management firm Baillie Gifford & Co. in a bid to help get its internet-service business off the ground…

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Vengo, maker of touch-screen vending machines, just collected $7 million in fresh equity funding

Jan 3

Vengo, a six-year-old, Bethpage, New York-based startup that makes touchscreen vending machines for a wide variety of uses and clients, has raised $7 million in new equity funding, shows a new SEC filing. That roughly doubles the amount of money the company h…

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As market shifts, Atlas Venture closes a $250 million fund to support its breakaway biotech bets

Jan 2

Atlas Venture, the Cambridge, Ma.-based early-stage, biotech-focused venture firm, has for the first time raised an opportunity fund designed to help it support its most promising, maturing portfolio companies. The $250 million fund, announced by the firm thi…

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Bradley Tusk on mobile voting, Uber’s IPO race with Lyft and the Dems taking over the House

Dec 28

Hello!  Welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. As you know, typically, a few of us try cramming into the Equity podcast dungeon, including the nimble Alex Wilhelm, the scholarly …

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

Dec 27

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 oth…

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Dolls Kill is raising up to $15 million for is edgy fashion brand made for “misfits”

Dec 24

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 acument of Farahi, who had already …

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JD.com’s billionaire founder Richard Liu won’t be charged in sexual misconduct case

Dec 21

Roughly four months after JD.com’s billionaire CEO Richard Liu was arrested and later released by Minneapolis police on suspicion of alleged sexual misconduct, local authorities say they will not be charging him in a sexual-misconduct case. In a statement, He…

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