Second Home Startup Pacaso Reaches Over $1 Billion Valuation

2021-04-08T21:44:34+00:00April 8th, 2021|Start Ups|

Photo by iSAW Company on UnsplashPacaso, the startup democratizing the ownership in a second home, has now achieved a valuation of over $1 billion. Founded in October 2020, Pacaso attained unicorn status in only 6 months. This makes it the fastest startup to reach the $1 billion mark in the [...]

Pilot Gets New Round of Funding from Jeff Bezos and Silicon Valley

2021-04-01T19:57:22+00:00April 1st, 2021|Start Ups|

Image credit: PiqselsAccounting start-up Pilot has received a new round of funding from Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. Some other Silicon Valley investors also joined in the transaction.Pilot is the largest provider of back office services for startups and small businesses in the U.S. The San Francisco-based company closed a $100 [...]

Yotpo, the Content Marketing Platform, Raises More Funds

2021-03-30T17:55:09+00:00March 25th, 2021|Start Ups|

Image credit: PiqselsOnly seven months since its most recent funding announcement, Yotpo announced that it’s raised another $230 million in a Series F round that values the company at $1.4 billion (post-money).Yotpo is a user-generated content marketing platform. The company’s enterprise technology and integrated solution allows marketers to gather, curate, [...]

Energy Update: Arcadia Scoops Up Houston-Based Startup

2021-03-30T18:40:41+00:00March 23rd, 2021|Start Ups|

Energy image credit: PiqselsLast month’s huge winter weather disaster emphasized the delicate availability and volatile cost of electricity in the Houston area and in all of Texas. Only a month after the crisis a Washington, D.C.-based company acquired Houston-based Real Simple Energy. The idea is to help put power back [...]

Therabody, Maker of the Theragun, Gets Celebrity Investor Boost

2021-03-10T21:01:07+00:00March 10th, 2021|Start Ups|

Therabody image credit: LITTPROTherabody, the tech wellness firm best known for its Theragun massage therapy device, has attracted over 100 celebrity investors. The company’s star-studded investor list includes professional athletes, entertainers, and entrepreneurs.Dr. Jason Wersland designed the Theragun in 2008. he developed the the handheld percussive device to alleviate pain [...]

Regulation A+ and the “Mini-IPO”: Tips for Startups

2021-03-06T22:16:35+00:00March 6th, 2021|Start Ups|

Regulation A+, sometimes called Reg A+, is frequently referred to as the “mini-IPO.” It is a scaled down version of a traditional IPO that subjects certain early-stage companies to less stringent requirements. The mini-IPO process is less costly, has less onerous ongoing reporting requirements, and involves a shorter timeline to [...]

Electric Vehicle Buzz Propels Churchill SPAC Gains

2021-03-31T20:29:17+00:00February 14th, 2021|Start Ups|

Electric vehicle image credit: Mmovchin Churchill Capital Corp IV, a blank-check company, saw its stock price surge amid rumors that it was planning to merge with Lucid Motors. Lucid Motors is an electric vehicle startup targeting the high-end luxury market. The value of the transaction could be up to $15 [...]

To Austin From Silicon Valley—8VC Becomes Latest Firm to Relocate

2021-02-26T05:48:39+00:00February 13th, 2021|Start Ups|

8VC, a major Silicon Valley venture capital firm led by Joe Lonsdale, has revealed that it is relocating to Austin, Texas. The move follows a wave of prominent moves to the growing tech hub. Dubbed the “Silicon Hills” of Texas, a number of Silicon Valley companies have recently announced plans [...]

TCV Closes $4 Billion Fund, Record for Famed Venture Capital Firm

2021-02-10T22:54:21+00:00February 10th, 2021|Start Ups|

TCV image credit: Arip Santoso The Silicon Valley venture capital firm TVC has helped some of world’s most well-known technology companies. The firm announced in January 2021 that it raised a record $4 billion fund. It is by far the largest fund in TCV’s 25-year history. It is also $1 [...]

A Greenshoe Option Allows Underwriters to Sell Additional Shares

2021-04-05T21:18:23+00:00February 7th, 2021|Start Ups|

Image credit: PixabayIn many large initial public offerings (IPOs), the bank underwriters decide to exercise their “greenshoe option” to sell additional company shares. This special share arrangement is formally known as the “over-allotment option”. Companies such as Facebook, Alibaba, Exxon Mobil and Saudi Aramco have utilized this option following their [...]

SPACs (Special Purpose Acquisition Companies) Boost Wall Street

2021-02-04T21:00:29+00:00February 4th, 2021|Start Ups|

SPACs, or special purpose acquisition companies, surged into popularity in 2020. They have continued making headlines in 2021. With their limited downside and huge upside potential for companies and investors alike, SPACs are increasingly becoming a mainstream source of acquisition capital.U.S.-based SPACs raised $82 billion in capital in 2020, almost [...]

Growth Equity, A Blend Between Private Equity and Venture Capital

2021-02-02T20:07:38+00:00February 2nd, 2021|Start Ups|

Growth equity firms have been one of the fastest growing segments of the private equity industry. This industry lies somewhere at the intersection of the private equity and venture capital industries, carrying elements of both. In many ways, they offer the best of both worlds. They fall in between private [...]

Scale AI Valued at $3.5B After Series D Fundraising Round

2021-01-26T22:35:22+00:00January 26th, 2021|Start Ups|

Image credit: Scale AI is a data labeling startup headed by 23-year old Alex Wang. Its value is now $3.5 billion. The four-year-old startup raised a $155 million Series D funding round led by Tiger Global Management. Based in San Francisco, its customers include Airbnb, General Motors, DoorDash, Nvidia, [...]

Qualtrics, Utah-Based Software Company, Plans $14 Billion IPO

2021-01-21T22:15:02+00:00January 21st, 2021|Start Ups|

Image credit: Suhail Haque The record IPO surge in the second half of 2020 looks set to extend well into 2021. The IPO euphoria, particularly with respect to tech companies, has defied expectations. Utah-based Qualtrics is a customer-relationship management software company. It has entered the arena with its announcement of [...]

Function of Beauty Raises $150M to Expand Customized Products

2021-01-04T21:05:21+00:00January 4th, 2021|Start Ups|

Function of Beauty image credit: Isometrics Function of Beauty is a New York-based company that focuses on creating customized beauty products for the masses. The company raised a $150 million Series B funding round in early December. The Greenwich, Connecticut-based private equity firm L Catterton, which focuses on investing in [...]

Bitcoin Buying Frenzy Fueled by PayPal and Square

2020-12-22T21:18:39+00:00December 21st, 2020|Start Ups|

Image credit: Mike’s MoneyTalks The recent surge in Bitcoin prices has been largely driven by leading fintech giants PayPal and Square. According to a report by Pantera Capital, it appears that PayPal and Square’s CashApp have bought up almost 100% of all the new supply of Bitcoins entering the market [...]

AI Hospital Startup Olive Valued at $1.5B After Latest Funding Round

2020-12-18T18:08:43+00:00December 17th, 2020|Start Ups|

Olive is a startup that develops AI tools for hospital systems. Olive’s current value is over $1.5 billion after an additional $225.5 million round of financing. The latest funding round for the Columbus, Ohio-based company was led by Tiger Global Management. Tiger Global is an investment firm based in New [...]

E-Commerce App Prepares for $30 Billion IPO

2020-12-11T17:45:35+00:00December 9th, 2020|Start Ups| is an e-commerce unicorn that sells low-priced goods. It is gearing up for an IPO set to take place before the end of 2020. The e-retailer is targeting a valuation between $25 to $30 billion on the public market. For the past three years, the mobile app has [...]

Food Delivery App DoorDash Plans IPO Before End of 2020

2020-12-23T05:01:03+00:00December 8th, 2020|Start Ups|

DoorDash, one of the largest food delivery apps in the United States, is planning to IPO before the end of 2020. The company is seeking up to a $32 billion valuation from its public debut. It plans to sell 33 million shares. The shares will be listed on the New [...]

Fitness Tracking Startup Strava Raises $110 Million in Series F Round

2020-12-07T21:01:06+00:00December 7th, 2020|Start Ups|

Strava is a San Francisco-based fitness tracking app and social platform for athletes. The firm raised $110 million in a Series F financing round led by private equity firms TCV and Sequoia Capital. Other participants in the round included Dragoneer Investment Group, Madrone Capital Partners, Jackson Square Ventures, and Go4it [...]

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