Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-themed podcast.
We managed to not talk about Uber this episode, which was a welcome respite from the last few months during which we couldn’t not talk about the company. However, that didn’t mean that there wasn’t quite a lot to get through.
First up, Roku dropped its S-1 documentation for what is currently tagged as a $100 million IPO. That number, as we discuss, will likely change. However, the firm’s newly disclosed information gave us quite a lot of material to dig through. In short, Roku is a company that never gave up, and, critically, managed a business pivot late in its life that is now helping it go public.
Next up was some news that TechCrunch broke this week: 23andMe is raising around $200 million at a $1.5 billion pre-money valuation. That should put the genetic testing company worth $1.7 billion, give or take, when the funding event closes.
And finally, the company on everyone’s lips that didn’t make it to very many stomachs, Juicero, target="_blank" href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/2017/09/01/rip-juicero-the-400-venture-backed-juice-machine/" rel="noopener">is shutting down. As in, the money’s probably gone and the product didn’t sell and the firm is kaput.
All that and we are bringing Equity to Disrupt in just a few weeks. Get stoked.