Katie Roof

Katie Roof is a senior writer and video host at TechCrunch. She has an interest in late stage venture capital, and is especially enthusiastic about commerce, social media and apps. Previously, Roof was a tech reporter for FOXBusiness.com and has been a contributor at Reuters, TheStreet and Forbes. She has held television production roles at CNN and Bloomberg TV.

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  • Alteryx rises 11% in data analytics IPO

    Alteryx rises 11% in data analytics IPO

    Alteryx, the data analytics company, went public on the New York Stock Exchange today, marking the third IPO of the year. The company priced its IPO yesterday at $14 per share, and closed Friday at $15.50, or 10.7% higher. Alteryx works with clients like Amazon, Ford and Coca-Cola to help them better assess what products are selling and where there are market inefficiencies. CEO Dean… Read More

  • Enterprise data firm Alteryx set to raise $126 million from NYSE IPO

    Enterprise data firm Alteryx set to raise $126 million from NYSE IPO

    The wheels on America’s tech IPO train continue to turn. Enterprise data analytics firm Alteryx, the next tech firm in line to go public, has priced its shares at $14 ahead of its listing on the New York Stock Exchange Friday. That pricing — which comes in at the top of the firm’s range — will see Alteryx, which is listing under AYX symbol, raise $126 million from… Read More

  • Online ticket marketplace Vivid Seats is looking to sell for $1.5 billion

    Online ticket marketplace Vivid Seats is looking to sell for $1.5 billion

    Online secondary ticket marketplace Vivid Seats is looking for a buyer and they’re hoping to fetch a price of about $1.5 billion, TechCrunch has learned. According to multiple sources, private equity firm Vista Equity Partners is working with Morgan Stanley to unload Vivid, which could net a tidy profit for the firm a little over a year after acquiring the business for about $850 million. Read More

  • WayUp gets $18.5 million more to help college grads find jobs

    WayUp gets $18.5 million more to help college grads find jobs

    Recent college grads need a better way to search for jobs. Or at least, that’s the thesis of New York-based WayUp, which recently raised $18.5 million in Series B funding to execute on this vision. Trinity Ventures, which led the investment, is also gaining a board seat via partner Karan Mehandru. Existing investors, including General Catalyst, Lerer-Hippeau Ventures and SV Angel… Read More

  • MuleSoft soars 46% on first day of trading

    MuleSoft soars 46% on first day of trading

    It’s the first enterprise tech IPO of the year and it’s off to the races. MuleSoft, which helps businesses like Netflix and Spotify with their APIs, closed at $24.75, a 46 percent premium to its IPO price of $17. This was after pricing above the expected range of $14 to $16. Read More

  • Equity podcast: The return of IPOs and Tesla’s billion-dollar bet

    Equity podcast: The return of IPOs and Tesla’s billion-dollar bet

    One down, many more to go! The first episode of TechCrunch’s latest podcast, Equity, our venture capital-focused podcast is out. This week, TechCrunch’s Matthew Lynley, CrunchBase editor-in-chief Alex Wilhelm and I sat down with investor and SaaStr founder Jason Lemkin to talk about Tesla’s $1 billion raise, the return of IPOs and recent acquisitions in the technology… Read More

  • Bra startup True&Co sold to Calvin Klein owner PVH

    Bra startup True&Co sold to Calvin Klein owner PVH

    True&Co., an e-commerce company founded with the mission of disrupting the lingerie industry by creating a new business model for selling bras and other undergarments, has been sold. Phillips Van Heusen (PVH), owner of Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger and Izod, among other iconic brands, has acquired the startup and plans to use it to move deeper into online sales and big data… Read More

  • TechCrunch launches ‘Equity,’ a venture capital-focused podcast

    TechCrunch launches ‘Equity,’ a venture capital-focused podcast

    Today we’re excited to announce the launch of ‘Equity,’ TechCrunch’s new venture-capital focused podcast. Matthew Lynley, Alex Wilhelm and myself will be its regular hosts, but the show will also feature special guests from the community. As a group we’ll tackle massive funding rounds (both down and up), notable acquisitions, interesting IPOs and more. We know… Read More

  • Walmart subsidiary Jet.com to buy ModCloth for less than $75m

    Walmart subsidiary Jet.com to buy ModCloth for less than $75m

    Online fashion retailer ModCloth, known for its vintage-inspired and indie apparel, is on the verge of being acquired by Walmart, by way of its subsidiary, Jet.com. The deal, which had already been rumored, is almost finalized and will fetch a price tag between $50 million and $75 million, sources tell TechCrunch. This is a disappointing outcome for ModCloth, which had raised $78… Read More

  • New York-based Yext files for IPO

    New York-based Yext files for IPO

    Yext, the company that powers location data in search results, has revealed its IPO filing. The business will be able to join the stock market as soon as April. Read More

  • Done with Uber? Here are some alternatives

    I have to admit I’m pretty reliant on Uber. With a sub par public transportation system, the ridesharing app makes it significantly easier to find my way around San Francisco. Apart from the occasional delay or aggressive driver, the service has been pretty dependable overall. But like many users, as evidenced by the “delete Uber” social media campaign… Read More

  • Blumberg Capital closes $200 million fund

    Blumberg Capital closes $200 million fund

    Blumberg Capital is announcing the close of its fourth fund. The team will be managing $200 million, an increase from the $150 million in the prior fund. Blumberg plans to use the money to invest in early-stage startups, particularly in the enterprise, security and fintech categories. Known as the first investor in Nutanix, the Blumberg crew also remains enthusiastic about IT… Read More

  • Chairish raises $8 million to find you furniture

    Chairish raises $8 million to find you furniture

    Chairish, the marketplace for vintage and used furniture, is raising $8 million in funding. Altos Ventures, OATV and Azure Capital Partners participated in the round. Founded in 2013, Chairish has become a platform for consignment stores, antique galleries, interior designers and others to buy and sell everything from art to bed frames. Read More

  • Snap has already tumbled 11% on day four

    Snap has already tumbled 11% on day four

    Snap, the parent of Snapchat, had a great first two days on the stock market, only to be followed by two terrible ones. Shares quickly tumbled to beneath $22, a more than 11 percent drop in morning trading. This means that most investors are already losing money on the social media company. Snap opened Thursday at $24 per share. It is still above its $17 IPO price, but that’s… Read More

  • Lemnos just raised a $50 million third fund to (mostly) focus on hardware

    Lemnos, a seed-stage, hardware-focused venture firm in San Francisco, is today announcing the close of its third and newest fund, with $50 million in commitments. It’s a proud moment for co-founder Jeremy Conrad, whose pitch for Lemnos wasn’t met with a lot of enthusiasm when the firm was founded in 2011, but whose passion for hardware now resonates with plenty of investors. Read More

  • Snap tumbles 12% on day three, erases gains

    Snap tumbles 12% on day three, erases gains

    Snapchat parent Snap Inc. debuted on the stock market Thursday and immediately saw substantial gains on its first two days. But the excitement has already worn off, with shares tumbling more than 12 percent on day three. After finishing Friday at $27.09 per share, Snap closed at $23.77 on Monday, beneath the $24 where it opened on its first day of trading. This is still above the $17… Read More

  • Snapchat soars again on second day of trading

    Snapchat soars again on second day of trading

    Snap Inc., the parent of Snapchat, has been off to the races with its debut on the stock market. Yesterday, the stock closed at $24.48, a 44% gain from the IPO price of $17. And today it’s gone up a bit further, surpassing $29 at one point, an almost 20% increase from the close of yesterday. Shares later fell to $27, but it’s still on track for a 10% gain for day two. This… Read More

  • Did Snap leave money on the table?

    Did Snap leave money on the table?

    Snap priced its IPO at $17 per share on Wednesday, raising $3.4 billion. Then it opened Thursday at $24 per share and closed at $24.48. That’s a 44 percent gain for the select investors who bought into the IPO.  And that gain looks great… for new investors. But it also means that Snap could have sold its shares for a higher price! If Snap priced its shares just a little higher… Read More

  • Snap is already more valuable than these 9 companies

    Snap is already more valuable than these 9 companies

    Snap Inc., the parent company of Snapchat, had a stellar first day in its public debut on the New York Stock Exchange, popping 44 percent. The company’s market cap is being reported as $34 billion (fully diluted). Here are nine public companies that Snap is more valuable than on its first day as a publicly traded company. Read More

  • Snap stock finishes up 44% on first day

    Snap stock finishes up 44% on first day

    Snap, the parent company of Snapchat, had a great day in its debut on the New York Stock Exchange. After pricing the IPO at $17 per share yesterday, the stock opened at $24. It then closed the day at $24.48, a 44 percent premium to the people who bought it yesterday. But like with all IPOs, not everybody got to access Snap’s IPO price. This is usually reserved for a smaller group… Read More

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