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Blackstone just closed its inaugural growth equity fund, and it’s a doozy

The private equity giant Blackstone is today announcing the final close of its first growth equity fund — Blackstone Growth — with $4.5 billion in capital commitments from a wide range of

Does SoftBank have 20 more DoorDashes?

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Bumble prices IPO at $43 per share

This afternoon Bumble priced its IPO at $43 per share, ahead of its raised IPO range of $37 to $39 per share. Bumble filed to go public in mid-January, and offered up its first price range on February

With a higher IPO valuation, is Bumble aiming for Match.com’s revenue multiple?

The IPO frenzy is not letting up, Bumble informed the world this morning.

Equity Monday: Tesla buys bitcoin, Nexthink raises and Bumble

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This is Equity Monday, our weekly kickoff that tracks the latest pri

Bumble’s first date with the public markets

The public markets have been so active lately that it’s hard to drum up excitement for yet another company making its way to the bull market. But, in the case of Bumble, a dating app where women mes

A lake house architect, a Miami VC and a homeowner walk into a wine bar

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Bumble IPO could raise more than $1B for dating service

Could this IPO prove that there is lucrative space in the market for more dating products?

‘Slow dating’ app Once is acquired by Dating Group for $18M as it seeks to expand its portfolio

Five-year-old “slow dating” app Once has been acquired by the Dating Group, one of the largest companies in the dating world, for $18 million in cash and stock. Dating Group has 73 million

Bumble files to go public

The dating and networking service Bumble has filed to go public. The company, launched by a former co-founder of the IAC-owned Tinder, plans to list on the Nasdaq stock exchange, using the ticker sym

Bumble reportedly filed confidentially for an IPO

Today Bumble, a popular dating-focused startup, was reported by Bloomberg to have filed IPO documents, albeit privately. The news that Bumble is pursuing an IPO is not a surprise. TechCrunch covered t

Tinder makes it easier to report bad actors using ‘unmatch’ to hide from victims

Last month, Bumble introduced a new feature that would prevent bad actors from using the dating app’s “unmatch” feature to hide from victims. Now Tinder has done something similar. T

Bumble’s new feature prevents bad actors from using ‘unmatch’ to hide from their victims

Dating app Bumble announced today it’s changing how its “unmatch” feature works in an effort to better prioritize user safety. The change will make it more difficult for a bad actor

Pickle app puts on users, as millennials/Gen Z latch onto location apps to fight COVID lockdowns

As the coming of winter, combined with the coronavirus, continues to put new restrictions on peoples’ movements, location-based apps are on the rise again. People are looking to find out who is clos

Bumble balances gender representation of C-suite with two new hires

Women-friendly dating and networking app Bumble announced today it’s expanding its C-suite with two new hires: Anu Subramanian as Bumble’s chief financial officer, who hails from Univision

Bumble will exist as long as women do, CEO says

Bumble CEO Whitney Wolfe Herd wants to build a truly timeless company. “You can never disrupt the need for humans to connect. And the other thing that you can never disrupt is the need for women

Edtech is the new SaaS

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The IPO parade continues as Wish files, Bumble targets an eventual debut

Last Monday will go down in the books as a historic day for unicorn liquidity, as company after company dropped their IPO filings onto the internet for the world to read. It was great. But this week i

Bumble founder Whitney Wolfe Herd is coming to Disrupt 2020

The ongoing pandemic has drastically shaped how we maintain existing relationships but it’s also transformed how we get those relationships started, pushing more first encounters online and addi

Social networking app for women, Peanut, is rolling out video chat

Mobile social networking app for women, Peanut, is expanding into video chat to help better support its users amid the coronavirus outbreak. The company, which began its life with a focus on motherhoo
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