Casper king Philip Krim is getting into the insurance business
Since departing his role as Casper CEO in 2021, Philip Krim has spent the majority of his time investing and incubating companies via Montauk Ventures. The latest is an insurance company called Ranger
Is it time to start worrying about startup layoffs?
Startups are once again considering layoffs as a way to control cash consumption and attract new capital.
Harry’s files paperwork for fresh $139.9M financing
Harry’s goal since birth was to target incumbents in the global shave market, which is forecasted to reach $22.5 billion by 2030.
Casper’s return to private life isn’t a canary for DTC companies going public
Why do we care about one public company's planned exit from the public markets? Because Casper's demise as an independent, growth-oriented DTC company details what can go wrong for such firms.
Casper cuts its CMO, CTO and COO amid further layoffs
Casper has laid off dozens of employees, including three C-Level executives: its chief marketing officer, chief technology officer and chief operating officer, sources say. The mattress company declin
Tony Florence, the head of NEA’s tech practice, on building breakthrough brands
Tony Florence isn’t as well known to the public as other top investors like Bill Gurley or Marc Andreessen, but he’s someone who founders with SaaS and especially marketplace e-commerce co
Leonardo DiCaprio takes a stake in Struck Capital to fund the future of LA’s tech ecosystem
Leonardo DiCaprio is making a significant commitment to the Los Angeles-based investment firm Struck Capital as part of the actor’s commitment to building LA into a tech development powerhouse.
Red Antler’s Emily Heyward explains how to get people obsessed with your brand
If you’re currently building a startup, you know what product you want to build. But do you know if people are actually going to notice you? That’s the question I asked of Red Antler co-founder Em
Nuggs rebrands as Simulate with new cash, a new CTO and an expanded line of faux-meat foods
Nuggs, the alternative-meat company founded by serial entrepreneur Ben Pasternak (who previously co-founded the social media app Monkey), has raised $4.1 million and gotten itself a new name and a new
How D2C brands are holding up during the pandemic
So what's up with digital natives and how has COVID-19 played out for the segment?
Casper winds down European operations and lays off 78 people
Mattress company Casper is shutting down its European operations and laying off 78 people as it focuses on “achieving profitability,” according to a statement by the company. The layoff impacts 21
Startups Weekly: A new era for consumer tech
TechCrunch is out hunting for bright spots in the startup world as we all come to grips with the pandemic — particularly where checks are actually being written despite everything. D2C is back to th
Where top VCs are investing in D2C
If you’re looking for toothbrushes, skin-care face masks, mattresses, glasses or even socks, there’s a digitally-native, direct-to-consumer (D2C) company or two that can help you out. And thanks t
Clobbered by coronavirus econ news? Here’s an in-depth, 90-day rewind
There’s just been a torrent of economic news since the first identification of patients with COVID-19 in Wuhan, China in early December 2019 until the declaration of a global pandemic by the World H
Eight Sleep CEO says his startup is more than a mattress company
Matteo Franceschetti, CEO of Eight Sleep, would prefer that you don’t call his startup a mattress company. Eight Sleep does sell mattresses, albeit smart ones packed with sensors and temperature
3 unicorn takeaways from the Casper and One Medical IPOs
With Casper’s public offering earlier this week, we’ve closed the book on the first two venture-backed IPOs of note in 2020. Casper, joined by One Medical, carried over $870 million of pri
In a gloomy portent for 2020 debuts, Casper lowers its IPO price range
Hello and welcome back to our regular morning look at private companies, public markets and the gray space in between. Casper, the well-known D2C mattress company, has lowered its IPO price range in a
IPO pricing for One Medical and Casper will set the tone for 2020’s unicorn debuts
Hello and welcome back to our regular morning look at private companies, public markets and the gray space in between. As One Medical looks to become the first venture-backed company to price its IPO
Casper’s valuation could fall 40% in IPO as it reports 2019 results
Hello and welcome back to our regular morning look at private companies, public markets and the gray space in between. Today we’re taking stock of the latest from Casper, the D2C mattress compan
Casper’s IPO could be a bellwether for unprofitable startups in the post-WeWork era
Hello and welcome back to our regular morning look at private companies, public markets and the gray space in between. Today we’re working to figure something out, namely the tradeoffs that D2C