Venture Capital

The limits of coworking

It feels like there’s a WeWork on every street nowadays. Take a walk through midtown Manhattan (please don’t actually) and it might even seem like there are more WeWorks than office buildings. Con

A former Ofo exec is launching his own scooter startup

With €20 million in VC backing, Dott plans to release a fleet of multi-colored e-scooters in Paris in early-2019.

Distinguished VCs back wholesale marketplace Faire with $100M at a $535M valuation

Kirsten Green of Forerunner Ventures, Keith Rabois of Khosla, Alfred Lin of Sequoia and Alex Taussig of Lightspeed are backers of Faire.

Minted lands $208M Series E from Permira and T. Rowe Price

Minted, known for its selection of printed goods, says it's profitable on an EBITDA basis.

Zymergen lands $400 million more, led by SoftBank Vision Fund, for its genetically altered microbes

Zymergen, a five-year-old company that manufacturers molecules for a wide array of uses and industries, has closed on $400 million in Series C funding led by one of its earlier investors, the SoftBank

Farfetch bets on sneakers with $250M Stadium Goods acquisition

Luxury fashion marketplace Farfetch will tap into the sneaker resale economy with its latest transaction.

Juniper Square lines up $25M for its real estate investment platform

Juniper Square, which operates an enterprise software platform for commercial real estate investment firms, raised the funds from Ribbit Capital.

L.A. gets more moolah, thanks to Calibrate Ventures and its new $80 million fund

Two years ago, a couple of VCs from Shea Ventures, a 50-year-old, L.A.-based investment firm, banded together to create a Pasadena, Calif.-based early-stage venture firm called Calibrate Ventures. Inv

With $15M, The Riveter plans to open 100 new female-focused co-working spaces

"I want The Riveter to be the place people think of when they think of women and work," says its CEO Amy Nelson.

Report: Morgan Stanley lands coveted Uber IPO role

The investment bank is said to be leading Uber's IPO, expected in the first quarter of 2019. JPMorgan, meanwhile, has reportedly been hired to lead Lyft's offering.

Carolina Brochado leaves Atomico to join SoftBank’s Vision Fund

In the latest installment of VC revolving doors, Carolina Brochado, a partner at European venture capital firm Atomico, is joining SoftBank’s Vision Fund. According to sources, Brochado informed

Vroom nabs $146M from AutoNation, VCs for its used car site

Vroom, an online platform for buying and selling cars, has raised $440 million to date.

Fintech startup Plaid raises $250M at a $2.65B valuation

Mary Meeker, the author of the Internet Trends report, has led the round for Plaid via Kleiner Perkin's growth fund.

Hardware Club closes its $50 million fund

French VC firm Hardware Club just announced the final closing of its first fund. The firm will invest $50 million in total in hardware startups (as the name suggests). Hardware Club first started as a

Q&A with Diversity VC’s Check Warner on newly launched Diversity & Inclusion guide for tech companies

If the last few years has seen a growing consensus that the tech industry has a diversity and inclusion problem, then what is clearly needed next are practical solutions. While most people agree that

Dallas-based TXV Partners targets $50M for its debut fund

These first-time VCs want to raise $50M for a Dallas-based, millennial-focused venture firm.

SoftBank’s Vision Fund inches closer to $100B

Much has been said about the SoftBank Vision Fund, mostly in awe of the size of the investment vehicle. Today, however, the Vision Fund inched yet closer to that twelve-figure goal.

Lyft’s going public, Uber’s eyeing Bird, Utah’s tech scene and trade tensions

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week we had Connie Loizos in the studio along with Kate Clark,

Ex-Facebook exec Kirthiga Reddy becomes first female investing partner at SoftBank’s Vision Fund

Following speculation that SoftBank is hiring a China-based team, the Japanese investment giant has brought on its first venture partner for its $100 billion Vision Fund. Kirthiga Reddy, a former exec

Lightspeed hires 5 new partners from Slack, Twitter and more

Lightspeed has announced several new partners, including Slack's former head of growth, who joins the firm's enterprise team.
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