VCs bet on cannabis vaping, ED meds and mobile fertility clinics

VCs bet on cannabis vaping, ED meds and mobile fertility clinics

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week was a bit of a reunion with Kate and...
Ro, a direct-to-consumer online pharmacy, reaches $500M valuation

Ro, a direct-to-consumer online pharmacy, reaches $500M valuation

Venture capitalists have valued direct-to-consumer telehealth business Ro at $500 million with an $85 million Series B financing, sources confirm to TechCrunch. The fresh round of funding comes...
Elvie raises $42M to become the go-to destination for women’s health

Elvie raises $42M to become the go-to destination for women’s health

Elvie, the developer of femtech hardware including a silent wearable breast pump and a smart pelvic floor exerciser, is one of the boldest startups around. Led by co-founder...
India’s Mswipe raises $30M to grow its smart point-of-sale terminal business

India’s Mswipe raises $30M to grow its smart point-of-sale terminal business

Mswipe, an Indian fintech company that develops point-of-sale terminals for merchants, has pulled $30 million in new funding as it bids to triple its reach to 1.5...
Sqreen raises $14 million for its application security management service

Sqreen raises $14 million for its application security management service

Sqreen has raised a Series A round of $14 million. Greylock Partners is leading the round, existing investors Y Combinator, Alven and Point Nine are also participating. The...
Online catering marketplace ezCater gets another $150M at a $1.25B valuation

Online catering marketplace ezCater gets another $150M at a $1.25B valuation

In 2007, Stefania Mallett and Briscoe Rodgers conceived of ezCater, an online marketplace for business catering, and began building the company in Mallet’s Boston home, mostly...
German fintech company builder Finleap acquires SME banking provider Penta

German fintech company builder Finleap acquires SME banking provider Penta

Just since months after raising $7 million in Series A funding, German SME banking provider Penta has been acquired by Finleap. Terms of the deal remain undisclosed,...
Lyft’s stock has a blue Monday as shares slide after public debut

Lyft’s stock has a blue Monday as shares slide after public debut

Today, investors took off their rose-colored glasses (and pink-colored mustaches) and looked at Lyft’s shares with fresh eyes after Friday’s ebullient debut. And — judging by the company’s...
Slack reportedly chooses the New York Stock Exchange for its direct listing

Slack reportedly chooses the New York Stock Exchange for its direct listing

The ubiquitous corporate messaging service Slack is following in the footsteps of Spotify’s subscription music service and heading to the New York Stock Exchange for trading through...
Early stage investment firm Defy updates the venture partner model

Early stage investment firm Defy updates the venture partner model

Defy, the early stage venture investment firm founded by Neil Sequeira and Trae Vassallo, is putting a new twist on the venture partner model as it brings...

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