Norwest Venture Partners raises $1.5 billion fund

 Norwest Venture Partners has closed a $1.5 billion fund, bringing the total under management to $7.5 billion. The firm will be using the money to invest primarily in the consumer, enterprise and healthcare categories. And they are looking for opportunities at all stages, from seed stage to growth. Norwest said it has had a record past two years, achieving liquidity events for 30 of its… Read More

Homebrew closed $90 million fund

 Homebrew is announcing the close of its third fund. This time they’ve raised $90 million, an increase from $50 million in 2015 and $35 million for its debut fund in 2013. Led by Hunter Walk and Satya Patel, the seed stage venture firm has spent the past five years investing in U.S.-based startups at the onset. Several of its portfolio companies have gone on to raise significant… Read More

Cardlytics up 3% following IPO, raised $70 million

 Atlanta-based Cardlytics made its public debut on Friday, closing the day at $13.37, just a little above the IPO price of $13. The company sold 5.4 million shares, raising $70 million. Cardlytics works with financial institutions like Bank of America and 2,000 others to run cash back programs. It partners with brands across restaurant, retail, travel, grocery and home subscription categories… Read More

Boxed in talks to be acquired by Kroger for $500 million

Boxed New York-based Boxed, the startup for buying food and household items in bulk, is in talks to be acquired by Kroger for about $500 million. Other retailers are also expected to be making bids. The news was first reported by Forbes and confirmed to TechCrunch by a source with knowledge of the situation. We’re hearing that the company is aiming to make a decision this weekend. Founded… Read More

Alkami raises $70 million for mobile banking software

 There’s a startup in Texas that’s been quietly building the technology that powers mobile banking apps. Plano-based Alkami has developed a white label service that credit unions and banks use across digital platforms. And Alkami’s 4.5 million users have generated enough revenue for the company to justify a $70 million Series D round, led by General Atlantic. Existing investors… Read More

Menlo, Benchmark, First Round sold Uber stakes worth hundreds of millions

 Uber finally got its secondary transaction done with SoftBank buying billions of shares last month. Now we’re learning more about who sold what. It was already known that major shareholder Menlo Ventures was looking to sell shares, but we’re  hearing confirmation that it wagered the majority of its holdings and successfully sold close to half of its stake, which the… Read More

Mattermark to shut down after selling to FullContact

 Mattermark, the site for startup and company data, is shutting down its own business after selling in a disappointing outcome to FullContact. In a document obtained by TechCrunch, co-founder and CEO Danielle Morrill wrote that “common stockholders will not be receiving anything in this deal.” In other words, Mattermark employee shares are worthless. It was just last year that… Read More

Sequoia is looking to raise a $5 billion investment fund

 Sequoia Capital is looking to raise a $5 billion investment fund. The legendary Silicon Valley venture firm, known for its stellar investment returns, is in the early stages of raising its next global growth fund. Recode’s Kara Swisher first reported the news of the fund. She’s hearing that Sequoia is targeting $5 to $6 billion. We’re hearing that right now it’s… Read More

Aspect Ventures promotes Lauren Kolodny to partner

 Aspect Ventures has another lady atop its female-led venture investment team. Lauren Kolodny has been promoted to partner after spending 3.5 years at Aspect. She joined shortly after the firm started. In her role as principal, Kolodny led or co-led investments in The Muse, Chime, Gusto, TalkIQ and others. She’s particularly interested in blockchain, fintech and SaaS. Kolodny tells… Read More

Uber investor Shervin Pishevar resigns from Sherpa Capital

 Hyperloop One co-founder and early Uber investor Shervin Pishevar has announced his resignation from Sherpa Capital, the venture capital firm he co-founded, following sexual misconduct allegations. “I have decided on my own accord to end my association with Sherpa Capital, effective immediately,” Pishevar tweeted, as part of a lengthy statement. Read More

Earny raises $9M to refund your purchases when prices drop

 Have you ever bought something only to see it go on sale the next day? It may seem like bad luck, but you’re often still entitled to get that discount. Some retailers and credit card companies will even guarantee price drop refunds for up to 90 days. But it can be a hassle to keep track of price changes and to follow through and get your money back.  A handful of sites have been… Read More

Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global raises $30M so you can work less and sleep more

 Arianna Huffington wants you to work smarter, not harder. She believes a corporate mentality that rewards burning the midnight oil is actually reducing productivity, by causing burnout. Lack of sleep could be costing the U.S. economy $411 billion per year, it turns out. So last year, the HuffPost founder and Uber board member, launched Thrive Global, a startup dedicated to reducing stress… Read More

SoftBank confirms that Benchmark and Menlo intend to sell Uber shares

 SoftBank Group has confirmed that it has found likely sellers for the tender offer for Uber’s shares, which launched tonight. These are the shares from existing shareholders that will be sold at more than a 30% discount to Uber’s last private round.  The Japanese investment firm provided us with the following statement. “SoftBank and Dragoneer have received indications… Read More

SoftBank makes offer for Uber shares at 30% discount

 A SoftBank Group-led team of investors has made an offer to buy Uber’s shares in a tender offer that would value the company at about a 30% discount to Uber’s last private valuation of nearly $70 billion, a source with knowledge of the proposed deal tells TechCrunch. We’re hearing that the proposed price per share is $32.96, which works out to under $50 billion. Bloomberg… Read More

What is an IPO pop and why do VCs hate it so much?

 Over the weekend, several VCs tweeted that my headline recapping Stitch Fix’s first day of trading was too harsh. The headline read, “Stitch Fix up just 1% on first day of trading, after reducing size of IPO.” I didn’t say it “fumbled” or label it as “weak” and “disappointing” like many other media publications, but that would… Read More

Stitch Fix up just 1% on first day of trading, after reducing size of IPO

 Stitch Fix went up just 1% on its first day of trading. After pricing at $15, the company closed at $15.15. It’s also below the opening trade of $16.90. And the company didn’t raise as much money as it had been hoping for. It raised $120 million, after pricing at $15, below the expected range of $18 to $20. The company also reduced the size of its IPO. Stitch Fix markets itself… Read More

Shasta Ventures promotes three to partner

 Shasta Ventures is promoting three of its principals to partner. Nikhil Basu Trivedi, Jacob Mullins and Nitin Chopra have all made it to this coveted venture capital milestone. Shasta has about $1.3 billion under management across its five funds. Notable exits include Dollar Shave Club, Nest, Apptio, SteelBrick and Skycure.  Read More

Uber dealt with harassment class action lawsuit

 A class action lawsuit has been filed against Uber, claiming that the company hasn’t done enough to inform the public about alleged harassment and assault by drivers. The legal complaint, filed by Wigdor LLP on behalf of two plaintiffs, alleges that “thousands of female passengers have endured unlawful conduct by their Uber drivers including rape, sexual assault, physical violence… Read More

SoftBank looks to finalize Uber investment today

 After months of talks, SoftBank Group is close to finalizing its investment in Uber. Multiple sources tell TechCrunch that the deal is expected to be signed later in the day on Sunday. SoftBank plans to lead a $1 billion investment directly in the company alongside Dragoneer Investment Group. The joint venture will also buy up to $9 billion of shares from eligible existing shareholders in a… Read More