Bodega, once dubbed ‘America’s most hated startup,’ has quietly raised millions

The startup — now Stockwell — is backed by GV, NEA and DCM Ventures.

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Startups Weekly: Upfront Ventures bets on a bus service

In this week’s newsletter: Airbnb, WeWork and Postmates prep IPOs.

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At TechCrunch Disrupt, insights into key trends in venture capital

Learn from top VCs at TechCrunch Disrupt.

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The direct to consumer department store Neighborhood Goods has raised $11 million

Neighborhood Goods, the direct to consumer department store hawking brands like Rothy’s, Dollar Shave Club, Buck Mason, Draper James and Stadium Goods, has new cash to expand its storefront for e-commerce juggernauts. The company has raised $11 million in a new round of financing led by Global Founders Capital, with participation from previous investors Forerunner […]

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Tech startups want to destigmatize sex

Sex, despite being one of the most fundamental human experiences, is still one of those businesses that some advertisers reject, banks are hesitant to financially support and some investors don’t want to fund. Given how sex is such a huge part of our lives, it’s no surprise founders are looking to capitalize on the space. […]

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Forerunner just led a $3.5 million round for Homeroom, a software platform for after-school enrichment programs

San Francisco-based Forerunner Ventures is best known for its long string of bets on successful and fast-growing consumer companies. Now, its newest partner, Brian O’Malley, who has a knack for finding startups that straddle both the consumer and enterprise worlds, has written his first check on behalf of the firm, and it’s largely in that […]

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Modern Fertility raises $15 million to sell its hormone tests — and gather more fertility data from its users

A fresh $15 million in funding led by Forerunner Ventures should help. Forerunner founder Kirsten Green, who takes a board seat as part of the round, is known for countless savvy bets on a wide number of consumer brands that have taken off with users, from Dollar Shave Club to Bonobos to Glossier. With Forerunner’s […]

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HotelTonight, Slack stakeholder Accel stays on top with $2.5B fund

Sources confirm Accel has nabbed $2.5 billion — its largest pool of capital yet — for three new funds.

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This VC went long on HotelTonight and it paid off; here’s how.

Brian O’Malley has enjoyed a lot of success as a venture capitalist, thanks to bets on Bazaarvoice before it went public, and Dollar Shave Club before it was acquired by Unilever, and many other companies that have sold or gone public. It’s one reason that O’Malley, who began his venture career with Battery Ventures and […]

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