Softbank, Kakao Give Radish $63M Series A Boost to Build New Story Content

August 4, 2020

Serialized fiction app Radish landed $63.2 million in Series A funding, led by SoftBank Ventures Asia and Kakao Page, to tap into Hollywood’s storytelling community. The new investment brings Radish’s total funding to more than $68 million, co-founder Seung Yoon Lee told Crunchbase News. The company last raised funds in 2017, including a $3 million seed round, according to Crunchbase data…

Armed With $50 Million in Fresh Funding, Bolt Helps Retailers Shift to ECommerce

July 16, 2020

With eCommerce taking off amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Bolt the checkout technology platform company is raising $50 million in a new round of venture funding. The Series C financing was led by Laurence Tosi at WestCap and included participation from existing investors…

Thrasio Gets Its Horn: $260M Series C Round Provides $1B Valuation

July 15, 2020

Thrasio, an acquirer of Amazon third-party private-label businesses, has closed on a $260 million Series C round of funding, giving it a pre-money valuation of $1 billion, Thrasio co-founder and co-CEO Joshua Silberstein told Crunchbase News on Wednesday. He said that Thrasio is the fastest-profitable company in the U.S. to achieve unicorn status, which is “a nice benchmark to hit.”

Tovala Gobbles Up $20M for its Smart Oven + Meal Kit Service

June 2, 2020

Meal kits have had a rush of interest in recent months, with people turning to them to vary the pace of (and in some cases, completely replace) making meals at home, or ordering take out, at a time when many of us are spending a lot of time at home. Now a startup that has combined the concept of meal kits with that of smart ovens to do the cooking is announcing some funding to help expand its business.

Slice Raises Another $43M to Help Local Pizzerias Drive Business Online

May 12, 2020

New York City has had a long and well-documented love affair with pizza. In fact, the first pizzeria in the US is said have been founded in 1905 by Gennaro Lombardi, who sold pizzas from his grocery store on Spring Street. 115 years later and the demand for pizza is stronger than ever, with each person having their own opinion on where to get the best pizza. Slice is the end-to-end ordering and marketing platform that helps local pizzerias enable and build their digital and online presence.

Meet Thrasio, a Profitable Startup That Just Raised $110M at a $780M Valuation

April 9, 2020

Thrasio, an acquirer of Amazon third-party private-label businesses, has closed on a $110 million financing at a post-money valuation of $780 million, the company has exclusively told Crunchbase News.The round included $75 million in equity and $35 million in debt. Insiders led the financing, which included participation from Peak6, RiverPark Ventures, WTI and Upper90…

On-demand Shuttle Startup Via Hits $2.25 Billion Valuation on Latest Funding Round by Exor

March 31, 2020

On-demand shuttle startup Via has hit a $2.25 billion valuation following a Series E funding round led by Exor, the Agnelli family holding company that owns stakes in PartnerRe, Ferrari and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. The Series E funding round, which included other investors, totaled $400 million, according to a source familiar with the deal…

Hilary McCain Gives a ‘Sweet Reason’ to Try Her CBD-Infused, All-Natural Sparkling Waters

November 20, 2019

What happens when a background in food and beverage and a passion for cannabis collide? Well, in Hilary McCain’s case, you combine both and launch a company — which she decided to do with her line of CBD-infused, zero-sugar, all-natural sparkling waters called Sweet Reason…

Ohi Raises $2.75M to Power Same-Day Delivery for Brands that Aren’t Amazon

November 18, 2019

The world has gotten so much faster. Amazon has made two-day shipping the standard and same- or next-day shipping commonplace. And that doesn’t even include the collection of on-demand players that can get us everything from groceries to alcohol to services like concierge storage and in-home cleaning with the press of a button…

Credit card start-up Petal raises $300 million debt round from Jefferies

September 18, 2019

Credit card start-up Petal just completed a new financing round. The New York City-based company announced a $300 million debt round from Jefferies on Tuesday, adding to existing venture capital investments from names like Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures…

New York City’s school buses will now be automatically routed and tracked using Via’s algorithm

August 21, 2019

The yellow school bus is an iconic feature of the American streetscape—their rumbling presence through neighborhoods signals the end of summer and the beginning of a new school year for kids. But as nostalgia-inducing as they are, yellow school buses are not exempt from the wave of disruption sweeping transit in the U.S…

Something To Smile About: Candid Raises $63 Million To Be The Warby Parker Of Braces

April 16, 2019

What started as two twentysomethings’ desire to bring straight teeth to everyone is turning into a better way to do braces, especially with a mouthful of new cash. Candid is an orthodontics company that gives customers the power to buy a clear orthodontist-created alignment plan online—at 65% less than traditional braces….

We Tried it: the Cardio Dance Workout 305 Fitness

November 30, 2018

Described as “an addictive cardio party,” 305 Fitness is one of New York City’s most popular workout classes. Celebrities Miley Cyrus and Hailey Baldwin are fans of 305 Fitness, and NBA star Kevin Durant is an investor. The franchise has quickly expanded into Boston and Washington, D.C., and has a Los Angeles pop-up…

The company turning Ubers into product distribution channels raises $22.5M in Series A

September 27, 2018

New York-based sundries-for-sale-in-your-Uber concept Cargo announced today that it completed a Series A round this month. The $22,499,997 Founders Fund-led investment by something of a motley crew ranging from Zynga founder Mark Pincus to Def Jam Recordings CEO Paul Rosenberg to Schwarzenegger children Patrick and Christina…

How Mack Weldon Utilizes Data and Technology to Inform All Key Aspects of Business

August 29, 2018

The sheer pace of change in fashion has compelled brands and designers alike to exhaust traditional product offerings like no other period that we have witnessed in menswear before. As a result, a mans choice of clothing became an ongoing theme each season.Unlike modern menswear lifestyle collections…

Metabolism Hacking Company Lumen Scores Big with Diet Planning Device

July 24, 2018

Lumen, an Israel-based company offering a metabolism tracking and nutrition device, has blown through its crowdfunding target on Indiegogo within four hours of listing last week. By now the company has raised almost $580,000 from 2686 backers, 1159% of its goal, and the campaign still has a month to go…

Can Future Family Fix the Infertility Experience?

April 30, 2018

How much do you know about fertility? Specifically, your own. It’s a question that’s starting to move into the mainstream as more women than ever wait to have a baby; In 2016, the number of women in their 30s having babies officially surpassed the birth rate among women 25 to 29, according to CDC data…

Why Former NBA Player David Robinson Is Investing in a $5 Million Round for SidelineSwap to Battle Against Amazon and eBay

April 24, 2018

An online marketplace called SidelineSwap, where athletes buy and sell sports gear and equipment is announcing a $5 million Series A financing round today that is led by Global Founders Capital with participation from former NBA player David Robinson’s Admiral Capital, Peak6 Sports, RiverPark Ventures, FJ Labs and The Player’s Impact, which is a syndicate of pro athlete and Olympians…

Pizza Unchained: Tech Startup Slice Helps Local Pizzerias Get Online And Fight Back Against Domino’s

April 10, 2018

Ilir Sela likes to call himself “third-generation pizza.” A 38-year-old Albanian immigrant, his extended family has owned so many pizzerias he has trouble counting them all. So when he launched a business, in 2010, to offer independent pizzerias the technology to compete with the likes of Domino’s, Little Caesars, Papa John’s and Pizza Hut, the first thing he did was to sign up his brother-in-law, his cousins and his friends…

By Chloe Looks to Double Footprint After $31M Investment

April 5, 2018

Plant-based fast casual by Chloe closed a strategic investment to propel its growth, the company announced Thursday (April 5). According to Moneyish, the New York City-born brand received $31 million in funding from Bain Capital, Kitchen Fund, RiverPark Ventures, Collaborative Fund, TGP International/Qoot International, and other strategic investors…


January 24, 2018

SoftBank Vision Fund is leading another out-sized equity funding round, this time pouring $865 million into Katerra, a high-tech construction company. Just three years old, Katerra was co-founded by Chairman Michael Marks, who was previously the CEO of Flextronics and the interim CEO of Tesla, along with Fritz H. Wolff, the executive chairman of real estate investors The Wolff Co…

RiverPark Ventures Katerra

Bolt launches an Amazon-like checkout experience for the rest of online retail

January 23, 2018

A startup called Bolt wants to give e-commerce retailers a better shot at competing with Amazon. Operating in stealth for a year, the payments platform has grown to 100 online merchants who are now in various phases of roll out with its end-to-end solution for managing customer checkout, payment processing, and fraud detection…


September 4, 2017

As outsized ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft continue to build out their taxi-style marketplaces largely based around connecting individual passengers to individual drivers, a startup focused squarely on the carpooling opportunity has raised a large round of funding to expand outside of the U.S. Via — which has developed a shuttle-based carpooling service that it…

RiverPark Ventures Via Product Shot

Ollie, a Purveyor of ‘Human Grade’ Pet Food, Just Landed $12.6 Million in Fresh Funding

August 23, 2017

Ollie, a two-year-old, New York-based subscription service that sells what it calls human-grade pet food, has raised $12.6 million in Series A funding. The round was led by Canaan Partners, with participation from WME Ventures, Rosecliff Ventures, RiverPark Funds, Correlation Ventures and earlier backers Primary Venture Partners and Lerer Hippeau Ventures…


August 15, 2017

With Disney CEO Bob Iger in its court and Series A fundraising about to commence, the cult favorite is building a new factory to churn out 1 million gallons of ice cream a year. Ample Hills Creamery Inc. is known around New York for its indulgent, over-the-top ice creams such as Salted Crack Caramel and Chocolate 3 Ways. Around the country, it’s recognized as the official ice cream of the Star Wars film franchise…

RiverPark Ventures New York


July 24, 2017

Restaurant owners have a lot of responsibilities and a wide array of skills to handle those responsibilities. That said, building a website isn’t usually within that skill-set. That’s where BentoBox comes in. The company, which helps restaurant owners quickly build full-featured websites for their restaurants, has just closed a $4.8 million Series A funding round. The round…

RiverPark Ventures Bentobox Cafe

How KeyMe is Taking Over the $7.5B Locksmith Industry

June 20, 2017

When Greg Marsh moved to NYC for business school, he and his wife got locked out of their new home. They had a horrible experience, as an unscrupulous guy showed up in an unmarked van and charged $300 to drill the lock. This experience got Marsh thinking about the locksmith industry and, later, to start KeyMe…

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