A well-liked scheduling startup raises a giant funding spherical, Twitter makes a publication acquisition and Beyond Meat groups up with PepsiCo. This is your Daily Crunch for January 26, 2021.
The large story: Calendly valued at $3B
Calendly, which helps customers schedule and ensure assembly instances, has raised $350 million from OpenView Venture Partners and Iconiq.
Until now, the Atlanta-based startup had solely raised $550Ok, however the firm says it has 10 million month-to-month customers, with $70 million in subscription income final yr.
“Calendly has a imaginative and prescient more and more to be a central a part of the assembly life cycle,” mentioned OpenView’s Blake Bartlett.
The tech giants
Twitter acquires publication platform Revue — Twitter is stepping into the publication enterprise.
TikTok is being utilized by vape sellers advertising and marketing to teenagers — Sellers are providing flavored disposable vapes, parent-proof “discreet” packaging and no ID checks.
PepsiCo and Beyond Meat launch poorly named three way partnership for brand new plant-based meals and drinks — The identify? The PLANeT Partnership.
Startups, funding and enterprise capital
Fast raises $102M as the web checkout wars proceed to draw large funding — The new funding was led by Stripe.
SetSail nabs $26M Series A to rethink gross sales compensation — SetSail says salespeople needs to be paid them all through the gross sales cycle.
Mealco raises $7M to launch new delivery-centric eating places — By launching a restaurant with Mealco, cooks don’t signal a lease or pay some other upfront prices.
Advice and evaluation from Extra Crunch
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The 5 largest errors I made as a first-time startup founder — Finmark CEO Rami Essaid has some regrets.
Does a $27B or $29B valuation make sense for Databricks? — A have a look at Databricks’ progress historical past, economics and scale.
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President Joe Biden commits to changing total federal fleet with electrical autos — His dedication is tied to a broader marketing campaign promise to create 1 million new jobs within the American auto trade and provide chains.
Meet the early-stage founder neighborhood at TC Early Stage 2021 — Early Stage half one focuses on operations and fundraising and takes place on April 1-2, whereas Early Stage half two specializing in advertising and marketing, PR and fundraising and runs July 8-9.
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