Female-founded unicorns proliferate in 2019

Female-founded unicorns proliferate in 2019

So far, 2019 is tracking to becoming a historic year for female-founded unicorns. While still rare, they’re being born at an unprecedented rate, with at least 10 crossing the $1 billion valuation threshold this year.

Peloton files to go public

The IPO cycle keeps on spinning. Peloton, the fast-growing maker of connected cycles paired with online fitness classes, announced that it has submitted a confidential draft filing to securities regulators for a planned public offering. Founded in 2012, New York-based Peloton has been a prodigious fundraiser, securing nearly $1 billion in venture and growth funding to date.

Security-focused SentinelOne raises $120M Series D

Silicon Valley-based SentinelOne, a SaaS company taking on enterprise endpoint security, closed on $120 million in a Series D funding round led by Insight Venture Partners.

AllyO secures $45M for AI recruiting

AllyO, an AI recruiting startup, raised a $45M Series B. The startup automates scheduling of interviews and sourcing of talent using conversational AI.

VC firms try new models to attract startups

Longstanding models for structuring VC firms and corporate venture arms are being upended in the current era of large-scale startup funding. Crunchbase News takes a look at the new class of corporate venture capitalists, folks against term sheets, and a firm that offers VC-as-a service.

Crunchbase: How to maximize founder equity at exit

Co-founders Evan Spiegel and Robert Murphy owned a combined 37% of Snap before it went public. Mark Zuckerberg owned 21% of Facebook. Sergey Brin and Larry Page owned 31% of Google. But these incredible levels of equity at exit are the exceptions, not the rule. Make sure you’re maximizing your founder equity for an exit with this helpful guide.

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