Man Crates, a Redwood City-based platform for gifts for men, raised $3.1m seed funding round. Backers included Rothenberg Ventures, Sovereign’s Capital, Eric Chen’s OVO Fund, Sam Yagan’s Corazon Capital, Tekton Ventures, Pete Koomen (Optimizely), Mac Harman (Balsam Brands) and the Founders of ApartmentList (John Kobs, Chris Herndon and Chris Erickson).
The company intends to use the funds to expand its product offerings and diversify its portfolio in the coming year. Led by Founder and CEO Jon Beekman, Man Crates is an e-commerce company that delivers gifts for men. They pack gadgets, gear, and grub into wooden crates, and ship every crate with a crowbar.
It currently employs over thirty people and aims to double staff by year’s end hiring across all functions with special emphasis on marketing, technology, creative and product development.
Seoul-based Coupang, an online retailer, announced today that it has raised an impressive $300 million in new funding led by BlackRock Private Equity Partners, with participation from Wellington Management Company, LLP, Greenoaks Capital Management, and Rose Park Advisors.
In an interview with TechCrunch, Coupang’s founder Bom Kim says that the capital will be invested in two key areas: the technology behind its mobile apps, which generates 70 percent of Coupang’s revenue and 80 percent of its total traffic, and its logistics network, which can provide delivery within the same day (or several hours in some parts of South Korea). It will also make additional hires for its engineering and research and development offices, which are located in Silicon Valley, Seattle, and Shanghai, in addition to Seoul.
The company is not disclosing its current valuation, but Coupang’s last funding round of $100 million in May, led by Sequoia Capital, put it at over $1 billion. Kim says that the company’s valuation has increased since then and its latest funding is an upround.
The investment led by Sequoia chairman Mike Moritz adds one of Asia’s fastest-growing and most valuable startups to Sequoia Capital’s already impressive roster of Asian deals. According to one person with knowledge of the deal, the new investment values Coupang at well over $1 billion.
Founded three years ago by Harvard Business School dropout Bom Kim, Coupang now has over $1 billion in sales — a milestone it reached faster than any other Asian e-commerce company.
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Drafting off of Facebook’s $2 billion purchase of virtual reality company Oculus VR Inc. and validating a new generation of fresh virtual reality projects, Houston-based startup Virtuix Inc. closed $3 million from venture investors for its multi-directional treadmill.
The company makes a 360-degree disk-like treadmill called the Omni that is used in conjunction with virtual reality goggles to make gaming and other applications totally immersive. Players wear special shoes and a belt and strap into the machine, which translates movements into keystrokes that players would otherwise use to control their characters in games.
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