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Startups Weekly: In a crowded field of unicorns, ClassPass becomes another unicorn

I hope you’ve all had a good week. Usually I’m behind the scenes( where I’m most comfortable ), but I’ll be managing the Startups Weekly newsletter until I assign it to someone else. More on that in a few weeks. Want it in your inbox? Sign up here for this and other great newsletters we have to offer, including ones on seat and transportation. For now, let’s get on with it, shall we?

A unicorn workout

Working out never did a mas so good as it did for ClassPass this week. The popular startup that formed a road to help people exercise more easily just became a unicorn with an influx of Series E cash.

The latest money, in the amount of $ 285 million, was led by L Catterton and Apax Digital, with participation from existing investor Temasek. It imparts ClassPass’s total known create to about $550 million.

We reported a couple of weeks ago that ClassPass, then at a $536.4 million valuation, was smelling around for the round, which would promote it to the unicorn club.

“We are motivated by the impact we’ve had on the member states and marriages, including 100 million hours of workouts that have ever booked, ” said ClassPass Founder and Chairman Payal Kadakia in a statement about the cause. “This investment is a significant milestone that are able to further our mission to help people stay active and spend their period meaningfully.”

Photo: ClassPass

Funding real estate

A couple of real estate-ish startups got some attention this week. Los Angeles-based Luxury Presence raised $ 5.4 million to help it help agents round down their digital marketing arsenals.

In other real estate funding this week, Orchard, previously known as Perch, announced that it has raised $ 36 million. The fellowship solves their own problems that so-called “dual-trackers” face: selling their home while trying to buy one. It’s traumatic and costs a lot of money.

As Jordan Crook wrote in her story on the heighten: “Orchard solves this by making an offer on buyers’ old lives that is guaranteed for 90 daylights. Orchard co-founder Court Cunningham says that more than 85% of those dwellings sell at a market price before the 90 -day period.”

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Image via Getty Images/ Feng Yu

Lora DiCarlo’s return to CES

Brian Heater had a chat with Lora DiCarlo CEO Lora Haddock about the fornication tech company’s return to CES. But the interview wasn’t conducted at a table in a army press apartment in some random hotel. It was in a truck with a big, glass trailer. It’s Vegas, clearly, so why not?

As Brian made it 😛 TAGEND

Driving down the Las Vegas Strip in a translucent chest is a inquisitive, highly Vegas experience: puzzled tourists and disorient CES attendees gawk from the sidewalks. Four of us are sitting in a stopgap front room with fluffy white-hot carpet: CEO Lora Haddock, Enzo Ferrari Drift DiCarlo( her blurry black-and-white Pomeranian ), and a colleague, who holds Enzo in their sip. A four-foot-tall faux sex toy sits in a corner, swaying occasionally.

Last year, you might recall, the consumer tech show gifted Lora DiCarlo with an innovation award, but then took it back. They likewise banned the company from the support storey, territory it didn’t fit into a make category. Months last-minute, they orchestrated some fund and got an apology from the CES testify runners.

Read the interrogation on Extra Crunch.

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SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA- OCTOBER 03: Lora DiCarlo Founder& CEO Lora Haddock speaks onstage during TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco 2019 at Moscone Convention Center on October 03, 2019 in San Francisco, California.( Photo by Kimberly White/ Getty Images for TechCrunch)

Around the horn

Sisense comes $100 M at a$ 1B valuation for accessible big-hearted data analytics Lily AI conjures a $12.5 M Series A to accelerate its e-commerce recommendation tech A venture firm that vests’ from Park City to Kansas City’ merely closed its third fund This startup precisely parent$ 7M, led by Google, to certify people on the basis of their typing wording MasterClass co-founder’s new educational startup, Outlier, heightens $11.7 M Twitter co-founder Biz Stone backs tutoring pulpit Scoodle Just Spices, the German spice mix startup, collects EUR1 3M Series B Union Square Ventures leads-in legal tech startup Juro’s$ 5M Series A Midnite heightens $2.5 M for its esports potting programme

Extra Crunch

Over on Extra Crunch we published a knot of great trash the coming week, including stories about Ring and its evolving posture on security and privacy, how gig economy business are trying to keep proletarians classified as independent contractors, and whether online privacy will make a comeback this year.

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Layoffs at Lime and Getaround herald rise of profit-hungry unicorns An interview with Sisense CEO Amir Orad after the company’s $ 100 M conjure How some founders are raising fund outside of the VC world How startups fill the gap between revenue and investment Tech layoffs rise as cost-cutting comes into vogue

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Alex Wilhelm was back on the mic the coming week with Danny Crichton, TechCrunch’s managing editor. Their docket included bulletin of Lily AI’s $ 12.5 million Sequences A, Insight’s $1.1 billion possession of Armis Security, a round for a self-driving forklift startup announced Vecna and SoftBank’s Vision Fund.

Listen to the episode here, and if you haven’t agreed hitherto, you can do that here.

But that’s not the only Equity news I have for you. Alex wants to help you all get started each week with Equity Mondays. In his own paroles 😛 TAGEND

The Equity gang will put together a short, zero-bullshit episode designed to get your week started. What story did you miss over the weekend? What recent venture rounds do you need to know about? What’s onward in the coming week? And what’s on our imaginations? That’s what Equity Monday will bring you each and every morning in about seven minutes.

The good news is it’ll show up in the Equity feed you already know and enjoy. Have a listen to the first Monday edition here.

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