The experience of COVID has brought wellness top of mind along with maintaining both physical and mental health during these trying times. Hydra Studios, an operator of wellness spaces in the city launched by two Goldman alums, is looking to serve this market through its network of spaces for people to relax, workout, and recharge at convenient locations throughout the city as we began pondering life post-COVID. The company’s first studio launched in 2019 within a Convene location in Midtown and now Hydra is ready to launch its flagship space in FiDi in the new year. AlleyWatch caught up with Cofounders Marie Kloor (CEO) and Dan Nielsen (COO) to learn more about the company’s vision, the experience of building a space in the middle of a pandemic, and the company’s recent funding round from investors that include Slow Ventures, CityRock Ventures, Courtside Ventures, Fifth Wall, and Outbound Ventures.
The latest venture capital, seed, pre-seed, and angel deals for NYC startups for 12/3/2020 featuring funding details for Hydra Studios, Supergreat, and much more.
AlleyWatch had the pleasure of catching up with Marina Hadjipateras, Cofounder and General Partner at TMV, an early-stage venture firm focused on investing in purposeful companies that are reimagining the future. The firm has a number of core focus areas across the future of work, logistics and mobility, sustainable solutions, care economy, and edtech. Since the launch of its first fund in 2016, TMV has built a diverse portfolio that includes companies like Parsley Health, Ridwell, Classtag, Kindbody, Andie, and Bulletin. Marina was kind enough to provide some candid insight into her path to venture from the shipping industry, tips for aspiring venture capitalists to break into the industry, how TMV works closely with portfolio companies, what the firm is looking for in its investments, and much, much more…
The latest venture capital, seed, pre-seed, and angel deals for NYC startups for 12/2/2020 featuring funding details for Bizzabo, Wellory, and much more.
This bi-weekly column covers the latest news from venture capital firms in NYC for the second half of November 2020 featuring must-know news including news for Contour Ventures, Coatue, LDV Capital, and much more.
The pandemic has ravaged the travel industry; with travel decimated globally overnight. The industry’s ability to successfully recover will be rooted in the industry’s ability to adapt to new circumstances and adopt new technologies. Reposite, is an all-in-one-workspace tool for travel industry professionals, that’s hoping to accelerate the rebound. At its core, it’s a collaboration tool and marketplace that connects travel agents and event planners to suppliers and centralizes all their interactions from discovery to transactions. AlleyWatch caught up with Cofounder Jaime Getto to learn more about how the founding team’s experience at Vettery led to the formation of Reposite, the company’s experience helping a segment reliant on offline interactions transition into digital, and the company’s latest funding round led by Liberty City Ventures.
The latest venture capital, seed, pre-seed, and angel deals for NYC startups for 12/1/2020 featuring funding details for Reposite, Meet Cute, and much more.
Kustomer, the customer service messaging and management platform, has agreed to be acquired by Facebook. While the terms of the transaction were not disclosed, it has been widely reported that the transaction value is $1B.
The current banking system in the US isn’t structured to help the 130M+ Americans that are living paycheck to paycheck to succeed, instead banks focus on large depositors to support their lending businesses. Current is the digital challenger bank that directly addresses this mismatch by focusing on liquidity and providing access to banking services that include the ability to deliver paychecks up to two days early with direct deposit, no overdraft fees, and earn cashback. The company’s platform is designed to be inclusive for all Americans regardless of age or income level, especially the younger generation; the average age of a Current checking account member is 27 and approximately 50% of its members have never had a bank account before. AlleyWatch caught up with CEO and Founder Stuart Sopp to learn about Current’s response during the pandemic, simple mission to get money to its customers as fast as possible, impressive user growth, and recent funding round from investors that include Tiger Global Management, Sapphire Ventures. Avenir, Foundation Capital, Wellington Management Company, and QED Investors.