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Good Buy Gear Raises $6M Series A For Second-hand Baby, Children’s Gear

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If you’re a parent, you probably have at least one baby, toddler or children’s item that came from a community page, Facebook’s marketplace or even Craig’s List.

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Good Buy Gear wants to make sure you are able to continue finding those items that are gently used, and when you are done using one or all, the company enables you to sell it on its marketplace. The best part? You don’t have to meet a stranger in a parking lot for either transaction.

Dubbed a “recommerce marketplace,” the Denver-based company closed on a $6 million Series A round of funding, led by Revolution Ventures with participation from existing investors Access Venture Partners and Relay Ventures. The company has raised a total of $8 million in funding, which includes $2.8 million in previous seed rounds.

As part of the investment, Clara Sieg, partner at Revolution Ventures, is joining the board of Good Buy Gear.

Kristin Langenfeld, co-founder and CEO, and Jessica Crothers, co-founder and COO, started the company in 2016 to offer second-hand and open-box items via a resale marketplace. Good Buy Gear added advanced technology, efficient processes, trusted verification and buyer intelligence to a supply chain that previously didn’t exist, Langenfeld told Crunchbase News.

The company ships nationwide, as well as offers delivery in Denver and Dallas. If you are selling merchandise, Good Buy Gear picks up the items and uses technology to process, clean and perform a quality check before advertising the items on its website. The seller gets paid when the item sells.

“The streamlined review and verification process is what makes Good Buy Gear unique,” Sieg said in an interview. “They have become a trusted marketplace where buyers can have confidence in what they are buying.”

In addition, the company provides an outlet for a buyer to become a seller, with high repeat usage possible on both sides, she added.

The recommerce of baby and children’s gear has a lot of potential, but those items are often collecting dust in someone’s basement or storage space, Langenfeld said. As a result, the market is at about $8 billion right now, but has the potential to increase to $31 billion by 2024. In fact, the average household is sitting on $2,000 worth of goods, she added.

“The way people buy used items is so archaic: you go on these community group sites or meet someone in a parking lot,” Langenfeld said. “The thing about baby gear, too, is that the kids hardly use it. Some items may only get three months of use before your child outgrows it. There is so much potential in value.”

The new funding is intended for product evolution, strategic partnerships and market expansion to provide pickup and delivery outside of Denver and Dallas. The company plans on partnering with large retailers to gain access to their returns and open-box inventory as a way to offer a wider range of items.

Since 2016, Good Buy Gear has grown, including experiencing four times growth since March, Sieg said. The company plans to bring on five new people to complement its 11-person workforce. It is also working with partners to provide more sustainable options so that inventory doesn’t end up in the dumpster.

“We see this as one of the last vertical categories that did not have a marketplace built around it because of the difficulty of shipping, acquisition and verification of bulky goods,” Sieg added. “It is important that parents trust what they are getting and is why the verification team matters so much. There is a huge opportunity because of the conversion from buyer and seller, and we want to provide the best-in-class way to do it.”

Feature photo of Kristin Langenfeld and Jessica Crothers courtesy of Good Buy Gear
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A roundup of European tech news from our friends at Tech.eu. Bitpanda raises $52 million Series A, Uber wins a legal battle, and more.

As we’ve noted before, 2020 is the year of the SPAC. Newly formed blank-check companies are filing documents with the U.S. Securities and Exchange…

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The Briefing: RVShare raises over $100M, Google disputes charges, and more

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Here’s what you need to know today in startup and venture news, updated by the Crunchbase News staff throughout the day to keep you in the know.

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RVShare raises over $100M for RV rentals

RVShare, an online marketplace for RV rentals, reportedly raised over $100 million in a financing led by private equity firms KKR and Tritium Partners.

Akron, Ohio-based RVShare has seen sharp growth in demand amid the pandemic, as more would-be travelers seek socially distanced options for hitting the road. Founded in 2013, the company matches RV owners with prospective renters, filtering by location, price and vehicle types.

Previously, RVShare had raised $50 million in known funding, per Crunchbase data, from Tritium Partners. The company is one of several players in the RV rental space, and competes alongside Outdoorsy, a peer-to-peer RV marketplace that has raised $75 million in venture funding.

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  • BrightFarms closes on $100M: Indoor farming company BrightFarms said it secured more than $100 million in debt and new equity capital to support expansion plans. The Series E round of funding was led by Cox Enterprises, which now owns a majority stake in the company, and includes a follow-on investment from growth equity firm Catalyst Investors.
  • Anyscale inks $40MAnyscale, the Berkeley-based company behind the Ray open source project for building applications, announced $40 million in an oversubscribed Series B funding round. Existing investor NEA led the round and was joined by Andreessen Horowitz, Intel Capital and Foundation Capital. The new funding brings Anyscale’s total funding to more than $60 million.
  • Klar deposits $15M: Mexican fintech Klar closed on $15 million in Series A funding, led by Prosus Ventures, with participation from new investor International Finance Corporation and existing investors Quona Capital, Mouro Capital and Acrew. The round brings total funding raised to approximately $72 million since the company was founded in 2019. The funds are intended to grow Klar’s engineering capabilities in both its Berlin and Mexico hubs.
  • O(1) Labs rakes in $10.9M: O(1) Labs, the team behind the cryptocurrency Mina, announced $10.9 million in a strategic investment round. Co-leading the round are Bixin Ventures and Three Arrows Capital with participation from SNZ, HashKey Capital, Signum Capital, NGC Ventures, Fenbushi Capital and IOSG Ventures.
  • Blustream bags $3M: After-sale customer engagement company Blustream said it raised $3 million in seed funding for product usage data and digital transformation efforts for physical goods companies via the Blustream Product Experience Platform. York IE led the round of funding for the Worcester, Massachusetts-based company with additional support from existing investors.Pillar secures another $1.5M: Pillar, a startup that helps families protect and care for their loved ones, raised $1.5 million in a seed extension to close at $7 million, The round was led by Kleiner Perkins.

Other news

  • Google rejects DOJ antitrust arguments: In the wake of a widely anticipated U.S. Justice Department antitrust suit against Google, the search giant disputed the charges in a statement, maintaining that: “People use Google because they choose to, not because they’re forced to, or because they can’t find alternatives.”
  • Facebook said to test Nextdoor rival: Facebook is reportedly testing a service similar to popular neighborhood-focused social Nextdoor. Called Neighborhoods, the feature reportedly suggests local neighborhood groups to join on Facebook.

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Venture investors and leaders in the fintech space can visualize a future where such startups will move toward again rebundling services.

Root Inc., the parent company of Root Insurance, launched its initial public offering and is looking at a valuation of as much as $6.34 billion.

Clover Health posted rising revenues and a narrower loss in its most recent financial results, published in advance of a planned public market debut.

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Source: https://news.crunchbase.com/news/briefing-10-21-20/

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Syte Sees $30M Series C For Product Discovery

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Online shopping has become the norm for most people in 2020, even coaxing traditional retail brands to up their presence to stay competitive. However, now that shoppers can’t see and touch products like they used to, e-commerce discovery has become a crucial element for customer acquisition and retention.

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Enter Syte, an Israel-based company that touts creating the world’s first product discovery platform that utilizes the senses, such as visual, text and voice, and then leverages visual artificial intelligence and next-generation personalization to create individualized and memorable customer experiences, Syte co-founder and CEO Ofer Fryman told Crunchbase News.

To execute on this, the company raised $30 million in Series C funding and an additional $10 million in debt. Viola Ventures led the round and was joined by LG Technology Ventures, La Maison, MizMaa Ventures and Kreos Capital, as well as existing investors Magma, Naver Corporation, Commerce Ventures, Storm Ventures, Axess Ventures, Remagine Media Ventures and KDS Media Fund.

This brings the company’s total fundraising to $71 million since its inception in 2015. That includes a $21.5 million Series B, also led by Viola, in 2019, according to Crunchbase data.

Fryman intends for the new funding to be put to work on product enhancements and geographic expansion. Syte already has an established customer base in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and will now focus expansion in the U.S. and Asia-Pacific.

Meanwhile, Syte has grown 22 percent quarter over quarter, as well as experienced a 38 percent expansion of its customer base since the beginning of 2020.

“Since we crossed $1 million annual recurring revenue, we have been tripling revenue while also becoming more efficient,” Fryman said. “We can accelerate growth as well as build an amazing technology and solution for a business that needs it right now. We plan to grow further, and even though our SaaS metrics are excellent right now, our goal is to improve them.”

Anshul Agarwal, managing director at LG Technology Ventures, said Syte was an attractive investment due in part to its unique technology.

“They have a deep-learning system and have created a new category, product discovery that will enable online shopping in a way we never had the ability to do before,” Agarwal said. “The product market fit was also unique. We believe in the strong execution by the team and the rapid growth in SaaS. We looked at many different companies, and the SaaS metrics that Syte showed are the strongest we’ve seen in a while.”

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Venture investors and leaders in the fintech space can visualize a future where such startups will move toward again rebundling services.

Root Inc., the parent company of Root Insurance, launched its initial public offering and is looking at a valuation of as much as $6.34 billion.

Clover Health posted rising revenues and a narrower loss in its most recent financial results, published in advance of a planned public market debut.

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Source: https://news.crunchbase.com/news/syte-sees-30m-series-c-for-product-discovery/

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Intellimize Closes $12M Round Of New Funding

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Website optimization startup Intellimize has landed $12 million in new funding, the company announced Wednesday. 

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Intellimize automatically optimizes websites using artificial intelligence. Marketers are able to use the software to try different experiences in parallel and in real time. 

“With A/B testing, all the work is on me,” said CEO Guy Yalif in an interview with Crunchbase News. “With intelligent website optimization, the work is on the machine.”

The company uses machine learning to adjust web pages to respond to a customer’s behavior over time. When a customer goes on a company’s website, Intellimize can give the  customer’s location, time of day, previous website behavior summary, traffic source and other information so marketers can optimize the customer’s experience.

Intellimize says it delivers an average of 46 percent increase in online conversations. And more online conversations can lead to more sales and revenue.

Intellimize, which is based in San Mateo, competes with companies like Granify, accoridng to Owler. 

Addition led the round, with participation from previous investors including Homebrew, Amplify Partners, and Precursor Ventures. The new round brings Intellimize’s total funding to $22 million.

In terms of growth, Yalif said Intellimize had seen its in-target revenue grow 5x in the last year. The company counts Snowflake, Sumo Logic, Tableau, and Unilever Prestige among its customers.

The company plans on using the new funding to significantly expand its team, with a particular focus on people with machine learning expertise, Yalif said.

Intellimize last raised an $8 million Series A led by Amplify Partners in April 2019.

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The commerce platform helps direct-to-consumer and B2B brands establish an e-commerce platform designed for their needs.

San Francisco-based Handshake has raised an $80 million Series D led by GGV Capital. 

The SPAC phenomenon is opening the door to the kinds of companies that in recent years have not been tapping public markets.

There’s a lot that’s lost in the clamor to “do something” about the tech industry, namely the impact on smaller companies and the overall innovation…

Source: https://news.crunchbase.com/news/intellimize-closes-12m-round-of-new-funding/

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