Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines.
This week Kate was in China, so TechCrunch's Danny Crichton and Alex took the helm while she was out grilling Lime. So, with our producer (the excellent Mr. Gates) in San Francisco and Danny in New York and Alex in the provinces, we got into the following to start:
Jetpack Aviation and its seed round to build a flying motorcycle, because of course why not
An endurance racing startup raising money from Usain Bolt
Norwest’s mega new $2B fund
EQT’s mega new $750 million rumored European growth fund
And a new round for Peanut, the social network for mothers
Pivoting into the biggest news from the week, 1Password raised a comically large $200 million Series A round of funding. The firm quite obviously hadn't raised much capital before, but had grown to be quite large. Hence the large check. Recall that Series A really means a company's first institutional round, not a specific dollar range.
Next we discussed DoorDash and its possible $100 million add-on to its $600 million round from earlier this year. The new capital should keep the on-demand technology company's valuation pegged just above where it was set during its preceding round. So, a down round this is not.