Code2040 raises $5.6 million from The Knight Foundation and others

 Code2040, founded by Laura Weidman Powers and Tristan Walker, recently raised $5.6 million to advance its diversity and inclusion efforts in technology. The latest funding comes from The Knight Foundation, The Sara and Ev Williams Foundation and others, and brings Code2040’s total funding raised to more than $7 million. Code2040’s Fellows program, which first launched in 2012… Read More

Stitch Fix up just 1% on first day of trading, after reducing size of IPO

 Stitch Fix went up just 1 percent on its first day of trading. After pricing at $15, the company closed at $15.15. It’s also below the opening trade of $16.90. The company didn’t raise as much money as it had been hoping for. It raised $120 million, after pricing at $15, below the expected range of $18 to $20. The company also reduced the size of its IPO from 10 million shares to… Read More

Media startup Axios raises another $20 million

 There’s a glimpse of hope in new media as Axios just raised $20 million less than a year after its launch, The Wall Street Journal reported. The company already had a pretty big list of investors, and most of the startup’s existing investors are putting more money into Axios. Existing investors Greycroft Partners and Lerer Hippeau Ventures are co-leading today’s… Read More

Stitch Fix gets a pop in its public trading debut

 Stitch Fix revised where it would price its IPO lower last night ahead of trading, and it looks like it helped approach the right sweet spot as a result when it made its debut today. The company saw around a 15% pop in its stock when it began trading this morning — the benchmark companies tend to look to hit when they go public is around 20% — and fell around the lower bound of… Read More

Spotify acquires online music studio Soundtrap

 Spotify has acquired online music studio startup Soundtrap, the company announced via a blog post this morning. The three year-old company is the maker of a cloud-based, collaborative music and podcast recording studio which includes its own collection of loops, as well as the ability to connect your instruments. The move signals Spotify’s intentions to not just be a distributor of… Read More

Stitch Fix set to raise $120M from downsized IPO

 There’s been plenty of appetite for Stitch Fix’s upcoming NASDAQ listing, but concern around disappointing listings from Snap and Blue Apron may explain why the fashion e-commerce company has opted to slim down its IPO tomorrow. Stitch Fix stands to raise $120 million after it announced a lower than expected $15 share price and a reduced number of shares on offer. That price comes… Read More