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Barbershop Appointment App SQUIRE Technologies Triples Its Valuation To $750M Overall

Barbershop scheduling app SQUIRE continues to grow amid its success with users according to its latest funding round. A press release reports that SQUIRE Technologies, Inc. — the only full scale barbershop management and POS system of its kind — has raised a $60 million Series D, bringing its total raised since launching to roughly $165 million, thus tripling its valuation to $750 million overall. The funding round was led by Tiger Global, with participation from existing investors such as ICONIQ Capital, Charles River Ventures and Trinity Ventures. Since 2015, SQUIRE has been offering its unique slate of services to benefit shop owners looking to scale their businesses and clientele, allowing them to cut back on time spent managing back office operations. With its new funding, the company plans to expand its engineering teams and increase sales as it continues to grow exponentially beyond its existing markets. “Our software helps our customers with nearly every workflow in their...

Jul 28, 2021

Serena Williams Backs Rent-Reporting Company Esusu To Help Support Underserved Communities

Tennis superstar and philanthropist Serena Williams is giving back to underserved communities by backing leading rent reporter fintech company Esusu. According to a press release, Williams participated in the company’s $10 million Series A funding round — led by Motley Fool Ventures — with an undisclosed “significant investment” through her venture capital firm, Serena Ventures. In speaking with CNBC, Williams shared that she started her company to “invest in diverse founders and early-stage companies that outperform and generate impact, while at the same time empowering others and creating opportunities” — thus identifying Esusu as one of those very companies. “Esusu is really focused on credit building and creating pathways to financial inclusion for not only working families but for individuals as well,” she shared in a press statement. “Their services also make rent reporting seamless – finally giving renters credit for what often is their largest expense every month. Last year,...

Jul 19, 2021

If You're Looking To Fund Your Business, KINETIC Conference Is The Place To Be

Looking to learn how to get people to invest in your business? Look no further because the first annual KINETIC Conference (KINETIC-CON) takes place Saturday, April 10, 2021. “KINETIC is a platform that allows entrepreneurs to find funding,” said the organization’s co-founder Kevin Johnson. In research that was recently published by the Kauffman Foundation, studies show that “nine in ten (92%) reported that funds to start the business was challenging and close to the same share (86%) reported that funds to grow the business was challenging.” Johnson believes the road to funding isn’t easy for Black founders because their white counterparts responsible for the investing stages don’t recognize that they may disclose preconceived biases. “A lot of times you can’t see what’s in front of your face because you’re blinded by the biases,” continued Johnson. “Specifically implicit biases that have been built up over hundreds of years. Investors need to realize what biases they bring to the...

Apr 9, 2021

Black Women Founders Behind Tech Startup ChargerHelp! Raise $2.75M

As more electric vehicles hit the road, Los Angeles-based ChargerHelp! — an on-demand repair app for electric vehicle charging stations — has closed a $2.75 million funding round. With its new funding, it plans to build out its tech platform, hire new team members and expand to more service areas, TechCrunch reports. The Black women-led company was co-founded by Kameale Terry and Evette Ellis in January 2020 after receiving demand for its services from customers and investors. Now, the company works directly with charging manufacturers and network providers to provide its services. Trucks VC, Kapor Capital, JFF, Energy Impact Partners and The Fund made investments in ChargerHelp’s! recent funding round. The inspiration behind ChargerHelp! came from Terry’s tenure at EV Connect, where she worked with various manufacturers and learned about the common problems with electric vehicle chargers. Terry told TechCrunch that when there was an issue at a charging station in the Los Angeles...

Mar 30, 2021

How Many Funding Rounds Does Your Startup Need?

Funding isn’t a one-time deal for most startups. It’s common for startups to raise capital via multiple funding rounds, each being a step above the previous. Even when a startup achieves success in a lower round, they continue to raise capital via consecutive rounds in efforts to scale their business to new heights. So, what are funding rounds? How do they work? How do you determine how many funding rounds are appropriate for your startup? We’re glad you asked. Here’s all you need to know: What is a funding round? Essentially, a funding round is a period of time where a startup sets out to raise capital in order to achieve a goal or milestone. In between funding rounds, the startup will continue to improve via sales, digital impressions, or adding new team members to increase the overall valuation, which is evaluated and assessed by potential investors. There is no standard amount of time between funding rounds which is usually determined by founders who feel their valuation has...

Nov 8, 2019