This week in N.Y.C. funding news: Ladies Who Lead, Anchor, LetGo, The Inside

First published via New York Business Journal by Anthony Noto

Ikea has purchasedTaskRabbit, a San Francisco-based on-demand platform for everyday chores. Could Handy be next?

Handy is TaskRabbit’s N.Y.C. rival. According to Axios, the deal for TaskRabbit was valued at less than $75 million. While TaskRabbit had raised just $50 million in venture capital from firms like Shasta Ventures, Lightspeed Venture Partners and Founders Fund.

Handy, meanwhile, has raised more than $110 million.

Considering more traditional strategic buyers like Ikea are looking to tap into the gig economy, it remains to be seen whether Handy’s backers —General Catalyst, Highland Capital Partnersand TPG Growth — are itching for a cash out as well. For our podcast with Handy CEO Oisin Hanrahan, click here or see above.


The N.Y.C. startup scene is filled with female business leaders who innovate, succeed and pay it forward — with a heavy emphasis on that last part.

Two individuals who exemplify this are AlexAnndra Ontra, co-founder of Shufflrr, and Bonnie Halper, co-founder of


Ladies Who Lead co-counders Bonnie Halper and AlexAnndra Ontra of Shufflrr

Both women have demonstrated a track record of success in their own right. Through the “Ladies Who Lead” event, they put a premium on mentoring those around them and supporting the next generation of women in business.

On Sept. 14, the pair offered access to some of Manhattan’s finest venture capitalists and entrepreneurs. Peruse the photos here and at the end of this story to catch a glimpse of who attended and perhaps mark your calendar for the next one.

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The most recent “Ladies Who Lead” event on Sept. 14, 2017 was hosted by AlexAnndra Ontra, co-founder of Shufflrr, and Bonnie Halper, founder of, in New York City



The New York-based startup that has built a marketplace for people to buy and sell used goods raised $100 million in funding at a valuation of over $1 billion, according to TechCrunch. The infusion of capital comes just nine months after LetGo raised $175 million and about 15 months after it merged with Spanish rival Wallapop.


The podcast startup just closed $10 million in Series A funding, led by Google Ventures (GV), with participation from others such as Accel and Craig Kallman, the CEO of Atlantic Records.

Boost Insurance

The insurance platform received $3 million in funding from Norwest Venture Partners, IA Capital Group, Greycroft Partners, State National Companies and Nephila.

The Inside

A home-decor brand founded by Christiane Lemieux of DwellStudio launched this week with $1.5 million in seed funding from Forerunner Ventures, the venture capital fund that recently exited and Bonobos to Walmart.

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Egale Recchia of Captial One, AlexAnndra Ontra of Shufflrr and Kelly Hoey, angel investor

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AlexAnndra Ontra of Shufflrr and Anne Robertson of Goldman Sachs

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Mehul Sampura LWL Volunteer, Veronica Guzman of WAM Ventures (2)

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Michelle Barbuto of 5WPR, Jason Heller of 5WPR

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Megan Gamers of MG Make Up, Veronica Guzman

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Irene Ryabaya of Houston Angel Network, Zsia Rosmarin of Withum, Melissa Roth of Withum , Samantha Monchik of Withum

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Joanes Prosper of Prosper Digital TV, Celeste Smith of City of New York

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Natalie Molino of Brava Investments, Veronica Guzman of WAM Ventures, Meg Charles Horn of Chorn

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Veronica Guzman of WAM Ventures, Natalie Molino of Brava Investments

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