Friday business roundup: Jessica Alba’s Honest Co. funding, Vox Media pulls in $200m, Google to Alphabet & more

Friday business roundup: Jessica Alba’s Honest Co. funding, Vox Media pulls in $200m, Google to Alphabet ...

This week in tech news has been huge. A market-shaking announcement in Google’s restructuring spiked the company’s stock by 6 percent.

You probably didn’t miss that one, but if you’ve had a busy week we’ve got you covered with a collection of the most important tech news snapped up by the Index algorithms:

This week in numbers

Index filed 138 funding events this week. Median investment amount was $1.7 million, a decrease of 66 percent compared to last week. The largest event was a mammoth $4,6 billion strategic investment by Alibaba into China-based electronics retailer Suning.


Four breakout funding rounds

NBC Universal’s investment $200m in Vox Media was confirmed, with a $850 million pre-money valuation. Vox has raised about $300 million to date.

Smart glass company View hauled in a $150 million round from various investors. Its total funding collected to date has hit $460 million.

Jessica Alba’s company Honest Co. raised a $100 million Series D round, bringing the eco-products company to a $1.7 billion valuation.

Singapore’s Grabtaxi raised a $400 million round, led by China Investment Corp (CIC). The round brings Grabtaxi’s total funding close to $1 billion.

Headline highlights

Google reorganized under new umbrella company called Alphabet [The Next Web]

NBCUniversal Buys Big Chunks of Vox Media and BuzzFeed [re/code]

Adobe and Pagefair report says 198m people block ads, costing publishers over $22B this year [The Next Web]

HTC cutting 15 percent of workforce as it battles poor sales [The Verge]

Infor Buys Supply Chain Management Firm GT Nexus [Wall Street Journal]

Code for Africa gets $4.7m boost from Bill and Melinda Gates foundation [memeburn]

That’s our overview of the week in funding news and trending headlines, refined from raw Index data and curated by our team.

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