Katie Roof, Wall Street Journal

Katie Roof

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New York, NY, United States

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Past articles by Katie:

SoftBank Deal Values Food Startup Zume at $2.25 Billion

Zume is in the process of raising a major new round of capital through SoftBank Vision Fund in a deal expected to give the pizza delivery and food-logistics startup a valuation of about $2.25 billion. → Read More

Bessemer Venture Partners Raises $1.85 Billion Fund

One of Silicon Valley’s oldest venture firms has reached a new milestone. → Read More

Slack Takes Wraps Off $7.1 Billion Valuation Deal

The company said Tuesday the $427 million round was led by Dragoneer investment Group and General Atlantic, with participation from T. Rowe Price Associates Inc., Wellington Management, Baillie Gifford, Sands Capital and existing investors → Read More

VC Mike Rothenberg, Under Fraud Settlement, Is Barred From Industry

The once-prolific early-stage virtual-reality investor has been barred for five years as an investment adviser as part of settling federal charges that he misappropriated millions of dollars from Rothenberg Ventures to fund lavish entertainment expenses and his own business interests. → Read More

Rising Venture-Capital Firms’ Strategies for Success

Index Ventures and Lightspeed Venture Partners have invested in several of The Wall Street Journal’s Tech Companies to Watch. Here’s what they look for. → Read More

Cisco Is Starting Up a New Venture Fund Led by NEA Veteran

One of Silicon Valley’s most prolific corporate acquirers of startups is creating a fund with hundreds of millions of dollars to focus on early-stage investments, including seed opportunities, people familiar with the matter say. → Read More

Equity podcast: Stocks swing after earnings for Tesla, Apple, Spotify, Snap

It was another big week for earnings on “Equity,” TechCrunch’s podcast about venture capital and the tech business. But this week, it wasn’t all good news. Spotify stumbled after its first quarterly report since joining the stock market. Tesla shares were down after Elon Musk’s unusual earnings call. Snap hit a record low after failing to gain traction with […] → Read More

Pandora shares up 8% after surprise earnings beat

Pandora’s quarterly earnings report was music to investor’s ears. The digital radio platform reported a better-than-expected first quarter report after the bell on Thursday, sending shares up 8% in after-hours trading. Wall Street liked that the company showed a sizable increase in subscriber revenue, posting $104.7 million, a 63% increase from last year. Pandora has […] → Read More

Birchbox ownership changes hands after beauty business does recap

Beauty-in-a-box brand Birchbox has changed up its ownership structure. The New York-based startup, which has raised almost $90 million in funding from noted venture firms like Accel Partners and First Round Capital, has a new majority owner in hedge fund Viking Global, sources confirm to TechCrunch. First reported by Recode, Birchbox made some changes to its cap table […] → Read More

DocuSign CEO: ‘we’re becoming a verb,’ company up 37% following public debut

DocuSign CEO Dan Springer was all smiles at the Nasdaq on Friday, following the company’s public debut. And he had a lot to be happy about. After pricing the IPO at a better-than-expected $29, the company raised $629 million. Then DocuSign finished its first day of trading at $39.73, up 37% in its debut. Springer, who took […] → Read More

DocuSign raises $629 million after pricing IPO

DocuSign priced its IPO Thursday evening at $29 per share, netting the company $629 million. It was a better price than the e-signature company had been expecting. The initially proposed price range was $24 to $26 and then that was raised to $26 to $28. The price gives the company a valuation of $4.4 billion […] → Read More

Amazon up 7% following earnings beat

Amazon reported first-quarter earnings after the bell on Thursday, sending shares up 7 percent in after-hours trading after its significantly better-than-expected report. The company reported earnings per share of $3.27, well above the $1.26 that analysts had been expecting. This worked out to $1.6 billion in net income, up from $724 million last year. Revenue […] → Read More

Ceridian up 42% following payroll software IPO

Stock market investors greeted payroll software company Ceridian with enthusiasm on its debut Thursday. After pricing above its expected range at $22 per share, the stock shot up 42%, closing above $31 by day’s end. Ceridian helps clients ranging from BlackRock to Trader Joe’s keep tabs on personnel including payroll, benefits and onboarding. Its clients […] → Read More

PayPal shares tick up after surpassing expectations for the quarter

PayPal reported its first-quarter results after the bell on Wednesday, sending shares up about 3 percent in after-hours trading, due to better-than-expected numbers. Adjusted earnings per share for the payments giant came in at 57 cents, above analyst estimates of 54 cents. Revenue for the quarter was $3.69 billion, up 24 percent from last year. […] → Read More

Rocketrip raises $15 million to reward cost-saving employees

If your company lets you expense the nicest hotel when you travel, why wouldn’t you? But what if you got to split the savings with your employer by selecting a less expensive hotel? A New York-based startup called Rocketrip believes most employees will opt to save companies money if they are incentivized to do so. It’s built […] → Read More

BigCommerce raises $64 million to build e-commerce sites

Austin, Texas-based BigCommerce has completed a big round of funding. The growth stage startup, which builds e-commerce sites for Sony, Toyota and 60,000 other merchants, has raised $64 million to accelerate its business. The investment was led by Goldman Sachs, with participation from General Catalyst, GGV Capital and Tenaya Capital. And it brings BigCommerce’s total raised […] → Read More

Amazon eyes a move into home shopping TV with possible Evine acquisition

Amazon eyes a move into home shopping TV with possible Evine acquisition. A source claims that Amazon is interested in making a buy in TV home shopping. → Read More

Pivotal Software closed up 5% following IPO, raised $555 million

Stock market investors showed lukewarm enthusiasm for Pivotal Software’s debut on Friday. After pricing the IPO at $15, the company closed the day at $15.73. Although it didn’t “pop” for new investors, pricing at the midpoint of its proposed range allowed Pivotal to raise $555 million. Its public company market cap exceeded $3 billion. The enterprise […] → Read More

Drift raises $60 million to be an Amazon for businesses

When you’re raising venture capital, it helps if you’ve had “exits.” In other words, if your company has been acquired or you’ve taken one public, investors are more inclined to take a bet on anything you do. Boston -based serial entrepreneur David Cancel has sold not just one, but four companies. And after a few years […] → Read More

Utah’s Pluralsight unveils IPO filing

Pluralsight, the Utah-based education technology company, has revealed its IPO filing. Given the timing of the unveiling, the company is likely targeting a May public debut. Its core business is online software development courses, helping people improve their skills in categories like IT, data and security. Businesses small and large pay Pluralsight to help train their […] → Read More