Venture capital firm Fifth Wall produces a bi-weekly newsletter that curates relevant news articles, summarizes recent deals and provides updates on the various portfolio companies in which they’ve invested.

Check out this week’s update, which covers what happens to Instacart if Amazon buys Whole Foods, why your next car may be a living room on wheels and how co-working spaces spread to the suburbs.

What we’re reading

Interesting deals

A selection of relevant financing and M&A activity in our sector

The latest from Fifth Wall and our portfolio

Here are some of Fifth Wall’s most recent investor and portfolio updates:

  • Clutter has recently closed a $64 million round of financing led by Atomico with participation from Sequoia Capital, Fifth Wall and GV (Google Ventures). In addition to being the largest on-demand self-storage company this also makes Clutter the most well-funded by a factor of 2x. We are thrilled to have participated alongside such strong investors and even more excited about Clutter’s rapid growth, leading the pack in the market of on-demand self-storage. Brendan recorded a Fifth Wall podcast with the Clutter co-founders you can listen to here.
  • For more details around the nuances of on-demand self-storage, the Wall Street Journal had an excellent write up detailing the struggles and challenges facing the world’s largest self-storage companies and how tech-enabled startups are working to solve the massively inefficient market. Both Clutter and Fifth Wall Managing Partner, Brendan Wallace, were extensively featured in the article, providing insight into the dynamics of the market and business model.
  • ClassPass secured a $70 million Series C with Temasek leading the round alongside existing investors such as Acequia, General Catalyst, GV and Thrive. For those who aren’t aware, ClassPass offers a subscription-based service allowing access to hundreds of fitness and workout classes and helps keep the entire Fifth Wall team in shape.
  • Brendan Wallace recently wrote a blogpost about the Trump Administration’s proposed $1TN infrastructure plan, “A Call for Public & Private Sector Collaboration in Trump’s $1TN Infrastructure Plan.” And you can see a presentation we made on this subject here.
  • Fifth Wall will be releasing a series of podcasts with our portfolio company CEOs, real estate leaders and industry experts in Built World Tech. Stay tuned for more on our podcast.
  • The Real Estate Board of New York has voted unanimously to elect Bill Rudin as its next chaiman. Rudin is the CEO of Rudin Management, a Fifth Wall LP, and will succeed Tishman Speyer President and CEO, Rob Speyer at the end of 2017.

You can learn more about Fifth Wall by visiting its website, and to subscribe to the firm’s newsletter, click here.

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