Emma Watson is part of a group of investors funding a U.K.-based environmental tech startup, becoming the latest Hollywood star to dip a toe into the world of venture capital and tech. She’s part of a $12.5 million funding round for FabricNano—a company developing environmentally sustainable alternatives to petrochemical-based products like plastics and perfume—which is expected to be...
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MoonPay CEO, Other Executives Cashed Out Before Crypto Business Dropped
In November 2021, just as crypto prices were hitting all-time highs, MoonPay—a crypto payments startup that celebrities including Jimmy Fallon and Paris Hilton had praised for its non-fungible token “concierge” service—announced it had completed its first ever outside fundraising: an eye-popping $555 million round at a $3.4 billion valuation from investors including...
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