Blue Origin capsule brings Captain Kirk into space

This makes the “Star Trek” actor William Shatner the oldest space visitor. Also: Mindbody buys Classpass and Tripactions receives new funds.

The crew of NS-18. In the picture from left to right: Dr. Chris Boshuizen, William Shatner, Audrey Powers and Glen de Vries.
Blue Origin

Good Morning! While you were sleeping, work on the digital scene went on elsewhere.

The top topics:

Blue Origin successfully brought a crew into space and back with Canadian actor William Shatner on Wednesday. Shatner, who played Captain Kirk in the original TV series “Star Trek”, is 90 years old and is the oldest person to have ever been in space and is part of a crew of four. Jeff Bezos’ space company launched its space capsule for the fifth time this year.

The flight, which was actually planned for Tuesday, had been postponed for a day due to strong winds. The rocket launched from Blue Origin’s private facility in West Texas and reached over 100 kilometers (or more than 340,000 feet) in altitude before safely returning to Earth a few minutes later. The mission took about eleven minutes from start to finish. The crew experienced weightlessness for about three minutes. [Mehr bei Wall Street Journal, CNBC und Spiegel]

You read on the start-up scene today: A logistics platform that digitally networks sand, gravel and ballast producers with contractors and construction sites – that is the concept of Schüttflix. The Schotter startup started three years ago and quickly became the market leader. The platform has grown by 400 percent since January. [Mehr bei Gründerszene]

And here are the other headlines of the night:

Mindbody, who sells software to help companies book courses and appointments, has announced plans to purchase Classpass, the developer of an app that connects users to fitness classes, gyms, and other services such as beauty experiences and spas. Classpass was most recently valued at $ 1 billion by venture investors. The price of the deal was not disclosed. Classpass investors include Apax Digital, L Catterton, Temasek, Google Ventures, General Catalyst and Thrive Capital. [Mehr bei Bloomberg und Techcrunch]

Tripactions raised $ 275 million in a Series F funding round. This brings the company to a valuation of $ 7.25 billion. The software company from Palo Alto creates a tool that helps companies book and manage business trips. [Mehr bei Techcrunch]

The well-known Silicon Valley VC company Andreessen Horowitz launches a major push to regulate cryptocurrencies in Washington. Venture capital company officials plan to meet with executives at the White House this week. They want to set out their vision of how the US should approach the regulation of the next generation of the Internet, the Web3. The company defines Web3 as “a group of technologies that includes blockchain, cryptographic protocols, digital assets, decentralized finance and social platforms”. [Mehr bei CNBC]

IPOs: Gitlab, a provider of cloud-based software from San Francisco, is today listed on the New York technology exchange Nasdaq. At $ 69, the stock starts at the high end of the range with a market capitalization of up to $ 10 billion. Avidxchange, a leading software in the automation of billing and payment processes for medium-sized companies, reached a market capitalization of approximately 4.62 billion US dollars in a tepid market debut on the Nasdaq. Shares in Avidxchange, which Mastercard has among its investors, opened at $ 24.14, down 3.4 percent from the issue price of $ 25 per share. The company raised $ 660 million when it went public through the sale of 26.4 million shares. [Mehr bei CNBC und Reuters]

Investments: Poshmark, a California social commerce marketplace, has announced that it is the sneaker authentication software company Suede One buys for an undisclosed amount. This is the first acquisition Poshmark has made since it was founded in 2011. Karat, which is developing an “Interviewing Cloud”, has raised 110 million US dollars in one round of the C Series. The Seattle startup is valued at $ 1.1 billion. The group was chaired by Tiger Global. [Mehr bei The Information und Techcrunch]

Our reading tip on the start-up scene: The Oetker Group has set up a venture unit. The new fund aims to track down hidden champions and is endowed with a three-digit million amount. What is behind the Be8 venture unit? [Mehr bei Gründerszene]

A nice Thursday!

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