Startups swarm to build bee businesses

Much is abuzz in the small world of bee-related startups. A Crunchbase News analysis finds upstart companies are offering pollination as a service, a bee brokerage network, an online honey marketplace, hive analytics, and a host of other ventures aimed at boosting bee productivity.

GE looks to sell venture arm

General Electric—hamstrung by a rough year on the public markets and other assorted woes—is looking to sell its GE Ventures unit. The venture firm has been a prolific startup backer, with over 160 investments. Yet corporate VC portfolios rarely go up for sale, and valuing assets will be a complicated endeavor.

Facebook backs India’s Meesho

Facebook has just made its first known startup investment within India: putting an undisclosed yet reportedly sizable sum into Meesho, which helps people resell goods from home to make money. Bangalore-based Meesho previously raised around $62 million, at a reported valuation around $250 million.

Zume buys packaging producer Pivot

Zume, a heavily funded startup best known for robot-enabled mobile pizza kitchens, is expanding into the packaging space with the acquisition of Pivot Packaging, a producer of compostable boxes made from sugar cane fibers.

Chewy prices IPO

Online pet supply retailer Chewy priced its initial public offering at $22 a share, above the expected range, setting a reported initial valuation around $8.8 billion. The deal is the latest indication that, Uber aside, the IPO climate for tech and Internet deals remains super hot.

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