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Humane Completes Series B Funding Round

  • September 2021
  • Humane Inc. today announced that it has raised $100 million in its Series B round. The round was led by Tiger Global Management, with participation from SoftBank Group, BOND, Forerunner Ventures, Qualcomm Ventures LLC, and others. This round will enable Humane to scale its operations and continue executing and expanding on its mission to deliver the next shift between humans and computing.
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Breaking: Pocket Outdoor Media Acquires Outside Magazine, and Rebrands as Outside

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Pocket Outdoor Media Rebrands as Outside.

  • February 2021
  • Pocket Outdoor Media, the 4-year-old media company that's home to 22 active lifestyle publications and several technology groups, announced rebrand as Outside and a Series B funding round led by Sequoia Heritage to fuel acquisitions.
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Hear How NEXT Got Started.

  • September 2020
  • In this episode, we talk about how Lionel teamed up with Lance Armstrong to start the firm. Emerging opportunities in hydration, AI, and skin sensors. And why companies like Apple, Amazon, and Google are entering the health and fitness space.

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Private Markets Insider Webinar

  • July 2020
  • A digital conference on the first Wednesday of each month for a unique investment focused discussion on key private markets topics among industry insiders, followed by an introduction to unique investment opportunities across funds and the corporate lifecycle, from startups to bankruptcies.

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POM Acquires Three Divisions from Active Interest Media and Completes Its Series A Financing

  • June 2020
  • Series A funding allows Pocket Outdoor Media to expand its active lifestyle business to over 20 new media businesses including Yoga Journal, SKI, Climbing, BACKPACKER and Warren Miller Entertainment

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Challenging the Comfort Zone: How a Sports Tech Investor Is Tackling Race and Gender Bias

  • June 2020
  • Meet Melanie Strong, Managing Partner at Next Ventures. WiST talks to women and men in sports and sports technology who embody a more diverse and inclusive workforce, setting the benchmark for their peers and future generations.

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The Future of Sports - adidas, Chicago Cubs and Next Ventures

  • May 2020
  • In this special episode, we feature a panel from our Rogue Women event in May, 2020, with three executives from the sports industry discussing the future of the fan experience, live sports, storytelling and more.

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Investing for the NEXT Normal - VCSports Perspectives

  • May 2020
  • Melanie Strong spent over 17 years at Nike, leading international teams across running, soccer/football, women’s and skateboarding. In 2019 she left the comforts of corporate life to join the new VC fund NEXT VENTURES, as Managing Partner.

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Hammerhead Closes $4.5M Strategic Financing for Further Growth

  • April 2020
  • Hammerhead is very excited to announce that they have closed a strategic financing of $4.5M.

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A letter to the Next Ventūres community

  • April 2020
  • We hope you and your loved ones are healthy and safe at a time when, more than ever, nothing matters more. There are likely many e-mails in your inbox about COVID-19.
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SteadyMD Telehealth Raises $6M to Expand Technology and Services to Match People with Personal Online Doctors

  • April 2020
  • SteadyMD members find the right fit with a SteadyMD personal online doctor to build long-term healthcare relationships via video, text and phone.
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NEXT VENTŪRES Expands Team, Adding Well-Known VC as Advisory Board Member

  • March 2020
  • NEXT VENTŪRESTM, a venture capital firm focused on the exploding health, wellness, fitness, and nutrition markets, today announced the addition of Elizabeth Weil as an advisory board member.

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NEXT VENTŪRES Announces Former Nike Executive as Managing Partner

  • October 2019
  • NEXT VENTŪRES, a venture capital firm designed to maximize growth opportunities in the exploding sports, fitness, nutrition, and wellness markets, today announced the addition of Melanie (Mel) Strong as a Managing Partner.

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Lance Armstrong sets his sights on 'human optimization' with new firm

  • July 2019
  • Raising a new venture fund is no mean feat. No matter who you are, it can be a long slog. For Lance Armstrong, raising $75 million for a debut fund in the up-and-coming sports, fitness, nutrition and wellness space has taken a good bit of grit. And the race isn't over yet.

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Austin VC firm co-founded by Lance Armstrong raises $24.5 million

  • July 2019
  • A venture capital firm co-founded by former cycling champion Lance Armstrong has raised $24.5 million toward a $75 million goal for its first fund, a securities filing shows.

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Lance Armstrong’s VC firm is raising a $75M fund

  • July 2019
  • Former professional cyclist Lance Armstrong always thought the Tour de France would be the greatest endurance challenge of his life. But that was before he set out to raise money for his investment firm: Next Ventures.

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Amp Human Secures Lead Investment from NEXT VENTŪRES

  • July 2019
  • Amp Human, creators of a new category of products to help athletes of all types push their limits, today announced it has received a major investment from NEXT VENTŪRES™, a venture capital firm designed to maximize growth opportunities in the sports, fitness, nutrition and wellness markets.

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Lance Armstrong’s Next Ventures targets $75M

  • July 2019
  • According to paperwork submitted to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission this morning, Armstrong and Next Ventures general partner Lionel Conacher have so far attracted $24.5 million from limited partners to back startups in the sports, fitness, nutrition and wellness markets.

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Tour de Finance: How the grandson of a Canadian sports legend partnered with Lance Armstrong

  • June 2019
  • Lionel Conacher, grandson of arguably one of Canada's greatest athletes, and the cyclist have launched a venture business in the sports, nutrition and wellness sector.

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Lance Armstrong just wrote his first check as VC

  • January 2019
  • Armstrong just founded his own venture fund, Next Ventures, to back startups in the sports, fitness, nutrition and wellness markets, and it today announced is first investment.

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After Cycling, Lance Armstrong Makes First Deal As A VC

  • January 2019
  • Armstrong is the co-founding partner of Next Ventūres, a brand new venture capital firm with an apparent focus on athletics.

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PowerDot Receives Significant Investment from NEXT VENTŪRES

  • January 2019
  • NEXT VENTŪRES secures inaugural investment in world's first mobile muscle stimulation device

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Lance Armstrong on his venture capital fund

  • December 2018
  • CNBC's Andrew Ross Sorkin sat down with Lance Armstrong to discuss his venture capital fund.

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CNBC's Andrew Ross Sorkin sat down with Lance Armstrong to discuss his venture capital fund.