Birchbox has sold majority ownership to Viking Global, one of its hedge fund investors, after sale talks with QVC fell through. Viking Global previously led Birchbox’s $60 million funding round in 2014. Birchbox had been for sale since at least last summer, entertaining discussions with Walmart and other retailers. Recently they engaged in talks with QVC that multiple sources told Recode would have essentially been a fire sale.
WHO: Birchbox was founded in 2010 by Harvard Business alums Hayley Barna and Katia Beauchamp. The start-up was a pioneer in subscription commerce.
IN THEIR OWN WORDS: “As an independent company with renewed investment, we are in a position to actively pursue plans that help further our mission and fuel our ambitious goals in the U.S. and in our global markets,” Beauchamp said in a statement to Recode. “As part of that strategy, we are prioritizing product innovation, the evolution of our digital experience, and scaled partnership opportunities.”
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