Dollar Shave Club,, and Nutanix: Paths to Exit

Ketan Bhalla
Sep 22nd, 2016

We recently published three new infographics regarding the exits of Dollar Shave Club (acquired by Unilever), (acquired by Walmart), and Nutanix (recently set the terms and price for their IPO).   Take a look to see what these events mean for the major investors of the company - you might be surprised by some of the outcomes.

We regularly publish these infographics to help illustrate the impact of funding rounds for early investors in an effort to "demystify" startup funding.

Dollar Shave Club

Unilever agreed to buy Dollar Shave Club for $1 billion in July of this year.  According to Unilever, part of the reason they bought the company was for their "unique consumer and data insights" and because they believed Dollar Shave Club was the "category leader in its direct-to-consumer space".  Forerunner Ventures, who lead the company's seed round, will realize a 49.7x return when the deal official closes.  See full infographic here. was acquired by Walmart for over $3 billion.  The deal officially closed this past Monday - Doug McMillon, President and CEO of Walmart, announced the official closing via a blog post on the company's website.  The acquisition resulted in a 9.2x return for investors in Jet's Series A round, including New Enterprise Associates which acted as the lead investor in the round.  See full infographic here.  


Nutanix officially priced their IPO on Monday, setting a range of $11 to $13.  At the midpoint of the range, the $1.64 billion valuation at IPO would be slightly lower than the valuation of the company in August 2014, when they last raised funding.  Assuming the midpoint of the pricing range, the Series D investors would recognize a 2.5x return on their investment at IPO.  See full infographic here.
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