2: Two new companies joined the global unicorn club this week. New York-based luggage retailer Away reached a $1.4B valuation following a $100M Series D led by Wellington Management Co. Impossible Foods leapt to a $2B valuation following a $300M Series E. With upwards of $800M in total disclosed funding, the company is a leader in the alternative and meatless protein space. Read more about it in our report on the meatless future.
-$930M: Two years after the demise of headset company Jawbone, ex-CEO Hosain Rahman has emerged with a new venture: Jawbone Health Hub, which raised $65.4M earlier this week. The revamped company will offer a personalized healthcare subscription service involving clinical wearables. Its predecessor raised $930M before shuttering, making it the second most expensive VC-backed failure of all time. Read more about epic startup failures here.
3806 mph: Aviation startup Hermeus raised seed funding from Khosla Ventures to develop a hypersonic plane aiming to travel up to Mach 5, or 3806 mph. At that speed, a trip from New York to London would take around an hour. Clients can take a look at how companies are breaking the sound barrier here.
8 to 1: This week, San Francisco became the first major American city to ban the use of facial recognition software by police and other agencies, a rule decided in an 8-1 vote by the city’s Board of Supervisors. We recently rounded up 16 industries — including law enforcement — that facial recognition technology will transform. Check out the full list here.
415 ppm: The concentration of CO2 in Earth’s atmosphere has reached the highest level in human history. Data from Hawaii’s Mauna Loa Observatory found CO2 levels to be just above 415 parts per million. The last time atmospheric levels of CO2 were this high was around 3M years ago, when sea levels are estimated to be 82 feet higher than they are today.
$110.7M:Meules, a Monet painting from the impressionist artist’s Haystacks series, sold for $110.7M at auction this week. The sale sets a new record for impressionist art.