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Billie (company)

Billie (company)

Billie is an American e-commerce company that manufactures and sells razors marketed directly toward women.

Founded in 2015 and launched in 2017 by Georgina Gooley and Jason Bravman, they marketed the company around the idea of the pink tax, suggesting until that point women were paying 10-15% more for razors than men.

Billie raised $6 million in its initial seed round, and raised $25 million in a Series A funding round in 2019 led by Goldman Sachs Private Capital Investing Group.

History

According to an article by TechCrunch, founders Gooley and Bravman claim Billie was created because “shaving companies have traditionally been created for men and women have largely been an afterthought in this category.” Prior to starting Billie, Gooley worked for advertising agencies in Sydney, New York and Portland (Oregon).

In 2018, Billie gained notoriety for claiming to be the first razor brand to show women's body hair.

Timeline

January 2019
Billie raises a $25,000,000 series A round from Female Founders Fund, Goldman Sachs, Lakehouse Ventures and Silverton Partners.

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Billie funding round, January 2019
25,000,000
January 2019
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Connie Chen
April 20, 2021
Business Insider
Two shaving startups, Billie and Flamingo, are making life easier for women with affordable shaving solutions delivered right to your door.
Daniel Welsh
April 18, 2021
HuffPost UK
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March 16, 2021
WebWire
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Christine Hall
February 9, 2021
Crunchbase News
This could be a sign that antitrust regulators are scrutinizing such deals more closely, and that could result in fewer acquisitions.
AARP
February 8, 2021
www.prnewswire.com:443
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Sarah Perez
January 5, 2021
TechCrunch
Procter & Gamble will not acquire women's beauty products startup Billie, as previously planned, following action taken by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to stop the deal from proceeding. In December, the FTC sued to block P&G's acquisition of the New York-based startup Billie, a maker of women's razors and other beauty products, on the grounds [...]
Alex Bitter
December 22, 2020
Business Insider
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UMe
December 10, 2020
www.prnewswire.com:443
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Alex Bitter
December 10, 2020
Business Insider
Clearbanc's Michele Romanow says Billie could opt to grow on its own like Harry's by getting into new products or look for another buyer.
Natasha Mascarenhas
December 9, 2020
TechCrunch
The Federal Trade Commission has sued to block Procter & Gamble's acquisition of Billie, a NY-based startup that sells razors and body wash. In the notice, the FTC alleged that the merger would "eliminate innovative nascent competitors for wet shave razors" to the loss of consumers. Billie was founded in 2017 with the goal of [...]
Laura M. Holson
February 2, 2020
www.nytimes.com
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Karinna Hurley
November 12, 2019
Scientific American
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