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Andrei Chirileasa
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Andrei studied finance at the Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies and started his journalism career in 2004 with Ziarul Financiar, the leading financial newspaper in Romania, where he worked for ten years, the last six of which as editor of the capital markets section. He joined the Romania-Insider.com team in 2014 as editor and became Editor-in-Chief in 2016. He currently oversees the daily content published on Romania-Insider.com and likes to stay up to date with everything relevant in business, politics, and life in Romania. Andrei lives with his family in the countryside in Northern Romania, where he built their own house. In his free time, he studies horticulture and tends to his family’s garden. He enjoys foraging in the woods and long walks on the hills and valleys around his village. Email him for story ideas and interviews at andrei@romania-insider.com. 

 

US startup with Romanian co-founder reaches USD 3.6 bln valuation

WHOOP, a US health-tech startup co-founded a Romanian engineer and Harvard graduate, raised USD 200 million in a Series F financing round, reaching a valuation of USD 3.6 billion.

The company’s value has tripled since November 2020 when it raised USD 100 mln at a valuation of USD 1.2 bln.

The new round was led by SoftBank Vision Fund 2. WHOOP says it is now the most valuable standalone human performance company in the world.

The past twelve months have been marked by rapid growth in WHOOP membership and additional product enhancements to its technology.

“While we have experienced amazing growth in the past year, the potential of our technology and the vast market for health monitoring remains largely untapped,” said WHOOP founder and CEO Will Ahmed.

WHOOP provides a membership for 24/7 coaching to improve health and free hardware to collect data on heart rate and other body parameters.

Founded in 2012, WHOOP has raised about USD 400 mln to date and currently has a team of over 500 employees.

Romanian engineer Aurelian Nicolae is one of WHOOP’s three co-founders and the company’s Lead Product Engineer.

(Photo: Artur Szczybylo/ Dreamstime)

andrei@romania-insider.com

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Andrei Chirileasa
Editor-in-Chief

Andrei studied finance at the Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies and started his journalism career in 2004 with Ziarul Financiar, the leading financial newspaper in Romania, where he worked for ten years, the last six of which as editor of the capital markets section. He joined the Romania-Insider.com team in 2014 as editor and became Editor-in-Chief in 2016. He currently oversees the daily content published on Romania-Insider.com and likes to stay up to date with everything relevant in business, politics, and life in Romania. Andrei lives with his family in the countryside in Northern Romania, where he built their own house. In his free time, he studies horticulture and tends to his family’s garden. He enjoys foraging in the woods and long walks on the hills and valleys around his village. Email him for story ideas and interviews at andrei@romania-insider.com. 

 

US startup with Romanian co-founder reaches USD 3.6 bln valuation

WHOOP, a US health-tech startup co-founded a Romanian engineer and Harvard graduate, raised USD 200 million in a Series F financing round, reaching a valuation of USD 3.6 billion.

The company’s value has tripled since November 2020 when it raised USD 100 mln at a valuation of USD 1.2 bln.

The new round was led by SoftBank Vision Fund 2. WHOOP says it is now the most valuable standalone human performance company in the world.

The past twelve months have been marked by rapid growth in WHOOP membership and additional product enhancements to its technology.

“While we have experienced amazing growth in the past year, the potential of our technology and the vast market for health monitoring remains largely untapped,” said WHOOP founder and CEO Will Ahmed.

WHOOP provides a membership for 24/7 coaching to improve health and free hardware to collect data on heart rate and other body parameters.

Founded in 2012, WHOOP has raised about USD 400 mln to date and currently has a team of over 500 employees.

Romanian engineer Aurelian Nicolae is one of WHOOP’s three co-founders and the company’s Lead Product Engineer.

(Photo: Artur Szczybylo/ Dreamstime)

andrei@romania-insider.com

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