Winnie, a San Francisco-based marketplace for childcare and early education, has raised $9 million in a Series A round led by Rethink Impact, a female-led firm focused on investing in female-led companies “using tech to solve major global challenges.” Reach Capital, Impact America Fund, Unusual Ventures, Ludlow Ventures, Afore Capital, Day One Ventures, Kairos, and April Underwood, Slack’s former chief product officer, also participated in the financing.
Mauskopf, who serves as CEO, and Halsall, who is Winnie’s chief product officer, came up with the idea for the company in 2016 (both were working at Postmates at the time).
Winnie also gives childcare providers a way to reach more parents and fill open spaces.
Over the past year, Winnie has expanded the number of cities it serves from 500 to 7,000, reaching over 4 million parents across the United States and featuring more than 150,000 daycares or preschools.
Mauskopf and Halsall recognize that not everyone can afford at-home nannies so their mission is to help parents of all economic levels find affordable and safe childcare options.