A Silicon Valley VC firm just invested $10.5 million in an app that helps companies like Slack and Reddit make working parents’ lives easier

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Family and parenting app Cleo announced a $10.5 million investment from Greylock Partners.
Cleo is offered through employers, and provides parents with access to experts in areas like birth preparation and sleep.
The app is designed to ease parents’ transition back to work, and reduce attrition at companies.
So far, employees at companies like Slack and Reddit have signed on.
This post is part of Business Insider’s ongoing series on Better Capitalism.

On Wednesday, an app called Cleo announced a $10.5 million Series A funding round led by Sarah Guo at Silicon Valley venture capital firm Greylock Partners.

Cleo (formerly known as Lucy) is designed to help working parents with prenatal and postpartum care — guiding them from the point when they’re deciding whether to have kids to the point when they’re returning to work, all the way through the child’s first birthday.

It’s offered through employers, and so far has helped parents at companies including Slack, Reddit, Box, and Pinterest.

Cleo users can connect virtually with experts in areas such as birth preparation and sleep; they can also schedule at-home visits, according to Forbes. The cofounders are Shannon Spanhake and Chitra Akileswaran, who is a practicing OB/GYN.

LinkedIn’s managing news editor, Caroline Fairchild, spoke with Guo, the partner at Greylock, about the move to back Cleo. According to the article posted on LinkedIn, Guo was pregnant with her first child when she heard about Cleo and was promoted to partner within weeks of returning from maternity leave. She wanted to make the transition back to work smoother for other parents.

Cleo is designed to benefit both parents and their employers

Guo said that services like lactation consultants, doulas, and career coaches are typically limited to high earners. “The core mission of the company [Cleo] is to democratize access to these kinds of services because …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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