Glow Raises $17 Million Series B For Fertility Tracking App


Glow, the company that makes the popular fertility tracking app, announced today that it closed a $17 million Series B round led by Formation 8, with participation from Andreessen Horowitz, and Founder’s Fund. The new round follows Glow’s 2013 Series A, in which it raised $6 million, bringing its total funding levels to $23 million since its launch.

Glow was founded by Max Levchin, a Silicon Valley rock star with a reputation strong enough that he can build a women’s fertility app and venture capitalists will back it with millions in investments. Levchin was an original co-founder at PayPal, where he served as CTO until EBay acquired it. Two years later, he helped launch Yelp, where he is currently the Chairman of the Board. He has also started and sold several other companies, including Slide, a media sharing service that he ran as CEO until it was acquired by Google in 2010. He also runs an innovation lab and invests in early stage startups. He has early money in Misfit Wearables, Indiegogo, OpenDoor and a few other notable successes.


Glow was launched in 2013 initially to help women trying to get pregnant. The app asks a series of daily questions throughout the month to monitor women’s menstrual cycles, and then pinpoints each users peak ovulation days based on their own individual patterns. On ovulation days, the app sends them reminders to go have sex  – an app notification that anyone can appreciate. When women eventually do report that they are pregnant, Glow makes a maternity app that helps track the progress of the pregnancy through to labor. Since its launch, Glow claims that it has helped over 25,000 women conceive.

In the last year, Glow has expanded its focus beyond helping women get pregnant, and and now markets its app to women that simply want to track their periods and note their ovulation days. The company has grown from a five-person startup, to a staff of 22 building and expanding the women’s health app platform. The new funding will be used to help Glow expand its team, build out its enterprise product line,  and move into international markets.

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