NewsOct 21 2019

New York’s booming VC sector is banking on ‘human-centric’ startups

By Aaron Elstein, Crain’s New York Business

Two doors down from the shuttered Dean & DeLuca in SoHo, the Museum of Ice Cream is getting ready to open.

For a $39 admission fee, the experiential museum, or “experium,” plans to offer such made-for-Instagram attractions as the world’s largest pool of inedible, biodegradable sprinkles to frolic in. Visitors can slide down a chute from the second floor to the basement and take in the “celestial subway experience”—a room outfitted like subway car, except with windows that are LED screens.

Although most New Yorkers will have to wait until the museum opens in mid-December to savor the experience, Will McClelland has already punched his ticket: His venture-capital firm led a $40 million investment round in August that values the enterprise at $200 million.

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