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Birchbox investors get wiped out

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Viking Global Investors has agreed to acquire a majority stake in Birchbox, via a recap that will effectively wipe out the other venture capitalists that invested over $85 million (including at a valuation just south of $500 million).

Why it's a big deal: Birchbox was the original "stuff in a box" company, kicking off a niche industry that would attract both startups and legacy retailers.