“Everybody wakened and thought, ‘Wait a second, individuals are nonetheless going to do enterprise,’” mentioned Steve Sloane, an investor at Menlo Ventures. “They’re simply going to do it on-line.”A few of the shift was fueled by start-ups adapting their companies to the pandemic. A type of was ActivityHero, a web based market for kids’s actions. In April, the San Francisco start-up’s bookings dropped 88 % as summer time camps across the nation canceled their applications, mentioned Peggy Chang, its chief government. She fearful the corporate wouldn’t survive the yr.So ActivityHero inspired its suppliers to supply digital actions, selling them to oldsters with free lessons and small reductions. By the summer time, bookings had been again — simply on-line. Now, Ms. Chang mentioned, she sees on-line actions as a springboard to broaden quicker when in-person actions return.Envoy, a start-up in San Francisco that sells sign-in methods to places of work, additionally suffered its first month-to-month web loss in February and March, mentioned its chief government, Larry Gadea. However that modified in Could after the corporate shaped a service known as Shield, with options for limiting capability within the workplace and managing which workers are within the workplace.Round that point, working from dwelling was turning into untenable for some individuals and firms needed a solution to enable a restricted variety of employees to return. Round 100,000 employees have used Envoy’s new system at 500 places of work, Mr. Gadea mentioned.“It saved the enterprise,” he mentioned.Some bigger start-ups have seized the chance to lift much more money from buyers. DoorDash and Instacart, two supply companies which have turn into extra widespread within the pandemic, collectively raised greater than $600 million in funding in June, lifting their valuations to $16 billion for DoorDash and $13.7 billion for Instacart.