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Venture Capital: Travel and Experiences Operator Klook Notches $200M

January 27, 2021

Hong Kong-based, SoftBank-backed Klook, an online travel agency focused on experiences and attractions, has raised $200 million in a Series E round. Led by Aspex Management, the round also featured investment by existing investors, such as Sequoia Capital China, Softbank Vision Fund 1, Matrix Partners China, and Boyu Capital. The company did not disclose its valuation.


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Venture Capital: Thrasio “Me-Too” SellerX Raises €100M To Roll Up Amazon FBA Businesses

November 20, 2020

Yesterday we wrote about Heyday and its raise of $175 million within four months of founding. A new fad appears to be catching on, and that is to buy and scale-up Amazon FBA (Fulfilled By Amazon) businesses. On Thursday, Berlin-based SellerX, another startup with this business model, secured €100 million of seed round financing.

Venture Capital: As Marketplace Commerce Booms, HeyDay Raises $175M In Series A Funding

November 19, 2020

Heyday, the platform which provides e-commerce sellers with technology, tools, and resources to build brands, emerged from stealth and raised $ 175 million. Investors included General Catalyst, Khosla Ventures, Arbor Ventures, and executives from Amazon, eBay, PayPal, and Magento. Sebastian Rymarz and Adam Gerchen founded Heyday in August.

Venture Capital: Relativity Space, Whose Rockets Are 3-D Printed, Is Raising $500M

November 18, 2020

Relativity Space, a startup building rockets in a “factory of the future” using 3D printing, artificial intelligence, and autonomous robotics, is raising $500 million. The funding round will be led by Tiger Global Management. Existing investors including Social Capital, Playground Global, Y Combinator, Bond Capital, Tribe Capital, Jared Leto, and Mark Cuban, are also expected to join the round. People familiar with the financing told CNBC that the funding would value Relativity at $ 2.3 billion.

Venture Capital: Norway-based Urban Planning Startup Spacemaker Acquired For $240M

November 17, 2020

Autodesk (NASDAQ: ADSK), a company that makes software for the engineering and design industries, has acquired Spacemaker, a startup developing cloud-based AI software, empowering users to collaborate, analyze and design real estate sites, and urban planners to envision cities.

Artificial Intelligence: AI Startups AliveCor And Ride Vision Raise Money

November 17, 2020

AliveCor’s AI-based products provide personal cardiological services. Its FDA-approved KardiaMobile device instantly detects heart conditions such as atrial fibrillation, bradycardia, tachycardia, and normal heart rhythm in an ECG. The company’s Kardia platform is AI-enabled and helps in the early detection of atrial fibrillation, which is very highly likely to cause a stroke.

FinTech: Glint Pay Raises £2.5 Million

November 16, 2020

Glint Pay, a currency fintech that encourages people to ‘buy, sell, spend and share’ their physical gold through its app, announced Friday its fundraise of an additional £2.5 million. Of this amount, the startup received £1.25 million as a private investment, with a matching amount contributed by the U.K. Government’s Future Fund.

Artificial Intelligence: An IPO, And An Acquisition

November 16, 2020, the software company launched by former Oracle executive Tom Siebel, filed papers for an IPO sized $100 million. The company intends to list on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol AI. Snap Inc (NYSE: SNAP) acquired Israeli voice assistant solutions startup for about $70 million.

Venture Capital: SpaceX Launches A Full Crew Into Orbit In Historic Milestone

November 16, 2020

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft, “Resilience,” took off from Florida on Sunday on its Crew-1 mission to transport NASA astronauts Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker, and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi to the International Space Station.

Venture Capital: Another Big Ticket Deal in CyberSecurity – Menlo Raises $100M

November 13, 2020

Menlo Security, which is based in Mountain View, California, announced its fundraising of $ 100 million led by Vista Equity Partners. Neuberger Berman, General Catalyst, JP Morgan, and other existing investors also participated in the Series E round. The round valued it at $800 million.

Venture Capital: A Big Fundraise, And An Acquisition, In Cybersecurity

November 12, 2020

SentinelOne announced Wednesday its Series F raise of $267 million in a round led by Tiger Global Management, with participation from Sequoia Capital Global Equities and existing investors including Insight Partners and Third Point Ventures. The same day, Palo Alto Networks (NYSE: PANW) announced its agreement to acquire Expanse Inc for approximately $ 800 million.

Venture Capital: Carbon Health Raises $100M To Open 1,500 New Clinics

November 11, 2020

Carbon Health, the high technology healthcare company that provides both virtual and in-clinic care to patients, announced Tuesday its raise of $100 million. The Series C funding round was led by Dragoneer Investment Group and saw participation by existing backers Brookfield Technology Partners, DCVC, and Builders VC.

Venture Capital: Nuro, Which Makes Self Driving Vehicles For Local Deliveries, Raises $500M

November 10, 2020

Nuro, a four-year-old start-up that is developing self-driving delivery robots, has several firsts to its credit. Earlier this year, it’s R2 robot became the first autonomous vehicle to be approved by the US Department of Transportation. It then became the second autonomous vehicle to be awarded a driverless testing permit in California. Lastly, Nuro has the distinction to be testing R2 for the past few months in the three different states of California, Texas, and Arizona. It announced Monday its new $ 500 million Series C funding round.

Venture Capital: California Headquartered Chinese Driverless Company Raises $267M

November 9, 2020, a Chinese company that is testing its autonomous driving technology in California and China, has nabbed $267 million in its latest fundraising, bringing its cumulative financing to over $1 billion. The round saw participation by existing investors Fidelity China Special Situations PLC, 5Y Capital (formerly Morningside Venture Capital), ClearVue Partners, and Eight Roads. Interestingly, the Teachers’ Innovation Platform (TIP), a fund from the stable of the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board, led the round.

Venture Capital: Online Education Provider Udacity Raises $75M Debt

November 6, 2020

Udacity, the online education provider famous for its ‘Nanodegrees,’ has arranged a debt facility worth $ 75 million with Hercules Capital (NYSE: HTGC) to continue its growth momentum after turning profitable.

Artificial Intelligence: NotCo Launches An AI-Formulated, Plant-Based Milk

November 6, 2020

NotCo is a Latin American foodtech startup that uses artificial intelligence in the formulation of its plant-based milk NotMilk. Backed by VCs such as Bezos Expeditions, Maya Capital, Indie Bio, Humboldt, and L Catterton, the company has launched NotMilk at Whole Foods Markets across the U.S.

FinTech: Clarity AI Raises $15M For ESG Platform

November 5, 2020

Clarity AI is a fintech whose proprietary technology platform enables investors to understand the social and environmental impact of their portfolios. It is, therefore, a useful tool in the current times when ESG is front-of-mind for both retail and institutional investors.

Venture Capital: 10D, An Israeli Venture Fund, Raises $110M

November 5, 2020

10D, the Israeli venture capital firm previously known as Ofek Ventures, led by Itay Rand, Rotem Eldar, and Yahal Zilka (pictured above L-R), announced Wednesday its raise of over $ 110 million. The fund intends to invest the money in start-ups that are a disruptive force through the use of deep technologies, new business models, or exceptional entrepreneurial capabilities.

Venture Capital: REEF Technology’s “Proximity-As-A-Service” Model Attracts $700M

November 4, 2020

REEF Technology, which operates North America’s largest parking network, said in a Facebook post on March 28 that it was working to transform its network of 5,000 parking locations into testing sites, delivery hubs for essential goods & services, and much more in the fight against COVID-19. Fast forward to November, and REEF’s business pivot to these “neighborhood hubs” has landed it $700 million in funds.

Venture Capital: Conductor, The Brazilian Payments Processor, Lands $150M

November 3, 2020

Conductor, the Brazilian startup that has become the leading payments & banking as a service (BaaS) platform in Latin America, announced Monday its raise of $150 million. The funding was led by Viking Global Investors , with additional participation from investors such as Sunley House Capital Management, an affiliate of Advent International.

Venture Capital: Nestle USA Acquires Meal Delivery Startup Freshly For Potentially $1.5B

November 2, 2020

Nestle USA, which is ultimately owned by Nestle SA (SWX: NESN), on Friday, signed and closed its acquisition of Freshly, a startup that provides healthy, freshly prepared, and chef-cooked meals that are heat-and-eat in three minutes or less. Freshly’s pioneering direct-to-consumer service is subscription-based in the range of $45.96 to $101.88 per week. Nestle will pay $ 950 million for the purchase, and potentially another $550 million depending upon Freshly’s growth in the future.

Artificial Intelligence: Air Street Capital’s New Fund; Intel’s Snaps Up AI Startup SigOpt

November 2, 2020

London-based Air Street Capital announced Friday its close of a $17 million fund to back early-stage “AI-native” startups. The venture firm positions itself too as an AI-native investor – because “generalism is dead” and its team of Operating Partners combines AI expertise with deep sector-specific knowledge.

Venture Capital: AgTech Startup Benson Hill Lands $150M

October 30, 2020

Benson Hill, an agtech startup based in St. Louis, announced Thursday its close of a $150 million Series D round led by Wheatsheaf and GV (formerly Google Ventures). It uses biotechnology and data science to enhance the nutritional qualities and sustainability of crops.

FinTech: UK Development Lender CrowdProperty Notches £100M Of Loans

October 29, 2020

CrowdProperty, a leading crowdfunder/lender to the U.K. SME property sector, has lent over £100 million to development professionals. The funding had a beneficial impact on the UK economy because it catalyzed an expenditure of over £ 80 million on construction-related labor, materials, and services. Notably, all of the funded projects have been fully repaid, with platform investors earning, on average, 8% per annum.

Venture Capital: Scopely Rides COVID Games Growth, Lands $340M Series E

October 29, 2020

Leading mobile games and interactive entertainment company Scopely raised $340 million in a Series E round within a year of its previous $200 million funding. The company, which boasts of blockbuster games such as Star Trek Fleet Command, Marvel Strike Force, and WWE Champions, “seized the play,” garnering a whopper of a valuation of $3.3 billion. That valuation is twice what it was a year ago.