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Executive Hiring Trends: Venture Capital Series C Startups | September 22-23, 2020

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  • Medasense raises $18M Series C
    Mass Device
    Medasense raises $18M Series C … Medasense Biometrics announced today that it raised $18 million in a Series C funding round. … $18 million Series C round from Sabadell Asabys venture capital firm (Asabys Partners of Spain), …

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  • Airtable lands $185M Series D
    Project management software company Airtable has landed $185 million in a Series D funding round, bringing its valuation to $2.5 billion. Thrive Capital led the round for the San Francisco-based company, which aims to make it easier for teams to plan events, projects or product development by keeping track of timelines and workflows.
  • Oracle announces deal for US TikTok operations
    Oracle and TikTok will become business partners in the U.S. under a deal meant to satisfy Trump administration national security concerns around the China-based video-sharing app. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the federal government plans to review the deal this week.
  • nTopology banks $40M for design software
    New York-based nTopology, a developer of software used in design and manufacturing of 3D-printed parts and products, just raised $40 million in a Series C funding round led by Insight Partners. The company says it has seen rapid growth in recent months, with its software currently in use by thousands of engineers on projects in the aerospace, automotive, medical and consumer products industries.
  • Brightseed scoops up $27M to find phytonutrients
    Brightseed, developer of an artificial intelligence platform to discover phytonutrients hidden in nature, closed on $27 million in a growth financing round led by Lewis & Clark AgriFood. The financing brings the San Francisco-based company’s total funding to $52 million since its inception in 2017.
  • Hetz Ventures raises $77M for Israeli B2B startups
    Tel Aviv-based Hetz Ventures closed on a $77 million second fund that will invest in Israel-based companies in the B2B enterprise technology space. Crunchbase News sits down with co-founder Judah Taub to discuss hot areas for investment and what partners look for in a fundable startup.
  • Airmeet raises $12M for virtual events
    Airmeet, a 1-year-old virtual events platform based in Bengaluru, India, raised $12 million in a Series A funding round led by Sequoia Capital India and Redpoint Ventures. The company’s platform features a ballroom-style social lounge with virtual tables for serendipitous encounters and a “speed networking” lobby.
  • Survey: Fintech on the rise amid pandemic
    Eighty percent of Americans now say they can manage their finances without a physical bank branch, according to a new survey commissioned by Plaid. The survey showed that when COVID-19 hit, fintech adoption accelerated and Americans reported using more apps more frequently, and for more financial tasks.
  • Keep up with the Crunchbase News Briefing
    To keep up on breaking news throughout the day, check out the Crunchbase News Briefing. This new and continuously updated daily feature on our main news site has summaries of notable funding announcements, IPOs, M&A, and other happenings in the startup world.
  • Report: Venture funding across U.S. regions
    Following the release of our latest report, The State of Global Venture Funding During COVID-19, we take a deeper dive into the most active venture funding ecosystem in the world: the U.S. We focus on the Southern, Western, Northeastern and Midwestern regions to provide a better understanding of where pockets of opportunity may exist in the second half of 2020.

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  • DNX Ventures closes $315M for B2B fund
    VC investor DNX Ventures closed its third fund, DNX Ventures Fund III, focused on early-stage B2B startups. The Silicon Valley firm plans to invest in seed-plus and Series A rounds for U.S.- and Japan-based startups in sectors including cloud and enterprise software, cybersecurity, fintech and retail tech.
  • Progress to acquire Chef for $220M
    Enterprise software provider Progress announced plans to acquire DevOps company Chef for $220 million in cash. Founded in 2008, Seattle-based Chef previously raised at least $105 million in venture funding.
  • Snowflake sets IPO price range for NYSE debut
    Data cloud warehouse company Snowflake has set a price range of between $75 and $85 per share for its upcoming IPO. If it prices in the middle of that range, the San Mateo-based company would have a valuation of $22.3 billion.
  • BYJU’S raises $500M from Silver Lake
    Online learning unicorn BJYU’S has raised $500 million in a new round that reportedly sets a $10.8 billion valuation for the India-based company. Silver Lake led the financing, which comes as venture and growth investment in the edtech space is hitting historical highs amid skyrocketing demand for distance learning.
  • Truepill lands $75M for at-home testing
    San Mateo-based Truepill closed on $75 million in Series C funding to launch an at-home lab testing network by the end of the year. Founded in 2016, the company has previously been best known for its pharmacy fulfillment services.
  • LightForce secures $14M for 3D braces
    LightForce Orthodontics secured a $14 million Series B funding round of funding to continue developing its customizable 3D-printed braces. Tyche Partners led the financing for the Boston-based company, which uses cloud-based CAD software to predict where teeth will be going to create braces.
  • Keep up with the Crunchbase News Briefing
    To keep up on breaking news throughout the day, check out the Crunchbase News Briefing. This new and continuously updated daily feature on our main news site has summaries of notable funding announcements, IPOs, M&A, and other happenings in the startup world.
  • The monthly rundown: Startups to watch
    In this month’s edition of “The Monthly Rundown: Startups to Watch” series, Crunchbase Sales Manager Shamus Noonan highlights five of the hottest startups you should be thinking about for your next outreach. From quantum computing to phishing attack platforms, Shamus’s August list of top five startups features a variety of companies across industries and geographies.

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Executive Hiring Trends: Venture Capital Series C | August 24-25, 2020

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  • The AlleyWatch Startup Daily Funding Report: 8/24/2020
    AlleyWatch
    The AlleyWatch Startup Daily Funding Report: 8/24/2020 … The latest venture capital, seed, pre-seed, and angel deals for NYC startups for … of diagnostic diabetes testing solutions, has raised $34M in Series C funding led by Bayer.
  • Clio Snacks Closes $8M Funding Round After Doubling Growth
    Yahoo Finance
    Clio Snacks Closes $8M Funding Round After Doubling Growth … bar brand secures Series C funding from Alliance Consumer Growth & AF Ventures … AF Ventures, a leading venture capital fund, also participated in the round.
  • RedDoorz CEO chases profitability, sees opportunities for travel companies to IPO
    PhocusWire
    Personally, I want to return our investors’ money and some kind of public event would … We have a good domestic story, there’s a lot of capital available to good … launched in 2015 and late last year, raised Series C funding of $70 million. … TTE • Web In Travel • Inntopia • Retail Travel • Hotel Investment …
  • Dataiku Secures $100M Series D
    Crunchbase News
    Tiger Global Management also made a major investment in the round that also included existing investors Battery Ventures, CapitalG, Dawn Capital, …

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  • Airbnb files confidentially for IPO
    Airbnb is finally going public. The San Francisco-based unicorn announced it has submitted a confidential filing for an initial public offering of undisclosed size. The planned offering, which comes as the pandemic continues to depress travel and hospitality spending, will nonetheless rank as one the largest and most anticipated in years.
  • Lunar tech startup ispace lands $28M
    Japanese space tech startup ispace has raised $28 million in a Series B round led by an Incubate Fund-managed investment vehicle. The new funding will go to develop a commercial lunar landing for ispace’s first mission, planned for 2022, as well as its second mission, which is planned for 2023.
  • Exo raises $40M for ultrasound device
    Redwood City, California-based Exo, a startup developing a handheld ultrasound device, secured $40 million in Series B extension funding. The 5-year-old company is currently pairing its device with workflow apps to give hospitals and clinics better software to speed up imaging during emergencies.
  • BlockFi raises $50M for crypto investors
    BlockFi, a provider of cryptocurrency-focused financial products, including zero-fee trading and interest-bearing accounts, raised $50 million in a Series C round led by Morgan Creek Digital. The new funding is the Jersey City-based company’s third in the past 12 months, and comes just six months after a $30 million Series B round.
  • Yalochat talks up $15M Series B
    Yalochat, a provider of AI-enabled software for online customer communication, landed $15 million in a Series B round led by B Capital Group. The funding follows several quarters of rapid growth for the San Francisco-based company, which has been expanding in Latin America and India.
  • Lifesize buys whiteboarding startup Kaptivo
    Lifesize, a maker of video conferencing software and meeting room devices, announced it has paid an undisclosed sum to acquire Kaptivo, the developer of a camera system that turns whiteboards into digital collaboration tools.
  • Tapping into diverse tech talent
    With COVID-19 causing millions to lose their jobs, and communities of color and Black workers being disproportionately affected by the virus, now is a crucial time to provide more lucrative pathways for underrepresented talent across industries. Learn how companies can play a more active role in the retraining and rehiring process.

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Executive Hiring Trends: Venture Capital Series C | August 12-13, 2020

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  • Digital mortgage company Habito completes £35M Series C
    TechCrunch
    The newly disclosed round — comprising an earlier Series C equity raise and a … existing investors including Ribbit Capital, Atomico and Mosaic Ventures. … In a call, Habito founder Daniel Hegarty said the new investment will be …
  • AI audio chip designer raises $35m
    eeNews Europe
    an analog AI audio startup has raised $35 million in Series C funding round after shipping … The company was founded in 2017 and Microsoft, through its M12 venture fund, and Applied Ventures, the VC arm of Applied Materials …

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  • Grab eyes another $200M
    Southeast Asian ride-hailing leader Grab is reportedly raising $200 million from South Korea’s Stic Investments in what would rank as the latest of many giant fundraising rounds. The Singapore-based company is among the most richly financed tech startups in the region, having raised more than $10 billion to date, including billions from SoftBank.
  • Microsoft pursues deal for TikTok’s US operations
    Microsoft announced that it is actively pursuing an acquisition of the U.S. operations of short video-sharing app TikTok, following a conversation between CEO Satya Nadella and President Trump. The software giant said it will move quickly to pursue negotiations with TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, completing discussions no later than Sept. 15.
  • Apploi acquired Healthgig
    Recruitment platform Apploi has acquired credential management startup Healthgig, Crunchbase News exclusively reports. Founded in 2018, Healthgig provides credential management tools aimed at helping health professionals manage their careers online.
  • Volante closes on $35M for fintech tools
    After nearly two decades of organic profitability, fintech company Volante Technologies raised its first outside investment of $35 million in a growth funding round led by Wavecrest Growth Partners. The New York-headquartered company plans to use the funds to expand its cloud-based payments and financial messaging offerings.
  • Feather lands $30M line for furniture rental
    Furniture rental startup Feather secured a $30 million credit line from Credit Suisse to drive growth into new markets. The three-year-old, New York-based startup makes and rents furniture for urban dwellers.
  • MikMak secures $10M to match brands and retailers
    Online retail marketing and insights provider MikMak raised $10 million in a Series A round. The New York-based startup will use the funding to expand its platform, which helps brands manage their e-commerce strategies by gaining real-time insights across major online retailers like Amazon, Target and Walmart, as well as online media.
  • Female founders shine in Latin American fintech
    In Latin America women are stepping up as fintech leaders, with five times as many female-founded companies in the space as the global average. Overall, fintech received 31 percent of the region’s venture capital, and more than 35 percent of Latin American startups in the sector have female founders.
  • Yotpo raises $75M for e-commerce marketing
    Yotpo, operator of a platform for online marketing, has secured $75 million in a Series E round led by Bessemer Venture Partners. The New York-based company plans to use the funds to invest in product and engineering, with a goal of hitting $100 million in annual recurring revenue by early next year.
  • Radish snaps up $63M for serial fiction
    Serialized fiction app Radish landed $63.2 million in Series A funding, led by SoftBank Ventures Asia and Kakao Page, to tap into Hollywood’s storytelling community. Currently romance is one of the top genres, but New York- and Seoul-based Radish would like to expand to horror, mystery and thriller.
  • Breezeway lands $8M for property management
    Property management startup Breezeway secured $8 million in a Series A round led by Schooner Capital, Crunchbase News exclusively reports. The Boston-based company operates a platform aimed at making it easier for property managers to oversee cleaning, preparation and maintenance of rentals.
  • ANA Therapeutics secures $5M for COVID-19 treatment
    ANA Therapeutics has raised $5 million in its inaugural funding round and is now one of the first companies to have its COVID-19 treatment go into human clinical trials. Founders launched the Foster City, California-based startup earlier this year to examine whether the anti-inflammatory drug niclosamide has potential to treat COVID-19.
  • Cashdrop snags seed funds for mobile storefronts
    Cashdrop, a startup that helps businesses create and manage an online storefront from a smartphone, has landed $2.7 million in an oversubscribed seed round led by Harlem Capital. The Chicago-based company enables users to have online stores up and running in under 15 minutes.

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Executive Hiring Trends: Venture Capital Series C – July 27-29, 2020

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  • Draper Esprit sells remaining stake in TransferWise for €19.8m
    Siliconrepublic.com
    Dublin and London-listed venture capital firm Draper Esprit has sold its … Draper Esprit said that it has generated £33m (€36.4m) from its investment in … Draper Esprit revealed that it has led a $20m Series C investment into fraud …
  • Insurtech Fundraising Rises in Q2 with $1.6 Billion Invested
    Insurance Journal
    Following the COVID-19-induced slowdown in global insurtech investment during the … $16 million in a Series B venture financing round led by Team8 Capital. … Seed and Series A financing hit a record low, at just 42% of deals. Series A deals were flat, but Series C deals accounted for 11% of deals, …
  • The AlleyWatch Startup Daily Funding Report: 7/27/2020
    AlleyWatch
    The AlleyWatch Startup Daily Funding Report: 7/27/2020 … The latest venture capital, seed, pre-seed, and angel deals for NYC startups for … Rory, and Zero, has raised $200M in Series C funding from investors that include General …
  • Weekly Investment Picks (July 20 to July 27)
    MarketCurrents Wealth Management
    Spanish PE firm GPF Capital finance in costume rental company behind Netflix’s … Quantexa Raises $64.7M in Series C Funding to accelerate Global …

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  • Ceros snags $100M for code-free design
    Ceros, developer of a design platform that helps marketers make content without any code, has raised $100 million in a funding round led by Sumeru Equity Partners. Founded in 2012, London-based Ceros today has more than 200 employees across five countries, as well as a roster of well-known brands among its customer list.
  • Talkdesk valuation soars past $3B with fresh funding
    Talkdesk, a provider of cloud-based contact center tools, raised $143 million in a Series C round. The financing sets a valuation of more than $3 billion for the nine-year-old, San Francisco-based company.
  • South Korea gains appeal for startup founders
    South Korea’s success to date in winning the war against COVID-19 has attracted the interest of entrepreneurs from around the world who are eager to grow their businesses during the pandemic. A key driver is that South Korea’s economy has been able to stay open while many other countries’ business operations are shut down or drastically reduced.
  • Quantexa lands $65M for analytics
    Big data analytics company Quantexa raised $64.7 million in a Series C round led by Evolution Equity Partners. The London-based startup’s technology has seen adoption in the financial services space, where it provides insight for customers to address financial crimes.
  • CyCognito secures $30M for cyber risk
    CyCognito, which helps identify and eliminate the critical security risks in an organization’s IT ecosystem, secured $30 million in a Series B round led by Accel. The financing brings the Palo Alto, California-based company’s total funding to $53 million since its inception in 2017.
  • OrthoFX raises $13M for straighter teeth
    Dental technology startup OrthoFX raised $13 million in a Series A round led by SignalFire. Along with the financing, the San Francisco-based company also unveiled a new suite of clear dental aligners.
  • Huddl.ai raises $6M for remote meetings
    Huddl.ai came out of stealth mode with a $6.25 million seed round funding to help improve the efficiency of remote meetings. Propel Venture Partners, Bain Capital Ventures and Bloomberg Beta led the financing for the Silicon Valley company, whose platform helps identify future action items from meeting notes.
  • Matik nabs $3M to improve presentations
    Matik, developer of a platform for quickly generating personalized presentations with dynamic content, raised $3 million in a seed round led by Menlo Ventures. The primary use case for San Francisco-based Matik’s software currently is the quarterly business review.

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  • Thrasio joins unicorn club with $260M
    A newcomer has joined the unicorn club. Thrasio, an acquirer of Amazon third-party private-label businesses, has closed on a $260 million Series C round of funding led by Advent International. The round sets a pre-money valuation of more than $1 billion for the profitable, Massachusetts-based startup.
  • Identity platform Auth0 pulls in $120M
    Identity platform Auth0 has raised $120 million in its Series F round, bumping its valuation up to $1.92 billion. Salesforce Ventures led the financing for the Bellevue, Washington-based company, which is projecting sales growth upwards of 50 percent this year.
  • CampusLogic lands $120M for financial aid
    Chandler, Arizona-based CampusLogic, an online platform that helps college and university students tap financial aid resources, has raised $120 million in a growth round led by Dragoneer Investment Group. The fundraising announcement follows an acquisition earlier this month of RaiseMe, an online tool for locating higher education micro-scholarships.
  • Caption Health secures $53M Series B
    Brisbane, California-based Caption Health, a company that develops artificial intelligence software for health care providers, has raised $53 million in a Series B round led by DCVC.
  • NowRX raises $20M through crowdfunding
    On-demand pharmacy NowRx has raised $20 million in a new round of funding raised by crowdfunding site SeedInvest. The round marks the largest fundraise to date for the crowdfunding platform.
  • GYANT raises $13.6M for health virtual assistants
    GYANT, a San Francisco startup developing a virtual assistant to improve interaction between patients and providers, announced it has raised $13.6 million in a Series A round led by Wing Venture Capital.
  • Noteworth nabs $5M for patient engagement
    Hoboken, New Jersey-based Noteworth, a provider of patient engagement tools for medical practices, secured a $5 million oversubscribed seed funding round led by Laconia Capital Group.
  • Qumulo secures $125M for data storage
    Seattle-based storage company Qumulo secured a $125 million Series E round, pushing it to unicorn status with a $1.2 billion valuation. BlackRock led the financing, which brings total funding to date for Qumulo to over $350 million.
  • Bolt rings up $50M for smoother checkouts
    San Francisco-based Bolt, creator of a checkout experience platform for online retailers, closed on $50 million in a Series C round led by WestCap’s Laurence Tosi. The round brings total funding to date for the 6-year-old company to nearly $140 million.
  • Ergatta snags seed funds for connected rower
    Ergatta, developer of a connected rower for in-home exercise, has raised $5 million in a seed financing led by Greycroft, Crunchbase News exclusively reports. Rather than a fitness instructor leading the exercise, the product relies on competition through gaming to motivate users during workouts.
  • Openpath closes on $36M for contactless entry
    Openpath, a provider of technology for contactless entry into buildings, has raised $36 million in a Series C round led by Greycroft. The Southern California company envisions escalating demand for its products as employers start to form COVID-19 return-to-work plans.
  • Meditopia raises $15M to personalize mindfulness
    Meditopia, a meditation app that helps users reduce stress, sleep well, and build mental resilience, secured a $15 million Series A investment led by Creandum and Highland Europe. The company, based in Istanbul and Berlin, develops customized mental wellbeing programs that take into account culture, language or country.

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