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Executive Job Search: E-Commerce, Mobile Apps, Food Delivery, Branding

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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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Executive Job Search: Brain Science, Dental Tech, Remote Tech, Sales Tech

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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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Executive Job Search: Big Data, Wellness, Healthcare, AI

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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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Executive Hiring Trends: Venture Capital Series C – July 13, 2020

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  • Financings for July 9, 2020
    BioWorld Online
    This was the first investment by Blackstone Life Sciences in the medical device … of a $53 million series C round of venture financing, led by General Catalyst, … Keiretsu Capital and Keiretsu Forum members are leading investors in …

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Executive Job Search: Fintech, Fashion, Big Data

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  • OwnBackup lands $50M
    OwnBackup, a startup known primarily as a backup and disaster recovery system for Salesforce users, announced a $50 million investment led by Insight Partners. The financing brings total funding for the 5-year-old, New Jersey-based company to around $100 million.
  • Sequoia closes on $1.35B for India and Southeast Asia
    Sequoia Capital announced it has secured $1.35 billion for two new funds as it looks to ramp up its investments in India and Southeast Asia. The new investment vehicles include a $525 million venture fund and an $825 million growth fund.
  • Wagestream secures $25M for payday control
    London-based Wagestream, a fintech startup that allows workers to access earned income in real time, has secured $20 million ($25 million) in a round led by Northzone. The company’s app allows employees to stream earned wages into their accounts, giving them control over when they’re paid.
  • CALA raises $3M to launch fashion brands
    CALA, a New York-based marketplace that provides retail infrastructure for online influencers and others to launch fashion brands, raised a $3 million seed round extension led by Maersk Growth and Real Ventures.
  • Swap gets seed round for embedded fintech
    Swap, a Brazilian startup focused on helping financial institutions create internal financial technology offerings, raised a $3.3 million seed round led by ONEVC. The 2-year-old company is on a mission to develop a basic infrastructure to make creating a payments tool less time-consuming and expensive.

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Executive Job Search: Unicorns, Genomics, AI, Entertainment Tech

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  • Unicorn board now above 600 companies valued at $2T
    At least 44 new private companies crossed the $1 billion valuation threshold this year. That brings the total number of global unicorns tracked by Crunchbase to just over 600, with their collective valuation soaring to nearly $2 trillion.
  • Base10 closes $250M early-stage fund
    Venture firm Base10 Partners closed on $250 million for its second fund, BaseFund II, which will invest in early-stage companies with a goal of “automating the real economy.”
  • Shift to go public in reverse merger
    Used-car marketplace Shift Technologies announced plans to go public via a reverse merger with a special purpose acquisition company “SPAC”. Founded in 2013, San Francisco-based Shift previously raised more than $200 million in equity funding.
  • Artlist raises $48M for royalty-free music
    Royalty-free digital music provider Artlist raised $48 million in a financing round led by KKR. The Israel-based company plans to use the funding to add new and original digital assets to its platforms.
  • Codefresh secures $27M Series C
    Codefresh raised $27 million in a Series C round led by Red Dot Capital Partners. The Silicon Valley-based company specializes in software development and IT operations tools for Kubernetes, a popular open-source platform for containerized workloads.
  • Sun Genomics lands $8.65M for healthy guts
    San Diego-based Sun Genomics, a provider of direct-to-consumer custom probiotics, has raised $8.65 million in a Series A round led by Pangaea Ventures. The company is best known for its Floré offering, a microbiome test that recommends personalized products.

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Executive Job Search: Biopharma, Gaming, Data, Fintech, IT

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  • FirstMark Capital closes on $650M for two funds
    New York’s FirstMark Capital announced two new funds totaling $650 million. FirstMark V, a $380 million fund, will invest in early-stage technology companies, while FirstMark Opportunity Fund III, a $270 million fund, will focus on follow-on rounds and growth-stage deals.
  • GreenLight Biosciences raises $102M Series D
    Massachusetts-based GreenLight Biosciences raised an oversubscribed $102 million Series D funding round led by Morningside Ventures. The company plans to use the funding to rapidly expand output of its messenger RNA production technology for agricultural and life sciences applications.
  • Swappie nabs $40.6M for refurbished smartphones
    Fast-growing, Finland-based Swappie raised a 35.6 million euro ($40.6 million) Series B round led by TESI, with an eye to expanding its online refurbished smartphone marketplace to new markets in Europe.
  • Streamlit lands $21M to elevate data analysis
    Streamlit, developer of an open source app framework for building predictive models, raised $21 million in a Series A round led by Gradient Ventures and GGV Capital. The San Francisco-based company was founded in 2018 by a group of former Google X employees.
  • Steady secures $15M to raise wages
    Steady, a startup aimed at helping low-to-moderate-income workers figure out how to make more money, has raised some extra cash for itself. The Atlanta-based company, which is adjusting its business model amid the COVID-19 pandemic, secured $15 million in a Series B round led by Recruit Strategic Partners.

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Executive Job Search: Health Tech, Sales Tech, Insurtech, Big Data

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  • Vroom surges in IPO
    Shares of online used car marketplace Vroom soared in first-day trading this morning, opening at around $40 each. Previously, the New York-based company priced its shares at $22 each, above the projected range, bringing in $468 million.
  • Collab Capital eyes $50M fund for black founders
    Atlanta-based Collab Capital is seeking to raise a $50 million fund to invest in black founders. The firm is taking a different approach than a traditional VC, seeking a profit-sharing model versus giving capital for equity.
  • Insurance unicorn Lemonade files for IPO
    Lemonade, which operates an AI-driven insurance platform, is the latest unicorn to file for a public offering. The New York-based company, which previously raised $480 million in venture funding, revealed in its IPO filing sharply rising revenues paired with widening losses.
  • Yugabyte secures $30M to power databases
    Sunnyvale, California-based Yugabyte, a developer of open source database technology, secured $30 million in an oversubscribed Series B funding round led by 8VC. The company offers two commercial products, a self-managed private database-as-a-service and a fully managed database service.
  • Advekit raises $2.6M for mental health
    Los Angeles-based Advekit, a startup that helps people find affordable therapists, has raised $2.6 million in a seed funding round led by Moment Ventures.

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Executive Job Search: Global Venture Funding in Gaming, Biotech, and Insurance

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  • Zynga buys Turkish gaming unicorn Peak for $1.8B
    Zynga agreed to buy Turkish mobile game-maker Peak for $1.8 billion in a cash and stock deal that ranks as its largest acquisition ever. Founded in 2010, Istanbul-based Peak has raised a known total of just $18 million since its 2010 inception from backers including Earlybird Venture Capital and Hummingbird Ventures.
  • Benchling lands $50M for biotech R&D
    Life sciences research and development platform Benchling closed a $50 million Series D funding round led by Alkeon. The San Francisco-based company says its cloud software platform has been used by more than 230,000 scientists to date to centralize complex experimental datasets and optimize R&D processes.
  • Zeleros secures $7.9M for hyperloop
    Spanish hyperloop startup Zeleros has closed a $7.8 million funding round led by engineering consultancy Altran. Founded in 2016, the Valencia-based company is developing its own version of the hyperloop, which could transport passengers and cargo on long-distance routes.

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