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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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Executive Job Search: Promising New Startups in Cybersecurity, EduTech, Vertical Farming, and more!

Get in on the ground floor with these startups in industries like cybersecurity, cryptocurrency, and mobile tech:

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Startups to Watch: Fast Raised $20M in a Series A Round

Fast develops a SaaS-based platform that offers one-click sign-in and purchasing solutions for the E-commerce industry‌. For more info read FinSMEs article “Fast Raises $20M in Series A Funding.

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CFO Salaries Rising Faster than CEO at Late-Stage Private Companies

Executive compensationWith venture-backed companies staying private longer, Pitchbook shares how average salaries for CEOs and CFOs in late-stage private companies are trending. Read more in “A look at CEO vs. CFO compensation at late-stage private companies.

The 10 Hottest Sectors for 2018 Startups

The 10 Hottest Industries for Startups in 2018Financial services, healthcare, construction, logistics and consumer goods – major sectors growing across the US. Here is a great list from Inc. on the 10 hottest…startup industries. I find this really exciting!

The 10 Hottest Industries for Startups in 2018

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