22 November 2021 – Braze Breaches Public Markets in $520m IPO

Braze breaches public markets in $520m IPO

US-based customer engagement technology provider Braze floated on the Nasdaq Global Select Market in a $520m IPO, marking an exit for financial services firm Citi.

Expensify executes $302m initial public offering

Expensify, the US-based expense management software producer backed by cybersecurity services provider Barracuda Networks, closed its own IPO at $302m.

SoundHound sorts out $2.1bn reverse merger

SoundHound, a US-based voice intelligence software provider backed by corporates Tencent, Daimler, Hyundai, Midea Group, Orange, Sompo, Samsung, Nvidia and Recruit, agreed to list through a reverse takeover with Archimedes Tech SPAC Partners Co at a pro forma valuation of $2.1bn.

Gett hails reverse merger deal

Israel-based ride hailing service Gett, which counts carmaker Volkswagen and conglomerate Access Industries as backers, agreed to a $1bn reverse takeover with special purpose acquisition company Rosecliff Acquisition Corp I.

Lacework leans into $1.3bn

Cybersecurity software provider Lacework received $1.3bn in funding from investors including data software producer Snowflake and mass media group Liberty Global.

Gemini signs up for $400m round

Cryptocurrency trading and storage platform developer Gemini secured $400m in funding from investors including financial services firm Commonwealth Bank of Australia, with Morgan Creek Capital’s Morgan Creek Digital subsidiary leading the round at a $7.1bn valuation.

Forte blocks in $725m in funding

Blockchain gaming technology developer Forte, which provides blockchain technology that enables game developers to create internal economies for video games through NFTs, raised $750m in a series B round backed by multiple gaming and media corporates.

Expel gets series E $140m injection

Internet and technology group Alphabet’s growth-stage investment vehicle, CapitalG, co-led a series E round for US-based cybersecurity technology developer Expel sized at over $140m.

FBN harvests $300m in funding

Online farmer network platform Farmer’s Business Network (FBN) raised $300m in a series G round featuring food processing and commodities trading company ADM and internet and technology conglomerate Alphabet, which invested respectively through their ADM Ventures and GV units.

3one4 Capital takes Krafton-backed fund to $135m

India-based venture capital firm 3one4 Capital aims to roughly double the size of a third fund, backed by game developer Krafton, to approximately $202m.

Corporates bet on $100m Bits x Bites fund

China-based agriculture and food-focused venture capital firm Bits x Bites has closed its second fund at $100m with backing from corporates Esco Lifesciences, Syngenta, Adisseo and Wilbur Ellis.


“Funky Chunk” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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07 May 2018 – Tencent Leads $820m Series C for UBTech

Deals

Baidu has spun off the likes of Baidu Video and Zuoyebang in recent years, and video streaming platform iQiyi, in which Baidu owned a majority stake, raised $2.25bn in an IPO in March. The latest deal involves the corporate’s financial services subsidiary, Du Xiaoman, which has raised $1.9bn from investors including Taikang, $1bn of which will go straight to Baidu.

Tencent has led an $820m series C round for consumer robotics developer UBTech that valued it at about $5bn.

Online education has been one of the most notable growth areas in China’s VC space and things appear to be heating up. VIPKid, the operator of a tutoring platform that utilises international teachers, is reportedly looking to secure $500m at a $3bn valuation, double that at which it raised money in a Tencent-backed series C round just eight months ago.

Indian insurance comparison portal PolicyBazaar is close to raising $200m in a round that will be led by a $150m investment by SoftBank Vision Fund.

SF Express, the largest player in China’s logistics sector, has invested $100m in Flexport, the operator of a freight services platform that covers land, air and sea along with adjacent services.

SoundHound raised $75m from a corporate-heavy investor group early last year, and now it’s added $100m from Tencent, Daimler, Orange, Midea Group and Hyundai Motor Company at a reported valuation of more than $1bn.

Masterclass, the online education platform equipped with a host of famous teachers, is reportedly on its way to closing a $70m series D round.

Roivant Sciences raised $1.1bn in a SoftBank Vision Fund-led round last August with a brief to develop and launch a series of offshoot companies.

On GUV, Crescendo Biologics, a UK-based immunotherapy developer spun out from University of Cambridge, closed a $70m series B round that featured commercialisation firm IP Group as well as EMBL Ventures, the investment arm of European Molecular Biology Laboratory.

Funds

Microsoft Ventures has invested in some 50 companies since it relaunched itself as a corporate venturing vehicle two years ago, but has run into identity trouble with people confusing the unit with the similarly-named network of accelerators its parent continues to run around the world. Its solution has been to rebrand to M12, while the corporate’s accelerator initiative will be renamed Microsoft ScaleUp.

The city government of Jerusalem is looking to launch a $130m venture capital fund to support local biotech startups in areas including medical devices and pharmaceutical technology. The government’s contribution to the vehicle would amount to $5.5m at most, with the remainder supplied by private investors.

Exits

Flipkart’s board of directors has approved a deal whereby Walmart will pay approximately $15bn for a 75% stake, according to Bloomberg.

Medtronic spinoff Inspire Medical Systems has gone public in a $108m initial public offering that also represented an exit for Johnson & Johnson.

Consumer electronics and IoT technology provider Xiaomi has officially filed for an initial public offering in Hong Kong that sources told the South China Morning Post will be about $10bn in size, at a valuation of about $100bn.

Laser developer nLight has become the latest tech company to launch a successful IPO, floating above its range to raise $96m.

Mita, a US-based orthopaedic device spinout from University of Colorado, has been acquired by medical technology developer Stryker for an undisclosed sum.


“Funky Chunk” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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