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Highlights of the Week (12/11/2020)

Highlights of the Week (12/11/2020)
December 11, 2020

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Happy Hanukkah to our Jewish readers! This week brought a number of mega-valued IPOs from Doordash to Airbnb, the UK starting vaccine treatments including to a guy named William Shakespeare (!), and the FTC is suing Facebook for its monopoly on the digital industry. Here’s our recap of the week’s Stack. 

  • Didn’t catch our list of the most resilient companies of 2020? Read about our findings. Or see the list for yourself
  • If you are one to make new year’s resolutions, perhaps sorting them into task lists will be useful. Note-taking apps are making a comeback and perhaps it will help all of us actually go through our resolutions this time? Read more.
  • Another trend to make a comeback is subscription boxes. Started by Birchbox with its personalized beauty product samples, subscription boxes have since transcended into subscriptions of anything you can think of. We break down some of the popular subscriptions. Read more.
  • No one can take away the sweets, even a pandemic. Candy purchases have increased by 4.1% and even a toned-down Halloween didn’t stop candy sales. And many organic growth companies are riding the wave of quarantine candy consumption. Read more.
Bank of America is optimistic about small businesses
In a survey of 1,000 small business owners, BoA states small businesses are staying open in some fashion and more people are appreciative of them than before. 
[Cheddar]
Stellar week for tech IPOs
Airbnb opened Thursday morning at $146 per share, kicking off its birth as a public company, up from its targeted $44-$50 per share. Read about one take on whether the pricing of tech IPOs is reasonable.
[TechCrunch]
Since last week, PrivCo has added:
1028 Companies | 129 Funding Activities | 212 M&A Deals

Funding & Deal Highlights:

 

Salt Security raises $30MM led by Sequoia Capital
Cyber Security Software & Internet Services • Round C • Palo Alto, CA

Wiz raises $100MM from multiple investors
Cloud Software & Internet Services • Round A • Palo Alto, CA

UbiQD raises $7MM led by Scout Ventures and Keiretsu Forum
Industrial Products • Round A • Los Alamos, NM

Blueprint raises $3.4MM led by Bonfire Ventures
Health Care Tech Software & Internet Services • Seed • Chicago, IL

CodeSignal raises $25MM led by Menlo Ventures
E-learning Software & Internet Services • Round B • San Francisco, CA

WorkRamp raises $17MM led by OMERS Ventures
Human Resources Software & Internet Services • Round B • San Carlos, CA

Beyond Identity raises $75MM from multiple investors
Software & Internet Services • Round B • New York, NY

3Pillar Global acquires Tiempo Development
Technology Services • Acquisition • Tempe, AZ

Ro acquires healthcare software platform Workpath
Healthcare Software & Internet Services • Acquisition • Henrico, VA

HydraFacial company merges with Vesper Healthcare Acquisition Corp for $1.1BN
Health Care Services • SPAC • Signal, CA

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