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Highlights of the Week (12/4/2020)

Highlights of the Week (12/4/2020)
December 4, 2020

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The first week of December has been eventful already as vaccination approvals in the UK for COVID-19 are raising spirits. And pricey acquisitions by Salesforce and S&P have been the talk of the town. Here’s a recap of the week. 

  • Representation matters. Not surprisingly, women-led or founded companies generally attract more female employees according to a recent study by Notion Capital. Here’s a tiny selection of growing women-founded and/or women-led companies. We actually cover over 10K+ companies on this list and it is still growing! Read more.
  • Vision care. Year-end also means making sure you have claimed all your vision benefits before they expire. Big box retail is taking a cut into the growing industry but read about our list of highly valued private vision care companies. Read more. 
  • Top valuations. The biggest gainers of 2020. See the list.
  • Going public. Review why private companies go public even despite a lengthy and costly process as well as how 2020 fared in comparison to 2019 in terms of IPOs. Read more. 
  • Early learning. Because 2020 has been a year of shifting towards online learning for all ages, many edtech companies have garnered the interest of investors according to our newest report. However, there are also many edtech companies that have grown organically. Read more.
Walmart drops free shipping minimum
Available for Walmart+ users only, in a vie to compete with Amazon Prime, Walmart has dropped minimum shipping fees to get more signups for their plus subscription.  
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Snowflake reports Q3 loss
In its first quarterly report since its IPO in September that raised $3.36BN, Snowflake reported a third-quarter loss that sent its shares down more than 5%. 
[Read more]
Since last week, PrivCo has added:
1016 Companies | 98 Funding Activities | 121 M&A Deals

Funding & Deal Highlights:

ShipMonk raises $290MM led by Summit Partners
Logistics Software & Internet Services • Equity • Deerfield Beach, Florida

Olive raises $225.5MM led by Tiger Global
AI Software & Internet Services • Equity • Columbus, OH

Scale AI raises $155MM led by Tiger Global
AI Software & Internet Services • Equity • San Francisco, CA

Genesis Therapeutics raises $52MM led by Rock Springs Capital
Biotechnology • Round A • South San Francisco, CA

Step Mobile raises $50MM led by Coatue
Banking Software & Internet Serviced • Round B • San Mateo, CA

Ridecell raises $45MM led by Fort Ross Ventures
Ridesharing Software & Internet Services • Round C • San Francisco, CA

AgentSync raised $6.7MM led by Craft Ventures
Insurtech Software & Internet Services • Seed • Denver, CO 

KIND acquires Nature’s Bakery
Food & Beverage Producers • Acquisition • Reno, Nevada

Tata group acquires online grocery supplier Big Basket for $1.3BN
Food & Beverage Retail • Acquisition • Bengaluru, India

Sycamore Partners buys retail brands Ann Taylor, Loft, and Lou & Grey for $540MM
Retail • Acquisition • New York, NY

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