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Highlights of the Week (12/18/2020)

Highlights of the Week (12/18/2020)
December 18, 2020

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One week till Christmas and also the last weekend for holiday shopping! But surely, many of us have switched to online shopping and are desperately making sure our holiday gifts aren’t lost in the mail. But with the Nor’easter that has hit the east coast, I’m sure we are not the only ones on the edge of our seat. 

  • Meanwhile, our furry friends are having a great time this winter. According to a recent report by PricewaterhouseCoopers, spending on gifts for pets is up 21% this year compared to 2019. Here’s our extensive report on how pet tech businesses are thriving. Or read a quick preview of our findings.  
  • Telehealth companies are another industry that has seen a rise, not just in users but also in the funding they are receiving. Here are five companies funded this year. Read the quick list.
  • As we near the end of 2020, we start looking at companies we think are high-growth and potential unicorn companies. Not exhaustive but revisit our sample.
  • The autonomous vehicles market is thriving as many companies are closer to fully driverless operations. While some only target logistics to avoid accidents with humans, robotaxis is also getting closer to reality. We take a look at some startups making headway in the unmanned vehicle business. Read more. 
  • Interested to learn why Instacart made our top resilient company of 2020? Read the report.
Walmart Pilots Live Shopping with TikTok
We shared about live shopping trends in our 11/11 email. Walmart is now jumping in on the trend. 
[TechCrunch]
High-end toasters IPOs in Tokyo
Consumer electronics maker Balmuda makes its debut on the TSE. The company sells toasters for $225 and is available in the US. 
[Reuters]
Since last week, PrivCo has added:
1155 Companies | 188 Funding Activities | 226 M&A Deals

Funding & Deal Highlights:

 

Zenoti raises $160MM led by Advent International Corporation
CRM Software & Internet Services • Round D • Bellevue, WA

Truework extends Round B funding from American Express Ventures
HR Software & Internet Services • Round B-1 • San Francisco, CA

Socially Determined raises funds from TransUnion
Analytics Software & Internet Services • Equity • Washington, DC

Iris Automation raises $13MM from multiple investors
Commercial Products & Office Supplies • Round B • San Francisco, CA

Deepwave Digital raises $3MM co-led by Northrop Grumman and Jumpstart New Jersey Angel Network
Commercial Products & Office Supplies • Seed • Philadelphia, PA

Tive raises $12MM led by RRE Ventures 
Enterprise Software & Internet Services • Round A • Charlestown, MA

Vise raises $45MM led by Sequoia Capital 
AI Software & Internet Services • Round B • New York, NY

Noname Security raises $25MM from multiple investors
API Software & Internet Services • Seed • Palo Alto, CA

Accenture acquires End-to-End Analytics
Consulting • Acquisition • Palo Alto, CA

NuWave Solutions acquires BigBear
Technology Services • Acquisition • San Diego, CA

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