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Highlights of the Week (January 7, 2022)

Highlights of the Week (January 7, 2022)
January 7, 2022

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Anyone else missing the pre-pandemic salutation of "Happy New Year" and a smile disbursed to anyone you'd see on the street, at the Bodega, or at the gym? I'm taking walks in suburbia and navigating the awkward dance of who is going to step into the road to avoid proximity when passing on the sidewalk. It used to be the only awkward dance was deciding if February is too late to wish someone a happy new year. This phenomenon is called 'coronaphobia,' and it doesn't seem to be going anywhere. While public health officials sort out a new strategy, please stay safe and give a muffled, socially distant "Happy New Year" through your N95.

Here's what you might have missed while you were fulfilling New Year's resolutions:

  • Monday, we looked at the booming early-stage investment landscape, seemingly unswayed by the latest variant and historical similarities to the dot com boom. With $93BN pumped into these seedling companies, where do we go from here? Learn more.

  • With supply-chain crises grabbing all the headlines, supply chain solvers are becoming unicorns, left and right. Learn about three companies shipping their solutions here.

  • D2C companies are making moves to hire the best tech talent, snatching up the resigners of the Great Resignation. We profiled some of the companies raising cash and relying on LinkedIn DMs. Check it out.

  • Another year working from home. Are we more productive? Are we happier? What happened to work culture? We're looking at the rise of companies designing remote work. Read more.

Quick News:
🍃 BlackRock CEO pushes greener future
📜 Obama on democracy a year later
🤝 Historically tight labor market continues
📚 School disruptions and quality education
💻 Femtech proves essential
 
Since last week, PrivCo has added:
 
228 Companies |  96 Funding Activities | 21 M&A Deals
 

Funding & Deal Highlights:
 

PayFit raises $289MM from General Atlantic

Payroll & HR • Round E • Paris, France
 

Petal Card raises $140MM from Tarsadia Investments

Consumer Finance • Round D • New York, NY
 

Finexio raises $10MM from Mendon Venture Partners

Fintech • Round B • Orlando, CA
 

Launch Factory raises $6MM

Startup Studio • Equity • San Diego, CA
 

Mauna Kea Semiconductors raises $12.8MM from Lightspeed China

Semiconductors • Round A • San Jose, CA
 

ReadyWorks raises $8MM from Credit Suisse Next Investors

SaaS • Round A • White Plains, NY
 

Assent Compliance raises C$350MM from Vista Equity Partners

Data Collection • Equity • Ottawa, Canada
 

Break the Love acquires $2.5MM from Lake Nona Fund

Tennis Club • Seed • New York, NY
 

Augment AI raises $3.5MM from JAZZ Venture Partners

AI • Seed • Seattle, WA
 

HealthLeap raises $1.1MM from Fifty Years

Health Care • Seed • Claymont, DE
 

Dunzo raises $240MM from Reliance Retail 

Delivery • Equity • Bengaluru, India
 

Eikon Therapeutics raises $517.8MM from T. Rowe Price

Biotechnology • Round B • Hayward, CA
 

Re-Milk raises $120MM from Hanaco Ventures Capital 

Dairy Substitute • Round B • Rehovot, IL
 

Labelbox raises $110MM from SoftBank Vision Fund 2

Machine Learning • Round D • San Francisco, CA
 

Silicon Ranch raises $775MM from Manulife Investment

Renewable Energy • Equity • Nashville, TN
 

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