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Highlights of the Week (Feb 19, 2021)

Highlights of the Week (Feb 19, 2021)
February 19, 2021

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This week saw snowstorms in many part of the country. For our friends in Texas, it was an especially chilling and dark week, as the energy crisis continues to drag on. Mardi Gras celebrations were non-existent, in stark contrast to 2020. However, increasingly declining COVID-19 numbers are allowing more companies to be optimistic about the months ahead.

  • If you haven’t seen it, we have refreshed our PrivCo site to give you a better idea of what our database offers. Have a look around!
  • Meanwhile, we also share our list of top companies to watch in 2021 in the following eight industries: Enterprise Software, Consumer Services, HealthCare, SaaS, e-Commerce, Artificial Intelligence, FinTech, and Mobile. Take a sneak peek at our choices.
  • More enterprises are embracing the possibilities of AR, not just to imagine how a piece of furniture would look in a new apartment but also for building airplanes or managing logistics. Startups are helping bring these ideas to life with new wearables as well as content, but not all startups have succeeded. See our list of the ups and downs in the AR world.
  • Biotechnology has raised over $3BN in funding in just the past 2.5 months. While it’s no surprise, as we all see the advantages of new medical developments in the wake of a pandemic, what other verticals are seeing massive inflows of investment capital? Find out here
  • With e-commerce growth of 44% and $860BN+ spent in 2020 online, merchants are upping their game to present the best online experience for consumers. One way they are doing it is leveraging headless commerce technology. What is it? Find out here
  • The modern workplace post-pandemic will see us leveraging more online tools to collaborate seamlessly. These startups have made a mark in the designers’ world with their easy-to-use tools, grabbing both customers and capital to grow their businesses. See the list.
Applebee’s is ghosting
As ghost kitchens become a norm, especially with the lack of indoor dining, Applebee’s has created delivery-only chicken wings in partnership with Cosmic Wings. The best part? They are Cheetos inspired. Photo: Cosmic Wings
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A win for media companies
Google has struck a deal with News Corp to use News Corp stories for Google US, UK, and Australia.
[Read more]
Since last week, PrivCo has added:
204,553 Companies | 181 Funding Activities | 169 M&A Deals

Funding & Deal Highlights:

Locus Robotics raises $150MM co-led by Tiger Global Management and Bond Capital
Industrial Products • Round E • Andover, MA

Lusha Systems raises $40MM
Automation Software & Internet Services • Seed • New York, NY

Capitalize Money raises $12.5MM led by Canapi Ventures
Finance Software & Internet Services • Round A • New York, NY

Cyteir Therapeutics raises $80MM led by RA Capital Management
Biotechnology • Round C • Cambridge, MA

Nobl9 raises $21MM co-led by Charles River Ventures and Battery Ventures
Consumer Service Software & Internet Services • Round B • Waltham, MA

Modern Health raises $74MM led by Founders Fund
Employee Benefits Software & Internet Services • Round D • San Francisco, CA

Human Interest raises $55MM led by Glynn Capital Management
Human Resources & Employment Services • Round C-3 • San Francisco, CA

Pipeline Therapeutics raises $80MM
Biotechnology • Round C • San Diego, CA

Pivotal Commware raises $50MM led by Tracker Capital Management
Telecommunication Services • Round C • Bellevue, WA

Scalarr raises $7.5MM led by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
AI Software & Internet Services • Round A • Wilmington, DE

Kargo raises $6MM led by Founders Fund
Industrial Products • Seed • San Francisco, CA 

Ensoma raises $70MM led by Takeda Ventures
Biotechnology • Equity • Boston, MA

Maisonette raises $30MM
Marketplace Software & Internet Services • Round B • Brooklyn, NY

Western Alliance Bancorp acquires AmeriHome Mortgage Company for $1BN
Consumer Finance • Acquisition • Thousand Oaks, CA

KKR acquires Flow Control Group
Industrial Products • Acquisition • Charlotte, NC

iHeartMedia acquires Triton Digital for $230MM
Media Software & Internet Services • Acquisition • Sherman Oaks, CA

Micromidas merges with Artius Acquisition for $1.8BN
Chemicals & Plastics • SPAC • West Sacramento, CA

AEye merges with CF Finance Acquisition Corp III
Industrial Products • SPAC • Pleasanton, CA

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