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Highlights of the Week (February 18, 2022)

Highlights of the Week (February 18, 2022)
February 18, 2022

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There’s an Instagram page called Midtown Uniform with 147K followers. It’s not the typical fashion account showing Balenciaga, Valentino, or LES street fashion. Instead, it showcases the comically common khaki, button-up, and puffer vest uniform of midtown Manhattan’s finance and tech “Chads.” But fashion people will tell you not to dismiss the ubiquity of this banker and techie choice. The uniform is versatile, appropriate, and–sometimes–stylish.

Here’s what we covered this week on the Daily Stack:

  • Pandemic darling Peloton recently slashed 2,800 jobs. We looked at fellow fitness tech companies as people decide how to work out. Check it out.

  • For our investment highlight, we looked at the growing interest in regenerative agriculture admist record funding for agtech. What is it and why does it have investors excited about soil? Find out.

    • For anyone who’s ever yelled “TALK TO A REPRESENTATIVE” into a bot-automated customer service line, this story is for you. We examined the ongoing need for the human touch in call centers and how AI is improving agent skills, rather than replacing agents altogether. Learn more.

  • We profiled the humble beginnings of the $40BN business that makes anyone a proficient designer. Canva has 60M+ active monthly users, and it generates more than $1BN annually in reveues. See how.
Quick News:

🐷Minor investor in McDonald’s sticks up for animal rights

📉Stock pickers want to know employee workforce data

🤐Elon Musk accuses SEC of harassment

👜Luxury prices rise and no one notices

🏥Drivers unprepared when Lyft pickup is at the hospital

💰Thrive Capital closes $3BN in its eighth round

Since last week, PrivCo has added:
 
2,094 Companies |  225 Funding Activities | 169 M&A Deals
 

Funding & Deal Highlights:
 

Equip Health raises $58MM from Chernin Group

Health Care • Round B • Carlsbad, CA
 

Rubi Laboratories raises $4.5MM from Talis Capital

Fashion Tech • Seed • Sausalito, CA
 

Dutch Pet raises $20MM from Forerunner Ventures

Veterinary • Round A • San Francisco, CA
 

DealShare raises $45MM from Abu Dhabi Investment Authority

E-Commerce • Equity • Jaipur, India
 

Debeijin Service raises $140MM from DST Global

Fintech • Round C • Beijing, China
 

Hy2gen AG raises €200.0 MM from Hy24

Natural Gas • Equity • Wiesbaden, Germany
 

MindMaze raises $105MM from Concord Health Partners

Therapeutics • Equity • Lausanne, Switzerland
 

Flow raises $20MM from SVB Financial Group

Fintech • Round A • San Francisco, CA
 

Check Technologies raises $75MM from Stripe

IT Consulting • Round C • New York, NY
 

Relex raises $500MM from Blackstone Growth

Retail Technology • Equity • Helsinki, Finland
 

Synthego Corporation raises $100MM from 8VC

Biotechnology • Equity • Redwood City, CA
 

Peoples Bancorp acquires Vantage Financial for $54MM

Consumer Finance • Acquisition • Excelsior, MN
 

Havenly acquires The Inside

Furniture • Acquisition • New York, NY
 

Alkeme acquires Insurance Online 

Insurance • Acquisition • Newport Beach, CA
 

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