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Highlights of the Week (July 16, 2021)

Highlights of the Week (July 16, 2021)
July 16, 2021

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The next great battle over legislation has begun, as Democrats unveiled a social and environmental bill that includes many of Biden’s campaign promises. The $3.5TN plan includes taxing imports from heavy carbon-emitting countries, lowering the Medicare eligibility age to 60, offering universal public pre-K education, and making 2-year colleges free. 

Here’s a recap of this week’s top stories from PrivCo:

  • As the pandemic created an unprecedented shift to a reliance on technology and, with it, ample opportunity for security threats against businesses, schools, and the government, the cybersecurity industry rapidly climbed in investor interest in 2020. Read more about cybersecurity in 2021.

  • Millennials have changed the face of many things: retail, the Internet, and now camping. We looked at the young families with disposable income taking tent pitching to a whole new level. Find out more.

  • The Great Resignation has had employers scrambling to find, train, and retain good employees. In addition, with so many people striking out on their own, there are just as many opportunities for self-guided professional development. We look at the companies helping train to retain vs. those who help level-up or change careers. Read up.

  • The MLB All-Stars returned this year to the delight of fans (and franchises). We looked at the politics behind this year’s game and the business of baseball in team valuations. Check it out here.

Since last week, PrivCo has added:
384 Companies | 135 Funding Activities | 87 M&A Deals

Funding & Deal Highlights:


Cyberseason raises $275MM from Liberty Strategic Capital

Cyber Security • Equity • Boston, MA

OpenStore raises $30MM from Khosla Ventures

E-Commerce • Round A • Miami, FL

M1 Finance raises $150MM from SoftBank Vision Fund

Fintech • Round E • Chicago, IL

Virsec raises $100MM from BlueIO

Cyber Security Software • Round C • San Jose, CA

Cardless raises $40MM from Activant Capital Group

Fintech • Round B • San Francisco, CA

Ribon Therapeutics raises $25.2MM 

Biotechnology • Equity • Cambridge, MA

Endgame Labs raises $12.3MM from Menlo Ventures

Analytics Software & Internet Services • Round A • Los Angeles, CA

Proper Technologies raises $9MM from QED Investors

Fintech • Round A • San Francisco, CA

Square acquires Speramus 

Communications Software • Acquisition • San Francisco, CA

Platinum Equity acquires Oregon Tool

Consumer Products • Acquisition • Portland, OR

Eli Lilly and Company acquires Protomer Technologies for $1BN

Biotechnology • Acquisition • Pasadena, CA

CenterOak Partners acquires HK Solutions Group

Industrial Services • Acquisitions • DesMoines, IO

Hg Capital provides $1BN to InsightSoftware International 

Software & Internet Services • Growth Capital • Raleigh, NC 

Discord acquires Sentropy Technologies

Big Data Software • Acquisition • Palo Alto, CA

Qatar Investment Authority & Providence Equity Partners provide $150MM to Impact Tech

AdTech • Growth Capital • Santa Barbara, CA

BP p.l.c. acquires Thorntons

Convenience Stores & Gas Stations • Acquisition • Louisville, KY

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