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Highlights of the Week (December 24, 2021) 🎄

Highlights of the Week (December 24, 2021) 🎄
December 24, 2021

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Did you buy a Christmas tree? For those who celebrate, the Christmas tree is the epitome of holiday spirit. The smell, the lights, and the ornaments are both sentimental and sparkly. For one family, Christmas trees also represent their livelihood. A forty-seven-year-old family business out of Hyde Park, Vermont, sells nearly 17,000 of their home-grown Balsam, Fraser, and Douglas Firs to New Yorkers on street corners spanning the boroughs. Uptown Christmas Trees has had the good luck of being a pandemic resilient business, with a customer base eager for holiday cheer and an outdoor shopping experience. But supply chain issues continue to leave no fir untouched, with rising costs of fertilizer, equipment, and fuel making a dent in the company's earnings. Still, we love to see a business modernize, adapt, and be nostalgic all at once. Have a great holiday weekend!

Here’s a taste of the week’s top stories:

  • Monday, we examined McKinsey's latest findings on the future of a post-pandemic world. Greater productivity, less grocery shopping, and higher returns for intangible assets were all part of the twelve-point report. Read our summary here.

  • For our investor highlight, we looked at gamers turned investors making up the Transcend Fund. The firm has seen gaming evolutions since the ’90s and are placing bets on the next generation of gaming. Check it out.

  • For creators recording podcasts and writing newsletters, Patreon is their path to earning. But how will the eight-year-old company fare in the next era of creator content, one increasingly excited about NFTs and crypto? Find out.

  • How the heck is any brand to launch this year? In a world backlogged by supply chain issues, even for billion-dollar businesses, how can a small brand get started? We looked at the New York model for small business success. Read more.

     

Quick News:
📱 Social media networks plan to go public in 2022
😷 Strategies to staying safe for the holidays
🥪 Supply chain issues mean smaller sack lunches
🎁 2021, the Year of Giving
🤓 Crunchbase’s most-read articles of 2021
💪 Amazon gives an inch to workers
 
Since last week, PrivCo has added:
 
839 Companies |  418 Funding Activities | 44 M&A Deals

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Funding & Deal Highlights:


Carats and Cake raises $19.3MM from Acrew Capital

Weddings • Equity • New York, NY


Sequel raises $5MM from MaC VC 

Personal Care • Seed • San Francisco, CA


X-Therma raises $13MM from Lorea AG 

Biotechnology • Round A • Richmond, CA


Project Admission raises $9MM from Anthemis Group

Ticketing Platform • Seed • Nashville, TN


Align Capital Partners acquires We Are Rosie 

Marketing • Acquisition • Palmetto, GA


Dye & Durham acquires Link Group for C$3.2BN

Legal Tech • Acquisition • Vancouver, Canada


CVC Capital Partners raises FutureLife AS 

Fertility Health Care • Acquisition • Nove Mesto, Czech Republic


Global Infrastructure Partners acquires Scotia Gas Networks

Utilities • Acquisition • Horley, England


PAI Partners acquires Uvesco SA

Food Distribution • Acquisition • Spain 


Sycamore Partners acquires Digital Room 

Commercial Printing • Acquisition • Van Nuys, CA


The Blackstone Group acquires SuperGoop for $700MM

Consumer Product • Acquisition • San Antonia, TX

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