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Highlights of the Week (Mar 5, 2021)

Highlights of the Week (Mar 5, 2021)
March 5, 2021

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The first week of March saw many ups and downs. The stock market didn’t fare well, especially for tech stocks, and the country still hasn't reached a consensus on mask-wearing. However, the approval of the new Johnson & Johnson one-dose vaccine has provided much-needed optimism for normalcy to return soon.

  • Audio-only content is reemerging as a trend known as “less is more.” Take a look at how social audio is moving into Big Tech and startups. Dive deeper.
  • With the stimulus check approved and underway, even with the income eligibility tweaked, Americans will be looking at ways to save. Trends show that people are tucking away money more than ever, and a slew of saving/investing companies is helping them. Read more.
  • We also welcome Women’s History Month in March and share an exclusive report that includes stats like how women received $2.6BN less funding in 2020 compared to the previous year. Read more about Funding Diversity.
  • China’s key opinion leaders are helping drive almost $150MM in sales in just one day of live streaming. Now US tech companies are capitalizing on this growing trend known as social selling. Tune in to this trend.
  • There is a renewed interest in e-bikes and scooters, especially shared services, despite a huge dip in demand and restructuring for many startups at the onset of the pandemic. Take a look at the startups riding ahead now.
Quick News
Since last week, PrivCo has added:
6,804 Companies | 265 Funding Activities | 131 M&A Deals

Funding & Deal Highlights:

Hopin raises $400MM led by Andreessen Horowitz, General Catalyst Partners, and IVP
Events Software & Internet Services • Round C • London, UK

Century Therapeutics raises $160MM led by Casdin Capital
Biotechnology • Round C • Philadelphia, PA

Deliverr raises $135MM led by Coatue Management
Logistics Services • Round D • San Francisco, CA

Lob.com raises $50MM led by Y Combinator
API Software & Internet Services • Round C • Sunnyvale, CA

First Boulevard raises $5MM co-led by Anthemis Group and Barclays Ventures
Consumer Finance • Seed • Kansas City, MO

SPHERE Technology Solutions raises two rounds of funding totaling $14MM
Technology Services • Equity & Round A • Hoboken, NJ

VidMob raises $50MM
Marketplace Software & Internet Services • Round C • New York, NY

Stoke Space Technologies raises $9.1MM co-led by NFX Guild and MaC Venture Capital
Aerospace & Defense • Seed • Renton, WA

Fi Dog Collars raises $30MM led by Longview Partners
Consumer Products • Round B • Brooklyn, NY

DataJoy raises $6MM
Big Data Software & Internet Services • Equity • San Mateo, CA

Stori Card raises $32.5MM led by Lightspeed Venture Partners
Fintech Software & Internet Services • Round B • Arlington, VA

Anchorage raises $80MM led by GIC Private Limited
Cyber Security Software & Internet Services • Round C • San Francisco, CA

Levitate raises $8MM
Digital Marketing Software & Internet Services • Equity • Raleigh, NC

Terminus Software raises $90MM led by Great Hill Partners
Analytics Software & Internet Services • Round C • Atlanta, GA

Redox raises $45MM
Health Care Services • Round D • Madison, WI

Square acquires Tidal
Streaming Entertainment • Acquisition • New York, NY 

Paypal acquires Curv for $500MM
Blockchain Software & Internet Services • Acquisition • New York, NY 

Okta acquires AuthO for $6.5MM
Cyber Security Software & Internet Services • Acquisition • Bellevue, WA

Doma merges with Capitol Investment Corp. V for $3BN
Fintech Software & Internet Services • SPAC • San Francisco, CA

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