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Highlights of the Week (May 21, 2021)

Highlights of the Week (May 21, 2021)
May 21, 2021

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Happy Friday! Here's a recap of the week before we hit the weekend.☀️

This week, new tactics were employed to get more people vaccinated after the initial rush. Ohio is seeing a major boost after announcing its $1MM lottery for vaccinations, while New York is taking a door-to-door approach to reach skeptics. Meanwhile, the crisis in Israel and Palestine continues, although as of this writing, both sides had agreed to a ceasefire, after great international pressure. Meanwhile, Leo the Lion of MGM fame might become an Amazon asset, and talks continue for the studio to be bought for a tidy sum of $9BN.

Topics we covered this week:

  • We looked at Epic Games’ lawsuit against Apple. The case heated up in court, with both sides presenting on popular themes in Big Tech, like “monopoly,” “antitrust,” and Apple’s seemingly endless power over third-party developers. Read more here.

  • E-commerce has undoubtedly boomed since the pandemic shutdown, and businesses are banking on that trend continuing. We looked at key features and offerings from several e-commerce growth-hacking startups that are increasing clicks on the “buy” button. Find out what they are.

  • Offices are reopening, and more and more employers are calling their teams home. But the tools and flexibility that collaborative software has given creative teams aren’t going anywhere. We looked at several of the companies replacing the in-person brainstorm with a virtual one. Learn more.

  • Clubhouse launched its Android app worldwide this week as users are already wondering if the "exclusive" audio-only app will get too noisy. Invitees originally flocked to listen in on top experts in all industries, but with tech giants adding similar platforms, the question is, will the invites still have their luster? Read more.

Quick News
Since last week, PrivCo has added:
497 Companies | 241 Funding Activities | 114 M&A Deals

Funding & Deal Highlights:

 

Artificial raises $21.5MM from Microsoft Ventures

Robotics Software & Internet Services • Round A • Palo Alto, CA
 

Picnic raises $16.3MM from Thursday Ventures

Robotics Software & Internet Services • Round A • Seattle, WA
 

Recyclops raises $3MM From Glad Products & Lerer Hippeau Ventures

Sustainability Software & Internet Services • Seed • Sandy, UT
 

Goldbelly raises $100MM from Spectrum Equity Investors

Delivery Software & Internet Services • Round C • San Francisco, CA 
 

Syncari raises $17.3 MM from Crosslink

Automation Software & Internet Services • Round A • Newark, CA


Interius BioTherapeutics raises $76MM from Cormorant & Fairmount Funds

Biotechnology • Round A • Philadelphia, PA
 

Klaviyo raises $320MM from Sands Capital Management

Marketing Software & Internet Services • Round D • Boston, MA
 

Beta Technologies raises $1.4BN from Fidelity Management

Aerospace & Defense • Equity • South Burlington, VT
 

Vise raises $65MM from Ribbit Capital 

AI Software & Internet Technology • Round C • New York, NY
 

Cortex Applications raises $2.5MM from Sequoia Capital 

Big Data Software & Internet Services • Seed • San Francisco, CA
 

Styra raises $40MM from Battery Ventures

Compliance Software & Internet Services • Round B • Redwood City, CA
 

Sparrow Pharmaceuticals raises $50.8MM from OrbiMed Advisors

Biotechnology • Round A • Portland, OR
 

Icon Source raises $1.6MM from Hawke Ventures

Branding Software & Internet Services • Seed • Denver, CO
 

Serengeti Asset Mgmt. acquires SecFi for $150MM

Fintech Software & Internet Services • SPAC • San Francisco, CA
 

Siemens AG acquires SupplyFrame Media for $700MM

Search Software & Internet Services • Acquisition • Pasadena, CA

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