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Highlights of the Week (Mar 12, 2021)

Highlights of the Week (Mar 12, 2021)
March 12, 2021

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This week of March was a positive week as COVID cases continue to decline and more stimulus is coming for businesses and households, one year after WHO declared a pandemic and the nation shut down. Meanwhile, Japan marked a decade after the giant March 11, 2011 earthquake and subsequent tsunami left 20,000+ dead and caused a catastrophic triple meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear plant. Elsewhere, we recognized:

  • March 8 was International Women’s Day. To recognize and acknowledge that women founders and leaders continue to lag behind their male counterparts in funding and VC attention, we published a report on funding for underrepresented companies. Recap our stats in this preview.
  • As Beeple sells its first NFT at the Christie’s auction, we take a look at what an NFT is as well as its potential for creators and artists. Read more.
  • Revisit the nostalgia behind the first online communities, and how they have evolved from BBS to Clubhouse to Discord. Dive deeper.
  • While we know that Amazon has had a successful 2020 as a result of everyone moving their shopping online with the pandemic, a surprising number of startups that buy up successful Amazon sellers are also worth millions (one of them is worth $5BN!). Find out more.

PSA: Signaling the beginning of spring, don’t forget to spring forward your clocks this Saturday night (ie, Sunday at 2 AM) as Daylight Savings comes to a welcomed start. 

Quick News
Since last week, PrivCo has added:
582 Companies | 210 Funding Activities | 138 M&A Deals

Funding & Deal Highlights:

Cedar Cares raises $200MM led by Tiger Global Management
Fintech Software & Internet Services • Round D • New York, NY

Snyk raises $300MM co-led by Tiger Global Management and Accel Partners
Cyber Security Software & Internet Services • Round E • Boston, MA

NYDIG Execution raises $200MM 
Consumer Finance • Equity • New York, NY

Aqua Security raises $125MM led by ION Crossover Partners
Cyber Security Software & Internet Services • Round E • Burlington, MA

InterPrice Technologies raises $2.5MM led by Bowery Capital
Fintech Software & Internet Services • Seed • New York, NY

AeroPay raises $5MM led by Chicago Ventures
Fintech Software & Internet Services • Equity • Chicago, IL

L7 Informatics raises $13MM led by Phoenix Venture Partners
Biotechnology • Round B • Austin, TX

Porter Road raises $10MM led by L37 Venture Partners
Food & Beverage Retail • Round A• Nashville, TN

AgentSync raises $25MM co-led by Craft Ventures and angel investor Elad Gill
Insurtech Software & Internet Services • Round A • Denver, CO

Whatnot raises $20MM
E-Commerce Software & Internet Services • Round A • Marina Del Rey, CA

Bain Capital acquires by Chloe
Restaurants • Acquisition • New York, NY

Accenture acquires fable+
Consulting • Acquisition • New York, NY

Vertica Capital Partners acquires Pathlock for $20MM
Consulting • Acquisition • Flemington, NJ

Hilton Grand Vacations acquires Diamond Resorts Corporation
Hotels, Resorts, Casinos & Cruise Lines • Acquisition • Las Vegas, NV

Via Transportation acquires Remix
Location Services Software & Internet Services • Acquisition • San Francisco, CA

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