#DealMonitor – PlanRadar sammelt 69 Millionen ein – EMnify bekommt 57 Millionen – Luko übernimmt Coya


Im #DealMonitor für den 20. Januar werfen wir einen Blick auf die wichtigsten, spannendsten und interessantesten Investments und Exits des Tages in der DACH-Region. Alle Deals der Vortage gibt es im großen und übersichtlichen #DealMonitor-Archiv.

INVESTMENTS

PlanRadar 
+++ Insight Partners, Quadrille Capital, Cavalry Ventures, Headline, Berliner Volksbank Ventures, aws Gründerfonds, PropTech1 Ventures, Russmedia und GR Capital investieren 69 Millionen US-Dollar in PlanRadar. Das Wiener Unternehmen, das 2013 von Ibrahim Imam und Sander van de Rijdt gegründet wurde, ermöglicht die Erfassung und Dokumentation von Baumängeln am Smartphone oder Tablet. “PlanRadar wird die neuen Finanzmittel für die internationale Expansion einsetzen und in den USA, Australien, in der Region GCC, Südostasien sowie in Lateinamerika zusätzliche Niederlassungen eröffnen. Zudem werden die Investitionen in Forschung und Entwicklung maßgeblich gesteigert, um die technologische Weiterentwicklung der Produkte und Services weiter voranzutreiben”, teilt das Unternehmen mit. Insight Partners, Headline, Berliner Volksbank Ventures, Cavalry Ventures sowie aws Gründerfonds investierten zuletzt 30 Millionen Euro in das PropTech. 200 Mitarbeiter:innen arbeiten derzeit für PlanRadar. Mehr über PlanRadar

EMnify 
+++ Der englische Kapitalgeber One Peak Partners investiert 57 Millionen US-Dollar in EMnify. Insgesamt flossen bereits 80 Millionen in die Jungfirma – unter anderem von Blue Star Ventures. “The Berlin-based company will use the new capital to accelerate its global market expansion, with a particular focus on the US, and to further develop and optimize its proprietary industry leading cellular IoT technology”, heißt es in der Presseaussendung. Das 2014 von Frank Stöcker, Martin Giess und Alexander Schebler gegründete Startup ist im Bereich Machine to Machine (M2M)-Kommunikation und Internet of Things (IoT) tätig. Das Unternehmen, dessen Wurzeln in aus Würzburg liegen, bietet seinen Kunden dafür eine Cloud-Plattform, mit der IoT- und M2M-Connectivity Services gestartet, gemanagt und monetarisiert werden können sollen. 110 Mitarbeiter arbeiten derzeit für das Unternehmen. One Peak hält jetzt 12 % am Unternehmen. Mehr über EMnify

Terra Quantum 
+++ Nichtgenannte deutsche Family Offices und ein Krypto-Investor sowie Altinvestor Lakestar investieren 60 Millionen US-Dollar in Terra Quantum. Das Unternehmen aus Rorschach in der Schweiz, das von Markus Pflitsch und Gordey Borisovich Lesovik gegründet wurde. “We are building quantum technology for a better future, breaking down the barriers between science and industry and laying the foundations of a real quantum tech ecosystem and value chain”, teilt das Unternehmen in eigener Sache mit.

Codesphere 
+++ LEA Partners, 42CAP, NewForge, 468 Capital und mehrere Business Angels investieren 4,5 Millionen Euro in Codesphere. Das deutsch-amerikanische Startup, das 2020 von Elias Groll, Christian Siemoneit und Jonas Zipprick gegründet wurde, positioniert sich als “intelligente Plattform für die Entwicklung von WebApps”. “The funding will help Codesphere expand its team and develop the next chapter of Codesphere services, targeted toward developers and small companies. It will also be used to open a second data centre, and the first one to launch outside of Germany, in the US. The company also has longer-term plans to open data centre sites in Asia and across Europe”, teilt das Startup mit. 468 Capital investierte bereits im Oktober 2020 in das junge Unternehmen. Mehr über Codesphere

buya
+++ Business Angels wie Moritz Thiele und Andreas Kupke (Gründer von Finanzcheck.de) investieren 1,8 Millionen Euro in buya. Das EdTech aus Hamburg, das 2020 von Björn Schmuck und Moritz Otterbach gegründet wurde, positioniert sich als Lern- und Bildungsplattform für Kinder und Jugendliche. Die Bandbreite der Kurse reicht von Programmieren über Kunst bis hin zu Gesundheit. “Mit der Finanzierungssumme wird buya seine User-Experience weiter verbessern, das Lernangebot nochmals vertiefen und das Team ausbauen”, teilt das Startup mit.

Melon
+++ Stefan Höglmaier, Gründer des Immobilienentwicklers Euroboden, investiert 1 Million Euro in Melon. Hinter dem Startup aus München, das 2020 von Cornelia Weinzierl gegründet wurde, verbirgt sich ein Marktplatz für veganes Essen. Die Münchnerin nennt es “das eBay und AirBnB für veganes Essen”. Über Melon kann jeder selbst gekochtes, veganes Essen mit Menschen aus der Umgebung teilen bzw. kaufen. Mehr über Melon

Charry
+++ A Round Capital, Beyer-Invest und Uventures investieren in Charry. Das Münchner Startup, das 2015 von Benjamin Keller und Maximilian Forstner gegründet wurde, positioniert sich als Anbieter von Ship-from-Store-Lösungen. Zielgruppe sind Einzelhändler, Filialisten und Marktplätze, die mit der Fahrerflotte von Charry auf Wunsch täglich ihre Waren abholen, verpacken und versenden lassen können. “Mit dem frischen Kapital sollen die bisherigen Standorte erweitert und um weitere Standorte ergänzt werden”, teilt das Startup mit. Mehr über Charry

Naughty Nuts
+++ FoodLabs, Bitburger Ventures, Döhler Ventures und Business Angels wie Ole Strohschnieder, Béla Seebach (Just Spices) und Philip Kahnis (Hafervoll, Polly) investieren eine siebenstellige Summe in Naughty Nuts. Das Food-Startup aus Köln, das 2020 von Benjamin Porten und Lorenz Greiner gegründet wurde, setzt auf Nussmus. “Mit dem frischen Kapital investiert Naughty Nuts in die weitere Erschließung des DACH-Marktes, der Erweiterung des Produktportfolios und in die Verstärkung des Teams”, teilt das Startup mit. Mehr über Naughty Nuts

MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS

Coya 
+++ Das französische InsurTech Luko übernimmt den Berliner Wettbewerber Coya und expandiert auf diesem Wege nach Deutschland. Offiziell nennen die Unternehmen die Übernahme eine Fusion. Die Details sind aber eindeutig: “Mit der Integration von Coya in Luko wird eine paneuropäische Marke geschaffen, die für absoluten Kundenfokus, Nachhaltigkeit und Einfachheit steht. Die Coya AG als Risikoträger der neuen Gruppe wird in Luko Insurance AG umbenannt und behält ihren Hauptsitz in Berlin; weitere Büros der Luko-Gruppe sind in Paris und Madrid”. Coya, das 2016 von Andrew Shaw, Peter Hagen, und Sebastian Villarroel gegründet wurde, bietet “Versicherungslösungen in den Bereichen Hausrat, Privathaftpflicht, Fahrrad und E-Bike, Tierhaftpflichtund Tierkrankenversicherung an”. Zu den Investoren der Jungfirma gehören Valar Ventures, Headline und La Famiglia. In den vergangenen Jahren flossen mehr als 40 Millionen US-Dollar in Coya. Zuletzt fand das Unternehmen aber keine weiteren Investoren. Die Coya-Investoren erhalten nun Anteile an Luko. Das InsurTech aus Paris wurde 2018 von Raphaël Vullierme und Benoit Bourdel gegründet. Mehr über Coya

Sofacto
+++ billwerk, eine Subscription-Management-Plattform aus Frankfurt am Main, übernimmt das französische Startup Sofacto, einen Anbieter von Anwendungen für Subscription Management und Recurring Billing. “Die Erweiterung der billwerk-Gruppe um Sofacto soll das Produktangebot der Gruppe durch die Integration des Salesforce-Ökosystems in die bestehende Suite von Softwarelösungen der Gruppe ausweiten”, teilt das Unternehmen mit. billwerk fusionierte gerade erst dem dänischen Unternehmen Reepay. billwerk wurde 2015 von Ricco Deutscher, Steffen Mey, Thomas Tauber und Christian Winnerlein gegründet. Das Growth-Equity-Unternehmen PSG erwarb im Frühjahr 2020 eine Mehrheitsbeteiligung an billwerk. Mehr über billwerk

VENTURE CAPITAL

Cherry Ventures
+++ Der Berliner Frühphasen-Kapitalgeber Cherry Ventures, der 2012 von Christian Meermann, Daniel Glasner, Filip Dames gestartet wurde, legt – wie bereits im Oktober im Insider-Podcast berichtet – seinen vierten Fonds auf. “We have raised an additional €300 million — Cherry’s largest fund to date. That’s a lot of capital for a European seed fund. Yet, we believe that Europe is entering a new era. Seed rounds have roughly doubled over the last three years in size and founders are able to attract follow-on capital faster than ever before”, teilt der Kapitalgeber mit. Erst 2019 legte Cherry Ventures seinen dritten Fonds (175 Millionen Euro) auf. In den vergangenen Jahren investierte Cherry in aufstrebende Unternehmen wie Moss, Flink, Forto, Infarm, SellerX und Flixbus.

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#DealMonitor – #EXKLUSIV Highland investiert 50 Millionen in SoSafe – Alasco bekommt 40 Millionen – Keen investiert 25 Millionen in Lendis


Im #DealMonitor für den 10. Januar werfen wir einen Blick auf die wichtigsten, spannendsten und interessantesten Investments und Exits des Tages in der DACH-Region. Alle Deals der Vortage gibt es im großen und übersichtlichen #DealMonitor-Archiv.

INVESTMENTS

SoSafe
+++ Highland Europe, La Famiglia, Adjust-Gründer Christian Henschel sowie die Altinvestoren Acton Capital und Global Founders Capital (GFC) investieren nach unseren Informationen 50 Millionen Euro in SoSafe. Die Kölner Jungfirma, die 2018 von Niklas Hellemann, Lukas Schaefer und Felix Schürholz gegründet wurde “testet, sensibilisiert und schult Mitarbeiter im richtigen Umgang mit Cyber-Attacken”. Die Pre-Money-Bewertung liegt bei rund 250 Millionen Euro. Mehr im Insider-Podcast #EXKLUSIV

Alasco
+++ Der New Yorker Geldgeber Insight Partners und Lightrock investieren nach unseren Informationen gemeinsam mit den Altinvestoren 40 Millionen US-Dollar in Alasco. Das Startup aus München, das 2018 von den ehemaligen Stylight-Machern Anselm Bauer, Benjamin Günther und Sebastian Schuon gegründet wurde, positioniert sich als “Real Estate Success Software”. Konkret lässt sich mit Alasco der “gesamte Lebenszyklus einer Immobilie digital managen – vom Bau, über die Instandhaltung, bis hin zum Verkauf”.  Global Founders Capital (GFC), Anyon, HV Capital und Picus Capital investierten zuletzt 7,5 Millionen Euro in Alasco. Insgesamt flossen bis Ende 2020 rund 15 Millionen in das Unternehmen. Die Bewertung liegt nun bei mehr als 100 Millionen Dollar. Mehr im Insider-Podcast #EXKLUSIV

Lendis
+++ Keen Venture Partners investiert nach unseren Informationen 25 Millionen Euro in Lendis. Das Berliner Startup Lendis, das 2018 von Julius Bolz und Stavros Papadopoulos gegründet wurde, bietet seinen Kunden – Unternehmen und Gewerbetreibende – Tische, Stühle, Kaffeemaschinen Technik, Elektrogeräte und viele verschiedene Services an. DN Capital, HV Capital und Picus Capital investierten zuvor bereits eine Millionensumme in das Unternehmen. Mehr im Insider-Podcast #EXKLUSIV

Operations1
+++OpenOcean investiert nach unseren Informationen rund 10 Millionen Euro in Operations1, früher als Cioplenu bekannt. Das Augsburger Startup positioniert sich als “All-in-One Softwarelösung für digitale Arbeitsanweisungen und Checklisten”.  cioplenu wurde 2017 von Daniel Grobe und Benjamin Brockmann gegründet. Unternehmen wie Hirschvogel, POLIPOL und Stabilo setzen bereits auf das Startup. Cherry Ventures und 42CAP investierten zuvor bereits in das Unternehmen. Mehr im Insider-Podcast #EXKLUSIV

McMakler
+++ Baillie Gifford und Warburg Pincus investieren 50 Millionen Euro in McMakler – siehe Handelsblatt. Die Bewertung der Jungfirma soll laut Bericht nun bei 800 Millionen Euro liegen. Das Das Makler-Startup wurde 2015 von Hanno Heintzenberg, Felix Jahn und Lukas Pieczonka gegründet. Das Grownup beschäftigt über 600 Mitarbeiter. Warburg Pincus investierte zuletzt 42 Millionen Euro in das Unternehmen.. Zuvor investierten Target Global, Israel Growth Partners und weitere Bestandsinvestoren – darunter Frog Capital – rund 50 Millionen Euro in McMakler. Zuletzt plante McMakler einen SPAC-IPO. Nun scheint mit Baillie Gifford als neuem Investor ein klassischer Börsengang geplant. Mehr über McMakler

Arive
+++ Balderton Capital investiert gemeinsam mit Global Founders Capital (GFC), Burda Principal, 468 Capital und La Famiglia 20 Millionen US-Dollar in Arive – siehe sifted und Fobes. Das Startup aus München bringt das FastAF-Konzept nach Deutschland. Die Jungfirma, die von Linus Fries und Maximilian Reeker gegründet wurde, möchte Händlern mit Hilfe von Micro Fulfilment Centern und einer Marktplatz-App eine günstige Option für Lieferungen unter 60 Minuten anbieten. Dabei geht es gezielt nicht um Lebensmittel, sondern andere E-Commerce-Produkte. Balderton Capital, La Famiglia und 468 Capital investierten zuletzt 6 Millionen Euro in das Unternehmen. Mehr über Arive

Ostrom
+++ 468 Capital, J12 Ventures, Global Founders Capital (GFC) und Übermorgen Ventures sowie Angel-Investoren wie Philip Klöckner, Eric Quidenus-Wahlforss und Jörg Kattner investieren 4,4 Millionen Euro in Ostrom. Das Startup, das von Matthias Martensen und Karl Villanueva gegründet wurde, tritt an, um den “Strommarkt zu revolutionieren: Weg von Ineffizienz, Intransparenz, und teuren und unübersichtlichen Tarifen zu dem fairsten Stromanbieter auf dem Markt”. Ostrom, anfangs als A+energy unterwegs, setzt damit auf das Konzept von Bulb Energy aus London. Über den Einstieg von 468 Capital hatten wir bereits im Juli 2021 im Insider-Podcast berichtetMehr über Ostrom

Conxai
+++ Earlybird UNI-X, Pi Labs, A/O PropTech und Argonautic Ventures investieren 3 Millionen US-Dollar in Conxai. Das Münchner Startup drängt quasi auf die Baustelle! “Conxai is a first of its kind Digital Twin technology for the construction industry that synchronizes as-built with as-designed and creates a single source of truth”, teilt das ConTech-Unternehmen, das von Sharique Husain geführt wird, mit. Tipp: Conxai war zuletzt auch im Startup-Radar, unserem Pitch-Podcast, vertreten.

Denario
+++ Jetzt offiziell: 468 Capital, Presight Capital und Mato Peric investieren – wie bereits im Sommer 2021 berichtet – in Denario. In der Investmentrunde fließen 1,3 Millionen Euro in die Jungfirma. Das Berliner FinTech, das von Philipp A. Pohlmann (Ex-Qonto Deutschlandchef) und Charalambos Christofi gegründet wurde, positioniert sich als “Cockpit für Zahlungsvorgänge in Unternehmen”. Zum Konzept teilt das Startup mit: “Eine sichere Lösung, die Ihre Finanzen optimiert, Rechnungen pünktlich bezahlt und Ihre monatliche Buchhaltung vorbereitet”.

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#DealMonitor – Ardian investiert in Berlin Brands Group – AnyDesk bekommt 70 Millionen – Tesvolt sammelt 40 Millionen ein


Im aktuellen #DealMonitor für den 17. November werfen wir wieder einen Blick auf die wichtigsten, spannendsten und interessantesten Investments und Exits des Tages in der DACH-Region. Alle Deals der Vortage gibt es im großen und übersichtlichen #DealMonitor-Archiv.

INVESTMENTS

Berlin Brands Group
+++ Die Privat-Equity-Firma Ardian investiert 100 Millionen US-Dollar in die Berlin Brands Group (BBG) – siehe Handelsblatt. “Die Investmentgesellschaft erhält dafür eine Minderheitsbeteiligung. Mehrheitsgesellschafter bleibt Peter Chaljawski mit seinem Gründerteam. Zweitgrößter Gesellschafter ist Bain Capital”, teilt BBG zum Investment mit. Spannend dabei: Ardian ist gerade erst bei BBG ausgestiegen.  Das Privat-Equity-Unternehmen Bain Capital investierte im September 700 Millionen US-Dollar Eigen- und Fremdkapital in BBG und kaufte dabei auch den 40-Prozent-Anteil des vorherigen Investors Ardian auf. Im Zuge der Transaktion wurde der D2C-Pionier, zu dem Marken wie Klarstein, auna und gehören, mit mehr als 1 Milliarde US-Dollar bewertet und erreichte damit Unicorn-Status. BBG erwirtschaftete 2020 einen Umsatz in Höhe von 334 Millionen Euro. Über 900 Mitarbeiter:innen wirkten derzeit für das Unternehmen. Als Ardian 2015 zum ersten Mal bei BBG eingestiegen ist, lag der Umsatz gerade einmal bei 70 Millionen Euro. Mehr über die Berlin Brands Group

AnyDesk
+++ Jetzt offiziell: General Atlantic, Insight Partners, EQT Ventures und Possible Ventures investieren 70 Millionen US-Dollar in AnyDesk. Das junge Unternehmen aus Stuttgart möchte quasi TeamViewer als erste Adresse für den Fernzugriff auf Rechner ablösen. Insight Partners, EQT Ventures sowie Business Angels wie Chris Hitchen und Andreas Burike investierten in den vergangenen Jahren bereits in AnyDesk. Die Bewertung liegt bei rund 600 Millionen Dollar – siehe TechCrunch. Bereits Ende September hatten wir im Insider-Podcast über den geplanten Einstieg von General Atlantic bei AnyDesk berichtet. Mehr über Anydesk

Hakuna
+++ Der Berliner Geldgeber Visionaries Club und Discovery Ventures investieren nach unseren Informationen in Hakuna. Das Startup, das von den beiden abracar-Gründern Sebastian Jost und Orhan Köroglu gegründet wurde, kümmert sich um die Vermittlung von Versicherungen. Das Unternehmen hört auf den Namen Product Protection JKM. Die Hauptstädter sicherten sich aber bereits die Marken Hakuna und hellohakuna. Mehr im Insider-Podcast #EXKLUSIV

Patronus
+++ Cavalry Ventures, UVC Partners und DN Capital investieren nach unseren Informationen in Patronus. Das Berliner Startup, das 2020 von Ben Staudt und Tim Wagner gegründet wurde, setzt auf einen digitalen Hausnotruf in Form einer Uhr. In der Selbstbeschreibung heißt es: “Die Patronus-Uhr hat alles, was Sie von einem Hausnotruf erwarten. Immer zur Stelle, wenn Hilfe gebraucht wird”. Mehr im Insider-Podcast #EXKLUSIV

Tesvolt 
+++ Ein Investorenkonsortium unter Führung der Liechtenstein Gruppe – eine Unternehmensgruppe im Besitz der Fürstenfamilie Liechtenstein – investiert 40 Millionen Euro in Tesvolt. Das Unternehmen aus Wittenberg, das von Simon Schandert und Daniel Hannemann gegründet wurde, kümmert sich um Energiespeicherung im gewerblichen und industriellen Bereich. “Mit den finanziellen Mitteln wird Tesvolt seine internationalen Aktivitäten forcieren und seinen Fokus auf innovative Produkte konsequent weiterverfolgen”, heißt es in der Presseaussendung.

Daedalus
+++ Addition und Altinvestor Khosla Ventures investieren 11,5 Millionen US-Dollar in das deutsch-amerikanische KI-Startup Daedalus. Das Unternehmen mit Sitz in Karlsruhe und San Francisco, das von Jonas Schneider gegründet wurde, baut “autonome und sofort rekonfigurierbare Fabriken mit softwaregesteuerter Fertigung und KI-gestützten Robotern”. In der Presseaussendung zum Investment heißt es: “The investment will support the company on its mission to revolutionize manufacturing by making automation economically feasible for companies of all sizes and independent of manufacturing technologies”.

unea 
+++ Nach Philipp Westermeyer (OMR), Marcus Börner (OptioPay, reBuy), Daniel Khachab (choco), Benita Krahforst (Ex-Partner Burda Ventures), Moritz Kreppel (Urban Sports Club) und Torben Schreiter (Signavio) investiert nun auch Jérôme Cochet in unea. Das Berliner AdTech-Startup, das 2021 vom Roq.ad-Gründer Richy Ugwu gegründet wurde, entwickelt eine Software, “die es jedem Business ermöglicht, die eigenen Werbeflächen selbstständig und skalierbar zu monetarisieren”.

ContentBay
+++ Ex-Sky-Vorstand Holger Enßlin investiert in ContentBay. Das Startup aus München, das von Oliver Skelton gegründet wurde, positioniert sich als Marktplatz für Programminhalte. “Ziel ist es, den Handel von audiovisuellen Inhalten aller Art auf Basis einer umfassenden Datenbank mit intelligenten Such- und Analyse-Funktionen effizienter und zielgenauer zu gestalten”, teilt die Jungfirma mit.

Digitalstage.io
+++ Flori Ventures investiert eine sechsstellige Summe in Digitalstage.io. Das Startup aus Berlin, das 2020 von Richard Harless, dem ehemaligen Deutschland-Chef von Shazam, gegründet wurde, möchte digitale Fan-Erlebnisse schaffen. Die “Fan Experience” von Live-Konzerten, Meet-and-Greets, Schallplattenläden und Merchandise-Ständen soll dabei in einen gemeinsamen digitalen Raum übertragen werden.

MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS

Sanubi
+++ Das Unternehmen Schülke & Mayr, das im Segment Infektionsprävention und Hygienelösungen unterwegs ist, übernimmt Sanubi, ein junger Online-Anbieter für erstattungsfähige Produkte im Pflegesektor. “Eigentümer von Schülke ist EQT Partners, ein führender europäischer Private-Equity-Fonds. Der Erwerb der Sanubi-Anteile ist eine strategische Investition für Schülke/EQT”, heißt es in der Presseaussendung. Schülke + Mayr übernahm zuletzt auch proSenio. Zur Jungfirma gehören Pflegebox, ein Versand von Pflegehilfsmitteln sowie Marken wie hoerhelfer, aktivwelt und sehhelfer. Sanubi, 2014 von Carsten Lebtig und Fabian Lemke gegründet, wurde unter anderem von DvH Ventures finanziell unterstützt.

VENTURE CAPITAL

SmartCityHouse
+++ In Osnabrück geht mit SmartCityHouse ein neuer Accelerator und Company Builder an den Start. “Ziel unseres Programmes ist es, euch Raum für ihre Geschäftsmodelle zu geben und euch auf dem Weg zu einem erfolgreichen Unternehmen zu begleiten. So möchten wir Innovationen voranbringen, die das Zusammenleben der Menschen in der Stadt von Morgen smarter und lebenswerter machen sowie die Lebensqualität und Nachhaltigkeit in der Stadt und Region Osnabrück fördern”, teilt der Startup-Förderer mit.

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#DealMonitor – SimScale bekommt 25 Millionen – Qualifyze sammelt 14 Millionen ein – Plan A bekommt 10 Millionen


Im aktuellen #DealMonitor für den 3. November werfen wir wieder einen Blick auf die wichtigsten, spannendsten und interessantesten Investments und Exits des Tages in der DACH-Region. Alle Deals der Vortage gibt es im großen und übersichtlichen #DealMonitor-Archiv.

INVESTMENTS

SimScale
+++ Jetzt offiziell: Alinvestor Insight Partners investiert – wie bereits im Juni berichtet – gemeinsam mit Draper Esprit 25 Millionen Euro in SimScale. Das 2012 gegründete Unternehmen, ein Spin-off der Technischen Universität München (TUM), entwickelt und vertreibt eine web-basierte Plattform für ingenieurtechnische Simulationen. Insight Partners, Earlybird und weitere Bestandsinvestoren investierten zuletzt 27 Millionen Euro in das Münchner Startup. Insgesamt flossen nun schon 52 Millionen Euro in SimScale. “SimScale plans to use the new funding to expand into new industries, such as rotating machinery, electronics, and automotive, by adding additional simulation capabilities, as well as to broaden its enterprise offering to larger customers to further its vision of removing barriers to entry for engineering simulations across teams, applications, and industries”, teilt das Startup mit. Mehr über SimScale

Qualifyze
+++ HV Capital und Altinvestoren wie Cherry Ventures, Rheingau Founders und APX investieren 14 Millionen US-Dollar in Qualifyze. “Mit dem neuen Geld möchte Qualifyze die Anzahl der
angeschlossenen Lieferanten verzehnfachen und Personaleinstellungen im deutschen und spanischen Büro beschleunigen”, teilt das Unternehmen mit. Rheingau Founders, Coparion und Co. investierten zuletzt 3,2 Millionen Euro in Qualifyze, früher als ChemSquare bekannt. Das Startup aus Frankfurt am Main, das von David Schneider und Florian Hildebrand gegründet wurde, entstand 2017 im Rahmen einer wissenschaftlichen Promotion an der Technischen Universität Darmstadt. Die Jungfirma positioniert sich als “digitale Plattform, die es Firmen ermöglicht Daten zu Lieferanten und Produktionsstätten in Form von Auditberichten auszutauschen”. 60 Mitarbeiter:innen arbeiten derzeit für die Jungfirma. Mehr über Qualifyze

Plan A
+++ HV Capital, der niederländische Geldgeber Keen Venture Partners sowie die Altinvestoren Demeter und coparion investieren 10 Millionen US-Dollar in Plan A. Das Berliner ClimateTech, das 2017 von Lubomila Jordanova und Nathan Bonnisseau gegründet wurde, möchte Unternehmen und Mitarbeiter beim Thema Nachhaltigkeit unterstützen. Die KI-gesteuerte SaaS-Plattform des Startups unterstützt Unternehmen etwa “bei der Sammlung, Verarbeitung und Analyse von Emissions- und ESG-Daten, erstellt Reduktions- und ESG-Optimierungspläne und automatisiert Reportings”. Im Frühjahr flossen bereits 3 Millionen US-Dollar in Plan A. “Plan A wird das Kapital nutzen, um seine Plattform weiterzuentwickeln und international zu expandieren. Dazu sollen Büros in London, München, Paris und anderen führenden internationalen Zentren eröffnet werden”, heißt es in der Presseaussendung. Mehr über Plan A

Sanity Group
+++ Der amerikanische Cannabis-Geldgeber Casa Verde Capital, hinter dem Snoop Dogg steckt, investiert 3,5 Millionen US-Dollar in die Sanity Group. Das Cannabis-Startup, das 2018 von Finn Hänsel und Fabian Friede gegründet wurde, ist derzeit mit Vayamed (Arzneimittel), Endosane Pharmaceuticals (Fertigarzneimittel), Belfry Medical (medizinische Produkte), Vaay (CBD-Produkte) und This Place (Naturkosmetik) unterwegs. Redalpine, Navy Capital und SOJE Capital investierten zuletzt 35 Millionen Euro in die Sanity Group. “Bereits in der Seed-Runde in 2019 hatten die beiden Casa-Verde-Partner Karan Wadhera und Yoni Meyer über ein eigenes Vehikel in die Sanity Group investiert; nun ist der Fund direkt beteiligt”, teilt die Jungfirma mit. Mehr über die Sanity Group

Aktiia
+++ Draper Esprit, Redalpine, 415 Capital, Verve Ventures und Translink Capital investieren 17,5 Millionen US-Dollar in 
das Schweizer Startup aktiiaDas Unternehmen erfindet mit seiner Technologie die Blutdrucküberwachung neu und will die Mittel für die Weiterentwicklung und Validierung der Algorithmen und Produktangebote sowie den Aufbau strategischer Partnerschaften nutzen. Aktiia wurde von Mattia Bertschi und Josep Solà gegründet

Tidely
+++ Cannonball, einige Business Angels wie Harald Popp und die Gründer investieren 1,2 Millionen Euro in Tidely. Das Startup, das 2021 von Niclas Storz, Dr. Jörg Haller, Stefan Tuschen und Archibald Sheran in München gegründet wurde, setzt auf eine Software für das Liquiditätsmanagement von KMU. “Entscheidungsträger erfassen die finanzielle Situation auf einen Blick, vermeiden Liquiditätsengpässe und können zudem offene Rechnungen effizient verwalten”, teilt das Startup mit.

Cadeia
+++ DIe Privatbank Bank Frick aus Liechtenstein, Blockrocket und coinIX sowie weitere “private und institutionelle Geldgeber” aus der DACH-Region investieren eine siebenstellige Summe in Cadeia. Das FinTech aus München, das von Patrick Hartl, Rolf Steffens und Constantin Ketz gegründet wurde, entwickelt eine digitale Plattform für die” effiziente Strukturierung, Emission und Abwicklung komplexer Finanzprodukte sowie die automatisierte und regelbasierte Steuerung der damit zusammenhängenden Zahlungsströme”.

Startup-Jobs: Auf der Suche nach einer neuen Herausforderung? In der unserer Jobbörse findet Ihr Stellenanzeigen von Startups und Unternehmen.

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#DealMonitor – Moonfare sammelt 125 Millionen ein – mondu bekommt 14 Millionen – audibene-Gründer starten True Growth Capital 


Im aktuellen #DealMonitor für den 2. November werfen wir wieder einen Blick auf die wichtigsten, spannendsten und interessantesten Investments und Exits des Tages in der DACH-Region. Alle Deals der Vortage gibt es im großen und übersichtlichen #DealMonitor-Archiv.

INVESTMENTS

Moonfare
+++ Insight Partners investiert gemeinsam mit Altinvestoren 125 Millionen US-Dollar in Moonfare. Das Berliner FinTech, das 2015 von Alexander Argyros und Steffen Pauls gegründet wurde, ermöglicht es Privatanlegern direkt in Private-Equity-Fonds zu investieren. “Moonfare will use the funding to continue to develop innovative investment solutions and accelerate its international expansion”, teilt das Unternehmen mit. Insgesamt flossen nun schon 185 Millionen Dollar in Moonfare. Zu den weiteren Investoren der Jungfirma gehören der Vermögensverwalter Fidelity, Thomas Ebeling und Henrik Kraft. “Die Bewertung dürfte im Bereich von rund einer halben Milliarde Euro liegen”, schreibt FinanceFWD zum Investment. Moonfare ist derzeit in 13 Ländern in Europa und Asien unterwegs. Mehr über Moonfare

mondu
+++ Der Berliner Kapitalgeber Cherry Ventures investiert – wie bereits berichtet – in  mondu (bisher als numi bekannt). Im Rahmen der Investmentrunde, bei der 14 Millionen US-Dollar in das Unternehmen fließen, investiert auch FinTech Collective aus New York in das Unternehmen. Das Berliner FinTech mondu, das von beiden Dafiti-Gründer Philipp Povel und Malte Huffmann gegründet wurde, setzt auf ein “Buy now, pay later”-Modell für Unternehmenskunden. Das Konzept richtet sich dabei an Marktplatzbetreiber – deren Geschäftskunden können dann via mondu in Raten bezahlen. FinTech Collective hält nun 13 % an mondu, auf Cherry entfallen 8,7 %. Mehr über mondu

Specter Automation
+++ Mehrere Business Angels – darunter “Bauunternehmer, Projektentwickler, und Gründer aus der Bauindustrie sowie dem B2B-Software-Bereich” investieren gemeinsam mit xdeck eine sechsstellige Summe in Specter Automation. Das ConTech aus Köln setzt auf datengetriebenes Baustellenmanagement. “Hierzu werden vorhandene aber bisher ungenutzte Planungs- und Kalkulationsdaten intuitiv in einer innovativen Datenumgebung miteinander verknüpft und Bauleitung sowie Polier zugänglich gemacht”, heißt es zum Konzept.

VENTURE CAPITAL

True Growth Capital
+++ Die audibene-Gründer Marco Vietor und Paul Crusius, die schon seit einigen Jahren als Business Angels tätig sind, starten True Growth Capital. “Over the past two decades, we have built several internationally leading companies and sold them to global players. We leverage our operational experience and dedicate a significant amount of time to supporting our portfolio companies. Besides investing in early-stage ventures we also do our own incubations. Reach out to us to find out more about the True Growth Approach”, schreiben die Berliner. True Growth Capital, das nicht als Fonds organisiert ist, investiert zwischen in frühen Phasen zwischen 100.000 und 500.000 Euro in Unternehmen. Mehr im Insider-Podcast #EXKLUSIV

Startup-Jobs: Auf der Suche nach einer neuen Herausforderung? In der unserer Jobbörse findet Ihr Stellenanzeigen von Startups und Unternehmen.

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#aktuell, #berlin, #contech, #fintech, #insight-partners, #koln, #mondu, #moonfare, #numi, #specter-automation, #true-growth-capital, #venture-capital, #xdeck

Y42 sammelt 31 Millionen ein – Cisco übernimmt replex – ClimateTech-VC World Fund geht an den Start


Im aktuellen #DealMonitor für den 26. Oktober werfen wir wieder einen Blick auf die wichtigsten, spannendsten und interessantesten Investments und Exits des Tages in der DACH-Region. Alle Deals der Vortage gibt es im großen und übersichtlichen #DealMonitor-Archiv.

INVESTMENTS

Y42
+++ Jetzt offiziell: Insight Partners und Atomico investieren – wie bereits im Insider-Podcast berichtet – 31 Millionen US-Dollar in Y42.  Die Bewertung soll nach unseren Informationen bei rund 150 Millionen (Pre-Money) liegen. La Famiglia sowie die Gründer von Foodspring, Personio, AeroMobil und Petlab investierten erst im März dieses Jahres 2,9 Millionen US-Dollar in das Unternehmen, das früher als Datos Intelligence bekannt war. Insgesamt flossen nun schon 34 Millionen Dollar in das Unternehmen. Die Jungfirma beschreibt sich so: “y42 is a no-code business intelligence platform for loading, cleaning, connecting, visualizing and sharing data”. y42 wurde 2020 von Hung Dang gegründet. “Mit Hilfe der Series-A-Finanzierungsrunde will Y42 die Entwicklung seiner Plattform weiter vorantreiben, das Team vergrößern und den eigenen Kundenstamm ausbauen”, heißt es in der Presseaussendung. Mehr über Y42

CUREosity
+++
Der TechVision Fonds investiert gemeinsam mit mehreren Business Angels 3,5 Millionen Euro in CUREosity. Das Düsseldorfer Startup, das 2018 von Thomas Saur, Stefan Arand und Marco Faulhammer gegründet wurde, entwickelt eine Therapie-Software unter Nutzung von Virtual Reality (VR). “Im virtuellen Raum und mit spielerischen Inhalten können Patienten mit neurologischen oder muskuloskelettalen Beeinträchtigungen ihre kognitiven und motorischen Fähigkeiten wiederherstellen und verbessern – beispielsweise nach einem Schlaganfall oder bei Parkinson”, teilt das Startup mit.

DiscoEat
+++ 468 Capital, IBB Capital und Hevella Capital investieren eine siebenstellige Summe in DiscoEat. Das Berliner Startup, das 2018 von Moritz Heininger, Nicolò Luti und Szymon Madzielewski gegründet wurde, bietet leere Tische in Restaurants und seit Ende 2020 neben Reservierungen auch Lieferung und Abholung an. Im Herbst 2019 schlitterte die Jungfirma in die Insolvenz, wagte danach aber einen Neustart. “Die neue Finanzierung soll dafür verwendet werden, weiter geografisch zu expandieren sowie weitere wichtige Features für Gastronomen zu entwickeln, den gesamten Prozess und damit Dining-Experience sowohl für den Gastronomen als auch die Gäste effektiver zu gestalten”, teilt das Unternehmen mit. Mehr über DiscoEat

Veertly
+++ coparion und mehrere Business Angels investieren 2 Millionen Schweizer Franken in Veertly. Das deutsch-schweizer Startup, das 2020 von Joao Aguiam, Alexander Spahn und Joschka Finkbeiner gegründet wurde, positioniert sich als “flexible Plattform für hybride un online Events sowie digitale Kollaborationen”. Zu den Kunden der Jungfirma gehören unter anderem Personio, die ETH Zürich und der BVMW.

MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS

replex
+++ Netzwerk-Riese Cisco übernimmt replex, das auf eine Software zum Management von IT-Infrastrukturen setzt. “The acquisition of replex will help AppDynamics grow its product and engineering talent with a view toward accelerating and expanding product capabilities that observe enterprise-scale, cloud-native environments. Replex’s deep expertise in Kubernetes, real-time data extraction and analytics will further strengthen AppDynamics’ world-class product and engineering team as we accelerate the delivery of Cisco’s Full-Stack Observability vision”, teilt das Unternehmen mit. Der Technologiegründerfonds Sachsen (TGFS), EnBW New Ventures, der High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) und eValue investierten in den vergangenen Jahren 4,5 Millionen Euro in das Unternehmen, das 2016 von Patrick Kirchhoff, Costantino Lattarulo, Christian Falk, Patrick Gruhn und Dennis Jacobfeuerborn in Duisburg gegründet wurde, zuletzt aber in Leipzig residierte. In Leipzig war replex auch beim Accelerator Spinlab an Bord. Der Kaufpreis ist nicht bekannt. Zuletzt interessierte sich auch der Berliner Kapitalgeber Project A Ventures für replex. Mehr über replex

MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS

World Fund
+++ Der neue ClimateTech-Geldgeber World Fund, über den wir bereits im Juli im Insider-Podcast berichtet haben, geht offiziell an den Start. Hinter dem neuen Kapitalgeber, der von Ecosia, der Suchmaschine, die Bäume pflanzt, ins Leben gerufen wurde, stecken insbesondere Tim Schumacher (sedo, eyeo und Saas.group), Daria Saharova (zuletzt Vito One), Danijel Visevic (früher unter anderem Project A Ventures), Craig Douglas (SET Ventures) und Ecosia-Gründer Christian Kroll. Zielgröße des World Fund sind 350 Millionen Euro. “Mehr als die Hälfte der Mittel wurde bereits zugesagt und das erste Closing ist für das erste Halbjahr 2022 geplant”, teilt der Geldgeber mit. Der World Fund investiert in Startups aus den Segmenten Energie, Verkehr, Food, Produktion und Immobilien, die den CO2-Ausstoß reduzieren wollen. Im Portfolio des World Fund befinden sich bereits das Mehrwegbechersystem Recup und Qoa, eine Kakao-freie Schokolade.

DIE HÖHLE DER LÖWEN

Saatgutkonfetti
+++ Regal-Löwe Ralf Dümmel investiert in der achten Folge der zehnten Staffel 200.000 Euro in Saatgutkonfetti und sichert sich dabei 15 % am Unternehmen. Das Startup, das von Christoph Trimborn, Katia Filippenko und Philip Weyer gegründet wurde, bietet ein ökologische Alternative zu dem herkömmlichen Konfetti. Der Deal kam nach der Show bisher nicht zustande.

DeWok
+++ Regal-Löwe Ralf Dümmel investiert in der achten Folge der zehnten Staffel 100.000 Euro in DeWok und sichert sich dabei 20 % am Unternehmen. Das Startup aus Köln, das von Steve Müller gegründet wurde, setzt auf ein transportables Wok-System.

colorsafe
+++ Pharma-Löwe Nils Glagau investiert in der achten Folge der zehnten Staffel 100.000 Euro in colorsafe und sichert sich dabei 24 % am Unternehmen. Das Startup aus Köln, das von Katrin Klein gegründet wurde, setzt auf eine farbige Seife für Erwachsene und Kinder, mit der sich visuell nachvollziehen lässt, ob die kompletten Hände mit Seife benetzt sind.

Grundriss in Lebensgröße
+++ Beauty-Löwin Judith Williams und Sales-Löwe Carsten Maschmeyer investieren in der achten Folge der zehnten Staffel 300.000 Euro in Grundriss in Lebensgröße und sichern sich dabei 25,1 % am Unternehmen. Das Unternehmen bietet “maßstabsgetreue, virtuelle Grundrisse in Lebensgröße”. Mit Hilfe von echten Möbeln und Wänden auf Rollen entsteht so ein virtuelles Abbild der Traumimmobilie. Zielgruppe sind unter anderem private Bauherren, Bauträger und Immobilienmakler.

Achtung! Wir freuen uns über Tipps, Infos und Hinweise, was wir in unserem #DealMonitor alles so aufgreifen sollten. Schreibt uns eure Vorschläge entweder ganz klassisch per E-Mail oder nutzt unsere “Stille Post“, unseren Briefkasten für Insider-Infos.

Startup-Jobs: Auf der Suche nach einer neuen Herausforderung? In der unserer Jobbörse findet Ihr Stellenanzeigen von Startups und Unternehmen.

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#DealMonitor – #EXKLUSIV Insight und Atomico investieren in Y42 – Headline investiert in Sparetech – Sequoia investiert in Clarisights


Im aktuellen #DealMonitor für den 4. Oktober werfen wir wieder einen Blick auf die wichtigsten, spannendsten und interessantesten Investments und Exits des Tages in der DACH-Region. Alle Deals der Vortage gibt es im großen und übersichtlichen #DealMonitor-Archiv.

INVESTMENTS

Y42
+++ Insight Partners und Atomico investieren nach unseren Informationen zwischen 25 und 30 Millionen US-Dollar in Y42. Die Bewertung soll bei rund 150 Millionen (Pre-Money) liegen.La Famiglia sowie die Gründer von Foodspring, Personio, AeroMobil und Petlab investierten erst im März dieses Jahres 2,9 Millionen US-Dollar in das Unternehmen, das früher als Datos Intelligence bekannt war.  Die Jungfirma beschreibt sich so: “y42 is a no-code business intelligence platform for loading, cleaning, connecting, visualizing and sharing data”. y42 wurde 2020 von Hung Dang gegründet. Mehr im Insider-Podcast #EXKLUSIV

Sparetech
+++ Der Berliner Geldgeber Headline (früher als e.ventures bekannt), der ehemalige Klöckner-Chef Gisbert Rühl, Pitch-Gründer Christian Reber, BCG Digital Ventures-Macher Stefan Gross-Selbeck und Staffbase-Gründer Martin Böhringer investieren nach unseren Informationen eine Millionensumme in Sparetech. Das Unternehmen aus Stuttgart entwickelt “eine Kollaborations-Plattform auf der produzierende Unternehmen ihren Bestand an Ersatzteilen digitalisieren, den Bedarf verwalten, Ersatzteile verschiedener Anbieter vergleichen und passende Teile bestellen können”. Das Unternehmen wurde 2018 von Martin Weber und Lukas Biedermann gegründet. Mehr im Insider-Podcast #EXKLUSIV

Clarisights
+++ Der amerikanische Top-Geldgeber Sequoia Capital investiert nach unseren Informationen in Clarisights. Das Startup, das 2018 von Arun Srinivasan gegründet wurde, positioniert sich als Marketing-Tool. “Clarisights streamlines reporting for sophisticated performance marketing teams. It automatically integrates, processes and visualises all your data from all of your marketing, analytical and attribution sources”, heißt es auf der Website. Clarisights hat starke Wurzeln in Berlin, auch wenn der Firmensitz inzwischen Palo Alto ist. Cavalry Ventures und signals Venture Capital unterstützen das Unternehmen schon länger. Mehr im Insider-Podcast #EXKLUSIV

PSPDFkit 
+++ Insight Partners investiert 100 Millionen Euro in PSPDFkit. Das Wiener Startup, das 2013 von Peter Steinberger gegründet wurde und bisher komplett gebootstrappt war, kümmert sich darum, dass verschiedene Dokumenten-Formate, allen voran PDFs und Bilder überall richtig und nutzerfreundlich angezeigt werden. “PSPDFKit develops software development toolkits and related frameworks which enable document creation, manipulation, collaboration, and innovation within its customers’ applications”, teilt das Unternehmen in eigener Sache mit. Unternehmen wie Dropbox, DocuSign, SAP, IBM, Volkswagen und Fabasoft nutzen PSPDFkit bereits. 60 MItarbeiter:innen arbeiten derzeit für das Unternehmen.

fruitcore robotics
+++ UVC Partners, btov Partners und CNB Capital investieren 17 Millionen Euro in fruitcore robotics. Das Konstanzer Startup entwickelt mit Horst (Highly Optimized Robotic Systems Technology) ein Robotersystem, um “die Automatisierung mit Industrierobotern für die breite Masse zu ermöglichen”. fruitcore robotics wurde 2017 gegründet und beschäftigt mehr als 80 Mitarbeiter:innen.

MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS

svarmony
+++ Die beiden AR-Firmen innovation.rocks und Augmentaio fusionieren zum Unternehmen svarmony. “Als einzigartiger Dienstleister am Markt bildet svarmony die gesamte Leistungskette im Bereich AR ab: von Consulting über Konzeption und Kreation bis hin zur technischen Implementierung und dem Roll-Out”, teilen die Jungunternehmen mit. Das neue Unternehmen wird von Arne Schönleben, bislang innovation.rocks, und Sascha Kiener, Gründer von Augmentaio geführt.

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India’s Groww in talks to raise funds at a $3 billion valuation

Groww, an Indian startup that is helping millennials invest in mutual funds and stocks, is in advanced stages of talks to raise a new financing round at a $3 billion valuation, according to six people familiar with the matter.

The Bangalore-based startup is negotiating to close a $250 million round, the people said, requesting anonymity as the matter is private. The round could close within weeks, they said.

Usual caveats apply: The terms of the deal may change. The startup has received several termsheets — with similar terms — in recent days. Tiger Global, Coatue, and TCV have held conversations to lead or co-lead the round, people said. And many including Insight Partners have also explored investment, the people said.

A spokesperson for Coatue declined to comment. Groww chief executive did not respond to a request for comment. Indian news outlet CapTable first reported about Groww’s upcoming financing round.

Groww is tapping into a huge market. More than 200 million people in India transact money digitally, but fewer than 30 million invest in mutual funds and stocks. The startup allows users to invest in mutual funds, including systematic investment planning (SIP) and equity-linked savings, gold, as well as stocks, including those listed at U.S. exchanges. The app offers every fund that is currently available in India.

Investors’ growing push to back — or double down on — Groww follows several months of strong growth. The Indian startup is currently on track to clock about $35 million in ARR, two people briefed on the figure said. Groww, which counts Tiger Global and Sequoia Capital India among its existing investors, was valued at $1 billion in April this year and $250 million last September.

The startup is also internally exploring expansion into the crypto space, but hasn’t made a firm decision on when it plans to offer such trading, one person said.

#asia, #coatue, #funding, #groww, #india, #insight-partners, #payments, #tiger-global

1047 Games raises $100M on the runaway success of its debut title, Splitgate

When you’re hot, you’re hot. And 1047 Games is making the most of the heat generated by Splitgate, its first game and a now a breakout success. After working on a shoestring for years, the team has since May raised three rounds, the latest for a massive $100M.

Co-founder and CEO Ian Proulx credited a dedicated community and, as he described it, “taking a Silicon Valley approach to running a game business.”

At the time 1047 Games was founded, about 5 years ago, free to play (f2p) PC games were a niche genre. While games like World of Tanks and Warframe were seeing success, and of course many mobile games relying on in-app-purchases, Fortnite had yet to show the industry that f2p could be so ludicrously profitable.

“5 years ago it was very hit driven: you spend years developing a product, put all this money into hyping the launch, and then hope it’s a success,” Proulx explained. “Our process was, there’s no way we can take that risk — if we spent our entire budget and got it wrong, we’re out of business. So we thought, let’s do a soft launch, put it out there and see what happens, learn, listen, look at the data. Why would I spend money marketing a product that I have no idea about whether it will be a success? If we wanted to spend money, and we didn’t have a lot, I’d rather spend it on a product that has great metrics and KPIs.”

If you’re not familiar with it, Splitgate is a multiplayer online competitive shooter with a lot of DNA from the old-school arena shooters like Quake 3, Unreal Tournament, and Halo. Those games are frenetic enough, but Splitgate adds the ability to bend space with portals, like the eponymous Portal, adding a truly ridiculous amount of mobility to the action.

Screenshot of the game Splitgate showing a player aiming through a portal

Image Credits: 1047 Games

Proulx said investors shut the door on him repeatedly because they didn’t see Splitgate competing in any of the popular genres, battle royales and hero shooters, for instance. But he felt confident that this update to a familiar formula would be a success partly because the demand was there, just sleeping. “People grew up playing these games, and the reason [the market] is dead is not because they stopped loving them,” he said. “No one has moved the needle because there hasn’t been a lot of innovation, and there hasn’t been something that’s accessible to the masses. Quake Arena is great, but it’s extremely difficult. No 12-year-old Fortnite kid is gonna play it. We really do fill this void.”

While gameplay-wise Splitgate is most obviously similar to classic shooters, Proulx said a better comparison would be Rocket League, another huge success story in gaming that took a great concept and provided it as cheaply as possible, making money off cosmetic items and other totally optional perks.

“You can just have fun, turn your brain off and play, but there’s this limitless skill ceiling,” he explained.

It didn’t spring fully-formed from 1047 in 2019, though. The team put out the gaming equivalent of a minimum viable product. “It was fun, and the basics were there,” he said, “but we learned there’s way more to running a business and free-to-play than just having a fun game.”

The danger for any game is simply that people stop playing, so the team focused on retention and on listening to feedback from the community to make Splitgate a “forever game” that can go years with “seasons,” new features and maps, and so on.

The original MVP release saw some traction, around 600,000 downloads in its first month, but the big multi-platform relaunch — still as an “open beta” — this summer made a huge splash, pulling in more than 10 million in July.

Suddenly the tables had turned and 1047 was holding, as Proulx put it, “lightning in a bottle.”

“Our first round six months ago was extremely difficult. We talked to every investors on the planet and they all said no,” he recalled. But the hard work paid off: “We got lucky and ended up with the perfect partners — I can’t stress enough how supportive our investors have been.”

The next round ( with Human Capital, just as Splitgate was taking off, went from phonecall to funding over a weekend. This third round, with 1047 picking and choosing, was led by Lightspeed Venture Partners with participation from “Insight Partners, Anthos Capital, and earlier seed round investors Galaxy Interactive, VGames, Human Capital, Lakestar, DraperDragon, and Draper University” (from the press release).

One wonders what a team of fewer than ten people could possibly do with $100M ($116M if you count the two previous rounds). But the bet investors are making is not that 1047 is going to suddenly make Assassin’s Creed, but rather that they think ten million (and rising) people playing a unique game is potentially a huge opportunity — if the developers have the chance to follow through. This post-hype period is the valley of death for many games, the developers starved for cash after streamers and curious casuals move on. But the funding means that, for 1047, it’s license to hire like mad and double down.

“The scope of what we can do is now through the roof,” said Proulx. “There’s so much we couldn’t think about because we were a tiny team with a tiny budget, but now everything is on the table. We’re focusing on the long term — I look at the game as being 25 percent done. We don’t need to be Fortnite tomorrow, but now it really is about building the next Riot Games, the next big games business.”

In the meantime, Splitgate itself is still on the road to 1.0 and Proulx says the team can now truly focus on making it the game they and the community have been shaping it to be for years. He noted that many players have stuck by the team for years and helped make the game what it is, and that their input is just as important now.

“We read everything, we’re listening — keep the feedback coming. We’re still operating like the indie team that had to stay close with our community. We’re still in that mindset,” Proulx said, “but now we just have a ridiculous amount of money.”

#anthos-capital, #f2p, #free-to-play, #funding, #fundings-exits, #games, #gaming, #insight-partners, #lightspeed-venture-partners, #recent-funding, #startups, #tc

Commercetools raises $140M at a $1.9B valuation as ‘headless’ commerce continues to boom

E-commerce these days is now a major part of every retailer’s strategy, so technology builders and platforms that are helping them compete better on digital screens are seeing a huge boost in business. In the latest turn, Commercetools — a provider of e-commerce APIs that larger retailers can use to build customized payment, check-out, social commerce, marketplace and other services — has closed $140 million in funding, a Series C that CEO Dirk Hoerig has confirmed to me values the company at $1.9 billion. 

The funding is being led by Accel, with previous investors Insight Partners and REWE Group also participating. Munich, Germany-based Commercetools spun out of REWE — a giant German retailer, and also a customer — and announced $145 million in investment led by Insight in October 2019.

This latest round represents a huge hike on its valuation since then, when Commercetools was valued at around $300 million.

Part of the reason for the big bump, of course, has been the wave of interest in digital transactions from shopping online. E-commerce was already growing at a steady pace before 2020, by some estimates representing more than half of all commerce transactions. The Covid-19 pandemic turbo-charged that proportion, with many retailers switching exclusively to internet sales, and consumers stuck at home happy to shop with a click.

While companies like Shopify have addressed the needs of smaller retailers, providing them with an alternative or complement to listing on third-party marketplaces like Amazon’s, Commercetools has built its business around catering to larger retailers and the many specific, large-scale needs and investment budgets that they may have for building their digital commerce solutions.

It provides some 300 APIs today around some nine “buckets” of services, and a wide network of integration partners, Hoerig said, and powers some $10 billion of sales annually for its customers, which include the likes of Audi, AT&T, Danone, Tiffany & Co., John Lewis and many others.

“Our main focus is the retailer with more than $100 million in gross merchandise value,” Hoerig said. “This is when it becomes interesting.” But he added that the force of market growth is such that Commercetools is also seeing a lot of business from smaller companies that are simply needing more functionality to address their fast growth. “So we also sometimes have customers that start at $5 million in GMV and quickly go to $50 million. With that scale, they also have specific requirements, so the lines get a bit blurry.” (And that also explains why investors are so interested: there is a lot of evidence of the market growing and growing; and by capturing smaller retailers on big trajectories, that represents a lot more scale for Commercetools.)

Hoerig is sometimes credited with being the person who first coined the term “headless commerce”, which basically means APIs that can be used by a company, or its team of strategists, developers and designers, to build their own customized check-out and other purchasing experiences, rather than fitting these into templates provided by the tech company powering the checkout.

But as the API economy has continued to grow, and the world of non-tech companies that use tech continues to mature, that has taking on a mass-market appeal, and so Commercetools is far from being the only one in this area. In addition to Shopify (which has its own version targeting larger businesses, Shopify Plus), others include SprykerSwellFabricChord and Shogun.

Commercetools will be using the funding both to continue organically expanding its business, but also to make some acquisitions to bolt on new customers, and new technology, tapping into some of the scaling and consolidation that is taking place across e-commerce as a whole. What will be interesting to see is where consolidation will happen, and which startups will be raising money to scale on their own: right now there is a lot of enthusiasm around the space because it is so buoyant, and that will spell more money being funneled to more startups.

Case in point: when I first got wind of this funding round, Commercetools told me it was in the middle of a deal to acquire a company. In the end, that company decided to stay independent and take some more investment to try to grow on its own. Hoerig said it’s now pursuing another target.

Indeed, that is also the bigger force that has brought Commercetools to where it is today.

“The chance to invest in a fast-growing, innovative commerce platform was one we could not pass up,” said Ping Li, the partner at Accel who led on this deal, said in a statement. “Commercetools provides e-commerce enterprises the technology necessary to capture revenue in the rapidly growing global e-commerce market.”

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Wisetack closes on $40M to bring ‘buy now, pay later’ to in-person services

Buy now, pay later is growing globally — with various companies expanding to, and in, different parts of the world, such as Africa, Latin America and Asia.

Here in the U.S., Affirm and Klarna are big players, and Square recently announced plans to acquire Afterpay, which also is eyeing growth here.

Traditional buy now, pay later (BNPL) gives consumers the opportunity to pay in installments at the point of sale, either online or, increasingly, in person as well. But even domestically, the ability to pay in installments is branching out beyond e-commerce and retail.

Wisetack is a startup that brings buy now, pay later to in-person services. And it just raised $45 million in a Series B funding round led by Insight Partners.

Existing backers Greylock Partners and Bain Capital Ventures also participated in the financing, bringing the company’s total raised to $64 million since its 2018 inception. The latest round comes just six and a half months after Wisetack announced it had raised $19 million across its seed and Series A rounds, which were both led by Greylock.

In a nutshell, the San Francisco-based startup helps in-person businesses offer financing to consumers. Wisetack is not the first company to do this, but what makes it different, according to co-founder and CEO Bobby Tzekin, is that it actually embeds financing options into software platforms that businesses have already built out and are using in their operations.

Its focus is on service-based businesses, such as HVAC contractors or plumbers. For example, if your AC unit goes out and costs thousands to replace, you could have the option of paying for it in installments if the contractor has Wistack’s API embedded into its site.

So far, Wisetack has been able to grow rapidly by partnering with vertical SaaS businesses such as Housecall Pro and Jobber. Those companies offer consumer financing to their respective customer base, which include tens of thousands of home services professionals.

Wisetack clearly seems to be filling a gap. So far in 2021, it has grown its revenue and loan volume “over 10x” compared to 2020. And it works with thousands of merchants, according to Tzekin.

The executive left his job in 2018 to start Wisetack because he felt there was “clearly a massive need,” teaming up with Liz O’Donnell and Mykola Klymenko (who was co-founder and CTO at VaroMoney, the holding company of Varo Bank).

With its new capital, Wisetack plans to expand into other service-based verticals, such as auto repair, elective medical, dental and veterinary and legal services. It also plans to double its team of 40 over the next year.

To Tzekin, the opportunity is huge.

Most service businesses are SMBs, which have historically been harder to serve than large e-commerce players. Americans spend more than $400 billion a year on residential renovations and repairs alone, according to this Harvard report. And the United States automotive repair and maintenance services market is projected to reach $250 billion by 2026, up from $201 billion in 2020.

And while the average BNPL online transaction is a few hundred dollars, purchases made to service-based businesses average closer to $4,000 to $5,000, according to Tzekin.

The CEO believes that buy now, pay later can be more attractive than paying for such purchases with a credit card, for a few reasons. For one, consumers have the option of paying in installments for anywhere from three months to 60 months. 

“This often means it’s more affordable to buy the better piece of equipment since they can spread the costs over time,” he said. 

Also, just how much they will be paying over time will be made clear at the time of purchase, whereas when paying with a credit card, the amount could vary depending on interest rates and how long it takes to pay the money back, Tzekin added.

The company makes money by charging a processing fee to merchants, as well as charging interest to consumers — which can be anywhere from 0% to 29%, “depending on how good their credit is,” Tzekin said.  

“But credit cards charge compounded interest, whereas we charge simple interest,” he added.

Insight Partners Principal Rebecca Liu-Doyle describes Wisetack as “a standout in the industry.”

Wisetack has a differentiated platform for embedded BNPL that is purpose-built to address use cases that are both more complex and less well-served than e-commerce,” she wrote via email. 

#buy-now-pay-later, #finance, #funding, #fundings-exits, #insight-partners, #recent-funding, #startups, #venture-capital, #wisetack

CookUnity whips up nationwide expansion following $47M round

Chef-prepared, small-batch meal delivery startup CookUnity is undergoing a major expansion after closing a $47 million Series B round.

Insight Partners led the round and was joined by Endeavor Capital and current investors IDCV, Fuel Ventures and Gaingels. The latest funding comes eight months after New York-based CookUnity closed a $15.5 million Series A round led by Fuel Venture Capital. The company has now raised a total of $70 million since its inception in 2018.

Mateo Marietti, founder and CEO of CookUnity, had the idea for the subscription-based company five years ago. Marietti, who is from Argentina, was working in food tech and saw that modern delivery services were only able to offer limited food options and pricing, and was a trade-off between convenience and variety.

He went looking for a similar experience to apps like Spotify, where the music selection was limitless, and created CookUnity to connect creators of food with the people who would be eating it.

CookUnity combines the ready-to-eat meal category with a chef-focused business model that provides restaurant-quality meals at home. The rotating menu features hundreds of dishes, starting at $10.49 per meal, with an option of a subscription plan for four, six, eight, 12 or 16 meals per week. Meals heat up in minutes and also include both fast-cooking instructions, like in a microwave, or how the chef might prepare it at home, like with an additional squeeze of lemon or other toppings.

CookUnity founder Mateo Marietti. Image Credits: CookUnity

Chefs are also given tools and resources to create a digital-first business, and Marietti told TechCrunch that top-selling chefs bring in upwards of $1 million a year.

“We are building the infrastructure, working with farmers, providing the ingredients and the tech layer for both the consumer app and the chef app,” he added. “We don’t employ any talent or cook the food, but we give chefs the tools to start recruiting cooks, gather information on new recipes, organize their team and expand into new markets while also seeing their sales for the day or week.”

The company’s platform is already working with notable chefs like Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Marc Forgione and Esther Choi, and the Series B funding will enable it to add more chefs, including local rising stars and established restaurateurs, enabling them to sell beyond the typical on-demand food delivery zone, Marietti said.

Starting with the flagship kitchen in Brooklyn, CookUnity initially expanded to San Francisco, Dallas-Fort Worth, Boston and Washington, D.C. Following the Series A, the company opened kitchens in Los Angeles, Austin and Chicago. The new funding will now enable the company to accelerate its nationwide expansion with new kitchens in Atlanta and Miami by the end of the year. When all of the new kitchens are online, Marietti estimates that CookUnity will be able to serve 88% of the U.S. population.

In the last 12 months, CookUnity saw over 550% growth and to date has over 50 chefs on its roster, with plans to increase to 150 across all of its kitchens by mid-2022.

As part of the investment, Rebecca Liu-Doyle, principal at Insight Partners, is joining the CookUnity board of directors. Insight’s model is to track companies for a long time before investing; in CookUnity’s case, Liu-Doyle was watching them for more than two years. She said the timing was right for Insight to invest.

In addition to product-market fit, strong chef retention and liking the company’s focus on the food market, which is a “massive total addressable market,” she said, CookUnity was on its way to building a big business with subscription-based revenue as it took on the complexities of the back-end business for chefs.

The value proposition is unique for both of the stakeholders — on the chef side there is a creator economy tailwind, which is taking the friction out of scaling a business while also enabling chefs to build a business with a larger footprint than they just selling food around their restaurants. On the consumer side, Liu-Doyle said CookUnity is providing affordable and convenient food without having to compromise on taste and quality.

“Very few companies can offer that: it is democratization on both fronts,” she added. “In order to execute on the vision, you need a specific team, which Mateo has, and show incremental improvement to the experience. It doesn’t just happen overnight. You have to be patient and deliberate in the way you improve the experience.”

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Shelf.io closes huge $52.5M Series B after posting 4x ARR growth in the last year

Covering public companies can be a bit of a drag. They grow some modest amount each year, and their constituent analysts pester them with questions about gross margin expansion and sales rep efficiency. It can be a little dull. Then there are startups, which grow much more quickly — and are more fun to talk about.

That’s the case with Shelf.io. The company announced an impressive set of metrics this morning, including that from July 2020 to July 2021, it grew its annual recurring revenue (ARR) 4x. Shelf also disclosed that it secured a $52.5 million Series B led by Tiger Global and Insight Partners.

That’s quick growth for a post-Series A startup. Crunchbase reckons that the company raised $8.2 million before its Series B, while PitchBook pegs the number at $6.5 million. Regardless, the company was efficiently expanding from a limited capital base before its latest fundraising event.

What does the company’s software do? Shelf plugs into a company’s information systems, learns from the data, and then helps employees respond to queries without forcing them to execute searches or otherwise hunt for information.

The company is starting with customer service as its target vertical. According to Shelf CEO Sedarius Perrotta, Shelf can absorb information from, say, Salesforce, SharePoint, legacy knowledge management platforms, and Zendesk. Then, after training models and staff, the company’s software can begin to provide support staff with answers to customer questions as they talk to customers in real time.

The company’s tech can also power responses to customer queries not aimed at a human agent and provide a searchable database of company knowledge to help workers more quickly solve customer issues.

Per Perrotta, Shelf is targeting the sales market next, with others to follow. How might Shelf fit into sales? According to the company, its software may be able to offer staff already-written proposals for similar-seeming deals and other related content. The gist is that at companies that have lots of workers doing similar tasks — clicking around in Salesforce, or answering support queries, say — Shelf can learn from the activity and get smarter in helping employees with their tasks. I presume that the software’s learning ability will improve over time, as well.

Shelf, around 100 people today, hopes to double in size by the end of the year, and then double again next year.

That’s where the new capital comes in. Hiring folks in the worlds of machine learning and data science is very expensive. And because the company wants to scale those hires quickly, it will need a large bank balance to lean on.

Quick ARR growth was not the only reason why Shelf was able to secure such an outsized Series B, at least when compared to how much capital it had raised before. Per Perrotta, Shelf has 130% net dollar retention and no churn to report, meaning its customers are both sticky and expand organically.

While Shelf is interesting today and has certainly found niches it can sell into in its current form, I am more curious about how far the company can take its machine learning system, called MerlinAI. If its tech can get sufficiently smart, its ability to prompt and help employees could reduce onboarding time and the overall cost of employee training. That would be a huge market.

This is the sort of deal that we expect to see Tiger in — an outsized investment compared to prior rounds into a high-growth company that has lots of market room. Whatever price Tiger just paid for the company’s stock, a few years of continued growth should de-risk the investment. By our read, Tiger is really just the market-leading bull on software market growth in the long term. Shelf fits into that thesis neatly.

#artificial-intelligence, #fundings-exits, #insight-partners, #knowledge-management, #machine-learning, #shelf, #startups, #tc, #tiger-global

Insight Partners leads $30M round into Metabase, developing enterprise business intelligence tools

Open-source business intelligence company Metabase announced Thursday a $30 million Series B round led by Insight Partners.

Existing investors Expa and NEA joined in on the round, which gives the San Francisco-based company a total of $42.5 million in funding since it was founded in 2015. Metabase previously raised $8 million in Series A funding back in 2019, led by NEA.

Metabase was developed within venture studio Expa and spun out as an easy way for people to interact with data sets, co-founder and CEO Sameer Al-Sakran told TechCrunch.

“When someone wants access to data, they may not know what to measure or how to use it, all they know is they have the data,” Al-Sakran said. “We provide a self-service access layer where they can ask a question, Metabase scans the data and they can use the results to build models, create a dashboard and even slice the data in ways they choose without having an analyst build out the database.”

He notes that not much has changed in the business intelligence realm since Tableau came out more than 15 years ago, and that computers can do more for the end user, particularly to understand what the user is going to do. Increasingly, open source is the way software and information wants to be consumed, especially for the person that just wants to pull the data themselves, he added.

George Mathew, managing director of Insight Partners, believes we are seeing the third generation of business intelligence tools emerging following centralized enterprise architectures like SAP, then self-service tools like Tableau and Looker and now companies like Metabase that can get users to discovery and insights quickly.

“The third generation is here and they are leading the charge to insights and value,” Mathew added. “In addition, the world has moved to the cloud, and BI tools need to move there, too. This generation of open source is a better and greater example of all three of those.”

To date, Metabase has been downloaded 98 million times and used by more than 30,000 companies across 200 countries. The company pursued another round of funding after building out a commercial offering, Metabase Enterprise, that is doing well, Al-Sakran said.

The new funding round enables the company to build out a sales team and continue with product development on both Metabase Enterprise and Metabase Cloud. Due to Metabase often being someone’s first business intelligence tool, he is also doubling down on resources to help educate customers on how to ask questions and learn from their data.

“Open source has changed from floppy disks to projects on the cloud, and we think end users have the right to see what they are running,” Al-Sakran said. “We are continuing to create new features and improve performance and overall experience in efforts to create the BI system of the future.

 

#artificial-intelligence, #business-intelligence, #business-software, #cloud, #cloud-computing, #cloud-infrastructure, #data-management, #enterprise, #expa, #funding, #george-mathew, #insight-partners, #metabase, #nea, #recent-funding, #sameer-al-sakran, #startups, #tc

API platform Postman valued at $5.6 billion in $225 million fundraise

San Francisco-based Postman, which operates a collaborative platform for developers to help them build, design, test and iterate their APIs, said on Wednesday it has raised $225 million in a new financing round that values it at $5.6 billion, up from $2 billion a year ago.

The startup’s new financing round — a Series D — was led by existing investor New York-headquartered Insight Partners. New investors including Coatue, Battery Ventures, and BOND also participated in the new round, which brings total raise across rounds to over $430 million. Existing investors Nexus Venture Partners and CRV also participated in the new round.

APIs provide a way for developers to connect their applications to other internal and external applications. But it’s a space that until the past decade not many firms have attempted to streamline. (Developers relied on — and many continue to do so — open source CLI tools such as curl and HTTPie. That said, Postman now has a number of competitors including Stoplight, and A16z and Tiger Global-backed Kong.)

Abhinav Asthana, a former intern at Yahoo, faced this frustration first hand and built a Chrome extension for himself and friends.

Little did he know just how many developers and firms needed it, too.

The six-year-old startup’s product, which began its journey in India, is today used by over 17 million developers and over 500,000 organizations including Microsoft, Salesforce, Stripe, Shopify, Cisco, and PayPal.

The list is big: Postman co-founder and chief executive Asthana told TechCrunch that 98% of the Fortune 500 companies are customers of Postman.

“We are solving a fundamental problem for the technology landscape. Big companies tend to be slower as they have many other things on their plate,” he told me two years ago.

Postman API Platform’s offerings

“Every company in every industry in the world today uses APIs and needs an API platform. This trend is only growing with the move to cloud and digital experiences,” he said in an interview with TechCrunch Tuesday.

The startup today leads the market and doesn’t compete with many players. Which would explain the investors’ excitement. The startup, which declined to share its revenue, raised the new round at over 100 multiple of its revenue, according to an investor with knowledge of the matter.

Postman’s platform is crucial for developers, but it was only recently that the startup expanded to create a public marketplace for developers and firms to find ready-made APIs to use.

“The Postman Public API Network connects millions of developers around the world and provides them with a space dedicated to discovering, exploring, and sharing of APIs. This was ultimately driven by our creation of public workspaces, which allows users to connect across different organizations,” Asthana said.

“With the emergence of APIs, we believe that this will usher in the next generation of no-code and ‘citizen developers.’ We encourage a world filled with innovation for everyone with different backgrounds and varying levels of technical experience. More and more, we’re seeing people in sales, marketing, and finance become more comfortable with APIs and become the champions of this technology,” he said.

The startup, which employs over 425 people, plans to deploy the fresh funding to hire more employees across sales, marketing, product, and engineering divisions.

Postman will also “heavily” invest in broadening its product roadmap. “We are expanding the Postman platform across areas that technical users need along with supporting the needs of business users. At a high level, we are investing in supporting workflows for all kinds of APIs — whether they are private APIs, partner APIs, or public APIs,” he said.

Some upcoming items on the roadmap include a new version of the Postman API, support for protocols like gRPC, ProtoBuf, and more extensive capabilities for GraphQL. “We are also focusing heavily on integrations with other vendors in the software development lifecycle like AWS, Git hosting providers like GitHub and GitLab. We are also releasing our Flow Runner tool, a no-code API composition tool to enable anyone to build API driven programs.”

The startup also plans to invest in supporting students through API literacy programs and contribute toward open source projects.

“APIs have quickly become the fundamental building blocks of software used by developers in every industry, in every country across the globe—and Postman has firmly established itself as the preferred platform for developers,” said Insight Partners Managing Director Jeff Horing in a statement.

“Postman has the opportunity to become a key pillar of how enterprises build, deliver products, and seamlessly enable partnerships across the ecosystem. Their continued, rapid expansion and strong management team point to a future for Postman with virtually unlimited possibilities.”

#battery-ventures, #bond, #cisco, #coatue, #crv, #funding, #insight-partners, #kong, #microsoft, #nexus-venture-partners, #paypal, #postman, #saas, #salesforce, #shopify, #stripe

Brazil’s Nuvemshop raises $500M at a $3.1B valuation months after last raise

Just five months after raising $90M, Brazil’s Nuvemshop announced today it has raised $500 million in a round co-led by Insight Partners and Tiger Global Management.

The financing values Nuvemshop – which some say is Latin America’s answer to Shopify – at $3.1 billion and brings the Sao Paulo-based startup’s total funding in the last 10 months to more than $620 million.

Sunley House Capital and VMG Partners, as well as existing backers Accel, Kaszek, Kevin Efrusy, Qualcomm Ventures LLC and ThornTree Capital also participated in the latest round.

Nuvemshop (also known as Tiendanube in Spanish speaking countries) aims to give entrepreneurs a way to build and grow online businesses. The company’s platform serves more than 90,000 merchants across Brazil, Mexico, and Argentina, ranging from direct-to-consumer (DTC) upstarts to more established brands such as PlayMobil, Billabong, Colombraro, Zaira Beauty, Osram, Lolja, Vitabe and StrappyCo. That’s up from 20,000 merchants at the start of 2020 and 80,000 at the time of its last raise in March.

Rather than selling their goods on existing marketplaces (such as Mercado Libre, the Brazilian equivalent of Amazon), many merchants and entrepreneurs are opting to start and grow their own online businesses, according to Nuvemshop co-founder and CEO Santiago Sosa.

“Most merchants have entered the internet by selling on marketplaces but we are hearing from newer generations of merchants and SMBs that they don’t want to be intermediated anymore,” he said. “They want to connect more directly with consumers and convey their own brand, image and voice.”

Virtually every KPI tripled in the company in 2020 as the world saw a massive transition to online, and Nuvemshop’s platform was home to 14 million transactions last year, according to Sosa.

Earlier this year Nuvemshop launched a beta version of its own payments solution platform for merchants that is designed to allow for “faster and more secure” purchases. It also reflects the Latin American consumers’ approach to paying for retail purchases over time. In fact, the company says that 70% of the credit card transactions on its platform happen via installments. The new product will be made broadly available to all merchants over the course of the next year.

Nuvemshop says that its logistics capabilities allow merchants to deliver directly to consumers via partnerships and integrations with what would otherwise be a highly fragmented network of carriers. The company plans to keep broadening its set of warehouse and carrier partners with the goal of driving down the click-to-delivery time in most regions — now typically 5 to 6 days — to an eventual goal of the 1- or 2-day delivery, which is now standard in the U.S.

“With 650 million consumers, Latin America is not only a huge market, but it is the fastest growing e-commerce market in the world,” said Matt Gatto, managing director at Insight Partners.

Accel Partner Ethan Choi believes the Latin American e-commerce market has the potential to be just as big as the U.S. market in the future.

“Given the rapid adoption of e-commerce, we believe Nuvemshop has the potential to be one of the most important companies in the region,
he told TechCrunch. “Looking at Shopify’s $185 billion market cap gives you a sense of what’s possible if you’re the leading eCommerce player in a big market like the U.S.”

The new capital will go toward growth in Nuvemshop’s existing markets and support expansion into new countries such as Colombia, Chile and Perú. Nuvemshop will also work to expand its capabilities to serve larger merchants by expanding its sales and customer support staff, as well as continuing to invest in resources and support for its app partners and agencies. The company additionally plans to accelerate its payment and logistics capabilities, and will use the fresh capital in part toward some acquisitions.

The company currently has more than 600 employees and offices in Brazil, Mexico and Argentina.

#brazil, #ecommerce, #funding, #fundings-exits, #insight-partners, #nuvemshop, #recent-funding, #startups, #tiger-global, #venture-capital

Crypto tax software provider TaxBit raises $130M at a $1.33B valuation

Just five months after raising a $100 million Series A, TaxBit announced today it has raised $130 million in a Series B round of funding.

The latest financing officially makes the Salt Lake City, Utah-based provider of crypto tax and accounting software a unicorn, with a valuation of $1.33 billion. It also brings the startup’s total raised to $230 million since brothers Austin and Justin Woodward founded the company with their cousin Brandon Woodward in 2017.

IVP and Insight Partners co-led the Series B, which also included participation from Tiger Global, Paradigm, 9Yards Capital, Sapphire Ventures, Madrona Venture Group and Anthony Pompliano

TaxBit connects digital asset transactions across exchanges so individuals and enterprises can more accurately file their taxes, manage their portfolios and make tax-optimized trades through its platform, explains CEO and co-founder Austin Woodward. Put simply, its software automates all aspects of cryptocurrency tax compliance. 

Since its early March raise, the company has tripled its headcount to about 100 people, launched an office in Seattle, deployed services with the IRS and inked partnerships with a number of digital asset platforms. For example, it’s connected to exchanges such as Coinbase, BlockFi and Gemini.

The digital economy’s need for tax and accounting software is growing with the industry as regulators require more formal reporting practices. As a result, TaxBit has seen impressive growth. In 2020, it issued over two million tax forms. This year, it is on track to issue over 50 million forms, according to Austin Woodward. 

“The digital asset space experienced a watershed moment during the pandemic, resulting in an accelerated push toward digital payments and alternative stores of value,” Austin Woodward told TechCrunch. “The momentum of adoption across the digital economy is quickly becoming the new normal among the traditional financial institutions and disruptors.”

Indeed, the crypto world can be a very complex one and TaxBit’s products, designed by CPAs and tax attorneys, provide tax filing and accounting services to not just financial institutions but also to individuals and governments so they can “more easily” navigate those digital complexities.  

Those products include Tax Center Suites, which was built for end users and automates back-office accounting functions for finance teams, and TaxBit Consumer, which aims to make filing taxes on digital asset investments “simple and painless, while equipping users with real-time directional insights to optimize their tax liability throughout the year.” 

The startup also works with governmental agencies, including the IRS, to provide data analysis and tax calculation support for taxpayers with digital assets. 

Dozens of financial institutions are integrating TaxBit’s Tax Center Suite technology, the latest being FTX US.

The company plans to use its new capital to scale its tax and accounting offerings across enterprise, consumer and government sectors. TaxBit also plans to double its headcount by year’s end and continue to open new offices in the U.S. and the United Kingdom. Long term, the company has plans for global expansion, with the U.K. “on the horizon and other jurisdictions to quickly follow,” Austin Woodward said.

Its investors are bullish on the company’s offerings, and potential.

Tom Loverro, general partner at IVP, believes TaxBit is in the right place at the right time. He’s taking a seat on the company’s board with the raise.

“Almost every company touching crypto needs tax reporting software. As we all saw with the recent legislation, crypto tax reporting obligations are only getting more rigorous,” he said. 

And crypto-native companies are not the only ones that need tax reporting. Every fintech and financial institution that is rolling out a crypto offering does too, Loverro added.

“And don’t forget about state and federal governments here in the U.S. and abroad,” he said. “Then there is the buy side, which includes both consumers and institutions. It’s a deceptively large and rapidly growing market.”

Loverro went on to say that a common refrain that he hears with regards to anything crypto is “Why can’t [incumbent] just add that as a feature?” 

As a former board observer for Coinbase, the investor can attest that crypto is “incredibly deep and complex.”

“Crypto requires intense dedication and focus. Calculating taxes on buying and selling a single lot of bitcoin may not be that complicated from a tax perspective but what about airdrops, staking and DeFi,” Loverro asked. “Things get pretty complex quickly!”

Nikhil Sachdev, managing partner at Insight Partners, points out that crypto is already a $1.5 trillion market and that is continually expanding as new asset classes begin transacting on blockchains. 

“Our current tax, accounting and ERP software infrastructure isn’t equipped to manage this shift, yet TaxBit has built a platform to help manage tax compliance financial reporting on crypto transactions across industries,” Sachdev said. “TaxBit is the only scaled B2B solution across crypto taxes and already won contracts with blue chip logos.”

#crypto-economy, #cryptocurrency, #finance, #funding, #fundings-exits, #insight-partners, #ivp, #recent-funding, #startups, #taxbit, #venture-capital

Doxel raises $40M from Insight, a16z to become the ‘Waze for construction’

Doxel, which has developed software that uses computer vision to help track and monitor progress on construction job sites, announced today that it has raised $40 million in Series B funding.

Insight Partners led the round, which included participation from existing backers Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) and Amplo and brings the startup’s total raised to $56.5 million since its December 2015 inception. A16z has participated in each of Doxel’s rounds — from seed to Series B. In addition to its institutional investors, Robinhood CEO Vladimir Tenev also put money in Doxel’s Series A round as an angel.

Co-founder and CEO Saurabh Ladha said he could not disclose the valuation at which the capital was raised, but that it was “over a 4x multiple” from its $12 million Series A in early 2020. He described the Series B as an “opportunistic raise.”

“We raised because we could, at a phenomenal valuation. The full series A is still in the bank. We didn’t touch it even,” he told TechCrunch. “Our growth and bookings traction has actually been so high that we’ve been cash flow neutral in that period of time.

Ladha was inspired to start Doxel after his family nearly suffered from financial catastrophe after a two-year delay on a major construction project in India in which his father was involved.

“I almost thought we’d lose our house. It was the first time I was made aware of the impact construction can have on livelihoods,” Ladha told TechCrunch. “Even as a child, I realized that predictability is what keeps projects on time and on budget.”

Twenty years later, when Ladha graduated from Stanford University, he learned that 90% of projects are delayed and delivered over budget.

Ladha then teamed up with Robin Singh, Doxel’s CTO, in 2015 to found Doxel to build a “computer-vision-powered predictive analytics platform” designed to help owners and contractors “navigate problems before they happen.” Or put more simply, Doxel is building what it describes as the “Waze for Construction” platform.

The company’s biggest differentiator from competitors, according to Ladha, is that it provides forward-looking insight on the construction field.

“A lot of companies offer backward-looking analytics,” he told TechCrunch. “We’re the only player offering a forward-looking solution that’s predictive…In much the same way drivers have come to rely on satellite technology to avoid traffic accidents and slow-downs ahead of them, Doxel’s customers have come to rely on our AI-powered Project Controls platform.”

Doxel, Ladha added, does monitoring for project teams, so they can focus on solving problems rather than on finding them.

“Our predictive analytics gives building owners and general contractors a way to identify critical risk factors that threaten to derail their project before they even know the risks exist,” he said. “So they are not finding out about problems when it’s too late to actually solve them.”

The premise is that by the time potential risk factors are discovered, it’s too late and cost overruns and project delays are unavoidable. Over the years, with all the data it has gathered, Doxel has built out what it describes as a “Construction Encyclopedia” that helps it in identifying those potential risk factors.

Image Credits: Co-founders Saurabh Ladha (CEO) and Robin Singh (CTO) / Doxel

The company claims that its technology has helped its customers come in up to 11% below budget on projects and see an average 38% increase in productivity, according to Ladha.

Doxel’s platform works by tapping into multiple real-time data sources on a project, such as 360-degree images, Building Information Models (BIM) — also known as 3D designs — as well as budget and schedule in an effort to provide both predictability and control to building owners and contractors. The goal is to help prevent a domino effect of delays and heightened costs, so that building owners and contractors are better able to stay on time and on budget.

“Other companies don’t bridge all silos across field, accounting and schedule management,” Ladha said. “These are three disparate entities that operate separately and without the knowledge silos being bridged.”

Besides cost overruns, the loss of revenue associated with projects not being available for use per plan is exponentially disastrous, Ladha noted. For example, a multifamily developer expecting to make money by selling or renting condo units will lose income the longer it takes for project completion.

Over time, Doxel says it has tracked tens of billions of capital expenditures for “a diverse group” of Fortune 500 companies, including Kaiser Permanente and Royal Dutch Shell. Doxel claims to have saved companies “tens of millions” of dollars with its predictive technology.

“Our users are senior execs tasked with making multibillion-dollar decisions with little information on a week to week basis,” Ladha said. “They need to know if they are on cost and on time.”

Nikhil Sachdev, managing director at Insight Partners, said his firm was really excited about the size of the problem Doxel is going after in addition to the traction the company has “with some of the world’s largest enterprises, and their highly defensible AI-first software.”

Conversations with customers revealed that prior to using Doxel’s technology, they did not have a way to accurately predict the future state of their construction projects.

“Most construction management software tools are still dependent on manual data entry or photos tagged to blueprints, which requires weeks of manual mining to extract insights on a project’s cost & schedule performance,” Sachdev wrote via email. “Doxel is the only tool we’ve found that can ingest all of the relevant data, process it using their AI, and make the leap to what the project will look like in the future.”

Looking ahead, Redwood City, California-based Doxel plans to use its new capital to scale its platform and hire across its engineering, sales, marketing and product staff. Currently, Doxel has 75 employees across offices in the U.S. and Bangalore. It’s looking to roughly double the size of its team over the next year.

#construction-tech, #doxel, #insight-partners, #recent-funding, #startups, #tc

Checkmarx acquires open source supply chain security startup Dustico

Checkmarx, an Israeli provider of static application security testing (AST), has acquired open-source supply chain security startup Dustico for an undisclosed sum. 

Founded in 2020, Dustico provides a dynamic source-code analysis platform that employs machine learning to detect malicious attacks and backdoors in software supply chains. 

The acquisition will see Checkmarx combine its AST capabilities with Dustico’s behavioral analysis technology to give customers a consolidated view into the risk and reputation of open-source packages, and as a result, a more comprehensive approach to preventing supply chain attacks. 

The deal comes amid a sharp rise in supply chain attacks, in which threat actors slip malicious code into a trusted piece of software or hardware. Last December, it was revealed that Russian hackers had breached software firm SolarWinds to plant malicious code in its IT management tool Orion. This allowed the hackers — later identified as Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) — to access as many as 18,000 networks that used the Orion software.

Dustico’s technology, which is similar to that offered by Sonatype, analyses open source packages using a three-pronged approach. First, it factors in trust, providing visibility into the credibility of package providers and individual contributors in the open-source community, and then it examines the health of packages to determine their level of maintenance. Finally, Dustico’s advanced behavioral analysis engine inspects the package and looks for malicious attacks hiding within including backdoors, ransomware, multi-stage attacks, and trojans. 

This insight, coupled with vulnerability results from Checkmarx’s AST solutions, aims to give organizations and developers greater insights for managing the risks associated with open-source and the supply chains dependent on them, according to the two companies.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Dustico and its team to Checkmarx as the Israeli tech ecosystem continues to push the boundaries of cybersecurity innovation and talent,” said Emmanuel Benzaquen, CEO of Checkmarx. “Blending Dustico’s differentiated approach to open-source analysis with Checkmarx’s security testing capabilities will bring disruptive value to our customers as they manage the challenges with securing software supply chains.”

The acquisition of Dustico comes after Checkmarx was bought by private equity firm Hellman & Friedman at a valuation of $1.15 billion in March 2020. Prior to this, in 2015, the company was sold to Insight Partners with an $84 million investment. 

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QuotaPath raises $21.3M in Insight Partners-led round to help sales teams better track commissions

QuotaPath, which has developed a commission-tracking solution for sales and revenue teams, has raised $21.3 million in a Series A funding round led by Insight Partners.

Existing backers ATX Ventures, Integr8d Capital, Stage 2 Capital and HubSpot Ventures also participated in the financing, which brings the startup’s total funding to $26.3 million since its 2018 inception.

The funding comes amid a year of growth for the startup, which has dual headquarters in Austin and Philadelphia. Specifically, QuotaPath has seen 600% revenue growth since January 2021. It has over 5,000 users on the platform, 40% of which are paid. Customers include Guru, Contractbook, Mailgun, Cloud Academy, SaaSOptics and OSG.

AJ Bruno, Cole Evetts and Eric Heydenberk founded QuotaPath with the mission of helping “companies build and scale high-performing, motivated growth teams.” The startup said it gives teams a way to streamline the commission process and avoid inaccurate budgets, incorrect payouts, and “unhappy sales reps due to poor sales commission planning, reporting and administration.”

Through real-time CRM integrations with Salesforce, HubSpot and Close.com, sales reps are able to glean more insight into earnings and quota attainment, the company said.

Bruno is no stranger to startups, having co-founded Austin-based PR analytics company TrendKite, which sold to rival Cision in 2019 for $225 million. It was there that Bruno ran the sales and management teams, and about “30 folks into it,” was having some issues with compensation and commission. It took a month and getting several people involved to get the situation sorted. After trying to onboard a sales and commission tool for eight months and “failing miserably,” Bruno saw an opportunity.

“The reps needed to understand what their comp plans were and they didn’t have real-time visibility into the earnings and forecasting of their compensation,” he said. So he and Evetts (who was director of revenue and sales operations at TrendKite) ultimately set about creating a workflow to solve the problem. Heydenberk joined as a technical co-founder and the company went on to raise about $5 million in pre-seed and seed funding.

“What we ultimately said was going to be our north star is that we want the sales team and the sales reps to easily understand the compensation plans, and to do that, we had to build an onboarding setup where it didn’t look like a spreadsheet that was in Excel because most sales reps don’t understand Excel,” Bruno recalled. The team then spent a year working with end users and sales reps to build the back-end infrastructure of the platform so that sales teams could “interpret what was actually happening and all the mechanisms behind it.”

Requirements were that it was fast to onboard (less than one week) and easily adjustable so that customers could make changes in real-time themselves and not have to wait on a company to make them.

“With QuotaPath, a sales team can forecast more earnings and create more goals around what they want to do,” Bruno said, “and connect those goals to the bottom line of the company.”

Image Credits: QuotaPath

The startup launched its paid platform in June 2020 and works with companies with as few as three reps to as many as a few hundred that range from SaaS to commerce shops to low-tech businesses such as wedding venues and funeral homes.

“With 10.5 million salespeople in the U.S., this is a very large market,” Bruno said. Indeed, there are a number of other startups addressing the space. Earlier this year, CaptivateIQ, which has developed a no-code platform to help companies design customized sales commission plans, announced it had raised $46 million in a Series B round led by Accel.

QuotaPath currently has 28 employees and plans to use its new capital to double its headcount by year’s end. It also plans to work on scaling partnerships and expanding product offerings to finance and HR functions.

Rachel Geller, managing director at Insight Partners, is taking a seat on the company’s board as part of the financing. She said that a priority of Insight Onsite, the firm’s ScaleUp engine, is to help its portfolio “build high-performing and scalable sales and marketing functions.”

“Our sales experts are in the trenches understanding the challenges sales teams face, and tracking sales commissions is top of mind,” she said. “Organizations need a formula-free solution to their current pain of spreadsheets and legacy solutions, and QuotaPath presents a clear alternative.”

In particular, Geller said Insight was impressed by QuotaPath’s “ease of use and fast time to deploy” compared to other solutions.

“QuotaPath customers can be up and running in days,” she said.

#commission, #finance, #funding, #fundings-exits, #hubspot, #insight-partners, #private-equity, #recent-funding, #saas, #sales, #startup-company, #startups, #trendkite, #venture-capital

No-code Bubble raises $100M to make technical co-founders obsolete

Among Silicon Valley circles, a fun parlor game is to ask to what extent world GDP levels are held back by a lack of computer science and technical training. How many startups could be built if hundreds of thousands or even millions more people could code and bring their entrepreneurial ideas to fruition? How many bureaucratic processes could be eliminated if developers were more latent in every business?

The answer, of course, is on the order of “a lot,” but the barriers to reaching this world remain formidable. Computer science is a challenging field, and despite proactive attempts by legislatures to add more coding skills into school curriculums, the reality is that the demand for software engineering vastly outstrips the supply available in the market.

Coding is not a bubble, and Bubble wants to empower the democratization of software development and the creation of new startups. Through its platform, Bubble enables anyone — coder or not — to begin building modern web applications using a click-and-drag interface that can connect data sources and other software together in one fluid interface.

It’s a bold bet — and it’s just received a bold bet as well. Bubble announced today that Ryan Hinkle of Insight Partners has led a $100 million Series A round into the company. Hinkle, a longtime managing director at the firm, specializes in growth buyout deals as well as growth SaaS companies.

If that round size seems huge, it’s because Bubble has had a long history as a bootstrapped company before reaching its current scale. Co-founders Emmanuel Straschnov and Josh Haas spent seven years bootstrapping and tinkering with the product before securing a $6.5 million seed round in June 2019 led by SignalFire. Interestingly, according to Straschnov, Insight was the first venture firm to reach out to Bubble all the way back in 2014. Seven years on, the two have now signed and closed a deal.

Since the seed round, Bubble has been expanding its functionality. As a no-code tool, any missing feature could potentially block an application from being built. “In our business, it’s a features game,” Straschnov said. “[Our users] are not technical, but they have high standards.” He noted that the company introduced a plugins system that allows the Bubble community to build their own additions to the platform.

Image Credits: Bubble. Its editor offers a clickable interface for designing dynamic web applications. 

As the platform matured, it happened to nail the timing of the COVID-19 pandemic last year, which saw people scrambling for new skills and improving their prospects amid a gloomy job market. Straschnov says that Bubble saw an immediate bump in usage in March and April 2020, and the company has tripled revenue over the past 12 months.

Bubble’s focus for the past eight years has been on helping people turn their ideas into startups. The company’s proposition is that a large number of even venture-backed companies could be built using Bubble without the expense of a large engineering team writing code from scratch.

Unlike other no-code tools, which focus on building internal corporate apps, Straschnov says that the company remains as focused today on these new companies as it has always been. “[We’re] not trying to move upmarket just yet — we are trying to do the same thing that AWS and Stripe did five years ago,” he said. Instead of trying to dominate the enterprise, Bubble wants to grow with its nascent customers as they expand in scale.

The company today charges a range of prices depending on the performance and scale requirements of an application. There’s a free tier, and then professional pricing starts at $25/month all the way to $475/month for its top-listed offering. Enterprise pricing is also available, as is special pricing for students.

On the latter point, Bubble is looking to invest heavily in education using its newly raised capital. While the platform is easy to use, the reality is that any design of a web application can be intimidating for a new user, particularly one who isn’t technical. So the company wants to create more videos and documentation while also heavily investing in partnerships with universities to get more students using the platform.

While the no-code space has seen prodigious investment, Straschnov said that “I don’t look at all the no-code players as competition … the true competition we have is code.” He noted that while the no-code label has been assumed by more and more startups, very few companies are focused on his company’s specific niche, and he believes he offers a compelling value proposition in that category.

The company has doubled headcount since the beginning of the pandemic, growing from around 21 employees to about 45 today. They are lightly concentrated in New York City, but the company operates remotely and has folks in 15 states as well as in France. Straschnov says that the company is looking to aggressively hire technical talent to build out the product using its new funds.

#bubble, #developer, #emmanuel-straschnov, #enterprise, #funding, #fundings-exits, #insight-partners, #josh-haas, #no-code, #startup-company, #startups, #tc

DNSFilter secures $30M Series A to step up fight against DNS-based threats

DNSFilter, an artificial intelligence startup that provides DNS protection to enterprises, has secured $30 million in Series A funding from Insight Partners.

DNSFilter, as its name suggests, offers DNS-based web content filtering and threat protection. Unlike the majority of its competitors, which includes the likes of Palo Alto Networks and Webroot, the startup uses proprietary AI technology to continuously scan billions of domains daily, identifying anomalies and potential vectors for malware, ransomware, phishing, and fraud. 

“Most of our competitors either rent or lease a database from some third party,” Ken Carnesi, co-founder and CEO of DNSFilter tells TechCrunch. “We do that in-house, and it’s through artificial intelligence that’s scanning these pages in real-time.” 

The company, which counts the likes of Lenovo, Newegg, and Nvidia among its 14,000 customers, claims this industry-first technology catches threats an average of five days before competitors and is capable of identifying 76% of domain-based threats. By the end of 2021, DNSFilter says it will block more than 1.1 million threats daily.

DNSFilter has seen rapid growth over the past 12 months as a result of the mass shift to remote working and the increase in cyber threats and ransomware attacks that followed. The startup saw eightfold growth in customer activity, doubled its global headcount to just over 50 employees, and partnered with Canadian software house N-Able to push into the lucrative channel market.  

“DNSFilter’s rapid growth and efficient customer acquisition are a testament to the benefits and ease of use compared to incumbents,” Thomas Krane, principal at Insight Partners, who has been appointed as a director on DNSFilter’s board. “The traditional model of top-down, hardware-centric network security is disappearing in favor of solutions that readily plug in at the device level and can cater to highly distributed workforces”

Prior to this latest funding round, which was also backed by Arthur Ventures (the lead investor in DNSFilter’s seed round), CrowdStrike co-founder and former chief technology officer  Dmitri Alperovitch also joined DNSFilter’s board of directors. 

Carnesi said the addition of Alperovitch to the board will help the company get its technology into the hands of enterprise customers. “He’s helping us to shape the product to be a good fit for enterprise organizations, which is something that we’re doing as part of this round — shifting focus to be primarily mid-market and enterprise,” he said.

The company also recently added former CrowdStrike vice president Jen Ayers as its chief operating officer. “She used to manage their entire managed threat hunting team, so she’s definitely coming on for the security side of things as we build out our domain intelligence team further,” Carnesi said.

With its newly-raised funds, DNSFilter will further expand its headcount, with plans to add more than 80 new employees globally over the next 12 months.

“There’s a lot more that we can do for security via DNS, and we haven’t really started on that yet,” Carnesi said. “We plan to do things that people won’t believe were possible via DNS.”

The company, which acquired Web Shrinker in 2018, also expects there to be more acquisitions on the cards going forward. “There are some potential companies that we’d be looking to acquire to speed up our advancement in certain areas,” Carnesi said.

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Mural raises $50M Series C after tripling its ARR in the last year

This morning Mural, a startup that builds digital collaboration software with a focus on visual presentation, announced that it has closed a $50 million Series C. The new capital, co-led by prior investors Insight Partners and Tiger Global, values the startup at more than $2 billion.

Previously, Mural was valued at around $500 million when it closed a $118 million round last August. Mural also raised a $23 million Series A at the start of 2020.

Mural’s product focuses around a visual collaboration space, akin to a digital whiteboard. Given its product focus, it’s not hard to see why the startup had a good COVID cycle; the world’s companies moved to remote work en masse, leaving offices empty and physical whiteboards un-scribbled. Services like Mural helped fill that, and similar voids. TechCrunch caught up with Mural CEO Mariano Suarez-Battan and Insight managing director Nikhil Sachdev to learn more about deal mechanics.

The new unicorn also disclosed that customers generating $100,000 in ARRR tripled to more than 100 organizations in the last year, and that it now has seven customers bringing in at least $1,000,000 in ARR apiece. That second figure is up from a “couple” seven-figure deals at the start of 2020, a figure that the company disclosed at the time of its Series A.

Per Suarez-Battan, Mural has continued the torrid pace of growth that made it a breakout company in 2020. In the last year the company has tripled its annual recurring revenue (ARR), he said. That’s the same pace of growth that the company disclosed when it raised its Series B in Q3 2020. As the company has now disclosed that it has tripled in each of the last two years, we can infer that the company has reached material top line scale.

Mural — known as Mural.ly through 2019 — however, was growing before the pandemic, and doesn’t appear to think that the eventual conclusion of the pandemic will be too deleterious to its growth rates. In a discussion concerning the company’s path after COVID-19, Suarez-Battan noted that many of his company’s customers have multiple offices in disparate locations. Those concerns, even if they returned to a fully in-office setup in time, would still have need for Mural and its software, goes the argument.

With more companies flipping to hybrid-friendly work environments, part-time office cultures, or fully remote organization structures, Mural’s market is moving toward its vision of collaboration at scale sans the need to be sitting next to the people with whom you are trying to be creative. Underscoring the point, Sachdev told TechCrunch that COVID was a “huge pull forward” in a trend that was long underway: remote work. He believes that companies executing collaborative, or creative work at a distance was a reality merely accelerated by COVID, not created by it.

The dollar amount of the Series C may seem a bit odd. Why did Mural raise less in its Series C than it did in its preceding Series B? Mural still had most of its previous round on its books, Sachdev said. Our read from that fact is that Mural simply didn’t need to raise another huge round. So, it didn’t.

Insider demand led to the funding event, which for Mural represents incredibly modest dilution (it sold around 4% of its shares at its new valuation) and a massive upsizing in its valuation (a little under 4x). Effectively, Mural was just handed the ability to go out into the market and buy whatever smaller companies and talent it wants, without worrying about dilution or cash concerns, respectively.

Quick growth wasn’t the only reason that Tiger and Insight wanted to buy more of Mural. According to the Insight MD, the startup has retained strong levels of efficiency as it has scaled, venture-speak for an ability to rapidly expand revenues while not similarly boosting the pace at which cash is consumed. It’s the venture equivalent of crowing about operating leverage, essentially.

Suarez-Battan also emphasized during his interview with TechCrunch that his company’s net dollar retention, or NDR, is strong. NDR is a key metric for modern software companies, as marginal revenue gains from existing customers are cheaper to secure than net-new accounts. Again, the theme that the metric details is efficient growth.

There’s lots to Mural worth our chewing on in time. The loop of consultants using its service, leading to new customers. How the firm works with consultants, period. The list goes on. Let’s see how quickly Mural can keep growing in the second half of 2021. The next time we chat with the firm it will be time to harangue it for hard revenue figures. Let’s see how that goes!

#fundings-exits, #insight-partners, #mural, #startups, #tc, #tiger-global

Choco bites into $100M Series B, at a $600M valuation, to build a more transparent, sustainable food supply chain

The United States estimates of the food produced here approximately 40% is wasted. Globally, $2.6 trillion annually is lost.

Berlin-based Choco, which has built ordering software for restaurants and their suppliers, is working to digitize the food supply chain and announced $100 million in Series B funding, led by Left Lane Capital, to give it a $600 million post-market valuation. Joining in is new investor Insight Partners and existing investors Coatue Management and Bessemer Venture Partners.

The new round comes just over a year after Choco’s $63.7 million Series A, raised at two different periods, a $33.5 million round in 2019 and a $30.2 million round in 2020 — at a $230 million valuation — to bring total funding to $171.5 million since the company was founded in 2018.

The company’s core food procurement technology digitizes ordering workflow and communications for restaurants and suppliers. During the global pandemic, Khachab said Choco became the go-to tool for operators to be more efficient around procurement processes and reducing expenses as they adapted to the changing market conditions.

With the food industry a $6 trillion market, Choco CEO Daniel Khachab told TechCrunch he aims to make the food supply chain more transparent and sustainable in order to help increase margins in the food service sector and combat climate change.

The company did 14 months of food waste research and found that it was central to a lot of other global problems: Food waste is the third-largest driver of climate change and is causing deforestation — as evident by news from the Amazon last year  — and the extinction of animals.

“It makes sense to try and solve it,” he added. “The food system is highly fragile, and what was shown in the first and second waves of the pandemic is how fragile and inflexible it was. It made the industry realize that it has to step up and that it can’t continue to work on pen and paper.”

Between the farmer and the end point, there are some nine parties involved, Khachab said. None are connected to another, which often means nine data silos and data not collected along the chain. It is important to connect them on one single platform so decision-making can be data-driven, he added.

As uncertainty swept across the food industry at the beginning of the pandemic, Khachab said Choco could either lay low and wait or invest in the company. He chose the latter, pumping up the team, regions and technology. As a result, Choco’s technology is stronger than it was 15 months ago and proved to be flexible amid the inflexible environment.

Choco saw orders quadruple on the platform in the past year, and gross merchandise value grew to $900 million annualized, up from $230 million, Khachab said.

As the company continues to learn how it can provide value to the food supply chain, half of the Series B funding will go into technology development. It will also go toward doubling its headcount, especially on the engineering side. Choco recently brought on ex-Uber and Facebook executive Vikas Gupta as chief technology officer, and Khachab said Gupta’s expertise will enable the company “to build the best technology team in Europe” and scale faster.

Choco is already operating in six markets, including the United States, Germany, France, Spain, Austria and Belgium. Khachab expects to expand in those markets and gain a footprint in new markets like Latin America, the Middle East and Asia.

 

#bessemer-venture-partners, #choco, #coatue-management, #enterprise, #food, #food-supply-chain, #food-waste, #funding, #insight-partners, #left-lane-capital, #recent-funding, #startups, #tc, #venture-capital, #vikas-gupta

Noname Security closes $60M Series B to eliminate API flaws

Enterprise API security startup Noname Security has raised a $60 million Series B funding round, just six months after closing $37 million at Series A. 

The round was led by Insight Partners with Next47, Forgepoint, and The Syndicate Group (TSG) also participating, and brings Noname’s total funding to $85 million since emerging from stealth in December 2020.

The startup, which currently has a 70-strong workforce and offices in Palo Alto and Tel Aviv, says it raised rapidly due to the fact the pandemic has fueled a growing dependence on APIs. Naturally, this proliferation of APIs has led to an increase in the number of API security incidents. Earlier this year, for example, an Experian API exposed the credit scores of nearly every American with one, and just weeks later a leaky Peloton API allowed anyone to grab users’ private account data directly from the company’s servers. Facebook, LinkedIn, Echelon, and Clubhouse have also fallen victim to scraping attacks that abuse access to APIs to pull in data about users on their platforms. 

“The need for API security was so strong and got super emphasized during the pandemic,” Oz Golan, CEO of Noname, tells TechCrunch. “We want to help organizations to leverage APIs securely, and we want to eliminate all of the API vulnerabilities out there. We don’t want another Experian incident.”

The Silicon Valley startup provides a holistic security platform that uses AI and machine learning to enable enterprises to see and secure managed and unmanaged APIs exposed by the organization, consumed by the organization, or used internally, thereby eliminating the API security blind spots. The majority of these flaws often go unnoticed for years, according to Noname, giving anyone who can find them unfettered access to an organization’s most sensitive operations.

“Even seasoned security professionals often have no idea how exposed their systems are,” Golan says.

In its six months since launch, the startup has amassed 40 technology, reseller, and channel partners, as well as “hundreds” of enterprise customers either in production or trialing the platform.

“Because of the huge traction that we have seen, we want to accelerate – expanding our sales team, marketing team, customer success, R&D. Basically growth, growth, growth,” says Golan, who previously served as director of engineering at NSO Group. 

Commenting on the funding round, Thomas Krane, principal at Insight Partners — which recently led a $75m Series C funding round in cybersecurity skills platform Immersive Labs — said: “The surging volume of APIs and the growing complexity of modern applications has led to an increase in cybersecurity obstacles. Noname came to market at just the right time with a fully realized, next-gen technology that’s making a big impact with global customers.”

API security is a hot ticket for investors right now. Last month, London-based 42Crunch raised a $17 million Series A, and just weeks later California-based Salt Security closed a $70 million Series C — bringing the total amount of funding the company has raised in the last year to $120 million.

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