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Mergers & Money: Darktrace’s Upcoming IPO Could Light Way For More Cybersecurity Offerings

From Crunchbase News Last year proved there is significant public investor appetite for tech IPOs; from Snowflake to Airbnb to C3.ai, investors welcomed both consumer- and enterprise-facing innovation. However, the IPO floodgates seemed well boarded when it came to cybersecurity. TELOS and Plurilock were the only venture-backed cybersecurity firms to hit the public market last year. So what might 2021 look like for cyber[…]

Coinbase mints $85.8B valuation in public debut

From PitchBoook  Coinbase‘s long-awaited direct listing on the Nasdaq marked a watershed moment for the crypto industry, which is experiencing a Wall Street welcoming after years outside the financial mainstream. Coinbase was valued at $85.8 billion on a fully diluted basis at Wednesday’s closing price of $328.28 per share, representing the largest-ever direct listing and[…]

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TuSimple raises $1.3B+ in first autonomous vehicle IPO

From PitchBook The stock market has welcomed its first self-driving vehicle company: TuSimple crossed the milestone after ringing the bell at the Nasdaq exchange on Thursday. The company raised more than $1.35 billion after selling 33.8 million shares at $40 apiece. The stock ended its first day unchanged from the IPO price, giving TuSimple a fully diluted[…]

Coinbase Floats All Crypto Boats With Wall Street on Notice

From Bloomberg  After Coinbase Global Inc. hit a valuation above $100 billion Wednesday, the question for the broader crypto world is, Who’s next? BlockFi Inc., a crypto-lending startup, and Kraken, a competing exchange with Coinbase, are two U.S. firms in the $2.2 trillion cryptocurrency market that are considering going public. The rise of Bitcoin and other digital[…]

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The Zebra Becomes A Unicorn With $150M Series D

From Crunchbase Daily In the complex world of insurance, The Zebra wants to bring simplicity and transparency. The Austin-based company, which operates an insurance comparison site, raised $150 million in Series D funding, led by an unnamed investor. Joining the round were a group of investors, including Weatherford Capital, as well as Accel, which led the company’s $38.5 million Series C last[…]

Here’s Who’s Gone Public in 2021 (So Far)

From Crunchbase Daily In past years, we’ve mostly covered venture-backed tech and tech-ish IPOs in this perennial list of startups going public. Occasionally, a direct listing here and there would make the list, but the vast majority of companies going public were doing so through a traditional IPO. This year looks like it will be a[…]

Crypto startups post record quarter as opportunities abound

From PitchBook   Helmed by CEO Brian Armstrong, Coinbase has become the blockchain sector’s biggest success story and one of its most active investors. (Steve Jennings/Getty Images)   After a yearslong winter for digital currencies, it’s spring fever for blockchain deals. Venture capital investment in cryptocurrency and blockchain startups hit a record $3 billion in[…]

The Most Active Investors Were Extra Busy In Q1

  From Crunchbase Daily Every day, a lot of startup funding news hits our inboxes at Crunchbase News. And for the past few months, it seemed like a handful of venture investors were cropping up almost daily in at least one of those financings. As we tally up the most active investors for the just-ended quarter,[…]

Tiger Global Backs Bots Startup Gupshup at $1.4 Billion Value

From Bloomberg   Tiger Global is investing in messaging bots startup Gupshup at a $1.4 billion valuation, the latest in a string of major startup deals in India’s fast-growing mobile arena. The $100 million investment is the first since 2011 for Gupshup, which helps companies from Amazon.com Inc. to Xiaomi Corp. develop customer-relations chatbots on websites or services like WhatsApp. More investors[…]

Biotech startup Oxford Nanopore picks London for IPO

From PitchBook DNA sequencing startup Oxford Nanopore Technologies is planning to list on the London Stock Exchange in the second half of the year. The UK-based company is expected to be valued at between £4 billion and £7 billion, the Financial Times reported. Oxford Nanopore has received more than £600 million in funding to date.    […]