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The AlleyWatch Startup Daily Funding Report: 4/29/2021

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Firstbase

$13M – Series A

Firstbase, the provider of remote infrastructure for global teams, has raised $13M in Series A funding from investors that include Andreessen Horowitz, B Capital Group, Alpaca VC, and Base Case Capital. Founded by Chris Herd and Trey Bastian in 2019, Firstbase has now raised a total of $15.1M in reported equity funding.

Paxos

$300M – Series D

Paxos, the blockchain infrastructure platform, has raised $300M in Series D funding from investors that include Oak HC/FT, Mithril Capital Management, PayPal Ventures, Liberty City Ventures, WestCap, Declaration Partners, and Senator Investment Group. Founded by Charles Cascarilla and Richmond Teo in 2012, Paxos has now raised a total of $535.3M in reported equity funding.

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Grin

$10M – Seed

Grin, the digital orthodontic platform, has raised $10M in Seed funding from investors that include Triventures, SpringRock Ventures, and Procter & Gamble Company. Founded by Adam Schulhof, Alon Lipnik, and Pamela Oren-Artzi in 2019, Grin has now raised a total of $14.3M in reported equity funding.

Modern Meadow

$130M – Series C

Modern Meadow, the company behind bio-fabricated textiles including lab-grown leather, has raised $130M in Series C funding from investors that include led by Key Partners Capital. Founded by Andras Forgacs, Francoise Marga, Gabor Forgacs, and Karoly Jakab in 2011, Modern Meadow has now raised a total of $183.5M in reported equity funding.

Actuate

$8M – Series A

Actuate, the provider of automation and intelligence software for smart security camera systems, has raised $8M in Series A funding from investors that include OCA Ventures, Tribeca Venture Partners, and Scribble Ventures. Founded by Benjamin Ziomek and Sonny Tai in 2018, Actuate has now raised a total of $10.3M in reported equity funding.

Lobus

$6M – venture

Lobus, the art management platform, has raised $6M in venture funding from investors that include Boost VC, 8VC, Franklin Templeton Investments, Upside Partnership, Troy Carter, Weekend Fund, Dream Machine, Henry Ward, Rob Hayes, Suzy Ryoo, Cal Henderson, Lex Sokolin, and Rebecca Henderson. Lobus was founded by Lori Hotz and Sarah Wendell Sherrill in 2018.

Templum

$15M – funding according to a recent SEC filing

Templum, the blockchain-based platform for capital raising and secondary trading, has raised $15M in funding according to a recent SEC filing funding from investors that include . The filing indicates that the funding comes from fifteen investors. Investors in previous rounds include Blockchain Capital, SBI Group, Firstminute Capital, CMT Digital Ventures, Raptor Group, and Galaxy Investment Partners.. Founded by Christopher Pallotta and Vincent Molinari in 2017, Templum has now raised a total of $27.4M in reported equity funding.

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Source: https://www.alleywatch.com/2021/04/the-alleywatch-startup-daily-funding-report-4-29-2021/

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Shauntel Garvey of Reach Capital will join us to judge this year’s Startup Battlefield

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TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield is one of the most popular parts of our annual TechCrunch Disrupt conference which is happening on September 21-23 this year. Now we’re very excited to reveal one of the fine people who will be judging Startup Battlefield at this year’s all-virtual event in September: Shauntel Garvey, a general partner at Reach Capital, a VC specializing in the world of education technology.

Startup Battlefield sees startups applying far and wide for a chance to pitch their ideas to a panel, and to all of us in the audience, giving the finalists a lot of exposure and a shot at winning the grand prize of $50,000. Startups: You can apply to be a part of the action here.

Edtech has seen a huge surge of interest in the last year of pandemic living, and that’s led to a pretty notable rise in education startups, more funding for education technology and a lot more attention paid to voices in edtech.

That’s because not only is edtech of huge importance to society and our economy, but those in the field have picked up a lot of learnings that apply well outside of edtech.

They know firsthand about engagement and how to get it; connecting with larger ecosystems of stakeholders; learning to work with public and private bodies; and the ins and outs of tapping into the latest innovations in areas like streaming, artificial intelligence and graphics to get the most out of a concept.

All of this makes Garvey a great person to have as a judge, someone with specific-area knowledge but very aware of how it relates to the wider challenges and opportunities in tech.

Garvey is a co-founder and general partner at Reach Capital, a Silicon Valley VC focused on the wider opportunity within the educational spectrum, backing the likes of ClassDojo, Springboard, Outschool, Handshake, Winnie and many more. Garvey herself currently sits on the boards of Riipen, FourthRev, Holberton School and Ellevation Education.

Her experience in edtech extends back years. Before Reach, she was a partner at the NewSchools Seed Fund and she has invested in more than 40 early-stage edtech companies, including Newsela, Nearpod and SchoolMint. She is also not all about edtech: Before turning to education and startups, Garvey trained and worked as a chemical engineer. We’re really looking forward to her input as a Startup Battlefield judge.

If you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, TechCrunch Disrupt is coming up around the corner, September 21-23. This will be our second year of having the conference in an all-virtual format, and we have a lot of great speakers, networking opportunities and other things planned — free of physical constraints, we can fly! — and we really hope you’ll join us.

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Source: https://techcrunch.com/2021/05/06/shauntel-garvey-of-reach-capital-will-join-us-to-judge-this-years-startup-battlefield/

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BigBrain aims to bring live mobile trivia back to glory

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If you ask Nik Bonaddio why he wanted to build a new mobile trivia app, his answer is simple.

“In my life, I’ve got very few true passions: I love trivia and I love sports,” Bonaddio told me. “I’ve already started a sports company, so I’ve got to start a trivia company.”

He isn’t kidding about either part of the equation. Bonaddio actually won $100,000 on “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?”, which he used to start the sports analytics company numberFire (acquired by FanDuel in 2014).

And today, after a period of beta testing, Bonaddio is launching BigBrain. He’s also announcing that the startup has raised $4.5 million in seed funding from FirstRound Capital, Box Group, Ludlow Ventures, Golden Ventures and others.

Of course, you can’t mention mobile trivia without thinking of HQ Trivia, the trivia app that shut down last year after some high-profile drama and a spectacular final episode.

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But Bonaddio said BigBrain is approaching things differently than HQ in a few key ways. For starters, although there will be a handful of free games, the majority will require users to pay to enter, with the cash rewards coming from the entry fees. (From a legal perspective, Bonaddio said this is distinct from gambling because trivia is recognized as a game of skill.)

“The free-to-play model doesn’t really work for trivia,” he argued.

In addition, there will be no live video with a live host — Bonaddio said this would “very, very difficult from a technical perspective and very cost ineffective.” Instead, he claimed the company has found a middle ground: “We have photos, we have different interactive elements, it’s not just a straight multiple choice quiz. We do try to keep it interactive.”

Plus, the simpler production means that where HQ was only hosting two quizzes a day, BigBrain will be hosting 20, with quizzes every 15 minutes at peak times.

Topics will range from old school hip hop to college football to ’90s movies, and Bonaddio said different quizzes will have different prize structures — some might be winner take all, while others might award prizes to the top 50% of participants. The average quiz will cost $2 to $3 to enter, but prices will range from free to “$20 or even $50.”

What kind of quiz might cost that much money to enter? As an example, Bonaddio said that in a survey of potential users, he found, “There are no casual ‘Rick and Morty’ fans … They’re almost completely price sensitive, and since they’ve seen every episode, they can’t fathom a world where someone knows more about ‘Rick and Morty’ than they do.”

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Source: https://techcrunch.com/2021/05/06/bigbrain-launch-seed-funding/

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Metafy adds $5.5M to its seed round as the market for games coaching grows

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This morning Metafy, a distributed startup building a marketplace to match gamers with instructors, announced that it has closed an additional $5.5 million to its $3.15 million seed round. Call it a seed-2, seed-extension or merely a baby Series A; Forerunner Ventures, DCM and Seven Seven Six led the round as a trio.

Metafy’s model is catching on with its market. According to its CEO Josh Fabian, the company has grown from incorporation to gross merchandise volume (GMV) of $76,000 in around nine months. That’s quick.

The startup is building in public, so we have its raw data to share. Via Fabian, here’s how Metafy has grown since its birth:

From the company. As a small tip, if you want the media to care about your startup’s growth rate, share like this!

When TechCrunch first caught wind of Metafy via prior seed investor M25, we presumed that it was a marketplace that was built to allow esports pros and other highly capable gamers teach esports-hopefuls get better at their chosen title. That’s not the case.

Don’t think of Metafy as a marketplace where you can hire a former professional League of Legends player to help improve your laning-phase AD carry mechanics. Though that might come in time. Today a full 0% of the company’s current GMV comes from esports titles. Instead, the company is pursuing games with strong niche followings, what Fabian described as “vibrant, loyal communities.” Like Super Smash Brothers, its leading game today in terms of GMV generated.

Why pursue those titles instead of the most competitive games? Metafy’s CEO explained that his startup has a particular take on its market — that it focuses on coaches as its core customer, over trainees. This allows the startup to focus on its mission of making coaching a full-time gig, or at least one that pays well enough to matter. By doing so, Metafy has cut its need for marketing spend, because the coaches that it onboards bring their own audience. This is where the company is targeting games with super-dedicated user bases, like Smash. They fit well into its build for coaches, onboard coaches, coaches bring their fans, GMV is generated model.

Metafy has big plans, which brings us back to its recent raise. Fabian told TechCrunch any game with a skill curve could wind up on Metafy. Think chess, poker or other games that can be played digitally. To build toward that future, Metafy decided to take on more capital so that it could grow its team.

So what does its $5.5 million unlock for the startup? Per its CEO, Metafy is currently a team of 18 with a monthly burn rate of around $80,000. He wants it to grow to 30 folks, with nearly all of its new hires going into its product org, broadly.

TechCrunch’s perspective is that gaming is not becoming mainstream, but that it has already done so. Building for the gaming world, then, makes good sense, as tools like Metafy won’t suffer from the same boom/bust cycles that can plague game developers. Especially as the startup becomes more diversified in its title base.

Normally we’d close by noting that we’ll get back in touch with the company in a few quarters to see how it’s getting on in growth terms. But because it’s sharing that data publicly, we’ll simply keep reading. More when we have a few months’ more data to chew on.

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Source: https://techcrunch.com/2021/05/06/metafy-adds-5-5m-to-its-seed-round-as-the-market-for-games-coaching-grows/

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The 14 Largest US Tech Startup Funding Rounds of April 2021

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Armed with some data from our friends at CrunchBase, I broke down the largest US startup funding rounds from April 2021. I have included some additional information such as industry, company description, round type, founders, and total equity funding raised to further the analysis.


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14. Benchling $200.0M

Round: Series E
Description: San Francisco-based Benchling is a cloud-based software platform for biology researchers and research and development organizations. Founded by Ashutosh Singhal, Cory Li, and Sajith Wickramasekara in 2012, Benchling has now raised a total of $311.9M in total equity funding and is backed by investors that include Spark Capital, Lux Capital, Menlo Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, and Altimeter Capital.
Investors in the round: Alkeon Capital, Altimeter Capital, Benchmark, Byers Capital, Elad Gil, ICONIQ Capital, Lead Edge Capital, Lux Capital, Menlo Ventures, Sequoia Capital Global Equities, Spark Capital, Thrive Capital
Industry: Biotechnology, Life Science, Software
Founders: Ashutosh Singhal, Cory Li, Sajith Wickramasekara
Founding year: 2012
Location: San Francisco
Total equity funding raised: $311.9M



14. Clearcover $200.0M

Round: Series D
Description: Chicago-based Clearcover is a digital car insurance provider offering coverage for less money. Founded by Derek Brigham and Kyle Nakatsuji in 2016, Clearcover has now raised a total of $304.5M in total equity funding and is backed by investors that include 500 Startups, Eldridge, Cox Enterprises, OMERS Ventures, and Greycroft.
Investors in the round: American Family Ventures, Cox Enterprises, Eldridge, FortRoss Ventures, OMERS Ventures
Industry: Auto Insurance, Financial Services, InsurTech
Founders: Derek Brigham, Kyle Nakatsuji
Founding year: 2016
Location: Chicago
Total equity funding raised: $304.5M



14. OneStream Software $200.0M

Round: Series B
Description: Rochester-based OneStream Software is an independent software company that develops a financial planning and analysis software. Founded by Robert Powers and Tom Shea in 2010, OneStream Software has now raised a total of $200.0M in total equity funding and is backed by investors that include Tiger Global Management, D1 Capital Partners, and Investment Group of Santa Barbara.
Investors in the round: D1 Capital Partners, Investment Group of Santa Barbara, Tiger Global Management
Industry: Information Technology, Software
Founders: Robert Powers, Tom Shea
Founding year: 2010
Location: Rochester
Total equity funding raised: $200.0M



14. Misfits Market $200.0M

Round: Series C
Description: Pennsauken-based Misfits Market provides a subscription box service for organically sourced produce. Founded by Abhi Ramesh in 2018, Misfits Market has now raised a total of $301.5M in total equity funding and is backed by investors that include Sound Ventures, Valor Equity Partners, Accel, D1 Capital Partners, and Greenoaks Capital.
Investors in the round: Accel, D1 Capital Partners, Greenoaks Capital, Sound Ventures, Third Kind Venture Capital, Valor Equity Partners
Industry: E-Commerce, Food and Beverage, Grocery, Organic Food, Subscription Service
Founders: Abhi Ramesh
Founding year: 2018
Location: Pennsauken
Total equity funding raised: $301.5M



13. Signifyd $205.0M

Round: Series E
Description: San Jose-based Signifyd is a provider of an enterprise-grade fraud technology solution for e-commerce stores. Founded by Michael Liberty and Rajesh Ramanand in 2011, Signifyd has now raised a total of $390.0M in total equity funding and is backed by investors that include Menlo Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, Neuberger Berman Group, Bain Capital Ventures, and QED Investors.
Investors in the round: Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, CPP Investments, FIS, Neuberger Berman Group, Owl Rock Capital Partners
Industry: Cyber Security, Enterprise Software, FinTech, Fraud Detection, Payments
Founders: Michael Liberty, Rajesh Ramanand
Founding year: 2011
Location: San Jose
Total equity funding raised: $390.0M



12. OneTrust $210.0M

Round: Series C
Description: Atlanta-based OneTrust helps companies manage privacy, security and governance requirements in a regulatory environment that constantly changes. Founded by Kabir Barday in 2016, OneTrust has now raised a total of $920.0M in total equity funding and is backed by investors that include SoftBank Vision Fund, TCV, Insight Partners, Franklin Templeton Investments, and Coatue.
Investors in the round: Franklin Templeton Investments, SoftBank Vision Fund
Industry: Compliance, Privacy, Risk Management, Software
Founders: Kabir Barday
Founding year: 2016
Location: Atlanta
Total equity funding raised: $920.0M



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11. Current $220.0M

Round: Series D
Description: New York-based Current is a financial technology company that offers mobile payments, online banking, and financial services. Founded by Stuart Sopp in 2015, Current has now raised a total of $402.4M in total equity funding and is backed by investors that include Andreessen Horowitz, Sapphire Ventures, Tiger Global Management, Foundation Capital, and Wellington Management.
Investors in the round: Andreessen Horowitz, Avenir Growth Capital, Elizabeth Street Ventures, Expa, Foundation Capital, Sapphire Ventures, Tiger Global Management, TQ Ventures, Wellington Management
Industry: Banking, Finance, Financial Services, FinTech
Founders: Stuart Sopp
Founding year: 2015
Location: New York
Total equity funding raised: $402.4M



11. Tempo $220.0M

Round: Series C
Description: San Francisco-based Tempo is a home fitness platform, combining equipment, training guidance, and social motivation with 3D sensors and artificial intelligence. Founded by Joshua Augustin and Moawia Eldeeb in 2015, Tempo has now raised a total of $298.8M in total equity funding and is backed by investors that include General Catalyst, Founders Fund, SoftBank Vision Fund, Norwest Venture Partners, and DCM Ventures.
Investors in the round: Bling Capital, DCM Ventures, General Catalyst, Norwest Venture Partners, SoftBank Vision Fund, Steadfast Capital
Industry: 3D Technology, Artificial Intelligence, Fitness, Machine Learning, Wellness
Founders: Joshua Augustin, Moawia Eldeeb
Founding year: 2015
Location: San Francisco
Total equity funding raised: $298.8M



11. Plus $220.0M

Round: Series D
Description: Cupertino-based Plus develops self-driving trucks to enable large-scale commercialization of autonomous transport. Founded by David Liu, Hao Zheng, Shawn Kerrigan, and Tim Daly in 2016, Plus has now raised a total of $520.0M in total equity funding and is backed by investors that include Lightspeed Venture Partners, Sequoia Capital, Sequoia Capital China, GSR Ventures, and Manbang Group.
Investors in the round: ClearVue Partners, FountainVest Partners, Huochebang, Millennium Technology Value Partners, Quanta Computer, SAIC Capital, Sequoia Capital China, Zoyi Capital
Industry: Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Vehicles, Logistics, Transportation
Founders: David Liu, Hao Zheng, Shawn Kerrigan, Tim Daly
Founding year: 2016
Location: Cupertino
Total equity funding raised: $520.0M



10. Rocket Lawyer $223.0M

Round: Venture
Description: San Francisco-based Rocket Lawyer specializes in providing online legal services. Founded by Charley Moore in 2008, Rocket Lawyer has now raised a total of $269.2M in total equity funding and is backed by investors that include Morgan Stanley, GV, Industry Ventures, August Capital, and LexisNexis.
Investors in the round: Vista Credit Partners
Industry: Internet, Legal, Service Industry
Founders: Charley Moore
Founding year: 2008
Location: San Francisco
Total equity funding raised: $269.2M



9. ActiveCampaign $240.0M

Round: Series C
Description: Chicago-based ActiveCampaign specializes in email marketing, marketing automation, and sales automation. Founded by Jason F. VandeBoom in 2003, ActiveCampaign has now raised a total of $360.0M in total equity funding and is backed by investors that include Tiger Global Management, Dragoneer Investment Group, Silversmith Capital Partners, and Susquehanna Growth Equity.
Investors in the round: Dragoneer Investment Group, Silversmith Capital Partners, Susquehanna Growth Equity, Tiger Global Management
Industry: Apps, Email Marketing, Machine Learning, Marketing Automation, Software
Founders: Jason F. VandeBoom
Founding year: 2003
Location: Chicago
Total equity funding raised: $360.0M



8. Next Insurance $250.0M

Round: Series E
Description: Palo Alto-based Next Insurance is an online-based insurance company for entrepreneurs and small businesses. Founded by Alon Huri, Guy Goldstein, and Nissim Tapiro in 2016, Next Insurance has now raised a total of $881.0M in total equity funding and is backed by investors that include Ribbit Capital, Battery Ventures, Global Founders Capital, Redpoint, and CapitalG.
Investors in the round: Battery Ventures, CapitalG, FinTLV Ventures, Founders Circle Capital, G Squared, Group 11, Zeev Ventures
Industry: Commercial Insurance, Finance, Insurance, InsurTech, Small and Medium Businesses
Founders: Alon Huri, Guy Goldstein, Nissim Tapiro
Founding year: 2016
Location: Palo Alto
Total equity funding raised: $881.0M


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8. Astranis $250.0M

Round: Series C
Description: San Francisco-based Astranis is a space startup that builds small and low-cost telecommunications satellites to provide internet access in remote regions. Founded by John Gedmark and Ryan McLinko in 2015, Astranis has now raised a total of $303.5M in total equity funding and is backed by investors that include BlackRock, Andreessen Horowitz, Koch Industries, Felicis Ventures, and Garage Capital.
Investors in the round: ACE & Company, AME Cloud Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, Baillie Gifford, BlackRock, Fidelity Management and Research Company, Fifty Years, Harpoon, Indicator Fund, Industry Ventures, Jaan Tallinn, Jeff Dean, Jude Gomila, Koch Industries, MONASHEE INVESTMENT, Refactor Capital, Rising Tide, Soma Capital, Uncorrelated Ventures, Venrock
Industry: Aerospace, Internet, Satellite Communication, Telecommunications
Founders: John Gedmark, Ryan McLinko
Founding year: 2015
Location: San Francisco
Total equity funding raised: $303.5M



7. Greenlight $260.0M

Round: Series D
Description: Atlanta-based Greenlight is a fintech company that provides a debit card designed to help parents monitor their child’s spending habits. Founded by Johnson Cook and Timothy Sheehan in 2014, Greenlight has now raised a total of $556.5M in total equity funding and is backed by investors that include DST Global, Andreessen Horowitz, Wellington Management, Owl Ventures, and JP Morgan Chase.
Investors in the round: Andreessen Horowitz, BOND, Canapi Ventures, Fin Venture Capital, Goodwater Capital, LionTree, Owl Ventures, TTV Capital, Wellington Management, Wells Fargo Strategic Capital, Inc.
Industry: Debit Cards, Financial Services, FinTech, Payments
Founders: Johnson Cook, Timothy Sheehan
Founding year: 2014
Location: Atlanta
Total equity funding raised: $556.5M



6. TAE Technologies $280.0M

Round: Venture
Description: Foothill Ranch-based TAE Technologies is leveraging proprietary science and engineering to tackle the world’s biggest challenges. Founded by Glenn Seaborg, Hendrik Monkhorst, and Norman Rostoker in 1998, TAE Technologies has now raised a total of $980.8M in total equity funding and is backed by investors that include Wellcome Trust, Google, Venrock, Vulcan Capital, and New Enterprise Associates.
Investors in the round: Addison Fischer, Arthur Samberg, Charles Schwab, Google, Kuwait Investment Authority, New Enterprise Associates, Venrock, Vulcan Capital, Wellcome Trust
Industry: Energy, Energy Management, Renewable Energy
Founders: Glenn Seaborg, Hendrik Monkhorst, Norman Rostoker
Founding year: 1998
Location: Foothill Ranch
Total equity funding raised: $980.8M



5. Capsule $300.0M

Round: Series D
Description: New York-based Capsule is a healthcare technology business rebuilding the pharmacy from the inside out Founded by Eric Kinariwala in 2016, Capsule has now raised a total of $570.0M in total equity funding and is backed by investors that include T. Rowe Price, Sound Ventures, TCV, Global Founders Capital, and M13.
Investors in the round: Baillie Gifford, Durable Capital Partners, T. Rowe Price, Whale Rock Capital Management
Industry: E-Commerce Platforms, Health Care, Pharmaceutical, Retail
Founders: Eric Kinariwala
Founding year: 2016
Location: New York
Total equity funding raised: $570.0M



5. Paxos $300.0M

Round: Series D
Description: New York-based Paxos is a regulated financial institution building infrastructure to enable movement between physical and digital assets. Founded by Charles Cascarilla and Richmond Teo in 2012, Paxos has now raised a total of $535.3M in total equity funding and is backed by investors that include Canaan Partners, Blockchain Capital, Digital Currency Group, Oak HC/FT, and RRE Ventures.
Investors in the round: Declaration Partners, Liberty City Ventures, Mithril Capital Management, Oak HC/FT, PayPal Ventures, Senator Investment Group, WestCap
Industry: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Financial Services, FinTech
Founders: Charles Cascarilla, Richmond Teo
Founding year: 2012
Location: New York
Total equity funding raised: $535.3M



5. Groq $300.0M

Round: Series C
Description: Mountain View-based Groq develops a tensor processing unit, which is an integrated circuit developed specifically for machine learning. Founded by Jonathan Ross in 2016, Groq has now raised a total of $362.3M in total equity funding and is backed by investors that include D1 Capital Partners, Addition, Tiger Global Management, Social Capital, and Firebolt Ventures.
Investors in the round: Addition, Boardman Bay Capital Management, D1 Capital Partners, Firebolt Ventures, GCM Grosvenor, General Global Capital, Infinitum Partners, TDK Ventures, The Spruce House Partnership, Tiger Global Management, Tru Arrow Partners, XN, XTX Ventures
Industry: Electronics, Machine Learning, Manufacturing, Semiconductor
Founders: Jonathan Ross
Founding year: 2016
Location: Mountain View
Total equity funding raised: $362.3M



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4. Scale AI $325.0M

Round: Series E
Description: San Francisco-based Scale AI is the data platform for AI, providing high quality training data for leading machine learning teams. Founded by Alexandr Wang and Lucy Guo in 2016, Scale AI has now raised a total of $602.6M in total equity funding and is backed by investors that include Index Ventures, Founders Fund, Spark Capital, Tiger Global Management, and Wellington Management.
Investors in the round: Coatue, Dragoneer Investment Group, Durable Capital Partners, Founders Fund, Greenoaks Capital, Index Ventures, Tiger Global Management, Wellington Management, Y Combinator
Industry: Artificial Intelligence, Image Recognition, Machine Learning, SaaS
Founders: Alexandr Wang, Lucy Guo
Founding year: 2016
Location: San Francisco
Total equity funding raised: $602.6M



3. Brex $425.0M

Round: Series D
Description: San Francisco-based Brex is all-in-one finance for growing businesses, helping companies spend, save, and earn smarter‚ and take every dollar further‚ y doing more than a bank, bookkeeping, or reward program could ever do alone. Founded by Henrique Dubugras and Pedro Franceschi in 2017, Brex has now raised a total of $857.1M in total equity funding and is backed by investors that include Ribbit Capital, DST Global, GIC, IVP, and SV Angel.
Investors in the round: Baillie Gifford, Base10 Partners, Dragoneer Investment Group, DST Global, Durable Capital Partners, Endeavor Catalyst, GIC, Greenoaks Capital, IVP, Lone Pine Capital, Madrone Capital Partners, Ribbit Capital, TCV, Tiger Global Management, Valiant Capital Partners, Vlad Tenev, Y Combinator Continuity Fund
Industry: Banking, Credit Cards, Financial Services, FinTech
Founders: Henrique Dubugras, Pedro Franceschi
Founding year: 2017
Location: San Francisco
Total equity funding raised: $857.1M



3. Plaid $425.0M

Round: Series D
Description: San Francisco-based Plaid provides companies with the tools and access needed for the development of a digitally-enabled financial system. Founded by William Hockey and Zachary Perret in 2013, Plaid has now raised a total of $734.3M in total equity funding and is backed by investors that include Goldman Sachs, Ribbit Capital, Index Ventures, Silver Lake, and Spark Capital.
Investors in the round: Altimeter Capital, Andreessen Horowitz, Index Ventures, Kleiner Perkins, New Enterprise Associates, Ribbit Capital, Silver Lake, Spark Capital, Thrive Capital
Industry: Financial Services, FinTech, Software
Founders: William Hockey, Zachary Perret
Founding year: 2013
Location: San Francisco
Total equity funding raised: $734.3M



2. SambaNova Systems $676.0M

Round: Series D
Description: Palo Alto-based SambaNova Systems builds AI hardware and integrated systems to run AI applications from the data center to the cloud. Founded by Christopher Re, Kunle Olukotun, and Rodrigo Liang in 2017, SambaNova Systems has now raised a total of $1.1B in total equity funding and is backed by investors that include BlackRock, SoftBank Vision Fund, Temasek Holdings, GIC, and GV.
Investors in the round: BlackRock, GIC, GV, Intel Capital, SoftBank Vision Fund, Temasek Holdings, Walden International, WRVI Capital
Industry: Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Computer, Machine Learning, Software
Founders: Christopher Re, Kunle Olukotun, Rodrigo Liang
Founding year: 2017
Location: Palo Alto
Total equity funding raised: $1.1B



1. Epic Games $1.0B

Round: Venture
Description: Cary-based Epic Games is an American video game and software company that creates games and offers its game engine technology to other developers. Founded by Mark Rein and Tim Sweeney in 1991, Epic Games has now raised a total of $5.1B in total equity funding and is backed by investors that include Tencent, BlackRock, Sony, T. Rowe Price, and Altimeter Capital.
Investors in the round: AllianceBernstein, Altimeter, Appaloosa Management, Arrive, Baillie Gifford, BlackRock, Fidelity Management and Research Company, Franklin Templeton Investments, GIC, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, Luxor Capital Group, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, Park West Asset Management, Sony, T. Rowe Price
Industry: Developer Platform, Gaming, Software, Video Games
Founders: Mark Rein, Tim Sweeney
Founding year: 1991
Location: Cary
Total equity funding raised: $5.1B



1. CloudMinds $1.0B

Round: Series B
Description: Santa Clara-based CloudMinds is developing an end-to-end ecosystem to support cloud connected smart machines. Founded by Bill Huang and Robert Zhang in 2015, CloudMinds has now raised a total of $468.6M in total equity funding and is backed by investors that include SoftBank, Foxconn Technology Group, Walden International, Keytone Ventures, and Guosheng Group.
Investors in the round: Guosheng Group
Industry: Artificial Intelligence, Cloud Computing, Computer, Machine Learning, Robotics, Software
Founders: Bill Huang, Robert Zhang
Founding year: 2015
Location: Santa Clara
Total equity funding raised: $468.6M


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