July 14, 2021
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1. Twitter employees in New York returned to the office on Monday as the company reopened its corporate campuses at 50% capacity. An internal company survey found that 45% of employees in San Francisco and 63% in New York intend to return to the office, even if just one day per week. The remaining intend to keep working remotely. (Reuters)
2. NYC’s Mediaocean, a digital advertising workflow platform, has acquired NYC’s Flashtalking, a programmatic ad platform. The purchase price was $500 million. Flashtalking’s annual revenue are estimated to be between $100 and $150 million. (www.mediaocean.com) (www.flashtalking.com) (AdExchanger)
3. Brooklyn’s Acrylic, a new early stage venture capital firm focused on crypto, has raised $55 million for its first fund. The firm will invest in both traditional equity as well as tokens. (www.acrylic.co) (TechCrunch)
4. NYC’s Thrive Global, a wellness startup founded by Arianna Huffington, has raised $80 million in a Series C funding. Kleiner Perkins and Owl Ventures led the round and were joined by IVP, JAZZ Venture Partners and Goldman Sachs Asset Management. The company’s AI-based platform has been used by employees at more than 100 organizations in over 40 countries to adopt small, science-backed steps to help build healthy habits. (www.thriveglobal.com) (BusinessWire)
5. Brooklyn’s Ephemeral, a maker of tattoos that fade within 12 months, has raised $20 million in a Series A funding. Investors included Anthos Capital, NYC’s Primary Venture Partners, Canaan Partners, Techstars Ventures, Gaingels and The Syndicate Angels. Ephemeral has an eight-month waitlist for its Williamsburgh studio. (www.ephemeral.tattoo) (Bloomberg)
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6. NYC’s Outbrain, a content recommendation platform, has raised $200 million in a funding round. The sole investor was private equity firm The Baupost Group. Outbrain recently filed to go public and reported $767 million in revenue for 2020 and $228 million in revenue for the first quarter of 2021 alone. (www.outbrain.com) (TechCrunch)
7. NYC’s Glossier, a digital-first beauty company, has raised $80 million in a Series E funding at $1.8 billion valuation. Lone Pine Capital led the round and was joined by Forerunner Ventures, Index Ventures, IVP, Sequoia Capital and NYC’s Thrive Capital. Glossier has over 5 million customers globally, with two out of five Gen Z and millennial-aged women in the U.S. knowing about the brand. (www.glossier.com) (RetailDaive)
8. NYC’s Orum, a platform that speeds money transfers, has raised $56 million in a Series B funding. Accel and Canapi Ventures co-led the round and were joined by Bain Capital Ventures, Inspired Capital, Homebrew, Acrew, NYC’s Primary Venture Partners, Clocktower and NYC’s Box Group. Orum’s platform “intelligently” routes funds across payments rails. (www.orum.io) (TechCrunch)
9. NYC’s MetaProp, a proptech focused venture capital firm, has raised $100 million for a new fund, its third. Among the firm’s investments are NYC prop tech companies Bowery Valuation, Jetty, Radiator Labs and Morty. (www.metaprop.vc) (The Real Deal)
10. NYC’s Bowery Valuation, a commercial real estate appraisal startup, has raised $35 million in a Series B funding. Goldman Sachs Asset Management led the round and was joined by Capital One Ventures, Builders VC, Fika Ventures, Navitas Capital, Camber Creek, Nine Four Ventures, Greenspring Associates and Alpaca VC. Bowery applies high tech to automate and optimize the low tech commercial real estate appraisal process. (www.boweryres.com) (BusinessWire)
11. NYC’s Merlyn Mind, developer of a digital assistant for teachers, has emerged from stealth and raised $29 million in a venture funding round.Learn Capital was the sole investor. The company’s hardware and software-based assistant is designed to allow teachers to open and navigate through different apps, such as Google, Nearpod and Newsela, while teaching. (www.merlyn.org) (School Buyers Online)
12. Brooklyn’s Moth + Flame, a virtual reality startup, has raised $2.5 in a seed round funding. The round was led by Bee Partners with participation from First In, Meeting Street Capital, Service Provider Capital and Spacecade. The company develops immersive learning experiences for enterprise customers across a range of verticals. (www.mothandflamevr.com) (VR Focus
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