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1. NYC’s Paxos, a blockchain infrastructure company, has raised $142 million in a Series C funding. Declaration Partners led the round and was joined by Mithril Capital, PayPal Ventures, RIT Capital Partners, Ken Moelis, Alua Capital and Senator Investment Group. Paxos powers PayPal’s cryptocurrency services. ( (Coindesk)

2. NYC’s The Drivers Cooperative, a ridesharing app owned by NYC cab drivers themselves as a co-op, is set to launch. The co-op hopes to compete with Uber and Lyft by offering drivers a larger share of fares and negotiating to obtain lower prices on gas and insurance. Any remaining profits will be distributed to drivers as a dividend. ( (TheseTimes)

3. NYC’s Ramp, an Amex and Brex competitor, has raised $30 million in a Series A round. The funding as provided by D1 Capital and Coatue Management. Ramp provides companies with cost saving features by identifying things such as duplicative purchases or lower prices offered by other sellers. ( (Fortune)

4. NYC’s Arthur, an A.I. monitoring platform, has raised $15 million in a Series A funding. Index Ventures led the round and was joined by Acrew, Plexo Capital. Homebrew, AME Ventures and NYC’s Work-Bench. The company’s platform monitors A.I. model accuracy. ( (TechCrunch)

5. Brooklyn’s Runway, an A.I. powered video and photo editing platform, has raised $8.5 million in a Series A funding. Amplify Partners led the round and was joined by Lux Capital and Compound Ventures. Runway operates like an app store-like hub that hosts dozens of editing tools created by independent developers, and users simply pay for cloud computing time to run them. ( (AdWeek)


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6. NYC’s Hibob, developers of the “bob” HR platform, has raised $70 million in a Series B funding. The round was co-led by SEEK and Israel Growth Partners, with participation from Bessemer Venture Partners, Battery Ventures, Eight Roads Ventures, Arbor Ventures, Presidio Ventures, Entree Capital, Cerca Partners and Perpetual Partners. Bob, which has users such as Fiverr and VaynerMedia, provides basic HR functions (payroll, benefits and onboarding), as well as features related to performance and company culture. ( (TechCrunch)

7. CNET has taken a look at the Battle of the New York Bikes: Soul Cycle vs. Peloton. Both bikes are around $2,500 and sell subscriptions to streamed live and recorded classes for about $40 a month. ( ( (CNET)

8. NYC’s LeafLink, an online marketplace for the cannabis industry, has raised $40 million in a Series C funding. Founders Fund led the round and was joined by NYC’s Thrive Capital, Nosara Capital and NYC’s Lerer Hippeau. The company estimates that 32 percent of U.S. wholesale cannabis orders flow through its marketplace. ( (Ganjapreneur)

9. NYC’s Deduce, a platform that prevents account takeover fraud, has emerged from stealth and raised $7.3 million in seed funding. True Ventures led the round and was joined by Ridge Ventures. Deduce’s platform draws data from 150,000 partner websites to generate a user risk score based on fraud-related behaviors. ( (Crunchbase News)

10. NYC’s Hydra Studios, a network of wellness studios, has raised $3.8 million in a seed round. Investors included Slow Ventures, Company Ventures, Courtside Ventures, CityRock Venture Partners, Hatzimemos/Libby and Fifth Wall. ( (PR Web)

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