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1. Peloton users have received an “urgent warning” from the Consumer Product Safety Commission after 39 accidents have been reported involving the Treadmill+ including the death of a child. In a strongly worded response, Peloton claimed the federal agency’s notice is “inaccurate and misleading” and that there’s “no reason” to stop using the machine if safety instructions are followed, such as correctly using its safety key. ( (CNN)

2. NYC’s Tend, a tech heavy dental studio launched by the former CEO of Smile Direct Club, has raised $125 million in a Series C funding. Addition led the round and was joined by GV (Google Ventures), Juxtapose, Redpoint and Zigg Capital. Tend is attempting to reinvent the dental industry by opening dental studios that prioritize patient comfort. ( (PR Newswire)

3. NYC’s Orum, a platform that speeds money transfers, has raised $21 million in a Series A funding. Bain Capital led the round with participation from Inspired Capital, Homebrew, Acrew, NYC’s Primary Venture Partners, Clocktower, NYC’s Box Group, Amex Ventures and SVB Capital. Orum’s platform, which went live in September 2020, is processing tens of millions of dollars in transactions a month. ( (Forbes)

4. NYC’s DoControl, an automated data access controls platform, has raised $10 million in a Series A funding. RTP Global led the round with participation from StageOne Ventures, Cardumen Capital and CrowdStrike’s Falcon Fund. The company’s platform provides data access monitoring for SaaS applications such as Google Drive, Box, Microsoft OneDrive, Salesforce and Slack. ( (PR Newswire)

5. Brooklyn’s Pico, a CRM and monetization platform for creators, has raised $6.5 million in a funding round. Bullpen Capital led the round and was joined by Precursor Ventures, Stripe, BloombergBeta and Village Global. Pico’s platform provides a variety of tools such as landing pages, pop-ups to collect email addresses, subscription paywalls, tiered membership programs, donations and video revenue tools. ( (TechCrunch)


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6. NYC’s Slice, an ordering platform for independent pizzerias, has raised $40 million in a Series D funding. The round was led by Cross Creek, with participation from KKR, GGV Capital, NYC’s Primary Venture Partners and Twitter’s former CEO Dick Costolo. Slice has built a mobile app and website for ordering from local pizzeria and also provides tools so they can build their own websites and run marketing campaigns. ( (TechCrunch)

7. Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that requires all Internet Service Providers operating in New York to offer a $15 a month broadband option for low-income consumers. This new bill caps the price at $15 for 25 MB broadband and $20 for 50 MB service for over seven million New York residents in 2.7 million households. New Yorkers qualifying include households who are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, SNAP benefits, Medicaid benefits, the senior citizen or disability rent increase exemptions, or an affordability benefit from a utility. (Press Release)

8. NYC’s Veriff, an identity verification startup, has raised $69 million in a Series B financing. IVP and Accel led the round. Veriff’s video-first, AI-powered identity verification platform combines with data cross-checks to detect signs of identity fraud. Veriff is one the Estonian startups in NYC. ( (Biometric Update)

9. NYC’s Vericred, an API platform exchange for health insurance and benefits companies, has raised $23 million in a Series B funding. Aquiline Technology Growth led and was joined by Echo Health Ventures, MassMutual Ventures, Guardian Strategic Ventures, Riverside Acceleration Capital, FCA Venture Partners and First Health Capital Partners. Vericred’s platform empowers “quote to card” functionality for more than 300 insurance companies. ( (HIT Consultant)

10. NYC’s Co-Star Astrology, a hyper-personalized astrology app, has raised $15 million in a Series A funding. Spark Capital led the round and was joined by Maveron and NYC’s Female Founders Fund. Co-Star’s app has been downloaded by a quarter of all women ages 18 to 25 in the U.S. ( (Yahoo News)

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