November 29, 2021
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1. NYC’s Gemini, the crypto exchange started by the Winklevoss twins, has raised $400 million in a Series A funding at a $7.1 billion valuation. Morgan Creek Digital led the round with participation from ParaFi Capital, Jay-Z’s Marcy Venture Partners, Jeffrey Katzenberg’s 10T Holdings, Jane Street Capital, K5 Global, WndrCo, United Talent Agency, Newflow Partners, Mogo, VanEck and Boost VC. Gemini is the 11th-largest crypto exchange in the world. (www.gemini.com) (Forbes)
2. Brooklyn’s ConsenSys, which develops and invests in projects built on the Ethereum blockchain, has raised $200 million in a venture funding round at a $3.2 billion valuation. Investors included Marshall Wace, Third Point, ParaFi Capital, Think Investments, Dragonfly Capital, Electric Capital, Spartan Group, DeFiance Capital, Animoca Brands, Coinbase Ventures and HSBC. ConsenSys is known for its plethora of blockchain products, including developer tool Infura and wallet browser extension MetaMask. (www.consensys.net) (The Block)
3. NYC’s Nexar, an AI computer vision platform, has raised $53 million in a Series D funding. The round was led by Qumra Capital with participation from State Farm Ventures, Catalyst Investments, Valor, Atreides Management, Corner Ventures, Regah Ventures and Aleph. Nexar builds digital twins of cities using data crowdsourced from hundreds of thousands of dash cams across the US. (www.getnexar.com) (PR Newswire)
4. NYC’s Anyword, a natural language generation platform for marketers, has raised $21 million in a Series B funding. The round was led by Innovation Endeavors with participation from Tomer Cohen (Chief Product Officer of LinkedIn), Amir Orad (CEO of NYC’s Sisense), Nir Eyal, Howard Lerman (CEO of NYC’s Yext), Lead Capital and Gandyr Ventures. Anyword’s language optimization platform analyzes billions of data points to create effective marketing messages. (www.anyword.com) (BusinessWire)
5. NYC’s Fund That Flip, a crowdfunded lender for real estate loans, has raised $20 million in a Series B funding. The round was led by GPO Fund of New York with participation from MassMutual Ventures and Tribeca Early Stage Partners. The company provides short-term loans to real estate redevelopers who buy and renovate residential properties. (www.fundthatflip.com) (Globe Newswire)
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6. NYC’s H1, a “LinkedIn for healthcare,” has raised $100 million in a Series C funding. Altimeter Capital led the round with participation from Goldman Sachs, Flex Capital, IVP, Menlo Ventures, Transformation Capital, Lux Capital and LeadEdge. The company’s platform provides in-depth profiles of healthcare professionals and institutions with a goal of compiling “everything you want to know about every doctor in the world.” (www.h1insights.com) (TechCrunch)
7. The CEO of British startup Eigen Technologies explains why “I took the difficult decision to move my company’s headquarters from London to New York. “ Among the reasons were the blow that Brexit has dealt to the UK’s talent pool and that US markets are far more welcoming and understanding of high-growth, ambitious and risky tech businesses. (Sifted)
8. NYC’s GlossGenius, a “business in a box” for the beauty and wellness industry, has raised $16.4 million in a Series A funding. Bessemer Venture Partners led the round and was joined by Tobias Lutke (co-founder & CEO of Shopify), Chris Comparato (co-founder & CEO of Toast) and Robert Murphy (co-founder of Mindbody). Starting out as a B2B software startup, GlossGenius has transitioned into payments with the development of a card reader that integrates with its app. (www.gossgenius.com) (TechCrunch)
9. NYC’s Imprint, a branded payment and rewards platform, has raised $38 million in a Series A funding. Kleiner Perkins led the round and was joined by Stripe. Imprint’s first product is a branded rewards credit card issued with no credit inquiries and customers pay no interest and no fees. (www.imprint.co) (BusinessWire)
10. NYC’s ALEX, a DeFi platform, has raised $5.8 million in a seed funding round. White Star Capital led the round and was joined by Cultur3, GBIC and OK Blockchain Capital. ALEX allows borrowing against Bitcoin without the risk of liquidation through the use of dynamic collateral rebalancing pools. (www.alexgo.io) (Decypt)
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