October 7, 2020
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1. NYC’s Petal, which uses a holistic underwriting model to qualify consumers for its credit card, has raised $55 million in a Series C funding. Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures led the round and was joined Rosecliff Ventures, Afore Capital, RiverPark Ventures, Great Oaks Venture Capital, GR Capital, Nelstone Ventures, Abstract Ventures, Ride Ventures, The Gramercy Fund, Adventure Collective, Starta Ventures and NFL player Kelvin Beachum, Jr. Petal looks at the cash flow of potential borrowers rather than credit scores to assess creditworthiness. (www.petalcard.com) (TechCrunch)
2. NYC’s SeamlessDocs, a form automation platform for governments, has been acquired by Dallas’s Kofile, a digital transformation platform for local governments. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. SeamlessDocs had previously raised $19.2 million from investors including The CAPROCK Group, SJF Ventures, New York State, Motorola Solutions, Kernel Capital, Govtech Fund and 1776 Ventures. (www.seamlessdocs.com) (www.kofile.us) (AccessWire)
3. NYC’s Begin, developer of early learning program HOMER, has raised $50 million in a Series C funding. Investors in the round included LEGO Ventures, Sesame Workshop, 3One4 Capital, Trustbridge Partners and Interlock Partners. Since the start of the pandemic, the company has seen a 280% increase in subscriptions compared to the same period last year. (www.beginlearning.com) (TechCrunch)
4. NYC’s Buzzer, a mobile platform for live sports, has raised $4 million in a seed funding. NYC’s Lerer Hippeau and Sapphire Sport led the round and were joined by R&R Venture Partners and Imagination Capital. The company’s platform sends real-time, personalized notifications to help fans watch their favorite teams live. (www.buzzer.com) (PR Newswire)
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5. NYC’s ButterflyMX, a developer of smart intercoms for apartment buildings, has raised $35 million in a growth round financing. Volition Capital led the round and was joined by Egis Capital, RiverPark Ventures and Stifel Financial Corporation. The company’s platform uses smartphones to let residents grant building access to visitors without using keys or fobs. (www.butterlymx.com) (The Real Deal)
6. Elmsford-based Seeqc, a quantum computing startup, has raised $22.4 million in a Series A funding. EQT Ventures led the round, with participation from M Ventures, the venture capital arm of Merck, and Swedish private equity firm FAM AB. Seeqc is developing an application specific quantum computing system based on a hybrid architecture that combines quantum processors with classical computers. (www.seeqc.com) (SilconAngle)
7. NYC’s Rally, a fractional investing platform for alternatives investments such as luxury cars, has raised $17 million in a Series B financings. Investors included Upfront Ventures, Porsche Ventures, Raptor Group, Global Brain, Relay Ventures and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian. The company’s platform allows small investors to buy equity shares of collector items such as luxury cars, wine, sports memorabilia, comic books and watches. (www.rallyrd.com) (TechCrunch)
8. Norwalk’s Datto, a provider of cloud-based data backup, has filed to raise $100 million in an IPO. The company has previously raised $100 million from General Catalyst and TCV. Datto posted revenue of $458.8 million and a loss of $31.2 million in 2019. (www.datto.com) (CRN)
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