February 5, 2021
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Keeping The NYC Tech Industry Informed
1. NYC’s Touchcast, a virtual events platform, has raised $55 million in a Series A funding. Investors included Accenture Ventures, Alexander Capital Ventures, Saatchi Invest and Ronald Lauder. The company’s platform allows companies to produce lifelike, virtual conferences and other events without technical heavy-lifting. (www.touchcast.com) (TechCrunch)
2. NYC’s Wheels Up, a private jet startup, is going public via a merger with Aspirational Consumer Lifestyle Corp, a SPAC. The deal values Wheels Up at $2 billion. As part of the deal, Wheels Up will get access to the $240 million in cash raised by Aspirational plus an additional $550 million committed by Aspirational’s investors. Wheels Up had previously raised $540 million from investors including Franklin Templeton, Fidelity, T. Rowe Price, NEA, The Yard Ventures and Alumni Ventures Group. (www.wheelsup.com) (CNBC)
3. NYC’s Axoni, an enterprise blockchain startup, has raised $31 million in a Series B add-on funding. Investors included Deutsche Bank, Intel Capital, UBS, Citi, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan and Wells Fargo. Axoni focuses on converting existing large financial infrastructures to interoperate with the Ethereum blockchain. (www.axoni.com) (Forbes)
4. NYC’s NWO.ai, an AI platform for identifying microtrends, has emerged from stealth and raised $3.5 million in a seed funding. Investors included Hyperplane, Wavemaker Colle Capital, Adit Ventures and SuperAngel. The company’s platform analyzes massive troves of public and proprietary data sources to identify consumer trends. (www.nwo.ai) (PR Newswire)
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5. NYC’s UiPath, a robotic process automation platform, has raised $750 million in a Series F funding at $35 billion valuation. Alkeon Capital and Coatue led the round and were joined by Altimeter Capital, Dragoneer, IVP, Sequoia, NYC’s Tiger Global and T. Rowe Price Associates. The company’s platform, which automates repetitive tasks performed by human workers, is used by companies such as GE, Airbus, Google, Autodesk, NASA and McDonald’s. Last December, UiPath filed confidentially for an initial public offering. (www.uipath.com) (VentureBeat)
6. NYC’s Check, a payroll as a service platform, has raised $35 million in a Series B funding. Stripe and NYC’s Thrive Capital led the round. Check’s platform gives software developers an easy way to integrate payroll processing into their products. (www.checkhq.com) (Fortune)
7. NYC’s Squarespace, a website builder platform, has filed confidentially for an Initial Public Offering. The company, which hosts millions of websites, has raised at total of $278 million from investors including General Atlantic, Accel and Index Ventures. (www.squarespace.com) (TechCrunch)
8. NYC venture capital firm Work-Bench has published its “State of Enterprise Tech in NYC” report for the second half of 2020. Despite the pandemic, 2020 was the best year yet for enterprise tech in NYC with $5.8 billion invested across 189 deals. The report can be found here. Work-Bench is an enterprise technology-focused venture capital firm. (www.work-bench.com)
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