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Loft Labs Raises $4.6M in Seed Funding

– Loft Labs is a San Francisco, CA-based provider of a solution which enables platform teams in large enterprises to give engineers self-service access to Kubernetes.
– The company raised $4.6m in seed funding.
– The round was led by Fusion Fund, with participation from RTP Seed, Emergent Ventures, Berkeley SkyDeck Fund, as well as angel investor and Puppet CTO Abby Kearns, who recently joined the company’s advisory board.

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Battlesnake, a Startup that Turns Learning Programming into an eSport, Lands $1.5 Million in Funding

– Battlesnake announced $1.5m in funding to build on the platform that has grown from a grass roots recruiting platform into a programming game and competition that attracts thousands of developers to have fun and learn new skills.
– Funding was led by Madrona Venture Group with participation from Liquid 2, Ascend, 200 OK, and notable angel investors including Jason Warner (former CTO GitHub) and Chris Aniszczyk (CTO Linux Foundation).
– Started in 2015 as a developer recruiting event in the Pacific Northwest, by 2019 the flagship Battlesnake Tournament in Victoria drew 1,500 participants and spectators.
– Realizing they were onto something Founders Brad Van Vugt, Noah Warder, and Chris Hoefgen rapidly expanded scope, building a global online presence that attracts thousands of developers and spectators monthly.

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Amberdata Raises $15M Series A Led by Citi

– Amberdata announced it has raised $15 Million Series A led by Citi.
Franklin Templeton, Galaxy Digital, Rovida Kruptos Assets, and executives at GoldenTree Asset Management also participated in the capital raise.
– Amberdata will use the funds to double R&D headcount and expand go-to-market both in the United States and internationally.

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Copado Raises $140 Million Series C Round to Expand Its DevOps Platform Across Leading Enterprise SaaS Clouds, Approaches $1.2 Billion Valuation

– Copado has raised $140m in Series C financing.
– The round was led by Insight Partners and includes participation from new investors SoftBank Vision Fund 2, Declaration Partners and DG Ventures, as well as existing investors Salesforce Ventures, ISAI Cap Venture, Lead Edge Capital, and Perpetual Investors. Strategic investor IBM Ventures also participated in the round.
– Proceeds will be used to expand its DevOps and AI-enabled testing solutions across the leading enterprise SaaS platforms driving today’s digital transformation projects.

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Seattle startup AccelByte raises $10M to help developers build multiplayer online games

– Seattle-based startup AccelByte has raised $10m funding.
– The funding was led by New York-based VC firm Galaxy Interactive, with additional funding from the Hangzhou-based NetEase, which publishes many mobile games for the Chinese market; the South Korean firm KRAFTON, publisher/developer of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds; and Dreamhaven, which was launched late last year in Irvine, Calif., by departing Blizzard CEO/co-founder Mike Morhaime.
– AccelByte’s overall suite of tools is intended to provide necessary programs and scalable architecture to game developers that plan to operate “games-as-a-service” (GaaS) — releases that make their money from in-app purchases or subscription fees rather than a single up-front purchase price.

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Rafay Systems Raises $25M in Series B Funding

– Rafay Systems from Sunnyvale develops a platform for Kubernetes Operations.
– Series B funding $25m brings company valuation to more than $100m.
– The round was led by ForgePoint Capital with participation from existing investors Ridge Ventures, Costanoa Ventures and Moment Ventures.
– The new investment will be aimed at hiring engineers and growing sales, marketing and customer success teams.

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Webiny nabs $3.5M seed to build serverless development framework on top of serverless CMS

– Webiny announced a $3.5 million seed round to continue developing both pieces.
– Webiny, an early-stage startup that launched in 2019 with an open-source, serverless CMS, had also developed a framework to help build the CMS, and found that customers were also interested in that to help build their own serverless apps.
– Microsoft’s venture fund M12 led the round, with participation from Samsung Next, Episode 1, Cota Capital and other unnamed investors.
– Webiny founder Sven Al Hamad says that when the company launched, he had an inkling that serverless would be the future and started by building an open-source serverless CMS, but then something interesting happened.

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Apollo GraphQL Raises $130M in Series D Funding

– Apollo GraphQL is a San Francisco, CA-based developer of open source and commercial GraphQL API technologies.
– Series D funding was led by Insight Partners with participation from existing investors Andreessen Horowitz, Matrix Partners, Trinity Ventures, Next47 and Hatim Shafique, Chief Customer Officer at DataBricks.
– The new investment will be used to accelerate the company’s product development efforts.

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Commercial and open source GraphQL company Apollo raises $130M

– Apollo, the GraphQL company that serves as the data graph layer connecting modern apps to the cloud, has raised $130 million in a series D round of funding at a valuation of more than $1.5 billion.
– GraphQL, for the uninitiated, was developed inside Facebook as a data query language for APIs back in 2012, constituting part of its transition from mobile web wrappers to fully native mobile apps.
– Facebook open-sourced the project in 2015, and GraphQL was later shifted under the control of the GraphQL Foundation, which in turn was taken over by the Linux Foundation.
– Today, GraphQL is used by a host of companies beyond Facebook, from Netflix, Lyft, and Shopify to Amazon, GitHub, and Atlassian.

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‘Search-as-a-service’ API platform Algolia raises $150M

– Algolia has raised $110m in a series D round of funding led by Fidelity Management & Research Company, with participation from Twilio, Steadfast Capital Ventures, Glynn Capital, and Salesforce Ventures.
– The company is now valued at $1.1bn.
– Algolia enables customers like Slack, Stripe, Atlassian, and Ubisoft to build Google-like indexing and search capabilities into their own platforms through an API.
– This includes insights into user interactions and a suite of additional tools for A/B testing and analytics.
– Algolia also launched an API for machine learning-powered recommendations, the result of its recent acquisition of Romanian company MorphL.
– Indeed, MorphL specializes in predicting customer behavior on ecommerce sites and delivering personalized recommendations based on the context of a search.

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Hiro Capital Leads $10m Investment in Portal Knights Creators Keen Games Upcoming Multiplayer Sandbox RPG

– Keen Games will use the $10m from Tencent and Hiro to expand game development and to publish their title, the spiritual successor to Portal Knights.
– Portal Knights sold over 3.5M copies.
– Keen Games will be equipped to retain creative and publishing independence.
– Keen Games is currently hiring multiple positions.

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Kno2 Raises $15M in Series A Funding

– Kno2 is a Boise, ID and Scottsdale, AZ based company that enables interoperability at scale.
– Company raised $15m in Series A funding.
– The round was co-led by Health Enterprise Partners (HEP) and Providence Ventures.
– The new investment will be used to continue to develop the platform, expand its reach to underserved markets such as small to medium physician offices, post-acute and behavioral health providers, community services, and more ─ connecting these participants to the rest of the healthcare ecosystem.

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Sourcegraph raises $125M Series D on $2.6B valuation for universal code search tool

– Sourcegraph, a late-stage startup that wants to bring the power of search to code, announced a $125m Series D funding.
– The round was led by Andreessen Horowitz, with participation from Insight Partners, Geodesic Capital and other existing investors.
– Company CEO and co-founder Quinn Slack says that we know by now that every company is building software, and as they do, they are generating tons of code.
– “They’re all drowning in code, and we help solve that. Our product is universal code search, which helps developers search, understand and automate code,” Slack explained.

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Rootly Raises $3.2 Million to Help Companies Rapidly Recover From Technical Incidents

– Rootly, the new technical incident management platform and Slackbot, launched to address one of the biggest problems enterprises face: resolving incidents like critical outages quickly and painlessly.
– The company also announced that it closed $3.2m in seed funding from XYZ Venture Capital, 8VC and Y Combinator.
– Individual investors, including Bart Mediratta, former CTO of Dropbox; Jason Warner, CTO of GitHub; John Lilly, former partner at Greylock Partners; and Max Mullen, co-founder of Instacart, also participated.
– Funds will be used to expand the Rootly team and accelerate product development as the company continues to add innovative features and extend its product suite.

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PayMaya owner Voyager Innovation raises $167M from KKR, Tencent and IFC, to launch digital bank in the Philippines

– Voyager Innovations, the Manila-based owner of PayMaya, one of the Philippines’ most popular payment and financial services apps, announced it has raised $167 million in new funding to launch more financial services, including a digital bank.
– The raise includes $121 million in new funding, and $46 million from previously committed funds.
– Voyager announced in April 2020 that it had secured up to $120 million in investment commitments from PLDT, KKR, Tencent, the International Finance Group and the IFC Emerging Asia Fund.

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Tripp Raises $11M in Funding

– TRIPP is a digital psychedelic platform based in Los Angeles.
– The company raised $11m in funding round.
– The round was led by Vine Ventures and Mayfield with participation from Integrated, AlphaBridge Ventures, Beni VC, Berkeley Club, CJ Group, CTR Capital, Evolution, Robert Goldberg, Tony Greenberg, Grit VC, Incisive Ventures, Inflect Health, Iter Investments, Joanna Popper, Jim Dew, Joe Polish, JLS Fund, Lionheart Ventures, Matt Mullenweg, Mike DeLuise, Murtaza Hussain, NeoKuma, Presence Capital, PsyMed Ventures, Redbeard Ventures, Re.Mind Capital, Social Leverage, WhatIf Ventures and other individual investors.
– The company intends to use the funds to continue growing both its team and user base, further R&D, and expand its adaptive platform to support cross-platform distribution.

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Vercel Announces $102M in Series C Funding to Scale Team Globally and Accelerate Innovation and Adoption of Leading Frontend Development Platform

– Vercel, a platform to develop, preview and ship websites, from single static pages to apps with billions of dynamic pages, and creator of Next.js, the leading React and JavaScript framework for frontend web development, announced that it has secured $102M in Series C funding in a round led by Bedrock Capital with participation from existing investors Accel, CRV, Geodesic Capital, Greenoaks Capital and GV.
– New investors include 8VC, Flex Capital, GGV, Latacora, Salesforce Ventures and Tiger Global.
– The new funding, which brings the total raised to $163M, will be used to scale the Vercel team globally, accelerate research and development, drive platform innovation and accelerate adoption.

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Umoja Biopharma Raises $210M in Series B Funding

– Umoja Biopharma is a Seattle, WA-based oncology company.
– The company closed a $210m Series B financing.
– The round was co-led by SoftBank Vision Fund 2 and Cormorant Asset Management with participation from new investors, including RTW Investments, LP; Temasek; Presight Capital (the international venture arm of Christian Angermayer’s Apeiron Investment Group); Caas Capital; and an investment fund associated with SVB Leerink.

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Immunotherapy startup Umoja lands $210M, less than a year after raising $53M

– Umoja Biopharma, a Seattle-based immunotherapy company, raised $210m in Series B funding.
– The round was led by SoftBank Vision Fund 2 and Cormorant Asset Management.
– New investors included RTW Investments, LP, Temasek, Presight Capital, Caas Capital and SVB Leerink.
– Funds also came from existing investors: MPM Capital, DCVC Bio, Qiming Venture Partners USA, Casdin Capital, The Emerson Collective and Alexandria Venture Investments.

Developer Platform Information Services Information Technology Software Western Europe Raises $8M Series A Funding to (Actually) Secure the Internet of Things

– has raised $8M in Series A funding, led by IQ Capital, with participation from Crane Venture Partners and Backed VC.
– delivers FoundriesFactory, the world’s first cloud-native solution for embedded technologies that reinvents IoT, and counts tier one OEMs, silicon industry leaders and SoC companies among its customers and partners, including ARM, NXP Semiconductors, MontaVista, STMicroelectronics and WINSYSTEMS.
– Led by technology industry pioneers, George Grey and Ian Drew, has developed a transformative, open source platform that provides OEMs and Systems Integrators a common software base to develop, test, deploy, manage and maintain secure IoT and Edge devices through a single cloud-native solution.

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Immersive Labs Raises $75M in Series C Funding

– Immersive Labs from Bristol is a company provider of a platform for organizations to measure and improve cybersecurity skills across technical and non-technical teams.
– The company closed $75m Series C funding round led by new investors Insight Partners alongside Menlo Ventures, Citi Ventures and existing investor Goldman Sachs Asset Management.
– The investment will be used to expand the company’s international presence, tripling global headcount to 600 over the next two years and establishing operations in new regions throughout APAC and Europe.

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oak9 Secures $5.9 Million Seed Round to Launch Infrastructure-as-Code Security Platform

– oak9 launched its infrastructure as code security platform, backed by a seed round of $5.9 million led by Menlo Ventures, accompanied by Hyde Park Angels and Uncorrelated Ventures.
– As part of the investment, Venky Ganesan, Partner at Menlo Ventures will join oak9’s board of directors along with Tim Tully, formerly CTO at Splunk and now Partner at Menlo Ventures.
– The platform accelerates the delivery of cloud-native applications while providing comprehensive security.
– It seamlessly integrates into the software development lifecycle, analyzes infrastructure as code, and builds in security based on a holistic and comprehensive view of its architecture and components in their broader context.
– Continuous, dynamic monitoring maintains security not just within individual components, but across evolving ecosystems.

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Forte Raises $185M Series A at $1B Valuation Led by Griffin Gaming Partners

– Forte, an organization building a blockchain-based economic platform for video games, announced it has raised $185M in Series A funding led by Griffin Gaming Partners.
– New and existing investors including Union Grove Venture Partners, Andreessen Horowitz, Battery Ventures, and Canaan also participated in the round.
– The Series A funding values the organization at $1B.
– Funds will be used to accelerate the development of its end-to-end blockchain platform, which lets developers create fungible and non-fungible tokens (NFTs), and build scalable token-based game economies.
– Forte’s economic technology aims to address the growing misalignment between game developers, players, and fans.

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Salto Secures $42 Million Series B to Unlock Value across SaaS Applications and Bring Agility to Business Operations

– Pioneering BizOps startup Salto announced that it has raised a $42m Series B led by Accel, with significant participation from existing investor Salesforce Ventures, and continued participation from Bessemer Venture Partners and Lightspeed Venture Partners.
– That brings the total funding to $69m to date, following its Series A in October, and underscores the demand for a new way to improve the productivity of SaaS administrators.
– Early customers expressed their need for Salto to extend its software approach and methodology beyond its initially supported SaaS applications – Salesforce, NetSuite and HubSpot. Salto plans to expand its support to a total of 10 applications by the end of 2021.
– With a global view of all SaaS applications, it provides insight long thought impossible.

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Animoca Brands Completes US$88,888,888 Capital Raise

– Animoca Brands, a Hong Kong-based company delivering digital property rights to gamers via NFTs, completed a capital raise of US$88,888,888 (approximately A$113,500,000) at a price per share of A$1.10 based on a valuation of US$1b.
– Backers included Kingsway Capital, RIT Capital Partners (formerly Rothschild Investment Trust), HashKey Fintech Investment Fund, AppWorks Fund, LCV Fund, Huobi, Octava, Ellerston Capital, Perennial, Axia Infinity Ventures, SNZ, Liberty City Ventures, Metapurse, and other prominent investors.
– The company intends to use the funds to make further acquisitions, develop new products, continue to make strategic investments, and secure additional licenses for intellectual properties.

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Alchemy raises $80M at a $505M valuation to be the ‘AWS for blockchain’

– Alchemy, a blockchain developer platform, raised $80m in Series B funding.
– The round was led by Coatue and Addition, Lee Fixel’s new fund.
– Alchemy previously raised a total of $15.5m.
– The company says it is powering the majority of the NFT industry.
– Alchemy’s investors in the round include a high-profile mix of institutions and individuals, such as DFJ Growth, K5 Global, the Chainsmokers, actor Jared Leto and the Glazer family (owners of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Manchester United).
– The company has already grown its business more than eightfold since it signed the Series B term sheet.

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KromaTiD Receives $2.0 Million of Growth Capital Investment from BroadOak Capital Partners

BroadOak Capital Partners has invested in KromaTiD.
– KromaTiD’s sales and operations are rapidly accelerating, driven by growing market adoption of their products and services, such as the recently launched dGH In-Site™ and dGH SCREEN™ products for gene editing and gene therapy applications.
– This capital will be used to accelerate commercialization, support ongoing product development, and to increase capacity to meet growing demand.
– KromaTiD’s directional Genomic Hybridization™, or dGH™, today provides the genomic structural context necessary to optimize gene editing strategies for research and clinical purposes, such as therapeutic gene editing based on CRISPR technologies, requiring measurements that can only be made with a single cell, genome-wide analysis provided by dGH™.

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Demoflow Raises $2.4M in Second Seed Funding

– Demoflow from Denver provides a platform for sales team collaboration to boost productivity, increase revenue, and decrease sales cycles.
– The company raised $2.4m in the second seed funding round.
RTP Seed led the round with participation from Slack Fund, First Mile Ventures, Next Frontier Capital, and Heroic Ventures.
– The company intends to use the funds to continue to expand its platform’s functionality.

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Ryu Games raises $2.3M, betting that cash tournaments for mobile games are the future

– Ryu Games, a startup that helps developers add cash tournaments to their mobile games, announced this morning it has raised $2.3 million in a seed round.
– The funds came from a number of investors, including Side Door Ventures, MGV Capital, Velo Partners and Citta Ventures.
– In addition, 500 Startups participated in the round.
– TechCrunch first caught wind of Ryu during its participation in the most recent 500 Startups demo day.
– At the time, we were enthused by the idea of gamers wagering money to go head-to-head with other players on mobile devices.
– Investors appear to back our first impression of the company.

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Tetrate, Started by Istio Founders, Raises $40 Million to Help Enterprises With Cloud-Native Application Networking Platform

– Tetrate announced today that it has raised $40m in a Series B funding round led by Sapphire Ventures.
– Other new investors, Scale Venture Partners and NTTVC, and existing investors, Dell Technologies Capital, Intel Capital, 8VC, and Samsung NEXT, participated in the round.
– The Series B funding will be used to develop advanced capabilities within Tetrate Service Bridge, the only cloud-agnostic, hybrid cloud applications networking platform.
– Funding also will support a new SaaS offering: an Istio-based platform that makes the application service mesh easier to consume.
– Additionally, Tetrate will expand go-to-market activities in the Americas and initiate go-to-market teams in Europe and Asia.

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Amunix Raises $117M in Series B Financing

– Amunix Pharmaceuticals from South San Francisco develops masked, protease-activated immune-oncology therapeutics to bring the promise of these potent therapies to patients with solid tumor cancers.
– Series B $117m round was led by Viking Global Investors with participation from a premier syndicate of funds, including new investors Bain Capital Life Sciences, BlackRock, Franklin Templeton, Janus Henderson Investors, ArrowMark Partners, Avidity Partners, certain funds managed by Clough Capital Partners, and CaaS Capital Management and existing investors Redmile Group, Venrock, Casdin Capital, Omega Funds, Frazier Healthcare Partners, Longitude Capital, and Polaris Partners.

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Amunix Pharmaceuticals Receives $117M

– Amunix Pharmaceuticals, a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing masked, protease-activated immune-oncology therapeutics to bring the promise of these potent therapies to patients with solid tumor cancers, has raised $117m Series B financing.
– The funding round was led by Viking Global Investors with participation from a premier syndicate of funds, including new investors Bain Capital Life Sciences, BlackRock, Franklin Templeton, Janus Henderson Investors, ArrowMark Partners, Avidity Partners, certain funds managed by Clough Capital Partners, and CaaS Capital Management.

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Spectral exits stealth with $6.2 million to find costly security mistakes buried in code

– Spectral, an Israeli startup that’s developing automated tools to help developer teams spot mistakes such as confidential data buried in code, has emerged from stealth today with $6.2 million in a seed round of funding co-led by Amiti and MizMaa.
– Recent data from IBM suggests that the average cost of a data breach globally is $3.9 million, a figure that rises to more than $8.6 million for U.S. companies. As businesses have had to double down on their digital efforts over the past year due to the pandemic, this could open the door to more costly coding mistakes as businesses rush to ship new code.

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Notch Therapeutics Closes $85M Series A Financing

– Notch Therapeutics is a Vancouver, BC-based biotechnology company developing renewable, induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC)-derived cell therapies for cancer.
– Company closed an U.S. $85m Series A financing.
– The round was led by an exclusively healthcare-focused investment fund with participation from existing investors Allogene Therapeutics, Inc., Lumira Ventures, and CCRM Enterprises Holdings Ltd., an affiliate of Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine (CCRM); along with new investors EcoR1 Capital, Casdin Capital, Samsara BioCapital, and Amplitude Ventures.

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