10º "Traditional” SW - 1st April

Startups raising funds

  • Hilos, a Portland, Ore.-based 3-D printed footwear startup, raised $3m from Better Ventures, Builders VC, XRC Labs and former Nike executives Eric Sprunk and Greg Bui. Link
  • Paraform, an SF-based recruiting marketplace, raised $1.4m in pre-seed funding led by Primer Sazze Partners. Link
  • 123 Baby Box, an Irvine, Calif.-based monthly subscription box for babies, raised a $1.2 million in pre-seed funding from XRC Labs, Sunstone Fund and Salt Lake City Angels. Link
  • Coursedog, a New York-based academic operations platform for higher ed, raised $90m from JMI Equity. Link
  • Hygraph, a Berlin-based "federated" content management startup, raised $30m in Series B funding. One Peak led, and was joined by insiders OpenOcean and SquareOne. Link
  • LeapXpert, a compliance-focused employee chat monitoring startup, raised $22m in Series A funding. Rockefeller Asset Management led, and was joined by Uncorrelated Ventures and the Partnership Fund for New York City. Link
  • Deep Render, a London-based video compression startup, raised $6.3m (+2,7 grant) in Series A funding co-led by IP Group and Pentech Ventures. Link
  • Autio, a Santa Barbara, Calif.-based storytelling app co-founded by Kevin Costner, raised $5.9m from iHeart Media Ventures. Link

M&A and Private equity deals

  • Arko (Nasdaq: ARKO) offered to buy TravelCenters of America (Nasdaq: TA) for $1.4b, topping an accepted $1.3b bid from BP PLC (LSE: BP). Link
  • Krafton, a listed South Korean company backed by Tencent, agreed to buy a 10% stake in listed Polish video games maker PCF Group. Link
  • KKR is seeking to sell RBMedia, a Landover, Md.-based audiobook publisher that could fetch up to $2b, per PE Hub. Link

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