Stripe becomes the world’s second most valuable startup

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The most recent funding round at Stripe is both a blessing and a small headache.

Founded in 2010 by a pair of brothers in Ireland, Stripe revealed late Sunday that it had raised $600 million in funding, valuing it at $95 billion. Investors included Allianz X, Axa, Baillie Gifford, Fidelity Management & Research Company, Sequoia Capital, and Ireland’s National Treasury Management Agency. The round will be used to fund Stripe’s European operations, the company revealed

“Whether in fintech, mobility, retail or SaaS, the growth opportunity for the European digital economy is immense,” John Collison, president and co-founder, said in a statement. 

More than 200,000 new companies signed up to Stripe in Europe since the start of the pandemic, the company told the Financial Times.

The rise in the payments company’s valuation signals not only a surge in e-commerce and online payments, but also investors’ willingness to sink hundreds of millions into later-stage private companies. The new round marks Stripe as the second most valuable startup in the world behind China’s ByteDance, according to CBInsights

So where’s the headache? Well, the new round will certainly bring about even more speculation around a potential initial public offering. Those questions, from when to where the company might consider an IPO, have swirled for a while now, especially over developments in the past year: The company named former General Motors CFO Dhivya Suryadevara as its own CFO in August, and former Bank of England Governor Mark Carney joined its board in February.

And it may have to face those same questions for a while yet. Stripe is currently not focused on an IPO, Suryadevara told Bloomberg.

BEHIND THE CURTAINS AT ONE OF THE MOST SECRETIVE INVESTMENT FIRMS: Iconiq Capital is among the most secretive and well-connected firms in Silicon Valley. Led by South African-born businessman Divesh Makan, the firm’s name became well-known early on for amassing a group of influential clientele including Mark Zuckerberg and linking Silicon Valley with the Hollywood scene. Here’s a fascinating read from Business Insider delving into the investment management firm. Read more.

ALSO OF NOTE: On Monday, new rules allowing companies to raise as much as $5 million via crowdfunding went into effect. The limit was previously around $1.1 million.

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- insitro, a South San Francisco-based drug discovery and development company, raised $400 million in a Series C funding. Canada Pension Plan Investment Board led the round and was joined by investors including Andreessen Horowitz and T. Rowe Price Associates.

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- Graphite Bio, a South San Francisco, Calif.-based gene editing company, raised $150 million in Series B funding. RA Capital Management and Rock Springs Capital led the round and were joined by investors including Cormorant Asset Management, Deerfield Management Company, and Federated Hermes Kaufmann Funds.

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-, a Salt Lake City-based process automation company, raised $22.6 million in Series A funding ForgePoint Capital led the round and was joined by investors including AllegisCyber Capital and Signal Peak Ventures. 

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- Kutumb, an India-based social media company, is in talks to raise $15 to $20 million in Series A funding that would value it around $170 million, per TechCrunch. Tiger Global is at the other side of the table. Read more.

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- Gatsby, a New York-based stock trading mobile app, raised $10 million in Series A funding. Investors included Techstars Ventures and Beta Bridge Capital.

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- Apollo Global Management ended talks to acquire the operating assets of Greensill, the U.K.-based fintech, for $60 million after a JPMorgan investment in Greensill’s technology partner, per Reuters. Read more.

- American Securities agreed to acquire Conair, a  Stamford, Conn.-based provider of kitchen electric appliances, personal care and beauty products. Financial terms weren't disclosed.

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- Dental Intelligence, backed by PSG, acquired Modento, an Issaquah, Wash.-based dental patient communications and management platform. Financial terms weren't disclosed.

- BC Partners’s negotiations for an investment in FC Internazionale Milano, an Italian soccer team have stalled, per Bloomberg. Read more.

- Lindsay Goldberg agreed to acquire ARYZTA North America, a provider of frozen baked goods in the U.S. and Canada, from ARYZTA AG in Switzerland. Financial terms weren't disclosed.


- Warburg Pincus agreed to acquire a minority stake in Edelman Financial Engines, a Sunnyvale, Calif.-based investment advisory services provider, for$7.3 billion including debt, per Reuters. Read more.

- Astorg agreed to acquire Xceptor, a U.K.-based process automation market firm, from CBPE Capital. Financial terms weren't disclosed.


- Flutter Entertainment is weighing potential options for FanDuel, its U.S.-based sports betting site, including an IPO. Read more.

- SailPoint Technologies Holdings (NYSE: SAIL) agreed to acquire ERP Maestro, a Fort Lauderdale, Fla.s-based governance, risk and compliance solution. AdvancedStage Capital backs the firm. 


- Griddy Energy, the Texas power retailer, will file for bankruptcy, per the Wall Street Journal. Read more.


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- Megvii Technology, a Shanghai-based A.I.  startup plans to go public in Shanghai and raise as much as $922 million. Alibaba backs the firm. Read more.

- Tuya, a Hangzhou, China-based maker of an IoT cloud platform for smart devices, now plans to raise $806 million in an offering of 43.6 million ADSs priced between $17 to $20. Investors including NEA and Tencent back the firm. Insiders Tencent and Hillhouse Capital plan to acquire $500 million worth of ADSs in the offering. Read more.

- Torchy’s Tacos, an Austin, Tx.-based Mexican food chain, is preparing for a potential IPO that could raise $300 million and value it at $1 billion, per Bloomberg. General Atlantic backs the firm. Read more.

- Connect Biopharma Holdings, a Taicang, China-based company focused on inflammatory diseases, filed to raise $150 million in an offering of 9.4 million ADSs priced between $15 to $17. Qiming Venture Partners and RA Capital Management back the firm. Read more.

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- High Alpha Capital, an Indianapolis-based software venture firm, closed a $110 million fund focused on enterprise cloud companies.


- Thoma Bravo Advantage, Thoma Bravo’s special purpose acquisition company, or SPAC, is in talks to take IronSource, an Israel-based mobile marketing company, public at a valuation of about $10 billion, per Bloomberg. Read more.

- IronNet Cybersecurity, a McLean, Va.-based cybersecurity firm, agreed to go public via merger with LGL Systems Acquisition, a SPAC, valuing the combined firm at $1.2 billion. Investors including Bridgewater Associates, ForgePoint Capital, and Kleiner Perkins are investors.


- KORE Wireless Group, an Atlanta, Ga.-based Internet of Things solutions company, agreed to go public via merger with Cerberus Telecom Acquisition, a SPAC associated with Cerberus Capital Management. A deal would value the combined firm at $1 billion.


- FirstMark Acquisition II, a SPAC from FirstMark Capital seeking a technology target, filed to raise $200 million.  Read more.


- Greensoil PropTech Ventures, a Canadian firm making sustainability-based investments in the real estate industry, has raised about half of its $100 million target for its second fund.


- Blackstone, a New York-based private equity and real estate investor, named Scott Bommer as chief investment officer of the Blackstone Horizon platform.

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