Figure founder and CEO Mike Cagney, speaking in 2017. Photo: Rob Lever/AFP via Getty Images

Figure, a San Francisco-based consumer lending platform, raised $103 million in Series C funding led by Morgan Creek Digital at a $1.2 billion valuation.

Why it matters: Figure is led by Mike Cagney, who resigned as CEO of SoFi after reports of company-wide sexual harassment problems — including Cagney's multiple relationships with female employees and at least one instance of sending unwanted texts (an incident which resulted in a financial settlement).

  • Other investors in the round include MUFG Innovation Partners, DCM, Digital Currency Group, HCM Capital, Ribbit Capital, RPM Ventures, and partners of DST Global.

Figure backers contacted by Axios are singing a consistent tune: We're confident Cagney has learned from his mistakes and his new company is "doing things better."

  • Anthony Pompliano (Morgan Creek): "Mike Cagney and others who worked at SoFi would say that they had a very 'results-oriented culture.' What that does is create a culture where people look past bad behavior when results are delivered. This is obviously not the right way to do things and the Figure team recognizes that. Mike specifically has been committed to doing things a different and better way at Figure. ... While we cannot go back and change the past, my partners and I built confidence over time that the team that has been assembled, coupled with the frequent focus and conversation around these topics, serve as a strong foundation to make sure that Figure is built in a way that doesn’t allow for those same mistakes to be repeated." 
  • David Chao (DCM): "Mike spent a good deal of time self reflecting after SoFi and I saw a clear positive change. Half of his direct reports are now women and the board proactively works with HR and legal to make sure that employees have a whistle-blower process that is best-in-class. What makes Silicon Valley special is that it’s an environment where people can make mistakes, learn from them and are given the chance to rebound. In Asia or Europe, usually it’s one strike and you are out. America loves a comeback story and Mike is more driven and motivated to build Figure into a world class company with more sensitivity."

Go deeper: SoFi CEO Mike Cagney resigns effective immediately

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Steve Scalise PAC invites donors to fundraiser at Disney World

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House Minority Whip Steve Scalise’s PAC is inviting lobbyists to attend a four-day “Summer Meeting” at Disney World's Polynesian Village in Florida, all but daring donors to swallow their concern about coronavirus and contribute $10,000 to his leadership PAC.

Why it matters: Scalise appears to be the first House lawmakers to host an in-person destination fundraiser since the severity of pandemic became clear. The invite for the “Summer Meeting” for the Scalise Leadership Fund, obtained by Axios, makes no mention of COVID-19.

The coronavirus is ushering in a new era of surveillance at work

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As companies continue to prepare for the return of their employees to the workplace, they're weighing new types of surveillance in the name of safety.

Why it matters: Just as the coronavirus pandemic has acted as an accelerant for the adoption of remote work, it has also normalized increased surveillance and data collection. In the post-pandemic workplace, our bosses will know a lot more about us than they used to.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 6 p.m. ET: 11,712,663 — Total deaths: 540,582 — Total recoveries — 6,381,954Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 6 p.m. ET: 2,981,602 — Total deaths: 131,238 — Total recoveries: 924,148 — Total tested: 36,225,015Map.
  3. 2020: Biden releases plan to strengthen coronavirus supply chain.
  4. Public health: Fauci says it's a "false narrative" to take comfort in lower coronavirus death rate — Deborah Birx: Some Southern states "stepped on the gas" when reopening.
  5. World: Brazil's President Bolsonaro tests positive— India reports third-highest case count in the world.