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Morning Consult, the Washington, D.C.-based research and polling firm, has raised a $60 million Series B round that values the company at over $1 billion.

Why it matters: It's a rare tech success story coming out of D.C.

  • "We took a very different approach to building the tech first," says Michael Ramlet, co-founder and CEO of the firm, "in a field that was ripe for disruption," he noted, referencing the $90 billion global market research industry.

Details: The round is being led by Advance Venture Partners to accelerate the company's investments in global data collection and its presence in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and to scale its data set, says Ramlet.

  • Additional investors in the round include Susquehanna Growth Equity and Lupa Systems.
  • The company is hoping to expand its data collection capabilities in 15 of the countries with the largest economies, to 50, by year's end. It also wants to grow its proprietary data set of 20 million interviews to 35 million in that time.

The big picture: Morning Consult launched with little outside capital. The company launched via a friends-and-family round of $30,000 in 2014.

  • It raised a $31 million Series A funding round last year, bringing its total private funding to $91 million. At the time of its Series A round, it was valued at $306 million, three times less than its current valuation.

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Ben Geman, author of Generate
Sep 15, 2021 - Energy & Environment

Clean energy startup Arcadia raises $100 million

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Arcadia, a startup that provides people avenues to access renewable energy without having to change power companies, has raised $100 million to fuel its expansion.

Driving the news: New investors Tiger Global Management and the Drawdown Fund led the Series D round for the company founded in 2013 that has now raised $180 million overall.

Dan Primack, author of Pro Rata
Sep 15, 2021 - Economy & Business

Exclusive: Rebellion Defense raises $150 million at $1 billion valuation

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Rebellion Defense, a developer of AI solutions for U.S. defense, tells Axios that it has raised $150 million in venture capital at a $1 billion pre-money valuation.

Why it matters: Defense is becoming more about code than combat, and Rebellion is part of a new generation of startups working to keep the U.S. and its allies ahead of their adversaries.

First look: Senate GOP's campaign arm raises $8 million in August

Sen. Rick Scott (second from left) and other Senate Republican leaders. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Senate Republicans' campaign arm raised $8 million last month, a new record for the group during the August of an off-year, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: The National Republican Senatorial Committee saw a spike in donations following criticism of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and amid the rising cases in COVID-19. It's also reporting a record number of new donors, and saw the biggest digital fundraising month so far this cycle.

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