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During his time as Uber's CEO, Travis Kalanick never sold any of his shares. It was one of the few unambiguously noble things he did, in an age in which many other CEOs were cashing in big on secondaries.
Axios has learned that Coatue Management has distributed all of its shares to its limited partners, even though the shares are currently worth less than when Coatue invested in mid-2018.
The bottom line: It's not surprising that VC firms are taking some money off the table, or at least letting LPs make those decisions. It's what typically happens after post-IPO lockups expire. But these moves are notable because they reflect valuation recalibration on venture's most lucrative deal of the past decade, and how Uber's old guard is leaving its post.
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Evolv Technology, a Waltham, Mass.-based developer of weapons screening systems for large crowds, raised $30 million in Series C funding from such backers as Jeb Bush and Bill Gates.
• ClassPass, a New York-based fitness class marketplace, raised $285 million in Series E funding. L Catterton and Apax Digital co-led, and was joined by return backer Temasek. http://axios.link/eADo
• AvePoint, a Jersey City, N.J.-based provider of Microsoft Sharepoint management software, raised $200 million in Series C funding. TPG Sixth Street Partners led, and was joined by return backers like Goldman Sachs. www.avepoint.com
• HighRadius, a Houston-based provider of order-to-cash and treasury management software, raised $125 million in Series B funding at a valuation north of $1 billion. Iconiq Capital led, and was joined by return backers Susquehanna Growth Equity and Citi Ventures. http://axios.link/zQ34
• Roofstock, an Oakland-based online marketplace for single-family rental home investments, raised $50 million in Series D funding. SVB led, and was joined by fellow return backers Khosla Ventures, Bain Capital Ventures, Lightspeed Venture Partners and Canvas Ventures. New investors include Citi Ventures, Fort Ross Ventures, and 7 Global Capital. http://axios.link/QyXW
• Vecna Robotics, a Waltham, Mass.-based maker of self-driving forklifts, raised $50 million in Series B funding. Blackhorn Ventures led, and was joined by Highland Capital, Fontanalis Partners, and return backers Drive Capital and Tectonic Ventures. http://axios.link/3tD2
• Spatial Networks, a St. Petersburg, Fla.-based provider of geospatial data collection and analytics for field ops, raised $42.5 million in Series A funding co-led by Kayne Partners and Kennet Partners. http://axios.link/waiV
🚑 Deep Genomics, a Toronto-based developer of drugs for rare genetic diseases, raised C$40 million in Series B funding. Future Ventures led, and was joined by Amplitude Ventures, Khosla Ventures, Magnetic Ventures, and True Ventures. http://axios.link/NRaV
🚑 NorthSea Therapeutics, a Dutch drug developer focused on NASH, raised €36 million in Series B funding. VenBio Partners led, and was joined by Sofinnova Investments and return backers Forbion, Novo Seeds, New Science Ventures, and BioGeneration Ventures. http://axios.link/kGUz
• Orchard (fka Perch), a New York-based home-buying marketplace, raised $36 million. Navitas Capital led, and was joined by FirstMark Capital, Accomplice, and Juxtapose. http://axios.link/GO3w
🚑 Pieces Technologies, a Dallas-based healthcare patient analytics company, raised $25.7 million in Series B funding. Concord Health Partners led, and was joined by Children's Health of Dallas and OSF Healthcare System. www.piecestech.com
🚑 TwinStrand Biosciences, a Seattle-based generic sequencing tech startup, raised $16 million in Series A funding. Madrona Venture Group led, and was joined by Alexandria Venture Investments, Ridgeback Capital, and Sahsen Ventures. http://axios.link/kSvM
🚑 Ride Health, a New York-based non-emergency medical transportation startup, raised $6.2 million in seed funding. Activate Venture Partners led, and was joined by Newark Venture Partners, Anthro Ventures, BioAdvance, Leading Edge Ventures and Startup Health. http://axios.link/d6vs
• Hitched, a Houston-based marketplace for industrial equipment rentals, raised $5.5 million in Series A funding led by Cottonwood Venture Partners. http://axios.link/rFOM
• Luxury Presence, a Los Angeles-based provider of digital marketing services to real estate brokers, raised $5.4 million. Switch Ventures led, and was joined by Bessemer Venture Partners and Toba Capital. http://axios.link/zcoZ
• Fishbowl, a New York-based social network for professionals, raised $5.3 million in Series A funding led by GGV Capital. http://axios.link/2TCq
• Midnite, a London-based e-sports betting startup, raised $2.5 million led by Makers Fund. http://axios.link/qzEu
⛽ M1neral, a Houston-based transaction management platform for mineral royalties, raised $1.6 million co-led by Amnis Ventures and Pheasant Energy. http://axios.link/rfZ2
• 3Phase, an East Bridgewater, Mass.-based elevator repair company owned by Fort Point Capital, acquired Staten Island-based Excel Elevator & Escalator Corp. www.3phaseelevator.com
• Accel-KKR acquired Springbrook Software, a Portland, Ore.-based provider of ERP and payments software for local government, from Berkshire Partners portfolio company Accela. www.sprbrk.com
• ACON Investments bought Pine Environmental Services, a Windsor, N.J.-based renter of environmental test and measurement equipment, from Saw Mill Capital. www.pine-environmental.com
• Aquiline Capital Partners acquired Ontellus, a Houston-based outsourced records retrieval company, from CapStreet Group. www.ontellus.com
🚑 Court Square Capital Partners acquired Medical Knowledge Group, a New York-based multi-channel marketing platform for pharma, from WindRose Health Investors.
• Hillhouse Capital, Permira, and Warburg Pincus made it to the second round of bidding for the Chinese unit of Switzerland’s EF Education First, which could fetch upwards of $2 billion, per Bloomberg. http://axios.link/uRda
• Kymera International, a Piedmont, N.C.-based portfolio company of Palladium Equity Partners, agreed to buy Reading Alloys, a Robesonia, Penn.-based alloys manufacturer, from Ametek (NYSE: AME) for $250 million in cash. www.reading-alloys.com
• M/C Partners agreed to buy the managed services unit of Chicago-based consultancy West Monroe Partners. www.westmonroepartners.com
• Northleaf Capital Partners acquired a 90% stake in Douglas Terminals, a liquid bulk storage terminal in Belgium, from Hartree Partners and Ghent Transport & Storage.
• Permira acquired a majority stake in Lytx, a San Diego-based provider of video telematics for driver risk management, alongside GIC and CPPIB. The deal was valued north of $2.5 billion. Sellers include GTCR and Clearlake Capital Group. www.lytx.com
• Sargent & Greenleaf, a Nicholasville, Ky.-based portfolio company of OpenGate Capital, acquired Delaney Hardware, a Cumming, Ga.-based provider of locks, door hardware, and hollow metal doors, from HCI Equity Partners. www.sargentandgreenleaf.com
• Thomas H. Lee Partners agreed to buy a majority stake in AmeriLife, a Clearwater, Fla.-based life and health insurer, from J.C. Flowers & Co. www.amerilife.com
• BBJ Rentals of Illinois acquired La Tavola Linen, a Napa, Calif.-based event linen rental company, from Frontenac. www.bbjlinen.com
• Accenture (NYSE: CAN) agreed to buy Symantec’s cyber security services business from Broadcom (Nasdaq: AVGO). http://axios.link/YxVN
• Anglo American (LSE: AAL) is in advanced talks to buy fertilizer miner Sirius Minerals (LSE: SXX) for £386 million, per Reuters. http://axios.link/kltL
• Caltex Australia (ASX: CTX) confirmed a takeover approach from Britain’s EG Group, setting up a possible bidding war for the convenience store and gas station chain with Canada’s Alimentation Couche-Tard (TSX: ATD), which already submitted a A$8.6 billion bid that was rejected. http://axios.link/U4rG
• Capgemini (Paris: CAP) rejected Elliott Associates’ call for it to increase its €3.6 billion bid for French engineering consultancy Altran Technologies (Paris: ALT). http://axios.link/pYz7
🍔 CITIC (HK: 0267) plans to sell its 22% stake in McDonald’s Corp.’s (NYSE: MCD) mainland China and Hong Kong business for over $300 million, likely to its own private equity arm, per Reuters. http://axios.link/gScx
• Cloudflare (NYSE: NET) acquired S2 Systems, a Kirkland, Wash.-based developer of browser isolation technology. http://axios.link/HIjd
• North Square Investments of Chicago agreed to buy McKee, a Pittsburgh-based institutional money manager with over $8 billion in AUM. www.northsquareinvest.com
• Emily Barron (ex-Branch International) and Brian Foley (ex-Macquarie) joined Silicon Valley Bank as co-heads of U.S. warehouse credit solutions. www.svb.com
• Jovita Carranza was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration. http://axios.link/rJDL
• Bryan Corbett is stepping down as a Carlyle Group partner, in order to become president of hedge fund trade group Managed Funds Association. http://axios.link/b8V7
• Jim D’Aquila joined Lazard as head of its middle-market consumer, and retail group. He previously was with Rendersi. www.lazard.com
• DFJ Growth promoted Jocelyn Kinsey to partner. www.dfjgrowth.com
• Masha Khusid joined Ohio-based VC firm Drive Capital as a partner. She previously was with Jump Capital. www.drivecapital.com
• Mark Satran joined AE Industrial Partners as a senior managing director. He previously was with Alterna Capital Partners. www.aeroequity.com
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