22 de March de 2019

Top VC Deals: Cisco buys Duo, Peloton soars, Sonos IPO

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Deals That Matter

Here’s a roundup of the most important deals in venture capital in the last week.

Dug Song, left, and Jon Oberheide of Duo Security

Peloton CEO: We're becoming a media company akin to Netflix

Fitness tech and media start-up Peloton is raising $550 million in growth funding and has reportedly notched a $4.15 billion valuation. Co-founder and CEO John Folery says the capital infusion should be Peloton’s last before it goes public. Peloton sells $2,000 stationary bikes that are equipped with a screen to stream recorded and live spin classes, which the company films in its New York-based studio. The company, which compares itself to Netflix, offers 10,000 classes on-demand to owners of its bikes and treadmills, and streams live fitness videos around the clock. Investors in the new round include: Tiger Global, True Ventures, NBCUniversal (the parent company of CNBC), Kleiner Perkins, and Balyasny.

Costco is selling special avocados that stay ripe for twice as long, thanks to this Bill Gates-backed start-up

Apeel Sciences raised $70 million in a series C round of funding led by Viking Global. Apeel recently patented an invisible coating that fortifies the peel of fruits and veggies, doubling the shelf life of produce, including high-value items like avocados. Earlier, the company had raised funding from Andreessen Horowitz, Bill Gates and the food-focused venture fund S2G Ventures, among others.

Siemens AG’s Next47, and the venture arm of ST Engineering are pouring $25 million into RideOS, a startup that makes software to manage fleets of autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicles. The company plans to use the funding to collaborate on self-driving transit projects with governments, automakers, and ride-hailing companies.

InVia Robotics raised $20 million in a series B round of funding to help retailers keep up with Amazon, in a sense. The company rents out robots to fulfillment centers, including picker carts that can pull a 40-pound box off a shelf, and roll them out to human dispatchers in another part of the factory. Point72 ventures led the round joined by Upfront, and Embark Ventures.

Naked Labs brings high-tech body scanning to your home

Mark Zuckerberg's unusual method of charitable giving

Reach Capital, education investors.

Reach Capital the education tech investors have closed a new, $82 million fund bringing their total capital raised to $150 million to-date. The education specialists at Reach have attracted an impressive list of limited partners including: Sesame Street, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Intuit founder Scott Cook, Prudential and the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation.

Reach Capital General Partner and co-founder Jennifer Carolan, a former teacher, told CNBC her firm will invest in about 25 companies out of its new fund. Apps in the Reach portfolio will be familiar to parents of school-aged kids. They include: Epic!, a digital library for kids; Nearpod, which teachers use to share digital content with students in classrooms; and Newsela, a reading platform that “translates” news and other reading matter to different levels of difficulty so that students with different levels of reading mastery can learn and discuss current events and other stories together.

–Tae Kim, Steve Kovach, and Ari Levy contributed to this report.

Disclosure: NBCUniversal is the parent company of CNBC and CNBC.com.


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Article source: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/08/03/top-vc-deals-cisco-buys-duo-security-peloton-valuation-soars-and-son.html

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