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July 2020 PNW Venture Deals

Here are the PNW startups that announced new fundraising rounds in the month of June. These 23 companies raised more than $500M last month!

Series B and Later Rounds 🚀

  • Qumulo – File data platform built for the cloud - $125M Series E led by BlackRock
  • Auth0 - Identity and authentication platform - $120M Series F led by Salesforce
  • Remitly – International money transfer platform - $85M Series F led by PayU
  • Puppet - Infrastructure automation and delivery - $40M debt financing led by BlackRock
  • LOGE - Hotels for outdoor lovers - $15M round
  • LumiThera - Medical device intended to prevent vision loss - $14M Series C led by WaterStar
  • Curvafix - Curved medical screws for pelvic fractures - $10.75M Series B led by Sectoral
  • Polyarc - VR action-adventure puzzle game- $9M Series B led by Hiro Capital
  • JetClosing - Mobile-first title and escrow company - $8.57M Series B led by Trilogy
  • Kollective - Enterprise content delivery networking infrastructure - $6.93M Series C1

Series A Rounds 🛫

  • Tasso - Patient-centric blood sampling kits - $17M Series A led by Foresite
  • Wyze - Smart home cameras and devices - $15M Series A1
  • Shelf Engine - Prediction engine for perishable goods - $12M Series A led by GGV
  • Liquid Wire - Stretchable and flexible circuits - $10M Series A led by Deerfield Management
  • AstrumU - Predictive individual learning scores - $7.65M Series A led by Kingdom Capital

Seed Rounds 🌱

  • HighKey - Keto cookies, cereal, and snacks - $9.5M Seed
  • VodaSafe - Sonar water rescue device - $1.4M Seed led by Vanedge and BDC
  • Joe - Mobile coffee ordering app - $1.3M Seed led by Craft Ventures
  • Ideon Technologies - Cosmic-ray muon tomography - C$1.3M Seed led by UBC Seed Fund
  • Killer Creamery - Keto-friendly ice cream - $945K Seed led by Sage Capital
  • MilkRun - Local grocery delivery service - $690K Seed
  • RipeLocker - Containers to extend shelf-life of produce - $676K Seed
  • Drop-in Gaming - Gaming tournament platform - $500K Seed

M&A and IPOs 💥

Thoughts and Observations 🧐

  • July was all about later stage deals, which created three new $1B+ companies (Qumulo, Remitly, and Accolade)
  • There is a slowdown in seed deals, especially for software companies
  • Accolade went public in an IPO, but Porch went public through a merger with a SPAC. With so many people raising SPACs, it will be interesting to see how many SPAC transactions get done this year

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