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Each Friday the Global Corporate Venturing Deal Net rounds up the week’s smaller deals and tracks the emerging companies accessing corporate funds.

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Marqeta makes off with $150m

An undisclosed investor provided the funding at a $4.3bn valuation, Marqeta having previously raised nearly $370m from backers including Commerzbank, Visa and CreditEase.

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GCV Digital Forum 2020
3rd June 2020
GCV Energy 2020
19th November 2020
Cisco sets aside $1bn for ThousandEyes acquisition
Cisco intends to purchase the network analytics software producer, which had raised more than $110m from investors including GV and Salesforce Ventures, for a reported $1bn.
Pie Insurance picks out $127m
Existing investor Sirius was among the investors as the worker's compensation provider received a total of $127m, with $100m allocated to the launch of an affiliate called Pie Carrier.
Vision Fund prepares for job cuts
Vision Fund is reportedly set to reduce the size of a 500-strong team by about 10% in the wake of some $18bn in losses over the past year.
Shinji Asada leaves Salesforce Ventures
After five years at Salesforce, the former head of Salesforce Ventures Japan has departed to become a co-founder of a new venture capital firm.
Aota drives into Kellerman's role at Yamaha
Jim Aota has moved up to CEO at Yamaha Motor Ventures and Laboratory Silicon Valley, replacing George Kellerman who has moved to Toyota.
Dekun organises $70m funding delivery
BOCG Investment was among the participants in a round that will fund technology and strategic investments for the Haier-backed logistics service.
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