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Analysis: The rise of corporate-backed funding…

Just ahead of our Synergize event in New York City on September 25th, we offer you a graphical summary of corporate-backed funding initiatives we have been reporting

Corporate venturing deal net: 16-20 September…

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

Airbnb angles towards 2020 listing

CapitalG-backed Airbnb, valued at $31bn as of 2017, has declared it plans to list its shares next year, and looks likely to choose a direct listing.

Events

GCV Synergize 2019
25th September 2019
GCV Asia Japan Delegation 2019
1st October 2019
Corporate Venture in Brasil 2019
15th October 2019
Salesforce spends $300m on Automattic investment
The enterprise software producer paid $300m for a 10% stake in content management platform developer Automattic, five years after the company's last funding.
Stripe stacks $250m at a $35bn valuation
General Catalyst, Sequoia Capital and Andreessen Horowitz all chipped in as Alphabet, Visa and Amex-backed Stripe took its total funding past the $1bn mark.
VIPKid talks Tencent into investing $150m
Tencent has recommitted to providing $150m for language tutoring platform VIPKid, having reportedly withdrawn from a verbal agreement to invest last month.
TouchBistro tucks in $119m
Recruit and Just Eat-backed TouchBistro has collected another $119m thanks to investors including strategic partners Barclays and JP Morgan Chase.
AllinMD aligns with Tencent in $100m round
Tencent was among the investors in a series B round that will help AllinMD expand its orthopaedic training and care access platform as well as its hospitals.
BenevolentAI benefits from $90m Temasek investment
The Lundbeck and Upsher-Smith-backed drug development technology provider reportedly raised the funding at half the $2bn valuation of its last round in 2018.
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