Sector Analysis

Analysis: Etsy acquires Depop
Etsy is to acquire the Gen Z-focused social commerce platform Depop, giving an exit to Lumar. The transaction and its large size may be indicative of a potential momentum for exits from emerging enterprises in this space.
Analysis: Riiid raises $175m from SoftBank
AI-based online tutor developer Riiid raised a sizeable $175m round from SoftBank. Riiid is part of the broader edtech space, which has been given much attention by corporate investors in recent years.
Sub-sector: care provision and on demand services
The gamification of life continues, just updated for the modern world it seems.
Analysis: Valmont to acquire Prospera
Crop monitoring technology developer Prospera is to be acquired by Valmont Industries in a $300m deal, giving exits to Tekfen Ventures, Cisco Investments and Qualcomm Ventures.
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Analysis: A week of big exits
We provide a brief overview of some of the notable exit transactions reported last week. They highlight a broader upward trend in exit transactions for corporate investors, which we have been tracking for some time now.
Media disruption continues through the pandemic
Sector report: Media
Analysis: Solid Power with a $130m recharge
Solid-state battery developer Solid Power secured a $130 series B round co-led by its potential customers from the automotive sector BMW and Ford Motor Company.

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Subsector: healthcare IT and administration
A decade or more after setting up the golden age of corporate venturing units were set up with a focus on life sciences and healthcare, such as US-listed conglomerate Alphabet’s GV (formerly known as Google Ventures) and US-listed drugs company Merck’s Global Health Innovation Fund (GHIF), and the returns have surpassed many expectations.
Analysis: Shapeways goes public in a reverse merger
Shapeways is another company from the 3D printing space, which has gone public through a reverse merger, after its peer Desktop Metal in 2020. The additive manufacturing space has seen a somewhat modest interest from corporate investors in the past decade.
Subsector: AR & VR
Apple last week introduced AirTag, “a small and elegantly designed accessory that helps keep track of and find the items that matter most with Apple’s Find My app”.
Analysis: ActiveCampaign takes $240m
The marketing automation technology provider's previous backer Susquehanna International Group returned for its series C round that has pushed to new highs.
Analysis: Groq computes a $300m series C
TDK Ventures and XTX Ventures participated in a sizeable round raised by the advanced computing technology provider Groq at a unicorn valuation. The company is part of the larger artificial intelligence (AI) space, which has seen much and sustained interest by corporates in recent years.
Consumer sector goes through pandemic woes
Sector analysis: Consumer

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