February 24, 2020

Intuit may buy Credit Karma for $7B

Tax prep giant Intuit is reportedly aiming to buy Credit Karma, a profitable unicorn best known for providing consumers’ free access to credit scores, in a deal valued at around $7 billion. We look at the San Francisco-based company’s fundraising history, which includes $368 million in known equity financing.

Europe’s ride hail players vie for supremacy

Crunchbase News talks to CEOs of three European ride-hailing upstarts about how diversification strategies help them stand out and thrive in a crowded field. From Estonia’s Bolt (formerly Taxify) to Germany’s Free Now to Spain’s Cabify, it seems everyone is focused on expansion to new geographies, new services, or both.

VCs back seeing services, eco compliance and data security

In our Last Week in Venture series, Crunchbase News looks at intriguing rounds that may have fallen under your radar. The latest installment features Be My Eyes, a service that connects blind people to sighted volunteers, Wildnote, a provider of environmental data collection and reporting and Enveil, a developer of crypto-protected data analysis technology.

BLK & Bold wants to shake up coffee biz

Rod Johnson and Pernell Cezar, the co-founders of BLK & Bold, are looking to challenge coffee kingpins like Starbucks and Peet’s with a socially conscious business model and nationally distributed brand.

The skinny on startup CEO salaries

How much do startup CEOs make? While there is no dataset explicitly outlining CEO salary levels at early stage companies, venture investor Sammy Abdullah looked at the salaries of 101 tech company CEOs at IPO to get a sense of typical pay levels.

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HealthJoy

$30M / Series C

HealthJoy is a benefits experience platform helping employees make smart healthcare decisions with personalized guidance and AI technology.

Categories:

Health Care • Information Technology • Medical

Founders:

Doug Morse-Schindler, Justin Holland

Investors:

Health Velocity Capital (Lead), Brandon Cruz, Chicago Ventures + 3 more

Invetx

$15M / Series A

Invetx is a veterinary therapeutics company that focuses on biopharmaceuticals that bring human biotechnology to animal health.

Categories:

Biopharma • Biotechnology • Veterinary

Founders:

Juergen Horn

Investors:

Anterra Capital (Lead), AbCellera Biologics, WuXi Biologics

Sokowatch

$14M / Series A

Sokowatch revolutionizes access to essential goods and services in Africa by connecting small shops to the digital economy.

Categories:

Emerging Markets • Mobile • Sales

Founders:

Daniel Yu, Josh Raine

Investors:

Quona Capital (Lead), 4DX Ventures, Amplo + 3 more

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