SAP buying Qualtrics for $8B

Qualtrics, the business survey and research software unicorn on the verge of an IPO, will not be going public after all. Instead, software giant SAP announced on Sunday that it will acquire the Utah-based company for $8 billion in cash.

Meeker said to seek $1.25B for new fund

Mary Meeker, prominent Internet analyst and partner at venture firm Kleiner Perkins, is reportedly planning to raise $1.25 billion for a debut late-stage investing fund. Meeker and several Kleiner partners plan to depart the firm to start the new venture.

Moderna files for $500M IPO

Moderna, a biotech startup creating medicines based on messenger RNA, filed for a $500 million IPO. The Cambridge, Mass.-based company, founded in 2010, previously raised a whopping $1.8 billion in venture and growth financing.

Revolution plans $200M VC fund

Revolution Ventures – the venture arm of Steve Case’s Revolution– filed paperwork indicating its intent to raise $200 million for a third fund. The firm is known for its investment thesis emphasizing finding companies outside major venture capital and startup hubs.

Valuation-per-employee varies widely for new IPOs

A company’s valuation has little relation to how many people actually work there. That extends to recent IPOs. A Crunchbase News analysis of recently public venture-backed companies finds that valuation-per-employee currently ranges from a low of around $80,000 per capita to a high of $50 million.

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