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Sneakers 2049: Friday Dealbook for 10/23/2020

10/23/2020

David Chang

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This week’s deals strongly reflect the growing appetite for being able to track “digital footprints” – whether it’s tracking adversaries and identifying threats through cybersecurity, or empowering users to see who’s tracking them. Unit21 raised $13 million for its no-code security platform fighting financial crime and fraud vectors, 4iQ secured $30 million for its threat intelligence software, and Mine raised $9.5 million for its data assistant angling to help users follow their digital data trails. 

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Top Deals This Week

Unit21
unit21.ai
2018

Developer of a no-code security platform designed to fight financial crimes for modern companies. The company's platform features case and operations management, transaction monitoring, identity verification, analytics and reporting and uses an application programming interface (API) and dashboard for detecting and managing money laundering, fraud and other sophisticated risks, enabling businesses to stay protected from financial scams.

 

The company raised $13 million of venture funding in a deal led by A.Capital Ventures on October 19, 2020. Gradient Ventures, South Park Commons, Core Innovation Capital, Diane Greene, William Hockey, Ryan King, Sumit Agarwal, Michael Vaughan and Chris Britt also participated in the round. The funds will be used to grow the product and distribution-focused management teams, bolster sales and marketing efforts and launch in new industries.

4iQ
4iq.com
2016

Developer of a cybersecurity software designed to offer identity threat intelligence. The company's software offers intel analysts to unmask adversaries, examine historical data and enrich information with open source material to support investigations, enabling investigative organizations to protect digital identities and aid to discover and uncover adversaries and fulfill mission objectives with effectiveness and efficiency.

 

The company raised $30 million of Series C venture funding in a deal led by Benhamou Global Ventures and ForgePoint Capital on October 20, 2020. Adara Ventures, TheVentureCity and C5 Capital also participated in the round. The company plans to leverage the funding to ramp up investments in its go-to-market activities and examine opportunities to build out its portfolio, either through added investments or partnerships and/or acquisitions.

Mine
saymine.com
2018

Developer of a data assistant technology intended to empower people to become the owner of their personal data. The company's product attaches itself to users' email and scans the subject line in order to determine if the current interaction shows if the contacting company has any data on the users, after which they can use the system to send a request to erase the data from where it's being kept and the system will transfer the message depending on location and both private and corporate privacy laws, enabling individuals to reduce their unnecessary online exposure to minimize potential risks.

 

The company raised $9.5 million of Series A venture funding in a deal led by Gradient Ventures on October 21, 2020. MassMutual Ventures, Saban Capital Group, e.ventures, Battery Ventures and other undisclosed investors also participated in the round. The funds will be used to continue recruiting talent over the next few months.

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Investor Highlights

MassMutual Ventures
massmutualventures.com
2014

Founded in 2014, MassMutual Ventures is the corporate venture capital holding company of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. The firm prefers to invest in early to growth-stage technology companies in the financial technology, cybersecurity, enterprise software, and digital health sectors.

 

Active Portfolio - 32

Investments (TTM) - 16

Med. Round Amount - $14.00M

Med. Valuation - $53.19M

# of Exits - 7

 

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