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July 26, 2021
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Schumer's pot legislation could spark up cannabis IPOs on Wall Street
Sens. Chuck Schumer and Cory Booker have vowed to end marijuana prohibition. (Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)
Wall Street has been home to opioid makers, Canadian cannabis companies and psychedelic stocks. It may also soon welcome America's homegrown weed industry.
  • Concerns around anti-money laundering laws have long kept US exchanges and other financial services out of reach for marijuana businesses.

  • New legislation, such as a bill proposed by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer earlier this month, could open up the US IPO market. That would give companies a vital exit option and the capital to fund national expansions.

  • Canadian cannabis companies, private equity groups and other institutional investors are sizing up potential targets in anticipation of possible legalization.
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Big deals dominate as European VC continues at an unrelenting pace
The European venture capital industry has set a new annual record for deal value in just six months despite, continued uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and macroeconomic volatility.

VCs completed €47.1 billion worth of transactions in H1 2021, according to PitchBook's Q2 2021 European Venture Report, signaling that the VC dealmaking environment has never been stronger. Other report highlights include:
  • Outsized deals are no longer outliers in Europe. They are buoyed by an increase in late-stage rounds, which now account for over 70% of all capital invested.

  • A frenzied exit environment produced a surge in public listings, as highly valued startups accelerated toward exits to take advantage of soaring valuations.

  • Founders and investors are looking toward less saturated European regions—like the Baltics—to increase growth prospects and possible returns.
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Former McAfee CEO ups the cybersecurity ante with $750M venture fund
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The nature of cyber threats continues to change rapidly, and there are signs that investors are adapting accordingly.
  • Newly minted venture firm NightDragon has raised $750 million for its first fund, which will target growth-stage startups in cybersecurity and related fields.

  • It's the largest cybersecurity VC fund on record, according to PitchBook data, and a sign of how the once-niche sector now commands the spotlight.

  • NightDragon is led by Dave DeWalt, the former CEO of FireEye and McAfee. He believes some incumbents have been caught "flat-footed," creating an opportunity for disruptive startups.
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Paystand brings in $50M
Paystand has raised a $50 million Series C led by NewView Capital, with participation from SoftBank's Opportunity Fund, King River Capital, Industrious Ventures and Transform Capital. Founded in 2013, the company is the creator of a blockchain-based payment network that authenticates and automates transactions for B2B customers. Paystand raised a $20 million Series B in February 2020.
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Continuous Composites lands $17M
Continuous Composites has raised a $17 million Series A led by B. Riley Venture Capital. Founded in 2012, the Idaho-based company is a provider of hardware, software and composite materials used to automate 3D-printing processes.
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Tovuti books $8M Series A
Blueprint Equity and ScOp Venture Capital have co-led an $8 million round for Tovuti. The Idaho-based company is the developer of a learning management platform designed to help organizations including HCL and Summit Mortgage implement learning programs and training for employees.
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Matterport debuts on Nasdaq via SPAC
Matterport, a developer of subscription software that creates 3D digital versions of physical spaces, has made its debut on the Nasdaq following its merger with Gores Holdings VI, a SPAC backed by billionaire Alec Gores. As part of the deal, the VC-backed company has received $605 million in cash, including a $295 million PIPE led by a group of institutional investors such as Tiger Global, Dragoneer Investment Group and Gores Holdings VI. The SPAC merger valued Matterport at $2.9 billion.
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