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January 13, 2022
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In today's Daily Pitch, you'll find:
  • How SoftBank takes a unique approach to investing in Latin America.

  • A look at why the overheated venture market could be poised for a cooling off period.

  • Payments specialist Checkout.com has hauled in a $1 billion Series D, becoming Europe's second most valuable VC-backed company.
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SoftBank's Latin America Funds map out a new frontier
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SoftBank's investments span the globe, but only in Latin America does the investor have region-specific funds, with $8 billion dedicated to backing tech companies in the area.

Like the Vision Funds, SoftBank's two standalone Latin America Funds have an outsized amount of capital relative to similarly focused vehicles—but, as our latest analyst note details, the investor has a distinct strategy in Latin America that's unlike its approach anywhere else.
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Why some VCs are hopeful of a pullback in sky-high valuations
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Shares of many closely followed tech stocks have given up more than 50% since their peaks in 2021.
  • Still, startup founders are continuing to pitch venture capitalists and successfully close funding rounds at soaring valuations.

  • While VCs have been saying for years that startup prices are overheating, valuations jumped more dramatically in 2021 than in any other year since at least the middle of the previous decade.

  • If tech stocks remain depressed for some time, this could eventually affect private market valuations, investors say.
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Fintech specialist Checkout.com worth $40B with latest fundraise
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Payments specialist Checkout.com has become Europe's second most valuable VC-backed company with a $1 billion Series D. 

The London-based company has seen its valuation increase 20 times to $40 billion since its first funding round in 2019, now rivaling Klarna in Europe.
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Quick Takes
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  2011 Vintage Global Funds-of-Funds  
  VC Deals  
  Maze Therapeutics brings in $190M  
  BigPanda secures $190M Series D  
  Tiger Global leads $115M round for SeekOut  
  Location analytics startup Placer.ai picks up $100M  
  Identity verification startup Merit nabs $50M  
  Boosted.ai raises $35M  
  Fundraising  
  Listen Ventures raises $92M for pair of funds  
 
 
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VC Deals
Maze Therapeutics brings in $190M
Maze Therapeutics has raised $190 million in a round led by Matrix Capital Management. Based in the Bay Area, the company is a developer of precision medicines for patients with genetically defined diseases.
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Andreessen Horowitz, Casdin Capital, City Hill Ventures, Driehaus Capital Management, Foresite Capital, General Catalyst, Moore Strategic Ventures
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BigPanda secures $190M Series D
BigPanda has raised $190 million at a $1.2 billion valuation in a round led by Advent International and Insight Partners. The company's platform is intended to help IT teams prevent outages as well as improve and automate incident management. BigPanda was valued at $350 million in 2019, according to PitchBook data.
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Tiger Global leads $115M round for SeekOut
SeekOut, the developer of a recruitment management platform designed to help organizations search for and hire talent, has raised a $115 million Series C round led by Tiger Global. The funding values the company at more than $1.2 billion.
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Location analytics startup Placer.ai picks up $100M
Placer.ai has reportedly raised $100 million at a $1 billion valuation in a round led by Josh Buckley. The California-based company's location analytics platform uses foot traffic data to help retail businesses access engagement insights.
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Array Ventures, Fifth Wall, MMC Technology Ventures, Majestic Realty, WndrCo
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Identity verification startup Merit nabs $50M
Merit has raised a $50 million Series B led by Rose Park Advisors. The company is the developer of an identity verification platform designed to help organizations manage personnel information for use in sectors including emergency services, licensing and education.
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Andreessen Horowitz, Bow Capital, Experian Ventures
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Boosted.ai raises $35M
Boosted.ai has raised a $35 million Series B co-led by Ten Coves Capital and Spark Capital. The company is a developer of machine learning software designed to help investment professionals analyze market data and make decisions.
Additional Investors:
HarbourVest Partners, Portage Ventures, Royal Bank of Canada
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Fundraising
Listen Ventures raises $92M for pair of funds
Chicago-based Listen Ventures has raised $92 million across two funds, according to reports. The venture firm has secured $62 million for its core fund, Listen Ventures III, and $30 million for a fund dedicated to larger, late-stage investments in its current portfolio.
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