Crunchbase Daily: Transport, Kraft, Primal Kitchen, Vista Equity Partners and Wrike

Transport accelerates past SaaS in funding frequency

The worldwide average time between venture rounds is roughly two years. But startups in a few industries, transportation in particular, have been raising capital at a significantly faster rate, a Crunchbase News analysis finds.

Kraft buys paleo startup Primal Kitchen for $200M

Food giant Kraft will pay $200 million to acquire Primal Kitchen, an Oxnard, Calif.-based maker of condiments and salad dressings based on the paleo dietary principles.

Vista buys majority stake in Wrike

Private equity firm Vista Equity Partners snapped up a majority stake in collaboration software provider Wrike. The deal reportedly values the San Jose-based company at around $800 million.

Pittsburgh’s startup star is rising

Pittsburgh is emerging as a hotbed of innovation for robotics, artificial intelligence and machine learning. But while venture funding is flowing into the area, the city still has a ways to go to build significant, consistent startup momentum.

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