Online lender SoFi is reportedly in the final stages of closing a funding round of around $500 million from the Qatar Investment Authority and others. The financing would set a valuation around $4.3 billion, similar to the company’s last major funding round.
Plymouth, Michigan-based Rivian, a developer of electric drive technology for battery-powered vehicles, has raised $500 million in fresh funding from Ford Motor Co. The companies also announced a partnership to develop a new, next-generation battery electric vehicle.
San Francisco-based Sonder, operator of an apartment rental marketplace for travelers, is reportedly close to completing an investment round of around $200 million that will value the company at close to $1 billion.
Omie, a Brazilian startup focused on providing small and medium-sized businesses with a business management platform, has closed on a $20 million Series B round backed by Riverwood Capital.
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San Francisco-based KeepTruckin’, a platform focused on helping truck companies manage their fleets, has raised a $149 million Series D round at a post-money valuation of $1.4 billion. The trucking industry joins the construction industry in being among the least traditionally “sexy” sectors, which makes it ripe for disruption.
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Harness, which wants to help engineers push out reliable code faster, snapped up $60 million in a Series B round led by Institutional Venture Partners, GV, and ServiceNow Ventures. Founded in 2016, the San Francisco-based company launched out of stealth eighteen months ago.
Days after raising a fresh $150 million, China-based caffeine purveyor Luckin Coffee filed to go public in the United States. Its IPO filing reveals a high-burn, growth-oriented operation, with a very short operating history.
Luckin isn’t the only China-based unicorn planning a U.S. market debut. DouYu, a leading live game streaming platform, also filed for an IPO, with a prospectus demonstrating a track record of sharp growth coupled with large, persistent losses.
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