Venture exits were fewer but bigger in 2018

Venture exits were fewer but bigger in 2018

The IPO market was fairly robust throughout much of 2018, and dollar volume from acquisitions of venture-backed companies topped prior year totals. Yet the number of M&A deals in 2018 actually fell year-over-year, according to a Crunchbase analysis of global exit data for venture -funded startups.

ClearMotion raises $115M for car suspensions

Bid adieu to bumpy rides. That’s the goal of automotive technology startup ClearMotion, which has raised $115 million in a Series D funding round led by Franklin Templeton Investments to commercialize a suspension system designed to deliver smooth-feeling performance on rough roads. The financing brings total funding for the Boston-area company to more than $250 million.

Aurora eyes $500M at $2B valuation

That’s not the only big auto tech startup news. Aurora, a developer of self-driving car technology led by alum of Tesla, Uber and Google, is reportedly close to securing a fresh round of $500 or more led by Sequoia Capital at a valuation around $2 billion.

How to measure customer success in SaaS

There are a few ways to measure the health of a customer base and stickiness of a software product. In this case study, we review four ways to measure customer health, featuring data from Zuora’s IPO prospectus.

SaaS bounces back

The SaaS market has recovered from recent lows, with shares of closely-watched companies including Dropbox, Box and Atlassian rebounding from lows hit a few weeks ago.

 

– CRUNCHBASE

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