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Who’s leading Series B investments?

Here’s who is leading Series B investment

Venture capital firms still dominate as investors in Series B rounds, with growth equity taking on a larger presence as rounds get bigger and bigger at this stage, according to a recent Crunchbase News analysis.

Exclusive: Investors eye Kubernetes as Spectro Cloud raises $40M

Spectro Cloud closed a $40 million Series B led by Stripes as the company looks to help companies build on the open-source Kubernetes platform. The deal follows a flurry of fundraising for other startups this year working with Kubernetes, a sector in which many investors see growth potential as the use of containers in building applications increases.

Gen Z makes its own investor networks

Data shows that Gen Z is the first generation that feels more themselves online than offline, and the ramifications are enormous, writes Ripple Ventures’ Matt Cohen, who shares ways the generations can come together to drive innovation.

Alphabet spin off Sandbox AQ closes ‘nine-figure’ round

Alphabet officially spun off its 6-year-old quantum tech group—Sandbox AQ—which emerged as its own company after closing a “nine-figure” financing round and naming former Google CEO Eric Schmidt chairman.

Omnipresent picks up $120M as remote HR space flourishes

The latest large funding round in the still-hot HR space goes to Omnipresent, a provider of tools for managing payroll and compliance for international teams. The London-headquartered company pulled in $120 million in a Series B funding round led by Kinnevik AB and Tencent.

Forge Global makes trading debut after SPAC merger

Private securities marketplace Forge Global made its market debut on Tuesday, one of a few for venture-backed companies this year. The company completed its merger with SPAC Motive Capital Corp. at a time when VC-backed startups going public through a traditional IPO have been virtually nonexistent.

Battery tech and fusion dominate big energy tech funding

In areas from fusion energy to transportation electrification to hydrogen power, energy technology startups are scaling at scale. Using Crunchbase data, we decided to take a look at where the largest funding rounds are going in the sector.

Meet the top-funded female entrepreneurs in 2022 (thus far)

In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re highlighting female entrepreneurs who are leading, inspiring and shaping the future. We leveraged Crunchbase’s Diversity Spotlight data to curate this list of 10 top-funded companies founded and led by female entrepreneurs so far in 2022.

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