The Briefing: Grab Makes Nasdaq Debut, Smartling Closes $160M Round, And More

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Grab making Nasdaq debut after SPAC merger

Singapore-based Grab, the “superapp” popular in South Asia for ride-hailing, deliveries and commerce, made its debut on the Nasdaq after completing a merger with a blank-check acquirer.

Grab is merging with Altimeter Growth Corp., a special-purpose acquisition company, in a deal it describes as the largest-ever U.S. public market debut by a Southeast Asia company. The company, which will reportedly have an initial valuation of around $40 billion, trades under the ticker symbol GRAB.

— Joanna Glasner

Smartling closes $160M growth round

New York-based language translation company Smartling raised a $160 million growth investment from Battery Ventures. The company works with professional translators to ensure translated content from its customers is accurate and localized for relevant markets, making sure the intended meaning comes across.

Founded in 2009, the company has now raised more than $220 million to date, according to Crunchbase data.

— Chris Metinko

Panther Labs picks up $120M

San Francisco-based Panther Labs, a cloud-scale security analytics platform, announced $120 million in Series B funding led by Coatue. The financing sets a $1.4 billion valuation for the 3-year-old company.

— Joanna Glasner

Public offerings

Rumble going public in $2.1B SPAC deal: Toronto-based Rumble, a video platform popular with right-wing audiences, announced plans to go public through a merger with a SPAC,  Cantor Fitzgerald’s CF Acquisition Corp. VI. The deal sets an enterprise value for the company of around $2.1 billion.

— Joanna Glasner

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