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MindTickle lands $100M for sales readiness
Existing investors, Norwest Venture Partners, Canaan, NewView Capital, and Qualcomm Ventures also participated in the round. The funds will go toward expanding global operations and investing in product innovation.
Founded in 2011, MindTickle previously raised $81 million in venture funding, per Crunchbase data. The company is headquartered in San Francisco and has significant operations in Pune, India.
- AliveCor raises $65M for remote cardiology platform: AliveCor, a Mountain View-based provider of personal ECG technology and enterprise cardiology tools, announced a $65 million series E financing led by existing investors OMRON, Khosla Ventures, WP Global Partners, Qualcomm Ventures and Bold Capital Partners.
- Curbio raises $25M for home improvements: Maryland-based Curbio, a pay-at-closing home improvement company for real estate agents, has raised $25 million in a financing round led by Comcast Ventures.
- KYKLO raises $8.5M seed round: KYKLO, provider of an SEO-optimized e-commerce platform, announced an $8.5 million seed round led by Felicis Ventures and IA Ventures.
- Silofit adds to seed round: On-demand gym platform Silofit, based in Canada, received a seed round extension of CAD$3.5 million. Whitecap Venture Partners and Courtside Ventures led the initial seed, with participation from NFL player, Ndamukong Suh, while Alate Partners came on for the extension. The company opened three micro-gyms and plans for a U.S. expansion in 2021.
- SpaceX launches four astronauts into orbit: SpaceX launched four astronauts into orbit Sunday evening. The launch marks the company’s first full operational mission with people on board and is expected to be the first of regularly scheduled commercial flights to the International Space Station.
- PIX launches in Brazil: PIX, an instant payments system created by the Central Bank of Brazil, was launched Monday for all users. That included a partnership between Uber and EBANX that enables users to pay for their rides and Uber Eats orders with PIX and EBANX. The PIX launch was highly anticipated as a move that would shake up Brazil’s banking ecosystem.
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