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Wish shares fall in first-day trading
Shares of discount e-commerce retailer Wish fell in first-day trading Wednesday, after the company priced its initial public offering at the high end of expectations.
The stock dipped to around $20 a share in midday trading, below its IPO price of $24 per share. The offering raised $1.1 billion for San Francisco-based Wish, whose parent company, ContextLogic, filed to go public on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol WISH last month.
Shares closed at $20.05, down 16.5 percent from the initial IPO price.
Sneaker market StockX raises $275M
Founded in 2015, Detroit-based StockX is best known as an online marketplace for high-demand and limited-edition sneakers. However, it does also sell collectibles and brand-name handbags and watches.
The latest fundraise brings StockX’s total funding to date to around $435 million, per Crunchbase data.
- Bolt lands $182M for on-demand transport: Bolt, an Estonian startup offering a transportation network to move food and people on cars, scooters and bikes, raised $182 million in a new funding round led by D1 Capital Partners.
- Neo Financial banks CAD$50M to challenge incumbents: Calgary-based Neo Financial completed a CAD$25 million ($19.6 million) Series A round and CAD$25 million in debt facility financing. The technology company provides spending, savings and rewards programs. Valar Ventures led the funding round.
- Curai Health secures $27.5M for telehealth: Curai Health, a Palo Alto-based virtual care company, announced $27.5 million in Series B funding led by Morningside Ventures. Curai, which has now raised $57 million in total, uses artificial intelligence to provide chat-based primary care at a lower cost.
- PlainID raises $11 million for authorization tech: Tel Aviv-based cybersecurity startup PlainID said it raised $11 million in new funding led by a consortium of existing and new investors. Those investors include Viola Ventures, INcapital Ventures, Capri Ventures, iAngels, Springtide Ventures and Vintage Investment Partners. PlainID offers a suite of authorization tools for enterprises to limit and establish who can access their platforms and products.
- DASH Systems brings in $8M for airdrop deliveries: DASH Systems, a Los Angeles-based technology company developing hardware and software to enable precision airdrop deliveries, announced $8 million in seed funding led by 8VC1.
- Vouched raises $3M for real-time fraud detection: Vouched, a Seattle-based startup working on artificial intelligence and computer vision technology for end-to-end identity verification and real-time fraud detection, recently raised $3 million in a round led by Flying Fish Partners.
- FoodMarble bags $2.6M for digestive health: FoodMarble, a Dublin-based digital digestive health company, closed a seed investment round of $2.6 million led by Business Venture Partners. The funding will support, among other things, the development of FoodMarble AIRE, touted as “the world’s first personal digestive tracker.”
- Ōmcare secures $2.5M for aging in place tools: Ōmcare, a Minnesota-based digital health company, announced a $2.5 million investment along with future follow-on investments for its Ōmcare Home Health Hub commercialization. The funding round was led by Connect the Grey Investment Management.
- Lantern raises $2.3M for end of life planning: Lantern, a New York-based public benefit corporation, raised a $2.3 million seed round led by Draper Associates. The company provides a single source of guidance for navigating life before and after a death.
- Film production and distribution company Invincible Entertainment Partners said this week that it has acquired Business Rockstars, a video platform for entrepreneurs, for $20 million in stock. Invincible said the acquisition adds another 24/7 streaming channel with targeted content to its lineup. Business Rockstars had raised $2 million in funding, according to Crunchbase data. As part of the deal, Business Rockstars’ principal partners, Steve Lehman and Thom Beers, will join the Invincible board and executive committee.
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