Austin Weekly Deal Highlights - August 22, 2021
I know folks want to talk about Austin A-Listers, but let’s take a moment to talk about the B-Listers… And by B-Listers, I have to give a shoutout to a couple nice Series B rounds this week, for RapidDeploy, Imubit, and ClosedLoop.ai! I love seeing company formation, and early-stage rounds, but unfortunately only a small fraction of the companies will sustain success over the long term, and the Series B is another step in that direction. Looking forward to more of these to come!
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Austin Financing Activity
RapidDeploy, a public safety technology company working to accelerate Next Generation 911, raised a $40M Series B led by Morpheus Ventures with participation from Ericsson Ventures, GM Ventures, and Tau Ventures. The company has raised approx. $70M to date.
Bloomfire, a knowledge engagement software platform, received a significant growth investment from Primus Capital. The company previously raised approx. $20M from investors including Austin Ventures and Redpoint Ventures.
Earbuds, a social listening app, raised a $3M Series A. Ecliptic Capital led, and was joined by the Andre Agassi Foundation and LFG Ventures
Austin M&A Activity
Austin-based IgniteTech, the company "Where Software Goes to Live” announced the acquisition of three new software solutions — BiznessApps, Infinio and School Loop — from another business unit within the ESW Capital organization. IgniteTech is a software consulting firm acquired by Trilogy, via its financial sponsor ESW, in 2006.
Other Texas Deal Activity
Electronic Transactions Consultants, a Richardson-based highway tolling systems software, reached a definitive agreement to be acquired by Quarterhill (TSE: QTRH), a subsidiary of International Road, for $120M.
DocSpace, a Houston-based digital health commerce platform for clinicians to start, manage, and grow tech-enabled private practices, raised $1.2M in seed funding led by Slauson & Co., with participation from Precursor Ventures, Acrew Capital’s Scout Fund, and SputnikATX Ventures.
Fluence Analytics, a Stafford -based develops products for manufacturers to use to collect data and analyze polymers and material properties, raised $7.5M of venture funding from Diamond Edge Ventures, Yokogawa Electric and JSR Limited.
Firefly, a leading provider of economical and dependable launch vehicles, spacecraft, and in-space services names Lauren Lyons, former SpaceX and Blue Origin Veteran, as Chief Operating Officer. This appointment comes on the heels of Firefly’s recent component business announcement and preparation for its upcoming launch from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California.
Point Health, a digital health tech startup in Austin, added Doug Bain as Chief Growth Officer to its executive leadership team. Prior to joining Point Health, Bain was the Chief Growth Officer at Adhere Health and has previously held key roles at Sales Benchmark Index, eyeQ, and CVS Caremark.
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