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Austin Weekly Deal Highlights - August 8th, 2021

I tried reasonably hard to come up with an intro that had anything to do with Covid, and how I should go to Goodwill and buy back all my pandemic slacks (sweatpants) I gave away last month, but alas, here we are in Stage 5, and this intro sentence just happened. So now that we have that out of the way, what else happened in Austin this week?? Austin’s newest tech unicorn Abrigo landed a major investment, social service platform Social Solutions picked up by a new private equity behemoth, and is Austin getting an NFL team?? (probably not..)


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Austin Financing Activity

  • Abrigo, an Austin-based financial technology company formerly known as “Banker’s Toolbox,” announced The Carlyle Group made a “strategic growth investment” of an undisclosed amount in the company. The investment was large enough to give The Carlyle Group a co-majority status alongside Accel-KKR. This new investment increased the company’s valuation above $1B, elevating Abrigo to unicorn status.

  • Rey, an Austin-based mental health software company, added $10M to its Series A round, bringing the total of the round to $26M. This round was led by Optum Ventures and Oxford Sciences Innovation.

  • Boostlingo, an Austin and San Francisco-based language interpretation company, received a growth equity investment of an undisclosed amount from Mainsail Partners. The company previously raised a $3.4M Series A round in 2018.

  • ReUp, an Austin-based education company focused on helping students reach their graduation goals through partnerships with universities, has landed an undisclosed investment from Chicago-based Avathon Capital. ReUp has raised over $14M to date.

Austin M&A Activity

  • Social Solutions Global, outcome management software for caseworkers in non-profit and public sector organizations, entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by CyberGrants, via its financial sponsor Apax Partners. The company was acquired by Vista Equity Partners in 2014, and in 2018, raised $59M from the Ballmer Group.

  • Factom Inc., an Austin-based blockchain company, has been purchased by Inveniam Capital Partners Inc., a New York-based financial technology firm. Financial terms were not disclosed in the Aug. 2 announcement.

  • LawnStarter, an Austin-based on-demand lawn service provider, acquiredLawn Love Inc., a San Diego-based company in the same space, for an undisclosed amount. LawnStarter has raised $27M to date from backers including Binary Capital, Lerer Hippeau, Edison Partners, Bull Creek Capital, Gary Vaynerchuk, Cotter Cunningham, Rony Kahan, and Varsha Rao, while Lawn Love has raised $6.7M.

Other Regional Deal Activity

  • Applied Blockchain, a Dallas-based crypto mining firm, raised $32.5M through a private stock sale led by Bitmain, a Beijing-based crypto mining hardware and solutions company.

  • Improving, a Dallas-based digital service company, acquiredTahoe Partners, a Chicago-based professional services firm focused on cloud and Microsoft services. Although the terms of the deal were not disclosed, Improving expects the deal to result in a collective annualized revenue of more than $185M.

  • Zabo, a Dallas-based cryptocurrency API company, has been acquired by Coinbase (NASDAQ: COIN), one of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges which has a $51B market capitalization, for an undisclosed amount. Zabo has raised $3.5M to date from investors such as Blockchain Ventures and Moonshots Capital.

  • Data Gumbo, a Houston-based interconnected industrial smart contract network secured and powered by blockchain, raised a $7.7M Series B led by Equinor Ventures, with participation from Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures and L37.

  • ReadiVet, a Dallas-based on-demand veterinary services company, raised a $2.5M Series A round led by Atlanta Seed Company with participation from Martin Ventures, Jemison Capital, and others. This brings ReadiVet’s total funding to $4M.

  • FunnelAI, a San Antonio-based real-time, purchase-ready customer acquisition platform, was acquired by SocialMiningAi for an undisclosed amount. The company last raised a $2M seed round led by Active Capital on 2019.

  • NanoSpectra, a Houston-based a medical device company pioneering a novel use of nanomedicine for selective thermal ablation, raised $8.6M Series B led by Sirtex Medical

  • Chemstations, a Houston-based chemical process simulation software provider, was acquired by Datacor for an undisclosed amount.

  • CompleteCSM, a Dallas-based Customer Success Intelligence software company, closed its first round of funding of undisclosed amount led by Griswald Investments.

Austin People

  • Vista Equity Partners, one of the country’s premier technology private equity firms, announced the appointment of David Breach, who will retain his COO title,as president. He replaces Brian Sheth, who reportedly had a falling out with founder and CEO Robert Smith before departing last year.

  • SparkCognition, an Austin-based AI-focused company, appointedStephen Gold as CMO. He was previously a Group SMO at IBM Watson (NYSE: IBM). SparkCognition also promoted Vijay Doradla from Chief Business Officer to president and added COO to Jeffrey Lass’ existing title of CFO. SparkCognition has raised nearly $164M to date.

  • The Zebra, an Austin-based insurance technology unicorn, announced it appointedMario Requesto Pantaleoni to VP of research and Marty Sansone to VP of insurance. Pantaleoni is co-founder and CEO of nail polish startup 7TRUE, while Sansone was previously assistant VP of distribution and service at USAA. This move by The Zebra follows a $150M funding round in April that valued the company above $1B.

  • Astrotech Corporation(NASDAQ: ASTC) , an Austin-based technology commercialization company with a market cap of $52.5M, addedJoe Levinthalas chief science officer of its subsidiary business AgLAB Inc. Levinthal was previously a consultant to AgLAB, an Austin-based company which optimizes distillation of cannabis concentrates.

  • The top Austin tech and startup executive hires and promotions (July 2021)

Austin News

Thank you! Mason Rathe Additional research and newsletter support provided by William Scheffrahn.

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