O man I’ve been waiting for this one for a while. Local success story, DISCO, has officially filed for its IPO, huge shout out to the impressive team over there and my venture alma mater LiveOak, I’ll be keeping an eye on this one! And would ya look at that, we got a 2 for 1 this week….F45, the fitness company backed by Marky Mark who just moved to Austin from LA has also filed to go public! Will this be the push I’ve been waiting for to get back into a workout routine?? Likely not… but congrats to that team nonetheless!
Austin Financing Activity
Outdoorsy Inc., a Austin-based on-demand recreational vehicle rental company, reported raising $120M in new capital this week from a $90M private placement equity round led by Moore Strategic Ventures with participation from ADAR1 Partners, Monashee Capital, SiriusPoint Ltd., Convivialite Ventures, Altos Ventures, iAngels, and Greenspring Associates and a $30M debt facility from Pacific Western Bank.
Zenger News, a Austin-based B2B digital news service, closed a $10M seed round from investors including Jean-Guillaume de Tocqueville and Andre Johnson, a former spokesperson for the Al Sharpton presidential campaign and former Washington Post reporter. Zenger offers content in English and Spanish, employs more than 40 full-time editors, and works with more than 2.3K journalists globally.
Austin IPO Activity
DISCO, a cloud-native, AI-powered legal solution that simplifies ediscovery, legal document review, and case management, filed for its IPO on Friday. Per this article, it had not selected an exchange yet but plans to list under the symbol LAW. The company has raised approx. $200M in venture funding from investors including LiveOak Venture Partners, as well as Georgian Partners, Bessemer Venture Partners, The Stephens Group and Breyer Capital.
F45, a Austin-based fitness franchise which has 2,247 franchise agreements across 63 countries and is backed by Mark Wahlberg, publicly filed for an IPO this week on the NYSE under the ticker “FXLV.” The company said its revenue fell from $92.7M in 2019 to $82.3M in 2020 (an 11% decrease), but 86% of its studios have re-opened as the vaccination rates have increased in the US.
Austin M&A Activity
Other Regional Deal Activity
TPG, a Fort Worth and San Francisco-based investment firm, is creating a new $5B climate-related fund led by former US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson. The new fund, which has already raised $400M from the Washington State Investment Board, will look to deploy growth and private equity investments to reduce carbon emissions.
Austin-based book-club subscription company Literati Inc. has expanded its executive team. They announced the hiring of Lauren Jarvis as the company’s first chief business officer and Kara Grenier as its first head of people. Jarvis joins Literati from Swedish audio streaming giant Spotify Technology. Grenier joins Literati from Austin-based Workrise Technologies Inc., formerly RigUp. Literati currently employs 165. To date, Literati has raised $55 million.
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