February 7, 2021

Forget A.I., cybersecurity is the new buzzword

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Last year provided one of the most chilling warnings of digital espionage when a swath of u003ca href="https://fortune.com/2020/12/15/data-breach-us-government-federal-agencies-cyberespionage-hack-solarwinds-software-supply-chain-attack/">U.S. federal agencies and private companies were breachedu003c/a>. At the center of it all was the little-known software company u003ca href="https://fortune.com/2020/12/15/solarwinds-hackers-u-s-agencies/">SolarWindsu003c/a>. Even now, investigators are still trying to assess the full extent of the damage, widely thought to have Russia’s fingerprints smudged over it.u003c/p> u003cp>Dealmakers, though, are the most bullish they have been in seven years around the M&A landscape. Around 75% of the survey respondents say they expect an increase in acquisitions. u003c/p> u003cp>But investors and bankers largely don’t anticipate an increase in valuations, with 35% saying they expect that number to rise. The rationale is likely twofold here: Many expect tech valuations to come back to earth. Secondly, while markets paint tech with a widely optimistic brush, some companies—including those exposed to travel—have struggled in the pandemic and, though they may become prime acquisition targets, will likely have to sell at a lower price.u003c/p> u003cp>u003cstrong>THE IPO LOVE CONTINUESu003c/strong>: While the S&P 500 swooned yesterday, investors continued to pile into IPOs. Poshmark, an online marketplace for second-hand clothing, u003ca href="https://fortune.com/2021/01/14/poshmark-ipo-stock-posh-shares-nasdaq-stock-market-debut/">jumped 141%u003c/a>. And private equity-backed pet goods company Petco rose 63% in its u003ca href="https://fortune.com/2021/01/14/petco-stock-ipo-share-price-woof/">return to the public marketsu003c/a>. u003c/p> u003ch3>VENTURE DEALSu003c/h3>nu003cp>– u003ca href="https://paytm.com/">u003cstrong>Paytmu003c/strong>u003c/a>, an Indian payments firm, is reportedly in talks to raise $400 million from UBS, per Bloomberg. u003ca href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-01-14/ubs-fund-pursues-400-million-stake-in-softbank-backed-paytm?srnd=deals">Read moreu003c/a>.u003c/p>nu003cp>– u003ca href="https://www.oneweb.world/">u003cstrong>OneWebu003c/strong>u003c/a>, a London-based low-orbit satellite communications company saved from bankruptcy by U.K. government and Bharti Global, raised $350 million in funding. u003cstrong>SoftBank Groupu003c/strong> and u003cstrong>Hughes Network Systemsu003c/strong> were the investors.u003c/p>nu003cp>– u003cstrong>Sequoia Capital u003c/strong>acquired secondary shares in u003ca href="https://zapier.com/">u003cstrong>Zapieru003c/strong>u003c/a>, an enterprise software company, valuing it at $4 billion, per the Information. u003ca href="https://www.theinformation.com/articles/sequoia-buys-shares-in-elusive-startup-zapier-at-multibillion-dollar-valuation?utm_source=ti_app">Read moreu003c/a>.u003c/p>nu003cp>– u003ca href="http://www.newamsterdampharma.com/">u003cstrong>NewAmsterdam Pharmau003c/strong>u003c/a>u003cstrong>, u003c/strong> a Netherlands-based clinical stage company focused on cardio-metabolic diseases, raised $196 million in Series A fundingu003cstrong>. Forbionu003c/strong> led the round and was joined by investors including u003cstrong>Morningside Venturesu003c/strong>, u003cstrong>Ascendant BioCapital, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, BVF Partners, Population Health Partners, LSP Dementia Fund, Peter Thiel, Janus Henderson Investors, Medpace, GL Capital, JVC Investment Partners, u003c/strong>and u003cstrong>Presight Capita.u003c/strong>u003c/p>nu003cp>– u003ca href="https://www.paige.ai/">u003cstrong>Paigeu003c/strong>u003c/a>, a New York-based diagnostics company, raised $100 million in Series C funding.u003cstrong> Casdin Capital u003c/strong>andu003cstrong> Johnson & Johnson Innovationu003c/strong> led the round.u003c/p>nu003cp>– u003ca href="http://harness.io/">u003cstrong>Harnessu003c/strong>u003c/a>u003cstrong>, u003c/strong>a San Francisco-based maker of software for engineers, raised $85 million in Series C funding valuing it at $1.7 billion valuation. u003cstrong>Alkeon Capitalu003c/strong> led the round and was joined by investors includingu003cstrong> Battery Ventures, Citi Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners, Sorenson Capital,u003c/strong> and u003cstrong>Thomvest Venturesu003c/strong>. u003ca href="https://techcrunch.com/2021/01/14/harness-snags-85m-series-c-on-1-7b-valuation-as-revenue-grows-3x/">Read moreu003c/a>.u003c/p>nu003cp>– u003ca href="https://www.oqton.com/">u003cstrong>Oqtonu003c/strong>u003c/a>, a U.S.- and Belgium-based software company for the manufacturing industry, raised $40 million in Series A funding. u003cstrong>Fortino Capitalu003c/strong> led the round and was joined by investors including u003cstrong>PMVu003c/strong> and u003cstrong>Sandviku003c/strong>.u003c/p>nu003cp>– u003ca href="https://www.shippeo.com/">u003cstrong>Shippeou003c/strong>u003c/a>u003cstrong>, u003c/strong>a Paris-based logistics tech company, raised $32 millionu003cstrong>. Battery Ventures u003c/strong>led the round and was joined by investors including u003cstrong>NGP Capital, ETF Partners, Partech, u003c/strong>andu003cstrong> Bpifrance Digital Venture.u003c/strong>u003c/p>nu003cp>– u003ca href="http://jellyfish.co/">u003cstrong>Jellyfishu003c/strong>u003c/a>, a Boston-based platform for engineers, raised $31.5 million in Series B funding.u003cstrong> Insight Partnersu003c/strong> led the round and was joined by investors includingu003cstrong> Accel u003c/strong>andu003cstrong> Wing Venture Capital.u003c/strong>u003c/p>nu003cp>– u003ca href="https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.mosaic.tech_&d=DwMFaQ&c=euGZstcaTDllvimEN8b7jXrwqOf-v5A_CdpgnVfiiMM&r=xi897mlTxaCPSXeaz6ZDt8E_2-2j_cH4qMQdw3H6op8&m=WZX9U_VcRLPEGt3DpjRiQhj1KKLuedCoNzkApeaAMxI&s=A-telwtNu98lif6vbjdm116ho8kJlVkxBCQjsTgyEXE&e=">u003cstrong>Mosaicu003c/strong>u003c/a>, an Encinitas, Calif.-based business analytics software maker, raised $18.5 million in Series A funding. u003cstrong>General Catalyst u003c/strong>led the round.u003c/p>nu003cp>– u003ca href="https://flockjay.com/">u003cstrong>Flockjayu003c/strong>u003c/a>, a San Francisco, Calif.-based training academy for tech sales people, raised $11 million in Series A funding.u003cstrong> e.venturesu003c/strong> led the round and was joined by investors including u003cstrong>Lightspeed, Salesforce Ventures, Impact America, Cleo Capitau003c/strong>l, actress u003cstrong>Gabrielle Unionu003c/strong>, u003cstrong>Coatue, Serena Williams,u003c/strong> and u003cstrong>Will Smith. u003c/strong>u003c/p>nu003cp>– u003ca href="https://x1creditcard.com/">u003cstrong>X1 Cardu003c/strong>u003c/a>, a San Francisco-based maker of a credit card, raised $12 million. u003cstrong>Spark Capital u003c/strong>led the round and was joined by investors including u003cstrong>Jared Leto, Aaron Levie, Jeremy Stoppelman, Max Levchin,u003c/strong> u003cstrong>and Ali Rowghaniu003c/strong>. u003ca href="https://techcrunch.com/2021/01/14/x1-card-raises-12-million-for-its-credit-card-with-limits-based-on-your-income/">Read moreu003c/a>.u003c/p>nu003cp>– u003ca href="https://www.armoire.style/">u003cstrong>Armoireu003c/strong>u003c/a>, a Seattle-based clothing rental company, raised $7.4 million in extended seed funding. Investors includeu003cstrong> Satya Nadella u003c/strong>of Microsoft, u003cstrong>Aman Bhutani u003c/strong>of GoDaddy, u003cstrong>Elena Doniou003c/strong> of Axiom,u003cstrong> Jared Sine u003c/strong>of the Match Group, andu003cstrong> Sheila Gulatiu003c/strong> of Tola Capital. u003c/p>nu003cp>– u003ca href="https://fable.co/">u003cstrong>Fableu003c/strong>u003c/a>, a Palo Alto, Calif.-based social media app for book lovers founded by former NIO CEOu003cstrong> Padmasree Warrior, u003c/strong>raised $7.3 million in seed funding. u003cstrong>Redpoint Venturesu003c/strong> led the round. u003ca href="https://fortune.com/2021/01/14/padmasree-warrior-cisco-cto-social-media-for-book-lovers-readers/">Read moreu003c/a>.u003c/p>nu003cp>– u003ca href="https://codescene.com/">u003cstrong>CodeSceneu003c/strong>u003c/a>u003cstrong>,u003c/strong> a Swedish maker of organization monitoring software, raised 30 million Swedish kronor ($3.6 million) from u003cstrong>Inventure u003c/strong>and u003cstrong>Luminar Ventures. u003c/strong>u003c/p>nu003cp>– u003ca href="https://solstice.us/">u003cstrong>Solstice Power Technologiesu003c/strong>u003c/a>, a Cambridge, Mass.-based solar power tech company, raised $3.1 million. u003cstrong>Total Carbon Neutrality Venturesu003c/strong> led the round and was joined by investors includingu003cstrong> American Family Insurance Institute for Corporate and Social Impactu003c/strong>.u003c/p>nu003cp>– u003ca href="https://www.humanz.com/">u003cstrong>Humanzu003c/strong>u003c/a>, a Tel Aviv, Israel-based company focused on marketing for influencer campaigns, raised $3 million in seed funding. u003cstrong>NGN Partnersu003c/strong> andu003cstrong> Buffett Group u003c/strong>led the round.u003c/p>nu003cp>– u003ca href="https://www.blabla.app/">u003cstrong>BlaBlau003c/strong>u003c/a>, a Shanghai-based english teaching video platform, raised $1.5 million in seed funding. Investors includu003cstrong>e Amino Capital, Starling Ventures, Y Combinator,u003c/strong> and u003cstrong>Wayra Xu003c/strong>. u003ca href="https://techcrunch.com/2021/01/13/blabla-1-5-million-funding/">Read moreu003c/a>.u003c/p>nu003ch3>PRIVATE EQUITYu003c/h3>nu003cp>– u003cstrong>TPGu003c/strong> invested $500 million in u003ca href="https://www.greenhouse.io/">u003cstrong>Greenhouseu003c/strong>u003c/a>, a New York-based HR software company, taking a majority stake in the business. u003c/p>nu003cp>– u003cstrong>Charlesbanku003c/strong> invested $50 million in u003ca href="https://www.hcfraudshield.com/">u003cstrong>Healthcare Fraud Shieldu003c/strong>u003c/a>, a Chesterfield, Mo.-based waste detection software for healthcare payers. u003c/p>nu003cp>– u003cstrong>AmeriLife Groupu003c/strong>, backed by u003cstrong>Thomas H. Lee Partnersu003c/strong>, acquired u003ca href="https://seniormarketadvisors.com/">u003cstrong>Senior Market Advisorsu003c/strong>u003c/a>, a Nashville, Tenn.-based operator in the insurance space. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.u003c/p>nu003cp>– u003cstrong>Atlantic Street Capitalu003c/strong> invested in u003ca href="blank">u003cstrong>Tambourineu003c/strong>u003c/a>, a Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based digital marketing company for the hospitality industry. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.u003c/p>nu003cp>– u003cstrong>Atlantic Street Capitalu003c/strong> combined u003ca href="https://stratxit.com/">u003cstrong>StratX IT Solutionsu003c/strong>u003c/a> and u003ca href="http://www.compufit.com/">u003cstrong>Compufitu003c/strong>u003c/a>, two White Plains, N.Y.-based providers of outsourced IT services. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.u003c/p>nu003cp>– u003cstrong>Core BTSu003c/strong>, backed by u003cstrong>Tailwind Capitalu003c/strong>, acquired u003ca href="https://www.skylinetechnologies.com/">u003cstrong>Skyline Technologiesu003c/strong>u003c/a>, a New Jersey-based consulting firm specializing in Microsoft cloud consulting. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.u003c/p>nu003cp>– u003cstrong>Hanover Partnersu003c/strong> and u003cstrong>Centerfield Capital Partnersu003c/strong> acquired u003ca href="https://skafabricating.com/">u003cstrong>Ska Fabricatingu003c/strong>u003c/a>, a Durango, Colo.-based maker of packaging machinery equipment used predominantly in beverage canning lines. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.u003c/p>nu003cp>– u003cstrong>Huron Capitalu003c/strong> recapitalized u003ca href="http://www.sunlandasphalt.com/">u003cstrong>Sunland Asphalt & Constructionu003c/strong>u003c/a>, a Phoenix, Ariz.-based asphalt producer and paving solutions provider. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.u003c/p>nu003cp>– u003cstrong>Global HR Researchu003c/strong>, a portfolio company ofu003cstrong> Renovo Capitalu003c/strong>, merged with u003ca href="http://es2.com">u003cstrong>Employment Screening Servicesu003c/strong>u003c/a>, a provider of background screenings. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.u003c/p>nu003cp>– u003cstrong>LightBay Capitalu003c/strong> invested in u003ca href="https://www.femwell.com/">u003cstrong>Femwell Group Healthu003c/strong>u003c/a>, a Miami, Fla.-based services organization to physicians in women’s health, primary and pediatric care. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.u003c/p>nu003cp>– u003cstrong>Periscope Equityu003c/strong> invested in u003ca href="https://www.wpas-inc.com/">u003cstrong>Welfare & Pension Administration Serviceu003c/strong>u003c/a>, a Seattle-based administrator to Taft-Hartley and government trust funds. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.u003c/p>nu003cp>– u003cstrong>Teachers of Tomorrowu003c/strong>, backed byu003cstrong> Gauge Capitalu003c/strong>, acquired u003ca href="https://www.simplek12.com/">u003cstrong>SimpleK12u003c/strong>u003c/a>, a Florida-based professional development platform for educators. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.u003c/p>nu003cp>– u003cstrong>TowerBrook Capital Partnersu003c/strong> and u003cstrong>Further Global Capital Managementu003c/strong> acquired u003ca href="https://www.prosightspecialty.com/">u003cstrong>ProSight Globalu003c/strong>u003c/a> (NYSE: PROS), a U.S.-based insurance company, for about $586 million.u003c/p>nu003cp>– u003cstrong>Trinity Consultantsu003c/strong>, a portfolio company of Levine Leichtman Capital Partners, acquired u003ca href="https://www.sespeconsulting.com/">u003cstrong>SESPE Consultingu003c/strong>u003c/a>, a Ventura, Calif.-based provider of environmental compliance and permitting services. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.u003c/p>nu003ch3>EXITSu003c/h3>nu003cp>– u003cstrong>Jabilu003c/strong> (NYSE: JBL) acquired u003ca href="https://ecologicbrands.com/">u003cstrong>Ecologic Brandsu003c/strong>u003c/a>, a Manteca, Calif.-based maker of sustainable packaging specializing in paper bottle and paper-based packaging solutions. Investors including u003cstrong>DBL Partnersu003c/strong> and u003cstrong>Catamount Venturesu003c/strong> backed Ecologic, per Pitchbook. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.u003c/p>nu003ch3>OTHERu003c/h3>nu003cp>– u003cstrong>Ciscou003c/strong> (Nasdaq: CSCO) and u003ca href="https://acacia-inc.com/">u003cstrong>Acacia Communicationsu003c/strong>u003c/a> (NASDAQ: ACIA) came to an agreement after the latter sought to terminate the deal last week. Cisco agreed to buy Acacia for about $4.5 billion. u003ca href="https://www.wsj.com/articles/china-holdup-proves-costly-for-cisco-11610645293">Read moreu003c/a>.u003c/p>nu003cp>– u003cstrong>Googleu003c/strong> (finally) closed its deal to acquire u003ca href="https://www.fitbit.com/">u003cstrong>FitBitu003c/strong>u003c/a>, the U.S.-based wearable tech company, for $2.1 billion. The U.S. Justice Department is still investigating the deal.u003c/p>nu003cp>– u003cstrong>Toronto-Dominion Banku003c/strong> agreed to acquire Wells Fargo & Co’s u003cstrong>Canadian Direct Equipment Financeu003c/strong> business, which provides loans to commercial equipment acquisitions. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.u003c/p>nu003cp>– u003cstrong>Accolade (u003c/strong>Nasdaq: ACCDu003cstrong>)u003c/strong> agreed to acquire u003ca href="https://www.2nd.md/">u003cstrong>2nd.MDu003c/strong>u003c/a>, a Houston-based telehealth startup, for about $460 million.u003c/p>nu003cp>– u003cstrong>Desktop Metalu003c/strong> (NYSE: DM) acquired u003ca href="https://envisiontec.com/">u003cstrong>EnvisionTECu003c/strong>u003c/a>, a provider of volume production photopolymer 3D printing, for $300 million.u003c/p>nu003cp>– u003cstrong>Barillau003c/strong> took a majority stake in u003ca href="https://pastaevangelists.com/">u003cstrong>Pasta Evangelistsu003c/strong>u003c/a>, a British pasta company, for an estimated 40 million pounds ($54.8 million). u003ca href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-pasta-evangelists-m-a-barilla/barilla-buys-british-fresh-pasta-maker-pasta-evangelists-idUSKBN29J2G3">Read moreu003c/a>.u003c/p>nu003cp>– u003cstrong>Fitch Groupu003c/strong> agreed to acquire u003ca href="https://know.creditsights.com/">u003cstrong>CreditSightsu003c/strong>u003c/a>, a New York-based provider of credit research to the global financial community. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.u003c/p>nu003cp>– u003cstrong>DriveWealthu003c/strong>, backed by investors including the u003cstrong>Raptor Groupu003c/strong>, acquired u003ca href="https://www.cuttoneandcompany.com/">u003cstrong>Cuttone & Companyu003c/strong>u003c/a>, a New York-based broker dealer. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.u003c/p>nu003cp>– u003cstrong>Target RWEu003c/strong> acquired u003ca href="https://www.novisci.com/">u003cstrong>NoviSciu003c/strong>u003c/a>, a software analytics and services company for  health data. Amgen, which backed NoviSci, will maintain a stake in the combined company. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.u003c/p>nu003ch3>IPOsu003c/h3>nu003cp>– u003ca href="http://www.kuaishou.com">u003cstrong>Kuaishou Technologyu003c/strong>u003c/a>, a quick video app rivaling ByteDance, received approval in Hong Kong for its $5 billion listing plans, per Bloomberg. u003ca href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-01-14/bytedance-s-chief-rival-said-to-win-hkex-nod-for-5-billion-ipo?srnd=deals">Read moreu003c/a>.u003c/p>nu003cp>– u003ca href="https://www.patria.com/">u003cstrong>Patria Investmentsu003c/strong>u003c/a>, a Brazilian private equity firm, plans to raise $400 million in an offering of 26.7 million shares (38% insider sold) priced between $14 to $16. u003cstrong>Blackstoneu003c/strong> backs the firm. u003ca href="https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1825570/000095010320024959/dp143625_f1.htm">Read moreu003c/a>.u003c/p>nu003cp>– u003ca href="https://www.playtika.com/">u003cstrong>Playtika Holding Corpu003c/strong>u003c/a>., an Israel-based gaming company, raised nearly $19 billion in an offering of 69.5 million shares (70% insider sold) priced at $27 apiece. u003c/p>nu003cp>– u003ca href="https://www.drivenbrands.com/">u003cstrong>Driven Brands Holdingsu003c/strong>u003c/a>, a Charlotte, N.C.-based automotive services company, raised $700 million in an offering of 31.8 million shares priced at $22. u003cstrong>Roark Capitalu003c/strong> backs the firm.u003c/p>nu003ch3>SPACSu003c/h3>nu003cp>– u003cstrong>Tilman Fertittau003c/strong> is in talks to take his casinos and restaurants public through a merger with u003cstrong>Fast Acquisition Corpu003c/strong>., a SPAC, per Bloomberg. A deal could value the entity at $7 billion. u003ca href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-01-14/fertitta-is-said-in-talks-to-list-casino-dining-assets-via-spac?srnd=deals">Read moreu003c/a>.u003c/p>nu003cp>– u003cstrong>Thoma Bravo Advantageu003c/strong>, a SPAC by Thoma Bravo seeking a software business, raised $900 million.u003c/p>nu003cp>– u003ca href="https://www.gemini.com/">u003cstrong>Gemini Trust Cou003c/strong>u003c/a>., a New York-based cryptocurrency firm, is considering going public. u003ca href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-01-14/winklevoss-twins-consider-taking-gemini-crypto-exchange-public?srnd=deals">Read moreu003c/a>.u003c/p>nu003cp>– u003cstrong>CC Neuberger Principal Holdings IIIu003c/strong>, a SPAC formed byu003cstrong> CC Capital u003c/strong>and u003cstrong>Neuberger Bermanu003c/strong>, filed to raise $350 million. u003ca href="https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1821329/000110465921004270/tm2029434-2_s1.htm">Read moreu003c/a>u003c/p>nu003cp>– u003cstrong>Queen’s Gambit Growth Capitalu003c/strong>,  a SPAC formed by u003cstrong>Colle Capital u003c/strong>and u003cstrong>Agility Logisticsu003c/strong>, raised the amount it plans to raise to $275 million. u003ca href="https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1836190/000156459021001171/gmbt-s1a.htm">Read moreu003c/a>.u003c/p>nu003cp>– u003cstrong>Kernel Group Holdingsu003c/strong>, a SPAC seeking a technology infrastructure target founded in part by former Supervalu CEO Mark Gross, filed to raise $250 million. u003ca href="https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1832950/000114036121001219/nt10017275x2_s1.htm">Read moreu003c/a>.u003c/p>nu003cp>– u003cstrong>Jack Creek Investment Corpu003c/strong>., a SPAC formed by u003cstrong>KSH Capital u003c/strong>seeking a target in the food and grocery supply chain, lowered its IPO estimates and now seeks to raise $250 million. u003ca href="https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1822312/000119312521009137/d30165ds1a.htm">Read moreu003c/a>.u003c/p>nu003ch3>F+FSu003c/h3>nu003cp>– u003ca href="https://www.tigerglobal.com/home">u003cstrong>Tiger Global Managementu003c/strong>u003c/a>, a New York-based investing firm, is seeking to raise $3.75 billion venture fund for a new venture fund dubbed Tiger Private Investment Partners XIV. u003ca href="https://techcrunch.com/2021/01/14/tiger-global-is-raising-a-new-3-75-billion-venture-fund-one-year-after-closing-its-last/">Read moreu003c/a>.u003c/p>nu003cp>– u003ca href="https://www.audaxgroup.com/">u003cstrong>Audax Private Equityu003c/strong>u003c/a>, a Boston-based private equity firm raised $1.7 billion for its first continuation fund.u003c/p>nu003ch3>PEOPLEu003c/h3>nu003cp>– u003ca href="https://varde.com/">u003cstrong>Värde Partnersu003c/strong>u003c/a>, a Minneapolis-based alternative investment firm, promoted  u003cstrong>Brendan Albeeu003c/strong> to partner.u003c/p>nu003cp>– u003ca href="https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__sandboxindustries.com_&d=DwMFaQ&c=euGZstcaTDllvimEN8b7jXrwqOf-v5A_CdpgnVfiiMM&r=xi897mlTxaCPSXeaz6ZDt8E_2-2j_cH4qMQdw3H6op8&m=FxJ-9CD5m4LZFEDTGBG04va_Dxs-CifcmNcxzvCYVQQ&s=HKcb-ePxWvTWrTg4IdVx8eTWzoGnAQQxJh7OXsXpBq0&e=">u003cstrong>Sandbox Industriesu003c/strong>u003c/a>, a Chicago-based venture firm, named u003cstrong>Kelsey Maguire u003c/strong>and u003cstrong>Binoy Bhansaliu003c/strong> as managing directors.u003c/p>nu003cp>– u003ca href="https://www.jflpartners.com/">u003cstrong>J.F. 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