AI is coming to take over HR
FinTech once again is trying to up-end its own industry once again, while anti-phishing groups are reeling in the investments. Another coffee company is attempting to break out of Starbucks shadows (which shouldn’t be that hard as their coffee (Opinion: it is awful). A real-time based search engine is making a stab at Google (anti-trust anyone), while HR is going to the robots. Another half-billion was raised within the Private Equity sectors.
• Optimizely, a platform that offers tools for A/B testing and personalization on the web and in mobile apps, raised $50 million in Series D funding. Goldman Sachs Private Capital led the round and was joined by investors including Accenture Ventures. Read more.
• Zego, a London-based insurtech firm, raised $42 million in Series B funding. Target Global led the round and was joined by investors including TransferWise founder Taavet Hinrikus.
• Token, a San Francisco-based turnkey open banking platform, raised $16.5 million in funding. Investors include Opera Tech Ventures.
• Black Sheep Coffee, a London.-based coffee shop chain, raised 13 million pounds ($16.3 million) in funding. Investors include Tellef Thorleifsson, CEO of Norfund and co-founder of Northzone Fund and Bill Shultz, president of Coca-Cola Canada and board member at Coca-Cola Global.
• Ironscales, a Tel Aviv-based automated phishing prevention, detection and response provider, raised $15 million in Series B funding. K1 Investment Management led the round.
• Aptible, a Denver, Colo.-based provider of secure, compliant infrastructure hosting, raised $12 million in Series A funding. Maverick Capital led the round and was joined by investors including Thrive Capital and Western Technology Investment.
• NewtonX, a New York-based real-time expert search engine, raised $12 million in Series A funding. Two Sigma Ventures led the round and was joined by investors including Third Prime Capital and Xfund.
• Payveris, a Rocky Hill, Conn.-based open API-based intelligent payments platform, raised $7 million in Series D funding. Mosaik Partners led the round and was joined by investors including Connecticut Innovations, Advantage Capital and Black Dragon Capital.
• Symetrica, London-based radiation detection, and identification specialist raised £3 million ($3.8 million) in funding. Parkwalk and Nesta led the round.
• PredictiveHR, a SaaS platform company that enables people analytics by utilizing machine learning to predict talent trends and their financial impacts, raised $1 million in funding from angel investors. The investors were not named.
HEALTH AND LIFE SCIENCES DEALS
• Quartet, a New York City-based healthcare technology company, raised $60 million in Series D funding. Investors include Centene Corporation, F-Prime Capital Partners, GV, Oak HC/F, and Polaris Partners.
FIRMS + FUNDS
• InTandem Capital Partners, a New York City-based private equity firm, raised $250 million for its second fund, according to an SEC filing.
• GenNx360 Capital Partners, a New York City-based private equity firm, raised more than $298 million for its third fund, according to an SEC filing. The target is $800 million.