The consequences of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, record inflation, and market turbulence have led global venture capital financing to decline by $10 billion to $52 billion in February 2022, Crunchbase data shows. Yet, it shows a 24% increase compared to last year’s same month ($42 billion).
Forty-seven new unicorn firms joined The Crunchbase Unicorn Board. Despite the decline in public tech stocks, Tiger Global, Insight Partners, and SoftBank led or co-led more funding rounds in February than in January, according to Crunchbase.
In February, mega-rounds dominated venture investing, with ten companies attracting $100 million or more investments, five of which topped $200 million. Automotive and Enterprise tech were the key areas that drew the interest of investors, followed by fintech, eCommerce, edtech, and healthtech.
This month’s list includes 937 startups that collectively raised over $10 billion in February 2022.
Alchemy is a blockchain development platform founded in 2017 by Joseph Lau and Nikil Viswanathan. The company reached a valuation of $10.2 billion following a February $200 million “Series C-1” in a new round of financing led by Lightspeed and Silver Lake.
Founded by James Clark and Thomas Jermoluk in 2020, Beyond Identity, helps protect digital businessес by providing passwordless identity management solutions. In February, the company raised a $100 million Series C funding round to accelerate the adoption of invisibleMFA for Customers and Employees.
Cart provides brands of all sizes with the same end-to-end eCommerce capabilities by delivering a fully integrated and owned suite of software, services, and infrastructure. The company raised $240 million in equity and debt funding in February.
You can see Cart means business by looking at their domain name choices – the brand has secured the premium domain name cart.com, an exact brand match name with the global .com extension. Four letters dictionary word domains are short, memorable, and simple, great business investments usually with a strong price.
Cazoo is an e-commerce platform where consumers can purchase, rent, finance, and sell old automobiles, launched by entrepreneur Alex Chesterman in 2018. Cazoo went public in May 2021, with a value of $7 billion. Although Cazoo.co.uk is the company’s primary domain, it has also secured Cazoo.com to safeguard its brand and prevent traffic and email leakage.
Spotter is a software company that provides a financial solution for independent video creators. Spotter raised $200 million from the Series D round, bringing its total to $230.6 million in funding over three rounds.
Spotter operates on the exact brand match name spotter.com. This protects their brand online, prevents traffic and email breaches, and minimizes confusion among customers and business partners.
More than half of the companies on the list (663 out of 937) have chosen to operate on the .com extension with 516 securing on an exact brand match domains. The majority of successful global brands operate on similar names that communicate trust and authority.
31 companies operate on .ai. Since it is associated with a popular technology term (Artificial Intelligence) and offers a lot more availability than other TLDs, the .aiextension has been widely adopted by tech startups.
The top-level domain extension .co acronym for company or corporation is used by 44 companies.
5 companies use .me. .me extension is the country domain code for Montenegro. The .me registry is operated by doMEn, which won a contract to do so after a bid process conducted by the government of Montenegro. The extension is also used as an abbreviation for Middle East and often used for personal sites and smaller startups, suggesting XTEND may be likely seen to upgrade their domain name in the future.
17 companies have included a dash in their name.
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