Ignition Lane’s Weekly Wrap: Airwallex’s Canva battle, Google’s BFF, India’s biggest IPO & crash, Caspar ghosts the NYSE

Welcome to Ignition Lane’s Weekly Wrap, the place they minimize by means of the noise to convey you their favorite insights from the expertise and startup world. 
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Growth rounds are again. Why the hype?
Growth funding rounds are again with a vengeance this week, with 4 scaleups elevating over $35m.
While elevating thousands and thousands in capital isn’t the be all and finish all of startup success, it does imply extra jobs, extra M&A chance, and maybe offers native startups a greater likelihood to carry their very own in opposition to the huge dawgs on the international stage. We assume that’s cause sufficient to get excited by these larger elevating bulletins.
Are these scaleups Aussie’s future PayPal (market cap: US$236bn), ServiceNow (US$134bn), Rivian (US$105bn) or SpaceX (US$100bn+)?
Airwallex: the funds infrastructure of the future
Airwallex raised US$100m (A$137m) at a US$5.5bn valuation to broaden its enterprise banking and funds platform globally. Yep, which means its valuation has elevated by US$1.5bn in simply a few months – it final introduced a US$200m increase at a US$4bn val in September. Lone Pine Capital remained the lead investor, alongside different present buyers together with 1835i and Sequoia Capital China.

From Zero to $5.5bn in six years. Why the hype?
Business is turning into digital, borderless, on the spot. Payments and enterprise banking are removed from that. Airwallex has a grand, aggressive imaginative and prescient to develop into the future of world enterprise funds infrastructure.
Airwallex at the moment has a two pronged strategy. Its SMB banking providers—international accounts, FX, playing cards—make up 40% of its enterprise, whereas its B2B APIs that energy different fintech merchandise like GOAT (market for sneakers), Papaya Global (HR platform) and Stake (share dealer) make up the remaining 60%. And the technique is paying off thus far. In Q3, Airwallex hit an annualised run price of US$100 million, with revenues up 165% YoY.
Airwallex may want the further money to battle Canva for high expertise:

Almost everybody we provide a job has Canva provides, I believed we’re in several trade :-
— Jack Zhang (@awxjack) November 19, 2021

Practice Ignition: the world’s first shopper engagement and commerce platform for skilled providers
Practice Ignition raised US$50m (A$65m) led by US progress fairness agency JMI Equity. Interestingly that signifies that Tiger Global, who led Practice Ignition’s final spherical in 2019 and is normally aggressive with its investments, stepped again (they nonetheless participated although).
Practice Ignition’s platform integrates digital proposals, funds and automatic workflows for the accounting and broader skilled providers market.
Why the hype? Many in the international skilled providers trade have woken as much as the truth they should digitise their operations and buyer interactions to be able to thrive now and into the future. Because of their low tech maturity, this market has been considerably unloved by the SaaS world till pretty just lately.
Recognising that nice SMB administration instruments exist already (eg Gusto, Xero and Quickbooks), however aren’t tailor-made to unravel accounting corporations’ particular wants, Practice Ignition centralises and simplifies apps so corporations can handle every thing from one place.
JMI Equity’s Sureel Sheth considers this to be category-defining:
Guy, Dane and the crew at Practice Ignition have constructed a category-defining enterprise with a world-class crew. We have been impressed by the power of the product, the engaged and dependable buyer base and the monumental potential for progress and scale globally.
To date Practice Ignition has helped facilitate greater than 1 million shopper engagements and over $2 billion in shopper funds.
Zoomo: disrupting final mile supply with small electrical automobiles
Zoomo (beforehand Bolt) raised A$40m fairness and A$40m debt for its electrical bikes and micromobility subscription service, which it provides to gig financial system supply drivers and corporations that make use of them. The fairness spherical was led by Grok Ventures (Mike Cannon-Brookes’ & Annie Todd’s VC), supported by Skip Capital (Kim Jackson & Scott Farquhar’s VC) and ArcTern Ventures.
Why the hype? Green automobiles: scorching. Faster final mile deliveries: scorching. Making gig work extra environment friendly: scorching. Hot cubed.

Gav’s scorching gossip: Paris received married this week after three earlier fiancé breakups. Fourth time’s a appeal. Ex-fiancés cubed.

Just look to Rivian, which IPO’d final week. Its present market cap is US$105bn. Except, whereas Rivian’s huge automobiles may make sense for Amazon’s final mile deliveries in a lot of the USA, they don’t make numerous sense in tightly packed cities, nor for meals deliveries. Zoomo’s eBikes and mopeds, on the different hand, make excellent sense.
Zoomo says its automobiles are constructed for couriers who must trip eight hours per day, full with huge batteries that may carry a employee on late night time slogs by means of the rain.
Its companions embrace Deliveroo, Postmates, Doordash and UberEats.
Fleet Space Technologies: international satellite tv for pc connectivity for Internet of Things (IoT)
Fleet Space Technologies raised US$26.4m (A$35m) at a US$126m (A$172m) valuation led with follow-on cash from Artesian, Blackbird, Grok, and Horizons Ventures.
Why the hype? Faster, less complicated and cheaper IoT connection. Gartner decided that IoT expertise handed the ‘peak of inflated expectations’ and hit the ‘trough of disillusionment’ final 12 months. It can solely be up from there! It’s predicted that there will probably be greater than 14 billion related, low-power units by 2025. Many of the strong use instances for IoT (utilities, mining, defence) are in rural areas with little-to-no broadband protection.
That’s the place Fleet is available in. Fleet is creating the world’s most superior low-power satellite tv for pc community, securing planet-wide protection for IoT units by utilizing its in-house nanosatellite expertise. Fleet’s smallsats are the dimension of a shoebox and generate 10 instances extra throughput per kilo than bigger spacecraft.

Local newslings
Google & Scomo are associates once more. After battling with the authorities and threatening to close down Google search earlier this 12 months, Google Australia has now introduced its largest-ever funding in Australia – promising to speculate $1 billion in native infrastructure, analysis, partnerships and jobs over the subsequent 5 years. The funds will go towards launching Google’s first analysis (AI) hub in Australia, in addition to serving to develop cloud infrastructure.
Adding heeaaaps of worth and perception at a Google workplace in Sydney on Tuesday, Scomo emphasised that the plan “doesn’t imply we’re making an attempt to be the subsequent Silicon Valley… Australia’s digital technique is central to securing [the country’s post-pandemic] restoration.” So the nation’s future tech technique is underpinned by Google? Cool.

Want a mortgage for that Dyson v15? CBA started pushing Little Birdie provides in its banking app this week. That’s large distribution for Little Birdie. But do individuals actually wish to have purchasing alerts from their financial institution? Not us.
Stuck for current concepts? Go crypto! A brand new (self serving) Crypto.com survey of two,020 Australians who’ve engaged with crypto in the final 12 months, discovered that about 26% want to purchase crypto-centric presents this vacation season.
This week the firm additionally introduced it purchased naming rights to Los Angeles’ most iconic enviornment: Staples Center, will now be often called Crypto.com Arena. How does an organization that has solely been round for five years splash US$700m on one advertising tactic? ICYMI crypto’s on fireplace and Crypto.com has handed TikTook to develop into the most downloaded app on the US Google Play Store.
While we’re on the subject, blockchain startups have raised US$15bn in enterprise funding in the first 9 months of this 12 months – almost 5x 2020’s complete funding.

The sub-$10m increase roundup
FoodByUs raised $10m for its hospitality meals wholesale market that connects eating places, cafes, and caterers with tons of of wholesale meals and alcohol suppliers.
Bardee raised $5m and got here out of stealth mode. Formerly often called Beyond Ag (Startmate SYD20) cohort, Bardee has created a vertical farming system utilizing fly larvae to rework meals waste into nutrient-rich fertiliser and pet merchandise. Co-founder and chief government Phoebe Gardner:
“The bugs really transfer round as a pack, they go round collectively and eat every thing. This [also] prevents methane manufacturing, so the solely emissions emitted by means of Bardee’s system are water evaporation and the C02 from the insect’s respiration, which isn’t very a lot.”
Bardee additionally anticipates promoting the insect protein product as meals for people as soon as the Black Soldier Fly is accepted by meals requirements regulators in ANZ. Do you need flies with that?
Montu raised $3.5m on Birchal for its medicinal hashish enterprise, incomes it the title of the quickest fairness crowdfunding increase to $1 million in Aussie historical past – simply 13 minutes and 46 seconds.
[cu]well being raised $3m to for its digital medical observe for companies. [cu]well being offers a enterprise’ staff with on-demand entry to a set of healthcare providers to help and enhance their well being, wellbeing and productiveness in the office.
VideoMyJob raised $2m for its video platform permits recruiters to create skilled video advertising to draw, have interaction & retain expertise.
ClearCalcs raised $1.65m led by EVP, with help from Shearwater Capital. ClearCalcs offers engineers, architects and designers with instruments to streamline their calculation right into a single platform.
Moodflx raised a seed spherical for its “temper navigation system” to assist worker wellbeing. The app picks up on traits in the emotional engagement of the workforce, offering focused insights to affect choices and sources.

Goings on in the world
India’s biggest IPO & crash. Paytm (a partial abbreviation for “pay by means of cell”) raised US$2.44bn at a US$18.7bn valuation in India’s biggest ever IPO. However the market didn’t react too kindly – shares closed 27% beneath its situation value on the first day of buying and selling. Founder and CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma’s response? “It is new enterprise mannequin. It takes quite a bit for somebody to know it.” Meanwhile Sharma netted US$54 million from the selldown of his shares.
Paytm provides a variety of providers together with peer-to-peer digital funds, a digital funds financial institution and ecommerce platform. India has historically been dominated by money funds. However Paytm has benefitted from individuals turning into much less keen to make use of bodily money throughout the pandemic, and the authorities’s latest push to cut back the use of money. Tax, please.
Nearly 22 million taxi and rickshaw drivers, retailers, and different distributors in India now settle for Paytm from 337 million registered shoppers. Chinese funds large Ant and Japanese expertise group SoftBank are amongst its biggest backers.
Casper’s unfriendly ghost: the public markets. Boo. DTC mattress firm Casper plans to depart the NYSE for $6.90 per share – a 94% premium to final Friday’s closing value, however almost half its Feb 2020 IPO value of $12. While its gross sales have continued to rise, working bills together with buyer acquisition prices have continued to escalate. Not an excellent sign for the DTC house.
No touching, no speaking. Starbucks is utilizing Amazon’s “simply stroll out” cashierless tech in a brand new NY idea retailer. Coffees will be preordered and accessible on arrival. Then you’ll be able to peruse the retailer, taking gadgets on and off the cabinets whereas Amazon’s tech tracks and costs you for what you retain.
More proof for Web 3.0. A gaggle of crypto fans, ConstitutionDAO, crowdfunded an astonishing $47 million in ETH in lower than 72 hours to bid for a uncommon copy of the US Constitution. Alas, they misplaced out to a bidder with deeper pockets. If it had succeeded, the decentralised autonomous organisation (DAO) deliberate to find out the Constitution doc’s future by vote primarily based on governance tokens distributed by means of the Ethereum blockchain. Instead it has to determine how one can return the cash – much less gasoline charges in fact.
FYI, lockdowns are over. Chart of the week goes to the NY Times:

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