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Monday Tuesday, our weekly kickoff that tracks the latest private market news, talks about the coming week, digs into some recent funding rounds and mulls over a larger theme or narrative from the private markets. You can follow the show on Twitter here and myself here — and make sure to check out last week’s two episodes, covering all the news sans e-commerce, and then all the e-commerce news.
We’re here on a Tuesday due to an American holiday, but that short break did not mean that the world’s news volume slowed down in the slightest. Here’s the rundown:
- From the weekend: The story of a fired GitHub employee ended as you expected it would, with a small twist; the Microsoft company’s head of HR is leaving. Not sure if this is a firing, or merely finding someone to axe over the error, but the fact that they are leaving stood out.
- Auto1 Group is going public, and Sequoia wants a piece.
- In more news from Germany, Personio has put together a $125 million round at a $1.7 billion valuation.
- And Grab, the Southeast Asian food delivery and ride-hailing goliath, could raise $2 billion in a 2021 U.S. IPO.
- Turning to this morning: The WhatsApp-India saga continues, Citrix is buying Wrike for $2.25 billion and American stocks are looking up this morning.
- On the funding round front: LeoCare raised €15 million from Felix Capital, Ventech and Daphni. PPRO raised $180 million at a valuation of more than $1 billion. And Darwinbox raised from Salesforce Ventures, something that we did not know that the American corporate VC did.
- Finally, read this crypto piece.
And that’s that for today, we are back in short order on Thursday afternoon!