Specter Monitor #63 ⚙️
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🔮 Talents of the Week
Specter tracks real-time top talents movements across the world to detect actionable investment opportunities before anyone else.
Kuberan Marimuthu (US, 2021): Founder & CEO at Cypher Wallet (YC W22).
Featured by Specter on: 2022 - Week 07.
Advantage on Latest Funding Round: 337 Days.
Description: Cypher Wallet is a multi-chain crypto wallet focused on EVM+Cosmos chains with an in-built bridge and a Non-Custodial Crypto Debit Card.
Prev. Experience: Coinbase, Amazon, Zenefits, ColumbusAgain, HashCube, eBay Inc, OATSystems, Interchain Solution.
Total Funding: $4.3M / $4.3M Latest Seed Round in 01/2023.
Notable Investors: Y Combinator, Balaji Srinivasan, Samsung NEXT, Orange DAO, TRAC, Asymmetry Ventures, Rebel Fund, Picus Capital.
Laduram Vishnoi (US, 2022): Founder & CEO at Middleware (YC W23).
Featured by Specter on: 2023 - Week 04.
Description: Middleware is a Unified observability platform for cloud-native, microservices and distributed apps. It collects all the data from your application and infrastructure and then unifies it into a single timeline.
Prev. Experience: Founder @Acquire, Founder @Just Total Tech.
Total Funding: N/A.
Notable Investors: Y Combinator.
🎱 Strategic Intelligence
Inspired by Michael Lewis’ Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game - Strategic Intelligence is a stealth engine that tracks online and social behaviour of corporate insiders and leading investors.
Method Financial (YC S19) (US, 2021) - Featured by Specter on: 2022 - Week 39.
Advantage on Latest Funding Round: 119 Days.
Description: Method Financial is a debt repayment API that facilitates payments for all types of debt.
Total Funding: $18.5M / $16M Latest Series A Round in 01/2023.
Notable Investors: Andreessen Horowitz, Leonis Capital, Cameron Ventures, Truist Ventures, Ardent Venture Partners, Y Combinator, Abstract Ventures, SV Angel, Alan Rutledge.
1910 Genetics (US, 2018) - Featured by Specter on: 2023 - Week 04.
Description: 1910 Genetics is a biotechnology company integrating AI, computation, and biological automation to improve drug development.
Total Funding: $26.7M / $22M Series A Round in 03/2021.
Notable Investors: M12 - Microsoft's Venture Fund, Playground Global, Sam Altman, Tuck Lye Koh, Scientia Ventures, Emles Advisors, FoundersX Ventures, Alice Zhang.
Signal: Increased VC Interest in 01/2023.
🍒 Cherry-Picked Companies
Specter tracks the alternative data performance of millions of companies and, on a monthly basis, flags the ones who are likely to increase in valuation.
Accord (YC W20) (US, 2020) - Specter Rank: 825 📈
Description: Accord is a customer-facing collaboration platform helping B2B startups build repeatable, collaborative Sales & Onboarding processes.
Total Funding: $17M / $10M Latest Series A Round in 01/2023.
Notable Investors: Matrix Partners, Y Combinator, Nat Friedman, Mike Murchison, Stephanie Schatz, Stripe.
6 Months Growth: Web: +319%; Team: +71%; Social: +11%.
Terra (YC W21) (EU, 2021) - Specter Rank: 396 📈
Description: Terra makes it easy to access fitness and health data from wearables and sensors.
Total Funding: $2.8M / $2.8M Seed Round in 01/2021.
Notable Investors: Mandeep Singh, Ilkay Gundogan, Blaine Vess, Pioneer Fund, General Catalyst, Kieran Gibbs, Tom Blomfield, NEXT VENTŪRES, Samsung NEXT, Y Combinator.
6 Months Growth: Web: +334%; Team: +56%; Social: +39%.
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