Specter Monitor #77 🧞
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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.
MengKe ‘MK’ Li (US, 2021): Co-Founder at Liquido.
Featured by Specter on: 2022 - Week 47.
Advantage on Latest Funding Round: 161 Days.
Description: Liquido provides integrated mobile payment solutions.
Prev. Experience: UpHonest Capital, Treasure Data, Microsoft, Google, Morgan Stanley, Apple Inc.
Total Funding: $26M / $26M Latest Venture Round in 05/2023.
Notable Investors: Index Ventures, Restive, Base Partners, UpHonest Capital, MANTIS Venture Capital.
James Radford (EU, 2023): Chief Executive Officer at Fintech Stealth Startup.
Featured by Specter on: 2023 - Week 18.
Prev. Experience: Chief Executive Officer @Revolut, Premium Credit Ltd, Cheque and Credit Clearing Company, Aldermore Bank PLC, Lloyds Banking Group, HBOS, Citi, American Express.
Total Funding: N/A.
Notable Investors: N/A.
🎱 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.
Spread (EU, 2019) - Featured by Specter on: 2022 - Week 12.
Advantage on Latest Funding Round: 408 Days.
Description: Spread is a digital engineering software developer with the goal to increase sustainability by understanding 3D data like engineers.
Total Funding: $18.9M / $16M Latest Series A Round in 05/2023.
Notable Investors: HV Capital, Till Reuter, Sebastian Borek, Cavalry Ventures, Dylan Field, Walter Kortschak, Charlie Songhurst, La Famiglia, Felix Jahn.
Create (US, 2021) - Featured by Specter on: 2022 - Week 18.
Description: Create gives everyone the power of software creation.
Total Funding: N/A.
Notable Investors: Montage Ventures, precursor Ventures.
Signal: Increased VC Interest in 05/2023.
🍒 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.
Openlayer (US, 2021) - Specter Rank: 9,908 📈
Description: Openlayer is an analysis platform that "opens up" machine learning models by detecting and eliminating failure patterns and biases.
Total Funding: $4.8M / $4.8M Latest Seed Round in 05/2023.
Notable Investors: Quiet Capital, Rodrigo Schmidt, Mike Krieger, Max Mullen, Immad Akhund, Guillermo Rauch, Y Combinator, Soma Capital, Gokul Rajaram, Liquid 2 Ventures, MANTIS Venture Capital.
3 Months Growth: Web: +358%; Social: +14%.
Bento (EU, 2022) - Specter Rank: 08 📈
Description: Bento's mission is to assist creators looking to make a career online by assisting them in identifying and expanding their audience.
Total Funding: $1.6M / $1.6M Latest Pre-Seed Round in 02/2023.
Notable Investors: Sequoia Arc, Nextblue, Gaingels.
3 Months Growth: Web: +1,724%; Team: +20%; Social: +36%.
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