Forget unicorns, make way for decacorns. Yes, while unicorns may have become commonplace, we’re seeing several companies joining the decacorn club too. The past week was no different. Of course, we also saw some acquisitions, and news about companies planning their IPOs, among other things. So without any further ado, here’s everything that you need to know in the world of SaaS as per the last week’s happenings.

News of the week

Tiger Global-backed B2B packaging platfom Bizongo acquihires edtech firm Hexa

Made-to-order platform Bizongo has announced the acquisition of Hexa, an ed-tech cloud platform for college placements. This is an acquihire to get Hexa’s team join Bizonogo as it looks to launch new products.

HR software group Justworks pulls IPO as tech stocks fall

Amidst all the boom in the industry, we’re also see not-so-positive public markets. Perhaps that explains why HR software Justworks has suspended its IPO plans.

SaaS fintech firm Zaggle kickstarts preparation to raise around $200-$250million via IPO

Aiming to become a “global digital bank”, Zaggle was started in 2011. It offers financial solutions, and helps companies and retailers in providing gifts and experiences to employees and customers. It’s reported to make a public debut, raising $200-$250million.

SaaS companies that got the funding this week

Fintech startup scores $40billion valuation in latest share sale has become one of the most valued startups globally with its latest funding of $1billion. The investment was made by new investors like Franklin Templeton and Qatar Investment Authority along with existing investors such as Insight Partners and Tiger Global Management. Worth noting that payment processing software didn’t raise any funding till 2019. The funding will be used towards expanding into the US, and catering to cryptocurrency companies.

Fintech Brex confirms $12.3billion valuation, snaps up Meta exec to serve as its head of product

Brex has been on a tear, and that doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon. The provider of expense management software, as well as a corporate credit card, has now raised a $300million Series D-2 round that imputes a value of $12.3billion. The round was co-led by Greenoaks Capital and TCV. The company also highlighted that it has more than doubled its revenue.

Fresh round of $355million lifts online checkout company Bolt into decacorn territory 

Another checkout technology company was in news in the last week – Bolt closed a $355million Series E investment. It was led by BlackRock, and values it at $11billion.

Highspot raises $248million at $3.5billion valuation as demand rises for software that helps salespeople

Sales enablement software Highspot has gotten $248million as part of a Series F round. Valuing the startup at $3.5billion, the investment was led by B Capital Group and D1 Capital Partners.

Workplace management platform Envoy nabs $111million to power the hybrid workforce 

Visitor management platform Envoy has received $111million Series C financing. Led by Brookfield Growth, the round values the startup at $1.4billion.

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