Devo Announces $250 Million Funding Round Led by TCV

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Oct. 26, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Devo Technology, the cloud-native logging and security analytics company, today announced $250 million in Series E funding at a valuation of $1.5 billion. TCV led the round, along with new investors General Atlantic and Eurazeo and existing investors Insight Partners, GeorgianBessemer Venture Partners, and Kibo Ventures

A recent report from Devo revealed the speed at which businesses have accelerated past the cloud tipping point—with cloud-first organizations now outnumbering on-premise organizations by a ratio of three-to-one. Devo is serving as the only credible “go to” in the cloud for large customers needing sophisticated security analytics and enterprise logging at scale.

“Digital transformation, and the massive threat surface associated with it, have elevated security analytics to the centerpiece of frontline cyber defenses,” said Devo CEO, Marc van Zadelhoff. “Pedro Castillo and our founders built Devo for this transformation, and now the world’s largest businesses choose us because we combine unmatched scale, powerful analytics, and the ability to get answers in real time—fundamentally changing how security teams interact with their data. This new funding validates the disruptive force we have become and sends a signal to the industry that we will continue to set the pace for innovation and customer value.”

Devo’s expansion plans include growth in new verticals and geographies including an expanded presence in the public sector, as well as internationally in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region. Building on the rapid adoption of Devo as the platform of choice for leading resellers and managed security services providers (MSSPs) across the globe, the company is also redoubling its commitment to the channel, cloud and integration partners. Devo will also invest heavily in technology alliances, content, and people to build out a global security community to usher in a new era for the industry.

Gopi Vaddi, General Partner at TCV, who is joining the Devo Board of Directors said, “We’re thrilled to invest behind Devo’s visionary founders who have built a category-disrupting product suite, in addition to Marc van Zadelhoff who joined as CEO last year and has commercialized the company further by recruiting a seasoned team of executives. We look forward to working with existing investors Insight, Georgian, Bessemer, and Kibo Ventures, who have guided the company to its current stage, as well as new investors General Atlantic and Eurazeo.”

Also joining the board is Gary Reiner, Operating Partner at General Atlantic.

The funding event also marks what has been a momentous first year in the tenure of CEO Marc van Zadelhoff. Since assuming leadership, he has driven the company to new heights, including:

  • Nearly 100% year-over-year revenue growth
  • Over 100% customer growth, including H&R Block, Manulife, FanDuel, Ulta Beauty and AMEX Global Business Travel
  • More than 400 employees across North America, Europe, and APAC
  • Addition of industry-proven leaders including CSO Gunter Ollmann, SVP of Product Ted Julian, CCO Johannes Loeffler and CFO Jennifer Grunebaum
  • Launch of Devo Content Stream, a new high-value content delivery service for Devo customers

About Devo

Devo is the only cloud-native logging and security analytics platform that releases the full potential of your data to empower bold, confident action. With unrivaled scale to collect all of your data without compromise, speed to give you immediate access and answers, and clarity to focus on the signals that matter most, Devo is your ally in protecting your organization today and tomorrow. Headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., Devo is backed by Insight Partners, Georgian, TCV, General Atlantic, Bessemer Venture Partners, Kibo Ventures and Eurazeo. Learn more at www.devo.com.

About TCV

Founded in 1995, TCV was established with a clear vision: to capture opportunities in the technology market through a specialized and consistent focus on investing in high-growth companies. Since inception, the firm has built a track record of successfully backing private and public businesses that have developed into dominant industry players across internet, software, FinTech, and enterprise IT. TCV has helped guide CEOs through more than 140 IPOs and strategic acquisitions. TCV has invested in cutting edge technology companies including Airbnb, Aviatrix, GitLab, HashiCorp, Klarna, Mollie, Netflix, OneTrust, Peloton, Rapid 7, Redis, Splunk, Spotify, Vectra AI, and more. TCV has successfully executed over 350 investments of varying structures, including mid-stage, late stage, and public company investments, and has offices in Menlo Park, New York, and London. For more information about TCV, including a complete list of TCV investments, visit tcv.com.

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Making Community Building More Than a Catchphrase to Unlock Growth – Jonathan Mildenhall Shares Lessons from Airbnb and More for Companies of All Sizes

Growth Hacks – Moving the Metric

Brands like Airbnb and Peloton that have been able to build a loyal community around their products, may seem to have cultivated that community size through an alchemical mix of marketing spend, timing, and luck. But it doesn’t have to be so opaque — especially not for businesses that make community building an essential part of their blueprint to growth, even from the early days. 

In this episode of Growth Hacks, Kunal and Katja talk to Jonathan Mildenhall, former CMO of Airbnb and founder and Chairman of strategic branding firm, TwentyFirstCenturyBrand, about ways to articulate the narrative of a modern brand – with community building as a key element. Jonathan walks us through a four-pillar process for creating strategic blueprints to build brand narrative, and tips for B2B brands to elicit the sort of emotional resonance that B2C brands have found with customers. 

Key Takeaways:

  • The four pillars of a modern 21st century brand that’s built to scale. Community isn’t just something that comes once a brand has been built. In fact, having a vocal, loyal community is one of the four core pillars of building a modern-day company. In addition to community building, the other three pillars for twenty-first century brands are being purpose driven, making sure your technology is well-designed and human, and focusing on storytelling.
  • How to perform a deep analysis on your own company and create a strategic blueprint to activate on each pillar. One of the first things Jonathan and his team at TwentyFirstCenturyBrand do when building out a new brand is to sit down with the founders and leaders of the company to do what they call a deep extraction. The purpose is to get a better understanding of the brand’s potential size and aspirations. “I don’t just mean in total numbers and size of revenue, but in terms of its cultural impact. We like to say we’re revealing the soul and purpose of the company back to the founding team,” Jonathan says.
  • Specific strategies on building a community that can meaningfully drive growth and brand perception. When Jonathan was the CMO of Airbnb, they had to get creative about how to use their marketing spend, which was a fraction of their competitors’ budgets. Jonathan’s team decided to activate Airbnb’s community of hosts to tell stories, by providing them photographers to take photos of their rentals and turn that into marketing collateral. Those community stories helped drive Airbnb’s initial brand narrative and turned those same hosts into vocal advocates for Airbnb with cities and potential users. Per Jonathan, “if you get community right, you can reduce acquisition costs, content creation costs, and you can drive referrals, word of mouth, and the brand narrative in ways that are unprecedented for marketers.” 
  • Why strategic community building has to come from the C-suite. Community building is an ongoing process and a two-way conversation; not just when a brand needs the community to telegraph its approval. It’s why Jonathan believes that community engagement should come from company leadership, who can maintain that dialog with followers of the brand and the wider community: “The chief executive’s voice and presence needs to be heard.”
  • Lessons B2B marketers can take from B2C campaigns when it comes to eliciting an emotional connection. Whether you’re a B2B company or a B2C company, Jonathan urges marketing teams to think about more than selling a product, and instead focus on the human being receiving the message, and whether that message moves them emotionally. His advice for B2B marketers? “I would love it if B2B businesses made a greater effort to move audiences emotionally and treat them as human beings, as opposed to somebody on the other side of a business transaction,” says Jonathan.


To learn more, tune into Growth Hacks: Elevating Community Building to Drive Meaningful Growth

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The views and opinions expressed are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect those of TCMI, Inc. or its affiliates (“TCV”). TCV has not verified the accuracy of any statements by the speakers and disclaims any responsibility therefor. This interview and blog post are not an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to purchase an interest in any private fund managed or sponsored by TCV or any of the securities of any company discussed. The TCV portfolio companies identified, if any, are not necessarily representative of all TCV investments, and no assumption should be made that the investments identified were or will be profitable. For a complete list of TCV investments, please visit www.tcv.com/all-companies/. For additional important disclaimers regarding this interview and blog post, please see “Informational Purposes Only” in the Terms of Use for TCV’s website, available at http://www.tcv.com/terms-of-use/.


Digitizing One of the Last Unconnected Markets: Built’s Place in the Multi-Trillion-Dollar Global Construction Ecosystem

$1.58T is spent annually in the U.S. construction industry, yet it’s one of the least digitized industries in the world. Paralleling the shift to digital transformation across other industries, this is beginning to change. That’s just one reason we are delighted to announce that TCV is partnering with construction finance cloud leader: Built Technologies.

Construction may be one of the least digitized industries, but that’s not going to last for long. Builders and owners are expecting digital services, just as they do in all other aspects of their lives. When it comes to financing a construction project, customers around the world should expect seamless communication, payments, and procurement through the convenience of their phone. That’s why we are excited to invest in Built, who is seeking to upgrade the functionality and user experience for everyone in the construction value chain. 

Nashville, Tennessee-based Built offers a cloud-based platform solution for construction lenders, owners, developers, and contractors. Its software acts as a digital workspace to allow all parties to collaborate to get projects built and keep capital flowing to the proper destination. The software is used by more than 150 of the leading U.S. and Canadian construction lenders, in addition to thousands of developers and contractors. 

Built is closely following TCV’s thesis for SaaS as a Network – combining software + payments + marketplace, and connecting all key stakeholders on one platform. SaaS as a Network is a strong model for industries lagging in digital adoption, as products are focused on driving solutions, operational enablement, and strong ROI. We’ve seen this at Toast in the restaurant space – where Toast helps businesses operate more efficiently and grow revenue by providing payments, software and services, or with Clio, where law firms are able to manage their employees, and customers, and enable payments.

We believe SaaS as a Network is markedly increasing the possible expected return and economic strength of vertical sector-serving SaaS platforms, given it takes advantage of end-to-end workflows to build “rails” direct to their merchant’s customers, suppliers, and employees. 

When a SaaS provider starts serving a high enough density of merchants, it can leverage that strength to build two-sided marketplaces with the merchant’s customers, suppliers, and employees. That SaaS vendor has now created a marketplace that can enjoy powerful network effects as seen in consumer marketplaces like Airbnb and Amazon. 

Built’s platform started with a Construction Loan Administration offering that improves communication and operations between banks and their borrowers. Built has grown this offering to over 150 lender customers, representing more than $80 billion of unique construction dollars and is the system of record for these lenders’ construction portfolios. In addition, builders use this system to access their capital—the lifeblood of construction.

By following the flow of money from banks into the hands of builders and owners, the Built team realized there was an even bigger opportunity within the construction ecosystem. They started to build more products around payments and value-added services like on-site inspections and other critical support to enable the construction loan process.

Built was able to accomplish all this due to its product-driven team, led by CEO, Chase Gilbert, who has construction industry experience and understands the real-world buyer pain points. In addition, Chase and the Built team have taken a customer-centric approach that informs everything that they do, especially product design. As we spent time with customers, one of the key themes we kept hearing was the operational efficiencies that Built enabled. All stakeholders involved with the Built platform felt that they were able to operate better through their use of Built.

Since its 2015 launch, the platform has been used to manage the financing of over $135 billion in construction, spanning more than 200,000 commercial, homebuilder, land development and consumer residential projects. All these were factors that led to TCV being the lead investor in Built’s $125 million Series D funding round.

TCV first called on Built in 2017, and our team took the time to build a strong relationship with the executive team.  

“We appreciate the great investing experience TCV brings to the relationship. As a result of its deep customer and technical research, TCV understands our vision and can see just how big an opportunity this is for both of our companies. We’re excited for our future together.”

Chase Gilbert, CEO, Built

While the recent funding is a nice milestone for the team, we are even more excited about the tens of thousands of users that access Built on a regular basis to fund their operations, and the opportunity Built has to build more products and do more to help its customers.

We view our investment as a perfect opportunity to add value. We think Built has a superb window of opportunity, as the world moves faster into a recovery being boosted by widespread embracing of digital ways of working. And, finally, we see huge potential in Built’s ability to connect key stakeholders in the construction process, connecting everyone onto a shared system. We’re grateful for this new partnership with Built and Brookfield Technology Partners, 9Yards Capital, XYZ Venture Capital, HighSage Ventures, and existing investors Addition, Index Ventures, Canapi Ventures, GreenPoint Partners, Nine Four Ventures, Fifth Wall, Goldman Sachs, and Nyca Partners among other individual investors. We look forward to supporting Built’s world-class team on their mission to transform a global market. The addressable market is not just the U.S.’s $1.58 trillion, but the world’s annual $10 trillion construction market.

We believe construction finance on a SaaS as a Network footing presents a remarkable future opportunity. Let’s get something great Built here!

If you’re interested in driving change in the construction finance market, Built is hiring!


Product, People, and Employee Engagement: How Zillow’s Path to Growth Eschewed the Traditional Marketing Playbook

Growth Hacks – Moving the Metric

Nowadays, growth minded leaders know that a strong corporate culture and engaged employees are a central part of any company’s growth playbook. Yet when Zillow first launched, placing people on the same level as product innovation was an audacious move. Still, Zillow took the time to invest in improving its employee engagement, knowing that engaged employees were the bedrock for a company’s long-term success.

On this episode of Growth Hacks, Kunal and Katja talk to TCV Venture Partner and former CMO, COO, and current Zillow board member, Amy Bohutinsky. We discuss Amy’s perspective on C-suite leadership and bucking the traditional marketing and operational playbooks in order to drive growth and create better company cohesion. As board member of various technology companies, Amy also walks us through what boards are discussing now more than ever.

Key Takeaways

  • Why Zillow focused on product over marketing to drive early growth. When Zillow launched in 2004, they’d seen many of their startup peers spend lots of money on brand marketing without a proven revenue model. Rather than tread the same path, Amy says the Zillow team “saw an opportunity to build a company in a really different way, which was to focus deeply on product. Product was absolutely the best marketing we could have.” By adopting a no budget marketing budget, the team was further incentivized to create products, like Zillow’s Zestimate, that customers would truly love using.
  • Strategies for successfully merging companies post-acquisition. As Zillow has grown, it’s acquired companies of all sizes, including its $2.5 billion acquisition of fellow real estate juggernaut Trulia. To navigate a smoother post-acquisition merger after she became COO, Amy took a page from her former CMO playbook when considering how to best scale Zillow’s employee base while retaining what was special about its culture. During the Trulia acquisition, the companies combined their individual sets of values to create a new shared set of driving core values. “That gave a nod to what was great about both, but also showed that we were bridging two companies together and two different cultures together and creating something new,” says Amy.
  • How shared values in a shared language build connective tissue between disparate teams. One of Amy’s goals during her time as Zillow’s COO was to drive better cohesion between sales, marketing, and product. Though each team had its own values in addition to Zillow’s shared corporate values, everyone across the company bought into what Zillow called its “product personas” — mental sketches of the people they built for. “They had names, they had photos, they had a whole life…And these are individual personas that everyone across every department at the company understands deeply,” says Amy.
  • The most important metrics all C-suite leaders should be paying attention to. When Amy shifted her role from CMO to COO, she viewed Zillow employees the same way she did end consumers; what did they have to say, what were their concerns, and what could Zillow do to make sure they retained the workforce that made them successful. Even now, Amy says all C-suite leaders should be paying attention to a key metric: employee engagement. “If you get that right, it’s a whole lot easier to meet all of the business-related metrics you need.”
  • What corporate boards are most concerned with currently. In addition to the board of Zillow, Amy sits on the boards of Modsy and Duolingo, and has sat on the boards of companies including Gap and HotelTonight. She says that in the last seven to ten years, the conversation on boards has shifted away from growth at all costs to an emphasis on people and how to keep and retain a healthy workforce.

To learn more, tune into Growth Hacks: Treating Employees Like End Consumers: How Zillow Scaled Successfully While Reinventing the Traditional Growth Playbook

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The views and opinions expressed are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect those of TCMI, Inc. or its affiliates (“TCV”). TCV has not verified the accuracy of any statements by the speakers and disclaims any responsibility therefor. This interview and blog post are not an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to purchase an interest in any private fund managed or sponsored by TCV or any of the securities of any company discussed. The TCV portfolio companies identified, if any, are not necessarily representative of all TCV investments, and no assumption should be made that the investments identified were or will be profitable. For a complete list of TCV investments, please visit www.tcv.com/all-companies/. For additional important disclaimers regarding this interview and blog post, please see “Informational Purposes Only” in the Terms of Use for TCV’s website, available at http://www.tcv.com/terms-of-use/.


Invest Like the Best: Jay Hoag – Calibrating Market Adoption

Post by Patrick O’Shaughnessy

My guest today is Jay Hoag, co-founder of TCV. If you look at Jay’s investment track record, it’s a “who’s who” of tech giants with Airbnb, Netflix, Peloton, Zillow, and a list that does not stop there. Needless to say, Jay has a Hall of Fame career. During our conversation, we talk about his own journey founding TCV, what advice he has for visionaries, and why he sees advantages for private to public crossover investors. Jay has such a wealth of experience that is on display throughout this episode. Please enjoy my conversation with Jay Hoag.

For the full show notes, transcript, and links to the best content to learn more, check out the episode page here.

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The views and opinions expressed are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect those of TCMI, Inc. or its affiliates (“TCV”). TCV has not verified the accuracy of any statements by the speakers and disclaims any responsibility therefor. This interview and blog post are not an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to purchase an interest in any private fund managed or sponsored by TCV or any of the securities of any company discussed. The TCV portfolio companies identified, if any, are not necessarily representative of all TCV investments, and no assumption should be made that the investments identified were or will be profitable. For a complete list of TCV investments, please visit www.tcv.com/all-companies/. For additional important disclaimers regarding this interview and blog post, please see “Informational Purposes Only” in the Terms of Use for TCV’s website, available at http://www.tcv.com/terms-of-use/.


Built Technologies Announces $125M Series D Financing Round Led by New Investor TCV

September 30, 2021 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

NASHVILLE, Tenn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Built Technologies (Built), the fastest growing construction finance platform in the U.S., today announced $125 million in Series D funding at a valuation of $1.5 billion. Lead investor TCV, along with Brookfield Technology Partners, 9Yards Capital, XYZ Venture Capital, and HighSage Ventures, will join existing investors in the Nashville-based company.

$1.58T is spent annually in the U.S. construction industry yet it is one of the least digitized industries in the world. Focused on becoming the financial operating system of the construction industry and empowering all key stakeholders to be more successful, Built has evolved from initially serving financial institutions active in construction lending to also serving other players in the construction ecosystem over the past two years. The company’s cloud-based platform now offers solutions to lenders, property developers, home builders, and contractors as these parties collaborate to get projects built and keep capital flowing to the proper destination as quickly as possible.

The new funding will be used to meet the evolving needs of the industry including:

  • Significantly expanding Built’s world-class team;
  • Accelerating the delivery of new products for financial institutions that are active in all types of construction lending;
  • Designing new products for property developers, home builders, and contractors as they collaborate with their vendors to pay or get paid with better insights;
  • Launching next generation construction payment capabilities along with an insurance brokerage; and,
  • Further international expansion.

“As a result of our continued growth and commitment to the construction industry and the capital providers fueling it, we have experienced a significant amount of demand from the investor community,” said Chase Gilbert, CEO at Built. “As a leading platform focused on modernizing money movement and improving financial outcomes in construction, we are excited to use this investment from TCV and others to extend our capabilities and drive an even bigger impact.”

With Built, lenders can more safely and efficiently deploy capital into commercial and residential construction projects, and seamlessly integrate with their other core systems. Built supports the full breadth of debt and equity funding at scale while providing lenders with powerful insights needed to manage their business and deliver borrowers a convenient experience.

For commercial and residential owners, developers, and construction professionals, Built is actively developing new solutions—like compliance tracking, AP/AR automation tools, payment management and insurance services.

“Built has achieved broad market penetration in the notoriously tough construction finance space, because they are answering critical unmet needs in the market,” said Woody Marshall, lead investor at TCV and Built’s newest board member. “TCV partners with aspiring category leaders, and we are confident that Built will take its place among other innovative companies who have disrupted major markets.”

Since launching in 2015, Built’s platform has been used to manage the financing of over $135 billion in construction value, spanning more than 200,000 commercial, homebuilder, land development and consumer residential projects.

Built’s new funding partners join existing investors including Lee Fixel’s Addition, Index Ventures, Canapi Ventures, GreenPoint Partners, Nine Four Ventures, Fifth Wall, Goldman Sachs, and Nyca Partners among other individual investors.

About Built

Built is the leading provider of construction finance technology. Built connects commercial and consumer construction lenders, property developers, commercial general contractors, residential homebuilders, specialty contractors, title companies, and other critical industry vendors to improve the flow of capital through the construction ecosystem. By connecting all key stakeholders involved in the construction financing process in real-time, the Built platform helps mitigate risk, power faster draws and payments, ensure compliance, and inspire customer loyalty. Built is used by more than 150 of the leading U.S. & Canadian construction lenders and thousands of developers and contractors. For more information, visit www.getbuilt.com.

About TCV

Founded in 1995, TCV was established with a clear vision: to capture opportunities in the technology market through a specialized and consistent focus on investing in high-growth companies. Since inception, the firm has built a track record of successfully backing private and public businesses that have developed into dominant industry players across internet, software, FinTech, and enterprise IT. TCV has invested over $16 billion to date, including $3 billion in fintech. TCV has helped guide CEOs through more than 135 IPOs and strategic acquisitions. TCV has invested in cutting edge technology companies including Airbnb, Brex, Klarna, Mambu, Mollie, Netflix, Payoneer, Peloton, Revolut, Trade Republic, Spotify, Wealthsimple, and more. TCV has successfully executed over 350 investments of varying structures, including mid-stage, late stage and public company investments, and has offices in Menlo Park, New York, and London. For more information about TCV, including a complete list of TCV investments, visit tcv.com.

Contacts

Media contact:
Robin Bectel
REQ for Built Technologies
rbectel@req.co
703-287-2827

Kristi Brown
Built Technologies
kristi.brown@getbuilt.com
702-303-3019

Katja Gagen
TCV
kgagen@tcv.com
415-690-6689


Making the Grade with Nerdy

As we congratulate TCV portfolio company Nerdy on its first day trading as a public company (NYSE: NRDY), we wanted to take a look back at what has been a remarkable growth and innovation story in the online education market. 

We first met Nerdy founder and CEO Chuck Cohn in St Louis in 2014.  At the time, Nerdy (doing business then as its flagship brand Varsity Tutors) had 90 employees and no physical offices, operating effectively as a fully-remote company.  Sensing an opportunity to disrupt the legacy tutoring market, Chuck had incubated Nerdy as a college student at nearby Washington University in St Louis a few years prior. Over time, it morphed from Chuck’s “side hustle” into his full-time mission.  All the while, Chuck had not taken traditional institutional venture capital, choosing instead to bootstrap the business while driving high-revenue growth.

We were immediately impressed by Chuck’s vision for Nerdy and his views on disrupting the legacy tutoring market.  Historically, tutoring was a cottage industry – one that was very fragmented and in the billions of dollars in size in the United States.  The professional side of the market was physical center-based businesses (in the mall next to the grocery store) that generally had franchise models characterized by high prices and questionable outcomes and satisfaction.  And of course there were individual tutors (think former teachers or college students) that used Craigslist, parent’s group lists, bulletin boards, or local relationships in schools to find students. Chuck believed there was a way to empower individual tutors and match them with students that they were uniquely qualified to help. 

Chuck’s model sought to more deeply understand the skills of a tutor and the needs of a student and facilitate connections between expert tutors and parents and students across thousands of subject areas regardless of geography.  Chuck’s emphasis on quality and product innovation proved prescient as online learning steadily gained importance.  As online learning grew, Chuck decided that in order to scale his platform it made sense to bring on an institutional partner for the first time.  We were honored to have the opportunity to partner with Chuck, leading a funding round in November 2015. Chuck chose to partner with TCV given our combined expertise in consumer business models as well as our focus on education technology. 

Since our initial investment, Nerdy has grown significantly, assembling what we believe to be an  all-star management team.  The addition of Ian Clarkson and Heidi Robinson opened up a new product center of gravity in Seattle, and added the “been there, done that before” capabilities required to scale a business. We’ve had the opportunity to connect executives from the TCV network to assist in the mission, most notably Erik Blachford (TCV Venture Partner and former Expedia CEO) who joined as an early Board member, and Adam Weber who joined as CMO after leading marketing at Dollar Shave Club (another prior TCV portfolio company). 

As COVID swept the globe, Nerdy’s offerings took on a heightened importance, forcing parents to contend with serious issues like learning loss and isolation. Nerdy and other digital providers stepped in with personalized solutions.  The unwavering focus on building the best product has enabled Nerdy to become a comprehensive learning destination with over 3,000 subject areas for education and enrichment while maintaining very high levels of student satisfaction.  We think this is the winning strategy over the long term.

We congratulate the entire Nerdy organization on a momentous occasion and look forward to working with the team in continuing to transform how people learn! 

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The views and opinions expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of TCMI, Inc. or its affiliates (“TCV”). TCV has not verified the accuracy of any of the data or statements by the author and disclaims any responsibility therefor. This blog post is not an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to purchase an interest in any private fund managed or sponsored by TCV or any of the securities of any company discussed. The TCV portfolio companies identified above are not necessarily representative of all TCV investments, and no assumption should be made that the investments identified were or will be profitable. For a complete list of TCV investments, please visit www.tcv.com/all-companies/. For additional important disclaimers regarding this interview and blog post, please see “Informational Purposes Only” in the Terms of Use for TCV’s website, available at http://www.tcv.com/terms-of-use/.


Aviatrix Raises $200 Million in Funding Led by TCV, Elevating the Cloud Networking Leader’s Valuation to $2 Billion

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 8, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Aviatrix, the leader in cloud networking and network security, today announced it has raised $200 million in growth funding led by TCV. Additional new investors include Insight Partners and Tiger Global, while existing investors CRV, Formation 8, General Catalyst, Greenspring Associates, Ignition, Liberty Global Ventures, Meritech Capital and TrueBridge Capital Partners also participated in the round. This Series E funding raises Aviatrix’s valuation to $2 billion, which has more than doubled in six months since the previous round.

“Enterprise adoption of a multi-cloud strategy has gone mainstream, which combined with an outstanding team drove our decision to invest in the cloud networking leader of this massive market transformation,” said Tim McAdam, general partner at TCV. “Aviatrix’s ability to quickly deliver enterprise customer value and establish itself as mission-critical in these large organizations is both impressive and indicative of long-term growth.”

As part of the funding round, McAdam will also join the Aviatrix Board of Directors.

This growth-stage investment will enable the company to scale its worldwide sales and support operations at a time when enterprises en masse are investing in enterprise-class cloud networking and network security.  

“The transformation to cloud is being driven by CEOs to deliver business agility,” said Steve Mullaney, CEO of Aviatrix. “The cloud network infrastructure can’t rely on the horrible, complex operational model of the 1990s data center to deliver on that agility.  Enterprises need the visibility and security controls they had on-prem, but with the operational simplicity and automation of cloud. Only Aviatrix can deliver this value.”

Additional Resources

See how Aviatrix is helping its customers transform their businesses: https://aviatrix.com/featured-customers/ 

Build your career at Aviatrix: https://aviatrix.com/careers/ 

Learn more about Aviatrix Cloud Network Platform: https://aviatrix.com/cloud-network-platform/

Media contacts:  

Mike Haro, Aviatrix 
mharo@aviatrix.com 
408-438-8628 

Katja Gagen, TCV 
kgagen@tcv.com 
415-690-6689 

About Aviatrix
Aviatrix delivers advanced cloud networking, network security and operational visibility required by enterprises with cloud-native simplicity and automation. More than 550 customers worldwide leverage Aviatrix and its proven multi-cloud network reference architecture to design, deploy and operate a repeatable network and security architecture that is consistent across any public cloud. Combined with the industry’s first and only multi-cloud networking certification (ACE), Aviatrix is empowering IT to lead and accelerate the transformation to the cloud. Learn more at Aviatrix.com.

About TCV
Founded in 1995, TCV was established with a clear vision: to capture opportunities in the technology market through a specialized and consistent focus on investing in high-growth companies. Since inception, the firm has built a track record of successfully backing private and public businesses that have developed into dominant industry players across internet, software, FinTech, and enterprise IT. TCV has invested over $15 billion to date and has helped guide CEOs through more than 135 IPOs and strategic acquisitions. TCV has invested in cutting edge technology companies including Airbnb, Cradlepoint, HashiCorp, Netflix, Peloton, Silver Peak, Spotify, Vectra AI, and more. TCV has successfully executed over 350 investments of varying structures, including mid-stage, late stage and public company investments, and has offices in Menlo Park, New York, and London. For more information about TCV, including a complete list of TCV investments, visit tcv.com.

SOURCE Aviatrix

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