Instant Global Identity Verification: How Trulioo’s Technology and Data Marketplace is Transforming Digital Customer Onboarding

Digital innovation has transformed how consumers and businesses access a range of online services – from streaming media, booking travel, setting up bank accounts, or financing a car. As more and more high-value services are performed through digital channels, it is increasingly important for businesses to know who is using their platforms. Many fintech applications need identity verification to comply with ‘Know Your Customer’ (KYC) regulations, while online marketplaces need it to maintain trust and safety on their platforms. These requirements have created a huge market opportunity for identity verification technology – a market TCV has been tracking for several years, looking for the right opportunity.

We found such an opportunity and are thrilled to announce our investment in Trulioo, the market leader in global consumer and business identity verification technology. Through its network of 450+ data partners, Trulioo can verify identities across over 5 billion individuals and 330 million businesses in more than 195 countries and territories. That’s the broadest reach of any vendor in its industry – and it’s all delivered via a single API.

For Trulioo’s customers, the opportunity is to maximize the number of clients they onboard globally via a frictionless experience, while seeking to ensure regulatory compliance and preventing fraud. We believe, this compelling value proposition has created significant momentum in Trulioo’s business – revenue has more than doubled over the past year, and growth is accelerating.

And while Trulioo has built a market-leading identity technology business, its ambition is to become the first global end-to-end identity verification platform by introducing AI/ML functionality and additional software applications. We are confident that our investment and partnership will help Trulioo accelerate its growth and achieve its platform vision even sooner.

Identity Verification Data with a Difference

Trulioo commands a leading position in its field, providing an API-driven marketplace of rich identity data. This is triangulated across multiple sources, normalized, and then delivered to customers via a single, modern API. Customers embed Trulioo’s API into their onboarding and compliance platforms to perform KYC/KYB (Know Your Business) verifications. The API and data-centric approach renders accurate identity verification quickly and enables a frictionless customer onboarding experience.

Trulioo’s identity data marketplace is built from a rich network of relationships with over 450 country-specific data providers that the company has developed over more than a decade. This adds up to a compelling value proposition for companies with global growth ambitions and has established Trulioo as the market standard for international identity verification. As Trulioo grows its customers and data sources, it creates a virtuous cycle that makes its value proposition more attractive to both sides of the marketplace. Finally, Trulioo has built a rich set of value-added features, rendering it well positioned to become an end-to-end identity technology platform.

This powerful data-driven proposition quickly drew our attention, and the people who are working to build Trulioo into a franchise technology leader are just as impressive. Founded in Vancouver, Canada a decade ago, the business is led by Steve Munford, a veteran software industry CEO, who TCV has known for more than a decade. Previously, Steve has scaled multiple highly successful companies including Carbonite, Absolute Software, and Sophos.

Steve joined Trulioo in 2020 and is surrounded by a world-class team including COO Zac Cohen (formerly Strategy & Operations at Global Relay), CTO Hal Lonas (former CTO of TCV-backed Webroot); CFO Leigh Ramsden (formerly CFO at Absolute Software); CRO Matt Schatz (former SVP of Sales at WP Engine); along with 240+ talented team members. That’s quite a line-up, and we’re delighted to work with everyone there to help Trulioo execute its growth strategy.

Glowing References from all Angles

Our conversations with Trulioo have been exciting from day one. It was immediately obvious that we share a belief in the vast market potential for identity verification, in addition to our conviction that the winning technology will increasingly need to be global, creating a unique opportunity for Trulioo to be the end-to-end platform of choice.

We first met Trulioo’s team in 2015 and heard rave reviews about the product from customers within TCV’s portfolio. When Steve joined Trulioo in 2020, we increased our dialogue with the team – holding multiple meetings where we discussed the company’s growth strategy and Steve’s vision for the business.

On top of our portfolio references, we conducted calls with many of Trulioo’s customers, partners, and identity market observers. The market feedback was effusive about the company’s value proposition, with customers seeing its product as clearly differentiated from other vendors thanks to its 360-degree data-driven approach.

A Shared Belief in the Global Identity Verification Opportunity

TCV has already invested extensively in the companies and industries that Trulioo serves which has fueled our excitement and conviction in the company’s value proposition. We believe that fintech companies – including payments and remittance companies, challenger banks, and trading platforms – will continue to grow globally. It’s why we’ve backed leaders – including Payoneer, WorldRemit, Nubank, Revolut and Wealthsimple – that are embarking on global growth agendas.

Given the importance of API-driven identity verification for digital KYC and other related applications, we believe Trulioo will be a valuable partner as fintech vendors grow. And, as many companies across verticals embed fintech capabilities into their products, we think Trulioo’s offering will resonate with an even broader market.

We’ve also seen firsthand how critical it is to maintain trust and safety for online marketplaces, through having Airbnb, Nerdy, and Rover in our portfolio. Similarly, we’ve witnessed many other industries, including e-commerce and gaming, investing increasingly in identity verification technologies, using trusted third-party sources, as they pursue global growth agendas.

Drawing on experiences from our portfolio companies, we also have high conviction in the rising importance of governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) technology, and have backed leaders including AxiomSL, OneTrust, ETQ, and Watermark in this space. As a critical aspect of their GRC strategies, we think identity verification – and Trulioo in particular – will grow in importance as global digital onboarding continues to expand.

A Powerful Partnership to Build on

We’re delighted at this meeting of minds and ambitions in a vast, emerging industry with powerful tailwinds. Trulioo is addressing a huge problem that applies to many of the most innovative, fastest growing verticals, and we are excited to help them seek to revolutionize their industry.

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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/.


Kipu Announces Strategic Investment from TCV – Appoints Paul Joiner as CEO and Rick Pharr as COO

CORAL GABLES, Fla., June 14, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Kipu, maker of the widely-used KipuEMR, an electronic medical records (EMR) system specifically designed for substance use disorder (SUD) and behavioral health treatment organizations, today announced the appointment of two senior leaders and a strategic investment from growth equity firm TCV. As Kipu embarks on its next chapter of growth, the company has hired Paul Joiner as its new CEO, and Rick Pharr as its new COO. Paul and Rick bring deep industry expertise, including scaling multiple healthcare technology companies to several hundred million in revenue.

Kipu’s EMR and other software and value-added solutions are utilized daily by leading operators in the substance use disorder treatment and behavioral health industry. According to a March 2021 study published in JAMA, hospital costs in the U.S. for treating substance use disorder (SUD) and related health conditions total more than $13 billion annually. The total cost of treatment for all behavioral health disorders accounts for roughly 5% of total healthcare spending in the US, representing over $200 billion per year.

“Kipu is the category leader with tremendous momentum,” says TCV General Partner Nari Ansari and a member of the Kipu board of directors. “The company’s suite of software applications intelligently leverages data in all phases of patient care, enabling behavioral healthcare providers to improve patient outcomes and drive operational efficiencies. Kipu gives caregivers on the front lines the capabilities they urgently need to care for patients, while also helping their organizations succeed. We look forward to supporting the Kipu team as they help a growing number of client partners manage the entire patient life cycle.”

Paul Joiner is an accomplished leader in the healthcare industry who will join Kipu later this month. He comes to Kipu from Availity, a healthcare information technology network serving many of the largest and most respected provider and payer organizations in the US. As Availity’s COO, Paul was a major force for growth and innovation, nearly doubling the company’s revenue during his tenure. Paul served previously as VP of Corporate Development & Payer Solutions at Passport Health Communications, which was acquired by Experian in 2013.

“The behavioral health industry is the latest sector in healthcare to benefit from digital technology,” says Paul Joiner. “I am excited to join Kipu and support their mission to deliver end-to-end technology solutions that enable providers and patients to communicate effectively and deliver the best care and outcomes. With TCV’s backing, and building upon Kipu’s market-leadership position, we plan to invest heavily to accelerate Kipu’s technology platform innovation and continue to develop fully integrated software applications to drive relentless, market-leading innovation and world-class performance for our customers and their patients.”

Rick Pharr joins Kipu as COO after a successful tenure at WebPT, a provider of EMR and business management applications for the physical and other therapy markets. During his time as SVP of Operations, WebPT scaled to serve a client base of more than 20,000 clinics. Rick also led WebPT in providing exceptional customer experience, as evidenced by the company’s industry-leading net promoter score (NPS).

“Kipu has achieved significant momentum by helping customers deliver the best outcomes in the behavioral health field in recent years,” says Rick Pharr. “Having spent my career building businesses that focus on customer outcomes, I look forward to serving Kipu’s customers as they put the recovery of their patients above anything else. I’m eager to help the Kipu team take first-in-class customer experiences to the next level to become the gold-standard in the industry.”

TripleTree acted as advisor to TCV in connection with its investment.

About Kipu
Kipu is the leading enterprise software provider serving the substance use, mental health, and eating disorder communities with its cloud-based technology platform. The KipuEMR, a fully configurable electronic health record and integrated billing platform designed for — and within — the behavioral health industry, is the largest and most widely implemented EMR purpose-built for the addiction treatment industry. Kipu’s platform is used daily by more than 80,000 users at more than 1,900 facilities, globally. The KipuCRM is a companion platform that manages the entire patient life cycle from the very first call through admission, integrating call center, referral, and marketing campaign management. To read the latest news on Kipu, please visit https://www.kipu.health/kipu-news/ and connect with us on: Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn.

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 public and private businesses that have developed into innovative industry leaders across the internet and software sectors.

TCV has invested over $15 billion to date and has helped guide CEOs through more than 130 IPOs and strategic acquisitions. TCV has invested in cutting edge technology companies including Airbnb, Avalara, AxiomSL, Brex, ExactTarget, Facebook, Netflix, Peloton, Spotify, Zillow, Clio, Klarna, Payoneer, Revolut, Toast, Trade Republic, Wealthsimple and WorldRemit. 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 https://www.tcv.com/.

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FarEye Helps Enterprises Delight Their Consumers at Every Step of the Journey

By Gopi Vaddi, General Partner at TCV

After perusing slick digital shopfronts for hours, checking AI-enabled online catalogs, and paying through seamless single-click checkouts, you may eventually be rewarded with ‘your delivery should arrive in 5-10 working days’ and left to pray that the shiny new gizmo you ordered will arrive in one piece. Sound familiar? For all the innovation and investment across most steps of the online purchasing journey, the actual delivery experience has been largely neglected. Yet, the surge in remote purchasing shows no signs of abating and consumers are demanding faster, better, and cheaper deliveries. This has placed the status quo under immense strain and the need for new solutions to help companies navigate this complexity today is greater than ever.

A New Frontier for Innovation in E-Commerce Enablement

E-commerce enablement has been a key investment theme for TCV, and we have made multiple investments across each step of the value chain. In early 2019, we invested in RELEX Solutions (Helsinki, Finland) which provides an AI-driven platform helping global retailers forecast demand and prepare their supply chain to execute against it. In 2020, we backed Spryker (Berlin, Germany) which helps enterprises build beautiful digital commerce platforms for B2B, B2C, and marketplaces. We also invested in Mollie (Amsterdam, Netherlands) which provides a seamless, easy-to-integrate online payments solution for merchants across Europe. Another recent investment is Trulioo (Vancouver, Canada) which provides seamless know-your-customer (KYC), and know-your-business (KYB) verification checks globally, enabling smooth onboarding of merchants and consumers onto online marketplaces and fintech platforms. Paradoxically, while the e-commerce experience may appear increasingly effortless for consumers, the underlying technology landscape has become increasingly sophisticated and complex.

Following our investments upstream in the ecommerce value chain, we cast our eye further down, identifying logistics as the natural next step. Within this untapped, vast market, last-mile delivery from a fulfilment center to a delivery endpoint like a consumer home has always been the most operationally complex and resource-intensive leg of the journey, absorbing nearly 50% of total logistics dollars spend, driven by inherent lack of economies of scale (disparate drop-off points) and its on-demand nature. Complexity has also compounded due to new delivery and fulfilment modes like micro-fulfilment centers, curb-side pick-up, etc. which strain already razor-thin margins for retailers and carriers alike. Even Amazon, the most sophisticated logistics machine in the world, has not been spared — as a percentage of retail-related sales, Amazon’s cost of fulfilment/shipping grew from ~16% to 32% between 2010-19. On the end-consumer front, delivery experiences have become a critical driver of satisfaction and repeat purchases, with delivery constituting the only physical touchpoint for online brands with their customers. In fact, 55% of US consumers have bought goods from one retailer over another because they provided more delivery options[1]. Throw all of the above in the mix and you have a market that is ripe for disruption. Enter FarEye – a next-generation intelligent software platform that helps enterprises to orchestrate all of their delivery logistics requirements.

We were thrilled to recently announce our investment in FarEye. Founded in India in 2009 by Kushal Nahata (CEO), Gautam Kumar (COO), and Gaurav Srivastava (CTO), the trio started their journey as logistics consultants, before settling on their strategy of building a software platform that would help companies navigate the immense complexities of managing last-mile deliveries. Having spent several years developing the product in India and South-East Asia, where delivery logistics challenges are even more pronounced than in Western economies, FarEye relocated headquarters to Chicago and moved towards global expansion, addressing the vast demand across Europe and the U.S.

Compelling ROI and an Enormous Market Opportunity

We first came to know FarEye through its superlative customer feedback and enormous ROI generated for customers – 22% improvement in first-attempt deliveries, two times improvement in courier satisfaction, and 24% increase in on-time deliveries all while providing complete visibility across the entire logistics operations. Spurred by these reviews, we got in touch with Kushal and were blown away by the depth of the platform as well as Kushal’s strategic and product vision.

The FarEye platform provides an incredible range of end-to-end functionality today — all deployed on fully multi-tenant, cloud-native infrastructure — that benefits retailers, carriers, manufacturers, and end consumers alike. Shippers and carriers benefit from automated order allocation and dispatching, real-time dynamic routing, loop optimization and electronic proof of delivery; their customers get slot-based & flexible delivery scheduling, automated alerts and notifications, the ability to real-time track their deliveries, and 24/7 chatbot-based customer support. FarEye also empowers enterprises with the latest advances in real-time tracking and tracing, ETA prediction based on real-time constraints such as traffic bottlenecks, and control-tower visibility of enterprise delivery activity.

At the heart of the FarEye platform is a low-code BPM engine that allows users to rapidly build delivery workflows that can be customized to meet the demands of a particular industry and customer. Customers today span hot-food delivery, pharmaceutical, packaged goods, housewares, industrial equipment, and more. FarEye even counts some of the largest global carriers among its clients. FarEye Delight has helped the company to quickly expand its existing customer base which increasingly rolls out the platform across new geographies and business units while growing its functionality with net retention that is best-in-class.

As e-commerce and broader home-delivery become the new normal, retailers across the world are racing to adapt, while those that do not face the risk of quickly falling behind. For TCV, FarEye is an excellent fit with our overarching strategy of investing early in what we believe to be the franchise technology companies of the future – no matter where they are founded. FarEye joins Cognite, Trulioo, Redis Labs, Revolut, Relex, Nubank, Klarna, Mambu, Mollie, Spryker, and Dream Sports among recent investments made outside the U.S. Based on our experience investing in many other global leaders that were once young growth-stage companies, we believe FarEye has the technology, talent, expertise, and strong track record to become a truly generational software business of the future.

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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/.


[1] MetaPack Global eCommerce Consumer Report, 2020


Trulioo Closes USD $394M Series D led by TCV at $1.75B Valuation

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA (PRWEB) JUNE 07, 2021

Trulioo, the leader in global identity verification, announced today it has completed a $394M Series D round at a $1.75B valuation. The Series D round was led by TCV, one of the world’s largest growth equity firms, with participation from existing investors Amex Ventures, Citi Ventures, Blumberg Capital and Mouro Capital. TCV General Partner, Jake Reynolds, and Principal Amol Helekar will join Trulioo’s Board of Directors.

Trulioo is the premier global identity network enabling companies to reliably onboard customers in a digital-first world. For Trulioo’s customers, this speeds international expansion, mitigates fraud risk and ensures regulatory compliance. With digital transformation accelerating, the U.S. digital identity market alone is projected to increase to over $30B by 2023, according to industry consultants at One World Identity. This has led to skyrocketing demand for the services provided by digital identity verification companies. Leveraging its vast global reach and fast, accurate identity verification technology, Trulioo has demonstrated strong momentum and captured an increasing share of this market. Over the past year alone, Trulioo has expanded into new verticals, grown its leadership team and established a presence in Dublin, Austin and San Diego.

“The shift to online has brought digital identity to the forefront,” says Steve Munford, Trulioo President and CEO. “This new round of funding will enable us to accelerate our goal to become an end-to-end identity platform. Our vision is to break down fragmented data silos caused by disparate identity networks, and we will work in partnership with TCV to expand our investments in product innovation, build out artificial intelligence/machine learning capabilities and accelerate our global go-to-market strategy.”

“We’re thrilled to lead Trulioo’s landmark investment to help further their goal of building an end-to-end identity platform,” says Reynolds.

Adds Amol Helekar, “Many of the world’s fastest-growing fintechs, financial services companies, online marketplaces, and ecommerce leaders already rely on Trulioo. They demonstrate the way forward for the huge number of businesses whose digital strategies increasingly depend on accurate, fast and global identity verification.”

TCV backs companies at the forefront of digital transformation across industries and it has a deep understanding of the identity verification space. Its extensive investment portfolio includes technology franchises such as Airbnb, AxiomSL, Brex, ByteDance, Clio, Facebook, Klarna, Netflix, Nubank, OneTrust, Payoneer, Revolut, Spotify, Wealthsimple, WorldRemit, and Zillow.

About Trulioo
Trulioo is the leading global identity verification company, building trust online so that businesses and consumers can transact safely and securely. Trulioo’s platform provides real-time verification of 5 billion consumers and 330 million business entities worldwide — all through a single API integration. Organizations rely on Trulioo’s identity verification solution, GlobalGateway, to help meet their business and compliance requirements and automate due diligence and fraud prevention workflows. Trulioo’s mission is to help provide every person on the planet with a digital identity to enable access to basic financial services and support. For more information, visit trulioo.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 $14 billion to date and has helped guide CEOs through more than 125 IPOs and strategic acquisitions. 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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Trulioo
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TCV
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FarEye Announces $100 Million Series E Round Led by TCV and Dragoneer

LONDON, May 25, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — FarEye, a leading end-to-end, global delivery management platform, has announced a USD 100 million Series E round led by TCV and Dragoneer Investment Group. Existing investors Eight Roads Ventures, Fundamentum and Honeywell also participated in the round. The funds will be used to accelerate the company’s mission of empowering brands to provide Amazon Prime-like delivery experiences and redefining how products are delivered across diverse logistics networks. FarEye will further focus on expanding its software platform capabilities, drive European and North American expansion, and continue to attract world-class talent. As part of the transaction, Gopi Vaddi, General Partner at TCV, will join FarEye’s board of directors.  

Founded in the year 2013 by Kushal Nahata, Gaurav Srivastava, & Gautam Kumar, FarEye is addressing a multi billion dollar delivery management market that continues to show double digit year on year growth. 

“We are very proud to have TCV and Dragoneer join our established investors to support our progress in becoming a global leader in delivery management,” Kushal Nahata, CEO and co-founder of FarEye, said. “The funding is very timely for the delivery and logistics sector as we have seen consumers spending $861 billion online with U.S. retailers in 2020, up 44% from $598 billion in 2019. The growth and the digital transformation in the logistics sector has created an opportunity for software platforms like FarEye to provide a superior customer experience. Our ambition is to enable thousands of businesses to provide Amazon-Prime-like delivery experience, and we aim to drive innovations that re-imagine how deliveries are being managed globally,” added Nahata.

FarEye’s intelligent & sophisticated platform is used by brands to launch and champion multiple delivery models like same-day, next-day, on-demand, and curbside from multiple inventory locations. More specifically, FarEye enables enterprise to:

  • Manage the end-to-end process of delivering goods or services to consumer and enterprise customers across both 3rd party and in-house fleet models
  • Provide end-customers with a positive delivery experience, all while significantly lowering logistics costs and giving unparalleled visibility and control across the entire process
  • Leverage a highly modular, cloud-native and low-code platform, which allows clients to build individualized workflows to suit their unique delivery requirements while ensuring the fastest time to value
  • Handle enterprise-scale volumes and compliance requirements

FarEye currently serves global enterprises across retailers, manufacturers and third-party logistics providers & carriers, including DHL ecommerce, Amway, Dominos, Walmart, Posti, Gordon Foods, UPS and more.

The company’s platform processes over 100 million transactions each month, supports more than 25,000 drivers, and is integrated into a network of over two million vehicles. FarEye’s growth has accelerated over the last 12 months with particularly strong traction in Europe and North America. These markets collectively comprise over half of revenues and have grown nearly three times in the same period.

FarEye was recently recognized by Gartner in their inaugural Magic Quadrant for Real-Time Transportation Visibility Platforms.

To support continued expansion, FarEye has also hired a number of senior executives over the last year including a new CRO, Amit Bagga (formerly President of APAC at BlueYonder and strategic sales leader at Oracle), and a new CPO, Suvrat Joshi (former executive at Dropbox, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft).

Gopi Vaddi, General Partner at TCV, said: “The logistics and supply chain industry is going through a long awaited software-led creative disruption, led by emerging leaders like FarEye that provide multi-tenant SaaS platforms with low code configuration to enhance visibility to the enterprise and deliver superlative last mile experiences for the end consumer. We, at TCV, are pleased to partner with Kushal, Gaurav,  Gautam and the entire management team. We have been impressed with FarEye’s platform capabilities and their long-term vision as a key enabler for digital transformation in logistics.”

“FarEye’s leading delivery management platform provides impressive visibility and control across the supply chain, which has never been more critical for retailers, manufacturers and 3PLs,” said Eric Jones, Partner at Dragoneer Investment Group. “We look forward to partnering with FarEye as they continue to redefine how products are delivered across diverse logistics networks and expand their footprint in Europe and North America.”

About FarEye: FarEye’s Intelligent Delivery Management Platform is making the delivery experience better for everyone. FarEye enables enterprises to deliver at reduced cost with a superior customer experience.

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.

About Dragoneer Investment Group: Dragoneer is a growth-oriented investment firm with over $17 billion in long-duration capital from many of the world’s leading endowments, foundations, sovereign wealth funds, and family offices.

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From Siloed to Contextualized Operational Data – How Cognite is Driving the Digital Transformation of the World’s Largest and Most Vital Industries

Everyone talks about the transformative power of big data, often in relation to consumer insights. Yet there is a river of information flowing just as powerfully out of industrial facilities around the world – information that could be harnessed to make our planet more sustainable, industries more efficient, and jobs safer.

Industrial companies are waking up to the power of that information, and today we’re excited to announce an investment in Cognite, a global industrial Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) leader, whose mission is to digitalize heavy-asset industries and unlock the power of their operational data.

The Industrial Leaders’ Choice

Founded in Norway in 2017 by Dr. John Markus Lervik, Geir Engdahl, and Stein Danielsen, Cognite has made huge headway in transforming the use of data across oil and gas, power and utilities, renewable energy and manufacturing, using its cloud-based Cognite Data Fusion (CDF) platform. Companies like bp, Saudi Aramco, Alfa Laval, Statnett, and Mitsubishi are already optimizing the way they operate using Cognite’s platform.

In Good Company

Cognite is an exciting addition to TCV’s portfolio and fits squarely with our thesis on the next-gen industrial software space. This dates back to our support for Seismic-Micro Technology (SMT) from 2007, which gave us early insight into how oil and gas companies value operational intelligence – and its importance from a regulatory and operational efficiency perspective.

This investment led to us finding and backing OSIsoft in 2011, which has since become a standard in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) market due to its ability to pull data from sensors and industrial equipment at scale for the world’s largest industrial companies.

Another investment is IQMS, one of the first manufacturing software vendors to natively connect manufacturing execution systems to the ERP software of their suppliers/smaller manufacturers, so they could harness the power of the factory data to hone business decisions.

Across these investments we have seen big data and data-driven decision-making soar and drive a huge opportunity for innovation and investment.

Bridging the Gap Between Business and Operational Data Insights

Digital-first companies inherently operate in a data driven way. They produce a sea of business performance data via their IT systems and are able to collect, analyze and manage that data to plan more strategically and run more efficiently. The opportunity in the industrial space is to extend these benefits, harnessing the oceans of operational technology (OT) data generated by every asset and piece of equipment making up factories, processing plants, or broader industrial estates. To date, turning this data into business value has proved a challenge – not least because OT covers a diverse range of data sources and formats.

The sensors on a single piece of equipment may hold the key to insights about production quantities, efficiency data, motor speeds and heat readings. The challenge is how to combine all those different data points into the right context to assess and improve equipment performance. This is a problem that, until recently, no one had solved – and, frankly, few companies even understood.

A Meeting of Minds and the Missing Contextualization Layer

In 2018, not long after Cognite’s founding, Øyvind Eriksen, President & CEO of Aker, and Kjell Inge Røkke, the majority owner of Aker, came to visit our California offices along with Cognite’s CEO, John Markus – to discuss what they were building at Cognite.

It was clear to us from that first meeting that Aker’s support and industrial expertise, combined with John Markus’ product brilliance, addressed the need for this missing contextualization layer – and that Cognite’s product strategy would be aimed at solving this critical issue. That initial meeting led to a relationship which has culminated in TCV’s investment today.

Cognite uses the latest technology – in particular machine learning – to enable large amounts of information to be ingested in real time and, crucially, contextualized so it can be leveraged for a wide range of use cases. This approach, which improves data’s accessibility and governance across an entire organization, significantly shortens the time to value and scalability of high-ROI applications including predictive maintenance, production optimization, and remote work.   

Fueling Cognite’s Next Growth Chapter

Cognite is the perfect fit for TCV’s strategy of investing early in potential franchise companies of the future. We are thrilled to be part of their next growth chapter and help them scale and catalyze the full-scale digital transformation of heavy-asset industries.

The company joins Brex, Redis Labs, Revolut, Relex, Klarna, Mambu, Mollie and recent investments in Europe and around the world. Like OSIsoft, IQMS, Genesys, Netflix, Spotify and many other global leaders in our portfolio that were once young growth-stage companies, Cognite is forging ahead in a fragmented field to become the category leader.

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Trade Republic Announces $900M Investment, Led by Sequoia, to Drive Its Mission to Help Close Europe’s Pension Gap

  • $900M Series C investment led by Sequoia as well as TCV and Thrive Capital
  • With a valuation of over $5B Trade Republic is one of the most valuable private FinTechs in Europe
  • Within 24 months, Trade Republic has reached more than one million customers in Germany, France and Austria
  • Over €6B in client assets make Trade Republic one of the largest savings platforms in the market

May 20, 2021 — BERLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Trade Republic, Europe’s leading NeoBroker, today announces a $900M Series C investment led by Sequoia with participation from new investors TCV and Thrive Capital as well as existing investors Accel, Founders Fund, Creandum and Project A. With a valuation of over $5B, Trade Republic is amongst the highest valued private FinTechs in Europe. With this investment, Trade Republic will continue to drive its mission to set up millions of Europeans for wealth creation with secure, easy, and free access to capital markets. This will ultimately open up financial markets for all Europeans to help close the massive pension gap.

“At Trade Republic, we believe everybody should have the right to participate in economic growth. This requires an easy-to-use, accessible and affordable savings platform that is open to everyone,” says co-founder Christian Hecker“Within just 24 months, we have empowered over one million people to put their money to work. For many Germans, French and Austrians, Trade Republic is the home screen app to manage their wealth.”

Demographic change, negative interest rates and inflation are among the greatest challenges for Europeans. Compared to other industrial nations, European countries face a huge pension gap. Trade Republic aims to help millions of people across Europe to invest money into capital markets with an easy-to-use and commission-free offering. This removes barriers for many people, who have missed out on participating in economic growth in the past.

“Fifty percent of Trade Republic’s customers, over 500k people, have never invested in capital markets before in their life. We empower people to start with wealth creation, who have been neglected by big banks for too long, with high fees and opaque products,” adds Thomas Pischke, co-founder“With over €6B in Assets under Management, we are the core savings account for our customers.”

At the heart of Trade Republic’s offering is an ETF or fractional stock savings plan, which allows people to invest free of charge on a regular basis. Trade Republic is already Germany’s largest provider for these long-term investment strategies. In addition to commission-free investing into equities, Trade Republic also recently added crypto currencies so people can adjust their portfolio to reflect inflation and negative interest rates.

The investment is led by Sequoia, which has backed defining companies such as Apple, Google, Stripe and Klarna. This marks one of Sequoia’s largest initial investments ever in Europe. The round is completed by TCV, who has invested into iconic consumer brands like Netflix, Spotify and Peloton until their IPOs and beyond, as well as by Thrive Capital, investors in Nubank and Oscar Health.

“The democratization of financial markets will be one of the most important consumer trends of the next decade,” says Doug Leone, partner at Sequoia“Trade Republic is on the leading edge of this trend and has attracted an untapped generation of European savers who demand increased financial accessibility. We’re thrilled to partner with Christian, Thomas, Marco and their team as they deliver a product and experience that customers love.”

“We are very excited to partner with Sequoia, TCV and Thrive. The strong continuing interest of leading investors proves Trade Republic’s progress in redefining how people can save their money. We will use this funding to create the most innovative investment products for our customers, expand across Europe and attract the best global talent. We expect this to accelerate our growth so we can reach millions of Europeans and ensure that everyone has access to the simplest, most powerful financial services no matter who they are, where they are in their financial lives and how much they earn,” adds Christian Hecker.

To change the financial system, Trade Republic has built a bank from scratch since 2015 with an easy-to-use product everybody can afford. With an $900M Series C financing round, Trade Republic closes one of the largest venture investments in financial services in Europe. This supports the fast growth of Trade Republic across continental Europe with innovative, secure and commission-free financial products as well as attracting the best global talent on its mission. The Trade Republic team has quickly grown to over 400 employees.

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ABOUT TRADE REPUBLIC

Trade Republic is on a mission to set millions of Europeans up for wealth creation with secure, easy and free access to capital markets. With over one million customers Trade Republic is already the home screen app for many Europeans to manage their wealth. It offers commission-free investing in equities and crypto as well as free ETF and fractional stock savings plans. Trade Republic is a technology company with a German banking license supervised by Bundesbank and BaFin. As Europe’s largest NeoBroker Trade Republic has received investments by Accel, Creandum, Founders Fund, Project A, Sequoia, TCV, and Thrive Capital. The company based in Berlin was founded in 2015 by Christian Hecker, Thomas Pischke, and Marco Cancellieri and employs more than 400 people.

Contacts

Bettina Fries, Trade Republic
presse@traderepublic.com
+49 30 5490 63121

Katja Gagen, TCV
kgagen@tcv.com
+1 415 690 6689


Cognite Secures $150 Million Investment from TCV to Accelerate Digitalization of Global Industries

May 19, 2021 08:50 AM Eastern Daylight Time

OSLO, Norway & AUSTIN, Texas– (BUSINESS WIRE) —Cognite, a global leader in industrial software innovation, announced today that it has signed an investment round of $150M with leading global growth equity firm TCV, valuing the company at $1.6B. This investment marks one of the largest funding rounds for a SaaS company in Europe and confirms industrial digitalization as a global megatrend. The new valuation round constitutes unicorn status for Cognite.

“Cognite is building the future by redefining modern industrial data management,” said Jake Reynolds, General Partner at TCV.

“Cognite has had a remarkable growth journey since its founding in 2017, attracting top talent from across the globe, working feverishly to develop, deploy and verify the impact from its industrial software technology. As the global growth continues across industry verticals, there is significant interest from companies to partner with Cognite. We are very pleased to welcome TCV, a top-tier growth equity firm, on board, especially given their strong track record from building and scaling enterprise software companies globally,” said Øyvind Eriksen, President and CEO of Aker. “The investment is a testament to the Cognite growth journey so far and to its future potential. Moreover, it highlights the significant value creation taking place in Aker’s industrial software portfolio.”

TCV has a broad network and expertise in successfully scaling technology companies, including Netflix, OSIsoft, Splunk, Airbnb and Spotify. This new partnership allows Cognite to harness TCV’s expertise in international expansion for industrial software companies and complements earlier funding by global venture capital firm Accel, as both are committed to backing category-defining businesses. The partnership coupled with Aker, Cognite’s majority stakeholder, will accelerate the full-scale data-driven transformation of legacy industries to help make them more sustainable and profitable through digitalization and data. As part of the transaction, Jake Reynolds, general partner at TCV with a 20-year history in venture capital and technology investing, is joining the Cognite Board of Directors.

“Cognite is building the future by redefining modern industrial data management,” said Jake Reynolds. “Cognite is emerging as a leader of the pack through their proven industrial software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions as the world turns to digitalization to truly transform, and we look forward to partnering with them to revolutionize the industry as they grow and scale.”

Cognite’s flagship Industrial Data Ops product: Cognite Data Fusion (CDF) is currently digitalizing asset-intensive industries globally by making industrial data more accessible and meaningful to humans and machines, enabling clients to create value through AI-based applications and solutions. CDF is also a critical tool used by companies to actively participate in the energy transition through data liberation and contextualization to address transparency, accountability, and sustainability. CDF is deployed by Cognite customers worldwide including: bp, Saudi Aramco, Alfa Laval, Statnett, and Mitsubishi.

“Cognite is on a strong trajectory to help transform industry, and since our founding four years ago, we have managed to attract top global talent, and partner with top industrial companies to accelerate modern industrial data management worldwide,“ said Dr. John Markus Lervik, CEO and co-founder of Cognite. “The partnership with TCV allows us to amplify our software solutions to empower asset-intensive businesses to improve their sustainability and profitability of operations, and perfectly complements the extensive industrial knowledge brought in by our majority shareholder, Aker.”

Cognite continues rapid expansion, growing in valuation threefold since November in part due to a global collaboration with Microsoft and inclusion as a Top 200 Global Independent Software Vendor (ISV), a partnership with Accel, and post COVID demand for digitalization across industries. Cognite was founded in 2017 and is one of the fastest-growing industrial software companies in the world with over 500 employees across offices in Europe, the United States, Asia, and the Middle East.

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 public and private businesses that have developed into dominant industry players across internet, software, FinTech, and enterprise IT. TCV has invested over $14 billion to date and has helped guide CEOs through more than 125 IPOs and strategic acquisitions. TCV has invested in cutting edge technology companies including OSIsoft, Airbnb, Brex, ByteDance, Facebook, Hotmart, Netflix, Peloton, Spotify, Zillow, Clio, Redis Labs, Klarna, Mollie, Nubank, Payoneer, Revolut, Toast, Wealthsimple and WorldRemit. 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 https://www.tcv.com/.

About Cognite

Cognite is a global industrial software-as-a-service (SaaS) company supporting the full-scale digital data-driven transformation of asset-intensive industries around the world. Our core product, Cognite Data Fusion (CDF), is an industrial data operations and contextualization platform, putting raw data into real-world industrial context, enabling rapid application & solution creation at scale. CDF powers companies with contextualized OT/IT/ET data to develop solutions that increase safety, sustainability, efficiency and drive revenue. Visit us at www.cognite.com and follow us on Twitter @CogniteData or at LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/cognitedata

Media Contacts

Michelle Holford Global PR Lead, Cognite
+1 (512) 744-3420 (US) or +47 482 90 454 (Norway)
michelle.holford@cognite.com

Katja Gagen Head of Marketing at TCV
+1 (415) 690-6689
kgagen@tcv.com