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Pierre Dubuc On Raising $150 Million From Mark Zuckerberg And Others To Reinvent Education Online

Pierre Dubuc is a French businessman born in Normandy, France. He has had a passion for educating the masses since middle school. His first project was simply to build a free online course for all subjects in France free for all to access. The team continued to keep the project alive from 1999 to 2013 when they got the drive to commercialize it into an educational company. The company, Openclassrooms has gone through blitz-scaling over the past few years to form a massive global educator. It has raised funding from top-tier investors like Lumos Capital Group, General Atlantic, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and Salesforce Ventures.

Justin Borgman On Building A $1.6 Billion Business By Creating A Single Point Of Access To All Your Data

Justin Borgman was born in Chicago and was raised in Akron. He went through public school with a big dream to change the world one day. He learned a lot from his mom. In high school, he was the studious type and went onto college and an MBA where he found the “eureka” moment to change data analytics for good. Justin's venture, Starburst has raised funding from top-tier investors like Index Ventures, Coatue, Salesforce Ventures, and Andreessen Horowitz.

Marnix Broer On Raising $50 Million To Create A Note-Sharing Network For Students

Marnix Broer is a Dutch businessman who has continually found entrepreneurial opportunities within the environment around him. His love for business has been seen since his childhood when he started selling old nails to his neighbors at a young age. His current business grew from a challenge at college that ended up spiraling to great success in the Netherlands and Europe. StuDocu has successfully raised financing from top-tier investors like Partech, Piton Capital, Point Nine, and Peak.

Uri Marchand On Raising $75 Million To Unite The In-Game Creator Community

Uri Marchand has already raised tens of millions of dollars for his latest startup. He recently appeared on the Dealmakers Show to share the latest developments at Overwolf, and his journey building companies. His venture has acquired funding from top-tier investors like Marker, Ubisoft, Kevin Chu, and Liberty Media.

Oz Alon On Building A $1 Billion Company By Reinventing Business Management For SMBs

Oz Alon’s journey is a living story and a fairy tale of how he and his wife met at around age 13 and became friends and managed to build a huge business. Both of them are co-founders of Honeybook which they created on a whim after a generous offer. Their story is exciting, inspiring, positive, and filled with many lessons for entrepreneurs. The venture, Honeybook has raised funding from top-tier investors like Tiger Global Management, Zeev Ventures, Citi Ventures, and Durable Capital Partners.

Oron Afek On Raising $100 Million To Cure The US Healthcare System

Oron Afek has already built several companies from the ground up. His newest venture, Vim brings together all that he has learned so far, and has already attracted $100M in capital. Oron has successfully acquired funding from top-tier investors like Optum Ventures, Anthem, Frist Cressey Ventures, and Walgreens Boots Alliance.

Zhong Xu On Raising $65 Million In 6 Weeks To Streamline Food Orders

As a child, Xu was taught to be both resourceful and hardworking. He learned from his father’s enterprises and started building websites from an early age before turning into an entrepreneur. Today, he has successfully raised more than $65M for his venture from top-tier investors like Newion, Jelte Vrijhoef, SmartFin, and Jerome Laredo.

John Kim On Building A $1 Billion Business By Enabling Group Voice And Video Calls For Any App

John Kim grew up on computers. He has been a pro-gamer and built a gaming company fresh out of university. He was able to sell that firm for $10M, and start a social gaming site. He pivoted from a social app to his current model that has raised $200M. His venture, Sendbird has raised financing from top-tier investors like World Innovation Lab (WiL), Meritech Capital Partners, Tiger Global Management, and Emergence.

Philip Belamant On Raising $230 Million To Help You Buy Now, Pay Later With Zero Interest

Philip Belamant has been there, made mistakes, and come up with great solutions for the customers that have helped him build multi-million dollar companies in developing and developed economies. He was able to achieve remarkable success despite dropping out of college to pursue business. His latest venture, Zilch has raised funding from top-tier investors like Goldman Sachs Asset Management, dmg Ventures, M&F Fund, and Gauss Ventures.

Jens Wohltorf On Raising $100 Million To Bring Peace Of Mind To Travelers

Jens Wohltorf’s startup is making travel simpler by closing the first and last-mile gap that has been long underserved in the travel industry. His company has already raised close to $100M, and their service can be found around the globe. The venture Blacklane has acquired funding from top-tier investors like Recruit Strategic Partners, RI Digital Ventures, Daimler, and btov Partners.

Jay Giraud On Raising $30 Million To Electrify Motorcycles

Jay Giraud’s latest startup is taking on the motorcycle industry with game-changing improvements, just as Tesla rocked the world of carmakers and dealers. His venture, Damon Motors has successfully raised funding from top-tier investors like Benevolent Capital, Sol Global Investments, SmartHub, and Predictive VC.

Tim Sweeney On Raising $225 Million To Read Your Immune System

Tim Sweeney has raised over $200M for his biotechnology startup which is about to bring groundbreaking new healthcare solutions to the market. Inflammatix, his venture has acquired financing from top-tier investors like OSF Ventures, D1 Capital Partners, Think.Health, and Northpond Ventures.

Angel Sahagun On Raising $72 Million To Help You Manage Your Money

Angel Sahagun is now on his third company, and it has already raised tens of millions of dollars to completely disrupt a major industry. His venture, Albo has raised funding from top-tier investors like Valar Venture, Dr. Cornelius Boersch, Conny & Co, and Greyhound Capital.

Robert Piconi On Raising $117 Million To Decarbonize The Planet

Robert Piconi has been involved in some of the biggest transatlantic M&A deals. He’s now working with Bill Gross on a renewable energy startup that has already attracted significant capital from Softbank. His venture, Energy Vault has also acquired $117M in funding from investors like Helena Special Investments, Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures, Cemex Ventures, and Neotribe Ventures.

Tony Atti On Raising $230 Million To Reinvent Cooling Solutions With A Chip

Tony Atti’s startup has raised a substantial amount of capital to bring big change to the working of many things you touch on a daily basis. His venture, Phoninic has raised $230 Million in funding from top-tier investors like Goldman Sachs Asset Management, GGV Capital, Wellcome Trust, and Eastward Capital Partners.

Robin Thurston On Selling His Business To Under Armour For $150M And Raising $180M To Inspire People To Live An Active Lifestyle

Robin Thurston is an energetic person who began life in sports. First as a skier, and then as a professional bike racer who competed internationally before switching to business after a major accident. His rise in the business world has been plutonic ever since, carrying lessons from each part of his life to build better. His venture, Felix has raised more than $180M from top-tier investors like Sequoia Heritage, Jazz Venture Partners, Zone 5 Ventures, and Next Ventures.

Alex Zivoder On Raising $70 Million To Teach Your Kids Money Skills

Alex Zivoder has been involved in building and scaling several companies. His latest venture has already attracted tens of millions of dollars in capital and is proving incredibly popular with parents and their kids. His startup, goHenry has raised funding from top-tier investors like Muse Capital, Citi Ventures, Gaia Capital Partners, and Edison Partners.

Alex Frommeyer On Raising $170 Million To Modernize Dental Benefits

Alex Frommeyer has been a builder all of his life. He has taken that from childhood construction projects to engineering technology, and now creating a large and fast-growing startup, Beam. He has successfully raised funding from top-tier investors like Nationwide Mutual Insurance, Drive Capital, Georgian, and Banner Ventures.

Reichen Kuhl On Growing Up In A Trailer Park And Now Raising $68 Million To Tackle A $3.5 Trillion Industry

Reichen Kuhl is an entrepreneur who seems to have a knack for turning challenges into big wins. He has already raised tens of millions of dollars to solve a problem facing millions of US households, that was born out of him being told “no.” His company, LeaseLock has acquired funding from top-tier investors like Westerly Winds, Vertex US, Moderne Ventures, and Liberty Mutual Strategic Ventures.

Malte Horeyseck On Raising $130 Million To Acquire Amazon Sellers

Malte Horeyseck is a multi-time startup entrepreneur. His most recent venture rolls up his previous experiences in M&A, backed with over $100M in funding. His startup, SellerX has raised funding from top-tier investors like 83North, Christopher North, Felix Capital, and Francois Nuyts.

Alexey Dubov On Raising $70 Million To 3D Print Your Next House

Alexey Dubov is a global entrepreneur who has started several companies. His latest venture, Mighty Buildings, has already raised tens of millions of dollars in capital and has been establishing new construction standards. Alexey has attracted funding from top-tier investors like AltaIR Capital, Foundamental, Abies Ventures, and Khosla Ventures.

Jake Soberal On Raising $100 Million To Diversify The Workforce

Jake Soberal has raised close to $100M for his own startup which is spawning a new tech ecosystem. His company, Bitwise Industries has attracted funding from top-tier investors like Owens Corning, GingerBread Capital, JP Morgan Chase, and Plum Alley Investments.

Charlie Lee Raised $90 Million To Serve 1 Billion Underbanked Users In India

Charlie Lee is now on his second startup. With a mission of reaching one billion unserved people with fintech solutions, his venture has already raised $90M. Charlie has raised financing from top-tier investors like Northern Arc, Bon Angels Venture Partners, Daesung Private Equity, and Softbank Ventures Asia. His venture True Balance also goes by Balance Hero and Balancehero India.

Patrick Quigley On Raising $175 Million To Make Health Insurance Affordable

After helping others achieve great exits for their own businesses Patrick Quigley set out to fix some of the biggest problems in the health insurance industry. He has already raised $175M for the mission and is revolutionizing how it works with his own health tech startup. His company has raised $175M from top-tier investors like Tiger Global Management, Alpha Edison, GreatPoint Ventures, and Drive Capital.

Asesh Sarkar On Raising $100 Million To Help You Move From Debt To Savings

Asesh Sarkar has built a big finance business with an emphasis on blending social good and lending. His startup has already raised more than $100M in equity and $500M in debt financing. During our interview on the Dealmakers Podcast, Sarkar talked about finding the idea for a good business, the triangle needed for a great startup idea, and the truth about leadership. Plus, working your way through funding rounds with progressing investor expectations, and raising debt versus equity.

Richie Serna On Raising $102 Million To Enable Every Business To Become A Fintech Company

Richie Serna learned the value of hustling early on in life. That has certainly paid off in raising over $100M for his own startup that is fueling the future of financial services with billions of transactions. Finix has raised $102M in financing from top-tier investors like Lightspeed Venture Partners, American Express Ventures, PSP Growth, and Inspired Capital Partners.

Matin Movassate On Raising $95 Million To Help Companies Turn Data Into Action

Matin Movassate has raised almost $100M for his deep analytics startup to help entrepreneurs systemize building great products. During our interview on the Dealmakers Podcast Movassate shared how he got hooked on coding, the gap between finding product-market fit and being ready to scale your business, how he got inspired to reinvent analytics tools, and the fundraising journey. Plus, his insights on building a leadership team.

Ross Buhrdorf On Selling His Startup For $3.9 Billion And Now Raising $70 Million To Help You Start A Successful Business

Ross Buhrdorf is the co-founder and CEO of ZenBusiness which offers business products and services that help business owners in starting, running, and growing a business. The company has raised over $70 million from top-tier investors which include Founders Fund, Greycroft, and Slow Ventures to name a few. Prior to this is was the founding CTO of HomeAway which was acquired for $3.9 billion. 

Nick Desai On Raising $165 Million To Bring Doctors To Your Home

Nick Desai is a multiple-time entrepreneur who has raised over $100M for his most recent startup venture alone. During his recent appearance on the Dealmakers Show Desai shared his evolution through several businesses, the decision not to get too comfortable, how much the wrong boards and investors can cost you, as well the more sustainable future of healthcare he and his wife have been creating.

Amir Elichai On Raising $60 Million To Create The Most Advanced Technology For 911 Calls

After being robbed on the beach Amir Elichai vowed to transform the emergency services industry. His startup has been making great strides to thrust 911 services around the world into the future. His startup Carbyne has recently raised over $60M in investments from top-tier investors like Elsted Capital Partners, FinTLV Ventures, Founders Fund, and Hanaco Venture Capital.

Mahmoud Abdelkader On Raising Over $100 Million To Make Your Data Unhackable

Mahmoud Abdelkader is a full-cycle startup founder who has been around the block more than once. His latest venture could massively change how businesses handle data. His venture, Very Good Security has recently raised over $100M from top-tier investors like Andreessen Horowitz, GS Growth, Vertex Ventures, and Visa Ventures.

Dor Abuhasira On Raising $73 Million To Create Autonomous Drones

Dor Abuhasira has already raised over $70M for his tech startup, and it’s soaring in more than one way. His startup, Percepto has raised more than $73 million from top-tier investors like State of Mind Ventures, Delek Group, Arkin Holdings, and Koch Disruptive Technologies.

Anshul Ruparell On Raising Over $100 Million To Change How People Buy And Sell Homes

Anshul Ruparell has raised a significant amount of financing and capital for his venture that is transforming one of the biggest and most entrenched markets. During our time on the Dealmakers Podcast Ruparell shared with our audience how he was inspired to entrepreneurship, spent time on both sides of the table as a startup investor and founder, and the pattern recognition he has picked up on the way. Plus, what he has learned about picking cofounders and investors, pivoting a business, and the importance of extreme focus.

Dhirendra Mahyavanshi On Raising $67 Million To Help You Identify The Most Appropriate Insurance Policy

Dhirendra Mahyavanshi has been making big strides in one of the fastest-growing sectors, in one of the biggest markets in the world. During our interview on the Dealmakers Show, Dhirendra Mahyavanshi shared his journey to startup founder and raising tens of millions of dollars from top international investors. Plus his take on the insurance market in India, how his company has helped bring about the digitization of insurance, what he sees as one of the most critical decisions that makes or breaks a startup. Plus, how to pick your cofounder.

Stefan Batory On Raising $120 Million To Make Your Appointments Easy

Stefan Batory has experienced living on a potato diet to several successful businesses and raising over $100M for his latest venture. Hi company Booksy has successfully raised funding from top-tier investors like Manta Ray Ventures, Kai Hansen, ENERN Investments, and VNV Global.

Venkat Venkataramani On Raising Over $60 Million For Real-Time Analytics At Cloud Scale

Venkat Venkataramani has worked with some of the biggest and fastest-growing tech companies in the world. Instead of just collecting an easy paycheck he decided to take on the challenge of doing something even bigger and more impactful for other businesses. His company, Rockset, has been successful in raising more than $60 million in funding from top-tier investors like Sequoia Capital and Greylock.

Daniel Vogel On Raising $80 Million To Build One Of The Fastest Growing Crypto Exchanges That Is Processing Over $1 Billion A Year

Daniel Vogel became fascinated by bitcoin far before most had heard of it. His passion for crypto has morphed into the dominating exchange in Latin America, which processes more than $1B a year in the US to Mexico bitcoin transactions. His company has raised financing from top-tier investors like Kaszek Ventures, Pantera Capital, QED Investors, and Coinbase Ventures.

Alex Collmer On Raising $95 Million To Rethink Video Production In The Post-COVID World

Alex Collmer is the founder and CEO of VidMob, the world's largest video creation platform. As the web transitions to a video-driven medium, Collmer recognized the need for businesses to have access to the world’s best video creators who could produce quality content for a variety of platforms that was affordable. VidMob has raised $95M from top-tier investors like BuildGroup, Acadia Woods Partners, Macanta Investments, and Interlock Partners.

Roman Pedan On Raising $55 Million To Build A Software Driven Experience In Hospitality

Roman Pedan is the cofounder and CEO of Kasa Living which is a hospitality company that offers flexible accommodations for business and leisure travelers. The company has raised over $55 million from top tier investors including BoxGroup, Founder Collective, Ribbit Capital, NextGen Venture Partners, Touchdown Ventures, RET Ventures, and FirstMark Capital to name a few. 

Corey McCann On Raising $250 Million To Create Software As A Drug

Corey McCann is the cofounder and CEO of Pear Therapeutics which is a software-based digital therapeutics platform designed to treat disease and enhance the efficacy of pharmaceuticals. The company has raised over $250 million from investors such as Temasek Holdings, 5AM Ventures, Softbank Vision Fund, EDBI, and Trustbridge Partners to name a few. 

Ariel Katz On Raising $70 Million To Arm Healthcare With Live Insights

Ariel Katz is the cofounder and CEO of H1 which develops a healthcare data analytics platform intended to help companies make smarter scientific decisions. The company has raised over $70 million from top tier investors such as Menlo Ventures, IVP, Lux Capital, Lux Capital, Liquid 2 Ventures, and Lead Edge Capital to name a few.

Sam Zaid On Building A Billion-Dollar Business By Reinventing Urban Mobility

Sam Zaid is the cofounder and CEO of Getaround which is a peer-to-peer car sharing marketplace that enables car owners to rent out their cars. The company has raised close to $600 million from top tier investors which include General Catalyst, Menlo Ventures, Redpoint, Bpifrance, Correlation Ventures, and Tuesday Capital to name a few.

Daniel Hawkins On Raising $100 Million To Help Remotely Oversee Surgeries

While many entrepreneurs may have found it more challenging to fund their ventures recently, Daniel Hawkins raised not one, but two funding rounds in the middle of the 2020 COVID pandemic, totaling over $100M. His company has raised over $100 million from top-tier investors like D1 Capital Partners, Sonder Capital, Coatue, and Playground Global.

Niall Murphy On Raising $60 Million To Give Products A Digital Identity

Niall Murphy is the cofounder and CEO of EVRYTHNG which develops an IoT platform for consumer product brands, articulating data with real-time insights for billions of things. The company has raised $60 million from top tier investors such as Samsung Ventures, Cisco, Atomico, Cisco Investments, Dawn Capital, Sway Ventures, and The Future Fund to name a few.

Rodolphe Ardant On Raising $60 Million To Help You Control Spending

Rodolphe Ardant is the cofounder and CEO of Spendesk which is a smart spend management software designed for both finance teams and employees. The company has raised over $60 million from top tier investors including Index Ventures, Kima Ventures, FundersClub, Eight Roads Ventures, Financiere Saint James, and eFounders to name a few.

Krish Subramanian On Raising $100 Million To Help Your Business Move To Subscriptions

Krish Subramanian is the co-founder of Chargebee that offers subscription and recurring billing system for subscription-based SaaS and eCommerce businesses. It is built with a focus on delivering the best experience to provide a seamless and flexible recurring billing experience to customers and manage customer subscriptions. The company has raised over $100M from top-tier investors like Steadview Capital, Insight Partners, Tiger Global Management, and Accel.

Antoine Hubert On Raising $435 Million To Build The Biggest Insect Farm

Antoine Hubert is the cofounder of Ynsect, which is dedicated to insect breeding and derivative bioproducts manufacturing, such as oils and protein powders. His company has raised $435 million from top-tier investors like Supernova Invest, Caisse d'Epargne, Footprint Coalition, and Arnmat Group.

Timothy Sheehan On Raising $300 Million To Help You Raise Financially Smart Kids

Timothy Sheehan is the cofounder and CEO of Greenlight which is a developer of a smart debit card used to help parents monitor their child's spending habits. The company has raised $300 million from top tier investors including NEA, Social Capital, Service Provider Capital, Relay Ventures, DST Global, and TTV Capital to name a few.