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It's been a quiet February for US IPOs with only
Six operating companies
have postponed IPOs. Meanwhile, the private market continues to be active.
Notable recent private funding rounds
Uber picked up another $200 million in funding from LetterOne to expand into more emerging markets. Luxembourg-based LetterOne is run by Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman.
Drug developer Apellis Pharmaceuticals (
) secured $47 million in Series D funding from Cormorant, Hillhouse and venBio. The company withdrew its $86 million IPO last week.
Magic Leap, a pre-revenue US virtual reality company, raised $794 million in a round led by Alibaba (
) alongside Google, Qualcomm, Fidelity, J.P. Morgan, Morgan Stanley and others at a $4.5 billion valuation.
In biotech world, ARMO BioSciences raised $50 million to support trials of its PD-1 checkpoint inhibitor, a white-hot space targeted by IPO filers Corvus (
) and Syndax (
Cloud telecom service ThinkingPhones raised $112 million from Summit Partners, Bessemer and TCV, and changed its name to Fuze.
Snagajob, a job-search site for hourly workers, raised $100 million from Rho Acceleration and others on February 4 (one day before LinkedIn fell 44%).
Student housing site Student.com raised $60 million in a round led by VY Capital.
Roku raised $46 million; the media streaming device maker had reportedly worked on a confidential IPO filing in late 2014.
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