Sumeru Equity Leads 100 mln Funding in CanadaBased Tasktop


April 8 Reuters Tasktop Technologies Inc said on Thursday it had raised 100 million in a funding round led by technologyfocused private equity firm Sumeru Equity Partners.

The company, which makes softwaredevelopment tools, said existing investors and company management also participated in the round, but did not reveal the valuation at which the funding was raised.

Tech startups have seen their valuations soar, thanks to a boost in their business from remote working during the COVID19 pandemic and a simultaneous boom in the stock market that pushed buyout prices in the U.S. to a record high in 2020.

Meanwhile, private equity fundraising in the U.S. dropped 37 to 203.2 billion in 2020, as investors grew cautious over whether these PE firms could deliver significant returns.

Cloud computing firm DigitalOcean and online learning platform Coursera Inc, both companies which saw a surge in demand due to stayathome orders during the pandemic, went public recently and are trading above their debut prices.

Tasktop has earlier raised 32 million in funding, from investors including venture capital firms Austin Ventures and Yaletown Venture Partners, among others, according to data from Pitchbook.

Vancouver, Canadabased Tasktop offers a platform that allows companies to shorten the time to market their products and quicken their software development. Its customers include ATT, BMW Group and GE Aviation, a subsidiary of U.S. conglomerate General Electric.

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