Kokko creates digital experiences that give consumers insights as to what colors and shades of makeup would go best with their complexion. Users take a selfie on the app with Kokko's ColorChart and receive foundation recommendations from various brands.
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Latest Kokko News
Jul 17, 2022
AlphaSense This story is available exclusively to Insider subscribers. Become an Insider and start reading now. After raising new capital at a $1.7 billion valuation, AlphaSense believes an IPO is in its future. In June, it raised $225 million from Goldman Sachs Asset Management, Viking Global, and BlackRock. While it waits for IPO market conditions to improve, AlphaSense is looking to grow in Asia. After it raised $225 million in June, market intelligence startup AlphaSense plans to go public when the market becomes more favorable as it hopes to become the "Google for Business. " AlphaSense founder and CEO Jack Kokko told Insider the company has been laying the groundwork for an eventual initial public offering, but it's in no rush since it just raised capital and wants to wait for a more favorable market. "I don't think anybody would be actively looking to go public right now if they didn't have to, but it's something we've always seen as an inevitable outcome," Kokko said. "We're putting all the preparations in place and our CFO is leading the charge in the background so we can pull the trigger when the market becomes favorable." He added that once AlphaSense does go public, the company can take advantage of benefits like greater visibility, access to capital for further growth and credibility. AlphaSense isn't alone in waiting for better market conditions as the number of private companies filing for IPOs has drastically dropped since last year's seemingly endless parade of startups marching towards the public markets. Only 22 IPOs closed in the first half of this year, compared to 183 in 2021 and 108 in 2020 during the same timeframe, according to a recent report from PitchBook. But for now, AlphaSense doesn't need to worry about cash. It raised $225 million in a Series D round led by Goldman Sachs Asset Management and Viking Global, which included a debt investment from BlackRock. The funding doubled AlphaSense's valuation to $1.7 billion. The company uses natural language processing, artificial intelligence, and machine learning to pick out relevant information from company filings, earnings transcripts, expert interview transcripts, news, trade journals, and equity research. AlphaSense's 3,500 customers, which include Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Citi, Bank of America, and Barclays, have access to this information via the company's platform. Earlier this year, it bought financial intelligence platform Sentieo. And last year, it acquired Stream by Mosaic, which provides expert interview transcripts. AlphaSense also inked a deal with Goldman Sachs to distribute its research to non-investors. Kokko said its acquisitions have been strategic, and while the company hasn't closed the doors on other potential purchases, it's not targeting any specific companies at the moment. Absent an IPO, Kokko said one of the company's expansion plans is to extend its footprint in Asia. However, he acknowledged the difficulty of sourcing local language data in the region. AlphaSense is now setting up an office in Singapore, in addition to its offices in London and Helsinki. "We started in North America, then we expanded to Europe, then our customers started to pull us to Asia," Kokko said. "We believe Europe should be just as big as the US, and Asia should be just as big as well, but it's harder as there are more languages to cover and more sets of local markets you need to invest in."
Kokko Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Where is Kokko's headquarters?
Kokko's headquarters is located at Los Altos.
What is Kokko's latest funding round?
Kokko's latest funding round is Seed.
How much did Kokko raise?
Kokko raised a total of $120K.
Who are the investors of Kokko?
Investors of Kokko include Techstars and Plug and Play Accelerator.
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