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Investments

129

Portfolio Exits

18

Funds

6

About Celesta Capital

Celesta Capital seeks companies that leverage emerging technologies, have the potential to scale globally, deliver new mechanisms of engagement, are margin accretive, and can scale up asset-light. Its investment professionals leverage their domain expertise, operational and entrepreneurial experience, and network of relationships, to drive value and velocity for portfolio companies.

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United States

415-765-7100

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Pixis Raises $100M in SoftBank Vision Fund 2-led Series C to Grow Its Codeless AI Infrastructure

Jan 21, 2022

Pixis Raises $100M in SoftBank Vision Fund 2-led Series C to Grow Its Codeless AI Infrastructure BURLINGAME, Calif., January 20, 2022-- Pixis (formerly known as Pyxis One), a leading provider of contextual codeless AI infrastructure for complete marketing optimization, today announced it has secured US $100M in Series C funding. Pixis will leverage the fresh funds to help the company rapidly scale its AI platforms and plugins, as well as accelerate expansions across North America, Europe, and APAC. The Series C round was led by SoftBank Vision Fund 2, with participation from new investor General Atlantic, a leading global growth equity firm. Existing investors Celesta Capital, Premji Invest, and Chiratae Ventures also participated in the round. With the close of its US $17M Series B round just four months prior, Pixis has raised a total of US $124M to date since its founding in 2018. Pixis’ AI infrastructure, which leverages self-evolving neural networks, is providing immense value to customers through its codeless AI plugin, enabling AI-powered decision-making for every aspect of marketing. Pixis recently launched its codeless AI plugin after closing Series B, with the belief that a powerful codeless AI infrastructure will help safeguard marketers against inevitable developments that will change the current marketing ecosystem. Looking ahead, Pixis aims to add over 200 customizable self-evolving AI models to the infrastructure it offers and has already introduced close to four dozen AI models since its last funding. “The web going cookieless, in conjunction with decreasing access to the depth of data that was previously available, is a worrisome situation for marketers. In this environment, it is self-evolving neural networks that are proving to be invaluable assets in countering the disruptions to the marketing landscape,” explained Shubham A. Mishra, co-founder and Global CEO at Pixis. “We are excited to partner with SoftBank Vision Fund 2 and General Atlantic to make codeless AI infrastructure accessible to every market in the world.” Shantanu Rastogi, Managing Director at General Atlantic, continued, “We believe Pixis is disrupting the marketing space with a self-learning codeless AI infrastructure that serves a mission-critical function in the marketing tech stack. The AI plugins and platforms solve key customer problems and are improving business outcomes. The Pixis platform demonstrates the power of global entrepreneurship, and we are proud to support the team’s ambitions of continued expansion.” The SoftBank Vision Fund 2 investment in Pixis confirms that in a cookieless world, Artificial Intelligence could be the big differentiating factor for brands. “Marketing is one of the largest spend categories for companies but many of its decisions are still driven by intuition rather than data,” said Priya Saiprasad, Partner at SoftBank Investment Advisers. “Pixis has developed an end-to-end codeless AI infrastructure that equips teams with cutting-edge data science to automate and improve core processes, from budget allocation to real-time campaign optimization and reporting. We are excited to partner with Shubham and the team to support their mission to make marketing data-backed, intelligent, agile, and effortlessly scalable in the new cookie-less world.” Since its inception, the company has grown by 600%. Pixis currently has over 100 customers using its AI products across the world. Customers using the Pixis AI infrastructure have witnessed a 20% decrease in acquisition costs on average, in addition to at least 300 hours of manual work saved per month. The clinching factor for customers is definitely the prospect of activating AI in 8 seconds without having to write a single line of code. About Pixis (formerly Pyxis One) Pixis is a California-based technology company that provides codeless AI infrastructure to enable customers to scale accurate data-driven marketing. The company's codeless AI infrastructure currently comprises over four-dozen proprietary AI models that are deployed across an ecosystem of products and plugins. Pixis is on a mission to provide marketers with robust plug-and-play AI products without them having to write a single line of code. About General Atlantic General Atlantic is a leading global growth equity firm with more than four decades of experience providing capital and strategic support for over 445 growth companies throughout its history. Established in 1980 to partner with visionary entrepreneurs and deliver lasting impact, the firm combines a collaborative global approach, sector-specific expertise, a long-term investment horizon, and a deep understanding of growth drivers to partner with great entrepreneurs and management teams to scale innovative businesses around the world. General Atlantic currently has over $86 billion in assets under management inclusive of all products as of September 30, 2021, and more than 215 investment professionals based in New York, Amsterdam, Beijing, Hong Kong, Jakarta, London, Mexico City, Mumbai, Munich, Palo Alto, São Paulo, Shanghai, Singapore, and Stamford. For more information on General Atlantic, please visit the website: www.generalatlantic.com. About Celesta Capital Celesta Capital is a leading venture capital firm that invests in exceptional entrepreneurs and disruptive technologies that will help shape the future. The management team and investment professionals bring their investment and operational experience to their portfolio companies along with a deep and unmatched network of value-added strategic relationships. For more information, please visit celesta.vc. Contact:

Celesta Capital Investments

129 Investments

Celesta Capital has made 129 investments. Their latest investment was in Onx Homes as part of their Unattributed VC on January 1, 2022.

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Celesta Capital Investments Activity

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Date

Round

Company

Amount

New?

Co-Investors

Sources

1/24/2022

Unattributed VC

Onx Homes

$119.99M

Yes

Undisclosed Investors

1

1/18/2022

Series C

Pixis

$100M

No

4

11/7/2021

Series E

H2O.ai

$100M

No

6

10/25/2021

Series C - II

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$99M

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10

10/22/2021

Series A - III

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$99M

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10

Date

1/24/2022

1/18/2022

11/7/2021

10/25/2021

10/22/2021

Round

Unattributed VC

Series C

Series E

Series C - II

Series A - III

Company

Onx Homes

Pixis

H2O.ai

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Amount

$119.99M

$100M

$100M

$99M

$99M

New?

Yes

No

No

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Co-Investors

Undisclosed Investors

Sources

1

4

6

10

10

Celesta Capital Portfolio Exits

18 Portfolio Exits

Celesta Capital has 18 portfolio exits. Their latest portfolio exit was Volta Charging on August 27, 2021.

Date

Exit

Companies

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Acquirer

Sources

8/27/2021

Reverse Merger

6

8/3/2021

Acquired

$99M

9

7/8/2021

Acquired

$99M

5

6/29/2021

Acquired

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$99M

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10

1/13/2021

Acquired

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$99M

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10

Date

8/27/2021

8/3/2021

7/8/2021

6/29/2021

1/13/2021

Exit

Reverse Merger

Acquired

Acquired

Acquired

Acquired

Companies

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Valuation

$99M

$99M

$99M

$99M

Acquirer

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Sources

6

9

5

10

10

Celesta Capital Fund History

6 Fund Histories

Celesta Capital has 6 funds, including WRVI Capital IV.

Closing Date

Fund

Fund Type

Status

Amount

Sources

7/21/2020

WRVI Capital IV

$40M

3

2/28/2020

WRV III

$99M

10

5/30/2018

IndusAge Global Technology Ventures Fund II

$99M

10

WRV II

10

IndusAge Technology Venture Fund I

10

Closing Date

7/21/2020

2/28/2020

5/30/2018

Fund

WRVI Capital IV

WRV III

IndusAge Global Technology Ventures Fund II

WRV II

IndusAge Technology Venture Fund I

Fund Type

Status

Amount

$40M

$99M

$99M

Sources

3

10

10

10

10

Celesta Capital Team

4 Team Members

Celesta Capital has 4 team members, including current Founder, Managing Partner, Nicholas Brathwaite.

Name

Work History

Title

Status

Nicholas Brathwaite

Founder, Managing Partner

Current

Sriram Viswanathan

Founder, Managing Partner

Current

Michael E Marks

Katerra, Riverwood Capital, KKR, and Flex

Managing Partner

Current

Lip-bu Tan

Managing Partner

Current

Name

Nicholas Brathwaite

Sriram Viswanathan

Michael E Marks

Lip-bu Tan

Work History

Katerra, Riverwood Capital, KKR, and Flex

Title

Founder, Managing Partner

Founder, Managing Partner

Managing Partner

Managing Partner

Status

Current

Current

Current

Current

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