RigUp Inc., which operates a marketplace for contract workers in the energy sector, surged to a $1.9 billion valuation with a new infusion of capital, according to a person familiar with the situation. Andreessen Horowitz led the $300 million Series D financing in the Austin, Texas-based startup using its recently formed late-stage fund.
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RIGUP - There are nearly 1,000 rigs drilling for oil and gas in the U.S. Each well requires the input of dozens of service companies and workers — everything from high-horsepower compressors for fracking, to miles of steel pipe, and millions of gallons of water and truckloads of sand. Cofounder Xuan Yong, formerly of Citadel and D.E. Shaw, believes RigUp can improve on the good ol’ boy network by more efficiently connecting the “hyperfragmented” market of roughnecks, engineers and business owners with the big oil companies that call the shots. RigUp pre-vets workers and vendors, and creams an estimated 4% off every contract made via its online platform. Yong isn’t worried about machines invading the oilpatch. “Even with A.I. there will be demand growth for labor,” he says. “Field tickets are still signed on paper and stamped.” For now.
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RigUp secures $60M to fuel the growth of its marketplace
Continuing a fiery month of funding for Austin tech, local oil and gas technology startup RigUp raised a $60 million Series C on Tuesday. RigUp’s marketplace connects oil and gas contractors with on-demand jobs available in their industry. The company reported that pre-qualified oilfield laborers can land their next job within just a few days of registering on RigUp’s platform. Its technology adds value to both enterprise buyers and contractors by making the process to hire contingent labor much faster and easier. “Operators enjoy the simplicity, speed and transparency we provide — contractors enjoy the ease of finding work and getting paid quickly,” said Yong.
Oil & Gas Tech Startup RigUp Taps Private Equity
RigUp, an Austin, Texas-based energy industry’s marketplace for on-demand services and labor, raised a $15.8m Series B funding. Backers included Quantum Energy Partners and Global Reserve Group, Founders Fund and other existing investors. The company, which has also secured a $30m credit facility from Silicon Valley Bank, intends to use the capital to strengthen its product with enhanced mobile features and streamlined payment solutions and to continue to build the product and sales teams. Led by CEO and co-founder Xuan Yong, RigUp has leveraged its proprietary software to build a digital platform where buyers and service providers can connect and transact on a full range of oil field services. Its oilfield network platform enables buyers across the United States to streamline transactions and scale on demand by providing them access to 22,000+ service providers across 100+ service categories.
RigUp’s Oil-Well Service Gets $15 Million Despite Oil Price Dip
During the short existence of startup RigUp Inc., the oil and gas industry it serves turned on its head. When the startup started testing its online marketplace for oil-rig projects in 2014 the price for a barrel of crude hovered around $100, oil rigs were multiplying around the country and exploration companies were making profits. Since then, the price per barrel sank to around $40 and the number of oil rigs dropped some 75%, to the lowest level since at least 1949, according to data from WTRG Economics.
RigUp Drills for $3M From Founders Fund, Others for Oil Rig Logistics Tech
RigUp Inc., an early-stage startup founded by a former Google software engineer and an ex-energy commodities investor, closed on $3 million in a seed round, as VentureWire reported this morning, to create a software platform for oil rig logistics. Founders Fund led the round, with Partner Geoff Lewis, who is on the boards of Lyft and other companies, being responsible for the deal. New York-based firm Great Oaks VC participated, along with BoxGroup, an early-stage New York-based fund managed by David Tisch and Adam Rothenberg. Several individuals also participated in the equity round. RigUp has its headquarters in Austin, Texas.