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FinSMEs

  • Techstars Ventures to Raise £400M Venture Capital Fund
    by FinSMEs on 2017-11-23 at 18:25

    Techstars Ventures, the Boulder, Colorado-based venture capital arm of the global accelerator, has launched its new fund. Per an SEC filing, Techstars Ventures 2017, L.P., aims to raise $400m. No funds have been raised, yet. Led by Managing Directors Mark Solon and Jason Seats, Techstars Ventures is the venture capital arm of Techstars, which co-invests, […]

  • Can Blockchain Technology Redefine Healthcare?
    by FinSMEs on 2017-11-23 at 17:56

    It seems that not a day can go by without some major news story about bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. While the world speculates on their value, technology professionals and experts seem more intrigued by the technology underlying these cryptocurrencies – the blockchain. Blockchain technology is a distributed public ledger system that helps keep a variety of […]

  • Fusion Education Receives Investment from Leeds Equity Partners
    by FinSMEs on 2017-11-23 at 16:29

    Fusion Education, a Grand Rapids, Michigan-based operator of private middle and high schools that offer individualized education, received an investment from Leeds Equity Partners, LLC, a New York-based private equity firm focused on investing in the Knowledge Industries. The amount of the deal was not disclosed. Led by President and CEO Peter Ruppert, Fusion Education […]

  • Barilla Launches Venture Capital Fund and Innovation Hub
    by FinSMEs on 2017-11-23 at 14:38

    Pasta maker Barilla has launched a new fund and innovation hub. Based in Parma, Italy, Blu1877 combines an investment fund with an innovation hub to develop new food ecosystems that respect people and the planet. In addition, Barilla has moved its 3D printer project to make semolina carefully crafted pasta into Blu1877 under the name […]

  • LH-Crypto Collects $1.3M and Launches “Last Chance” Campaign
    by FinSMEs on 2017-11-23 at 13:58

    Hong Kong – 23/11/2017 – The world’s first crypto-broker LH-Crypto has already closed Soft Cap on the Pre-ICO. Although at the moment the Pre-ICO of the project hasn’t finished yet, the company can boast of the amount of collected funds of more than 1 000 000 $! The clients of Larson&Holz have already supported the […]

  • Supermetrics Raises €3.5M in Series A Funding
    by FinSMEs on 2017-11-23 at 12:09

    Supermetrics, a Helsinki, Finland-based marketing analytics company, closed a €3.5M Series A funding round. The round was led by OpenOcean. The company intends to use the funds to accelerate technology and product innovation, and to expand into new markets. Founded in 2013 and led by Mikael Thuneberg, CEO, Supermetrics is a reporting automation tool for […]

DealStreet Asia VC

VentureBeat

  • European privacy regulators to discuss Uber’s data breach
    by Reuters on 2017-11-23 at 19:53

    (Reuters) — European Union privacy regulators will discuss ride-hailing app Uber’s massive data breach cover-up next week and could create a task-force to coordinate investigations. Uber faces regulatory scrutiny after CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said the company covered up a data breach last year that exposed personal data from around 57 million accounts. The chair of&nbs […]

  • Marvel Heroes publisher Gazillion shuts down after Disney severs ties
    by Dean Takahashi on 2017-11-23 at 18:30

    Gazillion Entertainment shut down on Wednesday just ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, according to Kotaku. The move to lay off all staff came after Disney severed ties with the company and announced that Gazillion’s Marvel Heroes game would shut down. The game was originally due to shut on December 31, but the company also got&nbs […]

  • The Ultimate PlayStation 4 gift guide
    by Stephanie Chan on 2017-11-23 at 18:00

    The holidays are good chance to catch up on the torrent of fantastic games this year. Sony’s PlayStation 4 saw a number of terrific exclusives this year, as well some acclaimed games that just work better with a controller. Here are a few that you might want to pick up for your friend (or yourself).&nbs […]

  • The Ultimate Gift Guide for PC games
    by Jeff Grubb on 2017-11-23 at 17:00

    The holiday shopping season is upon us, and I know that because I have eight games in my shopping cart on Steam. As we move into the big holiday shopping weekend here in the United States, Valve has kicked off its Autumn sale and Microsoft’s Windows store has a bunch of deals as well. So&nbs […]

  • The Ultimate Xbox One gift guide
    by Jeff Grubb on 2017-11-23 at 16:30

    The Xbox One is posed to have a strong holiday because the base model is selling for an all-time low of $180 and the Xbox One X is actually the most powerful console ever. I’ve reached a point where if I’m going to play a game on a console, I want to do it on&nbs […]

Alley Watch

  • The AlleyWatch NYC Startup Daily Funding Report: 11/22/17
    by AlleyWatch on 2017-11-22 at 20:43

    Here are the latest venture capital, seed, and angel deals for NYC startups for 11/22/17. This page will be updated throughout the day to reflect any new fundings.  Happy Thanksgiving all! […]

  • The Future of Wellness Converged in NYC and This is What Happened
    by Sara Weinreb on 2017-11-22 at 17:27

    What happens when you throw nearly 500 superfood-loving wellness enthusiasts in the room with some of the biggest influencers in the field? The third annual W.E.L.L. Summit spanned two days and included panels as well as over a dozen breakout sessions, all with a focus on providing a “360 degree view of wellness and natural […]

  • How Companies Can Start Planting Roots in a Community
    by Christopher Kelly on 2017-11-22 at 15:27

    The best brands know that embracing community isn’t just altruistic, it’s good for business. Consumers don’t favor Whole Foods over Walmart for reasons relating to the chains’ respective sizes or ubiquity — it’s because only the former serves as a catalyst to community. The competitive difference between the homogenous corporate paradigm embodied by […]

  • How Do Millennial Employees Influence Enterprise Technology?
    by Ilan Paretsky on 2017-11-22 at 14:27

    Today’s modern enterprises often have at least three generations (and as many as five generations) of employees working side-by-side. According to research done by Media Partners, some people from the Pre-Baby Boomer generation are still working, and individuals born after the year 2000 (in the Gen Z or Post-Millennial generation) are just starting to enter […]

  • 6 Steps Required From A New Venture Dream To Reality
    by Martin Zwilling on 2017-11-22 at 13:27

    It seems like everyone wants to be an entrepreneur and get rich these days. As a business mentor, I sometimes feel besieged by people begging for my view and support of their latest idea. In reality, I like most ideas, but I have to tell them that the real challenge is taking the inspiration from […]

PE Hub VC (US)

  • Peter Thiel sells most of remaining Facebook stake: Reuters
    by Reuters News on 2017-11-22 at 22:58

    Facebook Inc’s first major investor Peter Thiel has sold three-quarters of his remaining stake in the social network as part of a previously established trading plan, a regulatory filing showed. […]

  • ADAY raises $2 mln
    by Mark Boslet on 2017-11-22 at 18:32

    ADAY said it raised $2 million from investors including H&M CO:LAB, H&M’s venture capital arm, and ADG, according to a press release. […]

  • LeafLink fetches $10 mln Series A
    by Iris Dorbian on 2017-11-22 at 18:15

    LeafLink, a marketplace for wholesale cannabis, has raised $10 million in Series A funding. Nosara Capital led the round with participation from other investors that included Lerer Hippeau Ventures, Casa Verde Capital, Wisdom VC, Phyto Partners, TIA Ventures and Brand New Matter. […]

  • Teeth straightening startup Candid grabs $15 mln Series A
    by Iris Dorbian on 2017-11-22 at 15:46

    New York City-based Candid Co, a teeth straightening startup, has raised $15 million in Series A funding. Greycroft, Bessemer and e.ventures led the round with other investors that included Arena Ventures. […]

  • Step Pharma nabs Series A funding
    by Iris Dorbian on 2017-11-22 at 15:44

    Paris-based Step Pharma, a developer of a novel class of oral nucleotide synthesis inhibitors, has secured 14.5 million euros in Series A financing. The investors included Pontifax, Kurma Partners, Bpifrance, Inserm Transfert Initiative, Idinvest, Sygnature Discovery and the Imagine Institute. […]

PE Hub VC (Canada)

  • GOrendezvous closes $755k financing with Anges Québec
    by Kirk Falconer on 2017-11-22 at 22:41

    GOrendezvous Inc, an online agenda and appointment management platform, has closed a $755,000 financing. The round was backed by eighteen members of angel network Anges Québec and Anges Québec Capital. Founded in 2012, Montréal-based GOrendezvous developed its platform for professionals in the health, beauty, wellness and fitness sectors. It plans to use the […]

  • Apple buys Real Ventures-backed Totem headset maker Vrvana
    by Kirk Falconer on 2017-11-22 at 18:22

    U.S. technology giant Apple has acquired Vrvana, the Montréal-based maker of immersive 3D augmented reality headset Totem, according to a report by TechCrunch. The acquisition was valued at US$30 million, sources told TechCrunch. The report said the deal is important to Apple because of its strategic interest in AR technology. Vrvana was founded in 2005 by […]

  • Siemens to acquire VC-backed Solido Design Automation
    by Kirk Falconer on 2017-11-21 at 21:47

    Germany's Siemens AG has agreed to acquire Solido Design Automation Inc, a Saskatoon-based provider of variation-aware design and characterization software to semiconductor companies. No financial terms were disclosed for the deal, which is expected to close in December. Siemens said the buy strengthens its commitment to customers in the integrated circuit industry. […]

  • E-mail manager Sendwithus nets $6.4 mln in Series A round
    by Kirk Falconer on 2017-11-21 at 17:35

    Sendwithus has raised about $6.4 million (US$5 million) in a Series A financing. The round was led by BlueRun Ventures and joined by Initialized Capital and acequía capital. Existing investors Baseline Ventures, SV Angel, Maiden Lane, Y Combinator and Scott Banister also participated. Based in Victoria, British Columbia and San Francisco, Sendwithus […]

  • radient360 seeded with $3.3 mln by Build Ventures, Killick
    by Kirk Falconer on 2017-11-21 at 16:42

    St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador-based energy technology company radient360 has raised a $3.3 million seed-stage financing. The round was backed by Canadian venture capital firm Build Ventures and Canadian private equity firm Killick Capital. Launched in 2011, radient360 provides a cloud platform that digitalizes work processes and creates data analytics for […]

Andreessen Horowitz

  • a16z Podcast: The Rise of the CCO
    by htidnam on 2017-11-18 at 18:42

    There’s a new C-level role in town: the CCO, or Chief Customer Officer. This episode (based on a previous event) is all about the rise of this new role, why it’s so important — and what the actual scope and […]

  • UnitedMasters
    by Ben Horowitz on 2017-11-15 at 15:00

    Dinner with Anna Wintour, racing with Anja Rubik I told you muthaf*ckers it was more than the music–Kanye West, “Cold“ Nearly 30 years ago Steve Stoute saw something that changed his life: He went to see RunDMC […]

  • a16z Podcast: How Founders Hire a VP of Product
    by htidnam on 2017-11-11 at 00:33

    Hiring a VP of Product — especially as the founder of the company — can almost feel like handing over your baby to someone else to hold, observes a16z executive talent team partner Caroline Horn, who hosted an event on […]

  • a16z Podcast: Putting AI in Medicine, in Practice
    by htidnam on 2017-11-04 at 01:19

    There’s been a lot of talk about technology — and AI, deep learning, and machine learning specifically — finally reaching the healthcare sector. But AI in medicine isn’t actually new; it’s actually been there since the 1960s. And yet we […]

  • The First Rule of Leadership
    by Ben Horowitz on 2017-11-02 at 12:00

    I don’t want you to be me you should just be you —Chance The Rapper, “Wanna Be Cool“ In 1993, the professional basketball player Charles Barkley famously said: “I am not a role model. Just because I dunk […]

Crowdfund Insider

  • FundedByMe and Privanet Close First Round in JV Collaboration
    by JD Alois on 2017-11-23 at 17:54

    FundedByMe and Privanet Securities Oy have jointly closed a €1.2 million crowdfunding round. This is the first round as part of their Joint Venture collaboration in Finland. The Finnish media-platform builder BCaster collected €1.2 million in funding in “record time”. Via Privanet’s and FundedByMe’s crowdfunding platform the funding... Read More […]

  • Broody Acquires 5% Stake in Crowdfunder UK the Leading Rewards Platform in Britain
    by JD Alois on 2017-11-23 at 17:35

    Broody, a business incubator, has picked up a 5% equity stake in Crowdfunder – the leading rewards based crowdfunding platform in the UK. Broody is supported by London based advertising agency Mother. Crowdfunder is nearing the close of an equity crowdfunding round on Crowdcube. With... Read More The post Broody Acquires 5% Stake in Crowdfunder UK the Leading Rewards Platform in Britain […]

  • Manigo Wants to be the WeChat of Europe, Plans Crowdfunding Round
    by JD Alois on 2017-11-23 at 16:31

    Manigo describes itself as the “world’s first digital money platform for consumers, businesses and merchants.” Manigo says it will provide a seamless 360° experience for all of their users. The company says its goal is to become the Euro version of WeChat, Tencent’s incredibly successful... Read More The post Manigo Wants to be the WeChat of Europe, Plans Crowdfunding […]

  • BUX Raises More than €1.1 Million in Just 24 Hours on Seedrs, Plans Crypto App
    by JD Alois on 2017-11-23 at 15:02

    BUX, crowdfunding on Seedrs now, raised more than €1.1 million from investors as it easily “smashed” the million pound barrier. The Amsterdam based company now stands at €1.3 million backed by more than 2000 investors from 34 different countries. With a pre-money valuation of €52.3... Read More The post BUX Raises More than €1.1 Million in Just 24 Hours on Seedrs, […]

  • Britbots Invests in Tethered Drone Systems, Opens Up Offer for Crowdfunding Investors
    by JD Alois on 2017-11-23 at 14:09

    Britbots, a company that operated the British Robotics Seed Fund (SEIS) and equity crowdfunding platform Britbots CROWD, has invested the first part of a £300,000 funding package for Tethered Drone Systems. The offer is now open to crowdfunding investors and, according to the campaign page,... Read More The post Britbots Invests in Tethered Drone Systems, Opens Up Offer for Crowdfunding […]

VC News Daily

  • Lightform Raises $5M
    on 2017-11-22 at 13:00

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA, Augmented reality hardware company, is announcing a $5 million round of funding led by Lux Capital. […]

  • Fusion Education Group Lands Investment
    on 2017-11-22 at 13:00

    GRAND RAPIDS, MI, Fusion Education Group has raised capital from Leeds Equity Partners. […]

  • Candid Co. Raises $15M in Series A
    on 2017-11-22 at 13:00

    NEW YORK, NY, Startup helping consumers straighten and brighten their smiles from home, announced today the close of a $15mm Series A financing. […]

  • Divergent 3D Closes $65M Series B
    on 2017-11-22 at 13:00

    LOS ANGELES, CA, Divergent 3D has announced a $65M Series B financing. […]

  • PacketZoom Bags $5M in Series A
    on 2017-11-22 at 13:00

    SAN MATEO, CA, Company re-defining mobile application performance via in-app mobile networking technology, announced today that it has raised $5 million in Series A funding. […]

Various Seed Funding News

  • Deal Street: Tendulkar-Backed Firm Raises Funds At Over $100 Million Valuation
    on 2017-11-23 at 11:37

    Five Indian startups together raised about $29 million in angel, seed or venture capital funding across sectors including fashion, fintech, analytics, real estate and enterprise last week. However, the total funds raised declined 42 percent as compared to the week prior, when seven startups raised nearly ... […]

  • Thai logistics startup GIZTIX secures $1.65m Series A to speed up growth
    on 2017-11-23 at 11:03

    GIZTIX, a logistics marketplace startup, has closed a $1.65-million Series A funding round from AddVentures, a venture capital arm of Thai industrial conglomerate SCG, Wavemaker and 500 Tuktuks to accelerate its growth in terms of both revenue and operations. The startup had earlier received seed ... […]

  • MEST launches incubators in Lagos, Cape Town
    on 2017-11-23 at 09:45

    Core pillars of MEST include a 1-year technology training program in Ghana for African entrepreneurs, followed by potential seed funding and incubation for MEST portfolio companies in pan-African incubator spaces. The new co-working offering will invite local entrepreneurs to apply to join the MEST ... […]

  • Unilever Ventures Infuses $10 Mn In IDG Ventures India Fund
    on 2017-11-23 at 09:22

    As per Inc42 Data Labs, in H1 2017, Seed funding witnessed a 26% fall in deals and a 68% fall in deal amount, as compared to H1 2016. The total number of deals was 259, raising $159 Mn in H1 2017, while a total of 637 startups grossed $853 Mn in Seed funding in 2016. Early stage or Seed funding ... […]

  • Dill Seed Oil Market Production Survey Report 2017 To 2022
    on 2017-11-23 at 04:26

    Global Dill Seed Oil Market Research Report 2017 offered by Questale contains a market overview of the industry which talks about market size, product scope ... The major factors driving the growth of this market can be attributed to the growth in funding and infrastructure development, advancements in ... […]

TECH.CO Funding

  • Emerging Markets Need Investors to Get Over Their Blind Spots
    by Allie Burns on 2017-11-17 at 13:30

    Anyone following the world of venture capital sees first hand that a disproportionate amount of capital is going to just a few people in a few places. Let’s put numbers on that: More than half of all venture capital in the world goes to... […]

  • Why We Invested: What Made This SaaS Company Stand Apart?
    by Todd Belfer on 2017-11-16 at 23:30

    I am often asked what separates the startups we choose to invest in versus the ones opt to forgo. The truth is there’s a lot that goes into evaluating companies through the lens of their investment potential. And while we absolutely look at the... […]

  • Tilson Technology Raises $3.5M in Series D Round
    by Whit Richardson on 2017-11-12 at 15:30

    Tilson Technology, the IT-services company in Portland, has raised $3.5 million of a $5 million offering to fuel its rapid expansion. CEO Joshua Broder told Maine Startups Insider that the new investment, which is a combination of debt and equity, will be used to... […]

  • When Raising Capital Becomes Risky Business
    by Todd Belfer on 2017-11-06 at 13:30

    It’s often seen as the ultimate goal for startup founders –get the attention of a powerhouse VC, raise capital to get your business off the ground, then make a successful and lucrative exit. If only it were that simple. Every business needs cash to... […]

  • How to Be the Startup VCs Want to Invest In
    by Jason Kulpa on 2017-11-05 at 17:45

    Getting funding for your startup isn’t easy, and it might be getting harder. Venture capital funding has dropped in the past few years and is pretty much stagnant. Value has actually increased by 15 percent — in the form of larger rounds for older companies.... […]

ImpactAlpha

  • Take more risks, and four other venture-philanthropy takeaways
    by Romy Miyashiro on 2017-11-23 at 13:59

    Smarter moneyMatching the soul of philanthropy with the spirit of investment at the European Venture Philanthropy Association conferenceEVPA Annual Conference in Oslo, Norway l Photo via EVPA.Investors, grant-makers, banks and business schools, met in Oslo earlier this month to boost capital flows and ecosystem support for social ventures taking on global challenges.Here are five provocative […]

  • Trillion-dollar question: How are the world’s biggest asset owners playing the risks ahead?
    by David Bank on 2017-11-22 at 14:53

    Returns on InvestmentTrillion-dollar question: How are the world’s biggest asset owners playing the risks ahead? (podcast)In which Imogen and David go at it over whether the huge funds will be leaders – or laggards – as capital rotates.No sooner had we recorded the latest episode of ImpactAlpha’s Returns on Investment podcast than Norway’s trillion-dollar […]

  • J.P. Morgan commits $2 million to support Chicago’s small businesses
    by Jessica Pothering on 2017-11-22 at 12:12

    Inclusive EconomicsThe capital is part of a planned $40 million package to drive economic growth in Chicago’s distressed South and West sidesThe Blue1647 tech innovation hub l (Andrew A. Nelles / for the Chicago TribuneJ.P. Morgan has committed $2 million to support Chicago’s small businesses. The capital is part of a planned $40 million package to drive economic growth in […]

  • Kauffman Foundation puts up $1.2 million for microlending to underserved entrepreneurs
    by Dennis Price on 2017-11-22 at 11:27

    Inclusive EconomicsThe foundation will make grants of $300,000 to each of four microlenders in Kansas CityPanaderia de las Americas l Photo credit: KC Hispanic Economic Development CorporationThe U.S. economy could add a million businesses and 9.5 million jobs if minorities started and owned companies at the same rate as whites, according to the Kauffman Foundation.The […]

  • Art for change in India, trillion-dollar question (podcast), microlending for minority…
    by ImpactAlpha on 2017-11-22 at 01:45

    The BriefArt for change in India, trillion-dollar question (podcast), microlending for minority entrepreneurs, leapfrogging car-ownershipNov. 21, 2017Lost in the Wilderness, India l Photo credit: Aashish R GautamGreetings, ImpactAlpha readers! We’re taking a “Brief” break for the Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S., so we’re giving you a double-helping of impact […]


Various VC News

  • Spring Ventures Buys 19% of Wellborn Ventures for $2.1 Million
    on 2017-11-23 at 15:08

    Israeli venture capital firm Spring Ventures bought a 19% stake at Wellborn Ventures for $2.1 million, the companies announced Wednesday. ... Among Wellborn Ventures' investments are LifeBeam, developer of artificial intelligence-based wearable devices that has raised $20 million to date; online ... […]

  • Barilla Launches Venture Capital Fund and Innovation Hub
    on 2017-11-23 at 14:37

    Based in Parma, Italy, Blu1877 combines an investment fund with an innovation hub to develop new food ecosystems that respect people and the planet. In addition, Barilla has moved its 3D printer project to make semolina carefully crafted pasta into Blu1877 under the name BluRhapsody. Led by CEO ... […]

  • 4 Mistakes To Avoid When Holding A Token Sale
    on 2017-11-23 at 14:15

    By essentially crowdfunding capital, it eases the pressure of ventures such as having to meet return of investment targets and scheduled loan payments. Startups can also be at very early stages and still be able to attract investors. This gives opportunity for many cash-strapped entrepreneurs to fund their ... […]

  • Joburg wedding gift service Wrapistry in R4m deal from Anuva Investments
    on 2017-11-23 at 13:18

    Online gift registry startup Wrapistry has signed a deal to secure a R4-million investment from Section 12J venture capital fund Anuva Investments and Genesis Capital. The Johannesburg-based startup's online shop and wedding registry service allows couples to source various gifts — including both ... […]

  • Venture capital firms working with Bioindustrial Innovation Canada
    on 2017-11-23 at 13:07

    Construction on BioAmber's Sarnia plant is shown in this file photo. The plant, now in operation, was an early success for efforts to create a bio-industry cluster in Sarnia-Lambton. Bioindustrial Innovation Canada, a Sarnia-based agency helping young bio-companies in southern Ontario, has begun ... […]

  • Kate Carnell accuses banks of missing the point on small business
    on 2017-11-23 at 13:07

    It doesn't lend or invest directly but works with more than 100 finance partners such as banks, leasing companies, venture capital funds and web-based platforms. "It has created a more diverse and vibrant finance market for smaller businesses, with a greater choice of options and providers," Carnell will ... […]


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