Welcome to Investor Network by JD



“Investor Network by JD” is JD Morris’ personal blog”

Welcome to “Investor Network by JD” (IN) and our goal is networking for results!  My motto is “Say Provocative statements that intelligent people argue about fast without dotting your I’s and crossing your T’s. As life is all about fun and results!”

UPDATE:  We launched a new website for “The Capital Report.” You can find 2 years of daily posting about venture capital deals to acquisition on our retiring blog, Investor Network Destinations.

Visit The Capital Report via this URL: http://capitalreportbyjd.com/

Great data on the past two years of Venture Capital funding via this URL: http://www.investornetworkdestinations.com/

I look forward to networking with you and am currently focused on moonshot deals (possible Unicorns) and EBITDA deals.  We work with several Red Hook Capital family funds that are currently looking at Fintach and Cybersecurity.  We always welcome all introductions to $4 million-plus EBITDA deals and enjoy the possibility of moonshot deal.

Happy Investing & Networking,

JD Morris

JD Morris

Join me on LinkedIn via this URL: http://www.linkedin.com/in/jdmorris

DISCLAIMER: All deal information for our Pipeline Reports are provided by 3rd party websites such as Associated Press, Bloomberg, Business Wire, Crunchbase, Forbes, Fortune, Reuters, Wall Street Journal (WSJ), and other sources. We advise that you check with the company website for a press release or other direct sources that are in our reports as we do not update our posting and use third-party resources to source our news.

This Blog Post updated October 28, 2019 (19-10-28)


P.S. by JD = hard work increases your luck (i.e. Unicorns need a lot of luck)!


Again, this has become my personal blog and does not reflect the views of any of our family of companies.  I am going to place just for fun some facts that should be interesting based on meeting some investors that did really rounds in Unicorns (Robinhood and another in Carta).  These investors worked hard to find a good deal and with a little luck, their Unicorn will have an exit.

My bastardized proverb is “hard work increase your luck” and my provocative statement is all “Unicorn requires a little work or magic to make them work.”

Remember: “Saying provocative statements that intelligent people argue about fast without dotting your I’s and crossing your T’s can produce great ideas.” – JD Morris

My Crystal ball does not show me the answer for Robinhood or Carta, but I believe Guild Education has a high probability with the right backers (i.e. needs Softbank) to become a dragon for some investors.  From Forbes:

The education software startup Guild Education announced today the close of its $157 million Series D round, making it one of the few female-led companies to join the elusive unicorn club this year.

The funding round was led by former American Express CEO Ken Chenault through the venture firm General Catalyst, and was joined by Laurene Powell Jobs’ Emerson Collective, Iconiq Capital and Lead Edge Capital.

Read more: https://www.forbes.com/sites/ruthumoh/2019/11/13/guild-education-is-latest-female-led-company-to-hit-1-billion-valuation/#200809aa58d9

BOTTOMLINE:  The educational space has many success stories, but lots of failures due to the size and players of the industry.  Guilded Education will need to acquire companies just like Facebook and Google to be a market leader with a strong IPO exit.  WeWorks had an easy model to beat Regus (aka IWG plc today), but history shows you need a lot of luck and hard work to succeed in any market place.

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DISCLOSURE: The views and ideas of this blog posting are for fun with the idea that “saying provocative statements that intelligent people argue about fast without dotting your I’s and crossing your T’s will result in creative ideas.”  They do not reflect the view and ideas of any company or organization as the goal is creating ideas and thinking.

Happy Networking and Investing,


JD Morris

Join me on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jdmorris/


Looking to hire a manager of a fund

We are looking to hire a manager of a fund.  Must have Havard or Stanford MBA with fund experience.  Hedge Fund and Fund of Funds openings.


Learn more by email JD Morris @ jdm.networking@gmail.com or texting +1 858-869-9483 anytime.

Happy Networking and Investing,

JD Morris

JD Morris

Join me on LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/jdmorris/

Disclosure: none

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P.S. by JD with “luck begins with hard work” or is the question is moot!

Let us face it that all quotes are based on proverbs so no need to quote somebody as the question is moot! JD Morris’s provocative statement for the day!

Today we launch our new blog posting P.S. by JD that based on my motto! My motto is “Say provocative statements (P.S.) that intelligent people argue about fast without dotting your I’s and crossing your T’s. As life is all about fun and results!”  P.S. = Provocative Statement

I wrote an article for my MIT class about AI and used an AI tool called Grammarly to check for it being considered plagiarism. Some people are getting smart and know how to take credit for old sayings in the bible, chinses proverbs, etc. and sure enough, Grammarly pointed to possible sources. That leads to my favorite quote has issue and who should get credit?

Should you be able to bastardize a quote and call it yours?  Let me provide an example with my favorite quote that says “I am a great believer in luck. The harder I work the more luck I have” and nobody knows the source of this quote.  As of today, I am claiming the saying “Luck begins with hard work” and you will need to sight me or my lawyers will be sending you letter and demanding payment (Joking Kinda).

Who said the original statement?  Grammarly did point me to quoteinvetingator.com that points to Thomas Jefferson and a ton of other people that most likely just bastardized a quote from the bible or Chinese proverb. The funny thing is one of Thomas Jefferson’s foundations said that he did not say that statement and should not be quoted. That leads the statement that everything said can be found in a proverb, so you do not need to quote me or anyone.  You be the judge based on this research that did not look at the old proverb for the source.  

Research on the quote:


However, I say the question is moot!

Disclosure:  These are ideas of JD Morris alone.

Next P.S. on blog posting and the use of reblogging or reposting.

The following link for this blog post is as follows: http://bit.ly/2qDczbG

IN Capital Report v19.309

Investor Network by JD

Keywords:  Paidy Inc, PayPal Ventures, Soros Capital Management, JS Capital Management, Tybourne Capital Management, Goldman Sachs Japan, Mizuho Bank, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, Crunchbase, OMERS Ventures, Emergence, Mayfield, Cowboy Ventures, Verizon, Freetrade, Draper Esprit, Workforce Logiq, The Carlyle Group, Engage Talent, Engage Talent, Refinery Ventures, Ventures, Revolution Rise of the Rest Seed Fund, High Alpha Capital, Graham Partners, Gatekeeper Systems Inc, HKW. Financial, Tech Data, DLT Solutions, Mill Point Capital, Yellow Wood Partners, Dr. Scholl’sBurger King India, Everstone Capital, Altas Partners, Altas Partners Holdings II LP, ALICE Technologies, Merus Capital, Blackhorn Ventures, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Fitbit, Alphabet, Google


InvestorNetwork (IN) provides several Reports with IN Capital Report highlighting a wide range of deals of interest by its editor, JD Morris.  Our goal is to engage people offline or online via LinkedIn, Facebook, and other social media about deals.



  • Paidy Inc., a Japan-based payment provider offering instantly-issued credit, raised $143 million in Series C funding, including $60 million in debt financing. Investors include PayPal Ventures, Soros Capital Management, JS Capital Management, and Tybourne Capital Management. The debt financing is from Goldman Sachs Japan, Mizuho Bank, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation and Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank.
  • Crunchbase, a San Francisco-based provider of private-company prospecting and research solutions, raised $30 million in Series C funding. OMERS Ventures led the round and was joined by investors including Emergence, Mayfield, Cowboy Ventures, and Verizon.
  • Freetrade, a London-based provider of a mobile app for zero-commission share dealings and professional advice, raised $15 million in Series A funding. Investors include Draper Esprit.
  • Workforce Logiq, which is backed by The Carlyle Group, acquired Engage Talent, a Charleston, S.C.-based predictive analytics and AI software company. Financial terms weren’t disclosed. Engage Talent had raised $9.8 million in venture funding from investors including Refinery Ventures, Ventures, Revolution Rise of the Rest Seed Fund and High Alpha Capital.
  • Graham Partners acquired Gatekeeper Systems Inc, an Irvine, Calif.-based provider of intelligent cart solutions, from HKW. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.
  • Tech Data agreed to acquire DLT Solutions, a Herndon, Va.-based government IT solutions aggregator. Financial terms weren’t disclosed. The seller was Mill Point Capital.
  • Yellow Wood Partners acquired Dr. Scholl’s, a footwear brand, from Bayer for $585 million.
  • Burger King India, the Indian arm of the U.S.-based fast-food chain, filed to raise up to 4 billion rupees ($56.6 million) through an IPO in the country. Everstone Capital backs the firm.
  • Altas Partners, a Canada-based private equity firm, raised $3 billion for its second fund, Altas Partners Holdings II LP.
  • ALICE Technologies, a San Francisco-based AI-based simulation platform for construction, raised $8 million in Series A funding. Merus Capital led the round and was joined by investors including Foundamental, Blackhorn Ventures, and Lightspeed Venture Partners.
  • Fitbit (NYSE: FIT) agreed to be acquired by Alphabet for $2.1 billion.


TOKYO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Paidy Inc. (“Paidy”), a payment provider offering instantly-issued credit, announced additional funding worth $143 million USD. The funding was composed of a Series C extension and debt financing. Financing for the Series C extension was provided by both new and existing investors to the company, whereas the debt financing was led by four financial institutions including a Warehouse facility. According to a report on the top 20 corporate valuations (post funding) found in “Japan Startup Finance Report 2019H1”1, this investment ranks as the largest in the Fintech industry. This funding will help Paidy strengthen their balance sheet, which in turn will help accelerate their business growth.

Read more: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20191031005682/en/Paidy-Announces-143-Million-USD-Funding-83


DISCLAIMER: All deal information for our Pipeline Reports are provided by 3rd party websites such as Associated Press, Bloomberg, Business Wire, Crunchbase, Forbes, Fortune, Reuters, Wall Street Journal (WSJ), and other sources. We advise that you check with the company website for a press release or other direct sources that are in our reports as we do not update our posting and use third-party resources to source our news.

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JD Morris

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REBLOG: JD Morris featured in Forbes Article on October 17, 2019.

Thanks Forbes for featuring me in one of many articles.

Forbes 5x2 Banking

Choosing The Right Bank Or Credit Card: 10 Tips From Finance Experts

10. Look For Apps That Can Help

Experian and a few others have apps that will provide recommendations based on your credit score. They have apps that will allow you to compare features including annual fees, intro rates, annual percentage rates, etc. Not all people and not all cards are created equal, so take advantage of Experian or others that have apps to help. – JD Morris, Red Hook Capital

For full article visit: https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbesfinancecouncil/2019/10/17/choosing-the-right-bank-or-credit-card-10-tips-from-finance-experts/#165222321733

MIT Founded Companies and Voiceme.AI



Did you know some of the Fortune Global 500 companies were founded or co-founded by MIT alumni such as Boeing, HP Inc., Intel, and Qualcomm?


Investor Network by JD has a group of MIT alumni that are investing in companies founded by MIT alumni and students.  Today we profile one of their investments into Voiceme.AI LLC.

DISCLOSURE: Investor Network does not invest in companies, but is a networking group help facilitate forming special purpose vehicles (SPVs) with like-minded people.  This investment was picked by a group formed by MIT Alumni.  The group has invested in 7 companies to date this year with Voiceme.AI closing this month.


The MIT group has made two investments in this MIT alumni’s company to date.

VoiceMe.AI connects the deskless workforce using an AI-powered voice assistant that is optimized for executing communication and improves:

  • Operational Efficiency
  • Job Completion Rate
  • Legal Compliance
  • Data Capture and Retention
  • Communication Speed

Our solution enables hands-free enterprise messaging – think of a mobilized Slack for employees on-the-go where communication is executed and received via voice.  VoiceMe.AI’s platform currently consists of an Android app that can work seamlessly with off-the-shelf, third-party ear devices that are either Bluetooth or wired.  Our proprietary Natural Language Processing, Natural Language Understanding, and Named Entity Recognition models have been custom built from the ground up around the informal, conversational, communication domain.

DISCLOSURE: From Voiceme.AI LLC executive summary (not IN content).


Our network started post World War II with several friends that meet during the war and started investing in companies in Lancaster Pennsylvania.  Today we have investors from around the world forming special investment vehicles (SPV) to co-invest in companies together.  They own large cash flowing (EBITDA) global private business together down to simple seed investment in a startup through as SPV.  Members of Investor Network form groups to invest in areas of interest.  We are currently expanding our George Washington University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Southern California, and Bay Area Groups.





REPOST Capital Report by JD v19.10.21

For the full Capital Report with 15 plus deals that funded visit this URL:



  • Speechmatics, a London-based speech recognition technology engine, raised 6.35 million pounds ($8.25 million) in Series A funding. AlbionVC led the round, and was joined by investors including IQ Capital.
  • Acronis, a Singapore and Schaffhausen, Switzerland-based provider of cyber protection solutions, raised $147m in funding
  • Arceo.ai, a San Francisco, CA-based provider of an end-to-end cyber risk analytics and insurance platform, secured $37m in funding
  • CyberFortress, a San Antonio-based insurtech startup focused on protecting e-commerce companies from cyber threats, closed a $3m seed funding
  • Cowbell Cyber, a Pleasanton, Calif.-based startup focused on Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered cyber insurance for small to mid-sized enterprises, secured $3.3M in seed funding

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