Welcome to Investor Network



Welcome to “Investor Network by JD” (IN) and our goal is networking for results!  Our 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!” – JD Morris


Happy Investing & Networking,

JD Morris

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This post was update 12/04/2017


Happy New Years for Investor Network & JD

Happy New Years!

We are not sure what we will be doing for 2018 with this Beta Blog, but are making plans!

Enjoy the day with the family and get ready for big things in 2018 based on the past and present!  Mindfulness!

Futre past present

Pipeline & $60 USD Unicorn

Just for fun a deals are closing.  As 2017 ends, so does our search for Unicorn deals.  We are going back to focusing on growth capital for EBTIDA deals.

If you really need a Unicorn, I know where you can find one for $60 USD vs. a billion!




• Carbon, a Silicon Valley-based digital 3D manufacturing company, raised $200 million in Series D funding. Investors include Baillie Gifford, Fidelity Management & Research Company ARCHINA CapitalGeneral Electric, JSR CorporationSequoia Capital, Silver Lake Kraftwerk, and Reinet Investments.

• Respicardia, Inca Minnesota-based medical technology company, raised $58.5 million in funding. ZOLL Medical Corporation led the round.

• ACL, a Canada-based SaaS provider helping governments and companies quantify risk, raised $50 million in funding. Norwest led the round.

• Passport, a Dover, Delaware-based mobile payments company specializing in the transportation industry, raised $43 million in Series C funding. Bain Capital Venturesled the round, and was joined by investors including Grotech Ventures, MK Capital and Relevance Capital.

• Common, a New York-based co-living startup, raised $40 million in Series C funding. Norwest Venture Partners led the round.

• Convercent, a Denver-based ethics and compliance cloud software provider, raised $25 million in Series E funding. Rho Ventures led the round.

• SendBird, a provider of a messaging and chat API for mobile apps, raised $16 million in funding, according to TechCrunch. Shasta Ventures and August Capital led the round, and was joined by investors including Y Combinator and Funders’ Club. (IN knows Funders’ Club)

• Anodot, an Israel-based AI-powered analytics company, raised $15 million in Series B funding. Redline Capital Management led the round, and was joined by investors including investors Aleph Venture Capital and Disruptive Technologies Venture Capital.

• Ample Hills Creamery, a Brooklyn, N.Y.-based maker of ice cream, raised $8 million in Series A funding. Rosecliff Ventures led the round and was joined by Bullish, Lerer Hippeau, RiverPark Ventures, The Allana Group, and Charles Cohen of Cohen Media.

• Happy Returns, a technology, logistics and service provider for online retailers, raised $8 million in Series B funding. USVP led the round, and was joined by investors including Upfront Ventures and Trunk Club founder Brian Spaly.

• Asimov, a company creating computer-aided biology design tools, raised $4.7 million in seed funding, according to TechCrunch. Investors include Andreessen HorowitzRead more.

• Fiit, a U.K.-based social workout app, raised 2.4 million pounds ($3.2 million) in seed funding. Connect Ventures led the round, and was joined by investors including JamJar Investors, Rooks Nest Ventures and Westminster Capital.

• Ataata, a Bethesda, Md.-based cyber security training platform, raised $3 million in funding. Next Frontier Capital led the round, and was joined by investors including TEDCO, 2M, SaaS Ventures and ARRA Capital.

• Radar Relaya Fort Collins, Colo.-based decentralized crypto currency exchange, raised $3 million in seed funding. Blockchain Capital led the round, and was joined by investors including SV Angel, Digital Currency Group, Reciprocal Ventures, Collaborative Fund, Kindred Ventures, Kokopelli Capital, Notation Capital, Sparkland Capital, and V1.VC.

• Ocean Protocola decentralized data exchange protocol, raised funding of an undisclosed amount from Outlier Ventures.

• Mobike Japan, the Chinese bike rental company’s entity in Japan, raised funding of an undisclosed amount from Line, according to TechCrunch

DISCLAIMER:  This information is provided by AP, Bloomberg, Forbes, Fortune,  preqin, Reuters, TechCrunch, VentureBeat, Wall Street Journal (WSJ), and other 3rd party sources.  Please check with the company website as this a beta blog and will not be updated.

Happy Investing and Networking,

Investor Network by JD

Pipeline Venture Capital 2017-12-18

Just for fun as the blog is on hold!

One of our friends has an amazing popcorn deal that has raised more than $5 million and has buyers already talking to them!

Popcorn???  Hershey agreed to buy Amplify Snack Brands, the owner of Tyrell’s potato chips and SkinnyPop popcorn for $921 million.

FYI: We are still looking at Unicorn deals and Moonshot deal, but we love EBITDA deals!


JD meeting with friends at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe (false Unicorn sighting)

PIPELINE ( Venture Capital )

• Virgin Hyperloop One, a Los Angeles-based tubular transit system startup, agreed to raise $50 million in funding, according to Axios. Investors include Caspian Venture Capital and DP World. Read more.

• Leadspace, a San Francisco and Tel Aviv-based B2B audience management platform for marketing and sales, raised $21 million in Series C funding. Arrowroot Capital and Jerusalem Venture Partners led the round.

• Huddly, an Oslo, Norway-based developer of a easy-to-use video collaboration technology, raised $10 million in Series C funding. Graham Williams led the round.

• Spotlite recently raised more than $10 million from Sequoia Capital China and BlueRun Ventures. The plan is to use the funding to build out the product, make key hires and expand its marketing and advertising efforts.

• Univercells, a Belgium-based provider of biomanufacturing solutions, raised $3.56 million in Series A funding. The investors included Takeda Ventures Inc.

• Aunt Fannie’s, a Portland-based CPG company focused on microbiomic cleaning products and pest solutions, raised $2.375 million in Series A. Investors include Monica Nassif, David Charne, and Stuart Erickson.

• Reniac Inc, a San Jose, Calif.-based developer of intelligent data-aware architecture for applications, servers, and data stores, raised funding of an undisclosed amount from Intel Capital.

Happy Investing & Networking,

Investor Network by JD

Pipeline plus delta future

NOTE: Posting just for fun!

A lot of the future will already happened in the future, so focus on what you can change.  Your company will pay taxes, but the amount you pay depends on a lot on the money you make for your company!  Plus good accounting!

ACTION: Look at what you know will happen for sure in the future and list five things you can add to make it better = greater success (what percentage or how large a delta can you make)!


PIPELINE ( Private Equity)

• Quantum Energy Partners agreed to invest $489 million in FourPoint Energy, a Denver-based oil exploration and production company.

• Apollo Global Management agreed to acquire Sun Country Airlines, the largest privately-held fully independent airline in the United States. (IN knows Apollo)

• Goldman Sachs recapitalized Financeit Canada, a Toronto-based point-of-sale financing provider. Goldman is now a majority owner. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.

• Thomas H. Lee Partners agreed to invest in Guaranteed Rate, a Chicago-based retail mortgage company. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.

• St. George Logistics, a portfolio company of Wind Point Partners, acquired, Channel Distribution Corpa Benesville, Ill.-based provider of the ocean and air CFS solutions. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.

• L Catterton agreed to invest in Ganni, a Danish contemporary fashion brand. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.

• Feeney Brothers Utility Services, a portfolio company of CAI private equity, acquired DDS Companiesa Rochester, N.Y.-based provider of telecom services. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.

DISCLAIMER:  This information is provided by AP, Bloomberg, Forbes, Fortune,  preqin, Reuters, TechCrunch, VentureBeat, Wall Street Journal (WSJ), and other 3rd party sources.  Please check with the company website as this a beta blog and will not be updated.

Happy Investing and Networking,

Investor Network by JD


Start Business with your kids

The BETA blog is on hold until 2018! These posts are just for fun!


My wife supported our kids starting a Poshmark account and learning everything.  The even has a very small EBITDA already!  It took them 24 hours to launch and 48 hours to start making cash!  Here is the URL:


Sound great!  However, Ryan with “Ryan ToysReviews” started at 4 years old and is making $11 million gross on YouTube.  The are both a far cry from a lemonade stand, but let us be honest that moms do most the work to make a lemon stand.

More about Ryan ToysReviews URL:


Look at helping your kids start an online business today! Time for Santa to take some time off!


Happy Networking and Investing,

JD Morris