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“Investor Network by JD” will be relaunched in November.

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

Look soon for a relaunch of Investor Network by JD as we phase out our other blogs.


Happy Investing & Networking,

JD Morris

JD Morris

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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 17, 2019 (19-10-17)


JD Morris Quoted in Forbes – Seven Clear Signs Your Business Is Ready To Go Public

For the full article from Forbes Online:


JD Morris Quote:

2. You Have A Backup Plan For A Delayed Or No IPO

Billion-dollar-revenue companies get their IPOs pulled! IPOs are expensive and risky. Having a plan for a delayed IPO—or possibly no IPO—is a must. If your company will succeed with or without the IPO, you can safely test the IPO market. This means you have lots of investors wanting to invest in your next round. – JD MorrisRed Hook Capital


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JD Morris Quoted in Forbes: 15 Financial Experts Share The Industry’s ‘Best-Kept Secrets’

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7. Invest In Real Estate

There are lots of strategies, but a 1031 exchange in real estate allows you to defer paying capital gains taxes on an investment property when it is sold. Almost all high-net-worth individuals have investments in real estate and the 1031 exchange is one of the key tools. – JD Morris, Red Hook Capital


read the full article:  https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbesfinancecouncil/2019/08/29/15-financial-experts-share-the-industrys-best-kept-secrets/#59a6322a77bf

REBLOG: Capital Report v19.10.12


  • HYPR Corp.a New York-based provider of enterprise-facing decentralized authentication solutions, raised $8 million in Series A funding.  Comcast Ventures, led the round. Existing investors RTP Ventures, Boldstart Ventures, and Mesh Ventures participated.
  • HelpSystems, a Minneapolis, MN-based global provider of IT operations management, security and analytics solutions, received an investment from private equity firms TA Associates and Charlesbank Capital Partners
  • Umbo Computer Vision, a San Francisco, CA-based artificial intelligence company that specializes in autonomous video security, raised an $8m post-A round of funding
  • Razberi Technologies, a Carrollton, Texas-based provider of simple, secure video surveillance and IoT solutions, raised $5.8 million in funding.  LiveOak Venture Partners led the round.
  • Lex, a NYC-based commercial real estate securities marketplace for retail investors, raised $4M in seed financing

Read More: http://www.investornetworkdestinations.com/capital-report-v19-10-12/

Investor Network by JD

REBLOG: Special Purpose Vehicles: Making the Most of Participation Rights

In recent years the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) has emerged as a device to quiet those gnashing teeth. Originally, SPVs were mostly used by loose groups of angels to facilitate investment in a specific emerging company, most often in a seed or other very early round. They are still used in that scenario, but more recently are being employed in later rounds by smaller funds that participated in earlier rounds but lack dry powder to either protect themselves in down rounds or double-down in flat and up rounds


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REBLOG: Red Hook Capital Update


  • Our friends and family have invested through SPEs in 6 moonshot deals last quarter.

  • Currently, we are raising capital for one of our new SPEs for a hybrid fund that invests in funds (fund of funds) and moonshot deals.

Read more updates from Red Hook Capital via this URL:


More information about Red Hook Capital SPEs and thier moonshot deals coming soon!

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REBLOG: IND Report v19.09.09


SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sep 9, 2019– AppZen, the world’s leading AI platform for modern finance teams, announced today that it has secured $50 million in Series C funding led by Coatue Management. Existing investors Redpoint Ventures and Lightspeed Venture Partners also participated in the round. This brings the company’s total investment to more than $100 million. AppZen will use the new funding to accelerate its mission to become the leading artificial intelligence (AI) platform for CFOs and their teams to reduce spend, comply with policy and streamline process.

Read more: https://apnews.com/Business%20Wire/8f2963e6c60247238c3d69cb51e6d57e


  • TPA Stream, a Cleveland, OH-based healthcare benefits automation company, closed a $1.4m seed funding round
  • Sight Machine Inc., a San Francisco, CA-based digital manufacturing platform, received a venture capital investment from Sony Innovation Fund (SIF), Sony Corporation’s venture capital arm
  • SeekOps Inc., an Austin, TX-based company which develops and fields advanced sensor technology to detect, localize, and quantify natural gas emissions through integrated drone-based systems, secured funding from two strategic investors as part of its Series A-1 fundraising
  • RippleMatch, a NYC-based data-driven university recruiting platform, secured $6m in Series A funding
  • SGI-DNA, a San Diego, CA-based developer of synthetic genomics technologies and DNA data storage solutions, closed a $25m Series A financing
  • Platelet BioGenesis, Inc. (PBG), a Cambridge, Mass.-based leader in stem cell-derived, on-demand human platelets (PLTs+™) and platelet-based therapeutics, raised more than $26m in Series A-1 financing
  • Axiom, the global leader in specialized on-demand legal talent, received a strategic investment from Permira
  • HackerOne, a San Francisco, CA-based hacker-powered pentest and bug bounty platform, raised $36.4M in Series D financing
  • IceKredit, Inc., a Los Angeles, CA and China-based credit risk and credit management company, raised $47m in pre-Series C funding
  • TransPerfect, a New York-based provider of language and technology solutions for global business, acquired MoGi Group, a Dublin, Ireland-based bespoke gaming solutions house that partners with studios, developers, and content owners in the gaming space
  • Commvault (NASDAQ: CVLT), a Tinton Falls, NJ-based provider of software for the management of data across cloud and on-premises environments, is to acquire Hedvig, a Santa Clara, CA-based software-defined storage (SDS) company, for $225m
  • Red River, a Claremont, N.H.-based technology transformation company, acquired CWPS, a Washington D.C.-based technology solutions provider
  • PeopleShare, a Collegeville, PA-based staffing firm in the East Coast, acquired Best Practices Staffing, a staffing firm focused on the Greater Chicago area
  • MyHeritage, a global discovery platform for exploring family history and gaining health insights, acquired River Road Bio, the company that owned and operated SNPedia and Promethease
  • AppZen, a San Jose, CA-based AI platform for modern finance teams, secured $50m in Series C funding

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.


Requsting data on ground breaking companies vs. second to market having a better track record

I have seen some amazing data showing the market leader is not always the winner.

  • Goolge vs Yahoo
  • trans-atlantic cable (1st one failed and 2nd was sucess)
  • other great examples


Will Slack break the rule?  Symphony raised $165 million, but is Slack the market leader.


Or was Slack just making a better dialed in product.  People could have used Google products or texted to each other.

FACEBOOK (vs MySpace)


More to come…..

Welcome people input and welcome debate.  Contact me at jdm.networking@gmail.com