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 are re-launching our media reports, radio shows, and Webinars 1q2020.

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 Fintech.  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 November 20, 2019 (19-11-20)


BETA – The Capitalization Report v19.50

Toronto Intercontential


We will be speaking next week at the #1 Family Office Event in FL.  JD Morris (kinda sound like few people speaking in 3rd person) had a great meeting in California, Minnesota, and Canada, with advisors and family members of billionaire families. Also, great meeting with a gentleman farmer (horses) form Texas this week already and it is only Tuesday!


The Capitalisation Report will go from Beta to launch in 2020!  More than 10,000 people look at our information daily and we look forward to commercial launch.

KEYWORDS: Autotech Ventures, Sequoia Capital, Parthenon Capital, The Silicon Slopes Computer Science Fund, Perceptive Advisors, May River Capital, SignalFire, Peregrine Ventures, Centana Growth Partners, Plexo Capital, Crescendo Venture Partners, Kaiser Permanente Ventures, Revelstoke Capital Partners, United Ventures, Novacap, Loyal Valley Capital, Dyal Capital Partners, Harlem Capital, Two Sigma, JD Morris, The Capitalization Report,


  • Volvo Group Venture Capital has invested in Autotech Ventures, an American venture capital fund focusing on startups in the ground transportation sector
  • Sequoia Capital, a Menlo Park, California-based venture capital firm, raised nearly 3.4 billion for two funds investing in later-stage U.S. companies, and venture and growth investments in China
  • Parthenon Capital, a growth-oriented private equity firm with offices in Boston, San Francisco, and Austin, announced that its affiliate, Parthenon Investors VI, LP, held its first and final closing with more than $2.0 billion in commitments
  • The Silicon Slopes Computer Science Fund launches with initial contributions and pledges of $4m
  • Perceptive Advisors, a New York, NY-based investment management firm focused in life sciences, closed its inaugural venture capital fund, the Perceptive Xontogeny Venture Fund, LP, at $210m
  • May River Capital, a Chicago, IL-based private equity investment firm, closed its sophomore fund, May River Capital Fund II, LP, at $300m in limited partner subscriptions
  • San Francisco, CA-based venture capital firm SignalFire raised a new pair of funds totaling $500M aimed at seed stage and early growth stage enterprise and consumer startups
  • Peregrine Ventures, an Israeli med-tech venture capital firm, closed its fourth fund, Peregrine 4, at $115m
  • Centana Growth Partners, a Palo Alto and New York-based specialized growth equity firm focused on the future of financial services, closed its second fund, Centana Growth Partners II, L.P., at $375m
  • Plexo Capital, a San Francisco, CA-based venture capital firm investing both in emerging VC funds and in early-stage companies around the world, closed on a $42.5m fund
  • Crescendo Venture Partners, a Tel-Aviv, Israel-based venture capital firm, is launching its new VC fund planned to raise $80 million-$100 million
  • Kaiser Permanente Ventures, the Oakland, Calif.-based venture capital arm of Kaiser Permanente, closed its fifth investment fund, at $141m
  • Revelstoke Capital Partners, a Denver, CO-based private equity firm focused on investing in healthcare services companies, completed fundraising for Revelstoke Capital Partners Fund II, L.P., and Revelstoke Single Asset Fund I, L.P., totaling $1.4 billion
  • United Ventures, a Milan, Italy-based venture capital firm, closed its second fund, at €120M
  • Novacap, one of Canada’s leading private equity firms, has launched a financial services fund with its first closing at C$260m
  • Loyal Valley Capital closed its second US dollar-denominated fund, Loyal Valley Capital Advantage Fund II LP, at $465m
  • Dyal Capital Partners, a division of Neuberger Berman, a private, independent, employee-owned investment manager, closed Dyal Capital Partners IV with over $9.0 billion of committed capital
  • Harlem Capital, an NYC-based diversity-focused venture capital firm, closed Harlem Capital Partners Venture Fund I, LP, at $40.3m
  • NYC-based investment firm Two Sigma closed Sightway Capital I, LP, a private investment fund which focuses on building companies in financial services and real assets, at $1.2 billion


Access to top deals by funds such as  Sequoia Capital, NEA, Kleiner Perkins, and others for accredited investors with $100,000 USD to invest in deals through a broker-dealer based in the US or other countries.  Come to cool places and meet cool people that co-invest!  Canada this week and putting on the Ritz on FL next week on an amazing Island!


NOVI, Mich., Dec. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Stoneridge, Inc. (NYSE: SRI) has announced an investment in a fund managed by Autotech Ventures (“Autotech”), a venture capital firm focused on ground transportation technology located in Menlo Park, California. The $10 million total investment, which will be contributed over the expected 10-year life of the fund, is expected to provide the Company with increased visibility to early-stage companies.


Read more: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/stoneridge-accelerates-technology-strategy-with-investment-in-autotech-ventures-fund-300764653.html



Meet me in Toronto and let me teach you the Billionaires Two-Step

Meet me in Toronto to learn the millionaire or billionaire two-step (thinking moving to Dallas or Florida or Canada for citizenship as it is a much better dancing here).

I will be in Toronto trying to be a white knight and talk to accredited investors, a billionaire family office, and others about Fund of Funds, Venture Capital Funds, and how to play with other billionaires!

Brain Dump for my draft for a Forbes article.

Meeting my good friend from a billionaire family Sunday and Monday to talk about the Billionaire two-step.  I hope to watch “Wall Street” with Micheal Douglas with him to understand how to dance with other billionaire families.  Let us face it, you have to be a baller to be a billionaire.  If you can not stand the dance, sit the game out when other billionaires want to dance on your head.  What can you do if you do not know about take-overs, leveraged buyouts, etc.


Here are my picks to get your 101 training for your family office battles and/or billionaire battle.  Watch some movies such as:

  1. Wall Street
  2. Barbarians at the Gate
  3. Pretty Woman
  4. Others TBA (input welcome)


Find a friend that can help save the day that knows high finance and can help you with a public or private company.  More to come…..


Let us face it, the saying “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” could be your solutions.  However, you might find that new friend your enemy very shortly.  More to come…



gray scale photo of children dancing on street
Photo by Suzy Hazelwood on Pexels.com


Meet me in Florida (Beach or largest family office conference)

I will be attending and speaking at the #1 Largest Family Office Conference this year in December in warm (keywords) Florida!  Ask me how you can attend or be my guest via events@redhookcapital.co anytime!

I want to meet with people investing in Fund of Funds (we have a new fund), Venture Capital Funds (we are investing in a few), Growth Capital Deals (we are co-investing in a few), and $3 million USD EBITDA deals (LBO/MBO).

Ask me about some amazing friends that are doing angel, seed round, elbow capital, growth capital, consolidation capital, and more!!!!  Our friends and family did 10 plus deals this year!


Happy Thanksgiving and Holidays (little AI humor & link to Christmas Vaction staring Chevy Chase!

I am loving my MIT course about AI, so I wanted to share a little AI Humor!

Happy Thanksgiving and Holidays from all the people that help make RHC family of companies so successful and fun!  P.S. by JD = Chevy Chase in Christmas Vacation! URL for Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/National-Lampoons-Christmas-Vacation-Chevy/dp/B009IU6BIS/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=Chevy+Chase&qid=1574980122&s=movies-tv&sr=1-2

AI Humor IBM vs new AI

BETA The Capitalization Report v19.11.22

KEYWORDS: Fund, Venture Capital Fund, Private Equity Fund, Norwest Venture Partners, NovaQuest Capital Management, Clocktower Technology Ventures, .406 Ventures, Northzone, MMC Ventures, Balderton, Unusual Ventures, Northgate Capital, CVC Capital Partners, Salesforce Ventures


We are closing down all of our other media projects and re-branding as “The Capitalization Report” starting in 1q2020.  We will be hosting family office and accredited investor events in Miami and Beverly Hills in December as well as attending a few Forbes Christmas parties. The Capitalization Report focus on funds being funded, and TBA Report about funding of companies that will replace “The Capital Report.”

THE CAPITALIZATION REPORT 11.23.2019 (v19.11.22)

  • NovaQuest Capital Management, L.L.C, a Raleigh, NC-based healthcare and life sciences focused private investment firm, closed NovaQuest Private Equity Fund I, L.P., at $275m
  • Clocktower Technology Ventures, the Santa Monica, Calif.-based venture capital arm of Clocktower Group, closed its second financial services innovation fund, with approximately $70m in capital commitments
  • .406 Ventures, a Boston, MA-based venture capital firm investing in early-stage innovative enterprise technology and digital health companies, closed its fourth fund, at $294m
  • Venture capital firm Northzone raised $500m for its newest fund, Northzone IX
  • MMC Ventures, a London, UK-based research-led venture capital firm, launched a new £100m scale up fund
  • Balderton, a London, UK-based venture capital firm, closed a $400M early stage fund
  • Unusual Ventures, a Menlo Park, California-based venture capital firm that invests in both enterprise and consumer startups, closed its second fund, at $400m
  • Northgate Capital, a San Francisco, CA-based venture capital investment management firm, closed Northgate Venture Partners VIII, at $120m
  • CVC Capital Partners, a private equity and investment advisory firm, closed CVC Growth Partners Fund II, at $1.6 billion
  • Global CRM company Salesforce (NYSE: CRM), announced that Salesforce Ventures, its global corporate investment group, has launched a new $50m Consultant Trailblazer Fund
  • Norwest Venture Partners, a global venture and growth equity investment firm, closed Norwest Venture Partners XV, LP, its largest fund to date, at $2 billion


From Norwest Venture Partners website press release: https://www.nvp.com/news/nvpxv/

PALO ALTO, Calif. – November 14, 2019 – Norwest Venture Partners, a leading venture and growth equity investment firm, today announced it has closed its largest fund to date, Norwest Venture Partners XV, LP. The new $2 billion fund targets disruptive and market-leading companies from seed to late-stage across consumer, enterprise and healthcare sectors. The launch of Norwest Venture Partners XV, which brings the firm’s total capital commitments to more than $9.5 billion, closes on the heels of a record two years, as 23 of the firm’s portfolio companies achieved notable liquidity events.

Norwest Venture Partners XV follows Norwest Venture Partners XIV, a $1.5 billion fund, which closed in February 2018. Since then, Norwest has made nearly 50 new investments across a range of stages and industries, as well as hired and promoted several investment partners.

norwest venture partners

Read more via this shortened Bitly URL: http://bit.ly/2KPadgS

Happy Investing and Networking,

JD Morris

Editor of “The Capitalization Report”

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


Forbes Reblog: “Seeking Capital For Your Startup? Remember: It’s About Returns For Your Investor” – JD Morris on Forbes

Unicorn vs dragon forbes

For a full read visit Forbes at: https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbesfinancecouncil/2019/11/20/seeking-capital-for-your-startup-remember-its-about-returns-for-your-investor/#336ea4699445

Startup investors generally use a high-risk model where they spread their capital among numerous startups, knowing that it only takes one or two to be successful enough to pay back the initial capital investment. Companies that produce such returns are called dragons. Unicorns are more based on valuation. A dragon is one deal that pays the return for a fund after investing in many deals.

Read more via Bitly short URL: http://bit.ly/2QDgpwe

P.S. Thank you, John Backus, for your Crunchbase article with the amazing quote: “Unicorns are for show and dragons for Dough.”

Happy Networking and Investing,


JD Morris

Editor of The Capitalization Report

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

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.

Short URL: http://bit.ly/2rC6vAv

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/