CONCEPT: There is no place like Silicon Valley or is it now the Bay Area – kinda


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Source and Quote from E&Y Report by

Despite an overall slowdown in Q4, emerging regions like Los Angeles, Seattle, San Diego, and Orange County bucked the trend with increased investment across the board. Combined, they raised over $3.8 billion in funds during the final quarter and Seattle (18%), San Diego (29%), and Orange County (24%) saw double-digit growth. The leading sectors responsible for this increase were consistent with national results, including information technology, business and financial services, and health care.

CONCEPT

Seattle, Boston, Los Angles, San Diego, Austin, DC Metro (Potomac?) are all on the radar.  However, should you still move to the Bay Area or a second-tier city or stay at home?

Planning on interviewing people and place a paid article in Forbes or other freelance opportunities.

More to come on concept………………..

INTERVIEWS: Planning to reach out to EY for an interview and welcome others.

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Contact JDM.networking@gmail.com if you are an accredited investor and want to get published on this topic or others.

BETA: The Capitalization Report v20.02.13


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Sponsored Ad by RHC7 with goal of MIT alumni co-investing through SPVs.

EDITORS NOTE: Today we focus on recent SaaS deals.  Here are the keywords for us today: SaaS, SaaSWorks, Rimilia, Talage, Powell Software, EquityBee, Spectrum Equity, Morgan Stanley Capital Partners, Kleiner Perkins, KKR Global Impact Fund SCSp

SAAS DEAL FLOW

  • SaaSWorks, a Boston, MA-based company that delivers operational solutions for scaling SaaS businesses, raised $5m in funding.  The round was led by Conversion Venture Capital with participation from unnamed SaaS CEOs, CFOs and executives.
  • Talage, a Reno, Nevada-based SaaS-based digital insurance platform, raised $5 million in Series A funding. Merus Capital led the round and was joined by investors including Calibrate Ventures, WTI and Hallador Investment Advisors. 
  • Rimilia, a U.K.-based SaaS-based fintech company, raised $15 million in funding. Investors include Eight – Roads Ventures, Kennet Partners, and Silicon Valley Bank.
  • Attentive, a personalized mobile messaging SaaS platform for brands, raised $70 million in Series C funding. Sequoia and IVP co-led the round and were joined by investors including Eniac Ventures and NextView Ventures.
  • SimScale, a Germany-based provider of a SaaS application for engineering simulation, today raised €27 million ($29.8 million) in Series C funding. Insight Partners led the round and was joined by investors including Earlybird, Union Square Ventures, June Fund, Vito Ventures, Bayern Kapital, and High-Tech Gründerfonds. 
  • Powell Software, a digital workplace, and intranet SaaS software provider raised $16 million in funding. Level Equity and Cap Horn co-led the round
  • Partnerize, a U.K.-based SaaS partner automation platform, raised $50 million in funding. Accel-KKR led the round.

FUNDS WE KNOW (KNEW)

  • Apax Partners agreed to acquire Cadence Education, a Scottsdale, Ariz.-based provider of early childhood education in North America, from Morgan Stanley Capital PartnersFinancial terms weren’t disclosed. 
  • Nova Credit, a cross-border consumer credit reporting startup, raised $50 million in funding. Kleiner Perkins led the round and was joined by investors including Canapi Ventures and existing investors Index Ventures, General Catalyst, Nyca Partners, Sound Ventures, Alex Rodriguez and U2 guitarist the Edge.
  • Headspace, a global leader in mindfulness and meditation, today announced it raised a total of $93 million in its Series C funding round. The round was led by blisce/, with participation from Waverley Capital and Times Bridge – the global investments and partnerships arm of The Times Group of India – and existing investors The Chernin Group, Spectrum Equity, and Advancit Capital. The new funding includes $53 million of equity from participating investors and $40 million of debt capital from Pacific Western Bank.
  • EquityBee, a Los Angeles-based startup that helps employees with stock options funding, raised $6.6 million in funding. Group11 led the round and was joined by investors including Battery Ventures and LocalGlobe.
  • Snowflake, a San Mateo, Calif.-based cloud-based data warehouse company, raised $479 million at a $12.4 billion valuation. Dragoneer Investment Group led the round and was joined by investors including Salesforce Ventures, Altimeter Capital, ICONIQ Capital, Madrona Venture Group, Redpoint Ventures, Sequoia Capital, and Sutter Hill Ventures.
  • Cherre, a New York-based real estate data, and analytics platform, raised $16 million in funding.  Intel Capital led the round and was joined by investors including Navitas Capital, Carthona Capital, Zigg Capital, Dreamit Ventures, and Silicon Valley Bank.
  • Worlds, a Dallas-based spatial AI company spun out of Hypergiant Sensory Sciences, raised $10 million in Series A funding.  Align Capital led the round and was joined by investors including Chevron Technology Ventures, PIVA, and Hypergiant Industries.

OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST

  • KKR, a New York-based global investment firm, raised $1.3 billion for its KKR Global Impact Fund SCSp.
  • Global bank Citi launched a $150m impact fund designed to make equity investments in private sector companies that have a positive impact on society
  • Praetorian, an Austin-based cybersecurity company, raised $10 million in Series A funding. Investors include Bill Wood Ventures and McKinsey & Company.

PRESS RELEASE PICKED BY EDITOR

KKR Closes $1.3 Billion Global Impact Fund, Fund to Invest in Solutions-Oriented Businesses, February 12, 2020 07:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–KKR, a leading global investment firm, today announced the final closing of KKR Global Impact Fund SCSp (“KKR Global Impact” or the “Fund”), a $1.3 billion fund dedicated to investment opportunities in companies whose core business models provide commercial solutions to an environmental or social challenge.

Read More: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20200212005060/en/

CONCEPT: We need to end the encroachment of lawyers, accountants, regulators, etc. on our life and return to a simple and affordable life? #psbyjd


CONCEPT: What can be done to simplify our lives?  Can we stop or decrease the complex issues in our lives and all the rules resulting in having to hire lawyers, accountants, and more!

GOOD: The United States of America is a great place to live!

BAD: We are adding red tape every day making it worst!

UGLY: We have to feed lawyers, accountants, etc. money because of the rules.

BOTTOMLINE: Could impact investing be better served by moving society away from lawyers.

“We need to stop wasting money and throwing money at bad things.  We need to stop feed lawyers, accountants, and all the jobs that just waste our money.  Life should be about doing good and not red tape and rules!” – J20.02.10.0632P

Shakespeare Kill all the lawyers

Let’s kill all the lawyers” is a line from William Shakespeare‘s Henry VI, Part 2, Act IV, Scene 2. The full quote is “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers”.

“Whether Shakespeare  sympathises  with the line is ambiguous, and it has been interpreted in different ways: criticism of how lawyers maintain the privilege of the wealthy and powerful; implicit praise of how lawyers stand in the way of violent mobs; and criticism of bureaucracy and perversions of the rule of law.”

Source: Wiki

Liberty, or give me death!

Give me liberty, or give me death!” is a quotation attributed to Patrick Henry from a speech he made to the Second Virginia Convention on March 23, 1775, at St. John’s Church in Richmond, Virginia –

“Give me liberty, or give me death!” is a quotation attributed to Patrick Henry from a speech he made to the Second Virginia Convention on March 23, 1775, at St. John’s Church in Richmond, Virginia.
Henry is credited with having swung the balance in convincing the convention to pass a resolution delivering Virginian troops for the Revolutionary War. Among the delegates to the convention were future U.S. Presidents Thomas Jefferson and George Washington.Source

Source: Wiki

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Photo and information about flag sourced: Wiki

The Culpeper Minutemen were organized on July 17, 1775 in the district created by the Third Virginia Convention consisting of the counties of OrangeFauquier and Culpeper. Recruitment began in September 1775 with four companies of 50 men from Fauquier and Culpeper counties each and two companies of 50 men from Orange county.[1] The District Committee of Safety determined that the militia was to meet under a large oak tree in “Clayton’s old field” on the Catalpa estate near today’s Yowell Meadow Park in CulpeperVirginia

 

 

BETA: The Capitalization Report v20.02.09


Keywords: 8VC, U.S. Venture Partners, USVP, Ecosystem Investment Partners, Fortissimo Capital Fund, Industry Ventures, Turn/River Capital, 

TCR NEW FUNDS PICK

Our friends and families are investing in moonshot venture capital type deals as well as private equity in the form of leveraged buyouts and management buyouts.  A group of MIT alumni are raising a Fund of Funds.  Here are the top picks for recently capitalized funds:

  1. 8VC, a San Francisco, CA-based venture capital firm, is to raise $640m for its third flagship fund
  2. Ecosystem Investment Partners, a Baltimore, MD-based private equity firm, closed Ecosystem Investment Partners IV, L.P., at $454.5m
  3. Fortissimo Capital Fund, a Tel Aviv, Israel-based private equity firm focused on special situations and growth opportunities, closed its fifth fund, at $650m
  4. Industry Ventures, LLC, a San Francisco, CA-based investment firm providing venture capital solutions, closed its debut hybrid fund of funds for technology buyouts, Industry Ventures Tech Buyout, L.P., at $125m
  5. Sortis Holdings Inc., a Portland, Oregon-based alternative investment fund manager, has launched Sortis Growth Venture Fund
  6. Turn/River Capital, a San Francisco, Calif. — based technology growth equity and buyout firm, closed its fourth fund, Turn/River Capital IV, at $420m
  7. U.S. Venture Partners (USVP), a Menlo Park, Calif.-based early-stage venture capital firm, closed USVP XII, at $340M

Contact JD@InvestorNetworkbyJD.com (my assistant will respond) about learning about fund of funds, funds, and other alternative investments.

A disclosure that JDM is raising a hybrid fund of funds.

TCR PICK FOR PRESS RELEASE

Industry Ventures Closes $125M for Debut Tech Buyout Fund – Hybrid Fund Focused on Direct Investments and Primary Commitments to Buyout Funds within the Technology Space –February 03, 2020 07:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Industry Ventures, LLC (“Industry Ventures”), a leading investment firm pioneering venture capital solutions, announced today the final closing of its debut hybrid fund of funds for technology buyouts, Industry Ventures Tech Buyout, L.P. (“the Fund”), with total commitments of $125 million.

Read the full press release:  https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20200203005139/en/Industry-Ventures-Closes-125M-Debut-Tech-Buyout

A disclosure that JDM is raising a hybrid fund of funds.

Investor Network by JD

 

REPOST: 2019 EY


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Source of repost is EY website and for full Article: https://go.ey.com/2UyqOeB

2019 finishes as second strongest VC investment year on record

As the 2010s came to a close, we can say with confidence that we experienced the greatest 10-year run in history for entrepreneurs raising venture capital. Between 2010 and the end of 2019, venture-backed startups raised more than $730 billion, almost doubling the $400 billion raised in the prior decade. What can the trends of the last year – and the last decade – tell us about what’s to come?

Let’s look at what drove the massive growth spurt in funding over the past decade:

  1. An explosion in IT; software “eating the world”
  2. The availability of mobile computing bringing goods and services to consumers anytime, anywhere
  3. The technology enablement of industries — business and financial services boomed with the rise of FinTech
  4. Continued advances in health care, health services, and biopharmaceuticals

The environment was also shaped by a prolonged zero interest rate environment that saw investors seeking yield and turning to venture to get it. In an era of abundant private capital, companies raised significant amounts and poured that into topline growth, in some cases not building infrastructure or positive unit economics. This is now being viewed with more scrutiny, especially in the consumer-facing markets.

Read full article: https://www.ey.com/en_us/growth/2019-finishes-as-second-strongest-vc-investment-year-on-record

Investor Network by JD

Disclosure: Please check the source as this is a reposting of the research by another company.

CONCEPT > Does extremely provocative work? Borat vs. Paul Logan


 

“All that matters is results, but you have to have the style that works for you” – J20.02.01

CONCEPT: At what point does being provocative work for good promotion and at what point do the haters help more than hurt?  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!”

Paul Logan (almost everything = million likes or views), Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat), and many others show that provocative works even in the extream.

PAUL LOGAN CASE STUDY:

FULL SONG: The Fall Of Jake Paul (Official Video) FEAT. Why Don’t We= 246,879,596 views made Jul 9, 2017, with 590,403 Comments & 3.5 million likes based on  Logan Paul’s 20.2M subscribers!  Logan Paul has views, but how does he make his money? Does he have bots?  Who is his fan base?  Can he move to higher-paying activities?  My kids have one view (14 & 16-year-old), but what is the true story behind Logan Paul?

BOTTOMLINE: Sacha Baron Cohen (aka Borat) is HNWI with more than $100 million due to his media success, while Logan Paul is pegged at little over $10 million at the age of 24 year old.  YouTube is great, but stick to the movies and TV should you want to make the big bucks!

Developing Concepts on extream provocative activities and  “Benevolent Dictators” thanks to Sacha Baron Cohen’s movie!

GIF Sacha Baron Cohen The Dictator