Pipeline and Rest


We are developing some interesting ideas for 2018 Beta of “Investor Network” and also taking a little rest this week!

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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!

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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

Start Business with your kids


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

START A BUSINESS WITH YOUR KIDS

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:

https://poshmark.com/closet/cjsonline

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:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/12/11/6-year-old-made-11-million-in-one-year-reviewing-toys-on-you-tube/?utm_term=.93514e2569ba

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

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Happy Networking and Investing,

JD Morris

 

Beyond Listening & Pipeline 2017-11-13


BEYOND LISTENING: “The most important thing in pitches is hearing what is not said.” – JD Morris

ACTION TO RESULTS:  What are you hiding from yourself or your partners in your business plan or pitch.  Address this issue in a backup slide or take you partners out to lunch to have a long talk about can this issue be addressed! – riseSEA Analysis Program

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PIPELINE (IPO Focus)

• Apellis Pharmaceuticals, a Crestwood, Kentucky-based company raised $150 million in an offering of 10.7 million shares at $14 a piece. In 2016, the company posted loss of $27.1 million. Morningside Venture Investments(28% pre-IPO), Potentia Holdings(9.9%), and venBio Funds(9.4%) back the company. Citigroup and J.P. Morgan are underwriters in the deal. The company plans to list on the Nasdaq as “APLS.”

• Luther Burbank, a Santa Rosa, Calif.-based residential loan-focused bank, filed for an $150 million IPO. In 2016, the company posted income of $52.1 million and assets of $5.1 billion. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods and Sandler O’Neill + Partners are joint bookrunners in the deal. The company plans to list on the Nasdaq as “LBC.”

• Erytech Pharma, a Lyon, France biotech developing cancer treatments, raised $109 million in an offering of 4.7 million ADSs at $23.36 a piece. In 2016, the company, posted revenue of $4.9 million and loss of $25.7 million. Baker Bros Advisors(15.4% pre-offering) and Auriga Partners (9.8%) back the company. Jefferies, Cowen & Company, and Oddo BHF are joint bookrunners in the deal. The firm plans to list on the Nasdaq as “ERYP.”

• Bandwidth, a Raleigh, N.C.-based API software company, raised $80 million in an offering of 4 million shares at $20  a piece, the low end of its range. In 2016, the company posted revenue of $152 million and income of $22.4 million. The company is backed by Carmichael Investment. Morgan Stanley, KeyBanc Capital Markets, Baird, Canaccord Genuity, and JMP Securities are underwriters in the deal. The company plans to list on the Nasdaq as “BAND.”

 Quanterix, a Lexington, Mass.-based protein detection test maker, filed for a $57.5 million IPO. In 2016, the company posted revenue of $17.6 million and loss of $23.2 million. ARCH Venture Partners(21.8% pre-offering) and Bain Capital(12.7%) back the company. J.P. Morgan and Leerink Partners are joint bookrunners in the deal. The company plans to list on the Nasdaq as “QTRX.”

• PPDAI Group, a Shanghai, China-based peer-to-peer lending platform, raised $221 million in an offering of 17 million shares at $17, within its range. The company posted revenue of $175.1 million and loss of $8.7 million in 2016. Backers include Sequoia Capital China(25.5% pre-IPO) and Lightspeed China Partner(10.4%). Credit Suisse and Citi are underwriters in the deal. The company plans to list on the NYSE as “PPDF.”

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 Networking & Investing,

Investor Network by JD

WEEKEND FUND – There is no substitute for the real thing baby! Give me some Red Meat!


 

BOTTOMLINE: Keep trying as I am a true red meat guy! At $12 for lab meat vs. $1.01 a pound for real beef, I think farms will still be around!  Stop saying substitute and start saying alternative for the new products.

Our Meatless Future: How The $90B Global Meat Market Gets Disrupted

Will a meatless food industry featuring lab-grown meat, seafood substitutes, and insect protein be the future of food? Food giants from Tyson to Cargill are working to navigate a future where protein isn’t dominated by traditional animal sources.

 

Check out CB Insights view of the industry via this URL:

https://goo.gl/z2UwbF

 

Abandonment & Pipeline 2017-11-10


THOUGHTS TO ACTION TO RESULTS

ABANDONMENT: There is nothing as difficult and as expensive, but also nothing as futile as trying to keep a corpse from stinking. – Ducker

ACTION: Stop squandering resources on obsolete businesses and free up your capable people to take advantage of new opportunities – Management in a TIme of Great Change

BOTTOMLINE:  Let our Senior Executive Advisers of riseSEA help you review your business.  We turn normal deals into Unicorns and Unicorns into Dragons for your investors!

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PIPELINE

** Chinese online content platform Bytedance said it would buy popular lip-sync platform Musical.ly, in a deal seen valued at up to $1 billion that underlines the global ambitions of the fast-growing tech startup.

** Global asset manager Blackstone Group LP has reached a deal to acquire China-based cosmetics packaging firm ShyaHsin Packaging (China) Co Ltd for about $800 million to $900 million, four people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

** Mexico’s Alpek said on Thursday that it had entered into a 60-day period with ContourGlobal to negotiate final agreements for the potential sale of cogeneration power plants in Mexico.

** Menswear group Trinity Ltd said Shandong-based textile maker Shandong Ruyi International Fashion Industry Investment Holding Co Ltd has agreed to buy shares representing 51.38 pct of its enlarged share capital for HK$2.22 billion ($284.62 million), raising funds for future acquisitions and to repay debt.

** CBS Corp’s buyout of embattled Australian broadcaster Ten Network Holdings won approval from an Australian court, leaving only sign-off from the nation’s securities regulator before the deal is done.

** Greece’s Eurobank said it is close to finalizing a deal to sell its Romanian subsidiaries to Banca Transilvania.

** Indonesia’s financial services authority (OJK) confirmed that Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG) is interested in buying a stake in Bank Danamon Indonesia. (Compiled by Diptendu Lahiri in Bengaluru)

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 Networking & Investing,

Investor Network by JD

 

 

Organizational Ineria & Pipeline 2017-11-09


All Organizations need a discipline that makes them face up to reality. Leaders fail to update and revise their understanding of a situation when that situation changes, a phenomenon that acts as a psychological barrier to organizational change.

ACTION: Talk to an independent advisor or better have an independent board of directors vs. yes men! – JD Morris

Our Senior Executive Advisers through riseSEA can make you face reality and help you plan your future.  Contact Victoria at INFO@RedHookCapital.co for your strategy session.

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PIPELINE

  • Warburg Pincus acquired a stake in Cyrena McLean, Va.-based internet security-as-a-service provider, for about $19.6 million (IN know Warburg Pincus);
  •  Advent International and Bain Capital are among bidders looking to invest in BS Payone GmbH, a Germany-based payments company, according to The Wall Street Journal. (IN knows Advent and Bain);
  • Quidd, a New York City-based digital goods startup, raised $13 million in Series A funding. Sequoia Capital led the round. (IN know Sequoia);
  • NeuVector, a Milpitas, Calif.-based container firewall company, raised $7 million in Series A funding. Hummer Winblad Venture Partners led the round. (IN know Winbal);
  • Equalum, a Silicon Valley and Tel Aviv-based provider of an enterprise data beaming platform, raised $5 million in Series A funding. Investors include Innovation Endeavors and GE Ventures. (IN know GE);
  • MyMusicTaste, a South Korea-based fan-initiated concert making platform for music artists, raised $11 million in Series C funding, according to TechCrunch. KTB Network led the round, and was joined by investors. Including Stonebridge and Yellow Dog. Softbank Ventures Korea, Samsung Venture Investment Corporation, Formation 8, Bokwang Investment and Golden Gate Ventures also participated.  (IN know Softbank);

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.

Investor Network by JD

The Investor Network Team