Giftz winner at Pepperdine University’s “Most Fundable Company”

Several of our MIT Alumni investors through A special purpose vehicle (SPV) invest in Gitz in the fourth quarter of 2019.  The group invested in 5 other deals with two being founded by MIT alumni.  Here are Pepperdine University’s announcement and Gitz’s press release.


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2019 Most Fundable Companies

Congratulations to the 2019 Pepperdine Most Fundable Companies. Every participating company experiences a transformative process as they gain valuable insight and identify how they can better appeal to future investors. The selected companies were chosen based on the viability of their business model, size of the addressable market, management team expertise, the board of advisors, and competitive advantage in their market.

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LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Real estate technology company Enertiv came out on top of the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School’s second annual Most Fundable Companies List, which was announced at a showcase event yesterday in Los Angeles. The Graziadio School ranked the 15 Most Fundable Companies and highlighted six Highly Promising startups, all of which have less than $10 million in annual revenue, strong business plans, and impressive near-term growth projections.

The Capital Report v19.43

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  • TPG Sixth Street Partners, a finance and investment business with over $32 billion in assets under management, and its TSSP Capital Solutions platform closed its first Capital Solutions fund, at approximately $2.2 billion of total third-party commitments
  • Boston, MA-based health system Partners HealthCare has launched two new investment funds.
  • Bend, Ore.-based Cascade Seed Fund, which is rebranding from Cascade Angels Fund, has held an initial close on the sixth fund since 2014 at $5.4 million
  • Aybuben Ventures, a Pan-Armenian venture capital fund dedicated to Armenian tech entrepreneurs from all over the world, launched with an initial $50m fund
  • Milwaukee-based Northwestern Mutual Future Ventures will dedicate $20m of its funding to investing in startup companies founded by women
  • Microsoft’s venture fund M12 is partnering with Mayfield and Pivotal Ventures to launch a $6m competition for women-led enterprise startupS
  • Jackson Square Ventures, a San Francisco, CA-based venture capital firm specializing in SaaS and Marketplace companies, closed its third fund, at $193m
  • Sofinnova Partners, a Paris, France-based venture capital firm focused on life sciences, closed its latest early-stage healthcare fund, Sofinnova Capital IX, at €333m
  • Idinvest, a European mid-market private equity firm, closed Idinvest Digital Fund III, at €350M


SAN FRANCISCO and NEW YORKOct. 22, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — TPG Sixth Street Partners (“Sixth Street”), a global finance and investment business with over $32 billion in assets under management, and its TSSP Capital Solutions (“Capital Solutions”) platform today announced the final close of its first Capital Solutions fund.   In addition to commitments from the Sixth Street team, the fund raised approximately $2.2 billion of total third-party commitments, reaching its hard cap. Capital Solutions is actively investing out of the fund and has already deployed over $500 million

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RHC REPORT Highlights New VC Funds

Look to our Red Hook Capital’s RHC Report to learn about new VC funds.

Here is a list of recently funded venture capital funds.  You can learn more from JD Morris .

Funds Closed in October as of October 18, 2019

Fund Name Announced Date
TBA by Red Hook Capital TBA
TBA by Avalon Capital Group TBA
TBA by Investor Network TBA
BC Partners European Real Estate I 10/18/2019
Sofinnova Capital IX 10/17/2019
RiverGlade Capital Fund 10/17/2019
Idinvest Digital Fund III 10/17/2019
Cascade Angels Fund VI 10/17/2019
Nicecactus Grassroots Esports Fund 10/17/2019
PRG Multifamily Fund I 10/17/2019
Feelsgood 10/17/2019
Jane VC Fund II 10/17/2019
Insignia Ventures Partners Fund II 10/16/2019
Partners Group Private Equity II 10/16/2019
Gallant Capital Partners I 10/16/2019
Charter Hall Prime Industrial Fund 10/16/2019
STV Fund II 10/16/2019
Sunstone Partners II 10/16/2019
KPS Capital Fund V 10/16/2019
Goldcrest Farm Trust Fund II 10/15/2019
Veritas Capital Fund VII 10/15/2019
Clean Energy Venture Fund 10/15/2019
Mackenzie International Dividend Fund 10/15/2019
Craft II 10/15/2019
Whitehorse Liquidity Partners III 10/15/2019
Craft Ventures Fund II 10/15/2019
Small Business Innovation Research Fund 10/15/2019
DWS European Direct Lending fund 10/14/2019
Jackson Square Ventures III 10/14/2019
Thayer Ventures Fund III 10/14/2019
Lakala Payment Fintech Fund 10/14/2019
Genesis Growth Equity Fund I 10/14/2019
Fund II 10/14/2019
Hiro Capital I 10/13/2019
Natural Capital Fund I 10/13/2019
Updata Partners VI 10/11/2019
Crown Asia-Pacific Private Equity IV 10/11/2019
Day One Ventures Fund I 10/11/2019
Fund I 10/11/2019
Trust Ventures Fund II 10/11/2019
Opportunity Fund 10/11/2019
Seed Fund 10/11/2019
Accel India VI Fund 10/11/2019
Farol Fund II 10/10/2019
Inventus-III 10/10/2019
The Ferment Fund 10/9/2019
Telstra Ventures Fund II Sidecar 10/9/2019
Edelweiss Special Opportunities Fund (ESOF) III 10/9/2019
Buyout Fund II 10/9/2019
Conexo Ventures I 10/9/2019
BVP Dollar Fund 10/9/2019
EFKO Group Foodtech Venture Fund 10/9/2019
Sverica Capital Partners V 10/8/2019
GRO Fund II 10/8/2019
Blantyre Capital Fund I 10/8/2019
Cortina Capital Fund I 10/8/2019
40 North Ventures VC Fund 10/8/2019
The landmark fund 10/8/2019
One Equity Partners VII 10/8/2019
KKR Special Situations Fund III 10/8/2019
Madison Dearborn Capital Partners VIII 10/7/2019
83North Fund V 10/7/2019
Escalate Capital IV 10/7/2019
Brooklyn Bridge Ventures Fund III 10/7/2019
Healthcare Fund 10/7/2019
IGI Investimenti VI 10/7/2019
Accelmed Fund II 10/7/2019
Tailwater Capital Fund IV 10/7/2019
Amplify Capital II 10/7/2019
Petronas VC Fund 10/6/2019
Centrum Credit Opportunities Fund 10/6/2019
Achmea Innovation Fund 10/6/2019
FoF PE Italia 10/6/2019
Siparex Intermezzo 2 10/6/2019
Fund I 10/4/2019
Vistria Fund III, LP 10/4/2019
Better Ventures Fund III 10/4/2019
Fund III 10/4/2019
Partners Group Global Income Fund 10/4/2019
The Open Road Impact Fund 10/4/2019
Notional Capital IV 10/3/2019
ONEVC Fund I 10/3/2019
Platinum Equity Capital Partners V 10/3/2019
Palm Drive Capital III 10/3/2019
Varanium NexGen Fund 10/3/2019
LimeVest Healthcare Fund I 10/3/2019
BaltCap Private Equity Fund III 10/3/2019
INVL Baltic Sea Growth Fund 10/2/2019
HKW Capital Partners V 10/2/2019
Kimmeridge Energy Fund V 10/2/2019
super{set} Fund I 10/2/2019
Jump Capital VC Fund 10/2/2019
Qualcomm Venture India fund 10/2/2019
Gelt VC Fund II 10/2/2019
Winslow Growth Capital Fund II 10/1/2019
Radian Capital Partners II 10/1/2019
Grand Ventures Fund I, L.P. 10/1/2019
Fund II 10/1/2019
Valor Ventures Fund 2 10/1/2019
Amalfi Capital Fund I 10/1/2019
INVL Baltic Sea Growth Fund 10/1/2019
ACTIAM Financial Inclusion Fund 10/1/2019
Startup Funding Club SEIS Fund 10/1/2019

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 use third-party resources for our information.

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

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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


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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

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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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