Wiliot, an Israel-based maker of semiconductors that harness ambient nanowatts of electromagnetic energy from cellular, WiFi and Bluetooth networks, raised $30 million in funding. Investors include Amazon, Avery Dennison, Samsung, Norwest Venture Partners, 83North Venture Capital, Grove Venture Partners, Qualcomm Ventures, and M Ventures.
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Opsview, a Woburn, Massachusetts- and Reading, and London, UK-based company that unifies cloud and infrastructure monitoring, secured funding from SaaS Capital
Syncurity, a Bethesda, Md.-based security orchestration, automation and response (SOAR) platform provider, held the second and final close of its $2m seed funding
Reggora, a Boston, MA-based appraisal platform serving both appraisers and mortgage lenders, secured $3m in seed funding
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JUST FOR FUN AS IT IS A BETA BLOG! Kaiser Shipyards formed healthcare company due to government regulation (i.e. salary freeze during World War II). Why and what will Amazon’s healthcare look like and will it just acquire a company? Will Amazon in the future look more like Jack Welch’s GE (aka M&A machine).
IN Pipeline – M&A – 08-28-2018
** Enbridge Inc, Canada’s largest pipeline operator, said it would buy its U.S. master limited partnership Spectra Energy Partners for a sweetened deal of $3.3 billion.
** Cigna Corp shareholders voted in favor of the health insurer’s proposed $52 billion acquisition of pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts Holding Co, although the deal still needs clearance from antitrust authorities.
** Aspen Insurance Holdings Ltd said certain funds affiliated to alternative investment manager Apollo Global Management LLC will take the insurer private in an all-cash transaction valued at $2.6 billion.
** Hong Kong-based insurer FWD Group has agreed to buy HSBC Holdings Plc’s stake in a Malaysian insurance joint venture as part of a plan to expand its presence in Asia, three people familiar with the matter said.
** Qatari lenders Barwa Bank and the International Bank of Qatar have reached a final merger agreement, creating a combined group with total assets of 80 billion riyals ($22 billion), the banks said on Tuesday.
** The merger of DEA, a vehicle of Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman, and Wintershall, the oil unit of Germany’s BASF SE, may be signed in the next two weeks, with government approvals taking six months from then, the DEA CEO told Reuters.
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Amazon acquiring Whole Foods is a big deal for them strategy and size. Will Amazon go on a bigger buying strategy? If you are strong, should a lot M&A make you stronger? Consolidation plays or kills your competition for Amazon? Did you know Amazon did not own a lot of its last mile delivery! Look for somebody that knows Amazon vs. media & Wall Street parrots talking online!
I am going to do some digging and provide some great behind the smoke stories.
“You never know until you know” – JD Morris (or unknow idiom)! The future is the future and “you ever know until you try and succeed.” I have had the honor of learning lot about Uber current and future plans (meetings investors and using our proprietary research system). The guys are doing things really smart. However, during last holidays I saw tons of white trucks delivering gifts to my house as well as throughout the year. Did Amazon lockup the delivery systems or will Uber getting into the business change the playing field?
Well you never know until you know! All those white trucks are not owned by Amazon, but outsourced. Will Uber team with Amazon to allow you to get everything fast. Will Amazon out source everything and just be a portal? Again, we will never know until two things:
Understand how they are building the distribution system of the future (I did not know they did not own the white trucks (more to come about investment opportunity).
Understand the future of logistics (their will be lots of failures and winners)
Bottom Line “you never know until somebody tries and success happens” as who new Uber be making Yellow Cab SF file for BK!
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You never know until you know! I will be researching this space and might even try to buy few unmanned vehicles for test driving! However, who would know taxis companies would have allowed Uber to stay in business and who knows when UAV or unmanned land vehicles will change the landscape.