PIPELINE & Family


Join us for pairing dinners before or after great events such as Opal’s Alternative Asset or CLO conference.  We just had great events at Ritz in Orange County on the ocean.

THINK: “Take time for the ones you love as our time is limited” – JD

ACTION:  Plan to take some time off before your next business trip with your family.

BOTTOMLINE: Join us for one of our great events that based on fun and making good friends.

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PIPELINE

• Earnya Santa Monica, Calif.-based personal financial service, raised $9 million in Series A funding led by Mayfield and was joined by investors including Comcast Ventures and Science Inc. (IN knows Comcast)

• VirtualHealthNew York City-based provider of population health and care management technologies, raised $7 million from investors led by Edison Partners. (IN knows Edison)

• Kesprya Menlo Park, Calif.-based aerial intelligence solution provider, raised $33 million in Series C funding led by G2VP, and was joined by investors including Shell Technology Ventures, Cisco Investments, and ABB Ventures (IN knows Shell)

• LaunchDarkly, an Oakland, Calif.-based feature management platform, raised a $21 million in Series B funding led by Redpoint Ventures and Vertex. (IN know Redpoint)

• Noodle Partnersa New York firm that helps colleges decrease the cost of online higher education, raised about $14 million in Series A funding led by Owl Ventures.

• Pilotworks, New York City-based a community of food entrepreneurs formerly known as FoodWorks, raised $13 million in Series A funding led by Techstars Ventures and Acre Venture Partners.

• Hellobike, a Shanghai, China bike-sharing firm, raised $350 million in its latest funding round from investors including Alibaba’s Ant Financial.

• ChemomAb, a Tel Aviv, Israel-based biopharmaceutical firm, raised $10 million in funding led by OrbiMed Israel and Peter Thiel, who were joined by investors including SBI Japan-Israel Innovation Fund and Milestone Venture.

• NS8an Arlington, Va.-based ecommerce fraud prevention provider, raised $7.5 million in funding led by Arbor Ventures, and was joined by investors including TDF Ventures and Hanna Ventures.

• IRONSCALES, a Tel Aviv-based cybersecurity company that combines human intelligence with  machine learning to automatically detect phishing emails, raised $6.5 million in Series A funding from investors including K1 Investment Management and RDC.

• Guardian Optical Technologies, a Tel Aviv, Israel-based sensor technology maker for automobile manufacturers, raised $5.1 million in Series A funding from Maniv Mobility and Mirai Creation Fund.

• Powerful, a Miami-based food and beverage company, raised $4 million from two separate funding rounds from investors including Cambridge Companies SPG, River Hallow Partners and Gerber Finance.

• Continuum Security,a Spain-based threat modeling startup, raised €1.5 million ($1.7 million) in funding, led by Swanlaab Venture Factory and was joined by investors including JME Venture Capital and Sonae IM.

• Stateless, a Boulder, Colo.-based firm allowing network functions to be consumed through the “as a service” model, raised $1.4 million in a seed round led bySpeedinvest and was joined by investors including Techstars, EVO Venture Partners, PV Ventures, and Service Provider Capital.

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.

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PIPELINE – Why old school telecom players are still players and key for future Unicorns!


Our Senior Executive Advisor Network has been active in almost all telecom areas starting before 1984.  I would enjoy setting up meeting for two hour or two day telecom strategy session.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Strive for progress not perfection!” This BETA blog is all about getting results and action and we hope one day soon to have the staff to “dot our I’s and cross our T’s.” However, we have helped over 250 companies get results and advised in more than $70 billion in deals. And Yes a few mega deals that would be today Unicorns are in those numbers.  Our clients know us for results and progress!

WHAT IS HOT

Verizon recently bought Yahoo!, AOL, and connected fleet startup Telogis.  Beside the major Unicorn buyers like Google, Facebook, Amazin, Unicorn players will also have to look at other major buyers such as Verizon,  Comcast,  and other traditional large companies with cash flow to buy.  IPO, Consolidation players, and private equity firms are great, but strategic buyers offer amazing exits for Unicorns.

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Click to see the hole PDF and we should also look at the other major telecom players (see Pipeline).  Telecom is the foundation for mobile apps, internet, and Internet of Things (still hard to just write IoT).  Snap Chat (or now Snap), Facebook, Instagram, and all the amazing companies are the frosting we love on cake!  Telecom is the foundation and we will need changes in the foundation to make the next huge breakthrough!  Check out what the cake or telecom companies are backing for frosting!  5 G will make things better, but keep an eye on the foundation as the person positioned for next big change is going to be the next Facebook or Google!  P.S. these giants killed WAP, so 1st market is not always a winner!  Remember everything is built on these giants platforms!  Case example is mobile companies restricting bandwidth on device = slow video or games!  I have a few experts on Telecom that can open your eyes to important issues of understanding your foundation (i.e. telecom players).

PIPLEINE

Today we suggest you google yourself the activity of some these top investors in the Telecom Space.  See below for sample chart of recent deals in Telecom market! Here are the companies to Google (or Bing or your pick)!

  • AT&T Ventures
  • Comcast Ventures
  • DoCoMo Capital
  • NTT DoCoMo Ventures
  • Innovacom
  • Liberty Global Ventures
  • KDDI Open Innovation Fund
  • KDDI Mugen Labo
  • Orange-Publicis Venture Fund
  • STC Ventures
  • T-Venture
  • Optus Innov8
  • SingTel Innov8
  • SK Telecom Ventures
  • Mona Lisa Capital
  • Singtel
  • SoftBank Ventures Korea
  • Swisscom Ventures
  • Telefonica Ventiures
  • TeleVenture Management
  • Telstra Applications and Ventures Group
  • Telus Ventures
  • Verizon Ventures

However, here is list of deal closed this week in the space.  Contact us for a two hour or two day strategy session!  See below for sample chart of recent deals in Telecom market!

LET US TALK

We have access to many industry and technology experts!  Let us setup 2 hour or 2 day strategy session for you!  Text JD at +1 858-869-9483 or visit my LinkedIn Profile for other ways to contact!

Happy Networking,

JD Morris

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Disclaimer: Investor Network by JD is a  “raw” blog with no time to cross Ts!  We provide ideas and data to provoke action or conversation.  This is not a polished blog posting, but posting to start conversation! Information is from the Associated Press, Bloomberg, CB Insights, Forbes, Reuters, Wall Street Journal, or other 3rd party sources.  Always double check facts from the source and not a 3rd party sources such as our blog or even AP.

SAMPLE RAW DATA FROM TELECOM

Company ACTION URL
Ketchapp Acquired http://www.ketchappgames.com
iCheck Seed VC http://www.icheck.vn
Blindspot Acquired Unit http://www.blindspot.im
PACE Telematics Series A http://www.pace.car
Taqua Systems Acquired – II http://www.taqua.com
Qiandaibao Acquired http://www.qiandai.com
combyne Angel http://www.combyne.com
Sparse Labs Acquired http://www.sparselabs.com

 

VC Deals that Closed 11-19-2013


Information provide by Associated Press, CB Insight, Crunchbase, Forbes, Market Watch, Reuters, and other sources.  Please check company website for best information.

  • Aria Systems, a San Francisco-based provider of cloud-based recurring revenue management solutions, has raised $40 million in fourth-round funding. Bain Capital Ventures led the round, and was joined by VMWare and return backers Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, Interwest Partners, Tugboat Ventures and Venrock. www.ariasystems.com
  • August, a San Francisco-based home automation company that has developed a smartphone-enabled door lock, has raised $8 million in Series A funding. Maveron led the round, and was joined by Cowboy Ventures, Industry Ventures, Rho Ventures and SoftTech VC. www.august.com .
  • Compass-EOS, an Israel-based developer of electro-optical systems, has raised $42 million in new VC funding. Rusano and an unidentified U.S. private equity firm were joined by return backers Comcast Ventures, Cisco, Pitango Venture Capital, Benchmark Capital, Northbridge Venture Partners and Marker LLC. www.compass-eos.com
  • Hightail (f.k.a. YouSendIt), a Campbell, Calif.-based file-sharing service, has raised $34 million in Series E funding. Western Digital Capital led the round, and was joined by Accolade Partners and return backers Alloy Ventures, Sevin Rosen, Emergence Capital, Adams Street Partners and Sigma Partners. www.hightail.com
  • HipLogiq (f.k.a. Social Compass), a Dallas-based enterprise solution for social media marketing, has raised $7 million in Series B funding from existing shareholder Hadron Global Partners.www.hiplogiq.com
  • Index, a San Francisco-based retail personalization and analytics company launched by the original Google Wallet team, has raised $7 million in Series A funding. Backers include Innovation Endeavors, Khosla Ventures, AIMCo and 819 Capital. www.index.com
  • Kabbee, a London-based price comparison service for minicabs, has raised £3.8 million in Series A funding. Octopus Investments led the round, and was joined by Simon Nixon (founder of MoneySupermarket.com). www.kabbee.com
  • LeCab, a French on-demand black car service, has raised €5 million in Series B funding from undisclosed backers. www.lecab.fr
  • LightSail Education, a provider of K-12 digital literacy solutions, has raised $3.5 million in Series A funding. Viceroy Ventures led the round, and was joined by Gotham Capital and individual angels. www.lightsailed.com
  • Signpost, a New York-based cloud platform for digital and mobile marketing, has raised $10 million in Series B funding. Backers include OpenView Venture PartnersSpark Capital and Scout Ventures.www.signpost.com

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Deals that Closed! 8/22/2013


Information provide by Associated Press, CB Insight, Crunchbase, Forbes, Market Watch, Reuters, and other sources.  Please check company website for best information.

Applied Proteomics, a La Jolla, Calif.-based developer of a biomarker for colon cancer., has raised $28 million in Series C funding. Genting Berhad (Malaysia) led the round, and was joined by return backers Domain Associates and Vulcan Capital. www.appliedproteomics.com

Cloud Technology Partners, a Boston-based provider of cloud-based enterprise transformation solutions, has raised $5 million in Series B funding led by Oak Investment Partnerswww.cloudtp.com

Collegefeed, a crowdsourced social career marketplace for college students, has raised $1.8 million in a VC funding round led by Accel Partnerswww.collegefeed.com

Green Mountain Digital, maker of the Yonder photo/video sharing app focused on outdoor recreation, a Woodstock, Vt.-based, has raised $3.8 million in Series B funding from Monster Worldwide (NYSE: MWW), the Vermont Seed Capital fund and individual angels. www.greenmountaindigital.com

Infraredx Inc.
, a Burlington, Mass.-based developer of medical devices for the diagnosis and management of coronary artery disease, has raised $25 million in equity funding from existing strategic partner Nipro Corp. (Tokyo: 8086). The company previously raised more than $150 million from investors like Sanderling Ventures. www.infraredx.com

Maginatics, a Mountain View, Calif.-based provider of storage solutions for distributed enterprises, has raised $17 million in Series B funding. Intel Capital led the round, and was joined by WestSummit Capital, Comcast Ventures and return backers Atlantic Bridge and VMware. www.maginatics.com

MicuRx Pharmaceuticals Inc., a Hayward, Calif.-based developer of antibiotics to combat infections due to resistant bacteria, has raised $25 million in Series B funding. BVCF led the round, and was joined by return backers Morningside Group and Devon Park Bioventures. www.micurx.com

NakedWines.com, a UK-based platform that lets customers sponsor independent winemakers in exchange for discounts, has raised $10 million in third-round funding from Germany’s WIV Wein International AG.www.nakedwines.com

NoRedInk, a developer of online grammar courses and tracking solutions, has raised $2 million in VC funding. Backers include Charles River Ventures, Google Ventures, Learn Capital and Social+Capital Partnership. www.noredink.com

SugarCRM, a Cupertino, Calif.-based provider of customer relationship management solutions, has raised $40 million in equity funding from Goldman Sachs. Piper Jaffray & Co. served as placement agent. The company previously raised over $78 million in equity and debt financing from New Enterprise Associates, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Walden International, Silicon Valley Bank and Gold Hill Capital. www.sugarcrm.com

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Taggo, a Singapore-based marketing platform that turns merchant Facebook pages into loyalty clubs, has raised an undisclosed amount of Series A funding from Jungle Ventures and Spring Seed Funds.www.taggo.me

TagMan, a New York City-based provider of tag management and marketing data solutuions, manages online data, has raised $5 million in third-round funding. Return backers were Greycroft Partners andiNovia Capital were joined by Silicon Valley Bank. www.tagman.com

TissueTech Inc., a Doral, Fla.-based regenerative tissue engineering company, has raised $10 million in VC funding from Ballast Point Ventures and River Cities Capital Fundswww.tissuetechinc.com

TrendKite, an Austin, Texas-based developer of predictive analytics for media mentions, has raised $1.2 million in Series A funding. Silverton Partners led the round, and was joined by DreamIt Ventures and individual angels. www.trendkite.com

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Deals that closed and Monday Feb. 4th 6pm Webinar by Investor Network Nights!


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DEALS THAT CLOSED:

Information is provide from Associated Press, CBinsights, Forbes, Google News, Reuters, TheDeal Pipeline, Venture Beat, and other third parties sources.  Readers need to check for accurate at companies own website or press release.

  1. FanDuel, a New York City – based is a new breed of fantasy sports game that lets you play fantasy football, fantasy baseball, fantasy basketball and fantasy hockey in a single day.The company has 6 million fantasy line-ups entered its daily leagues. Fantasy sports are played by 35 million people in North America, but the market hasn’t been very innovative. In contrast to fantasy sports leagues that play out over months, FanDuel’s leagues last one day and prizes are paid out immediately as soon as the games finish. The investors include new investor Comcast Ventures and existing investors Piton CapitalPentech Ventures, Bullpen Capital and serial investor Richard Koch. Other investors include Scottish Enterprisewww.fanduel.com
  2. Convercent, a Denver-based maker of compliance software, has raised $10.2 million in new private funding. Azure Capital Partners and Mantucket Capital co-led the round, and were joined by City National Bank. http://www.convercent.com ChaCha, a Carmel, Ind.-based realtime Q&A site, has raised $14 million in Series G funding. VentureWire reports that the round was done at a valuation of around $75 million. Return backers included VantagePoint Venture Partners, Qualcomm Ventures and Rho Ventures. The company now has raised over $80 million in total VC funding. http://www.chacha.com
  3. FarmLogs, a Michigan-based startup that helps farmers digitally manage their farm to increase profitability, has raised $1 million in seed funding. Huron River Ventures and Hyde Park Venture Partners co-led the round, and were joined by Hyde Park Angels, Silicon Badia Ventures, and First-Step Fund. http://www.farmlogs.com Houzz, a Palo Alto, Calif.-based online platform for home remodelling and design, has raised $35 million in Series C funding. New Enterprise Associates and GGV Capital co-led the round, and were joined by Comcast Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, David Sacks and return backer Sequoia Capital.www.houzz.com
  4. Medisse BV, a Dutch developer of resorbable implants, has raised €2.6 million in new VC funding. IIG led the round, and was joined by return backers BioGeneration Ventures and Omnes Capital.www.medisse.com
  5. MentiNov Inc., a New Brunswick, N.J.-based developer of an oral medication to reduce involuntary movements related to L-Dopa use in Parkinson’s patients, has secured up to $500,000 in funding fromFoundation Venture Capital Group, an affiliate of the New Jersey Health Foundation. http://www.njhf.org
  6. NewVoiceMedia, a UK-based provider of cloud contact center services, has raised $20 million in new VC funding. Highland Capital Partners Europe and MMC Ventures co-led the round, and were joined by return backers Notion Capital and Eden Ventures. http://www.newvoicemedia.com
  7. Oceans Healthcare, Louisiana’s largest provider of psychiatric facilities for geriatric patients, has raised $17 million in growth equity funding from General Catalyst Partners. Charlie Baker, a General Catalyst entrepreneur-in-residence who used to be CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare, will join the Oceans Healthcare board as chairman. http://www.ohcg.info
  8. WatchDox, a Palo Alto, Calif.-based provider of enterprise document management solutions, has raised $12 million in new VC funding. Millennium Technology Value Partners led the round, and was joined by return backers Blackstone Group, Gemini Israel Funds, Shasta Ventures and Schlomo Kramer. The company previously raised $23 million. http://www.watchdox.com
  9. Zoom, a cloud-based video conferencing and virtual collaboration platform, has raised $6 million in Series A funding. Backers include Qualcomm Ventures, Jerry Yang (Yahoo founder), Subrah Iyar (WebEx founder), and Dan Scheinman (ex-Cisco exec). http://www.zoom.us

Information is provide from Associated Press, CBinsights, Forbes, Google News, Reuters, TheDeal Pipeline, Venture Beat, and other third parties sources.  Readers need to check for accurate at companies own website or press release.

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