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Inside Venture Capital (Nov 1st, 2016)

Loyal readers of the LAUNCH Ticker,

A few months ago I asked the team to start a “funding roundup” feature in the LAUNCH Ticker. You’ve probably noticed the daily section in the Ticker and a Sunday roundup of startups that had recently raised money, along with some charts to analyze the trends.

Most of you love these funding roundups, based on clicks and feedback. Some of you find it’s a little overwhelming to get that much data. 

Turns out there is much, much more for us to cover in the VC world, so we decided to spin out our cover into it’s own product: Inside Venture Capital.

This newsletter is highly valuable to me as an investor, as it gives me insight into the moves my colleagues and peers are making. As a founder, I find it valuable as I think about the trends that my companies need to be tapped into. And as a technology enthusiast, I find it simply fascinating and fun to read.

Here’s a bit more about how it works:

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--Consumer Internet--
5 Deals: $297,000,000
8 Deals: $176,300,000
7 Deals: $106,500,000
--AI/Machine Learning--
4 Deals: $97,000,000
3 Deals: $59,000,000
2 Deals: $30,000,000
2 Deals: $23,000,000
Funding by Category
--Consumer Internet--

-- Postmates, on-demand delivery service: $140M undisclosed from Founders Fund.
-- Giphy, GIF search and share platform: $72M Series D from DJF.
-- Everything But The House, online estate marketplace: $41.5M Series C from Greenspring Associates.
-- Paktor, Tinder-like dating app: $32.5M undisclosed from K2 Global, MNC Media Group.
-- Tiff's Treats, cookie delivery company: $11M undisclosed from CIC Partners.

-- Biohaven Pharmaceutical, late stage clinical development: $80M undisclosed from Venrock.
-- ConcertoHealth, medical care for the elderly: $30M undisclosed from Aboretum, Deerfield Management .
-- uBiome, gut microbe DNA sequencing: $22M Series B from 8VC.
-- Avizia, telehealth provider: $17M Series A from HealthQuest Capital.
-- Achilles Therapeutics, cancer immunotherapies: $16.1M undisclosed from Syncona, CRT, UCL Technology Fund.
-- Hubble Contacts, daily disposable contact lenses: $7.2M undisclosed from Founders Fund, Greycroft, Wildcat, et al.
-- Cricket Health, kidney and renal disease therapeutics: $2.5M Seed from First Round Capital. BoxGroup, Seven Peaks Ventures, et al.
--, pregnancy-tracker app: $1.5M Seed from AltaIR Capital, QD Ventures.

-- Freshdesk, customer service platform: $55M undisclosed from Sequoia Capital India.
-- Spongecell, programmatic tech platform for ads: $10.5M Equity and Debt from Safeguard Scientifics, Pivotal Capital.
-- Emissary, personalized intelligence platform for sales: $10M Series A from Canaan Partners, G20 Ventures.
-- d.light, solar systems for off-grid housing and business: $7.5M Debt from Developing World Markets.
-- UserIQ, customer growth platform: $2M Series A from BIP Capital.
-- Exnodes, semiconductor inspection company: $2M Seed from Samsung Venturesm, SK hynix Inc, et al.
-- Litmus Automation, IoT for enterprise: $1.5M Seed from Angels.
--AI/Machine Learning--

-- Rokid, AI-based home IoT assistant: $50M undisclosed from Advantech.
-- Graphcore, accelerator tech for AI: $30M Series A from Robert Bosch VC,  Samsung Catalyst Fund.
-- Otonomo, self-driving cars: $12M Series A from Bessemer Venture Partners, Stageone Ventures.
-- Unbabel, AI-based and crowdsourced translator: $5M undisclosed from Notion Capital, Caixa Capital.

-- Classy, fundraising platform for social enterprise: $30M Series C from JMI Equity.
-- Cross River Bank, bank for alternative community loans: $28M undisclosed from Battery Ventures.
-- Hubbub, digital fundraising platform: $1M Prize from VentureClash.

-- Riskalyze, risk alignment platform: $20M undisclosed from FTV Capital.
-- CounterTack, behaviorally-based endpoint detection and response: $10M undisclosed from TenEleven Ventures, Fairhaven Capital, Goldman Sachs, et al.

-- Interana, behavioral analytics platform: $18M undisclosed from Vertex Ventures.
-- AirPR, analytics of PR benefits: $5M Series B from Storm Ventures.
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