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Inside Venture Capital (Nov 21st, 2017)

--VC Reads--

-- Why Decentralized Companies Are So F****** Cool To Work At: Lou Kerner (Palantir) asserts that while bosses are no funds, too many partners can also be an issue.

-- Rafat Ali on Media Startups and the Nature of Venture: Hunter Walk (Angellist, Shyp, Lever) prompts us to contemplate the Skift CEO’s words: VC money is not evil; VC money is not sustainable.

-- As Silicon Valley Gets ‘Crazy,’ Midwest Beckons Tech Investors: The New York Times reports on the funds and players in the area.

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--Enterprise--

-- Yunmanman (China), freight transport and logistics: $120M D3 led by Tiger Management.

-- aCommerce (Bangkok, Thailand), Southeast Asian e-commerce enabler for established brands: $65M led by Emerald Media. Will expand into Vietnam and Malaysia.

-- Kaseya (Ireland), IT management solutions for SMEs: $44.5M from Ireland Strategic Investment Fund, et al.

-- Today (China), convenience store chain: $30M B led by ChinaEquity Group, participation from Sequoia.

-- LeafLink (New York, NY), online commerce platform for cannabis dispensaries: $17M led by Nosara Capital, participation from Casa Verde, Lerer Hippeau. CEO and co-founder Ryan Smith was named to Forbes’ 30 under 30.

-- Yuandum (Shandong, China), B2B auto parts auction platform: $15M B from China Auto Parts & Accessories Investment Holdings.

--Fintech--

-- Kabbage (Atlanta, GA), automated small business loans: $200M Credit Facility from Credit Suisse.

-- TransferMate (Kilkenny, Ireland), cross-border B2B payments provider: $35.2M from Allied Irish Banks.

-- First Access (New York, NY), data-based credit scoring for lending in developing markets: $7M A led by Bamboo, participation from Social Entrepreneur's Fund, Impact Engine, 500 Fintech, Colle, et al.

--Consumer Internet--

-- Shouqi (China), ride hailing service: $105M B3 from NIO, Baidu, Silk Road Huachuang.

--AI/Machine Learning--

-- CloudWalk (China), facial recognition software: $75M B led by Shunwei Capital, Oriza Holdings, Puhua Capital, participation from Yuexiu, Shenzhen Qianhai Xingwang, PCI-Suntek .

-- AISense (Los Altos, CA), analytics platform for voice conversations: $10M A led by Horizons Ventures, participation from Draper Associates, Draper Dragon Fund, David Cheriton, Bridgewater, et al.

--Biotech/Health--

-- Portea Medical (India), consumer healthcare: $26M C led by Sabre Partners, MEMG CDC, participation from Accel, IFC, Qualcomm.

-- Step Pharma (Paris, France), oral nucleotide synthesis inhibitors targeting CTPS1: $17M A led by Kurma Partners, participation from Bpifrance, Inserm Transfert, Idinvest, Sygnature, Imagine Institute.

-- Oviva (London, UK), platform for custom diets as treatment for food-related conditions: $12M A led by Kurma Partners, participation from Bpifrance, Inserm Transfert, Idinvest, Sygnature, Imagine Institute.

--Industrial--

-- TuSimple (China), commercial autonomous trucking: $55M C led by Fuhe Capital, participation from Sina, Zhiping.

--Robotics--

-- Locus Robotics (Wilmington, MA), warehouse management robots: $25M led by Scale Venture Partners.

--Data/Analytics--

-- Scalyr (San Mateo, CA), AI-free data logging: $20M led by Shasta Ventures, participation from Bloomberg Beta, Susa, Heroic.

--AR/VR--

-- Pixvana (Seattle, WA), online platform for AR/VR content creation/distribution: $14M A led by Vulcan Capital, participation from Raine, Microsoft, Cisco, Hearst, Madrona.

--Adtech/Martech--

-- VidMob (New York, NY), advertisement video creation platform and collaboration network: $7.5M A from Manifest, Interlock, Stampede, Acadia Woods, Macanta.

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--Funding Breakdown--

--Enterprise--

6 Deals: $291,560,000

--Fintech--

3 Deals: $242,000,000

--Consumer Internet--

1 Deal: $105,000,000

--AI/Machine Learning--

2 Deals: $85,000,000

--Biotech/Health--

3 Deal: $55,000,000

--Industrial--

1 Deal: $55,000,000

--Robotics--

1 Deal: $25,000,000

--Data/Analytics--

1 Deal: $20,000,000

--AR/VR--

1 Deal: $14,000,000

--Adtech/Martech--

1 Deal: $7,500,000

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