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Inside Venture Capital (Nov 28th, 2017)

--VC Reads--

-- Inside the Revolution at Etsy: The New York Times reports on the company’s new CEO.

-- Why We Need More Etsys: Multiple founder John Battelle discusses the ethics of VC.

-- May the next Etsy learn its lessons: Basecamp founder David Hansson muses on capitalism on Etsy’s example.

-- Two elements of winning machine learning companies: Satya Patel (Angellist) notes blackbox data and winning strategies as the decisive factors.

-- SoftBank makes offer for Uber shares at 30% discount: TechCrunch sources claim the offer values the company at only $50B.

-- Stitch Fix defies odds, soars over 50% since lackluster debut: TechCrunch reports.

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--Biotech/Health--

-- Medeor Therapeutics (San Mateo, CA), cellular immunotherapy: $57M B led by RA Capital Management, participation from Sofinnova, 6 Dimensions, Vivo, WuXi Healthcare.

-- Doctolib (France), online booking platform for medical services: $42M led by Eurazeo, participation from Bpifrance.

-- Rx Savings (Overland Park, KS), prescription drug recommendation/purchase platform: $18.4M led by McCarthy Capital.

-- Biolinq (San Diego, CA), wirelessly-enabled biosensor patch for multiple biosensor monitoring: $10M A led by M Ventures, participation Hikma, Grey Sky, Three Leaf, LifeSci, et al.

--Fintech--

-- MoneyMe (Australia), personal loan platform: $91.1M led by Fortress Investment Group, participation from Evans & Partners.

-- Libra (New York, NY), institutional-grade blockchain/cryptocurrency platform: $7.8M A from Liberty City, XBTO, Boost, Lee Linden.

-- Core10 (Franklin, TN), enterprise financial services: $3.5M led by FINTOP Capital.

--SpaceTech--

-- SpaceX (Hawthorne, CA), commercial spaceflight: $100M from undisclosed sources. Brought total round, which was announced earlier in the Summer, to about $450M.

--Consumer Internet--

-- Victoria Beckham Limited (London, UK), luxury women's' fashion brand: $39.9M from Neo Investment Partners.

--Enterprise--

-- ClimaCell (Boston, MA), private local weather observation data for enterprise use: $15M A led by Canaan Partners, participation from Fontinalis, Square Peg.

-- Reliam (Los Angeles, CA), managed services for public cloud deployment: $1.7M from Great Hill Partners.

--Edtech--

-- BetterLesson (Cambridge, MA), professional development for education companies: $10M B led by Owl Ventures, participation from New Markets, Reach, Michael and Susan Dell Funds.

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Funding lay mostly dormant with minor gains until 2014 when series A/B funding took off, followed by late-stage rounds. Angel/Seed roun
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As noted in the last section the majority of new rounds until 2014 were in the angel/seed category, which began to decline in mid-2015.
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The proportionately most significant change in a particular funding type's average round was in late-stage funding, which took off in m
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--Funding Breakdown--

--Biotech/Health--

4 Deals: $127,400,000

--Fintech--

3 Deals: $102,400,000

--SpaceTech--

1 Deal: $100,000,000

--Consumer Internet--

1 Deal: $39,900,000

--Enterprise--

2 Deals: $16,700,000

--Edtech--

1 Deal: $10,000,000

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