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Inside Venture Capital (Nov 30th, 2017)

--VC Reads--

-- For VCs, “What Could Go Right” Is More Important Than “What Could Go Wrong”: Hunter Walk (Angellist, Shyp, Lever) discusses the risk calculations inherent to the VC approach.

-- Fun is the best driver of viral growth: Jeremy Liew (Snapchat) discusses the Why of success on the examples of Snapchat, Musical.ly, and SoulCycle.

-- How to Survive the Media Apocalypse: The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson discusses print and digital media.

-- A Guide to Pitching Funding and Launch Stories: Leo Schwartz from Upbeat discusses his PR strategy at a PR startup, and offers advice.

-- This Is the Low-Profile, High-Stakes World of Venture Lending: Bloomberg profiles microcap companies.

-- TechCrunch reports: Uber’s losses grew to $1.5 billion last quarter; SoftBank says that Benchmark and Menlo intend to sell Uber shares; Sequoia, Tencent, TPG look to invest in Uber alongside SoftBank.

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--Biotech/Health--

-- Codiak (Cambridge, MA), exosome therapeutics: $76.5M C from ARCH, Flagship Pioneering, Fidelity, Alaska Permanent Fund, Alexandria, Qatar Investment Authority, Tavistock Group, Sirona, EcoR1, Casdin.

-- electroCore (Basking Ridge, NJ), non-invasive vagus nerve stimulation therapy: $70M B led by Core Ventures, participation from Merck Global Health, Gakasa, American Investment, Vinik Family.

-- Fractyl (Lexington, MA), procedural therapies for metabolic disease: $44M D from GV, True, IDO Fund, General Catalyst, Bessemer, Domain, Mithril, Emergent Medical, Deerfield.

-- YmAbs (New York, NY), cancer treatments: $30M B from Sofinnova Ventures, Scopia Capital.

-- Mavupharma (Kirkland, WA), non-nucleotide modulators: $20M A led by Frazier Healthcare Partners, participation from Alpine BioVentures.

-- Revel (Minneapolis, MI), health engagement platform: $17M led by TT Capital.

-- PhaseBio (Malvern, PA), treatments of orphan diseases: $15.6M from NEA, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Hatteras, Fletcher Spaght, Syno, SVB.

-- CinRx (Lod, Israel), diverse biotherapeutics: $10M B from undisclosed sources.

-- NanoCellect (San Diego, CA), microfluidic cell sorting technologies: $10M B from Illumina, Anzu, Vertical, 5 Prime, FusionX, Agilent.

-- Qool Therapeutics (Menlo Park, CA), non-invasive patient temperature management: $8M A-1 from Zhongji, LTD/Join, TAMCAP, BrilliMedical, BioPacific, Western Technology, FundRx.

-- Mytonomy (Bethesda, MA), patient experience cloud platform: $7M A from Philips Health, MedStar Health, George John, Gokul Rajaram. CEO Anjali Kataria spent two years with the Obama administration as an EIR and Tech advisor, and later filled a similar position at the FDA.

-- Sermonix (Columbus, OH), female-specific oncology products: $4.2M Seed from Richard DeSchutter, Endoceutics.

-- Base Pair (Pearland, TX), custom aptamer discovery and development: $3.2M A-3 led by Eventi Capital Partners, Base Pair Canada, participation from BioTex, Ashok Gowda.

-- Arzeda (Seattle, WA), protein design: $3.2M A led by Universal Materials Incubator, Casdin Capital, participation from OS, Bioeconomy, Sustainable Conversion, WRF.

-- Empiric (Salt Lake City, UT), data-driven physician practice change: $3M Seed from Intermountain Healthcare.

-- Envisagenics (New York, NY),  AI-based genetic sequencing for therapy discovery: $2.25M Seed led by Dynamik Capital.

--Enterprise--

-- Sunsea (Beijing, China), parking services: $227M from Warburg Pincus.

-- Spot.IM (Israel), monetization for activity on publishers social media sites: $25M C led by Insight Venture Partners, participation from Altair, Norma.

-- Lielbuobo (Shanghai, China), headhunting/recruiting platform: $15M from undisclosed sources.

-- Shanxiuxia (China), on demand phone repair, trade in, and recovery services: $15M B led by Cowin Capital, participation from Matrix Partners.

-- InstaFreight (Berlin, Germany), freight shipping services for B2B customers: $10M A from undisclosed sources.

--AI/Machine Learning--

-- SenseTime (China), facial recognition software: $227M C from Alibaba.

-- Luminance (London, UK), AI research platform for legal teams: $10M A led by Tallis Capital, participation from Invoke, Slaughter, May.

--Industrial--

-- Volt+ (Shanghai, China), power bank production/rental: $45M A from Yancheng Government Investment, Shanghai Jiafei.

-- Mojio (Vancouver, Canada), tech to make any car into a connected one: $30M B led by Kensington Capital, participation from TrendTrend Forward, Innogy, Amazon Alexa Fund, BDC IT, Deutsche Telekom, Relay .

-- Dejero (Waterloo, Canada), multi-network-based connectivity for high throughput content: $24.8M from Kayne Partners.

-- Goldpro (China), grinding media steel balls: $22.7M led by Yingke.

-- Seebo (Tel Aviv, Israel), platform to allow IoT devices to self report on their health: $16.5M A from TPY, Viola, Pritzker Group, Global IoT Technology.

-- Transphorm (Goleta, CA), 650V gallium nitride semiconductors: $15M from Yaskawa Electric .

-- uAvionix (Bigfork, MT), CNS system for manned/unmanned aircraft: $5M led by Airbus Ventures, participation from Playground, Redpoint.

--Data/Analytics--

-- Uptake (Chicago, IL), predictive analytics software platform for industrial data: $117M D led by Baillie Gifford, participation from Revolution, GreatPoint. CEO and co-founder Brad Keywell also helped found Groupon, among other companies.

-- Affinio (Halifax, Canada), data analytics for personal interest and affinity: $9M B from Round13 Capital, Whitecap, Build.

-- Emu (New York, NY), big data computing technology: $5M A-2 from Samsung, Blu, IrishAngels.

-- Consumer Internet--

-- Thrive Global (New York, NY), media platform for well-being, health, behavioral change, etc.: $30M B led by IVP, participation from Marc Benioff, Phil Fernandez, Lerer Hippeau, Greycroft, Blue Pool, Advancit, Canvas, Female Founders Fund, , Heather Reisman, Fred Harman, Ray Dalio, Michael Huffington, Sean Parker.

-- InstaCarro (Sao Paulo, Brazil), P2P marketplace for used cars: $22M led by FJ Labs, Lumia Capital.

-- Chef's Plate (Toronto, Canada), meal kit delivery services: $10M C from Action, Emil, InvestEco, Comerica.

-- Fineway (Munich, Germany), AI-based travel planning platform: $8.3M led by Bayern Kapital, participation from Mairdumont Ventures, Axel Springer, et al.

-- Enjoius (Los Angeles, CA), online marketplace for event design services: $1.4M Seed from Nancy Tellem, Daniel Murphy, Angela Mathes, Kent Wakeford, et al.

--Dev--

-- 1QB (Vancouver, Canada), hardware-agnostic platforms to app scaling using normal/quantum computers: $40M B led by Fujitsu Limited, participation from Accenture, Allianz, The Royal Bank of Scotland, CME.

--Edtech--

-- ALO7 (China), online/offline English-learning tech: $37.5M D led by Legend Capital, participation from GuoHe, UG, Qualcomm, New Oriental, Vickers.

--Cybersecurity--

-- ReversingLabs (Cambridge, MA), file classification/inspection: $25M A led by Trident Capital, JPMorgan.

-- Terbium Labs (Baltimore, MD), platform to model the dark web to find stolen/illegal content: $6M led by Glasswing Ventures.

--FIntech--

-- Deposit Solutions (Hamburg, Germany), API for banks to offer multiple deposit products: $20M led by e.ventures, Greycroft.

-- Omniex (San Francisco, CA), institutional crypto-asset investment & trading platform: $5M Seed led by Wicklow Capital, participation from Sierra, Digital Currency Group, Clocktower Technology, ThirdStream, et al.

--Gaming--

-- Sharetimes (Beijing, China), game developer: $18M from undisclosed sources.

--Cleantech--

-- CleanMax Solar (Mumbai, India), solar energy: $15M from IFC.

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--Goldilocks-- Blue Canoe Learning provides an AI-enabled English language learning app and raised a $1.4M in late October. CEO and
Content for premium users only

--Funding Breakdown--

--Biotech/Health--

16 Deals: $323,950,000

--Enterprise--

5 Deals: $292,000,000

--AI/Machine Learning--

2 Deals: $237,000,000

--Industrial--

7 Deals: $160,200,000

--Data/Analytics--

3 Deals: $131,000,000

--Consumer Internet--

5 Deals: $71,700,000

--Dev--

1 Deal: $40,000,000

--Edtech--

1 Deal: $37,500,000

--Cybersecurity--

2 Deals: $31,000,000

--Fintech--

2 Deals: $25,000,000

--Gaming--

1 Deal: $18,000,000

--Cleantech--

1 Deal: $15,000,000

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