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Inside Venture Capital (Dec 3rd, 2017)

--VC Reads--

-- Lyft gained from Uber’s scandals, sees revenue triple: TechCrunch reports.

-- Growth Office Hours with Anu Hariharan and Gustaf Alstromer: The YC partners follow up on Anu’s Growth Guide. (Audio)

-- Carlyle Flagship Buyout Fund to Be Biggest for North America: Bloomberg reports.

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--Biotech/Health--

-- Semma Therapeutics (Cambridge, MA), regenerative medicines: $114M B led by Eight Roads Ventures, Cowen Healthcare Investments, participation from MPM, F-Prime, ARCH, Novartis, Medtronic, JDRF T1D, ORI, Wu, 6 Dimensions, SinoPharm.

-- resTORbio (Boston, MA), aging-related therapeutics: $4M B led by OrbiMed, participation from Fidelity, Rock Springs, Quan, Nest Bio.

-- 12 Sigma (San Diego, CA), medical imaging: $30M B led by SBVC, participation from CDBI, Delian, Zhen, Matrix.

-- Prognos (New York, NY), AI-based lab diagnostics platform: $20.5M C from Cigna, GISm Hermed, Hikma, Maywic, Merck, Safeguard.

-- Akouos (Boston, MA), hearing preservation/restoration: $7.5M Seed led by 5AM Ventures, NEA, participation from Partners Innovation.

-- Fimmic (Helsinki, Finland), AI-based tissue diagnostics platform: $6M A led by Ascend Capital Partners, participation from ACME Investments, STO-Rahoitus.

--Consumer Internet--

-- Kuiakan Manhua (China), online/offline user generated comic art platform: $117M D led by Coatue Management, participation from China Media, Xianghe.

-- Graphic India (India), animation studio: $5M from Liquid Comics, Start Media, Julian Farrior, Neeraj Bhargava.

--Agtech--

-- Farmer's Business Network (San Carlos, CA), farmer-to-farmer marketplace: $110M D led by funds and accounts advised by T. Rowe Price Associates, Temasek, participation from Acre, KPCB, GV, DBL.

--Gaming--

-- Nazara (India), mobile games: $51M from IIFL. To float an IPO by the end of the year.

--AI/Machine Learning--

-- H2O.ai (Mountain View, CA), open source AI-based analytics platform for enterprise: $40M C led by Wells Fargo, Nvidia, participation from New York Life, Crane, Nexus, Transamerica.

-- Replika (San Francisco, CA), personal AI assistant/chat bot: $6.5M A-2 from Khosla, Sherpa, Phil Libin, Richard Socher.

--Adtech/Martech--

-- eLocal (Conshohocken, PA), digital performance marketing/customer acquisition: $25M from LLR Partners.

--Enterprise--

-- SCapital (China), cash management platform for enterprise: $15M B led by CKGSB, participation from Silicon Valley Bank.

-- Yanwen Express (Beijing, China), logistics for cross-border ecommerce fulfillment: $15M B led by Legend Capital, participation from Addor.

-- Woo (San Francisco, CA), job seekers marketplace for tech talent: $7M A led by David Alliance.

-- Switchboard Live (Orlando, FL), B2B live video social media management platform: $1.5M Seed from New World Angels, Mosley Ventures, et al.

--Industrial--

-- Canatu Oy (Helsinki, Finland), 3D formable and stretchable films and touch sensors: $14.3M from Denso Corporation, Ascend Capital, Faurecia.

--Fintech--

-- Leadercf (Guangzhou, China), online mortgage loans: $11M B from Shenzhen Qianhai Huxing Asset Management

--Cybersecurity--

-- Pwnie Express (Boston, MA), continious security for IoT networks/devices: $8M led by .406 Ventures, Ascent Venture Partners, Fairhaven Capital, participation from Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies.

--Data/Analytics--

-- BlazingDB (Austin, TX), GPU-accelerated data warehouse: $2.9M Seed from NVIDIA GPU Ventures, Samsung NEXT.

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--VC Refresher-- A Bloomberg report on Friday detailed reports from five women accusing Sherpa Capital founder Shervin Pishevar of s
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This week's funding, $2,485,950,000, came in $100M under the years average to date and $17M above the years median to date.

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--M&A/IPO/New Funds-- --M&A-- -- Dropbox acqui-hires online publishing platform Verst, terms undisclosed. -- WeWork to
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--Funding Breakdown--

--Biotech/Health--

6 Deals: $218,000,000

--Consumer Internet--

2 Deals: $182,000,000

--Agtech--

1 Deal: $110,000,000

--Gaming--

1 Deal: $51,000,000

--AI/Machine Learning--

2 Deals: $46,500,000

--Adtech/Martech--

1 Deal: $25,000,000

--Enterprise--

4 Deals: $24,500,000

--Industrial--

1 Deal: $14,300,000

--Fintech--

1 Deal: $11,000,000

--Cybersecurity--

1 Deal: $8,000,000

--Data/Analytics--

1 Deal: $2,900,000

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