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Inside Venture Capital (Dec 5th, 2017)

--VC Reads--

-- The Early Stage Slump: Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures (Twitter, Tumblr) digs past the trope of ‘fewer deals, bigger deals’ to provide a thorough explanation.

-- Early Uber Investor Says SoftBank Tender Offer Is a ‘Low Blow’: Fortune interviews Bradley Tusk, the founder of Tusk Ventures.

-- Venture Capital Investments and Merger and Acquisition Activity Around the World: A research paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research.

-- Commentary: Why Some Sexual Harassers Get Fired—And Some Don’t: Fortune contributors discusses the obligations of the private sector.

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--Consumer Internet--

-- Hellobike (China), bike sharing network: $350M D from Ant Financial, WM Motor, Chengwei, Fujita.

-- Nest Fragrances (New York, NY), home luxury fragrance producer: $70M Majority Investment from Eurazeo.

-- PonyCar (China), electric car sharing platform: $37M C led by Zhihe Chuxing.

-- dunzo (Bengaluru, India), chat-based app allowing users to create daily task lists: $12M B led by Google, participation from Aspada, Blume.

--Enterprise--

-- Chexiang.com (Shanghai, China), online-to-offline car trading platform: $150M B from Ping An Insurance, China Taiping, China Merchants Wealth.

-- Contentful (San Francisco, CA), content management and accessibility API: $28M C led by General Catalyst Partners, participation from Benchmark, Balderton, Point Nine.

-- EastRetail Pro (China), CRM for retail, consumption, local service: $20M B led by Tencent, JD, participation from DCM, Vertex.

-- Starmex (China), cross-border e-commerce platform: $15M B from Ginkgo Gofar, Haier, Sifang Chengyu.

-- GP Union (China), 3D, digital, film, etc. content creation: $12M A+ led by Yunfeng, participation from Matrix, Skyview.

--Biotech/Health--

-- Aaptiv (New York, NY), audio-based fitness programs designed by experts: $38M led by Insight Venture Partners, participation from Arena, Pear, Switch VC.

-- Atox Bio (Ness Ziona, Israel), treatments for critical patients with severe infections: $30M led by Arix Bioscience plc, participation from Adams Street, Asahi Kasei, SR One, OrbiMed, Lundbeckfonden, Becker, Integra.

-- Qvella (Toronto, Canada), molecular diagnostics: $20M B from RA, Whitecap, Hatteras, Sands, bioMérieux.

-- ChemomAb (Tel Aviv, Israel), monoclonal antibodies for inflammatory and fibrotic diseases: $10M B led by OrbiMed Israel, Peter Thiel, participation from SBI Japan-Israel Innovation, Milestone.

--Robotics--

-- Groove X (Tokyo, Japan), developer of humanoid robots: $57M A from Mirai, Innovation Network, Shenzhen, Line, Dai-ichi Seiko, Global Catalyst, Amtran, OSG, SMBC.

--Fintech--

-- Applied Data Finance (New York, NY), loans for underestimated consumers: $20M from Redpoint Capital.

-- Simplus (Salt Lake City, UT), Quote-to-cash implementation Salesforce partner: $17.8M B & debt led by Epic Ventures/ Salesforce, Cross Creek, Silicon Valley Bank, et al. Also acquired consulting firm CRM Manager.

-- Coinsquare (Canada), digital currency exchange: $8.3M from undisclosed sources. Investment was made at $87M valuation.

--Edtech--

-- Noodle Partners (New York, NY), programs for universities to lower costs by streamlining classes/building programs: $14M A led by Owl Ventures, participation from Osage, New Markets.

-- Code.org (Seattle, WA), computer science education access platform: $12M Grant from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Infosys, PricewaterhouseCoopers.

--Dev--

-- Nexenta (Santa Clara, CA), open-source software-defined storage: $20M led by SoftBank.

--Cybersecurity--

-- NS8 (Arlington, VA), fraud/abuse/user experience protection for e-commerce merchants: $7.5M Seed led by Arbor Ventures, participation from TDF, Hanna.

--Industrial--

-- Guardian Optical (Tel Aviv, Israel), sensor technology for passenger-aware cars: $5.1M A from Maniv Mobility, Mirai Creation.

--Data/Analytics--

-- Elsen (Boston, MA), platform for financial institutions to analyze user data: $2.4M Seed led by Hyperplane Venture Capital, participation from Accomplice, Launch, et al.

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--Funding Breakdown--

--Consumer Internet--

4 Deals: $469,000,000

--Enterprise--

5 Deals: $225,000,000

--Biotech/Health--

4 Deals: $98,000,000

--Robotics--

1 Deal: $57,000,000

--Fintech--

3 Deals: $46,100,000

--Edtech--

2 Deals: $26,000,000

--Dev--

1 Deal: $20,000,000

--Cybersecurity--

1 Deal: $7,500,000

--Industrial--

1 Deal: $5,100,000

--Data/Analytics--

1 Deal: $2,400,000

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