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Inside Venture Capital (Dec 7th, 2017)

--VC Reads--

-- Optimism beats Paranoia: Jeremy Liew (Snapchat) discusses the dynamics of both sentiments as they apply to small and large companies.

-- The Anatomy of a Marketplace: TaskRabbit co-founder Leah Busque construes markets as organisms.

-- Internet Content Moderation 101: Hunter Walk (Angellist, Shyp, Lever) discusses user/generated content, deliberately excluding ads.

-- 10 Year Futures (Vs. What’s Happening Now): Benedict Evans, spokesperson for Andreessen Horowitz, discusses platform expansion. (Video)

-- From Bezos to Walton, Big Investors Back Fund for ‘Flyover’ Start-Ups: The New York Times reports on The Rise of the Rest’s investors.

-- SEC Files Fraud Charges Against ICO Organizer: Coindesk reports on the first charges filed since the agency’s Cyber Unit was created in September.

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--Consumer Internet--

-- Lyft (San Francisco, CA), ride hailing service: $500M from Fidelity Management & Research Company, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Fund. Brings round's total $1.5B.

-- Moda Operandi (New York, NY), ecommerce platform to order luxury fashion direct from runway collections: $165M led by Adrian Cheng, Apax Digital, participation from NEA, LVMH, Fidelity, et al.

-- Idagio (Berlin, Germany), classical music streaming service: $9.4M A from Tengelmann Ventures, Mülheim/Ruhr, btov Partners, et al. Founder and CEO Till Janczukowicz involvement with classical music spans Germany, Abu Dhabi, and Columbia Artists Management.

--Biotech/Health--

-- Medlinker (China), platform for doctors to share medical records: $60M C led by China Electronics Corporation Data, participation from China Renaissance, Sequoia, Tencent.

-- Genova (Jiangsu, China), insulin development: $50M led by Tasly.

-- Obsidian Therapeutics (Cambridge, MA), cell/gene therapies: $49.5M A led by GV, led participation from Atlas, Takeda, Vertex, Amgen, Alexandria, ShangPharma.

-- Neon Therapeutics (Cambridge, MA), neoantigen therapies for oncology: $36M B from Fidelity, Partner Fund, Access Industries, Wellington, Pharmstandard, Arrowmark, Nextech Invest, Hillhouse, Casdin.

-- Etong (China), platforms to connect patients with doctors: $30M B led by Vision Plus Capital, participation from Morningside, Dalian Yifang.

-- Metacrine (San Diego, CA), oral non-bile acid FXR agonist: $22M B led by NEA, participation from ARCH, Polaris, venBio, Alexandria.

-- MicuRX (China), antibiotics: $15M D led by Delian Capital, participation from BioVeda.

-- Lumen Biosciences (Seattle, WA), high-value proteins and other molecules based on a blue-green algae: $13M A led by Avista Development, BioEconomy Capital, et al.

-- HealthiPASS (Chicago, IL), healthcare check-in/payment platform: $7.2M A led by FCA Venture Partners, participation from OCA, Healthy, HealthX, Waterline, et al.

-- VirtualHealth (New York, NY), population health and care management: $7M led by Edison Partners.

-- PatientPay (Raleigh-Durham, NC), patient payments platform for specialty care: $6M led by Teaghlach Family Office, participation from Esping, Mosaik.

-- Neumentum (Palo Alto, CA), non-opioid pain killers: $6M A from undisclosed sources.

--Enterprise--

-- Movile (Sao Paulo, Brazil), mobile marketplace developer: $82M G from Naspers, Innova.

-- Anaplan (San Francisco, CA), cloud-based planning management platform: $60M F led by Premji Invest, participation from Salesforce, Top Tier Capital, Baillie Gifford, Granite, Industry, Meritech.

-- iTrigger (Hangzhou, China), cloud computing for retail use: $15M A led by Premji Invest, participation from Salesforce, Top Tier Capital, Baillie Gifford, Granite, Industry, Meritech.

-- Pilotworks (New York, NY), incubator for food startups: $13M A led by Techstars Ventures, Acre Venture Partners, participation from Arena, Riverpark, Ekistic Ventures, Slow Ventures, SWTLF, David Barberm, Scott Belksy, Marc Blazer, Shu Chowdry, Andy Peskoe,  Gin Lane.

-- ForceManager (Barcelona, Spain), mobile sales assistant: $12M B led by AXA Strategic Ventures, participation from Nauta, Sabadell, SIE, Histemi.

-- No Panda Culture (Shanghai, China), products for IP creators: $10.6M A+ from HG, weibo.

-- Mswipe (Mumbai, India), smart POS systems: $10M B led by B Capital.

-- Happay (Bengaluru, India), enterprise expense management: $10M B led by Sequoia Capital, participation from AME.

-- MyVR (San Francisco, CA), platform for property owners to post listings on multiple rental sites and manage day-to-day workflow: $6.1M A led by True Ventures.

-- Inflect (San Francisco, CA), online B2B for internet infrastructure: $3M Seed from Jon Buccola Sr, Travis Cole, Chris Fanini, Jordan Lowe, et al.

-- Maxwell Financial (Denver, CO), B2B mortgage lending workflow platform: $3M Seed led by Anthemis Group, participation from Route66, Assurant, et al. CEO and co-founder John Paasonen was PayPal’s director of Global Corporate Strategy for two years.

--Cleantech--

-- Greenlight (India), off-grid solar products and solar financing: $60M Debt & Equity led by Apis Partners, participation from Eight Roads, Bamboo, Deutsche Bank, Global Partnerships, SunFunder, PG Impact, SIMA.

-- 4New (London, UK), distributed ledger for industry participants to trade waste and energy: $30.5M from Mirach Capital Group.

--Industrial--

-- Sonim (San Mateo, CA), sturdy cell phones designed for hazardous environments: $37M from B. Riley FBR.

-- Kespry (Menlo Park, CA), AI/data/drone-based aerial intelligence services for industrial uses: $33M C led by G2VP, participation from Shell Technology, Cisco, ABB, Lightspeed, DCM, Spectrum 28, H. Barton Asset.

-- Pi Charging (San Francisco, CA), wireless charging tech: $11.4M A led by Foundry Group.

--Fintech--

-- WorldRemit (London, UK), digital cross-border money transfer service: $40M C led by LeapFrog Investments, participation from Accel, TCV.

-- BitPay (Atlanta, GA), blockchain payment acceptance platform for business/individuals: $30M B led by Aquiline Technology Growth.

-- Earny (Santa Monica, CA), personal finance platform to keep track of refunds based on protection policies: $9M A led by Mayfield, participation from Comcast, Science Inc.

--Agtech--

-- Indigo Ag (Boston, MA), natural approaches to health crop growth: $47M D from Investment Corporation of Dubai.

-- Springworks (Lisbon, ME), aquaponic farm for lettuce: $1.6M from undisclosed sources.

--Dev--

-- LaunchDarkly (Oakland, CA), feature management from launch onwards: $21M B led by Redpoint Ventures, Vertex Ventures.

-- T2 Cloud (Beijing, China), cloud for both private and enterprise uses: $16.4M B+ led by Fosun RZ, participation from Qianhai Fund.

-- Stateless (Boulder, CO), virtual network security/etc. functions as a service: $1.4M Seed led by Speedinvest, participation from EVO, Techstars, PV, Service Provider, et al.

--Robotics--

-- Fetch Robotics (San Jose, CA), developer of warehouse/intralogistics robotics: $25M B led by Sway Ventures, participation from O’Reilly AlphaTech, Shasta, SB Group.

-- Perceptin (Shenzhen, China), non-LiDAR full-stack vision system: $11M A from Samsung, Matrix, Walden International.

--AR/VR--

-- 51HiTech (Beijing, China), real estate-oriented VR: $36M B led by SenseTime, Modern Land, participation from Shanghai Pudong Development Bank, Silicon Valley Bank, Lightspeed China, Shenzhen Green Pine, Green Living, Star.

-- Apprentice.io (New Jersey), industrial AR for work environments: $2.5M from Silverton, Hemi.

--Cybersecurity--

-- Prevoty (Los Angeles, CA), autonomous application self-protection: $13M B led by Trident Capital, participation from USVP.

-- Ironscales (Tel Aviv, Israel), automated phishing/fraud prevention: $6.5M A led by K1 Investment Management, participation from RDC. To open first North American HQ in Q1'18.

-- Alcide (Tel Aviv, Israel), network security platform: $5.2M Seed led by Intel Capital, Elron.

-- Integrated Biometrics (Spartanburg, SC), FBI-certified fingerprint sensors: $2M from undisclosed sources.

--Data/Analytics--

-- Ngdata (Gent, Belgium), platform for data-heavy companies' customer data: $19M C led by HPE Growth Capital, participation from Idinvest, Pamica, SmartFin Capital, Capricorn, Nausicaa.

--Consumer Goods--

-- Joy (San Francisco, CA), interactive photo album: $7M led by Obvious Ventures.

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--Goldilocks-- This week we got in touch with Julien Barbier, co-founder and CEO of higher education provider and edtech startup, Ho
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--Funding Breakdown--

--Consumer Internet--

3 Deals: $674,400,000

--Biotech/Health--

12 Deals: $301,700,000

--Enterprise--

11 Deals: $224,700,000

--Cleantech--

2 Deals: $90,500,000

--Industrial--

3 Deals: $81,400,000

--Fintech--

3 Deals: $79,000,000

--Agtech--

2 Deals: $48,600,000

--Dev--

3 Deals: $38,800,000

--Robotics--

2 Deals: $36,000,000

--AR/VR--

2 Deals: $34,500,000

--Cybersecurity--

4 Deals: $26,700,000

--Data/Analytics--

1 Deal: $19,000,000

--Consumer Goods-

1 Deal: $7,000,000

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