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Inside Venture Capital (Jan 9th, 2018)

--VC Reads--

-- Taking Money “Off The Table”: Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures (Twitter, Tumblr) discusses handling big, successful investments.

-- Making decisions: Sunstone Capital’s Max Niederhofer (Last.fm, Mattermark) discusses the current rationalistic/selfish thought paradigm.

-- Technology Is Everywhere. Tech Jobs? Not So Much: Fortune reports that on the uneven distribution of well-paying digital jobs.

-- General Catalyst Targets $1 Billion for Next Fund: The Wall Street Journal reports that the fund will be company’s biggest yet, and combines multiple strategies.

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--Biotech/Health--

-- Intuity Medical (Fremont, CA), diabetes management: $70M Equity & Debt from Accuitive, Investor Growth, KCK, Luther King Capital, PTV, U.S. Venture Partners, Versant, Hercules.

-- Metavention (Minneapolis, MN), transcatheter devices: $65M C led by NEA, participation from Sanderling, RK Mellon, Horowitz Group, Versant, et al.

-- Leading Pharma (Fairfield, NJ), generic drug manufacturing/distribution: $40M led by Signet Healthcare Partners/ Crestline, Cane Investment, et al.

-- Alveo (San Francisco, CA), infectious disease diagnostics: $38M A led by Maxim Merchant Capital.

-- Neural Analytics (Los Angeles, CA), medical device to measure and track brain health: $15M B led by Alpha Edison.

-- F1 Oncology (West Palm Beach, FL), adoptive cellular therapies for solid tumors: $10M from undisclosed sources.

-- Immusoft (Seattle, WA), gene therapies: $3M B from 600 Mile Challenge Fund.

--Fintech--

-- Alkami (Plano, TX), platform for banks to create their own banking apps: $70M D led by General Atlantic, participation from S3, Argonaut, et al.

-- Smava (Germany), online platform for loans from other peers and financial institutions: $65M from Vitruvian.

--Edtech--

-- DadaABC (China), online platform for loans from other peers and financial institutions: $100M from Tiger Management, TAL Education.

-- Wonderschool (New York, NY), platform to allow educators to found their own schools with little overhead: $2.1M Seed from Omidyar Network, Be Curious, Rethink Education, Edelweiss, Learn.

--Data/Analytics--

-- Collibra (Belgium), data governance: $58M D led by Iconiq, Battery Ventures, participation from Dawn, Index, Newion.

-- Element Analytics (San Francisco, CA), analytics based on multiple sources from the industrial process: $19.5M A from GE, Honeywell, ABB, Mitsui & Co, Aster, Blue Bear, Kleiner Perkins Green Growth Fund, et al.

--Enterprise--

-- Canva (Australia), graphic design SaaS: $40M led by Sequoia China, participation from Blackbird, Felicis. Valued the company at $1B.

-- MoSeeker (China), HR app for recruitment: $15M B from Recruit.

-- Price f(x) (Pfaffenhofen, Germany), price and CPQ SaaS solution for varied enterprise: $8.3M led by Credo Ventures, Talis Capital, participation from Refle.

--Consumer Internet--

-- Xinshang (China), online P2P marketplace for second hand luxury goods: $50M C led by GGV Capital, Joy Capital, participation from Northern Light.

-- Yonomi (Boulder, CO), app to control home IoT devices: $5M A led by Gentex Corporation, participation from Allegion.

--Industrial--

-- SolidEnergy (Woburn, MA), semi solid Li-Metal technology: $34M C from undisclosed sources.

--Cybersecurity--

-- Ulucu (Shanghai, China), AI-based network monitoring: $12M C led by China Merchants Capital, participation from Zhongchanng Data, Shanghai Milestone, Shanghai Momoying.

--Agtech--

-- Inocucor (Montreal, Canada), biological crop inputs for resilient soils: $9.5M B led by Pontifax AgTech, participation from Cycle Capital, Desjardins Innovatech, Cairn.

--Govtech--

-- Voatz (Boston, MA), biometrics-secured voting platform with voter engagement uses: $2.2M Seed led by Medici Ventures, participation from Urban Innovation, Oakhouse, Walt Winshall, Michael Dornbrook, Joe Caruso, Walnut Ventures angels.

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After hitting a high point in mid-2011 and a nadir just two years later in early-2013, funding for this category appears to have recove
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The total number of rounds in this category has been in decline since hitting a peak in early-2014. The average round, which was on a d
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Early-stage rounds saw an increase in frequency until 2015, after which they began to decline. Series A/B appear to have maintained fai
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--Funding Breakdown--

--Biotech/Health--

7 Deals: $241,000,000

--Fintech--

2 Deals: $135,000,000

--Edtech--

2 Deals: $102,100,000

--Data/Analytics--

2 Deals: $77,500,000

--Enterprise--

3 Deals: $63,300,000

--Consumer Internet--

2 Deals: $55,000,000

--Industrial--

1 Deal: $34,000,000

--Cybersecurity--

1 Deal: $12,000,000

--Agtech--

1 Deal: $9,500,000

--Govtech--

1 Deal: $2,200,000

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