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Inside Venture Capital (Feb 6th, 2018)

Following two weeks of strong showings for funding in the cybersecurity space, today's graphs look into developments in the US privacy/security sectors beginning in 2010.

--VC Reads--

-- Don’t Give Away Your Board Seats: Steve Blank, 8x entrepreneur and proponent of the lean startup movement, discusses retaining influence after a funding round.

-- The Autonomy Ecosystem: From Self-Driving Cars to Beyond!: Andreessen Horowitz’ Frank Chen discusses the various sectors that stand to be uprooted by AI.

-- Splitting The Deal: Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures (Twitter, Tumblr) digs into the persistent habit of syndication.

-- Too much, too late: Reuters offers an in-depth analysis of Sequoia’s planned $8B fund.

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--Consumer Internet--

-- Blued (China), gay social network: $100M D led by CDH, participation from UG.

-- BroadLink (Hangzhou, China), smart home and IoT solutions: $54M D led by CITIC, participation from Baidu, Guangzhou Liby.

-- Ganje (Hangzhou, China), rural e-commerce platform: $16M A led by Alibaba, Xi'an.

-- Whoscall (Taiwan), caller ID app: $11.7M from undisclosed sources.

-- Badi (Barcelona, Spain), platform to find urban apartments and flatmates: $10M A led by Spark Capital.

--Fintech--

-- Behalf (New York, NY), flexible financing for SMEs: $150M Debt led by Soros Fund Management, participation from Viola Credit.

-- WealthNavi (Tokyo, Japan), asset management dashboard and financial advisor: $41M Debt & Equity from Mirai Creation, Global Brain, Sony Innovation, DBJ, SMBC, Mizuho, et al.

-- Ohpen (Amsterdam, NL), SaaS platform for banking software: $31M C from Amerborgh.

--Industrial--

-- SKIO (Hangzhou, China), new energy vehicles: $159M C from IDG Capital.

--Enterprise--

-- Grow.com (Orem, UT), business performance dashboard for SMEs and non-technical users: $16M B led by Toba Capital, participation from Peterson, Pelion, Kickstart Seed, HubSpot.

-- DeepBlue (Shanghai, China), enterprise intelligence for retail: $16M A led by Toba Capital, participation from Peterson, Pelion, Kickstart Seed, HubSpot.

-- RigUp (Austin, TX), on-demand labor platform for energy industry: $15.8M B from Founders Fund, et al.

--Biotech/Health--

-- Paige.AI (New York, NY), AI-based oncology treatment: $25M A from Jim Breyer, et al.

-- MDClone (Ber Sheba, Israel), healthcare IT: $15M from OrbiMed, Lightspeed.

--Agtech--

-- Infarm (Berlin, Germany), modular farms for urban agriculture: $25M A led by Balderton Capital, participation from TriplePoint, Mons Investments, Cherry, QUADIA, LocalGlobe.

--AI/Machine Learning--

-- Lightmatter (Boston, MA), AI-based silicon chip using light signals: $11M A led by Matrix Partners, Spark Capital.

--Insurtech--

-- Indio (San Francisco, CA), digital platform for traditional insurance brokers to expedite customer acquisition and tracking: $6M A led by 8VC, participation from 500 Startups, Merus, Compound.

--Edtech--

-- Lambda School (San Ramon, CA), online STEM training: $4M Seed from Y Combinator, Tandem, Tyler Willis, Jake Chapman, et al. Also provides a Demo Night for students to advertise their skills to employers in the Bay Area.

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Total funding for these startups indicates a steady increase until late-2017, where a significant downturn in mid- to late-stage rounds
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While the number of rounds has been falling, first slowly and then in more recent quarters more dramatically, since 2013, the average r
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The crunch in the number of rounds had been largely driven by early-stage losses until 2017 when mid- and late-stage funding round numb
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Gains in the average rounds for mid- and late-stage round drove increases until early-2016 when they reversed. Private equity rounds ha
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--Funding Breakdown--

--Consumer Internet--

6 Deals: $241,700,000

--Fintech--

3 Deals: $222,000,000

--Industrial--

1 Deal: $159,000,000

--Enterprise--

3 Deals: $47,800,000

--Biotech/Health--

2 Deal: $40,000,000

--Agtech--

1 Deal: $25,000,000

--AI/Machine Learning--

1 Deal: $11,000,000

--Insurtech--

1 Deal: $6,000,000

--Edtech--

1 Deal: $4,000,000

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