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Inside Venture Capital (Feb 8th, 2018)

--VC Reads--

-- Is It Easy to Raise Early-Stage Capital?: NextView Ventures co-founder Rob Go (thredUp) notes that it is not, and explains why.

-- Deconstructing VCs’ Decision Making Frameworks: Point Nine Capital’s Louis Coppey (Giphy) discusses the strategies in the face of uncertainty.

-- 'You Get Sexual Advances 24/7': What It's Really Like to Be a Female Engineer In Silicon Valley: Fortune offers an excerpt from Emily Chang’s new book.

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--Enterprise--

-- 360zebra (Shanghai, China), e-commerce shipping and logistics: $100M C from ZEEMAN.

-- Dfinity (Zug, Switzerland), blockchain-based scalable internet-based computer: $61M from Polychain Capital, Andreessen Horowitz.

-- Highfive (Redwood City, CA), hardware for enterprise video conferencing: $32M C led by Dimension Data, participation from Lightspeed, General Catalyst, Andreessen Horowitz.

-- Xbed (Gaungzhou, China), hotel operation platform: $16M A led by Gui'An New District Digital Economy Industry Fund.

-- Human Interest (San Francisco, CA), employee benefits platform: $11M A led by Wing Venture Capital, participation from Adam Nash.

-- Mixmax (San Francisco, CA), email platform that functions as sales, recruitment, etc. dashboard: $10.35M from Carl Fritjofsson, Jason Lemkin, Michael Dearing, Harrison Metal, Floodgate.

-- Beautiful.AI (San Francisco, CA), AI-based platform for visual document creation: $5M A from First Round, Shasta.

-- Joveo (Redwood City, CA), recruitment platform: $5M A led by Nexus Venture. Also acquired Ripple Labs.

-- Slab (San Francisco, CA), enterprise knowledge storage platform: $2.2M from NEA, Charles River, Matrix.

-- Loris.ai (New York, NY), data-based platform for enterprise conversation management: $2M Seed led by Ann Miura-Ko, participation from Jeff Weiner, Kapor, Omidyar, Homebrew, Precursor, City Light, WeWork, Jeff Weiner, Dan Levitan, Selina Tobaccowala.

-- Bolstra (Carmel, IN), customer engagement platform: $1.5M Seed from Allos, 4G, Collina, VisionTech Angels, et al.

-- Employee Wow (Austin, TX), office communication platform: $1M Seed from Sean Tomlinson.

--Consumer Internet--

-- Swiggy (India), food delivery: $100M led by Naspers, participation from Meituan-Dianping.

-- Cityscoot (Paris, France), scooter sharing program: $50M led by RATP Capital Innovation, Inventure Partners, participation from Caisse des Dépôts, LeasePlan.

-- ACV Auctions (Buffalo, NY), online auction house for used vehicles: $31M C from Bessemer, Tribeca, SoftBank NY, Armory Square.

-- Yoshi (San Francisco, CA), on-demand car maintenance and gas delivery service: $13.7M A led by General Motors Ventures, ExxonMobil, participation from Y Combinator, Kevin Durant, Rich Kleiman, Arab Angel, et al.

-- Niche (Pittsburgh, PA), platform to help parents select schools: $6.6M B led by Allen & Company, Grit.

-- Triller (San Francisco, CA), platform for musicians to make and share professional-quality music videos: $5M A led by Carnegie Technologies. 

--Biotech/Health--

-- Zenflow (San Francisco, CA), medical devices to treat obstructive urinary symptoms related to benign prostatic hyperplasia: $31.4M A from Invus Opportunities, F-Prime, Medical Technology. CEO and co-founder Nick Damiano has been a participant in Y Combinator’s startup accelerator as a founder and an advisor.

-- Xoc (Los Gatos, CA), oral therapies for migraine relief: $30M A led by NEA.

-- eneura (Sunnyvale, CA), transcranial magnetic stimulation system for migraines: $17M D led by Camden Partners Nexus.

-- Baebies (Durham, NC), pediatric screenings: $12.7M from undisclosed sources.

-- Univfy (San Francisco, CA), platform to expand in-vitro fertilization access: $6M A led by Rethink Impact.

--Industrial--

-- Ionic Materials (Woburn, MA), materials for solid-state batteries: $65M C from undisclosed sources.

-- Clarke (North Kingstown, RI), control valve tech for oil and gas uses: $10M B led by Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures, participation from Chevron.

--Adtech/Martech--

-- Zignal Labs (San Francisco, CA), AI-based brand health measurement platform for media presence: $30M from Blum Capital, North Atlantic.

-- Marketing Evolutions (New York, NY), AI-based marketing optimization platform: $20.6M B from Zetta, et al.

-- Calldorado (Copenhagen, Denmark), marketing insights: $12M from undisclosed sources.

--Fintech--

-- Harbor (San Francisco, CA), blockchain-based compliance protocol for crypto-exchange platforms: $10M A from Vy, Fifth Wall, Valor.

-- Autobooks (Detroit, MI), cash management platform for banks and credit unions: $10M A1 from Draper Triangle, Baird, Detroit Venture, Invest Michigan, CU Solutions.

-- MineralSoft (Austin, TX), platform to manage oil and gas investments: $4M A led by Cottonwood Venture Partners, participation from Blue Bear, Y Combinator.

--Edtech--

-- Quizlet (San Francisco, CA), gaming-based consumer learning platform for high school students using user-generated content: $20M B led by Icon Ventures, participation from Union Square, Costanoa, Owl, Altos.

--AR/VR--

-- Vreal (Seattle, WA), VR live streaming platform: $11.7M A led by Axioma Ventures, participation from Intel, AET.

-- 8th Wall (Palo Alto, CA), platform to build AR gaming, e-commerce, and other applications: $8M A led by Norwest Venture Partners, participation from The Venture Reality Fund, Shasta, Sparkland.

--Space--

-- Commsat (China), low-track small satellite constellation operator: $16M A led by Skychee, Junzi, participation from CAS Star, Qixi.

--Real Estate--

-- Reonomy (New York, NY), real estate data analytics platform for brokers: $16M led by Bain Capital Ventures, participation from MMC Technology, Red Apple, JAWS.

--Agtech--

-- Agrinos (Oslo, Norway), biofertilizers and biostimulant products for farmers: $15M from Manor Investment SA, Havfonn AS, EuroChem Group AG.

--Lifestyle--

-- Mirror (New York, NY), connected home fitness studio with virtual classes: $13M led by Spark Capital, participation from Lerer Hippeau, First Round, Primary, BoxGroup, Brainchild.

--AI/Machine Learning--

-- Another Brain (Paris, France), AI chips for autonomous learning: $12M from Alpha Intelligence, Daphni, Global Founders, Cathay, Aglae.

--Foodtech--

-- Mooala (Dallas, TX), dairy-free beverages (i.e. almond milk): $5M led by M3 Ventures, Sweat Equities.

-- Safe Catch (San Francisco, CA), seasoned canned tuna and salmon: $5M Seed from Echo Capital, Essential Investments, et al.

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--Funding Breakdown--

--Enterprise--

12 Deals: $247,050,000

--Consumer Internet--

6 Deals: $206,300,000

--Biotech/Health--

5 Deals: $97,100,000

--Industrial--

2 Deals: $75,000,000

--Adtech/Martech--

3 Deals: $62,600,000

--Fintech--

3 Deals: $24,000,000

--Edtech--

1 Deal: $20,000,000

--AR/VR--

2 Deals: $19,700,000

--Space--

1 Deal: $16,000,000

--Real Estate--

1 Deal: $16,000,000

--Agtech--

1 Deal: $15,000,000

--Lifestyle--

1 Deal: $13,000,0000

--AI/Machine Learning--

1 Deal: $12,000,000

--Foodech--

2 Deals: $10,000,000

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