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Inside Venture Capital (Mar 11th, 2018)

--VC Reads--

-- Going Up and Down the VC Roller Coaster: Founder Collective makes the case for understanding funding as a continuum, not a series of separate moments.

-- Double-checking 10 years of SaaS funding data: Point Nine Capital’s Christoph Janz (Zendesk) returns to an older study with new data.

-- I’m a Cofounder of Gusto, Here’s the Advice I Give Every Startup Founder: Tomer London via YC.

-- Some venture capital firms are publicizing their sexual harassment policies for the first time: Recode reports.

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--Consumer Internet--

-- Bird (Santa Monica, CA), electric scooter sharing platform: $100M led by Index Ventures, Valor Ventures, participation from Tusk, Lead Edge, Goldcrest. Arena Ventures’ founder Paige Craig also left VC to join the startup. CEO and founder Travis VanderZanden spent over 1.5 years as Lyft’s COO.

-- Rent the Runway (New York, NY), platform allowing users to rent their wardrobes: $20M from Blue Pool Capital. Blue Pool invests on behalf of Jack Ma and Joe Tsai.

-- HubHaus (Los Altos, CA), roommate search platform: $10M A led by Social Capital, participation from General Catalyst.

--Lifestyle--

-- Kujiale (China), home design and decoration platform: $100M D led by Pavilion Capital, participation from IDG, GGV, Yunqi, Hearst, Linear.

-- Interior Define (Chicago, IL), digitally-native and customizable furniture brand: $15M B led by Pritzker Group Venture Capital, Fifth Wall, participation from Peterson, Listen, Breakout.

--Biotech/Health--

-- Humacyte (Durham, NC), human tissue replacements: $75M from undisclosed sources.

-- Eight (New York, NY), data-based sleep enhancement products: $14M B led by Khosla Ventures, participation from Y Combinator, Yunqi. CEO and co-founder Matteo Franceschetti was a TechStars mentor and member of the Forbes Technology Council.

-- Vectorious (Tel Aviv, Israel), heart monitoring medical device: $9.5M B led by Broadview Ventures, GEOC, participation from Zohar Gillon, Yehuda Zisafel, Prof. Nava Zisafel, Zohar Zisafel, Ari Raved, et al.

--Cybersecurity--

-- Netsparker (UK), website security flaw detection platform: $40M from Turn/River Capital.

--Gaming--

-- KIXEYE (San Francisco, CA), free-to-play games: $20M led by Icon Ventures, participation from Ridge, Trinity, Lightspeed.

--Industrial--

-- Poka (Quebec City, Canada), worker critical information capture/share app for factory usage: $10M A from iNovia, Uncork, Espace CDPQ, Robert Bosch Venture, Leclerc family.

--Dev--

-- Flexion (London, UK), alternative Android app store: $10M from undisclosed sources. Plans a 2018 IPO on Nasdaq.

--Cleantech--

-- Smarter Sorting (Austin, TX), platform to safely reuse hazardous household waste: $5M Seed from RTP Ventures, et al.

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--VC Refresher-- The coworking space startup WeWork has made it into our VC Reads and M&A sections multiple times over the last
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This week's funding came in at  $2,848,750,000, scarcely $40M above the year's average and $400M above its median.

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--M&A/IPO/New Funds-- --M&A-- -- S&P acquires AI/analytics platform for financial uses Kensho: $550M. -- Amazon ac
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--Funding Breakdown--

--Consumer Internet--

3 Deals: $130,000,000

--Lifestyle--

2 Deals; $115,000,000

--Biotech/Health--

3 Deals: $98,500,000

--Cybersecurity--

1 Deals: $40,000,000

--Gaming--

1 Deal: $20,000,000

--Dev--

1 Deal: $10,000,000

--Industrial--

1 Deal: $10,000,000

--Enterprise--

1 Deal: $6,000,000

--Cleantech--

1 Deal: $5,000,000

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