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Inside Venture Capital (Jan 15th, 2019)

  1. Some Thoughts on Non VC Funding: NextView Ventures co-founder Rob Go (ThredUp) responds to Erin Griffith’s New York Times article with some agreement and much clarification.
  2. A Brief History of the World (of Venture Capital): Nicolas Colin, co-founder and director of The Family, begins with the necessities for the creation of equity itself in a (relatively) concise retelling.
  3. More Data On VC’s Big Year In 2018: Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures (Twitter, Tumblr) compares Crunchbase’ data to PWC/CB’s and finds the same trend, albeit at a larger scale.
  4. Alibaba acquires German large-scale data streaming and distributed systems provider Data Artisans, $103M.
  5. Bond-trading platform Tradeweb, owned by Refinitiv, confidentially files for IPO potentially valuing the company at $4B, according to Bloomberg.
  6. Greenspring Associates raises for Fund IX, direct investment and investment in other funds: $999M.
  7. Yimi Dida (China), logistics management: $266M D led by Boyu Capital, participation from Source Code, HOPU.
  8. SoCar (Seoul, South Korea), car-sharing platform: $44M from Altos, KB Investment, Stonebridge, SoftBank.
  9. AnyVision (Tel Aviv, Israel), computer vision for surveillance purposes: $43M A from Lightspeed Venture, et al.
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Today's VC Reads include another data-based look at 2018's VC activity, an opinion piece advocating for a more care-oriented tech, a (relatively) brief history of VC, and more.

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Funded companies today include a foldable furniture brand, a VR training/learning platform, a gamified cybersecurity training platform, and more.

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DXC Technology acquires Luxoft Holding for $2B, which a bond trading platform reportedly filed for a confidential IPO and two new healthcare funds were closed.

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Today's funding total was divided into 15 categories.

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Inside VC's writer/curator Stephen currently lives in Berlin and is pursuing a Master's degree in philosophy. He otherwise enjoys cooking Indian/Southeast Asian cuisine, received his Bachelors in NYC, and lived almost two years in Bucharest.

Editing team: Lon Harris (editor-in-chief at, game-master at Screen Junkies), Krystle Vermes (Breaking news editor at Inside, B2B marketing news reporter, host of the "All Day Paranormal" podcast), and Susmita Baral (editor at Inside, recent bylines in NatGeo, Teen Vogue, and Quartz. Runs the biggest mac and cheese account on Instagram).

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