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Inside Venture Capital (Jan 17th, 2019)

  1. How to Build a Great Product Before Hiring Your First PM: Melody Koh, former head of product at Blue Apron and current investor with Next View, takes through the path to finding product-market fit.
  2. CES 2019: A Show Report: Steve Sinofsky, former President of the Windows Division and current board partner at a16z, provides an extensive break down of this year's tech mecca.
  3. Founder economics 101 and the effect of taking venture money: First Republic Bank’s managing director Samir Kaji offers his take on the recent New York Times article and sees its true message as a reminder of the purpose of VC.
  4. Today’s Goldilocks features Maggie Louie, CEO and co-founder of DEVCON, a Memphis, TN-based anti-fraud/money laundering service provider for the online advertising industry. The company has raised $5.8M to date, most recently a $4.5M Seed round. Maggie talked to us about the persistent threat caused by cybercrime, the global increase in awareness about it, and more.
  5. Veeam (Baar, Switzerland), public/private cloud data management platform: $500M led by Insight Venture Partners, participation from Canada Pension Plan Investment Board.
  6. QUARTERS (Berlin, Germany), co-living spaces: $300M from Medici Living Group, W5 Group. To launch in Philadelphia, Boston, and other American cities.
  7. Niantic (San Francisco, CA), AR mobile games including Pokemon Go: $245M C led by IVP, participation from aXiomatic Gaming, Battery, Causeway Media, CRV, Samsung. Initial reports anticipated the round at $190M.
  8. Our top funding category was Enterprise for $1,669,400,000 raised over six deals.
  9. Today’s average round came in at $86,623,333.
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VC Reads topics today include what VCs need offer beyond capital, the departure of another Snap executive, a report from the CES, and more.

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Funded companies today included a platform to establish the identification of real estate customers, a satellite terminal provider, a private/public cloud management platform, and more.

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Founded in 2017, DEVCON is a cybersecurity software company whose proprietary technology empowers publishers to maximize their advertising revenues by identifying and eliminating fraudulent ads within their networks. Beyond digital revenue protection for publishers, DEVCON also brings powerful anti-money laundering software to the FinTech sector, having aided law enforcement in facilitating the first-ever criminal conviction for online ad theft. 

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--Throwback Thursday--

Yesterday saw the fourth fundraising round for Bringg, a delivery logistics provider for companies including Walmart and Panera Bread. The company’s $25M C came almost precisely one year after the announcement of an additional $12M for its series B round, bringing the total to $22M. The company has raised $52M to date and is active in 50 countries. It lists its HQ in Chicago, though it also sports offices in Tel Aviv and New York. Its founder and, up until October, CEO Raanan Cohen also founded MobileMax in 2004, subsequently bringing it to IPO in 2007, and otherwise enjoys completing marathons, triathlons, ironman competitions and ultra-marathons, the latter of which yours truly can’t really fathom.

-- Stephen

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Today's funding total was divided into 17 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 Inside.com, 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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