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Inside Venture Capital (Jan 21st, 2019)

  1. Screen Time Tracking/Management: Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures (Twitter, Tumblr) shares results of a survey he conducted.
  2. Books I’ve Read 2019: Homebrew’s Hunter Walk (Angellist, Shyp, Lever) offers the first installment of the year.
  3. Four Things That Don’t Require Capital to be a Good VC: Upfront VC’s Kara Nortman (Tinder, Urbanspoon) sees sweat and skepticism as two of the central must-have VC characteristics.
  4. Salesforce to reportedly acquire Israeli software developer ClickSoftware Technologies, $1.5B.
  5. Chinese movie ticketing platform Maoyan Entertainment files for Hong Kong $345M IPO, above previous estimates.
  6. Sun Capital raises for Fund VII, PE: $1.8B.
  7. Welcome Group (Houston, TX), full-service single-tenant industrial owner and development operator: $300M from Almanac Realty Investors.
  8. Divvy (Lehi, UT), platform to manage payments, subscriptions, budgets, and eliminate expense reports: $250M from Waterfall Asset Management.
  9. Flash (Berlin, Germany), e-scooter provider: $62.5M A led by Target Global, participation from Idinvest, Signals.
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Today's VC Reads include discussions of non-capital VC assets, the Illinois startup scene, screen time tracking, and more.

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Funded companies today include several blockchain wallet providers, an e-scooter startup, a platform to crowdfund concerts, and more.

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Zix acquires cloud cybersecurity provider AppRiver for $275M, while Eclipse Ventures raises $500M for its third fund.

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Today's funding total was divided into 9 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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