Archive | March, 2015

Microsoft acquires LiveLoop

Collaborating with co-workers on an important PowerPoint presentation can be quite tedious. It usually requires numerous email exchanges with attached PowerPoint files and clunky revisions. Microsoft’s recent acquisition of LiveLoop is about to make the process a whole lot easier. LiveLoop has technology that can convert PowerPoint files into URLs that anyone can view from a computer or smartphone without the need to install software. So instead of having to send emails with a PowerPoint file attached, users can simply share the URL and start collaborating. Everyone’s view will be in sync with the presenter’s file and any member of the team can revise the presentation at any time. Microsoft did not reveal the financial details of the deal but confirmed that LiveLoop’s technology will improve on their existing Office applications in an effort to help build the company’s strategy and vision to reinvent productivity. Even before LiveLoop, Microsoft had already been on an acquisition spree, snapping mobile email app developer Acompli and mobile calendar app developer Sunrise.

Weekly Update – March 24, 2015

      Total Deal Value (USD) – $1,616,838,008              Total Deal Number – 84 

Deal No.Amount Paid (USD)CompanyInvestor/BuyerSectorDeal Type
1$410,000,000OverDriveRakutenSoftware & ServicesAcquisition
5$60,000,000InsideSalesConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
6$58,000,000MobPartnerCheetah MobileMarketingAcquisition
8$39,000,000Quid ConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
9$38,000,000Collective HealthConsortiumTransactionsInvestment
10$25,000, ConsortiumTransactionsInvestment
12$20,000,000Modernizing MedicineIBMSoftware & ServicesInvestment
13$18,000,000DarktraceConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
14$16,500,000Corsa TechnologyConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
16$15,000,000Mahindra First Choice WheelsValiant CapitalTransactionsInvestment
17$13,000,000Favor ConsortiumTransactionsInvestment
19$12,000,000VidderConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
20$11,200,000Clearpath RoboticsRRE Ventures, iNovia CapitalHardware & InfrastructureInvestment
21$10,000,000ReltioCrosslink Capital, .406 VenturesSoftware & ServicesInvestment
22$10,000,000IntersetConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
25$9,500,000Twin PrimeConsortiumMobile & AppsInvestment
26$8,700,000Orbital InsightConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
28$7,778,342Property Partner ConsortiumTransactionsInvestment
29$6,700,000HyporiConsortiumMobile & AppsInvestment
30$6,000,000Help Scout Foundry Group, CommonAngels VenturesSoftware & ServicesInvestment
31$5,000,000DrivestreamWiproSoftware & ServicesInvestment
32$5,000,000OktogoMCI Management, Mangrove Capital PartnersTransactionsInvestment
34$3,750,000HealthenticConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
35$3,500,000DraftConsortiumMobile & AppsInvestment
36$3,500,000A Plus ConsortiumMediaInvestment
37$3,450,000Cortexica Visual SystemsImperial Innovations Group PlcMobile & AppsInvestment
38$3,270,000TheAsianparentVertex VenturesMediaInvestment
39$3,000,000Honest DollarExpansive VenturesTransactionsInvestment
40$2,800,000Selling SimplifiedBerger AssociatesMarketingInvestment
41$2,500,000Conversa HealthUndisclosedTransactionsInvestment
42$2,200,000PageCloud ConsortiumMobile & AppsInvestment
43$2,161,080Azalead SoftwareConsortiumMarketingInvestment
44$2,100,000JoyableThrive Capital, Harrison MetalTransactionsInvestment
45$2,000,000AltocloudConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
46$2,000,000AchieveIt BIP CapitalSoftware & ServicesInvestment
47$2,000,000ProtonMailCharles River Ventures, Fondation Genevoise pour l’Innovation TechnologiqueTransactionsInvestment
48$2,000,000Airdog ConsortiumHardware & InfrastructureInvestment
49$2,000,000ClueConsortiumMobile & AppsInvestment
50$1,689,440Clear Flight SolutionsThe Cottonwood Euro Technology FundHardware & InfrastructureInvestment
51$1,400,000Dual Aperture InternationalSK TelecomHardware & InfrastructureInvestment
52$1,300,000Sentitis ConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
53$1,300,000etaskrOxygen VenturesTransactionsInvestment
54$1,100,000ThirstieRakesh GuptaTransactionsInvestment
55$1,000,000Asseta ConsortiumTransactionsInvestment
56$1,000,000GoWellNest Investments, Fresco CapitalSoftware & ServicesInvestment
57$1,000,000HerConsortiumMobile & AppsInvestment
58$1,000,000Mommy Nearest UndisclosedMobile & AppsInvestment
59$950,000Gozio HealthConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
60$900,000BitextConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
61$713,156Musopia Reaktor PolteMobile & AppsInvestment
62$704,000Daylight StudiosConsortiumGamesInvestment
63$540,270YouPicNick Evans Lombe, Chalmers Innovation Seed FundMobile & AppsInvestment
64UndisclosedBetterItRedwood Capital VenturesTransactionsInvestment
65UndisclosedCyPhy WorksMotorola SolutionsHardware & InfrastructureInvestment
67UndisclosedRedOwl Analytics BlackstoneSoftware & ServicesInvestment
68UndisclosedStreetlifeSocial Discovery VenturesMediaInvestment
69UndisclosedYeePayTA Associates, Far East Horizon LtdTransactionsInvestment
70UndisclosedCafeX CommunicationsIntel CapitalMarketingInvestment
71UndisclosedExchange MonitorAccess IntelligenceMediaAcquisition
73UndisclosedColovore Digital Realty TrustSoftware & ServicesInvestment
74UndisclosedEnterworksBlack Dragon CapitalMarketingAcquisition
75UndisclosedHaizixueDianpingMobile & AppsAcquisition
76UndisclosedKopjra Custodi di SuccessoTransactionsInvestment
78UndisclosedSurfEasyOpera SoftwareSoftware & ServicesAcquisition
82UndisclosedBionic RoboticsConsortiumHardware & InfrastructureInvestment
83UndisclosedCyActivePayPalSoftware & ServicesInvestment

More information

  1. Rakuten Buys Ebook And Audiobook Platform OverDrive For $410M (TechCrunch)
  2. Pinterest raises $367M at $11B valuation with a look toward international expansion (VentureBeat)
  3. Uxin Raises US$170M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  4. Former rival Mixi acquires C2C ticket marketplace for $95M (Tech In Asia)
  5. InsideSales Closes $60M Funding (FinSMEs)
  6. China’s Cheetah Mobile to acquire ad network MobPartner for $58M (Tech In Asia)
  7. Fundbox Raises $40M in Series B Financing (FinSMEs)
  8. Quid Raises $39M More To Visualize Complex Ideas (TechCrunch)
  9. Collective Health Closes $38M in Series B Financing (FinSMEs)
  10. Raises $25M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  11. Maple Raises $22M in Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  12. Modernizing Medicine Raises 20M in Series D Funding (FinSMEs)
  13. Darktrace Raises $18M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  14. Corsa Technology Closes $16.5M Series B Financing Round (FinSMEs)
  15. PlayBuzz Secures $16M in Series B Funding (FinSMEs)
  16. Mahindra First Choice Wheels Raises $15M (FinSMEs)
  17. Favor Raises $13M in Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  18. Remitly Closes $12.5M Series B Funding Round (FinSMEs)
  19. Vidder Closes $12M Series B Financing (FinSMEs)
  20. Clearpath Robotics Raises $11.2M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  21. Reltio Raises $10M in Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  22. Interset Closes $10M Funding (FinSMEs)
  23. Receives $US10M in A+ Funding (FinSMEs)
  24. Shuddle Closes $9.6M in Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  25. Twin Prime Raises $9.5M Series A Funding Round (FinSMEs)
  26. Orbital Insight Raises $8.7M in Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  27. Unilend Raises €8M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  28. Property Partner Raises £5.2M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  29. Hypori Secures $6.7M in Series-A1 Funding (FinSMEs)
  30. Help Scout Raises $6M in Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  31. Drivestream Receives $5M Investment from Wipro (FinSMEs)
  32. Oktogo Raises more than $5M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  33. Eticketing site Peatix gets $5M funding to explore more markets in Asia (Tech In Asia)
  34. Healthentic Raises $3.75M in Equity Financing (FinSMEs)
  35. Head-To-Head Mobile Fantasy App Draft Raises $3.5 Million Led By Upfront Ventures (TechCrunch)
  36. A Plus Raises $3.5M in VC Funding (FinSMEs)
  37. Cortexica Visual Systems Raises $3.45M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  38. Parenting site TheAsianparent gets funding from Vertex, has raised $3.27M so far (Tech In Asia)
  39. Honest Dollar Secures $3M in Seed Funding (FinSMEs)
  40. Selling Simplified Secures $2.8M (FinSMEs)
  41. Conversa Health Closes $2.5M Seed Funding Round (FinSMEs)
  42. PageCloud Raises $2.2M in Seed Funding (FinSMEs)
  43. Azalead Software Raises €2M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  44. Joyable Raises $2.1M in Seed Funding (FinSMEs)
  45. Altocloud Raises $2M in Seed Funding (FinSMEs)
  46. AchieveIt Closes $2M Series D Funding (FinSMEs)
  47. ProtonMail Raises $2M (FinSMEs)
  48. Airdog Closes $2M Seed Funding Round (FinSMEs)
  49. Clue Raises $2M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  50. Clear Flight Solutions Raises €1.6M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  51. Dual Aperture International Receives USD$1.4M Investment SK Telecom (FinSMEs)
  52. Sentitis Raises $1.3M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  53. etaskr Closes $1.3M in Seed Funding (FinSMEs)
  54. Booze Delivery Startup Thirstie Raises $1.1M (TechCrunch)
  55. Asseta Secures $1M in Seed Funding (FinSMEs)
  56. Hong Kong’s GoWell gets $1M funding from Fresco Capital and Nest (Tech In Asia)
  57. With $1 Million In New Funding, Dattch Lesbian Dating App Rebrands To Her (TechCrunch)
  58. Mommy Nearest Raises Additional $1M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  59. Gozio Health Raises $950K in Seed Funding (FinSMEs)
  60. Bitext Completes $900K Funding (FinSMEs)
  61. Musopia Raises €660K (FinSMEs)
  62. Daylight Studios gets $704k to help game developers around the world enter Southeast Asia (Tech In Asia)
  63. YouPic Raises €500K in Funding (FinSMEs)
  64. BetterIt Completes Seed Funding (FinSMEs)
  65. CyPhy Works Receives Strategic Investment from Motorola Solutions (FinSMEs)
  66. LocalVox Acquires MarketMeSuite (FinSMEs)
  67. RedOwl Analytics Closes Strategic Investment from Blackstone (FinSMEs)
  68. Streetlife Raises Funding from Social Discovery Ventures (FinSMEs)
  69. YeePay Completes Investment from TA Associates (FinSMEs)
  70. CafeX Communications Receives Investment from Intel Capital (FinSMEs)
  71. Access Intelligence Acquires Exchange Monitor (FinSMEs)
  72. LinkedIn Acquires Careerify (FinSMEs)
  73. Colovore Receives Strategic Investment from Digital Realty Trust (FinSMEs)
  74. Black Dragon Capital Acquires Enterworks (FinSMEs)
  75. China’s Dianping acquires education app Haizixue (Tech In Asia)
  76. Kopjra Raises Seed Funding (FinSMEs)
  77. Giphy’s First Acquisition, Nutmeg, Is A Big Step Towards Mobile (TechCrunch)
  78. Opera Buys SurfEasy To Add Secure VPN Services To Its Browser Software (TechCrunch)
  79. Tausendkind Raises Funding (FinSMEs)
  80. Facebook Acquires TheFind (FinSMEs)
  81. AppNexus Acquires Yieldex (FinSMEs)
  82. Bionic Robotics Closes Seven-Digit EUR Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  83. PayPal acquired CyActive (FinSMEs)
  84. Reevoo Raises Further Funding (FinSMEs)

On the road to monetisation

Just like Facebook and Twitter that both started out as commercial-free social venues for self-expression, Pinterest is now on the road to monetisation. The popular social-sharing website recently raised $367 million in venture funding from 15 investors, according to a document filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The new round of funding has set the company’s valuation to $11 billion, making it one of the most valuable startups in the world and also a potential candidate for an IPO this year. According to sources, the bookmarking site will use the money to fuel international growth and bankroll its ecommerce initiatives including its ad platform, the Promoted Pins. Wedbush Securities estimates that the ads could generate $500 million in revenue in 2016. The biggest challenge now for Pinterest is to ensure that Promoted Pins remain fresh and interesting and don’t turn off users. After all, commercialisation is a double edged sword. If done right, it can do wonders for the company’s revenue, but if it’s overdone, it can kill the basic concept of the company and repel loyal users.

Weekly Update – March 17, 2015

      Total Deal Value (USD) – $1,525,304,116            Total Deal Number – 66

Deal No.Amount Paid (USD)CompanyInvestor/BuyerSectorDeal Type
2$200,000,000SnapchatAlibabaMobile & AppsInvestment
3$175,000,000SimpliVity Waypoint CapitalSoftware & ServicesInvestment
5$110,000,000Foodpanda Rocket InternetTransactionsInvestment
6$60,000,000QuixeyConsortiumMobile & AppsInvestment
7$45,000,000BlipparUndisclosedMobile & AppsInvestment
8$32,000,000HighfiveConsortiumHardware & InfrastructureInvestment
10$24,000,000NetBase ConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
11$22,500,000SteelwedgeConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
12$22,000,000The HiveConsortiumTransactionsInvestment
13$20,000,000SignalFxCRV, Andreessen HorowitzSoftware & ServicesInvestment
14$15,000,000Moonfrog LabsTiger Global, Sequoia CapitalMobile & AppsInvestment
15$14,000,000CoverHound ConsortiumTransactionsInvestment
16$13,600,000Greenhouse SoftwareConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
17$10,400,000Pager ConsortiumMobile & AppsInvestment
19$7,600,000EnsogoWard Ferry ManagementEcommerceInvestment
20$6,661,116Silicon Line ConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
21$6,000,000BugcrowdConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
22$5,000,000AccompliceWME | IMGMarketingInvestment
23$5,000,000ChargeBeeTiger Global, Accel PartnersTransactionsInvestment
25$4,300,000Agilence ConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
26$3,400,000Growth IntelligenceConsortiumMarketingInvestment
27$3,200,000ThinkCERCAConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
28$3,100,000Man CratesConsortiumEcommerceInvestment
29$2,800,000Even FinancialConsortiumTransactionsInvestment
30$2,600,000TingchebaoPing An Ventures, Yonghua CapitalTransactionsInvestment
31$2,500,000CrowdfireKalaari CapitalMobile & AppsInvestment
32$2,500,000WebgilitySaaS CapitalEcommerceInvestment
33$2,000,000Bento LabsConsortiumMobile & AppsInvestment
34$2,000,000ClearbitConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
35$2,000,000DoConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
36$2,000,000EkoConsortiumHardware & InfrastructureInvestment
37$1,700,000ClasskickConsortiumMobile & AppsInvestment
42$1,000,000Dash HudsonConsortiumMarketingInvestment
43$1,000,000Lingua.lyUndisclosedSoftware & ServicesInvestment
46$750,000hopOnNew Enterprise AssociatesTransactionsInvestment
47$718,000OddleEast VenturesTransactionsInvestment
48Undisclosed2lemetryAmazonSoftware & ServicesAcquisition
50UndisclosedBuru Buru Club DigitaleEcommerceInvestment
52UndisclosedDoctorBaseKareoSoftware & ServicesAcquisition
54UndisclosedFlashnotesBarnes & Noble CollegeTransactionsInvestment
55UndisclosedHeYou GamesConsortiumGamesInvestment
56UndisclosedKili TechnologySquareSoftware & ServicesAcquisition
57UndisclosedKitematicDockerSoftware & ServicesAcquisition
58UndisclosedLiaison TechnologiesMerck Global Health Innovation FundSoftware & ServicesInvestment
59UndisclosedPeriscopeTwitterMobile & AppsAcquisition
60UndisclosedRavelinPassion CapitalSoftware & ServicesInvestment
61UndisclosedReaction HousingConsortiumHardware & InfrastructureInvestment
63UndisclosedRiparAutonline Club DigitaleTransactionsInvestment
64UndisclosedSummit SportsConsortiumEcommerceInvestment
65UndisclosedTransitScreenUndisclosedSoftware & ServicesInvestment
66UndisclosedVCCircle NetworkNews CorpMediaAcquisition

More information

  1. Lyft Raises $530M in Series E Funding (FinSMEs)
  2. Alibaba invests $200M in Snapchat (Tech In Asia)
  3. SimpliVity Raises $175M in Series D Funding (FinSMEs)
  4. Zuora Raises $115M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  5. Rocket Internet’s Foodpanda fattens up with $110M funding (Tech In Asia)
  6. Quixey Raises $60M in Series C1 Funding (FinSMEs)
  7. Blippar Raises $45M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  8. Highfive Secures $32M in Series B Funding (FinSMEs)
  9. Memebox Raises $29.35M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  10. NetBase Completes $24M Series E Financing (FinSMEs)
  11. Steelwedge Receives $22.5M in Growth Capital (FinSMEs)
  12. The Hive Closes Second Fund, at $22M (FinSMEs)
  13. SignalFx Raises $20M in Series B Round of Funding (FinSMEs)
  14. Moonfrog Labs Raises $15M in Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  15. CoverHound Raises $14M in Series B Financing (FinSMEs)
  16. Greenhouse Software Secures $13.6M in Series B Funding (FinSMEs)
  17. Pager Raises $10.4M in First Funding (FinSMEs)
  18. Retty, Japan’s answer to Yelp, nabs $8.2M, eyes American, Singaporean expansions (Tech In Asia)
  19. Ensogo raises $7.6M, aims to double down on partnership with Chinese etailer Vipshop (Tech In Asia)
  20. Silicon Line Raises €6.3M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  21. Bugcrowd Raises $6M in Series A Funding Round (The Register)
  22. Accomplice Secures $5M Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  23. ChargeBee Secures $5M in Series B Venture Capital Funding (FinSMEs)
  24. Joinem Raises $5M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  25. Agilence Receives $4.3M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  26. Growth Intelligence Raises $3.4M (FinSMEs)
  27. ThinkCERCA Raises $3.2M in Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  28. Man Crates Raises $3.1M (FinSMEs)
  29. Even Financial Raises $2.8M in Seed Funding (FinSMEs)
  30. Chinese parking app rolls out on-demand valet service with fresh $2.6M funding (Tech In Asia)
  31. Crowdfire gets $2.5M from Kalaari to help users set their social media growth on fire (Tech In Asia)
  32. Webgility Raises $2.5M in Growth Funding (FinSMEs)
  33. Bento Labs Raises $2M in Seed Funding (FinSMEs)
  34. Clearbit Raises $2M in Seed Funding (FinSMEs)
  35. Do Raises $2M in Seed Funding (FinSMEs)
  36. Eko Raises $2M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  37. Classkick Raises $1.7M (FinSMEs)
  38. Feetz Closes $1.25M Seed Funding (FinSMEs)
  39. Studypool Raises $1.2M in Seed Funding (FinSMEs)
  40. GlimpzIt Raises $1.1M in Seed Funding (FinSMEs)
  41. Checkfront Raises $1M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  42. Dash Hudson Closes $1M Seed Round (FinSMEs)
  43. Secures $1M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  44. Surveypal Raises $1m in Seed Funding (FinSMEs)
  45. RoverTown Raises $875K in Angel Funding (FinSMEs)
  46. hopOn Closes $750k Seed Funding (FinSMEs)
  47. Oddle makes online ordering affordable for smaller restaurants, raises $718k (Tech In Asia)
  48. Amazon Acquires 2lemetry (FinSMEs)
  49. Bridestory Secures Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  50. Buru Buru Raises Funding from Club Digitale (FinSMEs)
  51. Carsing Raises Series A Financing Round (FinSMEs)
  52. Kareo Acquires DoctorBase (FinSMEs)
  53. acquires the assets of freelance job marketplace and aggregator DoNanza (
  54. Flashnotes Receives Investment from Barnes & Noble College (FinSMEs)
  55. HeYou Games Raises Seed Funding (FinSMEs)
  56. Square Acquires Kili Technology (FinSMEs)
  57. Docker Acquires Kitematic (FinSMEs)
  58. Liaison Technologies Receives Investment from Merck Global Health Innovation Fund (FinSMEs)
  59. Twitter Acquires Periscope (FinSMEs)
  60. Ravelin Raises Seed Funding from Passion Capital (FinSMEs)
  61. Reaction Housing Raises Series A Financing (FinSMEs)
  62. Rebelle Closes Multi Million Euro Series B Funding (FinSMEs)
  63. RiparAutonline Raises Seed Funding from Club Digitale (FinSMEs)
  64. Summit Sports Receives Investment (FinSMEs)
  65. TransitScreen Raises $600K in Funding (FinSMEs)
  66. News Corp Acquires VCCircle Network (FinSMEs)