Archive | March, 2015

Microsoft acquires LiveLoop

Commentary
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) Company Investor/Buyer Sector Deal Type
1 $410,000,000 OverDrive Rakuten Software & Services Acquisition
2 $367,000,000 Pinterest Undisclosed Media Investment
3 $170,000,000 Uxin Consortium Transactions Investment
4 $95,000,000 Hunza Mixi Transactions Acquisition
5 $60,000,000 InsideSales Consortium Software & Services Investment
6 $58,000,000 MobPartner Cheetah Mobile Marketing Acquisition
7 $40,000,000 Fundbox Consortium Transactions Investment
8 $39,000,000 Quid Consortium Software & Services Investment
9 $38,000,000 Collective Health Consortium Transactions Investment
10 $25,000,000 Rover.com Consortium Transactions Investment
11 $22,000,000 Maple Consortium Transactions Investment
12 $20,000,000 Modernizing Medicine IBM Software & Services Investment
13 $18,000,000 Darktrace Consortium Software & Services Investment
14 $16,500,000 Corsa Technology Consortium Software & Services Investment
15 $16,000,000 PlayBuzz Consortium Media Investment
16 $15,000,000 Mahindra First Choice Wheels Valiant Capital Transactions Investment
17 $13,000,000 Favor Consortium Transactions Investment
18 $12,500,000 Remitly Consortium Transactions Investment
19 $12,000,000 Vidder Consortium Software & Services Investment
20 $11,200,000 Clearpath Robotics RRE Ventures, iNovia Capital Hardware & Infrastructure Investment
21 $10,000,000 Reltio Crosslink Capital, .406 Ventures Software & Services Investment
22 $10,000,000 Interset Consortium Software & Services Investment
23 $10,000,000 Uuzuche.com BitAut Transactions Investment
24 $9,600,000 Shuddle Consrotium Transactions Investment
25 $9,500,000 Twin Prime Consortium Mobile & Apps Investment
26 $8,700,000 Orbital Insight Consortium Software & Services Investment
27 $8,531,720 Unilend Consortium Transactions Investment
28 $7,778,342 Property Partner Consortium Transactions Investment
29 $6,700,000 Hypori Consortium Mobile & Apps Investment
30 $6,000,000 Help Scout Foundry Group, CommonAngels Ventures Software & Services Investment
31 $5,000,000 Drivestream Wipro Software & Services Investment
32 $5,000,000 Oktogo MCI Management, Mangrove Capital Partners Transactions Investment
33 $5,000,000 Peatix Consortium Transactions Investment
34 $3,750,000 Healthentic Consortium Software & Services Investment
35 $3,500,000 Draft Consortium Mobile & Apps Investment
36 $3,500,000 A Plus Consortium Media Investment
37 $3,450,000 Cortexica Visual Systems Imperial Innovations Group Plc Mobile & Apps Investment
38 $3,270,000 TheAsianparent Vertex Ventures Media Investment
39 $3,000,000 Honest Dollar Expansive Ventures Transactions Investment
40 $2,800,000 Selling Simplified Berger Associates Marketing Investment
41 $2,500,000 Conversa Health Undisclosed Transactions Investment
42 $2,200,000 PageCloud Consortium Mobile & Apps Investment
43 $2,161,080 Azalead Software Consortium Marketing Investment
44 $2,100,000 Joyable Thrive Capital, Harrison Metal Transactions Investment
45 $2,000,000 Altocloud Consortium Software & Services Investment
46 $2,000,000 AchieveIt BIP Capital Software & Services Investment
47 $2,000,000 ProtonMail Charles River Ventures, Fondation Genevoise pour l’Innovation Technologique Transactions Investment
48 $2,000,000 Airdog Consortium Hardware & Infrastructure Investment
49 $2,000,000 Clue Consortium Mobile & Apps Investment
50 $1,689,440 Clear Flight Solutions The Cottonwood Euro Technology Fund Hardware & Infrastructure Investment
51 $1,400,000 Dual Aperture International SK Telecom Hardware & Infrastructure Investment
52 $1,300,000 Sentitis Consortium Software & Services Investment
53 $1,300,000 etaskr Oxygen Ventures Transactions Investment
54 $1,100,000 Thirstie Rakesh Gupta Transactions Investment
55 $1,000,000 Asseta Consortium Transactions Investment
56 $1,000,000 GoWell Nest Investments, Fresco Capital Software & Services Investment
57 $1,000,000 Her Consortium Mobile & Apps Investment
58 $1,000,000 Mommy Nearest Undisclosed Mobile & Apps Investment
59 $950,000 Gozio Health Consortium Software & Services Investment
60 $900,000 Bitext Consortium Software & Services Investment
61 $713,156 Musopia Reaktor Polte Mobile & Apps Investment
62 $704,000 Daylight Studios Consortium Games Investment
63 $540,270 YouPic Nick Evans Lombe, Chalmers Innovation Seed Fund Mobile & Apps Investment
64 Undisclosed BetterIt Redwood Capital Ventures Transactions Investment
65 Undisclosed CyPhy Works Motorola Solutions Hardware & Infrastructure Investment
66 Undisclosed MarketMeSuite LocalVox Marketing Acquisition
67 Undisclosed RedOwl Analytics Blackstone Software & Services Investment
68 Undisclosed Streetlife Social Discovery Ventures Media Investment
69 Undisclosed YeePay TA Associates, Far East Horizon Ltd Transactions Investment
70 Undisclosed CafeX Communications Intel Capital Marketing Investment
71 Undisclosed Exchange Monitor Access Intelligence Media Acquisition
72 Undisclosed Careerify LinkedIn Transactions Acquisition
73 Undisclosed Colovore Digital Realty Trust Software & Services Investment
74 Undisclosed Enterworks Black Dragon Capital Marketing Acquisition
75 Undisclosed Haizixue Dianping Mobile & Apps Acquisition
76 Undisclosed Kopjra Custodi di Successo Transactions Investment
77 Undisclosed Nutmeg Giphy Transactions Acquisition
78 Undisclosed SurfEasy Opera Software Software & Services Acquisition
79 Undisclosed Tausendkind Consortium Ecommerce Investment
80 Undisclosed TheFind Facebook Ecommerce Acquisition
81 Undisclosed Yieldex AppNexus Marketing Acquisition
82 Undisclosed Bionic Robotics Consortium Hardware & Infrastructure Investment
83 Undisclosed CyActive PayPal Software & Services Investment
84 Undisclosed Reevoo Consortium Marketing Investment

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. Rover.com 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. Uuzuche.com 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

Commentary
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) Company Investor/Buyer Sector Deal Type
1 $530,000,000 Lyft Rakuten Transactions Investment
2 $200,000,000 Snapchat Alibaba Mobile & Apps Investment
3 $175,000,000 SimpliVity Waypoint Capital Software & Services Investment
4 $115,000,000 Zuora Consortium Transactions Investment
5 $110,000,000 Foodpanda Rocket Internet Transactions Investment
6 $60,000,000 Quixey Consortium Mobile & Apps Investment
7 $45,000,000 Blippar Undisclosed Mobile & Apps Investment
8 $32,000,000 Highfive Consortium Hardware & Infrastructure Investment
9 $29,350,000 Memebox Consortium Ecommerce Investment
10 $24,000,000 NetBase Consortium Software & Services Investment
11 $22,500,000 Steelwedge Consortium Software & Services Investment
12 $22,000,000 The Hive Consortium Transactions Investment
13 $20,000,000 SignalFx CRV, Andreessen Horowitz Software & Services Investment
14 $15,000,000 Moonfrog Labs Tiger Global, Sequoia Capital Mobile & Apps Investment
15 $14,000,000 CoverHound Consortium Transactions Investment
16 $13,600,000 Greenhouse Software Consortium Software & Services Investment
17 $10,400,000 Pager Consortium Mobile & Apps Investment
18 $8,200,000 Retty Consortium Transactions Investment
19 $7,600,000 Ensogo Ward Ferry Management Ecommerce Investment
20 $6,661,116 Silicon Line Consortium Software & Services Investment
21 $6,000,000 Bugcrowd Consortium Software & Services Investment
22 $5,000,000 Accomplice WME | IMG Marketing Investment
23 $5,000,000 ChargeBee Tiger Global, Accel Partners Transactions Investment
24 $5,000,000 Joinem Undisclosed Ecommerce Investment
25 $4,300,000 Agilence Consortium Software & Services Investment
26 $3,400,000 Growth Intelligence Consortium Marketing Investment
27 $3,200,000 ThinkCERCA Consortium Software & Services Investment
28 $3,100,000 Man Crates Consortium Ecommerce Investment
29 $2,800,000 Even Financial Consortium Transactions Investment
30 $2,600,000 Tingchebao Ping An Ventures, Yonghua Capital Transactions Investment
31 $2,500,000 Crowdfire Kalaari Capital Mobile & Apps Investment
32 $2,500,000 Webgility SaaS Capital Ecommerce Investment
33 $2,000,000 Bento Labs Consortium Mobile & Apps Investment
34 $2,000,000 Clearbit Consortium Software & Services Investment
35 $2,000,000 Do Consortium Software & Services Investment
36 $2,000,000 Eko Consortium Hardware & Infrastructure Investment
37 $1,700,000 Classkick Consortium Mobile & Apps Investment
38 $1,250,000 Feetz Consortium Transactions Investment
39 $1,200,000 Studypool Consortium Transactions Investment
40 $1,100,000 GlimpzIt Consortium Marketing Investment
41 $1,000,000 Checkfront Consortium Transactions Investment
42 $1,000,000 Dash Hudson Consortium Marketing Investment
43 $1,000,000 Lingua.ly Undisclosed Software & Services Investment
44 $1,000,000 Surveypal Consortium Transactions Investment
45 $875,000 RoverTown Consortium Transactions Investment
46 $750,000 hopOn New Enterprise Associates Transactions Investment
47 $718,000 Oddle East Ventures Transactions Investment
48 Undisclosed 2lemetry Amazon Software & Services Acquisition
49 Undisclosed Bridestory Consortium Transactions Investment
50 Undisclosed Buru Buru Club Digitale Ecommerce Investment
51 Undisclosed Carsing Consortium Transactions Investment
52 Undisclosed DoctorBase Kareo Software & Services Acquisition
53 Undisclosed DoNanza Freelancer.com Transactions Acquisition
54 Undisclosed Flashnotes Barnes & Noble College Transactions Investment
55 Undisclosed HeYou Games Consortium Games Investment
56 Undisclosed Kili Technology Square Software & Services Acquisition
57 Undisclosed Kitematic Docker Software & Services Acquisition
58 Undisclosed Liaison Technologies Merck Global Health Innovation Fund Software & Services Investment
59 Undisclosed Periscope Twitter Mobile & Apps Acquisition
60 Undisclosed Ravelin Passion Capital Software & Services Investment
61 Undisclosed Reaction Housing Consortium Hardware & Infrastructure Investment
62 Undisclosed Rebelle Consortium Ecommerce Investment
63 Undisclosed RiparAutonline Club Digitale Transactions Investment
64 Undisclosed Summit Sports Consortium Ecommerce Investment
65 Undisclosed TransitScreen Undisclosed Software & Services Investment
66 Undisclosed VCCircle Network News Corp Media Acquisition

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. Lingua.ly 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. Freelancer.com acquires the assets of freelance job marketplace and aggregator DoNanza (Freelancer.com)
  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)