Archive | July, 2015

Weekly Featured Company: Deliveroo

Founded Headquarters Sector Employees Revenue Total Investment Recent Investment
2012 London, UK Transactions 50-200 $1.0M $99.6M $70M

Deliveroo delivers the goods

Deliveroo is on a roll. The UK-based food delivery service just raised $70 million this week. The investment comes on the heels of the company’s $25 million in Series B funding six months ago. According to sources, Deliveroo plans to use the funds to expand its services beyond the UK and into Asia. Although delivery apps are nothing new, Deliveroo has succeeded in differentiating itself from rival Just Eat. Unlike Just Eat that simply acts as a go-between among fast food restaurants and customers and relies on the restaurants to handle delivery, Deliveroo has partnered with premium restaurants that do not have delivery service and takes over all deliveries by employing a fleet of drivers on scooters or bicycles. By challenging the traditional approach to food delivery services, Deliveroo has control over a niche of customers who prefer better quality food delivered fast and fresh to their doorstep.

Weekly Update – July 28, 2015

      Total Deal Value (USD) –  $2,003,332,407            Total Deal Number – 69

Deal No. Amount Paid (USD) Company Investor/Buyer Sector Deal Type
1 $450,000,000 Palantir Undisclosed Software & Services Investment
2 $300,000,000 DraftKings Consortium Games Investment
3 $150,000,000 Kabbage Consortium Transactions Investment
4 $150,000,000 Medallia Sequoia Capital Software & Services Investment
5 $130,000,000 SGN Netmarble Games Investment
6 $82,100,000 Giosis Consortium Ecommerce Investment
7 $82,100,000 Qoo10 Consortium Ecommerce Investment
8 $60,000,000 Secret Escapes Consortium Transactions Investment
9 $50,000,000 Flipboard JP Morgan Chase & Co. Media Investment
10 $50,000,000 Remedy Partners Bain Capital Ventures Transactions Investment
11 $40,000,000 CarPrice Consortium Transactions Investment
12 $38,400,000 BIMA Consortium Transactions Investment
13 $33,000,000 BrightBytes Consortium Software & Services Investment
14 $24,000,000 Apprenda Consortium Software & Services Investment
15 $24,000,000 Continuum Analytics General Catalyst Partners, BuildGroup Software & Services Investment
16 $23,000,000 Media Group One Yahoo Media Acquisition
17 $20,000,000 Cazena Consortium Software & Services Investment
18 $20,000,000 Cazena Consortium Software & Services Investment
19 $20,000,000 JetSmarter Consortium Mobile & Apps Investment
20 $20,000,000 Mirakl Consortium Transactions Investment
21 $18,700,000 Granular Consortium Software & Services Investment
22 $18,000,000 Leadspace Consortium Software & Services Investment
23 $17,500,000 Kinetic Social Multiplier Capital, Bridge Bank Marketing Investment
24 $13,000,000 500px Consortium Media Investment
25 $12,600,000 Consolo Services Group Bluff Point Associates Software & Services Investment
26 $12,000,000 Voxel8 Consortium Hardware & Infrastructure Investment
27 $11,500,000 Zimplistic NSI Ventures, Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH Hardware & Infrastructure Investment
28 $10,000,000 Dealstruck Community Investment Management Transactions Investment
29 $9,800,000 VoltDB Kepha Partners, Sigma Prime Ventures Software & Services Investment
30 $9,300,000 WireX Consortium Software & Services Investment
31 $8,400,000 Rose Park Advisors Software & Services Investment
32 $8,000,000 FishBrain Consortium Mobile & Apps Investment
33 $8,000,000 SmarterHQ Consortium Marketing Investment
34 $7,500,000 Beacon Consortium Transactions Investment
35 $6,200,000 Outpost Games Benchmark Capital Games Investment
36 $6,000,000 Survata Consortium Transactions Investment
37 $5,000,000 Booktrack Coent Venture Partners, Sparkbox Ventures Media Investment
38 $5,000,000 DataFox Goldman Sachs, Green Visor Capital Software & Services Investment
39 $5,000,000 UXPin True Ventures Software & Services Investment
40 $4,100,000 Agrible Serra Ventures, Archer Daniels Midland Company Software & Services Investment
41 $4,000,000 BitX PayU, Digital Currency Group Transactions Investment
42 $4,000,000 Gameface Media Consortium Media Investment
43 $4,000,000 Procurify Consortium Software & Services Investment
44 $3,880,500 Mallzee Consortium Mobile & Apps Investment
45 $3,851,907 Holimetrix Consortium Software & Services Investment
46 $3,500,000 Consortium Software & Services Investment
47 $3,500,000 ZVerse Consortium Hardware & Infrastructure Investment
48 $3,250,000 KFit Sequoia Capital Transactions Investment
49 $2,000,000 Clover Consortium Mobile & Apps Investment
50 $2,000,000 Popular Pays Consortium Transactions Investment
51 $1,600,000 AdAgility Consortium Marketing Investment
52 $1,500,000 GRANA Golden Gate Ventures Ecommerce Investment
53 $1,400,000 Undisclosed Software & Services Investment
54 $1,000,000 Adphorus Consortium Marketing Investment
55 $1,000,000 Fitternity Exfinity Venture Partners Transactions Investment
56 $650,000 E27 Undisclosed Media Investment
57 Undisclosed Altimeter Group Prophet Marketing Acquisition
58 Undisclosed Chaotic Moon Accenture Marketing Acquisition
59 Undisclosed Clementine Dropbox Software & Services Acquisition
60 Undisclosed Compose IBM Software & Services Acquisition
61 Undisclosed DotLoop Zillow Transactions Acquisition
62 Undisclosed Consortium Transactions Investment
63 Undisclosed EventsOnLine Transactions Acquisition
64 Undisclosed Expion Sysomos Marketing Acquisition
65 Undisclosed GraphScience Centro Software & Services Acquisition
66 Undisclosed iLEVEL Ipreo Software & Services Acquisition
67 Undisclosed Kotikan FanDuel Mobile & Apps Acquisition
68 Undisclosed Ouya Razer Software & Services Acquisition
69 Undisclosed T-Pro Solutions Consortium Software & Services Investment

        More information

  1. Palantir Raises $450 Million, Now Valued At $20 Billion (TechCrunch)
  2. DraftKings Raises $300 Million, Promises to Spend Much of It With Fox Sports (Re/Code)
  3. Atlanta fintech Kabbage raising $150M at $875M valuation (Atlanta Business Chronicle)
  4. Medallia Raises $150M in Equity Funding (FinSMEs)
  5. Netmarble Games Invests $130M in SGN (FinSMEs)
  6. Ebay-Backed, Asian E-Commerce Company Giosis Lands $82.1M Series A (TechCrunch)
  7. Qoo10 Raises US$82.1M in Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  8. Google Ventures Joins $60M Round For Members-Only Travel Site, Secret Escapes (TechCrunch)
  9. Flipboard Confirms New $50M Funding Round From JP Morgan (TechCrunch)
  10. Remedy Partners Raises $50M in Series B Financing (FinSMEs)
  11. CarPrice Secures $40M in Series B Funding Round (FinSMEs)
  12. BIMA Secures $38.4M in Series C Funding (FinSMEs)
  13. BrightBytes Raises $33M in Series C Financing (FinSMEs)
  14. Apprenda Raises $24M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  15. Continuum Analytics Secures $24M in Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  16. Yahoo Quietly Acquired Germany’s Media Group One For $23M In Q1 (TechCrunch)
  17. Cazena Raises $20M in Series B Funding (FinSMEs)
  18. Cazena Raises $20M Series B For Its Enterprise Big Data-As-A-Service Platform (TechCrunch)
  19. JetSmarter Raises $20M in Series B Funding (FinSMEs)
  20. Mirakl Closes $20M Series B Funding (FinSMEs)
  21. Granular Closes $18.7M Series B Financing (FinSMEs)
  22. Sales Lead Analytics Startup Leadspace Raises $18M (TechCrunch)
  23. Kinetic Social Closes $17.5M in Financing (FinSMEs)
  24. 500px Closes $13M Series B Funding Round (FinSMEs)
  25. Consolo Services Group Completes $12.6M Private Equity Financing (FinSMEs)
  26. Voxel8 Raises $12M in Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  27. Zimplistic Closes $11.5M Series B Funding (FinSMEs)
  28. Dealstruck Receives $10M Investment (FinSMEs)
  29. VoltDB Raises $9.8M round of Funding (FinSMEs)
  30. WireX Raises $9.3M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  31. Raises $8.4M Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  32. FishBrain Closes $8M Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  33. SmarterHQ Raises $8m in Funding (FinSMEs)
  34. Beacon Completes $7.5M Financing (FinSMEs)
  35. Outpost Games Closes $6.2M Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  36. Survata Raises $6M in Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  37. Booktrack Closes $5M Series B Funding (FinSMEs)
  38. DataFox Raises $5M (FinSMEs)
  39. UXPin Raises $5M in Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  40. Agrible Raises $4.1M in Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  41. BitX Secures $4M in Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  42. Gameface Media Secures $4M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  43. Procurify Closes US$4M Seed Funding (FinSMEs)
  44. Mallzee Raises £2.5M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  45. Holimetrix Closes €3.5 Funding Round (FinSMEs)
  46. Closes $3.5M Series A Funding Round (FinSMEs)
  47. ZVerse Raises $3.5M in Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  48. KFit Secures $3.25M in Seed Funding (FinSMEs)
  49. Clover Closes $2M Funding Round (FinSMEs)
  50. Instagram Marketing Startup Popular Pays Raises $2M (TechCrunch)
  51. AdAgility Raises $1.6M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  52. GRANA, Which Makes Affordable Clothing In Premium Fabrics, Picks Up $1.5M (TechCrunch)
  53. Raises $1.4M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  54. Adphorus Raises $1M in Seed Funding (FinSMEs)
  55. Mumbai-Based Fitternity Raises $1M Seed Funding To Match Users With The Right Workouts (TechCrunch)
  56. Asia-Based Tech Blog E27 Raises $650,000 Ahead Of Larger Round (TechCrunch)
  57. Consulting Firm Prophet Acquires Altimeter Group (TechCrunch)
  58. Chaotic Moon Sells To Accenture (TechCrunch)
  59. Dropbox Acquires Clementine (FinSMEs)
  60. IBM Acquires Compose (FinSMEs)
  61. Zillow Acquires DotLoop, An E-Signing Service For Real Estate Agents (TechCrunch)
  62. Completes Funding; Acquires EventsOnLine (FinSMEs)
  63. Completes Funding; Acquires EventsOnLine (FinSMEs)
  64. Sysomos Acquires Expion (FinSMEs)
  65. Centro Acquires Facebook Ad Startup GraphScience (TechCrunch)
  66. Ipreo Acquires iLEVEL (FinSMEs)
  67. FanDuel Acquires Kotikan (FinSMEs)
  68. Razer Confirms Acquisition Of Ouya’s Software, Tech And Dev Teams In All-Cash Deal (TechCrunch)
  69. T-Pro Solutions Receives Investment (FinSMEs)

Palantir goes mainstream


Investors have always been eager to invest in Palantir Technologies, the secretive data analytics company known for its intelligence work for the NSA, CIA, FBI and the U.S. Army. After landing a $500 million investment last year, the company recently raised $450 million (out of a $500 million funding round), at a valuation of $20 billion. Once completed, Palantir will be ranked as the fourth most valuable venture-backed company in the world behind Xiaomi, Uber and Airbnb. So why are investors bullish on mysterious Palantir? From trying to save the world, Palantir is now trying to make more money by diversifying its business. Initially known for locating terrorists, tracking disease outbreaks, and preventing fraud, Palantir has been busy lately engaging with private companies and has closed deals with financial institutions, healthcare companies, and media corporations, among others. According to reports, about 70% of its business now come from the private sector. Although talks of an impending IPO are rife, Palantir CEO Alexander Karp has squashed the IPO rumours by announcing that it has no plans to go public.

Weekly Featured Company: IBM Watson

Founded Headquarters Sector Employees Revenue Total Investment Recent Investment
2006 New York Software & Services 600 $100M $1B $1B

IBM Watson: a new era of AI

Watson, IBM’s supercomputer burst onto the scene in 2011 when it famously beat Brad Rutter and Ken Jennings in the TV show Jeopardy! Watson’s victory over two human contestants clearly showed that a more advanced computing system–one that could learn and reason–has emerged. Today, Watson is considered as the pioneer in cognitive computing, a self-learning computing system that learns through data-mining, pattern recognition and natural language processing to imitate the way the human brain works. Watson can analyse and compare data, apply previous learnings, and change and evolve the more it learns, just like how the human brain works. So how will Watson improve the way people work? By harnessing information learned from big data, Watson can help professionals (scientists, doctors, researchers, etc.) make complex decisions by providing options that lead to higher probability of success and faster results. This is highly important in the areas of scientific research, medicine and finance. Beyond Jeopardy!, Watson has expanded its presence across multiple industries. Through DeakinSync, Watson provides information to all Deakin University students. Watson also empowers the financial teams of ANZ Bank, as well as helps treat cancer by providing evidence-based treatment options to top cancer clinics in the US. Recently, IBM invested $1 billion to Watson and established a new business unit dedicated to the development and commercialization of Watson.