Archive | July, 2015

Weekly Featured Company: Deliveroo

FoundedHeadquartersSectorEmployeesRevenueTotal InvestmentRecent Investment
2012London, UKTransactions50-200$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)CompanyInvestor/BuyerSectorDeal Type
1$450,000,000Palantir UndisclosedSoftware & ServicesInvestment
4$150,000,000Medallia Sequoia CapitalSoftware & ServicesInvestment
6$82,100,000Giosis ConsortiumEcommerceInvestment
8$60,000,000Secret EscapesConsortiumTransactionsInvestment
9$50,000,000FlipboardJP Morgan Chase & Co.MediaInvestment
10$50,000,000Remedy Partners Bain Capital VenturesTransactionsInvestment
12$38,400,000BIMA ConsortiumTransactionsInvestment
13$33,000,000BrightBytes ConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
14$24,000,000Apprenda ConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
15$24,000,000Continuum AnalyticsGeneral Catalyst Partners, BuildGroupSoftware & ServicesInvestment
16$23,000,000Media Group One YahooMediaAcquisition
17$20,000,000Cazena ConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
18$20,000,000Cazena ConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
19$20,000,000JetSmarter ConsortiumMobile & AppsInvestment
21$18,700,000GranularConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
22$18,000,000LeadspaceConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
23$17,500,000Kinetic SocialMultiplier Capital, Bridge BankMarketingInvestment
24$13,000,000500px ConsortiumMediaInvestment
25$12,600,000Consolo Services Group Bluff Point AssociatesSoftware & ServicesInvestment
26$12,000,000Voxel8 ConsortiumHardware & InfrastructureInvestment
27$11,500,000Zimplistic NSI Ventures, Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbHHardware & InfrastructureInvestment
28$10,000,000DealstruckCommunity Investment ManagementTransactionsInvestment
29$9,800,000VoltDB Kepha Partners, Sigma Prime VenturesSoftware & ServicesInvestment
30$9,300,000WireXConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
31$8,400, Rose Park AdvisorsSoftware & ServicesInvestment
32$8,000,000FishBrain ConsortiumMobile & AppsInvestment
34$7,500,000Beacon ConsortiumTransactionsInvestment
35$6,200,000Outpost Games Benchmark CapitalGamesInvestment
37$5,000,000BooktrackCoent Venture Partners, Sparkbox VenturesMediaInvestment
38$5,000,000DataFox Goldman Sachs, Green Visor CapitalSoftware & ServicesInvestment
39$5,000,000UXPinTrue VenturesSoftware & ServicesInvestment
40$4,100,000Agrible Serra Ventures, Archer Daniels Midland CompanySoftware & ServicesInvestment
41$4,000,000BitX PayU, Digital Currency GroupTransactionsInvestment
42$4,000,000Gameface Media ConsortiumMediaInvestment
43$4,000,000ProcurifyConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
44$3,880,500Mallzee ConsortiumMobile & AppsInvestment
45$3,851,907HolimetrixConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
46$3,500,000Bright.mdConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
47$3,500,000ZVerseConsortiumHardware & InfrastructureInvestment
48$3,250,000KFit Sequoia CapitalTransactionsInvestment
49$2,000,000Clover ConsortiumMobile & AppsInvestment
50$2,000,000Popular PaysConsortiumTransactionsInvestment
52$1,500,000GRANAGolden Gate VenturesEcommerceInvestment
53$1,400,000Emolument.comUndisclosedSoftware & ServicesInvestment
54$1,000,000Adphorus ConsortiumMarketingInvestment
55$1,000,000Fitternity Exfinity Venture PartnersTransactionsInvestment
56$650,000E27 UndisclosedMediaInvestment
57UndisclosedAltimeter GroupProphetMarketingAcquisition
58UndisclosedChaotic MoonAccentureMarketingAcquisition
59UndisclosedClementineDropboxSoftware & ServicesAcquisition
60UndisclosedComposeIBMSoftware & ServicesAcquisition
61UndisclosedDotLoopZillowTransactionsAcquisition ConsortiumTransactionsInvestment
65UndisclosedGraphScienceCentroSoftware & ServicesAcquisition
66UndisclosediLEVELIpreoSoftware & ServicesAcquisition
67UndisclosedKotikanFanDuelMobile & AppsAcquisition
68UndisclosedOuyaRazerSoftware & ServicesAcquisition
69UndisclosedT-Pro SolutionsConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment

        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

FoundedHeadquartersSectorEmployeesRevenueTotal InvestmentRecent Investment
2006New YorkSoftware & Services600$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.