Archive | September, 2015

CloudFlare’s flair

Following the successful fundraising of Zscaler, Tanium and Crowdstrike, leading US Internet performance and security company CloudFlare announced that it has raised $110 million from Fidelity Management and Research Company, Google Capital, Qualcomm Ventures and Baidu. CloudFlare is a service that protects and speeds up websites by up to 50% by acting as a proxy between visitors and servers. It’s being utilised by over two million websites and processes around 5% of the Internet’s traffic. According to sources, this deal will see CloudFlare push further into China. Baidu and CloudFlare had signed a partnership in 2014. The “virtual” joint venture, considered unprecedented by tech observers, allows CloudFlare’s technology to be used by Baidu’s platform to scale China’s Great Firewall without CloudFlare officially operating in the country. By combining CloudFlare’s expertise and Baidu’s network of data centres, the two companies have created a unified network that allows local and foreign websites to load faster in China. In addition to China, CloudFlare plans to pursue further international expansion, explore opportunities in mobile and expand its networks.

Weekly Featured Company: Houzz

FoundedHeadquartersSectorEmployeesRevenueTotal InvestmentRecent Investment
2009Palo Alto, CaliforniaTransactions300 $213.6M $165 M

Power Houzz

Renovating a home can be nerve-wracking. There are just too many things to do: you need to manage a budget, select a contractor, and make numerous decorating decisions. Leading renovation and design company Houzz has helped change all that. Houzz makes home renovations so much easier by giving homeowners a platform that provides hundreds of design suggestions, renovation tips, and over 600,000 architects and contractors to choose from. The platform also allows users to purchase home products from thousands of online retailers. What makes Houzz one-of-a-kind is it has successfully built a marketplace that combines community, content and commerce and created a flourishing ecosystem where homeowners, service providers and even manufacturers can interact with each other. Only six years in business, Houzz was recently valued at $2.3 billion and has raised $213.6 million total funding from various investors.


The best thing that’s ever happened to forums?

Through forums and other community sites, the internet has made it easy for us to share our passions with other people. Today, there are countless online forums with users bonded by their common interests and hobbies. While these communities are commonly viewed on a traditional desktop browser, Boston-based startup Amino Apps aims to take the community experience where it hasn’t been before: mobile. The idea is to reinvent the traditional online forum with a smartphone-optimised experience where people interested in the same things can connect with each other. According to co-founder and CEO Ben Anderson, the company’s vision is to create a close-knit, mobile-based community for every interest in the world (sports team, TV show, movie franchise, sports team, video game) and give individual users a chance to build his/her own community based on his/her special interests. To date, Amino Apps has over 40 different mobile community apps and recently raised a $6.5m seed round so they can build more.

Weekly Update – September 22, 2015

      Total Deal Value (USD) –  $1,949,823,638            Total Deal Number – 79

Deal No.Amount Paid (USD)CompanyInvestor/BuyerSectorDeal Type
1$225,000,000AvidXchange ConsortiumTransactionsInvestment
4$176,946,810UnrulyNews CorpMediaInvestment
5$120,000,000Afrimax GroupConsortiumMobile & AppsInvestment
6$100,000,000Clover HealthFirst Round,
Athyrium Capital Management
9$61,000,000LightspeedConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
11$50,000,000Rubicon Global ConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
12$48,000,000Omada Health ConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
13$38,000,000Modernizing Medicine ConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
14$37,500,000Portea MedicalConsortiumTransactionsInvestment
15$33,000,000EmarsysVector CapitalMarketingInvestment
16$30,000,000Headspace ConsortiumMobile & AppsInvestment
17$25,000,000KyruusConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
18$20,000,000Agora ConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
20$17,000,000OnapsisConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
21$17,000,000The Hola CDN ConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
22$16,000,000CallMinerConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
23$16,000,000Moviepilot Webedia, T-Venture of AmericaMediaInvestment
24$15,500,000Aspiration ConsortiumTransactionsInvestment
26$14,000,000LumityConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
27$13,000,000LearnZillionConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
28$12,500,000CruiseFabrice GrindaMobile & AppsInvestment
29$12,500,000Datos IOConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
31$12,000,000DWNLDGreylock PartnersMobile & AppsInvestment
33$10,300,000QuanticMindSafeguard ScientificsSoftware & ServicesInvestment
34$10,200,000MangstorNew Science VenturesHardware & InfrastructureInvestment
36$10,000,000Morphick Cyber SecurityOrchard Holdings GroupSoftware & ServicesInvestment
37$10,000,000TeamSnap ConsortiumTransactionsInvestment
38$9,412,998VulogEcotechnologies Fund,
Environmental Technologies Fund
39$9,000,000iQ mediaEdison PartnersMediaInvestment
40$8,000,000Alignable ConsortiumMediaInvestment
41$8,000,000Iron.ioConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
43$7,900,000ConichiHRSMobile & AppsInvestment
44$5,500,000NeighborlyFormation 8, Ashton KutcherTransactionsInvestment
46$4,500,000Sun Basket ConsortiumTransactionsInvestment
47$4,000,000GitLabKhosla VenturesSoftware & ServicesInvestment
51$2,600,000Skilljar ConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
52$2,300,000Zonetail UndisclosedMobile & AppsInvestment
53$2,257,400ADmantX UndisclosedMarketingInvestment
54$2,250,000AlphaCloneOperative CapitalSoftware & ServicesInvestment
55$2,148,930LimejumpConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
56$2,000,000ReelTime Media Funding GroupMediaInvestment
57$1,900,000Bux Initial Capital, Silicon Valley BankMobile & AppsInvestment
58$1,800,000FitcodeHarvey PartnersTransactionsInvestment
59$1,750,000OriginGPSLab IXHardware & InfrastructureInvestment
60$1,740,000AdvizrConsortiumMobile & AppsInvestment
61$1,700,000NoviCap ConsortiumTransactionsInvestment
62$1,500,000BDS AnalyticsUndisclosedSoftware & ServicesInvestment
63$1,250,000Comfy ATX Seed VenturesTransactionsInvestment
64$1,200,000Padlet ConsortiumMobile & AppsInvestment
67$800,000ServyConsortiumMobile & AppsInvestment
68$500,000Zero KeyboardConsortiumMobile & AppsInvestment
69Undisclosed99cloud Intel CapitalSoftware & ServicesInvestment
70UndisclosedActive JunkyPurchEcommerceAcquisition
71UndisclosedCloud SherpasAccentureSoftware & ServicesAcquisition
72UndisclosedLookserySnapchatMobile & AppsAcquisition
73UndisclosedMitratechTA AssociatesSoftware & ServicesInvestment
74UndisclosedNinebotIntel CapitalHardware & InfrastructureInvestment
75UndisclosedNuovo Film Intel Capital, Northern Light Venture CapitalSoftware & ServicesInvestment
76UndisclosedReduce DataSnapdealMarketingAcquisition
77UndisclosedRoler DataDoximSoftware & ServicesAcquisition
78UndisclosedUnilogKalaari CapitalEcommerceInvestment
79UndisclosedUnwind MeSootheTransactionsAcquisition

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  1. AvidXchange Completes $225M Minority Growth Financing (FinSMEs)
  2. N.Y.C. investors Falcon Edge, Tiger Global back Uber’s main rival in India (New York Business Journal)
  3. BlaBlaCar Secures $200M in Series D Funding (FinSMEs)
  4. News Corp. to Buy Unruly for up to £114M (FinSMEs)
  5. Afrimax Group Raises $120M in Growth Funding (FinSMEs)
  6. Clover Health, A Data-Driven Health Insurance Startup, Raises $100M (TechCrunch)
  7. HelloFresh Raises €75M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  8. Jaunt Raises $65M in Series C Funding (FinSMEs)
  9. Lightspeed Raises US$61m in Funding (FinSMEs)
  10. Compass Closes $50M Venture Capital Funding Round (FinSMEs)
  11. Rubicon Global Raises $50m in VC Funding (FinSMEs)
  12. Omada Health Raises $48M in Series C Funding (FinSMEs)
  13. Modernizing Medicine Raises $38M in Series E Funding (FinSMEs)
  14. Portea Medical, One Of India’s Largest Home Care Providers, Gets $37.5M From Accel (TechCrunch)
  15. Emarsys Raises $33M in Series A Equity Funding (FinSMEs)
  16. Meditation Startup Headspace Raises $30 Million To Help You Be More Mindful (TechCrunch)
  17. Kyruus Raises $25M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  18. Agora Receives $20M in Series B Funding (FinSMEs)
  19. Breather Raises $20M in Series B Financing (FinSMEs)
  20. Onapsis Closes $17M in Series B Funding (FinSMEs)
  21. The Hola CDN Closes $17M Series C Funding (FinSMEs)
  22. CallMiner Raises $16M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  23. Moviepilot Completes $16M Series B Funding (FinSMEs)
  24. Aspiration Raises $15.5M in Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  25. ChoiceStream Raises $14M in Series C Funding (FinSMEs)
  26. Lumity Raises $14M in Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  27. LearnZillion Secures $13M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  28. Cruise Raises $12.5M From Spark, YC’s Sam Altman For Self-Driving Cars; Poaches Tesla’s Lead on Autopilot (TechCrunch)
  29. Datos IO Raises $12.5M Series A Round For Its Big Data Recovery Platform (TechCrunch)
  30. HelloTech Raises $12.5M in Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  31. DWNLD Secures $12M in Venture Capital Funding (FinSMEs)
  32. Fundera Picks Up $11.5 Million In Series B Funding (TechCrunch)
  33. QuanticMind Raises $10.3M in Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  34. Mangstor Raises $10.2M in Series B Funding (FinSMEs)
  35. Farm-To-Fridge Food Delivery Service GrubMarket Grabs $10M Series A (TechCrunch)
  36. Morphick Cyber Security Raises $10M in Series A Funding Round (FinSMEs)
  37. TeamSnap Raises $10M in Series B Funding (FinSMEs)
  38. Vulog Raises €8.4M in Financing (FinSMEs)
  39. iQ media Secures $9M in Series B Funding (FinSMEs)
  40. Alignable Closes $8M Funding Round (FinSMEs)
  41. Raises $8M in Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  42. LearnUp Raises $8M in Series A Financing (FinSMEs)
  43. Conichi Secures $7.9M From Hotel Group HRS For Its Check-In Platform (TechCrunch)
  44. Neighborly Raises $5.5M From Formation 8, Ashton Kutcher To Transform The Municipal Debt Market (TechCrunch)
  45. Rhone Closes $5M Series A Financing (FinSMEs)
  46. Sun Basket Raises $4.5m in Venture Capital Funding (FinSMEs)
  47. GitLab Raises $4M in Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  48. Source3 Raises $4m in Seed Funding (FinSMEs)
  49. Raises $3M in Venture Capital Funding (FinSMEs)
  50. Envoy Raises $3M in Seed Financing (FinSMEs)
  51. Skilljar Raises $2.6M in Seed Financing (FinSMEs)
  52. Zonetail Raises CDN$2.3M in Series A Financing (FinSMEs)
  53. ADmantX Completes €2M Funding Round (FinSMEs)
  54. AlphaClone Raises $2.25M in Series A Financing (FinSMEs)
  55. Limejump Raises £1.4M To Use Big Data To Transform U.K. Energy Market (TechCrunch)
  56. ReelTime Closes $2M Funding Round (FinSMEs)
  57. Casual Trading App Bux Raises $1.9M (TechCrunch)
  58. Fitcode Raises $1.8M in Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  59. OriginGPS Closes $1.75M of Funding (FinSMEs)
  60. Advizr Closes $1.74M Funding Round (FinSMEs)
  61. NoviCap Raises $1.7m in Seed Funding (FinSMEs)
  62. BDS Analytics Closes $1.5m Funding Round (FinSMEs)
  63. Comfy Secures $1.25M in Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  64. Padlet Raises $1.2 Million For Its Easy-To-Use, Collaborative Website Builder (TechCrunch)
  65. Portfolium Closes $1.2M in Venture Capital Funding (FinSMEs)
  66. Roominate Raises over $1M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  67. Servy Raises $800K To Let Restaurants Offer Discounts In Exchange For Feedback (TechCrunch)
  68. Zero Keyboard Raises $500K in Pre-Seed Funding (FinSMEs)
  69. 99cloud Receives Venture Capital Investment from Intel Capital (FinSMEs)
  70. Purch Acquires Active Junky, A Loyalty Platform For Outdoor Gear (TechCrunch)
  71. Accenture Acquires Cloud Sherpas To Enhance Cloud Consulting Chops, Especially Around (TechCrunch)
  72. Snapchat Acquires Looksery To Power Its Animated Lenses (TechCrunch)
  73. Mitratech Receives Strategic Investment from TA Associates (FinSMEs)
  74. Ninebot Receives Venture Capital Investment from Intel Capital (FinSMEs)
  75. Nuovo Film Receives Venture Capital Investment (FinSMEs)
  76. Snapdeal Acquires Reduce Data (FinSMEs)
  77. Doxim Acquires Roler Data (FinSMEs)
  78. Unilog Raised Venture Capital Funding (FinSMEs)
  79. Soothe, An On-Demand Massage Service, Acquires Unwind Me (TechCrunch)