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

Founded Headquarters Sector Employees Revenue Total Investment Recent Investment
2009 Palo Alto, California Transactions 300  $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) Company Investor/Buyer Sector Deal Type
1 $225,000,000 AvidXchange Consortium Transactions Investment
2 $222,500,000 Ola Consortium Transactions Investment
3 $200,000,000 BlaBlaCar Consortium Transactions Investment
4 $176,946,810 Unruly News Corp Media Investment
5 $120,000,000 Afrimax Group Consortium Mobile & Apps Investment
6 $100,000,000 Clover Health First Round,
Athyrium Capital Management
Transactions Investment
7 $84,667,500 HelloFresh Consortium Transactions Investment
8 $65,000,000 Jaunt Consortium Media Investment
9 $61,000,000 Lightspeed Consortium Software & Services Investment
10 $50,000,000 Compass Consortium Transactions Investment
11 $50,000,000 Rubicon Global Consortium Software & Services Investment
12 $48,000,000 Omada Health Consortium Software & Services Investment
13 $38,000,000 Modernizing Medicine Consortium Software & Services Investment
14 $37,500,000 Portea Medical Consortium Transactions Investment
15 $33,000,000 Emarsys Vector Capital Marketing Investment
16 $30,000,000 Headspace Consortium Mobile & Apps Investment
17 $25,000,000 Kyruus Consortium Software & Services Investment
18 $20,000,000 Agora Consortium Software & Services Investment
19 $20,000,000 Breather Consortium Transactions Investment
20 $17,000,000 Onapsis Consortium Software & Services Investment
21 $17,000,000 The Hola CDN Consortium Software & Services Investment
22 $16,000,000 CallMiner Consortium Software & Services Investment
23 $16,000,000 Moviepilot Webedia, T-Venture of America Media Investment
24 $15,500,000 Aspiration Consortium Transactions Investment
25 $14,000,000 ChoiceStream Consortium Marketing Investment
26 $14,000,000 Lumity Consortium Software & Services Investment
27 $13,000,000 LearnZillion Consortium Software & Services Investment
28 $12,500,000 Cruise Fabrice Grinda Mobile & Apps Investment
29 $12,500,000 Datos IO Consortium Software & Services Investment
30 $12,500,000 HelloTech Consortium Transactions Investment
31 $12,000,000 DWNLD Greylock Partners Mobile & Apps Investment
32 $11,500,000 Fundera Consortium Transactions Investment
33 $10,300,000 QuanticMind Safeguard Scientifics Software & Services Investment
34 $10,200,000 Mangstor New Science Ventures Hardware & Infrastructure Investment
35 $10,000,000 GrubMarket Consortium Ecommerce Investment
36 $10,000,000 Morphick Cyber Security Orchard Holdings Group Software & Services Investment
37 $10,000,000 TeamSnap Consortium Transactions Investment
38 $9,412,998 Vulog Ecotechnologies Fund,
Environmental Technologies Fund
Transactions Investment
39 $9,000,000 iQ media Edison Partners Media Investment
40 $8,000,000 Alignable Consortium Media Investment
41 $8,000,000 Consortium Software & Services Investment
42 $8,000,000 LearnUp Consortium Transactions Investment
43 $7,900,000 Conichi HRS Mobile & Apps Investment
44 $5,500,000 Neighborly Formation 8, Ashton Kutcher Transactions Investment
45 $5,000,000 Rhone Consortium Ecommerce Investment
46 $4,500,000 Sun Basket Consortium Transactions Investment
47 $4,000,000 GitLab Khosla Ventures Software & Services Investment
48 $4,000,000 Source3 Consortium Transactions Investment
49 $3,000,000 Consortium Transactions Investment
50 $3,000,000 Envoy Consortium Transactions Investment
51 $2,600,000 Skilljar Consortium Software & Services Investment
52 $2,300,000 Zonetail Undisclosed Mobile & Apps Investment
53 $2,257,400 ADmantX Undisclosed Marketing Investment
54 $2,250,000 AlphaClone Operative Capital Software & Services Investment
55 $2,148,930 Limejump Consortium Software & Services Investment
56 $2,000,000 ReelTime Media Funding Group Media Investment
57 $1,900,000 Bux Initial Capital, Silicon Valley Bank Mobile & Apps Investment
58 $1,800,000 Fitcode Harvey Partners Transactions Investment
59 $1,750,000 OriginGPS Lab IX Hardware & Infrastructure Investment
60 $1,740,000 Advizr Consortium Mobile & Apps Investment
61 $1,700,000 NoviCap Consortium Transactions Investment
62 $1,500,000 BDS Analytics Undisclosed Software & Services Investment
63 $1,250,000 Comfy ATX Seed Ventures Transactions Investment
64 $1,200,000 Padlet Consortium Mobile & Apps Investment
65 $1,200,000 Portfolium Consortium Transactions Investment
66 $1,000,000 Roominate Consortium Ecommerce Investment
67 $800,000 Servy Consortium Mobile & Apps Investment
68 $500,000 Zero Keyboard Consortium Mobile & Apps Investment
69 Undisclosed 99cloud Intel Capital Software & Services Investment
70 Undisclosed Active Junky Purch Ecommerce Acquisition
71 Undisclosed Cloud Sherpas Accenture Software & Services Acquisition
72 Undisclosed Looksery Snapchat Mobile & Apps Acquisition
73 Undisclosed Mitratech TA Associates Software & Services Investment
74 Undisclosed Ninebot Intel Capital Hardware & Infrastructure Investment
75 Undisclosed Nuovo Film Intel Capital, Northern Light Venture Capital Software & Services Investment
76 Undisclosed Reduce Data Snapdeal Marketing Acquisition
77 Undisclosed Roler Data Doxim Software & Services Acquisition
78 Undisclosed Unilog Kalaari Capital Ecommerce Investment
79 Undisclosed Unwind Me Soothe Transactions Acquisition

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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)