Archive | January, 2016

Weekly Update – January 27, 2016

      Total Deal Value (USD) – $1,728,548,61                   Total Deal Number – 87

Deal No. Amount Paid (USD) Company Investor/Buyer Sector Deal Type
1 $275,000,000 iSIGHT Partners FireEye Software & Services Acquisition
2 $160,000,000 WeLab Consortium Transactions Investment
3 $150,000,000 LendUp Consortium Transactions Investment
4 $107,931,000 Deezer Access Industries, Orange Media Investment
5 $76,000,000 ForeScout Technologies Wellington Management Company Software & Services Investment
6 $50,000,000 Digital Asset Holdings Consortium Software & Services Investment
7 $50,000,000 FiveStars Consortium Transactions Investment
8 $50,000,000 FreedomPop Undisclosed Mobile & Apps Investment
9 $50,000,000 JFrog Consortium Software & Services Investment
10 $50,000,000 Malwarebytes Fidelity Management Research Company Software & Services Investment
11 $48,500,000 Big Switch Networks Consortium Software & Services Investment
12 $45,000,000 Instart Logic Consortium Software & Services Investment
13 $40,000,000 BlueVine Consortium Transactions Investment
14 $40,000,000 Olo The Raine Group Transactions Investment
15 $35,000,000 Baofeng Mojing CITIC Capital Holdings Hardware & Infrastructure Investment
16 $30,000,000 Patreon Consortium Transactions Investment
17 $30,000,000 Qubole Consortium Software & Services Investment
18 $25,000,000 Predictix Infor Software & Services Investment
19 $20,000,000 Emerging Markets Property Group Undisclosed Transactions Investment
20 $20,000,000 GigaSpaces Technologies Consortium Software & Services Investment
21 $20,000,000 Just Buy Live Alpha Capital Mobile & Apps Investment
22 $20,000,000 ScaleArc Consortium Software & Services Investment
23 $17,000,000 LeisureLink Consortium Transactions Investment
24 $15,000,000 Arrayent Consortium Software & Services Investment
25 $15,000,000 Housing SoftBank Transactions Investment
26 $12,500,000 ChatWork JAFCO Co. Ltd., others Software & Services Investment
27 $12,000,000 Boxever Polaris Partners, Frontline Ventures Software & Services Investment
28 $11,000,000 Brightpearl Consortium Software & Services Investment
29 $11,000,000 Neura Consortium Software & Services Investment
30 $10,500,000 CustomerMatrix Consortium Software & Services Investment
31 $10,000,000 DataXu Sky Software & Services Investment
32 $10,000,000 The ONE Music Group Consortium Mobile & Apps Investment
33 $10,000,000 TravelersBox Consortium Transactions Investment
34 $9,550,000 EiQ Networks Consortium Software & Services Investment
35 $9,500,000 Alice Consortium Mobile & Apps Investment
36 $9,000,000 MariaDB Consortium Software & Services Investment
37 $9,000,000 Splice Machine Consortium Software & Services Investment
38 $8,554,980 Neyber John Spearman Transactions Investment
39 $8,000,000 Datical Consortium Software & Services Investment
40 $8,000,000 Iterable Consortium Marketing Investment
41 $7,500,000 Plain Vanilla Glu Mobile Mobile & Apps Investment
42 $7,200,000 SnapBizz Consortium Transactions Investment
43 $7,000,000 MVPindex Consortium Software & Services Investment
44 $7,000,000 Nubo Software Magma Venture Partners, Motorola Solutions Venture Capital Software & Services Investment
45 $6,500,000 MyState Undisclosed Mobile & Apps Investment
46 $6,316,426 Adestra Business Growth Fund Marketing Investment
47 $6,200,000 Maluuba Consortium Software & Services Investment
48 $6,000,000 KartRocket Consortium Ecommerce Investment
49 $6,000,000 Send Anywhere Saemin Ahn Mobile & Apps Investment
50 $5,600,000 Canvs Consortium Software & Services Investment
51 $5,500,000 Jugnoo Paytm, Snow Leopard Ventures Transactions Investment
52 $5,000,000 QASymphony Fulcrum Equity Partners, BIP Capital Software & Services Investment
53 $5,000,000 Waldo Photos Upfront Ventures Transactions Investment
54 $4,500,000 Greatist Consortium Media Investment
55 $4,500,000 IoT World Consortium Transactions Investment
56 $4,500,000 PayIt Consortium Software & Services Investment
57 $4,500,000 Qeexo Consortium Software & Services Investment
58 $4,000,000 Confirm.io Consortium Software & Services Investment
59 $3,500,000 CapLinked Subtraction Capital, Indicator Ventures Software & Services Investment
60 $3,250,000 Jopwell Consortium Transactions Investment
61 $3,250,000 Solovis Consortium Software & Services Investment
62 $3,000,000 MoveWith Consortium Transactions Investment
63 $2,851,660 Jukedeck Consortium Media Investment
64 $2,750,000 Aircall Balderton Capital Software & Services Investment
65 $2,500,000 Jugnoo Paytm, Snow Leopard Ventures Transactions Investment
66 $2,500,000 LoanHero Alsop Louie Partners, Mucker Capital Transactions Investment
67 $1,800,000 Sentenai Consortium Software & Services Investment
68 $1,700,000 eRated Consortium Ecommerce Investment
69 $1,700,000 Grain Consortium Transactions Investment
70 $1,675,000 Snapcart Consortium Ecommerce Investment
71 $1,500,000 Forrge Undisclosed Mobile & Apps Investment
72 $1,500,000 IronScales RDSeed Software & Services Investment
73 $1,250,000 Igloohome Consortium Software & Services Investment
74 $1,000,000 MyDealerOnline Undisclosed Transactions Investment
75 $1,000,000 Unreel Entertainment Consortium Media Investment
76 $768,000 Vinclu Consortium Software & Services Investment
77 $701,551 Opencell Software Consortium Software & Services Investment
78 $500,000 Fisdom Consortium Mobile & Apps Investment
79 Undisclosed BookDoc Prince Abdul Qawi Transactions Investment
80 Undisclosed Cord Project Spotify Software & Services Acquisition
81 Undisclosed Gigfairy Tune Studios, BAC Ventures Transactions Investment
82 Undisclosed IP Commerce Consortium Software & Services Investment
83 Undisclosed Kii Cisco Investments Software & Services Investment
84 Undisclosed Plexxi GV Software & Services Investment
85 Undisclosed RedDoorz 500 Startups Transactions Investment
86 Undisclosed Soundwave Spotify Media Acquisition
87 Undisclosed Ustream IBM Media Acquisition

More information

  1. FireEye Acquires iSIGHT Partners for up to $275M (FinSMEs)
  2. WeLab Raised US$160M in Series B Funding (FinSMEs)
  3. LendUp Raises $150M in Series B and Debt Financing (FinSMEs)
  4. Deezer Secures €100M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  5. ForeScout Technologies Secures $76M in Financing (FinSMEs)
  6. Digital Asset Holdings Raises more than $50M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  7. FiveStars Secures $50M in Series C Funding (FinSMEs)
  8. FreedomPop Raises $50M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  9. JFrog Secures $50M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  10. Malwarebytes Raises $50M in Series B Funding (FinSMEs)
  11. Big Switch Networks Raises $48.5M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  12. Instart Logic Closes $45M Series D Funding (FinSMEs)
  13. BlueVine Closes $40M Series C Funding (FinSMEs)
  14. Olo Receives $40M Minority Investment from The Raine Group (FinSMEs)
  15. Budget VR manufacturer Baofeng Mojing raises US$35M Series B (e27)
  16. Crowdfunding Platform Patreon Raises $30 Million In Series B Funding (Forbes)
  17. Qubole Closes $30M Series C Financing (FinSMEs)
  18. Predictix Receives $25M Minority Investment from Infor (FinSMEs)
  19. Parent company of Pakistani property portal Zameen gets US$20M (e27)
  20. GigaSpaces Technologies Raises over $20M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  21. Just Buy Live raises US$20M to connect Indian retailers with brands online (e27)
  22. The Daily Startup: Investors Plow $24.6 Million Into FarmLink (Wall Street Journal)
  23. LeisureLink Closes $17M Funding Round (FinSMEs)
  24. Arrayent Completes $15M Series C Funding Round (FinSMEs)
  25. SoftBank builds up Housing with US$15M investment (e27)
  26. ChatWork Secures $12.5M in Series B Funding (FinSMEs)
  27. Boxever Secures $12M in Series B Funding (FinSMEs)
  28. Brightpearl Raises $11M in Financing (FinSMEs)
  29. Neura Raises $11M in Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  30. After expanding to Hong Kong, CustomerMatrix raises US$10.5M Series B (e27)
  31. DataXu Gets $10M From Sky As Pay TV Giant Buys Into Programmatic Ad Tech (TechCrunch)
  32. The ONE Music Group Closes $10M Series B Funding; Lang Lang Invests (FinSMEs)
  33. TravelersBox Raises $10M in Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  34. EiQ Networks Raises $9.55M in Series C Financing (FinSMEs)
  35. Alice Raises $9.5M in Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  36. MariaDB Receives $9M in Equity Financing (FinSMEs)
  37. Splice Machine Secures $9M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  38. Neyber Raises £6M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  39. Datical Raises $8M in Series B Funding (FinSMEs)
  40. Iterable Closes $8M in Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  41. Plain Vanilla Raises up to $7.5M from Glu Mobile (FinSMEs)
  42. Jungle Ventures leads US$7.2M in grocery automation startup SnapBizz (e27)
  43. MVPindex Closes $7M Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  44. Nubo Software Completes $7M Series A Financing (FinSMEs)
  45. App that shows if you’re busy on a call has just raised US$6.5M (e27)
  46. Adestra Secures £4.43M Growth Capital (FinSMEs)
  47. Maluuba Raises $6.2M in Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  48. E-commerce enabler Kartrocket secures $6M for Kraftly (YourStory)
  49. Send Anywhere Raises $6M in Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  50. Canvs Raises $5.6M in Series A Financing (FinSMEs)
  51. Jugnoo Secures $5.5M in Series B Funding (FinSMEs)
  52. QASymphony Raises $5M in Series B Funding (FinSMEs)
  53. Waldo Photos Closes $5M Seed Funding (FinSMEs)
  54. Greatist Raises $4.5M in Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  55. Wearable IoT World Raises $4.5M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  56. PayIt Raises $4.5M in Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  57. Qeexo Secures $4.5M in Series B Funding (FinSMEs)
  58. Confirm.io Raises $4.0M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  59. CapLinked Closes $3.5M Funding Round (FinSMEs)
  60. Jopwell Raises $3.25M in Seed Funding (FinSMEs)
  61. Solovis Raises $3.25M to Accelerate Growth of Institutional Portfolio Platform (Business Wire)
  62. MoveWith Raises $3m in Seed Funding (FinSMEs)
  63. Jukedeck Raises £2.0M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  64. Aircall Grabs $2.75 Million For Its Powerful Phone Customer Support Service For Teams (TechCrunch)
  65. India’s ​​Jugnoo raises US$2.5M to take over where Uber left off (e27)
  66. LoanHero Secures $2.5M in Seed Funding (FinSMEs)
  67. Sentenai Closes $1.8M Seed Funding (FinSMEs)
  68. Online Seller Profiling Startup eRated Raises $1.7M (TechCrunch)
  69. Food delivery startup Grain raises US$1.7M in Series A round (e27)
  70. Snapcart Raises $1.675M in Pre-Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  71. Forrge Raises $1.5M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  72. IronScales Raises $1.5M in Seed Funding (FinSMEs)
  73. Igloohome Secures $1.25M in Seed Funding (FinSMEs)
  74. MyDealerOnline Raises $1M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  75. Unreel Entertainment Secures $1M in Seed Funding (FinSMEs)
  76. Japan’s Vinclu gains $768K in funding to develop hologram assistant for smart living (The Bridge)
  77. Opencell Software Raises €650K in Seed Funding (FinSMEs)
  78. India’s personal finance app Fisdom raises US$500K funding (e27)
  79. BookDoc Receives Seed Funding from Brunei Royal Family Member (FinSMEs)
  80. Spotify Acquires Cord Project and Soundwave (FinSMEs)
  81. Gigfairy strikes the right note with Tune Studios and BAC Ventures (e27)
  82. IP Commerce Completes Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  83. Kii Receives Equity Funding from Cisco Investments (FinSMEs)
  84. Plexxi Receives Investment from GV (FinSMEs)
  85. 500 Startups invests in budget hotel booking platform RedDoorz (e27)
  86. Spotify Acquires Cord Project and Soundwave (FinSMEs)
  87. IBM Acquires Ustream (FinSMEs)

Video is the new king

Commentary
In case you haven’t noticed, video content is slowly but surely dominating the internet and the way we consume online content. According to Cisco’s latest white paper on global internet provider traffic forecasts, 80% of the world’s entire online traffic will be video by 2019. As online video grows, so will the investments in the sector. In 2015, traditional media giant NBCUniversal invested $200 million each in BuzzFeed and Vox Media to amp up its video content, while CNN and Food Network are trying to reach millennials by leveraging on Snapchat’s Discover feature. This week, IBM bought Ustream, a video streaming website. With the acquisition, IBM will bolster its existing portfolio of video services and hopefully expand its revenue growth, which has been declining steadily over the last several years.

Weekly Update – January 20, 2016

      Total Deal Value (USD) – $4,073,247,716             Total Deal Number –  133

Deal No. Amount Paid (USD) Company Investor/Buyer Sector Deal Type
1 $1,000,000,000 Lyft Consortium Transactions Investment
2 $870,000,000 SolidFire NetApp Software & Services Acquisition
3 $250,000,000 Gilt Groupe Hudson’s Bay Company Ecommerce Acquisition
4 $200,000,000 AddThis Oracle Marketing Investment
5 $187,000,000 StorageCraft Technology TA Associates Software & Services Investment
6 $184,563,200 Skyscanner Consortium Transactions Investment
7 $145,000,000 CarTrade Consortium Transactions Investment
8 $94,500,000 Datadog Consortium Software & Services Investment
9 $93,000,000 Grindr Beijing Kunlun World Wide Technology Mobile & Apps Investment
10 $63,000,000 App Annie Consortium Mobile & Apps Investment
11 $52,000,000 Nubank Consortium Transactions Investment
12 $50,000,000 Sisense Consortium Software & Services Investment
13 $50,000,000 Zerto Consortium Software & Services Investment
14 $45,000,000 Heyzap Fyber Marketing Acquisition
15 $35,000,000 Elastifile Consortium Software & Services Investment
16 $30,000,000 DeePoon Xunlei, Kaiying Hardware & Infrastructure Investment
17 $30,000,000 Toast Bessemer Venture Partners, Google Ventures Software & Services Investment
18 $30,000,000 Wangjiu.Com Undisclosed Ecommerce Investment
19 $28,000,000 Silvercar Consortium Transactions Investment
20 $27,500,000 Hometeam Consortium Transactions Investment
21 $27,000,000 Mitú Consortium Media Investment
22 $25,000,000 Movinga Consortium Transactions Investment
23 $25,000,000 Shape Security Consortium Software & Services Investment
24 $25,000,000 Syapse Consortium Software & Services Investment
25 $25,000,000 Vivino Consortium Mobile & Apps Investment
26 $22,000,000 SmashFly Technologies Bessemer Venture Partners, OpenView Venture Partners Transactions Investment
27 $21,000,000 Degreed Consortium Software & Services Investment
28 $20,000,000 JW Player Consortium Marketing Investment
29 $17,500,000 Source Intelligence Kayne Partners Software & Services Investment
30 $17,000,000 Quartzy Consortium Transactions Investment
31 $17,000,000 Zipnosis Safeguard Scientifics Software & Services Investment
32 $16,289,925 Dayuse.com Consortium Transactions Investment
33 $16,000,000 RapidMiner Consortium Software & Services Investment
34 $15,000,000 mParticle Consortium Mobile & Apps Investment
35 $15,000,000 Savioke Intel Capital, EDBI Hardware & Infrastructure Investment
36 $14,000,000 Talix Consortium Software & Services Investment
37 $13,000,000 Import.io Consortium Software & Services Investment
38 $12,300,000 ViralGains Consortium Marketing Investment
39 $12,250,000 AiCure Consortium Software & Services Investment
40 $12,000,000 Interfolio Quad Partners Software & Services Investment
41 $12,000,000 MindTouch Consortium Software & Services Investment
42 $10,859,000 Cuponation Consortium Ecommerce Investment
43 $10,000,000 Evergage Consortium Marketing Investment
44 $10,000,000 mPulse Consortium Mobile & Apps Investment
45 $10,000,000 MyMusicTaste Consortium Media Investment
46 $8,500,000 PushDoctor Consortium Software & Services Investment
47 $8,300,000 Freee FinTech Fund Software & Services Investment
48 $8,000,000 AirCloset Consortium Transactions Investment
49 $8,000,000 Blueshift Storm Ventures, Nexus Venture Partners Marketing Investment
50 $8,000,000 Prevalent Spring Mountain Capital, Fulcrum Equity Partners Software & Services Investment
51 $7,350,000 Scalr OpenView Venture Partners Software & Services Investment
52 $7,100,000 Gem Consortium Software & Services Investment
53 $7,058,350 Deposit Solutions FinLab AG, Peter Thiel Transactions Investment
54 $7,000,000 LoopMe Consortium Media Investment
55 $7,000,000 MMB Networks Consortium Software & Services Investment
56 $7,000,000 TopSpin Security Consortium Software & Services Investment
57 $5,500,000 FinanceFox Consortium Transactions Investment
58 $5,500,000 StartEngine SE Agoura Investment Transactions Investment
59 $5,429,500 Holidu Consortium Transactions Investment
60 $5,000,000 Alef Mobitech Solutions Tata Capital Software & Services Investment
61 $4,800,000 Sakara Life Consortium Transactions Investment
62 $4,343,600 Blinkist Consortium Media Investment
63 $4,000,000 Aptoide Consortium Mobile & Apps Investment
64 $4,000,000 CourseHorse Consortium Transactions Investment
65 $4,000,000 Kolibree Consortium Hardware & Infrastructure Investment
66 $4,000,000 ResiModel Consortium Software & Services Investment
67 $4,000,000 Venminder Bain Capital Ventures Software & Services Investment
68 $3,570,930 Fluido Norvestia Growth Equity, Salesforce Ventures Software & Services Investment
69 $3,100,000 Limelight Platform Consortium Marketing Investment
70 $3,000,000 Moneybox Consortium Mobile & Apps Investment
71 $3,000,000 Mycity4kids SIDBI Venture Capital, YourNest Angel Fund Media Investment
72 $3,000,000 Noodle Markets Rethink Education, Palm Ventures Software & Services Investment
73 $3,000,000 Picwell BlueCross BlueShield Venture Partners, Sandbox Advantage Fund Software & Services Investment
74 $3,000,000 The Big Know LFE Capital, Steve Shank Transactions Investment
75 $2,714,750 Compeon Consortium Transactions Investment
76 $2,500,000 GAIA Design Capital Invent, Rise Capital Ecommerce Investment
77 $2,500,000 Xfers Consortium Transactions Investment
78 $2,200,000 Unmute Consortium Mobile & Apps Investment
79 $2,171,800 Travelcircus Consortium Transactions Investment
80 $2,100,000 Goodwall Consortium Mobile & Apps Investment
81 $2,000,000 Askuity dunnhumby Ventures Software & Services Investment
82 $1,900,000 Medley Consortium Media Investment
83 $1,700,000 Snapcart Consortium Transactions Investment
84 $1,500,000 Envelop VR GV Software & Services Investment
85 $1,500,000 FI Navigator Undisclosed Software & Services Investment
86 $1,400,000 Boom Fantasy Consortium Games Investment
87 $1,085,995 Vyking Undisclosed Germany Investment
88 $1,000,000 Dibs Technology Consortium Transactions Investment
89 $1,000,000 Learn to Live Consortium Transactions Investment
90 $1,000,000 Zebpay Arjun Handa, Amit Jindal Transactions Investment
91 $900,000 Horus Technology 5Lion Holdings Hardware & Infrastructure Investment
92 $865,680 Groopify Consortium Mobile & Apps Investment
93 $855,000 Skydisc Consortium Hardware & Infrastructure Investment
94 $850,000 Planet Table CyberAgent Ventures, Saison Ventures Transactions Investment
95 $648,936 Collabco Consortium Software & Services Investment
96 $541,050 Click & Boat Undisclosed Transactions Investment
97 Undisclosed AdRev Zealot Networks Marketing Acquisition
98 Undisclosed Agent Review Consortium Transactions Investment
99 Undisclosed Ascending Technologies Intel Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
100 Undisclosed Ausweb j2 Global Software & Services Acquisition
101 Undisclosed Blina Moxy Ecommerce Merger
102 Undisclosed Blynk Kik Interactive Mobile & Apps Acquisition
103 Undisclosed CRMWaypoint Accenture Marketing Acquisition
104 Undisclosed Cuvva Undisclosed Transactions Investment
105 Undisclosed DataHero Cloudability Software & Services Acquisition
106 Undisclosed Emotient Apple Software & Services Acquisition
107 Undisclosed Epic Expo Logic Transactions Acquisition
108 Undisclosed Event Zero Microsoft Software & Services Acquisition
109 Undisclosed Fantasy Labs Mark Cuban Games Investment
110 Undisclosed Gravit High-Tech Gründerfonds Software & Services Investment
111 Undisclosed ITmobile Fleet Complete Mobile & Apps Acquisition
112 Undisclosed LifeTime Consortium Mobile & Apps Investment
113 Undisclosed MX Toolbox j2 Global Software & Services Acquisition
114 Undisclosed MyArea Network Dr. Luis Crespo, Larry Witt Marketing Investment
115 Undisclosed Nodal Security Luma Software & Services Acquisition
116 Undisclosed Offers.com j2 Global Ecommerce Acquisition
117 Undisclosed On Demand Recovery j2 Global Software & Services Acquisition
118 Undisclosed OThot Opus Software & Services Investment
119 Undisclosed Pierry Software MDC Partners, Salesforce Ventures Software & Services Investment
120 Undisclosed Ping++ Consortium Transactions Investment
121 Undisclosed POSpulse Consortium Software & Services Investment
122 Undisclosed Reach Analytics Undisclosed Software & Services Investment
123 Undisclosed RV Healthcare Analytics Rizk Ventures Software & Services Acquisition
124 Undisclosed ScrapeSentry Distil Networks Software & Services Acquisition
125 Undisclosed Shifu Paytm Mobile & Apps Acquisition
126 Undisclosed SPARQL City Cambridge Semantics Software & Services Acquisition
127 Undisclosed Swarmify Consortium Media Investment
128 Undisclosed Tagpic Consortium Marketing Investment
129 Undisclosed Talko Microsoft Mobile & Apps Acquisition
130 Undisclosed Tracxn Ratan Tata Software & Services Investment
131 Undisclosed VeloCloud March Capital Software & Services Investment
132 Undisclosed VizSense Perot Jain LP Software & Services Investment
133 Undisclosed Zoctr Brand Capital Software & Services Investment

More information

  1. Lyft Raises $1 Billion; Valued at $5.5 Billion (FinSMEs)
  2. NetApp to Acquire SolidFire, for $870M (FinSMEs)
  3. Hudson’s Bay Company to Acquire Gilt Groupe for $250M (FinSMEs)
  4. Oracle Buys Audience Tracking Firm AddThis For Around $200M (TechCrunch)
  5. StorageCraft Technology Receives $187M Investment from TA Associates (FinSMEs)
  6. Skyscanner Raises £128M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  7. CarTrade Raises $145M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  8. Datadog Raises $94.5M in Series D Funding (FinSMEs)
  9. Gay dating app Grindr gets $93-million investment from Chinese company (LA Times)
  10. App Annie continues its conquest of Asia with a cool US$63M (e27)
  11. Nubank Raises $52M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  12. Sisense Closes $50M Series D Financing (FinSMEs)
  13. Zerto Raises $50M in Series E Funding (FinSMEs)
  14. Fyber Acquires Heyzap for $45M (FinSMEs)
  15. Elastifile Raises $35M in Series B Funding (FinSMEs)
  16. VR company DeePoon pockets Series B funding led by Xunlei, Kaiying (e27)
  17. Toast, A Point Of Sale Service For Restaurants, Raises $30M (TechCrunch)
  18. Wangjiu.Com Completes $30M Series A Round (China Money Network)
  19. Silvercar Raises $28m in Series C Funding (FinSMEs)
  20. Hometeam Secures $27.5M in Series B Funding (FinSMEs)
  21. WPP, AwesomenessTV Lead $27 Million Investment in Hispanic Video Net Mitú (Ad Age)
  22. Movinga, The European Online Removals Startup, Picks Up $25M Series B Round Led By Index (TechCrunch)
  23. Shape Security Raises $25M in Series D Funding (FinSMEs)
  24. Syapse Completes First Close of $25M Series C Funding (FinSMEs)
  25. Vivino Raises $25m in Series B Funding (FinSMEs)
  26. SmashFly Technologies Raises $22M in Series B Funding (FinSMEs)
  27. Degreed Raises $21M in Series B Funding (FinSMEs)
  28. JW Player Raises $20M To Expand Its Video Platform (TechCrunch)
  29. Source Intelligence Gets $17.5M (SocalTech)
  30. Life Sciences Marketplace Quartzy Raises $17 Million To Build Up The Supply Side (TechCrunch)
  31. Zipnosis Raises $17M in Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  32. Dayuse.com Raised €15m in Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  33. RapidMiner Closes $16M Equity Financing (FinSMEs)
  34. mParticle Raises $15M in Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  35. Savioke Raises $15m in Series A Financing (FinSMEs)
  36. Talix Receives $14M (FinSMEs)
  37. Import.io Closes $13M Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  38. ViralGains Completes First Close on $12.3M Series A Financing (FinSMEs)
  39. AiCure Raises $12.25M in Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  40. Interfolio Raises over $12M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  41. MindTouch Picks Up $12M For Customer Self Service Software (SocalTech)
  42. Cuponation Raises €10M in Series B Funding (FinSMEs)
  43. Evergage Raises $10M in Series B Venture Capital Round (FinSMEs)
  44. mPulse Gets $10M For Mobile Health Software (mPulse Mobile)
  45. MyMusicTaste spins on with US$10M Series A (e27)
  46. PushDoctor Raises $8.5 M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  47. Japanese accounting startup Freee secures $8.3M from SBI’s FinTech Fund, others (The Bridge)
  48. $8m looks good on you. Japanese fashion box startup AirCloset raises series B funding (Tech In Asia)
  49. Blueshift Closes $8.0M Series A Financing (FinSMEs)
  50. Prevalent Raises $8M in Series B Financing (FinSMEs)
  51. Scalr Closes $7.35M Series A Financing Round (FinSMEs)
  52. Gem Scores 2016’s First Blockchain Investment (PYMNTS.com)
  53. Deposit Solutions Raises €6.5M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  54. LoopMe Raises $7M in Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  55. MMB Networks Raises $7M in Series B Funding (FinSMEs)
  56. TopSpin Security Secures $7M in Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  57. FinanceFox Raises $5.5M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  58. StartEngine Crowdfunding Raises $5.5M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  59. Holidu Closes €5M Series A Funding Round (FinSMEs)
  60. Alef Mobitech Solutions Receives $5M Investment from Tata Capital (FinSMEs)
  61. Sakara Life Raises $4.8M in Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  62. Blinkist Raises €4M in Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  63. Asian VCs back Portuguese competitor to Google’s app store in $4m investment round (Tech In Asia)
  64. CourseHorse Raises $4M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  65. Kolibree Raises $4M in Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  66. ResiModel Raises $4M (FinSMEs)
  67. Venminder Completes $4M Series B Financing (FinSMEs)
  68. Fluido Raises €3.3M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  69. Limelight Platform Closes $3.1M in Seed Funding (FinSMEs)
  70. Moneybox Raises $3M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  71. Mycity4kids Raises $3M in Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  72. Noodle Markets Secures $3M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  73. Picwell Closes $3M Extension of Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  74. The Big Know Raises $3M in Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  75. Compeon Raises €2.5M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  76. Investors Test Mexican E-Commerce Waters With $2.5 Million Investment In Online Furniture Retailer (TechCrunch)
  77. P2P payments startup Xfers eyes Indonesia with $2.5m seed funding (Tech In Asia)
  78. Unmute Picks Up $2.2M In Seed Funding (SocalTech)
  79. Travelcircus Raises €2M in First Funding Round (FinSMEs)
  80. Goodwall Raises $2.1M in Seed Funding (FinSMEs)
  81. Askuity Closes $2M Series A Funding Round (FinSMEs)
  82. Japan’s Medley, job board and portal for medical professionals, raises $1.9 million (The Bridge)
  83. Indonesia Cashback Service Snapcart Lands $1.7M Ahead Of Southeast Asia Expansion (TechCrunch)
  84. Envelop VR Raises Additional $1.5M in Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  85. FI Navigator Raises $1.5M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  86. Boom Fantasy Raises $1.4M in Seed Funding (FinSMEs)
  87. Vyking Secures €1M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  88. Dibs Technology Raises $1M in Seed Funding (FinSMEs)
  89. Learn to Live Raises over $1M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  90. Mobile Bitcoin wallet app Zebpay bags US$1M Series A funding (e27)
  91. Horus Technology Raises $900k in Funding (FinSMEs)
  92. Groopify Raises €800K in Funding (FinSMEs)
  93. Skydisc lands $855K to enhance detachable sensor packages for agriculture et al. (The Bridge)
  94. Japan’s Planet Table secures $850K funding deal to boost food distribution platform (The Bridge)
  95. Collabco Receives Further £450K in Third Funding Round (FinSMEs)
  96. Click & Boat Raises €500K in Funding (FinSMEs)
  97. AdRev Acquired By Zealot Networks (SocalTech)
  98. Agent Review Closes Seed Funding Round (FinSMEs)
  99. Intel Acquires German Drone Startup Ascending Technologies (TechCrunch)
  100. Avid Acquirer j2 Global Completes Four Buyouts in US, UK and Australia (ExitHub)
  101. Female-Focused E-Commerce Sites Moxy And Bilna Team Up In Southeast Asia Merger (TechCrunch)
  102. Kik Interactive Acquires Blynk (FinSMEs)
  103. Accenture Acquires CRMWaypoint (FinSMEs)
  104. Cuvva, The U.K. Hourly Car Insurance App, Picks Up Investment (TechCrunch)
  105. Cloudability Acquires DataHero (FinSMEs)
  106. Emotient Acquired By Apple (SocalTech)
  107. Expo Logic Acquires Epic (FinSMEs)
  108. Microsoft buys software firm Event Zero to bolster Skype for Business offering (Channelnomics)
  109. Fantasy Labs Secures Investment from Mark Cuban (FinSMEs)
  110. Gravit Raises Six Digit Seed Funding (FinSMEs)
  111. Fleet Complete Acquires ITmobile (FinSMEs)
  112. LifeTime Receives Seven-Digit Euro Seed Round of Funding (FinSMEs)
  113. Avid Acquirer j2 Global Completes Four Buyouts in US, UK and Australia (ExitHub)
  114. MyArea Network Receives Angel Funding (FinSMEs)
  115. Router Company Luma Acquires A Smart Home Security Provider (TechCrunch)
  116. Avid Acquirer j2 Global Completes Four Buyouts in US, UK and Australia (ExitHub)
  117. Avid Acquirer j2 Global Completes Four Buyouts in US, UK and Australia (ExitHub)
  118. OThot Receives Strategic Investment from Opus (FinSMEs)
  119. Pierry Software Receives Strategic Investment (FinSMEs)
  120. Ping++ Raises Tens of Million Dollars in Series B Financing (FinSMEs)
  121. POSpulse Raises Seven-Digit Series A Financing Round (FinSMEs)
  122. Reach Analytics Raises Series A1 Funding Round (FinSMEs)
  123. Rizk Ventures Acquires RV Healthcare Analytics (FinSMEs)
  124. Distil Networks Buys ScrapeSentry (FinSMEs)
  125. Paytm Acquires Personal Assistant App Shifu To Improve Its Artificial Intelligence Tech (TechCrunch)
  126. SPARQL City Acquired by Cambridge Semantics (SocalTech)
  127. Swarmify Closes Seed Funding (FinSMEs)
  128. Japan’s influencer marketing startup Tagpic secures series A from Nissay Capital, others (The Bridge)
  129. Microsoft Acquires Talko (FinSMEs)
  130. Tracxn Raises Funding from Ratan Tata (FinSMEs)
  131. March Capital Backs VeloCloud In Series C Funding (SocalTech)
  132. VizSense Raises Funding Round (FinSMEs)
  133. Times Group’s Brand Capital backs online health aggregator Zoctr (e27)

The future of cars is driverless

Commentary
The biggest funding news that greeted the New Year was General Motors’ unprecedented partnership with ride-hailing company Lyft. General Motors, one of the world’s largest car manufacturers, poured $500 million into Lyft, which completed its latest $1 billion funding round and valued the company at $5.5 billion. With the help of Lyft, the auto giant aims to create a network of autonomous vehicles and they will directly compete with Uber, who is also working on its own driverless vehicles. At face value, the deal is beneficial for both companies. The funds will help Lyft compete with its much bigger and better-funded rival Uber, while General Motors, who is still reeling from a brand-damaging recall, will get a second chance to redeem itself, as well as having a potentially lucrative new revenue stream.