Archive | July, 2016

Google acquires LaunchKit


Google recently announced that it is acquiring mobile app tool maker LaunchKit. Launched two years ago, LaunchKit offers a suite of tools aimed at making the development of mobile apps easier. These tools include Screenshot Builder, App Website Builder, Review Monitor and Sales Reporter. According to LaunchKit, these tools have helped more than 50,000 developers create, launch and monitor their apps. As part of the deal, LaunchKit’s team will be joining Google’s Developer Product Group. The company’s hosted services will be open-sourced and available on GitHub in the next 12 months, and discontinued thereafter.

LinkedIn acquires PointDrive


LinkedIn has acquired PointDrive, a Chicago-based startup that lets sales personnel share visual content with prospective clients. PointDrive offers cloud-based tools that enables integration of files, videos, graphics, and other content into a webpage that can be presented to customers during a sales pitch. The acquisition is intended to boost LinkedIn’s Sales Solutions platform. The deal follows LinkedIn’s acquisition of Fliptop, its partnership with Salesforce and the launch of its Social Selling Index. According to sources, Microsoft plans to integrate LinkedIn’s sales products within its own CRM products in order to improve sales cycles through actionable insights.

Weekly Update – July 26, 2016

      Total Deal Value (USD) –  $2,495,706,677                Total Deal Number – 131

Deal No.Amount Paid (USD)CompanyInvestor/BuyerSectorDeal Type
1$449,000,000BYDSamsungHardware & InfrastructureInvestment
2$362,231,100Global Fashion GroupConsortiumEcommerceInvestment
4$300,000,000BabyTreeShenzhen Qianhe Capital Management, Matrix Partners ChinaMediaInvestment
6$105,000,000SprinklrConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
7$100,000,000UbtechCITIC Securities, CDH InvestmentsHardware & InfrastructureInvestment
8$60,000,000FantexUBS GroupTransactionsInvestment
10$45,000,000DotC UnitedConsortiumMobile & AppsInvestment
11$30,000,000Sift ScienceConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
12$30,000,000Yonghong TechConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
13$29,000,000PantheonConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
16$24,000,000Doppler LabsConsortiumHardware & InfrastructureInvestment
17$23,000,000CaprizaConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
18$20,000,000GuardiCoreConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
19$18,500,000Pixie TechnologyConsortiumHardware & InfrastructureInvestment
21$17,000,000Treebo HoteldConsortiumTransactionsInvestment
22$16,534,500Deposit SolutionsConsortiumTransactionsInvestment
23$16,500,000SkycureConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
24$16,000,000Mastermind MarketingSharkReachMarketingAcquisition
25$15,000,000BaobaoConsortiumMobile & AppsInvestment
26$14,450,000All Set Works UndisclosedMobile & AppsInvestment
28$14,000,000Redis LabsConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
29$13,900,000Brandcast ConsortiumMarketingInvestment
30$11,000,000AristaMDAvalon Ventures, Correlation VenturesTransactionsInvestment
32$10,000,000Blue Cedar NetworksConsortiumMobile & AppsInvestment
33$10,000,000CargoX ConsortiumTransactionsInvestment
34$10,000,000LifesumConsortiumMobile & AppsInvestment
35$10,000,000OpenDoor ConsortiumTransactionsInvestment
36$9,465,660MarketInvoiceMCI.TechVentures Fund of MCI Capital, NorthzoneTransactionsInvestment
37$9,000,000DamballaK1 CapitalSoftware & ServicesAcquisition
38$8,275,068Junkee MediaOoh!MediaAcquisition
40$6,573,375Rockar Maven Capital Partners, NVM Private EquityTransactionsInvestment
41$5,500,000Eastwind NetworksSignal Peak Ventures, Cybersecurity InvestmentsSoftware & ServicesInvestment
43$5,000,000ZlienConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
44$4,500,000Kazan NetworksConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
45$4,500,000QuantifeedPGA Venture PartnersTransactionsInvestment
46$4,200,000FullerConsortiumMobile & AppsInvestment
47$4,000,000ReviewTrackersAmerican Family VenturesTransactionsInvestment
48$4,000,000Rize Longworth Venture Partners, SB CapitalHardware & InfrastructureInvestment
50$3,734,575Loc8Clinton Capital PartnersSoftware & ServicesInvestment
51$3,299,430Supermercato24Innogest, 360 Capital PartnersTransactionsInvestment
53$3,250,000Sift SecurityFreeman GroupSoftware & ServicesInvestment
54$2,987,660Australian Braodband ServicesamaysimHardware & InfrastructureAcquisition
55$2,500,000BestMile ConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
56$2,500,000SaykaraMadrona Venture GroupSoftware & ServicesInvestment
57$2,300,000StardogCore Capital, Boulder VenturesSoftware & ServicesInvestment
58$2,200,000TrimConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
60$2,000,000ZipBooksConsortiumSoftware & ServicesInvestment
61$1,647,844SYNTONICUndisclosedMobile & AppsPublic
62$1,500, ConsortiumTransactionsInvestment
64$1,315,500Bergamotte360 Capital Partners, Eric La BonnardièreTransactionsInvestment
65$1,096,250EnergyworxhenQSoftware & ServicesInvestment
66$1,000,000WeDoUndisclosedMobile & AppsInvestment
67$935,881EzycollectTank Stream VenturesTransactionsInvestment
68$917,395HomeTouchGlobal Founders Capital, Passion CapitalTransactionsInvestment
69Undisclosed2338 TechnologiesPredictiveSoftware & ServicesAcquisition
70UndisclosedAdweekBeringer CapitalMediaAcquisition
71UndisclosedArdentaClaranetSoftware & ServicesAcquisition
73UndisclosedBetaZi Mark CubanSoftware & ServicesInvestment
75UndisclosedBlocktrailBitmainSoftware & ServicesAcquisition
77UndisclosedCommSolidHigh-Tech Gründerfonds, MBG InvestSoftware & ServicesInvestment
78UndisclosedComposrBandLabMobile & AppsAcquisition
79UndisclosedCoolanSalesforceSoftware & ServicesAcquisition
80UndisclosedCSTDassault SystèmesSoftware & ServicesAcquisition
81UndisclosedD-Square SolutionsHansa CequitySoftware & ServicesAcquisition
82UndisclosedDemoTeller SystemsHID GlobalTransactionsAcquisition
83UndisclosedDollar Shave ClubUnileverEcommerceAcquisition
84UndisclosedDominion Marine MediaApax PartnersTransactionsAcquisition
86UndisclosedEnservioSolera HoldingsSoftware & ServicesAcquisition
87UndisclosedFast JapanConsortiumMediaInvestment
89UndisclosedHey Inc.PostmatesMobile & AppsAcquisition
91UndisclosediPugZane BeckettTransactionsInvestment
93UndisclosedKoho FinancialConsortiumTransactionsInvestment
94UndisclosedKonsusSlack FundTransactionsInvestment
97UndisclosedLog’in ConsultantsOrangeSoftware & ServicesAcquisition
98UndisclosedLohikaAltranSoftware & ServicesAcquisition
99UndisclosedLongitude LicensingVector CapitalTransactionsAcquisition
100UndisclosedLookupNowFloatsMobile & AppsAcquisition
101UndisclosedLQD Business FinanceFintech Ventures FundTransactionsInvestment
102UndisclosedLucernexHCAP PartnersSoftware & ServicesInvestment
103UndisclosedMistCisco InvestmentsSoftware & ServicesInvestment
104UndisclosedMOBGENAccentureMobile & AppsAcquisition
106UndisclosedNexchargeNet ElementTransactionsAcquisition
107UndisclosedPayStarNet ElementSoftware & ServicesAcquisition
108UndisclosedPentest SecarmaSoftware & ServicesAcquisition
109UndisclosedPlatforaWorkdaySoftware & ServicesAcquisition
110UndisclosedPromote for LessMetro Printed ProductsTransactionsAcquisition
111UndisclosedPSG CommunicationsTeneoMarketingAcquisition
113UndisclosedRuler AnalyticsAXM Venture CapitalMarketingInvestment
114UndisclosedShootstaAdcorp AustraliaMediaAcquisition
115UndisclosedSimplyMoveInSwastika CompanyTransactionsInvestment
116UndisclosedSixtreeDeloitteSoftware & ServicesAcquisition
118UndisclosedTeamUnifySportsEngineSoftware & ServicesAcquisition
119UndisclosedThe Alpha School System VolarisSoftware & ServicesAcquisition
121UndisclosedTrain SimplePluralsightMediaAcquisition
123UndisclosedUnderDOGS Gaming StudioIntelli Reboot DigitalGamesAcquisition
124UndisclosedUnion SquareDeltekSoftware & ServicesAcquisition
126UndisclosedVeldt Accord Ventures, CyberAgent VenturesEcommerceInvestment
127UndisclosedVersusMenschDanke GroupSoftware & ServicesAcquisition
129UndisclosedWanderio Europcar GroupTransactionsInvestment
130UndisclosedWellcentivePhilipsSoftware & ServicesAcquisition

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  1. Samsung Invests $449 Million in Buffett-Backed Carmaker BYD (Bloomberg)
  2. Global Fashion Group Raises €330M (FinSMEs)
  3. Online Student Lender CommonBond Receives approx. $330M; Buys Gradible (FinSMEs)
  4. BabyTree Bags $300M USD In Largest Ever Funding Round For Mother & Baby Tech (Tech Node)
  5. Font giant Monotype gets into user-generated content with $130M Olapic acquisition (VentureBeat)
  6. Enterprise Social Tech Company Sprinklr Raises $105M; Valued at $1.8 Billion (FinSMEs)
  7. CDH Investments Leads $100M Round In Robot Maker Ubtech (China Money Network)
  8. Athlete-Tracking Stock Startup Fantex Said to Raise $60 Million (Bloomberg)
  9. WiFi Startup Zenreach Emerges From Stealth With $50 Million And Peter Thiel On Its Board (Forbes)
  10. Chinese Mobile Company DotC United Closes $45M Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  11. Sift Science Raises $30M in Series C Funding (FinSMEs)
  12. Tencent Unit Leads $30M Series C Round In Big Data Firm Yonghong Tech (China Money Network)
  13. Website Management Platform Pantheon Raises $29M in Series C Funding (FinSMEs)
  14. Ratan Tata-backed online jewelry store Bluestone raises $28m (Tech In Asia)
  15. Ford and Sequoia plant $25 million into Indian rental startup Zoomcar (GeekTime)
  16. Wireless Listening System Maker Doppler Labs Raises Additional $24M in Series B Funding (FinSMEs)
  17. Capriza Raises $23M in Series C Funding (FinSMEs)
  18. Enterprise Data Center Protection Company GuardiCore Raises $20M in Series B Funding (FinSMEs)
  19. Location of Things Solution Pixie Technology Closes $18.5M Series B Funding (FinSMEs)
  20. Thailand’s Omise raises $17.5m to take its payment service to more Southeast Asian markets (Tech In Asia)
  21. India’s Treebo Hotels raises $17 million for its budget hotel network (TechCrunch)
  22. Fintech Company Deposit Solutions Raises €15M in VC Funding (FinSMEs)
  23. Mobile Threat Defense Platform Provider Skycure Closes $16.5M Series B Funding (FinSMEs)
  24. SharkReach Signs $16 Million Merger Agreement to Acquire Mastermind Involvement Marketing, LLC. (PR Newswire)
  25. Meridian Capital, Tencent Join $15M Series B+ Round In Live Video Streaming App Baobao (China Money Network)
  26. BRIEF-All Set Works says it has raised $14.45 mln equity financing (Reuters)
  27. Warehouse Space Marketplace Flexe Closes $14.25M Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  28. Redis Labs Raises $14M in Series C Funding (FinSMEs)
  29. Brandcast Closes $13.9M Series A Financing (FinSMEs)
  30. Digital Health Company AristaMD Completes $11M in Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  31. aCommerce gets $10m investment led by Telkom’s VC arm (Tech In Asia)
  32. Blue Cedar Networks Receives $10M in Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  33. CargoX Raises $10M in Series B Funding (FinSMEs)
  34. Digital Health Company Lifesum Raises $10M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  35. Bond Trading Platform OpenDoor Trading Closes $10M Funding Round (FinSMEs)
  36. P2P Online Invoice Finance Platform MarketInvoice Raises £7.2M (FinSMEs)
  37. Atlanta’s Damballa sold for nearly $9 million, returns investors pennies on the dollar (NVS 24)
  38. Ooh! buys Junkee for $11.05 million (SMH)
  39. Retirement Industry Startup Guideline Raises $7M in Series A Round (FinSMEs)
  40. UK-Based Motor Retailer Rockar Raises £5M in Equity Funding (FinSMEs)
  41. Cybersecurity Startup Eastwind Networks Raises $5.5M in Seed Funding (FinSMEs)
  42. Singapore’s iFashion acquires e-store Dressabelle for $5m (Tech In Asia)
  43. Construction Technology Platform Zlien Raises $5M in Equity Funding (FinSMEs)
  44. Enterprise Networking & Storage Startup Kazan Networks Closes $4.5M Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  45. Digital Wealth Management Platform Quantifeed Raises US$4.5M (FinSMEs)
  46. App Annie rival raises $4.2m to expand beyond Japan (Tech In Asia)
  47. Correction: Customer Feedback Platform ReviewTrackers Raises $4M (FinSMEs)
  48. Rize Raises $4M in Seed Funding (FinSMEs)
  49. Online Sports Retailer Deporvillage Raises €3.5M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  50. Melbourne startup Loc8 secures more than $5 million to drive global expansion (StartupSmart)
  51. Online Grocery Delivery Service Supermercato24 Raises €3M in Venture Capital (FinSMEs)
  52. Insurtech Startup Quilt Raises $3.25M (FinSMEs)
  53. Cybersecurity Startup Sift Security Raises $3.25M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  54. amaysim enters Aussie broadband market with $4 million acquisition (ARN)
  55. BestMile Closes $2.5M Seed Funding Round (FinSMEs)
  56. Former Nuance machine learning vet raises $2.5M for AI healthcare startup Saykara (GeekWire)
  57. Enterprise Data Unification Platform Stardog Raises $2.3M in Seed Funding (FinSMEs)
  58. Money-Saving Chatbot Trim Raises $2.2M (FinSMEs)
  59. Online Charity Auction Platform CharityStars Raises €2M (FinSMEs)
  60. Accounting Software Startup ZipBooks Raises $2m in Seed Funding (FinSMEs)
  62. Closes $1.5M Seed Funding Round (FinSMEs)
  63. Videolicious $1.50 million Fundraising (Consumer Eagle)
  64. Flower Delivery Startup Bergamotte Raises €1.2M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  65. Energyworx Raises €1M in Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  66. WeDo Gets $1M For To Do List App (Socal Tech)
  67. Sydney startup ezyCollect closes $1.25 million seed round as it looks to revolutionise the way SMEs get paid (StartupSmart)
  68. Personal Care Startup HomeTouch Raises £700K in Funding (FinSMEs)
  69. Predictive, Inc. Announces Acquisition of 2338 Technologies (Business Wire)
  70. Beringer Capital Acquires Adweek (FinSMEs)
  71. Claranet acquires Ardenta to strengthen managed hosting offering (Ardenta)
  72. Canada’s SOCAN Acquires Digital Rights Firm Audiam (Billboard)
  73. BetaZi Raises Funding from Mark Cuban (FinSMEs)
  74. Messaging App Maker Snapchat Buys Bitmoji Maker Bitstrips (FinSMEs)
  75. Bitcoin Miner Bitmain Acquires Data Startup Blocktrail (Coindesk)
  76. Blog & Influencer Marketing Platform blogfoster Raises Multi-Million Funding (FinSMEs)
  77. Cellular IoT IP Company CommSolid Completes First Funding Round (FinSMEs)
  78. BandLab Acquires Composr, Announces Key Hires and Positions for Future Growth (PR Newswire)
  79. Salesforce acquires data center analytics startup Coolan (VentureBeat)
  80. Dassault Systèmes to Acquire CST (
  81. Hansa Cequity buys majority stake in D-Square Solutions (LiveMint)
  82. Security tech maker HID Global continues buying spree (Austin Business Journal)
  83. Unilever Acquires Dollar Shave Club (FinSMEs)
  84. Funds advised by Apax Partners to acquire Dominion Marine Media (PR Newswire)
  86. Solera Holdings acquires Massachusetts software company (Dallas Business Journal)
  87. This online concierge startup secures seed funding to better serve visitors to Japan (The Bridge)
  88. Online Student Lender CommonBond Receives approx. $330M; Buys Gradible (FinSMEs)
  89. Postmates aqui-hires team behind controversial Famous game (TechCrunch)
  90. Recruitment startup TribeHired acquires Thai counterpart to grow its reach in Bangkok (Tech In Asia)
  91. Digital Health Company iPug Raises Seed and Series A Funding (FinSMEs)
  92. Eckoh to acquire online specialist Klick2Contact (ProactiveInvestors)
  93. Fintech Startup Koho Financial Raises Second Seed Funding Round (FinSMEs)
  94. Konsus Receives Investment from the Slack Fund (FinSMEs)
  95. LawRoom Acquired By EverFi (SiliconTap)
  96. GetLinks acquires LetsCatchUp, aims to connect tech talent in India to Asia (e27)
  97. Orange announces acquisition of Log’in Consultants (
  98. BRIEF-Altran acquires Lohika, expands US footprint (Reuters)
  99. Vector Capital Buys Intellectual Property Management Company Longitude Licensing (FinSMEs)
  100. Khosla-backed Lookup acquired by business discovery service NowFloats (TechCrunch)
  101. Business Lender LQD Business Finance Completes Series A Financing (FinSMEs)
  102. Lucernex Receives Minority investment from HCAP Partners (FinSMEs)
  103. Mist Receives Strategic Investment from Cisco Investments (FinSMEs)
  104. Accenture (ACN) Acquires UI Solution Provider MOBGEN (Street Insider)
  105. Blume-backed Cashify buys tiny rival MobiBing (Tech In Asia)
  106. Net Element to Acquire PayStar and Nexcharge (Yahoo)
  107. Net Element to Acquire PayStar and Nexcharge (Yahoo)
  108. Cybersecurity firm Secarma acquires Manchester-based Pentest Ltd (Tech City News)
  109. Workday buys Platfora for visualization, data technology (ZDNet)
  110. Metro Printed Products Acquires Florida Company (Inside Indiana Business)
  111. Teneo Announces Acquisition Of PSG Communications (PR Newswire)
  112. Voxis, acquired Rollingbox (MANDASOFT)
  113. Ruler Analytics Secures Additional Six-Figure VC Funding (FinSMEs)
  114. Adcorp Investment in Shootsta (
  115. Exclusive: Online rental marketplace SimplyMoveIn gets angel funding from Swastika Company (Tech In Circle)
  116. Deloitte buys Sixtree to cope with cloudy times (AFR)
  118. SportsEngine Acquires TeamUnify (PR Web)
  119. Volaris Group Acquires Student Information Systems Company, The Alpha School System PTY LTD, in Australia (Volaris Group)
  120. Nuance to Acquire TouchCommerce, Accelerate Growth of Enterprise Business (Business Wire)
  121. Welcome Train Simple: newly acquired creative training on Adobe (Pluralsight)
  122. Expedia acquires travel photography community Trover (TechCrunch)
  123. Intelli Reboot Digital acquires stakes in Mumbai-based underDOGS Gaming for an undisclosed amount. (Bizztor)
  124. Deltek Acquires Union Square (Deltek)
  125. Sydney startups AdviceMarket and Valuiza join forces to take on the world (StartupSmart)
  126. Japan’s Veldt secures seed round funding to boost production of analogue smartwatches (The Bridge)
  127. Product comparison engine Versus acquired by Germany’s MenschDanke Group (TechCrunch)
  128. MasterCard to Acquire Fintech Company VocaLink (FinSMEs)
  129. Wanderio Receives Minority Investment from Europcar (FinSMEs)
  130. Philips to Expand Its Population Health Management Business with the Acquisition of Wellcentive (Business Wire)
  131. Fintech, ZestFinance Receives Strategic Investment from Baidu (FinSMEs)

Verizon agrees to acquire Yahoo for $4.8 billion


Verizon Communications has agreed to acquire Yahoo for $4.8 billion. The deal is said to include Yahoo’s internet business and some real estate. The acquisition marks the incredible fall of one of the Internet’s most iconic companies that once had a market capitalization of more than $125 billion. Marissa Mayer is expected to stay following the acquisition, though it is unclear at this stage if she will remain as CEO.  For Verizon, Yahoo is another addition to its growing digital media business that now includes TechCrunch, The Huffington Post, Moviefone, Weblogs, Inc., among others.